PT #76{The Gigantic Finalist List for the 2014 Optima Invitational!

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Welcome to Episode 76 of  the Podcast!

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3 Weeks and Counting to the 2014 OUSCI! Image: Ultimate Street Car Association

The 2014 OUSCI Invite List!

In this episode of the podcast show Larry and I had the chance to break down the final set of points qualifiers for the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational! This marks the 7th year for the event, and it is bigger than ever at this point. It has become the culminating event of the SEMA show itself and is something many people now build cars just to compete for an OUSCI invite with!

As of this show post there will be 91 competitors in the field, with the first 42 invites earned through 12 different events throughout the year in the following four categories:

GT2K (Under 3000 Pound Car)
GT3K (Over 3000 Pound Car)
AWD (Any All Wheel Drive Car)
SOE (Spirit of the Event)

Since some of this gets a little complicated we dedicated the entire show to breaking it down, with extra time spent on the 20 people who qualified in on points strictly. Points invitations were awarded based on season-long points, which were determined by their finishing points position at their best three events. The top points leader in each class (who was not already qualified) was invited, as well as the next 17 in points, regardless of class. Please note that the items below are PRELIMINARY and the latest and great results can be found the Optima Invitational and Ultimate Street Car Association websites.

° Thwaits, Ken GT3K 2014 Chevy 1LE
Stone, Justin AWD 2015 Subaru WRX
Shipka, James GT3K 1967 Chevy Camaro
Mathews, Ryan GT3K 2012 Chevy Camaro
Porter, Chris GT3K 1986 Porsche 948
Escobar, Joe GT2K 1974 Ford Pinto
Smith, Chris GT3K 1967 Chevy C10
Voelkel, Bret GT3K 1967 Chevy Camaro
Farrington, Sam GT3K 1966 Chevy Chevelle
Volk, Ryan GT3K 2014 Ford Mustang
Gonzalez, Cris GT3K 1970 Dodge Challenger
Ballard, Dan GT3K 1972 Chevy Nova
Schnieder, Greg GT3K 1966 Chevy Chevelle
Hoback, Rick GT3K 1999 Chevy Corvette
Priestley, Jordan GT3K 2011 Chevy Camaro
Loudin, Steve GT3K 2008 Dodge Viper
° Dunn, Karl GT2K 1999 Chevy Corvette
° Hobaugh, Brian GT3K 1973 Chevy Camaro
° Popp, Danny GT3K 2010 Chevy Camaro
MacGregor, Rob GT2K 1969 Chevy C10
Carroll, Shawn AWD 2008 Mitsu Evo X
Johnson, Randy GT3K 1973 Chevy Camaro
Porter, Herman GT2K 1985 Porsche 911
Strange, Tim GT3K 1968 Chevy Camaro

° Indicates invitee already qualified in other vehicle and now gets to choose which vehicle to participate in, then invite is granted to next highest points earner.

Hope you enjoy this one – and congrats to all who qualified!

-Rob & Larry


Upcoming Events

Fall 2014:

Just a reminder that in Episode 60 we released the full season list of events for all series schedules that we have available as of the release of this show. As always, you can always get year round updates for upcoming event locations, times, and details in the Events section in the forums.

-Rob & Larry

Octobe 24-26, 2014

NMCA West World Street Finals

Fontana, CA

Auto Club Dragway

October 24-26, 2014

Goodguys Southeastern Nationals

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Motor Speedway

November 4-7, 2014


Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Convention Center

November 6, 2014

SEMA Pro-Touring Dinner

Las Vegas, NV

Clarion Hotel and Casino

November 8-9, 2014


Pahrump, NV

Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

November 8-9, 2014

Goodguys Autumn Get-Together

Pleasanton, CA

Fairgrounds in Pleasanton

November 14-16, 2014

Goodguys Southwest Nationals

Scottsdale, AZ

WestWorld of Scottsdale

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