In the semis Quick Class kingpins Lisa Kubo and Sean Glazar squared off. Sean's blisitering 9.22 was too much for Lisa who posted a 10.37. The other semifinal heat pitted the Venom Civic and Texas quick shooter Kenny Tran against each other in a Honda versus Honda showdown. The Californian outdrew the Texan 9.73 to 9.91 in one of the closer battles of the day.

The Quick Class final was contested by Sean Glazar and his first-gen Talon and Jimmy O'Connor and the Venom Civic. In another agonizing twist of fate the Venom Civic tore off a 9.61 at 152 and still went home runner-up as Sean's second 9.22 of the meet was just too much. Despite the .40-second difference in e.t., the final was a close race as the Venom Civic had a slight lead early and was passed at the top end, another strange happening as Hondas are usually the ones reeling in the competition the last 400 feet or so.

Import Racer Magazine Pro-StreetIn the all motor racing category it was business as usual as Tony Shagday and the Skunk2 Integra covered the competition by seconds in the final. But, in a change of pace the Skunk2 car was not the top qualifier as Shawn Hillier and L'Natural were the top dog with an 11.00 at 127 mph. Shawn did not appear for eliminations which opened the door for Shagday who qualified second at 11.15. Third qualifier Norris Praytoonto (11.38) made the finals but suffered mechanical problems in his quest to take out Skunk2.

Pro Import RWDThe rear-drive "import" class had only one Japanese import, Russ Matusevich's JZA70 Supra. The remainder of the field consisted of two, not one but two, Ford Pintos and a five-pack of VW Bugs. It came down to a battle of the Bugs as Doug Gonzales defeated Marty Staggs in a fender to fender final.

Route 66 is quickly becoming a premier venue in import drag racing. The track officials are respectful and the track surface is so good running a big number is practically a foregone conclusion. The IDRA is looking to expand and have two dates at Joliet next season. Current plans call for a May date and a September date but stay tuned to Turbo or www.battleoftheimports.com for a rundown of the 2001 Battle schedule.

BATTLE OF THE IMPORTS
EVENT:
JACKSON RACING BATTLE OF THE IMPORTS
DATE:
SEPT 30 & OCT 1, 2000
LOCATION:
ROUTE 66 RACEWAY, JOLIET ILLINOIS
SPECTATOR ATTENDANCE:
8,335
RACE CAR COUNT:
387
CAR SHOW COUNT:
61