Once a year for the last 13 years Norwalk Raceway Park has been the home of the Buschur Racing Diamond Star Shootout. What started out 15 years ago as a few friends getting together to race their Eclipses and Talons on a Friday night has grown from eight guys attending the first year to 1,618 spectators and 208 racers in 2004.
With the battle growing between the Mitsubishi and Subaru camps for supremacy of the AWD platform it just makes sense to give them an arena to battle it out on.
Al Friedman, of DynoFlash, attended an EVO VS WRX event that was held in Englishtown, N.J. in 2004. The event had a good turnout but Al didn't feel it had the laid back, friendly feeling that he got while attending the DSM Shootouts. One phone call later and Al and David Buschur were in partnership to bring a new event to Norwalk Raceway Park.
This first-year event had a surprisingly large turnout. The event was held Friday, April 15th. Normally, getting people to attend any first-year event is tough enough, but to pull one off on a Friday is even harder. The event turned out to be huge success. The weather cooperated with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60s.
There were 84 racers that showed up for their chance to set some records. 524 spectators came to cheer them on and from the looks of the parking lot every one of them showed up in either an EVO or WRX!
As always, Norwalk Raceway's preparation of the track was top notch and the record setting performances were proof of that.
AMS's 2003 Evo VIII set a new personal best of 10.11 at 141 mph, without the use of nitrous. Also in a 2003 Evo VIII, Al Friedman ran a new personal best of 10.22 at 138 mph, also without nitrous. Al asked Kevin Lawson, driver of Buschur Racing's 8.60-second Conquest, to make a pass in his Evo. Kevin laid down a 10.18 at 141 mph in his first and only pass.
Dan Buschur, from Buschur Racing, fought traction problems by running on the stock Advan tires in his full-weight, fully-optioned 2003 Evo VIII. After multiple 134 mph passes through the traps, Dan finally found some traction at the cost of a poor 1.84-second 60-foot time but it was enough for a 10.94 pass. He was then overheard challenging some of the other Evos to a road trip and then to a handling and braking challenge. His words were, "This one is still an Evo, it handles, brakes, drives AND runs 10s at 134+ mph."
Curt Brown brought out his Buschur Racing Stage 4-equipped Evo VIII. On race gas with an AEM EMS for fuel management his stock turbo'd Evo ran an amazing 10.94 at 124 mph! With some serious traction for the DOT radials the car was able to pull off a 1.50-second 60-foot time.
David Buschur was also there making some shakedown runs on his 2004 Evo RS. His car is being prepped for the Car and Driver Super Four Challenge coming in June. The event tests a car's acceleration, handling, braking and timed top speed to 150 mph. In other words, it has to do everything well and do it on 93-octane fuel. On pump gas using Buschur Racing's Stage 4, stock turbo, AEM EMS for tuning, a DMS suspension and StopTech big brakes the car laid down an 11.79 at 116 mph!
Kevin Lawson, piloting the Buschur Racing Conquest, came out and ran back-to-back 9.2s at 150 mph before a faulty electric water pump sidelined it for the rest of the event.
Slowdown Motorsports brought out their new AWD DSM for some shakedown runs. Their day ended with the complete destruction of their car. Within seconds of leaving the starting line fire surrounded the car. The driver escaped very quickly and threw his helmet at the rear of the car, this did nothing but enrage the fire. 14 fire extinguishers were emptied but had no effect on the fire.
The Norwalk Fire Department had to be dispatched but by the time they showed up the car was a complete loss. This was the first time in Norwalk's 40-year history that a car burned beyond repair. It was later found that the fuel rail was not bolted on properly causing the fuel leak that started the fire. The fire under the car burned through the plastic fuel cell pretty quickly, adding even more fuel to the fire, so to speak. It is rumored a new car is already in the works and under construction.
The one non-flaming disappointment during the event was the number of fast Subarus that turned up. There were A LOT of Subarus, just not many fast ones. John Schroeck brought out the fastest STi on the grounds, running a best of 11.73 at 118.34 mph.
The classes were organized to keep the fields very broad and easy to run in for many types of setups.
The track was open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Competition was over by around 3 p.m. which left two hours for additional time trials. The track ran very smoothly throughout the day leaving enough time for some guys to get over 20 passes in for testing and competition.
The following day there was a car show and gathering at Buschur Racing with about 150 people attending.
A second event is already being scheduled for 2006. It will be held on a Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will include dyno runs on Buschur Racing's new AWD Mustang chassis dyno, a car show and food and drinks. Sunday will be an all-day race event and the goal is to get the biggest and best all-wheel drivers on the same track at the same time. Check for more news at www.buschurracing.com
|EVO VS. WRX |
|1st place ||Al Friedman |
|2003 Evo VIII ||10.28 at 138.67 mph |
|2nd place ||Yusuf Begic |
|1993 Evo II ||10.70 at 128.41 mph |
|3rd place ||Mike Carter |
|2003 Evo VIII ||12.18 at 115.61 mph |
EVO VS. WRXThis class was run on a heads-up Pro Tree, as were all the others except for the Bracket class. DOT tires, full interior and exhaust and no nitrous were the only rules. There were only two Subarus that even attempted to run this class. For those two guys, thank you for your bravery.
|SUBARU Q8 |
|1st place ||Daryl Hudson |
|1991 Eclipse ||10.42 at 130.47 mph |
|2nd place ||Eric Jones |
|1991 Galant VR4 ||11.53 at 121.79 mph |
|3rd place ||Eric Gaudi |
|1994 Talon ||11.11 at 135.39 mph |
Mitsubishi Q8This was an anything goes class. Slicks, nitrous, RWD or anything you could dream up as long as a Mitsubishi engine powered it.
|MITSUBISHI Q8 |
|1st place ||Tony Simmons |
|2004 STi ||13.36 at 104.07 mph |
|2nd place ||Greg Feinstien |
|2005 STi ||13.81 at 105.58 mph |
|3rd place ||John Schroeck |
|2004 STi ||BROKE |
|3rd place ||Corey Hurcomb |
|2004 STi ||14.29 at 96.99 mph |
Subaru Q8Set up exactly like the Mitsubishi Q8 class with the exception of all vehicles had to be Subaru powered.
|BRACKET CLASS |
|1st place ||Andrew Quick |
|2004 WRX ||13.09 at 101.67 mph |
|2nd place ||Ryan Gross |
|2004 STi ||12.87 at 105.65 mph |
|3rd place ||Demetrius Jones |
|2002 Impreza ||14.46 at 90.02 mph |
Bracket ClassThis was an anything-goes class, the only rule the car had to be Mitsubishi or Subaru powered.