If you've never seen thousands of horsepower corralled in the small village of Wakeman, Ohio, then you’ve been missing the Buschur Racing DSM/EVO Shootout. The weekend of August 17-19th, 2012 welcomed several thousand enthusiasts to David Buschur’s realm for the 20th anniversary celebration of Mitsubishi performance. Uncharacteristically mild weather made the weekend gathering all the more enjoyable, especially since the event had grown significantly since the first event held in 1991.
David Buschur recalled, “What started as a casual meeting of four DSMs and a Mazda RX-7 then grew to eight cars in 1992, which was named the First Annual Buschur Racing DSM Shootout. Attendance progressively increased with each passing year. When the EVO came out in 2003, name changed to DSM/EVO Shootout. For the 20th Anniversary, the event had grown into a three-day festival including an open house, dyno challenge, autocross and drag race.” He continued, “I’ve done my best to keep up with the changes and patterns while keeping this a racing event. We don’t do bikini contests, burnout contests or other such annoyances. People come here to see friends they see only once a year. The people are what have made the event a success and I have to thank them for coming back annually and for bringing more people, making it bigger each year for the last 20 years.”
THE DYNO, BUSCHUR'S BASE CAMP AND BON FIRES
Buschur Racing kicked off the event with an open house and dyno challenge at its facilities. Authorities shut down Main Street once again as over one thousand attendees and hundreds of cars lined the streets and the open field adjacent to Buschur Racing. It was an incredible turnout for a Friday event, as attendees traveled from as far south as Florida and as far west as Washington State. Contenders rocked the rollers of Buschur’s Mustang Dynamometer in two classes. Brandon Mastrodonato won the NBF Tech Racing Stock Appearing class with 510 horsepower while Emery Kapral captured the Buschur Racing Big Turbo crown with 872 horsepower. As the sun set on the first day of the shootout, the Wakeman Fire Department ignited a blazing bonfire to wrap up the first day of festivities.
CONE KILLERS AND QUARTER-MILE THRILLERS
For yet another year, Summit Motorsports Park served as the venue as 381 racers and nearly 4,700 spectators came through the gates in Norwalk. The last few years have seen an evolution at the shootout as Buschur has incorporated autocross into the mix. To raise the bar even further, Buschur created a Max Effort class to truly test competitors’ mettle. Divided into DSM and EVO categories, Max Effort competitors combine their best autocross lap time and quickest quarter mile e.t. to determine the winners. For the 2012 Shootout, the DSM winner was Bryan Vamps and the EVO winner was Chris Carbee. David Buschur competed with his “clutchless 4-speed” converted EVO (finished the day before competition), finishing third in the Max Effort EVO class and setting a personal best pass at 9.94-seconds. As the Saturday sun began to set, all of the IDRC drag racing classes presented by Motovicity Distribution made test and tune passes before the first round of qualifying for all classes closed out the day. STM’s Emery Kapral set a personal best pass in his EVO RS with an 8.71-second pass at 168 MPH.