Enough with the practice laps of Friday, this is the big leagues now! When the dust settled over the 32-car field, Danny Popp in his 1972 Corvette was the last man standing with Scott Fraser just a few tenths of a second behind.
Saturday morning begun with all of the competitors jockeying for a place in the top 32 which would enable them to compete in the eliminator final later that afternoon. The morning was not without a little drama as one of the cars, a C3 Corvette, had a little mishap three-quarters of the way through a lap. By a “little” mishap, we mean the rear driver-side wheel fell off, leaving the car to slide across the parking lot. Somehow, it still never hit a cone and even more impressive was that they were able to get the Vette back up and running in time to compete in the elimination rounds.
The 32-car elimination round works pretty straightforward—think March Maddness—as one car competes against another for the fastest time. The winner moves on to the next bracket and the loser is forced to retire in the pits.
Speaking of winner, a Chevy takes home the top prize again. In fact, this is Danny’s third victory at the Goodguys Duel in the Desert and second consecutively. He walked home with a cool $3,000 and smiles to last a lifetime. After learning he was the victor, Danny promptly hopped back in his Corvette and gave the crowd a tire-roasting, cone-smashing show.