K1 Speed in Carlsbad hosted its Muscle Car and Classics night last week, June 22nd. Fellow enthusiasts met up to talk cars, share in stories, and take part in racing the best indoor racing karts in San Diego.
The friendly rivalries between the muscle car owners were set, as it was Chevy VS Dodge VS Ford – and it was definitely a show on the track. Resident driver and Corvette enthusiast Matt Merrill, would set the quickest lap with a 25.659 second lap time putting him on the pole. Jared Buccola, a Mustang enthusiast would qualify in 2nd with a 25.899 second lap. Chris Vaughn, also a Mustang owner would qualify in third with a lap time of 25.969 second lap creating a very fast paced group.
The 16 lap final race had all the drivers aimed for the same position going into turn one. Matt took the green flag on the gridded start, and lead the drivers down the front straight-away and headed into turn one followed by the well known Schumacer corner. Everyone got away clean, and it was a freight train of drivers down the front straight for the first 4 laps with Matt, Jared, and Chris eventually pulling away from the rest of the pack that was lead by Mark Cohn, who had Thomas Litton and Craig Moya sitting right on his back bumper. No one was going to catch Matt, as his driving experience really started to show as he posted consistent high 25 second lap times throughout the race. The Battle for second and third was tight, Jarred Buccola was working to make up for a rough Challenge GP race the previous Sunday, and doing everything he could to keep Chris Vaughn from passing him. Chris knows the track layout very well but wasn’t able to keep pace with Jarred’s determination.
The group would finish with Matt going wire to wire pretty much unopposed, followed by Jarred taking second and Chris would round out the top three on the podium in third.
Don’t miss out on our next Muscle Car night, as fellow enthusiasts will be in again July 27th to enjoy a night of Hot Rods, Muscle Cars and racing at K1 Speed.
Don’t miss out on our weekly car nights we are hosting each week for automotive and motorcycle enthusiasts -
JDM car night 1st Tuesday of each month
Bike night 2nd Tuesday of each month
Euro car night 3rd Tuesday of each month
Muscle car night 4th Tuesday of each month
Roll in time is between 7 and 8pm, and we start racing around 8 o’clock.