A strong Puerto Rican contingent is expected to add some serious spice to this week’s sixth annual Imports vs. Domestics Showdown at US 131 Motorsports Park featuring both Quick 8 and Quick 32 events, a car-and-truck show with stereo competition and live music, the vehicles of the Great Lakes Pro Tree Association and much more.
After the Puerto Rican-based Toyotas of Victor Flores and Isais Rojas turned the import drag racing world upside down with their performances at two different American racetracks earlier this year, it sparked a groundswell of interest in the sport among Puerto Rican nationals worldwide.
As a result, promoters expect even more Puerto Rican participation than they enjoyed at the first five Showdowns.
Flores negotiated the Orlando Speed World quarter mile in a world record 5.660 seconds at 255.34 miles per hour at the wheel of a Zoian Racing Toyota Camry powered by a turbocharged 2JZ in-line six cylinder engine just weeks before Rojas wheeled an Mech Tech Racing 2006 Scion through the timers in 5.671 seconds at 251.44 mph with similar 2JZ power at Maryland International Raceway.
Now the race is on to go even quicker in a high-performance “gold rush” that is likely to bring some of the top contenders back to “Michigan’s Fastest Track” to strut their stuff.
In addition to the car show, which concludes at 5 p.m. with awards and a special guest speaker, Saturday’s program includes Quick 8 and Quick 32 qualifying, race one of two of the weekend in the Great Lakes Pro Tree Series, and a winner-takes-all No Time Shootout for cars with steel roofs and quarter panels with wheelbases within two inches of factory specs.
In addition to Sunday’s Quick car eliminations, round two of Great Lakes Pro Tree racing will also be contested.
Since the event was rained out a year ago, the defending Quick 8 champion is former “fastest street car in America” record-holder Tom Bailey of Lake Orion who stopped Ryan Hill of Valparaiso, Ind., in the 2017 final.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Racing Sunday will follow non-denominational church services at 8:15 a.m. and pre-race ceremonies at 9 a.m. Adult admission is $20 per day with children 12 and under free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Camping spots also are available on a first come, first served basis for $85 with full electric.