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UMI Performance’s 7th Annual Autocross and Cruise In

Autocross Haven: Chevy muscle car action from the UMI Motorsports autocross

Tim King Aug 14, 2018
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Last year, UMI Performance acquired a 5/8-mile paved racetrack. Over the last year they brought it back to life as UMI Motorsports Park (Clearfield, Pennsylvania) and paved the infield to provide a road course and autocross setup. This past weekend the doors officially opened with the 7th Annual UMI Autocross and Cruise In.

The weekend started Thursday night with an open track walk. This allowed competitors and spectators to come and see the new facility and get a feel for how the track will be laid out. Excitement grew as competitors were chomping at the bit to try things out.

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Friday morning they got their opportunity with an entire day of autocrossing on the brand-new track. The course was designed to use all aspects of it. The cars started on the infield, which was followed with quick turns, leading into a blind corner. This blind corner put them on the backstretch for a brief bit before going back into the infield for tight hairpin turns. After completing that portion they went back out onto Turn 3 and raced around to the start/finish line to finish a lap. With the unique layout of the course, multiple cars were able to compete on the course simultaneously, giving the 100 competitors a ton of runs. And for those Chevy fans, the event featured everything from early and late-model Camaros and Corvettes to classic Chevelles, and everything in between.

Friday night was the cruise to the UMI Performance open house and BBQ—a fun evening with great food and friends, new and old.

Saturday till 2 p.m. was more autocross racing, followed up by the Cruise In, which brought a plethora of different kinds of muscle cars from every make and model imaginable. With food, drinks, and live music, it was one big party Saturday afternoon, which was much needed after two days of hard-core autocrossing. CHP

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Winners

Vintage Class (1977 and Older)
Justin Nall
John Lyons
Ken Edwards

Mid-Muscle Class (1978-1992)
Chuck Trimble
Jeremy McCauley
Mike Goodman

Late-Model Class (1993 and Up)
Brad Smith
Mike Stewart
Steve Eich

Two-Seater Sports Cars
Joe Gregory
Marshall Reinert
Bob Bertelson

Photography by Tim King

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