Goodguys 2021 AutoCrosser of the year, Summit Racing AutoCross, Josh Leisinger

Family Ties! Leisinger Brothers Capture Goodguys AutoCrosser of the Year and Duel in the Desert Wins!

Racing brothers Josh and Jared Leisinger had a winning weekend in Scottsdale during the 24th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals presented by Barrett-Jackson, coming away with the two top titles in the Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series. Josh was named CPP AutoCrosser of the Year after a successful season of PRO-X class wins and shootout appearances and victories. Brother Jared, meanwhile, captured the coveted win for the Duel in the Desert Shootout presented by Speedway Motors, Lecarra, and Optima Batteries.


Josh Leisinger has been a steadfast and consistently competitive racer in the Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series for years and finally came away with the top prize: AutoCrosser of the Year. Josh duked it out with his brother Jared all weekend long, and the two Summit Racing Corvette drivers faced off in the final round of the Duel in the Desert Shootout. Jared claimed the shootout victory, though Josh’s accumulated season points earned him the AutoCrosser of the Year honor.

Goodguys 2021 AutoCrosser of the year, Summit Racing AutoCross, Josh Leisinger

Goodguys 2021 AutoCrosser of the year, Summit Racing AutoCross, Josh Leisinger

Each brother fought hard through the 32-car field for their final round appearances after claiming the top two positions after qualifying. Jared earned the top qualifying spot and defeated Gary Hart, Mike Hogate, 2021 PRO class points champion Ron Scott, Jr., and reigning 3x AutoCrosser of the Year Scott Fraser en route to the final round. Josh was second quickest in qualifying and had to beat 2021 FiTech Challenger class points champion Thomas Adjutant in the opening round, then Dustin Reed, Greg Thurmond, and Tom Kamman before squaring off against his brother in the final round.

Goodguys 2021 AutoCrosser of the year, Summit Racing AutoCross, Jared Leisinger
Goodguys 2021 AutoCrosser of the year, Summit Racing AutoCross, Josh Leisinger

In the final round of the Duel in the Desert, Jared laid down one of his quickest passes of the weekend of 28.447 to defeat brother Josh who ran a very close 28.454 (.007 MOV) but incurred an additional 2-second cone penalty for an official final round time of 30.454.

Goodguys 2021 AutoCrosser of the year, Summit Racing AutoCross, Jared Leisinger

Tom Kamman and Scott Fraser squared up to settle the third and fourth place finishes in a battle of two C4 Corvette’s. Kamman narrowly edged out Fraser to claim third place in the 2021 Duel in the Desert shootout with a 28.999 to Fraser’s 29.185.

Congratulations to the entire Leisinger family on their successful Scottsdale weekend!

Goodguys 2021 AutoCrosser of the year, Summit Racing AutoCross, Leisinger Racing

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