First off let me tell you that Ken Thwait, the owner and driver of said Z28 is one hell of a dude. On and off the track this guy is a bad ass, and while it broke my heart to see his brand new 2014 Z28 Camaro crash and get tore up after a stint on the road course, it was only because Ken was going after it hard in a battle between himself and Kyle Tucker for the top time at the USCA Optima Face Off At Road American event this weekend. We’re not here to poke fun at Ken for crashing, but we did want to share.
When Ken crashed, he was leading the time attack style BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge, and pushed it just that much too far. I say that, but in all honesty the move the car made did have some of us wondering if a suspension component failure could have been to blame. Until they get it back to the shop, we won’t know.
So, he was in the lead. Kyle Tucker was chasing him. Who came out on top you ask? Well, both of them. You see, in a last lap throw it all out there run, Kyle did in fact best Ken’s overall finish at the event by a nose. But, since Kyle had already won his class this year and was thereby invited to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, this event’s invite went to the next finisher. That means Ken Thwait got the invite and will be coming to Vegas!
Before getting the invite, Ken said his new Z28 would return and that it would be fixed and at another even as soon as possible. The good news is he has another Camaro, this one a 1LE car, that he’ll run at the next event in Gateway.
And if you are wondering weather or not these new Z28s are as bad ass as everyone thinks, the answer is yes. Especially when you step it up even further with a Lingenfelter built custom Z28 engine!
Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted on Ken’s progress on getting the Z back on track.
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