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This year's competition started off different than past events. The streets of Long Beach were awash with the controversy surrounding Nitto driver Travis Reeder's all-electric, Tesla-powered 1LE Camaro. He wasn't allowed to run because the local FD didn't feel comfortable handling the car in an emergency situation. Luckily, Reeder had a backup car and was able to compete.
The Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR team finished in the top 16 on their NT555 G2s with Chelsea Denofa qualifying in ninth place and losing to Forsberg in the Top 16 round, while Vaughn Gittin Jr. qualified 11th but lost to Wang in the Top 16 as well.
The event was won by Odi Bakchis in his Feal Suspension Nissan S14, with Forrest Wang in second place with his Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15 and Chris Forsberg in third in his NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z.
If you were paying attention to last year's event, you already know that Chris Forsberg took first place. Will he dominate the podium again this year? Only one way to find out. Watch all the action live, above. Qualifying live stream starts at 11:30 EST, Friday April 26—and the main event starts at 1pm on Saturday, April 27.