Goodguys 2nd Annual North Carolina Nationals
Recap of the Second Annual North Carolina National Goodguys event. We always love to be able to attend/participate in any Goodguys event. They are always fun and exciting. My family and I always like to turn the Goodguys events into a family vacation. We headed to Raleigh, NC on Friday after work. It was a short drive for us. Keep in mind my wife is seven months pregnant with our second child. She is a real trooper. We get to the hotel right before the sun set. I managed to get a stealer deal on a room at a Hilton. The Hotel was very nice. Once we arrived, we unloaded the car and called in a pizza from Papa Johns, hard to beat a Papa Johns pizza! After we had finished the pizza, it was time for our little girl to do as all children do at a hotel, jump from one bed to another. Before we knew it, Night Night time was here. We hit the sack in preparation for Saturday.
Saturday came, and we headed out after an excellent breakfast at the hotel. Saturday was our day to explore Raleigh and see what it has to offer. It is an elegant town. Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks. It is called this because of all the Oak trees. We departed the hotel and traveled to an NC state park. Once we arrived, we went to the welcome center to see what it had to offer. In the welcome center, they had some excellent displays for the kids. Our little girl was having a blast. You can see in the picture; she loved the turtle.
It is now lunch time. We traveled back to the truck to grab lunch we had packed. We then found us a beautiful spot to have a picnic. After lunch, it was time for a quick hike around the park. After the hike, we drove back to the hotel for a swim and supper.
Before we knew it, the sun was coming up, and it was time to get ready. We had a bite for breakfast and headed to the fairgrounds. We arrived, registered then proceeded to our grid spot. Once we reached grid, we unloaded the car and teched in. Once teched, we anxiously waited for our turn to go. 22 cars were running All American Sunday. I was able to make numerous runs. We probably made 15 runs this day. Below is a video of one of the runs.
I managed to place fifth overall. I was the fastest straight axel car. I finished behind a 06 Vette, father/son 03 Vette, and an LS swapped Porshe. Below you can see the results from the autocross for All American Sunday.
|Pos.||Class||#||Rookie||Driver||Car Model||Total||Diff.||From 1st|
|ss – ‘Super Sunday’ Total Entries: 22|
|1T||447||Mike Johnson||06 Chevy Corvette||00:35.0||[-]0.042||–|
|2T||1053||Marshall Machado||03 Chevy Corvette||00:35.0||0.042||0.042|
|3T||1049||Chris Porter||86 Porche 948||00:35.2||0.232||0.274|
|4T||1054||Rob Machado||03 Chevy Corvette||00:35.5||0.235||0.509|
|5T||1059||Chase Watson||01 Chevy Camaro||00:36.6||1.16||1.669|
|6T||1047||Robert Ballard||04 Ford Mustang Mach 1||00:38.0||1.376||3.045|
|7||1046||Eric Waters||14 Dodge Challenger||00:38.2||0.165||3.21|
|8||647||Chris Lewis||15 Dodge Challenger||00:38.5||0.326||3.536|
|9||1048||Luke Vigneault||11 Dodge Challenger||00:38.6||0.098||3.634|
|10||1113||Roy Hicks||07 Ford Mustang GT||00:38.8||0.217||3.851|
|11||1076||Jonathan White||02 Chevy Camaro SS||00:38.8||0.024||3.875|
|12||1043||Randy Ivy||11 Ford Mustang||00:39.4||0.56||4.435|
|13||448||Kandy Johnson||06 Chevy Corvette||00:39.4||0.004||4.439|
|14||1072||Victor Hazi||98 Pontiac Trans Am||00:39.4||0.009||4.448|
|15||963||Randy Murray||14 Chevy Camaro||00:40.2||0.809||5.257|
|16||1065||John Pasemann||15 Dodge Charger||00:40.3||0.074||5.331|
|17||1064||Melissa Phillips||84 GMC C-10||00:40.5||0.2||5.531|
|18||1067||Raleigh Harness||14 Chevy Camaro SS||00:40.9||0.39||5.921|
|19||1050||Chris Kempfer||99 Pontiac Trans Am||00:41.0||0.103||6.024|
|20||1057||Rusty Kelley||77 Pontiac Trans Am||00:41.7||0.697||6.721|
|21||1118||Richard McCullum||69 Chevy Camaro||00:43.3||1.596||8.317|
|22||1061||Bill Clemet||77 Pontiac Trans Am||00:43.6||0.32||8.637|
The Autocross shut down at 11. My family and I walked to find something to eat. We managed to get us a big plate of home fries and a good sloppy Hamburger. Next on the agenda was to look at all the show cars. We browsed the large show car lot. I pulled my little girl in her wagon all over the fair grounds. The sun was now lowering in the sky, and it was time to head back to reality. We packed the car and headed for home sweet home.
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