The 2011 Xtreme Drift Circuit kicked off with a big bang at the Irwindale House of Drift, March 11/12, 2011. NonStopTuning made the west coast trip with three cars and was the only team to finish in the top8 with each of its cars!
Chelsea DeNofa, on the heels of his 2010 XDC championship, “got rowdy” early and showed the rest of the field he meant business by grabbing the number 1 qualifying spot, battling through numerous “one more times,” and taking out some amazing drivers to finish as the event winner.
Will Parsons, in his freshly swapped and turbocharged F20, put on his best performance in the XDC by putting up the highest MPH through the course, qualifying higher (6th) than any other Toyota in the field, and finishing in the top eight.
Joshua Steele was consistent as ever in his newly wrapped Nissan S13.4 and earned his best XDC finish to date, by qualifying 10th and finishing the event on the podium as the number four finisher.
Follow along here for our top ten favorite photos from round one, in no particular order, and check out the official XDC top 16 bracket at the end of this entry…
When we first got word of the XDC national tour almost a year ago, we were all excited to see a Texas date. We’re very accustomed to traveling the country for national events and are used to thousands of miles of travel per year, but we won’t lie, we felt we were overdue for a national event date in our backyard. OK, so it wasn’t in the greatest city in the Lonestar State (HOUSTON) but it would do! We were stoked!!!
As the NST staff rolled into Dallas Friday morning, we were greeted with massive rain clouds. This would not be good. The weather finally started to clear up a bit Saturday afternoon, and the competition rounds provided some great driving and a few surprizes.
OK, enough reading… you want photos, don’t you? Follow along here in chronological order.