The Coyote Stock finale was simply amazing as Justin Burcham narrowly missed beating HiPo Joe Charles for the inaugural class championship. Burcham would set the world record at a stout 10.55 and earned a runner-up finish to newcomer Shane Stymiest. The on-track fun was stepped up thanks to a few cash bonus awards posted by Strange Engineering. The company threw in an additional $500 to the top prize, bringing the winning total to $1,000. Then Strange Engineering said it would give a $250 reward to the racer with the quickest reaction time in eliminations. If the same person won and set low reaction time then another $250 would be thrown in the mix, creating a potential $1,500 winner’s paycheck.
Shane Stymiest is the recipient of the winner’s bonus as he took down Burcham in the finals—10.63 at 124 mph to Burcham’s 10.73 at 124 mph. We heard lots of rumors and reports on Stymiest’s pre-race testing at MIR and it all pointed to record performances. Burcham had a few tricks up his sleeve and managed to outrun Stymiest in qualifying and set the record. But in the end, the final round went to the new NMRA racer along with the additional Strange Engineering bonus money.The other bonus check was written to Joe Guertin as he nailed down an impressive .023 light in the semi-finals. Guertin is the lone racer that employs a C4 automatic transmission and scored his first 10-second run in Coyote Stock this past weekend. The super-clean 1986 Mustang LX coupe also cracked off a .062 light in round one of eliminations.
A big Thank You goes out to Strange Engineering for handing out the bonus cash.