After contesting its first for editions at the Memphis International Raceway in Tennessee, Outlaw Street Car Reunion promoter Tyler Crossnoe is taking their radial tire show on the road to yet another iconic facility in the outlaw street car racing arena: the legendary Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky next April. The event will mark the first-ever radial specific race at Beech Bend. Below is the official release announcing the new location and class structure for the 2018 race:
A long four months of contract talks, numerous facility tours and more – the Outlaw Street Car Reunion has found a new home, a new date and a title sponsor for the first time in its five years of existence!
As the team took many things into consideration, the racers are always our top priority to keep our event as racer-based as possible. A host of asphalt parking and two sets of staging lanes was a high point of organization and flow for the event in itself. Spaced out parking will allow us to group some classes together in close areas to make the event even more organized than before on the racer standpoint. An amazing track surface awaits you as you roll down the hill out of the staging lanes and into the burnout box — all concrete to the eighth-mile and a nice asphalt stretch to finish out the quarter-mile racing surface and into the over 2,000 feet of shutdown area at Kentucky’s largest and most prestigious drag racing facility.
One thing that is very unique to Beech Bend Raceway Park are the grandstands for the great race fans to enjoy a day and night of racing. At Beech Bend, the grandstands are covered so you are not sitting in direct sunlight and get to enjoy drag racing in the shade on both sides of the racetrack. Also, the grandstands are much closer to the racing surface so you get an unbelievable feel when the cars blast down the racetrack that you don’t get at many other racetracks across this great country.
For the first time in the event’s history, we are ecstatic to announce the partnership from the team at Holley EFI to the title rights position at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion V. Robin Lawrence and the team at Holley EFI have been making huge strides over the past few years to bring a new product to the market that intrigues racers and teams in the small tire markets. With their studious and dedicated team, Holley EFI is always looking to bring the best product to the market.
Numerous teams have already made the swap to Holley EFI, including the world’s quickest and fastest leaf spring equipped car, Jason Digby’s ‘Tooth Jerker’ Dodge Dart running in Limited Drag Radial and being piloted by none other than Lyle Barnett. Brad Edwards, Tony Alm, and numerous others are putting their best foot forward with their programs, including a Lights Out 8 victory in February for the aforementioned Alm in Ultra Street with his turbocharged Ford Mustang.
Many of the traditional classes will remain in 2018 while seeing new purse structures, new class sponsor layouts, and more. We are trying to do our best work over the next nine months to make the fifth edition of this ever-popular event the best yet. With the new partnership with Holley EFI, we will be bringing in some of the best names in the business to create event flow and production to make OSCR V as organized and smooth as possible.
Radial vs. The World will continue to headline the event with an already reformed partnership with Billet Atomizer Racing Injectors backing the category that will currently pay $15,000 to the event champion. RVW has long been a fan favorite for all involved, with the elapsed times nearing the 3.6-second range and most cars well over 200 miles per hour in cars weighing in at nearly 3,000 pounds on a tire no wider than a 315 drag radial.
X275 Drag Radial returns with a solid partnership with John Sears and X275 Motorsports, dropping a cool $10,000 into the winners hands at the end of the day. Limited Drag Radial brings an old school, stock appearing style category into the fold for the third consecutive season. LDR has quickly become a fan favorite class with the tight side-by-side racing and the stock appearance factor of race cars rushing down the eighth-mile in 4.2-seconds or faster at over 180 miles per hour.
Racecraft, Inc. Ultra Street stacks up along with Kuntz & Company Racing Engines/McCarty Performance MX235 to join the others once again to round out our radial line-up for the fifth running of the Outlaw Street Car Reunion.
In 2017, we introduced the Pro Street Motorcycle category to small tire/drag radial fans for the first time and had 25 entries fill the pits to launch one of the strongest bike counts of the 2017 season. For those who do not know, Pro Street Motorcycle is a category with no wheelie bars running on a ‘radial style’ motorcycle tire, making them a great fit to a drag radial event for style and performance. The unofficial Pro Street Motorcycle class record was set in testing last season with a 6.68-second elapsed time on the scoreboards at over 220 miles per hour by Rodney Williford as he kicked the weekend off with a bang and proved that the class belongs at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion.
In 2018, we are proud to announce the motorcycles are returning for yet another exciting event, already with committed sponsorship from Great Lakes Racecraft and others expressing strong interest in our program.
One thing that we strive ourselves on at the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion V is our sportsman program, and once again the 6.00 Index and 7.00 Index classes will anchor our event and bring in a host of the best sportsman racers across the globe. We stepped outside of the mold in 2017 and performed two events in one weekend with the Thursday Throwdown bonus race that was a huge hit, with over 50 entries in both classes! When the main event rolled around, car count grew even more and we had over 60 entries in each class for the big race that paid $5,000 to win. Close to the same program is on tap in 2018 with a few small purse changes to make the payout reach more drivers and continue to strive ourselves to build this event into the Sportsman Super Bowl, year in and year out.
We are very excited to announce the move to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, slated for April 18-22, 2018 for the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion V!
It has been a pleasure to work with Dallas Jones, Broc Porter, and the entire staff at Beech Bend Raceway Park on previous events and with putting this event together over the past few months. With this being the first large radial event at the famed facility, we are very excited to bring this style of racing to the already history-filled grounds in Bowling Green. For more information on Beech Bend Raceway Park, be sure to visit www.beechbend.com and like their Facebook page. As always, be sure to stay tuned to RaceOSCR.com for all of the major news and announcements coming soon for the ever-popular Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion V!