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2016 USDRIFT x MDU BRO/AM EVENT AT DOMINION RACEWAY [RESULTS]

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USDrift and Midwest Drift Union joined forces earlier this month for their first ever BRO/AM collaboration event at the newly opened Dominion Raceway road course for both of their fourth and final rounds of the 2016 season. Each series would run their own Top 16 brackets with the winners from each series’ event competing against each other for bragging rights of the best on this side of the Mississippi River, as well as winning their weight in Smartmouth Brewing Company beer.

Repeating a similar end to that of the 2015 season, Austin Meeks from Spartanburg, SC would win the last event of the USDrift season again. This time Meeks would win in his Committed Service Brand swapped LSX V8-powered 1996 Nissan 240SX running on Achilles Radial Tires. Riley Sexsmith, from Hamilton, Ontario in his 2007 NV Auto 2JZ powered Subaru Impreza STI running on Achilles Radial Tires would take the win in the last event of the Midwest Drift Union season.

Since the final tandem was an exhibition match, the judges from both series would vote and if there was a tie, the announcer would cast the deciding vote with help from the crowd if needed. However, after both runs, the judges went with 3 votes for Meeks, 2 votes for Sexsmith, and 1 vote for a “One More Time”; giving the win and a 154lb assortment of Smartmouth Brewing Company beer to Meeks for the win.

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The 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series concluded with Round 4 and a huge congratulations to all who competed this season, especially to Dylan Hughes, Chris Cotrupi, and Matt Pollock who all earned their 2017 Formula DRIFT PRO2 Licenses. The 2017 USDrift schedule should be released shortly and include some more track day events at Dominion Raceway that aren’t strictly competition based.

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Round 4 Standings:

1. Austin Meeks Committed Service Brand Nissan 240SX First Place
2. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 Second Place
3. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX Third Place

 

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Season Standings:

1. Dylan Hughes MA-Motorsports Nissan 240SX 348 points
2. Chris Cotrupi Nissan 240SX 331 points
3. Matt Pollock JNR Nissan 240SX 327 points
4. Thomas Palmerino Mazda Miata 265 points
5. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX 262 points
6. John Windham Freak Show Nissan 240SX 213 points
7. Brian Riccio Nissan 240SX 211 points
8. Ben Williams Fresh Roots Mazda RX7 189 points
9. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 188 points
10. Justin Hoitsma Faction Motorsports Nissan 240SX 170 points

Full season standings can be found on the USDrift website here.

Lone Star Drift Round 2 [VIDEO]

A look into the Texas drift scene with a video on Lone Star Drift Round 2! A 12 minute mini film packing in all the action of the big drift weekend in Texas.

Lone Star Drift Removes Qualifying and a 2016 Schedule

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Here is a Lone Star Drift 2016 schedule showing all the events for the Texas series. They have two key trips to Texas Motor Speedway mixed with a couple other venues around the state. A video below made by Aaron Losey explains how they have eliminated qualifying for the 2016 season.

 

Event Schedule
Round 1 of the Lone Star Drift Series, March 19-20 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 2 of the Lone Star Drift Series, April 16-17 – Mineral Wells Airport, Mineral Wells, TX
Round 3 of the Lone Star Drift Series, May 28-29 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 4 of the Lone Star Drift Series, July 9-10 – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Round 5 of the Lone Star Drift Series, Aug 20-21 – Mineral Wells Airport, Mineral Wells, TX
Round 6 of the Lone Star Drift Series, Sept 17-18 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 7 of the Lone Star Drift Series, October 15-16 – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

Explanation of New Competition Format/No Qualifying: http://www.lonestardrift.com/new-lone-star-drift-2016-competition-format/

Wrecked Magazine Issue 36 [READ THIS]

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Steve Topping’s American powered BMW takes the Issue 36 cover and has a great feature inside shot at Street Driven Tour St. Louis! We also check out Adam Knapnik’s chrome S14, interview Holley LS Fest winner Josh McGuire, and look at the V8 oil pan with Canton Racing! We head out to Las Vegas and cover Street Driven Tour Las Vegas stop and look at the many faces of the Chevy V8 inside our In Focus section. Follow the link below and read up on the new issue!

Read the Issue: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/issue36/html5/index.html#

New Tennessee Series Turismo Drift Offering $48k in Payouts

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This new drift series Turismo Drift is offering some serious payouts for drivers in the southeast willing to make the trek around the state of Tennessee. Four rounds between May and November offer a $12,000 purse for each round. If you pay for the season the price comes out to just $200 a round. This means by qualifying in the Top 16 you would make $50 minimum. The big caveat here is getting paid out of course – so do your research and see if you think it will happen. Many series promising big payouts have come and gone in the past failing to pay out drivers so keep that in mind. If you have some talent behind the wheel and can swing four podiums out of the series then you are looking at a really nice pay day.

More Info: http://www.turismodrift.com/

TXSL Offers the Best Prize in American Drift History

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If you are drifting for the grand prize in a series you probably quit 15 years ago. The events are really based upon glory hunting, the thrill of victory, and feeling good about winning a competition. Some of the local and Am series offer great free products that help younger drivers and teams along in their career path. Holley’s LS Fest offers a huge prize for winning it’s Chevy V8 only Top 16 in Kentucky which I consider one of the best events in America.

However, Aaron Losey’s TX Street Legal series has offered the best prize in American drifting history. The fact that Formula Drift offers an embarrassing low payout compared against what running an event cost and the money they also rack up in driver fees. In fact, they did offer free transport to the World Championship round in China but it was canceled before a container left port. I am mostly excited for drivers about this deal because I know that Aaron and his organization will see it out and make this pie in the sky prize a reality for someone. For someone to replicate this package – I would imagine they are looking at $25,000 easy.

So for the winner of the 2016 TXSL series, they will get to make a choice when they win the series. Read More…

Have Money Left Over from Cyber Monday? Get This

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A few people emailed us in this as a news story and other people in the drift industry posted about it on social media. This thing cost $89.99 right now. Pretty serious deal if you want to start a simple fender rolling business or fix up your buddies 180sx before the next drift event to fit 17×10.5 wheels in the rear.

NEW Eastwood Fender Roller – Lip Forming & Rolling Tool for Larger Tires

Free Drift Events Coming to California in 2016?

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Someone shot me a quick link to Spike Chen is promoting the fact that 2016 will see some free drift events at Grange Motor Circuit. No official word on dates yet but it sounds like five free Saturday events are in the works already. This will be a nice feather in the cap to go with the large amount of drift events already in Southern California. Adams Motorsports Park is still cranking away every Thursday night and Irwindale has a monthly event running with Formula Drift.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/spikedrift

Joe Tardiff Involved in Serious Crash at Sonoma Drift

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A wild accident at Sonoma Drift last night resulted in Joe Tardiff (Trailer Joe) being taken to the hospital. He did post a photo on Instagram giving a thumbs up from the hospital so glad to know he is okay! Even with all the safety equipment available in his car we have heard he has a broken rib and a concussion possibly. This is why drift series in America stress safety equipment and this happened in a parking lot. If you follow the jump below you can view the accident on Instagram and the car being cut open to get him out of it. Chris Mills spun out and was wedged into a k-rail and Joe Tardiff went slamming into him. An incident that could easily happen at any local drift event in America.

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Is the Future of Drifting Coming from Northern California?

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Northern California has a new and young secret weapon younger than most of you reading this post. He is 13 year old Dominic Martinez  who is entering a Pro Am competition this weekend and already seen success in the Drift Cave series. He has impressed drivers in the local drift scene so much that pro Matt Field brought him to my attention for this post. The only two real youth drivers I can remember are James Deane and Jack Shanahan who have both impressed me as they grew older. Dominic Martinez seems like one to watch and if he puts down an impressive finish at Golden Gate Drift this weekend we will provide a follow up post. Make sure to follow him on Instagram below and thanks to Wall Hunter for the photo.

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Follow him here- https://www.instagram.com/dominicmartinezdrifting/