Jake Gavio and the Tim Grey Racing Team set national records at the Imports vs. Domestics/ World Cup Finals at Maryland International Raceway
- November 26th, 2013
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Jake Gavio and Tim Grey had a huge weekend at the Imports vs. Domestics/ World Cup Finals at Maryland International Raceway. The event drew a HUGE crowd due to weather conditions conducive for record breaking runs and the fact that imports clash head to head with their domestic counterparts in their respective classes. It made for a great show for the fans and even better racing for the team.
Jake had been chasing the elusive 9 second all motor pass since the end of 2011 and he knew that the car he was driving had the potential to do it.
They battled rain on Friday, the first day of the event. Nobody was able to make their 1st or 2nd qualifier because of it.
On Saturday, they were slated to have their final 2 qualifiers. Jake came out and ran a 9.95 @ 137 and Tim went 10.13 @ 134 on their first qualifying attempts. He had finally hit his goal of running a 9 second pass in competition and the entire team was ecstatic. Unfortunately rain came in again on Saturday night so the final qualifier was pushed to Sunday morning.
Jake had one final qualifying attempt at 9 am on Sunday morning before eliminations started later that afternoon and managed to improve even further with a 9.879 @ 139, which at the time, was the quickest pass in all-motor history and secured the #1 qualifier spot.
After a long wait, the team was finally ready for 1st round eliminations later Sunday evening. Jake’s first round opponent was a low 10 second Mustang, so he knew he had to be on his game.
The track still had some heat in it and the temperatures were quickly dropping. If there was any time to lean on the car as much as possible, it was now, and it did not dissapoint. Jake crossed the traps with a 9.74 @ 138.8 MPH, setting a new national record!
The 2nd round had Jake facing off against another mustang. Jake pushed it a little too hard in this round and ended up spinning the tires very badly on launch. Luckily, he was able to make it up on the back end and take the win.
The team had a few more rounds of racing and Jake ended up in the finals vs. Marc Podkowic. Marc had been running 9.8s all day so we knew it would be a great race. Both Final Competitors run AEM’s Series 2 EMS, AQ-1 Data Logger, AEM sensors and AEM Wideband UEGO controllers–no wonder they were both in the finals.
Jake left first and was able to maintain the lead all the way. He won with a 9.75 @ 139 to Marc’s 9.87 @ 137!
Jake and his team are currently in the process of converting their car over to AEM’s Infinity ECU. They are very confident that this addition will benefit their race times in the near future.
Image from The Sauce Spot.