Goodguys wraps up 2022 season and announces AutoCross winners

Goodguys concluded his 39the year in operation at WestWorld of Scottsdale for 25the Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals. It was a chance to see the “Top 12 of the Year Awards” winners on display and witness the culmination of the year long Goodguys CPP AutoCross racing series.

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Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series at WestWorld of Scottsdale

Winners of the “Top 12 of the Year Awards” were prominently displayed at the final 2022 event, representing the nation’s best show cars and trucks, including Snap-on Muscle Car of the Year, Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year and more. Also on site were the winners of the Next Generation Award presented by Goolsby Customs, as well as Chevrolet Performance GM Iron Builder of the Year and Retro Iron Builder of the Year. Finalists were recognized during the Goodguys event season and winners were showcased at the Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale.

AutoCross at WestWorld of Scottsdale
Bill Graves Sr. and his ’63 Corvette Receive CPP AutoCrosser of the Year Award

Also announced was the CPP AutoCrosser of the Year award, presented by Classic Performance Products, adding North Carolina’s Bill Graves Sr. and his 1963 Chevrolet Corvette to the “Top 12” features section. The award is given to the 2022 autocross season competitor with the highest point total after the last two events at Scottsdale. Graves took this year’s AutoCrosser of the Year title after earning more points during the 2022 season than any other driver in any other class. The award-winning racer showed his mastery by qualifying in first place for the Forgeline Street Machine class of the “Duel in the Desert” course, further advancing other competitors and finishing the race with a 35-second lap.

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AutoCross at WestWorld of Scottsdale
Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series at WestWorld of Scottsdale

The Goodguys CPP AutoCross Series racers faced a new format for the final meet in Scottsdale this year with eight-car “Duel in the Desert” shootouts for each competitive class. When these shootouts were complete, the winners were Jared Leisinger in the Speedtech Performance PRO-X class, Eric Sheely in the Summit Racing PRO class, Ryan Mathews in the Gearstar Sports Car class, Bill Graves Sr. in the Forgeline Street Machine class, and Dustin Reed in the LMC truck class.

In addition, Saturday afternoon began the new “King of the Desert” shootout, made up of the eight fastest vehicles from the weekend, regardless of class. The ladder included qualifiers from the PRO-X class, PRO class, Sports Car class, and Street Machine class. It all came down to a family final round: brothers Jared and Josh Leisinger squared off in their Summit Racing-sponsored Corvettes. Josh claimed victory on an especially close final lap, running a time of 33.232 to Jared’s 33.284, a .052-second margin of victory. The racing action for the weekend concluded on Sunday with Tremec All American Action, resulting in Gunnison Jones topping the field and winning the shootout.

    25th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals at WestWorld of Scottsdale
25the Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals at WestWorld of Scottsdale

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