Vegas Drift: Round 4 Southwest Drift Series Tucson
The 2017 Southwest Drift Series comes to an end as this weekend, 21 drivers made their way to Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson,
AZ for the last round of the Vegas Drift Southwest Drift series presented by Vegas Drift. Most of the drivers were
local who made the short two-hour drive from Phoenix to compete, as others were from
neighboring states such as California, Nevada, and Colorado. The weather was mild for
a typical Arizona summer day, but with cloud cover and a slight breeze, it was no
problem being outside enjoying some pro-am drifting. This night was also the night that
the 2017 series champion would be crowned, with the top 3 drivers earning their
Formula Drift Pro 2 license.
The evening’s driving was consistent, exciting, and hard fought by all.
Unfortunately, a few cars had to bow out of competition due to mechanical problems.
Another season of hard driving started to take its toll on some of the cars. Raz Naor of
California started having problems with his LS powered Evo late in the evening, while
some weren’t even able to make it to qualifying. A light rain came down for about 10
minutes during qualifying, which made for tricky situations. The track dried quickly and
drivers were allowed exploratory runs to test the wet conditions. During Top 16, we saw
drivers Tony Chard, Matt Dale, and Javi Martinez fight their way to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
place respectively. Many were stunned by the outcome, as drivers like Nick Gross, Raz
Naor, Austin Kregle, and Andrew Schultz were all knocked out early. Overall the night
was a huge success in terms of driving and spectator turn out.
The series champion was also crowned that night. Coming into the weekend, Nick Gross led the series in 1st place with 153 points,
Raz Naor held 2nd with 142 points, Andrew Schulte in 3rd with 136 points, and Austin
Kregle in 4th place with 134 points. It was a tight race to see who would make the
After sealing their fate early in Round 4, the results were in. Andrew Schulte came in 3rd, Raz Naor was 2nd, and
Phoenix local Nick Gross took the series championship. To the winner goes the spoils,
as Nick was awarded not only his Pro 2 license, but goodies from the likes of Garrett
Turbo, ACT Clutches, and KAAZ. A battle well fought by all the drivers in this year’s competition.
Everyone at Car Street Journal congratulates all the
drivers from the 2017 season, and are looking forward to covering next years action!
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Words by: Lee Tribbie
Photography by: Hans Marquez and Lee Tribbie