Photography by: Wes Taylor
Each year, Jason & Chris Miller along with the MBProductions team put on the Import Vs. Domestic event at Maryland International Raceway, which rivals any drag race around the globe in terms of attendance and intensity. There were racers from as far away as South Africa in attendance, and the racing action was wild and crazy all weekend long.
There were a number of first-time event winners like NMRA regular Haley James, who won the Wild Street class.
In the Outlaw Vs. extreme class, Front Street feature subject Tim Essick captured the win in only his third race with Brown Sugar, his brand-new car. Michael Ziccardi became the first racer into the 5-second zone in the quarter-mile on a 33×10.5x16W tire, the traditional rubber for the Outlaw 10.5 class.
Ken Quartuccio ran a 5.86 in the quarter-mile to set a new record on the 315-wide drag radial tire, and Isaias Rojas’ 2JZ-powered Toyota went 5.61 at 251 mph to re-set his own record in Outlaw Vs. Extreme. But Essick’s consistent performance captured the win over each of these accomplished racers.
Shawn Ramey won in his 4Piston Honda in Super Street, and Ralph Hardesty’s Nova outlasted the competition in Warriors Vs. Tres Cuarto. Muhammad Ali’s impressive performance in the Tekno Toyz S15 Silvia took him all the way to the win—how does 6.20s sound from only 136 cubic inches? Tuner Shane Tecklenburg says that the 80-plus psi of boost pressure make the engine think it’s sized north of 900 cubic inches, which is incredible to consider.
Crack photographer Wes Taylor of Lock It In Productions was on site recording the action for Front Street. Enjoy the gallery of photos he captured during the course of the weekend!