The World Cup Finals is a one-of-a-kind racing spectacle. With meticulous track prep, optimal environmental conditions, and fierce competition that keeps racers and fans on the edge of their seats throughout a five-day extravaganza, it stands as a premier quarter-mile drag racing competition, featuring cash prizes exceeding $200k and drawing competitors and fans from across the globe.
The 27th edition of the 2023 Haltech World Cup Finals Import vs. Domestic, presented by Wiseco, kicked off on November 1, 2023, and roared through to the late hours of November 5, 2023, at the Maryland International Raceway. This year’s WCF event witnessed the participation of over 350 racers and hosted a sell-out crowd of nearly 60,000 enthusiasts who journeyed to rural St. Mary’s County, Maryland, to be part of the action.
One of the event’s most thrilling stories was Garrett Mitchell, also known as “Cleetus McFarland,” winning the Grannas Racing Stick Shift category, securing back-to-back ’22 and ’23 championships in two different classes at WCF. In the finals, McFarland triumphed over Ryan Pederson, posting a remarkable time of 7.325 seconds at a speed of 203 mph in his internet-famous ‘01 Corvette nick-named “Leroy.”
Garrett’s Corvette boasts a twin-turbo, 9,000rpm-capable 392 cubic inch engine crafted by Harrell Engine and Dyno (HED). The LSX block is paired with Wiseco pistons and enhanced by larger MAST cylinder heads.
Devin Schultz encountered a formidable lineup of top competitors in Grannas Racing Stick Shift. During Qualifying, he set a new personal best, clocking in at 6.972 @ 213.33, securing the 3rd place spot before ultimately bowing out in the second round of eliminations.
Devin’s RDv2 features a fully-built “Red Demon Spec” 4g63 engine package containing custom spec Wiseco pistons developed exclusively for Boostin’ Performance’s top level engine builds.
It was a thrilling week for Justin Reggio and his team in Real Street Super Street class. They started off the event strong securing second-place in qualifying with a run of 7.762 at 175mph. Justin and crew went rounds moving through 1st and 2nd rounds quickly eliminating competitors. Justin and team, ever confident in their Mustang, pushed the tune-up even further and in the 3rd round reset the class record with a 7.622 @ 177mph.
However, their journey to Winner’s Circle faced a setback in the semi-finals, where challenging track conditions led to a struck tire and a loss against the eventual race winner, Patrick Estevez Jr. Despite this, the experience gained will undoubtedly fuel their determination to return next year and vie for the top prize.
The 2023 Haltech World Cup Finals, presented by Wiseco, witnessed intense competition among some of the world’s top drag racers, leading to the crowning of new champions in 11 categories. Congratulations to all participants! If you didn’t attend this year’s event, be sure to mark your calendars for next year.
For additional results and information about next year’s event, please visit the World Cup Finals: Import vs. Domestic website.