Factory Shootout Class Added To Doorslammer Nationals

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Ray Skillman Auto Group will sponsor the factory shootout class March 5-7 at the CTECH World Doorslammer Nationals at Orland Speed World Dragway. (Courtney Enders Photo)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Determined to make the CTECH World Doorslammer Nationals presented by JEGS the ultimate doorslammer event, the popular factory shootout class had to be included.

With COPO Camaros, Mustang Cobra Jets and Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Paks racing in Factory Shootout, it adds even more excitement to an action-packed weekend scheduled March 5-7 at Orlando Speed World Dragway. Ray Skillman Auto Group will be the official sponsor of the class with the winner taking $10,000.

“It’s one of the coolest classes out there, and people want to see these cars come to a big doorslammer event like this,” said Bill Skillman, owner of the Ray Skillman Auto Group and also a driver in the class. “We want to be there in Orlando, and we wanted to sponsor this class because it’s just going to be an exciting weekend. These cars were made to go fast and have a good time, and we want to support the racers in this class.

“These guys live to race and we find that really cool. It’s going to be a good time.”

The Factory Shootout class adds another thrilling aspect to the CTECH World Doorslammer Nationals presented by JEGS, which features Pro Stock and Pro Mod as the headliners.

“These cars are on the ragged edge, they’re fast and doing wheelies and I couldn’t be happier to have them in Orlando,” Drag Illustrated founder Wes Buck said. “There’s certain classes that need to be featured at an event called the World Doorslammer Nationals and I think Factory Shootout is one of them. It’s had tremendous interest and support from sponsors and racers, and everybody I’ve talked to is excited about this kind of racing.”

The class had a two-car exhibition at the inaugural CTECH World Doorslammer Nationals presented by JEGS a year ago, putting on a memorable show in Orlando. Now, they’ll have an even bigger spotlight and Skillman expects the class to shine in March.

“It’s a very small tire with a lot of horsepower, and they go fast and lift the wheels off the ground,” Skillman said. “You see the Mopars run the Camaros and Mustangs, and it makes for a really good, fun time. I think the fans love it. They want to see guys race heads-up and go down the track, and that’s what this class gives you.”