Orlando Speedworld Dragway has long been known as the home of doorslammer drag racing for more than a decade, and over the weekend of November 8-10, 2013, they are out to prove it yet again with the World Street Nationals XX. That’s 20 years of the coolest cars and hottest on-track action to be celebrated with four of the hottest classes in the land.
The exploits of the Pro Street class at Orlando are legendary, with battles between some of the most well-known drivers in the world taking place on the Orlando 1320. Names like Pat Musi and Tony Christian along with Tim Lynch and many others have excelled at the event over the years, and the 2013 running promises to be one of the best yet, with guaranteed purses and classes designed to pull in the biggest hitters in the game.
New Speedworld owner Ozzy Moya has resurrected the race, to be run on the full quarter-mile and featuring four heads-up classes along with 8.50 and 10.0 index racing. Improvements have been made throughout the facility in anticipation of the event.
Super Pro Street is designed for door cars only and will feature a 32-car qualified field running for a whopping $10,000 guaranteed winner’s payout, with $2,000 to the runner-up, $1,500 for semifinal finishers, $1,000 for quarterfinalists, $500 for 1/8, and $250 for 1/16th finalists. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a race pay so far back, but OSW is putting their money out to make sure that the quickest and fastest machines in the land show up to this event.
Super Pro Street has rules designed for a variety of combinations, with naturally-aspirated combos having no minimum weight. Four and six-cylinder unlimited combinations cross the scales at 2,250 pounds, while nitrous-assisted cars have three weight breaks depending upon cubic-inch displacement. There are small- and big-block supercharged and small-and big-block turbocharged weight breaks for various cubic-inch displacements, and as far as we can tell this should bring out one of the largest fields of the year of Pro Street-style cars.
Heavy Street pays $5,000 to win and $1,500 to the runner-up. Heavy Street competitors must have factory-produced cars with a VIN number, any tire, and any chassis with a-arm front suspension. The base weight for the class is 3,300 pounds, with a deduction for nearly every combination from that weight, except C-rotor screw blowers and big-block twin-turbo combinations using turbochargers larger than 88mm – those combinations must add 100 pounds to the base weight. And that’s about it for the rules for Heavy Street. If you’re looking for real iron along the lines of old-school Pro Streeters then this is the class for you.
Extreme Street is also designed for factory-produced door cars using a maximum 12-inch-wide drag radial or 29.5/10.5-inch slick tire. In this class, any chassis is permitted, but the car must retain its original appearance – no chopped and channeled machines permitted here. It’s being billed as one of the best 315 vs. 29.5 races of the year, and with $5,000 on the line for the winner, payback to the 1/16 finalists, and weight breaks for every imaginable combination, we have to think it’s going to be just that. Minimum weight in this class is 3,200 pounds with deductions only – no adders.
Street Outlaw has the 275 vs. 28×10.5-inch battle of the season written all over it. As with the rest of the heads-up classes, there is a 32-car qualified field and it pays back to the 1/16th finalist. All of the x275 players should be in town for the big payday, with weight breaks following typical rules already in place at venues all over the country. There are a number of stipulations in the Street Outlaw rules, so make sure you hit the link and check out the rules to see what your car’s supposed to weigh before you get there.
Orlando’s been the place to be at the end of the season for years, despite missing the last two seasons. There will be a little something for everyone, from fast cars to big trophies, so make your plans to get there.