For the first time in more than 20 years, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association is raising the year eligibility for registered event participants. Beginning with the Spring Lone Star Nationals, set for March 9-11 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas, Goodguys will open event gates to 1987 and earlier show cars for all national events. The only exception during the group’s 2018 schedule will be the West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster in Pleasanton, California.
The expansion comes after several years of planning, according to Goodguys.
“We carefully considered all aspects of a year bump,” said Marc Meadors, president and CEO of Goodguys. “We discussed it with prominent builders, manufacturers, and our members. We asked our social media audience for their input and we ran a column in the Gazette, which garnered over 1,000 letters. The resulting flood of feedback and collective input from all of our research suggested nearly 70% of our audience was in favor of the bump.
Other notable changes for next years’ Goodguys season include a new event scheduled for Oct. 12-14 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The Nashville Nationals have also been moved back a week to May 11-12.
On the track, the Goodguys AutoCross racing program has a completely restructured format, according to the group. Instead of separating competitors into five classes, Goodguys will now run all competitors in one class in a shootout event culminating into a 16-car elimination field.
All AutoCross participants will be given a day-and-a-half to qualify for the top 16 spots. Each winner and runner up will qualify for the season-ending Duel in the Desert AutoCross competition in November in Scottsdale, Arizona. The final field of 32 drivers will be completed by using the points system.