This past weekend was the North Carolina Autocross Championships (NCACs) held at Zmax Dragway in Concord. Last year in 2012 I competed in Street Modified and won 1st place being named the State Champion in Street Modified for 2012. This year I defended my title against some really great drives like Steven Rankin and Tim White.
The NCACs consist of 2 days of racing with a change in direction (reverse run) on the 2nd day. The best combined time over the 2 days wins the weekend. Each day you had 3 runs to put down your best time. This leaves practically 0 room for errors considering the 1st run out of 3 is solely dedicated to warming up the 315/30 Hoosiers.
Day 1 was intense. Street Modified was slated to run 1st run group out of 4. It was a bit cool outside so not only did we clean the course, we laid the rubber and warmed it up a bit. Needless to say run 1 was a complete mess. I ended up spinning and taking out a wall of cones finishing with a 73 second run. The other guys ran 63s but with cones as well. 63s seemed fast to me so I was getting a little nervous. Run 2 I tried to run a clean run. I was a little conservative and finished with a 62.6. Second runs for the other guys came in 62.2 and 62.6 so I knew I was in the same area. My last run I focused on just trying to pick up .1 in every section. Not over drive the car or go balls out to where I would make an error, but get a lot of little improvements to make a big difference at the end. I successfully did so with a 61.5 picking up a little more then 1 second on the run. The other guys came in with a 61.6 and 61.7. There was .2 of a second between 1st and 3rd place. It was a close race and all came down to day 2.
Day 2 the run orders were flipped. Since we ran 1st on day 1 we ran last on day 2. I decided that I was going to be one of the last cars to run so I can see what times I needed to beat in order to win. Again my first run was to get heat in the tires. I ended up coming across the finish a little sideways and taking out some cones after the lights giving me a DNF but had a fairly good run with a 63.3 Compared to the others though I was about .5 seconds behind. Second run Steven put down a 62.2 nearly 1 second faster then my first run. On my second run I pushed a little bit to much to try and make up some time and over drove a bit on a few sections and finished with a 62.6. I picked up .5 seconds but still was .5 seconds behind Steven. He went out for his last run and put down a 61.9 and really put the pressure on me with nearly a .7 second lead. It all came down to my very last run. Just like run 3 from day 1 I was focused on picking up little time in all areas of the course. And I did, i finished with a 61.6 picking up 1 second over my 2nd run and taking first place by .3 seconds! It was one of the most fun and hard fought autocross events I have been to so far. But I was able to pull it off. That is 2 years back to back North Carolina Street Modified State Champion!