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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 6 This Weekend

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10. Delays Delays Delays
You win some and you lose some which is the natural order of how the world works. I would chalk this weekend up to a loss for Formula Drift. The delays at Texas were back, just like last year, but for new and annoying reasons. Will Parsons Top 32 crash was a bad sign when nobody seemed to be in a rush to fix the course after his AE86 smashed into the krail moving them out of place. Top 16 then almost took 3 hours (good thing we got rid of 3rd place or it might of been four hours!) which is just unacceptable in my eyes. If I wanted to spend five hours on the weekend to consume one hour of entertainment I would just watch football. This whole season has been fantastic until this weekend in Texas that it just really highlighted the mistakes and issues here that I thought we left behind in the last decade of Formula Drift.

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9. CHELSEA DENOFA!
If you are going to watch anything from this weekend you should go pull up DailyMotion.com and find DeNofa’s Top 32 tandem follow. I think Chelsea could of easily won this event if it wasn’t for more car problems. The worst part about his car issues is they happened in his battle against his friend and Florida native Pat Goodin. We really got robbed of an insane tandem battle between these two friends.

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8. Hankook Tire Has Won Its First Championship
I know, Hankook Tire has been in this sport a long time but they just keep missing the championship year after year. The good news for the Hankook team, they are 100% guaranteed to win a first championship at Irwindale Speedway with either Fredric Aasbo or Chris Forsberg.


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7. Daigo Saito vs. Ryan Tuerck – Delays, Denials, and a Disaster
I am not going to be try and understand what happened for 20 minutes while these guys didn’t manage to make a successful OMT pass. If you really want my .02 I never thought the tandem battle should of gone to a OMT. One judge did vote for Daigo Saito to advance and I cannot see where the other judges were coming from on this occasion. Ryan Tuerck leaving off the line and Daigo Saito not leaving was strange and poorly explained to the fans. Was Daigo broken? Did Daigo think Tuerck jumped the light? I found no reason why it took so long and then we received a very brief and not informative explanation that Ryan Tuerck was a hero for letting them run again. If it was that simple on the start line, why didn’t they run 30 seconds after the incident? I don’t know, I just feel like my 20 minutes staring at Brody Gittin and some other terrible commercials was not worth it and I deserved a better answer. I had fans and drivers alike texting me during this process asking if I knew something so nobody seems to have a clue. While I am on a roll with this one….why did the flagger wave Tuerck to stop in the first place?

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6. Inner Clip 1 Was Not Judged / Terrible Camera Angles
Well, this is just my guess at least from watching the Livestream because I couldn’t see crap going on at the first clip. Could you? Judges watching a replay over there must of have struggled with this POV of the track. I found this a little extra strange since the first ever reversed call/protested call in Formula Drift happened in this same area. Then Dai Yoshihara in Top 32 with his two tires off or not two tires off was a result of bad camera work as well. The series is sponsored by a camera company, it couldn’t hurt to throw a couple down on the clips/corners to get better angles.

5. The Course Change Didn’t Help Out
I cannot be the only one who saw this? That inner clip they added to make the drifters force a racing/hit APEX line wasn’t good. The drifting was bad, quick, and mostly resulted in crashes or “inactive chases” it seems. Last year, the drifting in Texas was INSANE level all day. I went back and watched runs from 2013 round today on the train and they don’t compare. This season’s track adjustment was a regression in progress. It seems to me you always want drifters to go high and wide through a turn given the two options so hopefully this gets changed back for 2015.
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4. Odi Bakchis Should Be Fined for Brake Light Malfunctioning
For all the complaints, negativity, and outrage I see online from this weekend not ONE person has complained about Odi Bakchis and his malfunctioning brake lights. Clearly, this was an advantage to him because the judges don’t know when he is braking and neither did Vaughn who is trying to follow. What seems even stranger is that nobody stopped him to fix this between runs or forced him to use a competition timeout. It was probably a simple fix but others have been fined in the sport before for “non functioning brake lights” so I think Odi should have to give back some of his prize money from this weekend. If you need verification, pull up the Great 8 video on DailyMotion and cue up to about 6 minutes and you can watch his runs.

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3. Pat Goodin is Another Rising Star This Season
If you want to find a dude who is speaking softly and carrying a big stick I would look no further than the “King of Spring Break” Pat Goodin. He is 18th place (ahead of two former FD champions) right now in the series. He hasn’t made some big impression or impact this season like a Matt Field, Odi Bakchis, or Forrest Wang but he has grown as a driver and his setup looks better than ever. Pat is going to find his place on a podium next season guaranteed if he keeps his growth and driving going on the same path.

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2. Pro 2 Wasn’t Amazing but Irwindale Has Promise
The Pro 2 competition didn’t have some great action this weekend. Just lots of battles had poor tandems or only one driver who could complete the course. It wasn’t nearly the top billing we saw at Miami and fell down the ladder some more compared to Seattle. However, at Irwindale Speedway SEVEN drivers could win the championship and I think that is really going to turn on the show and give fans something they will remember for a lifetime.

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1. Are You Paying Attention to Odi Bakchis Yet?
This man is going to win a championship. It will happen one day and this is my bold proclamation for the day. He was also my highlight earlier this year and he is still going strong. Odi is an inspiration to many and is really giving his brand Feal Suspension a great place in the industry with his next level performances. I almost don’t want him to land a big sponsor so his budget build can continue to beat up the big boys. It’s a true David vs. Goliath story in which David has a baby and owns a company while still beating Goliath and he should be prouder than proud of that.

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/15/10-things-i-learned-from-formula-drift-round-6-this-weekend/


Holley LS Fest Was This Awesome [VIDEO]

Didn’t come to LS Fest this year? Well Subject Media did a great job putting together a video to put on display the awesome event that you guys missed out on. I have a recap coming out this week to dig into the fun  LS engine only party that happens every fall in Kentucky.

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/15/holley-ls-fest-was-this-awesome-video/


Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results

Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results;
Fredric Aasbo is Victorious at Texas Motor Speedway

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Long Beach, Calif. – September 14, 2014 – Formula DRIFT for the second consecutive year returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6: Showdown. Fredric Aasbo in the Hankook Tire / Scion Racing tC takes his second victory of the season.

Round 6: Showdown held at Texas Motor Speedway brought professional drifting to Texas for the second consecutive year. The event featured the Round 2 of the PRO 2 series, Offset Kings car show, and action from the Pro Championship. The weather held up on the main event day providing clear skies and cool temperatures.

“The dramatic finish to this event has set-up a close battle between Fredric Aasbo and Chris Forsberg for the championship as we head into Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The finale has always been an action packed event with drivers leaving it all on the line and we are excited to see how the championship chase unfolds.”

The final four pitted number one qualifier, Forrest Wang in the Get Nuts Lab / Hankook / STR Racing Nissan S14 against Odi Bakchis in the Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX. After a One More Time battle, Wang out drove Bakchis to secure his second career podium to finish in third place. Point leader, Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z faced Hankook Tire teammate, Fredric Aasbo. Forsberg contacted Aasbo on his chase run to give Aasbo the advantage and ultimately the win moving him into the Finals. The Finals pitted Aasbo and Bakchis. In the second run, Bakchis spun out giving Aasbo the event victory. Aasbo closed the point gap heading into the final event of the season with 26 points separating him from Forsberg as they head into the final event of the 2014 season.

“This victory is for my team, for Scion, and for Hankook. This might feel like the weirdest victory ever as people took themselves out, but I’ll take it and will see everyone in Irwindale,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 6: Showdown. “My Hankook Tire teammate, Chris Forsberg and I have been battling it out all year and we are right where we want to be. We are right behind him and he has all the pressure on him. Irwindale is going to be a killer event.”

The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 10-11. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaDrift.

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Standings After Six Rounds

1. Forsberg, Chris Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 493.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 467.00 Points
3. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 359.50 Points
4. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX 328.00 Points
5. Moen, Kenneth Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX 293.00 Points
6. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14 280.50 Points
7. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 259.50 Points
8. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14 257.50 Points
9. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper SRT 252.00 Points
10. Tuerck, Ryan Retaks Maxxis Tires Air Force PSI Scion FR-S 213.00 Points
11. Grunewald, Conrad Megan Racing / Top 1 Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro 211.50 Points
12. Nishida, Robbie Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 208.50 Points
13. Gushi, Ken GReddy Performance / Scion Racing Drift FR-S 192.50 Points
14. McQuarrie, Tyler GoPro / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 188.50 Points
15. Essa, Michael Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 183.50 Points
16. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing / Nitto Tire BMW 3-Series 172.50 Points

Round 6: Showdown Event Results

1. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC Winner
2. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX 2nd Place
3. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14 3rd Place

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Six Rounds

1. Scion 725.00 Points
2. Nissan 636.00 Points
3. Ford 619.00 Points
4. Chevy 400.00 Points
5. BMW 356.00 Points

Tire Championship Standings After Six Rounds

1. Hankook 962.50 Points
2. Nitto 748.50 Points
3. Achilles 647.00 Points
4. Falken 592.50 Points
5. Maxxis 347.00 Points

Article source: http://www.formulad.com/blog/2014/fd-news/formula-drift-round-6-showdown-results/


Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results

Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results;
Fredric Aasbo is Victorious at Texas Motor Speedway

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Long Beach, Calif. – September 14, 2014 – Formula DRIFT for the second consecutive year returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6: Showdown. Fredric Aasbo in the Hankook Tire / Scion Racing tC takes his second victory of the season.

Round 6: Showdown held at Texas Motor Speedway brought professional drifting to Texas for the second consecutive year. The event featured the Round 2 of the PRO 2 series, Offset Kings car show, and action from the Pro Championship. The weather held up on the main event day providing clear skies and cool temperatures.

“The dramatic finish to this event has set-up a close battle between Fredric Aasbo and Chris Forsberg for the championship as we head into Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The finale has always been an action packed event with drivers leaving it all on the line and we are excited to see how the championship chase unfolds.”

The final four pitted number one qualifier, Forrest Wang in the Get Nuts Lab / Hankook / STR Racing Nissan S14 against Odi Bakchis in the Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX. After a One More Time battle, Wang out drove Bakchis to secure his second career podium to finish in third place. Point leader, Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z faced Hankook Tire teammate, Fredric Aasbo. Forsberg contacted Aasbo on his chase run to give Aasbo the advantage and ultimately the win moving him into the Finals. The Finals pitted Aasbo and Bakchis. In the second run, Bakchis spun out giving Aasbo the event victory. Aasbo closed the point gap heading into the final event of the season with 26 points separating him from Forsberg as they head into the final event of the 2014 season.

“This victory is for my team, for Scion, and for Hankook. This might feel like the weirdest victory ever as people took themselves out, but I’ll take it and will see everyone in Irwindale,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 6: Showdown. “My Hankook Tire teammate, Chris Forsberg and I have been battling it out all year and we are right where we want to be. We are right behind him and he has all the pressure on him. Irwindale is going to be a killer event.”

The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 10-11. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaDrift.

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Standings After Six Rounds

1. Forsberg, Chris Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 493.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 467.00 Points
3. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 359.50 Points
4. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX 328.00 Points
5. Moen, Kenneth Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX 293.00 Points
6. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14 280.50 Points
7. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 259.50 Points
8. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14 257.50 Points
9. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper SRT 252.00 Points
10. Tuerck, Ryan Retaks Maxxis Tires Air Force PSI Scion FR-S 213.00 Points
11. Grunewald, Conrad Megan Racing / Top 1 Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro 211.50 Points
12. Nishida, Robbie Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 208.50 Points
13. Gushi, Ken GReddy Performance / Scion Racing Drift FR-S 192.50 Points
14. McQuarrie, Tyler GoPro / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 188.50 Points
15. Essa, Michael Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 183.50 Points
16. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing / Nitto Tire BMW 3-Series 172.50 Points

Round 6: Showdown Event Results

1. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC Winner
2. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX 2nd Place
3. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14 3rd Place

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Six Rounds

1. Scion 725.00 Points
2. Nissan 636.00 Points
3. Ford 619.00 Points
4. Chevy 400.00 Points
5. BMW 356.00 Points

Tire Championship Standings After Six Rounds

1. Hankook 962.50 Points
2. Nitto 748.50 Points
3. Achilles 647.00 Points
4. Falken 592.50 Points
5. Maxxis 347.00 Points

Article source: http://www.formulad.com/blog/2014/fd-news/formula-drift-round-6-showdown-results/


2014 Formula Drift Round 6 – Texas Motorspeedway [RESULTS]

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Formula D Texas had many confusing interesting judging calls, the finals came down to Fredric Aasbo in his Hankook Tire Scion tC and Odi Bakchis in the Feal Suspension Nitto S14. Aasbo edged out Bakchis for the win. Forrest Wang earns third place due to qualifying 1st overall, while Chris Forsberg is stuck in 4th place, breaking his amazing streak of podium finishes (the longest streak in FD history) due to the removal of the 3rd place tandem battle. For both Wang and Bakchis, this is their second career podium, while this is Aasbo’s 2nd career win and 7th career Formula D podium.

EDIT – If you missed the top 4, you can watch the replay on DailyMotion

Here’s the final results:

1st – Fredric Aasbo – Hankook Tire Scion tC
2nd – Odi Bakchis – Feal Suspension Nitto S14
3rd – Forrest Wang – Get Nutz Labs Hankook S14
4th – Chris Forsberg – Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

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2014 Formula Drift Round 6 – Texas Motorspeedway [RESULTS]

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Formula D Texas had many confusing interesting judging calls, the finals came down to Fredric Aasbo in his Hankook Tire Scion tC and Odi Bakchis in the Feal Suspension Nitto S14. Aasbo edged out Bakchis for the win. Forrest Wang earns third place due to qualifying 1st overall, while Chris Forsberg is stuck in 4th place, breaking his amazing streak of podium finishes (the longest streak in FD history) due to the removal of the 3rd place tandem battle. For both Wang and Bakchis, this is their second career podium, while this is Aasbo’s 2nd career win and 7th career Formula D podium.

EDIT – If you missed the top 4, you can watch the replay on DailyMotion

Here’s the final results:

1st – Fredric Aasbo – Hankook Tire Scion tC
2nd – Odi Bakchis – Feal Suspension Nitto S14
3rd – Forrest Wang – Get Nutz Labs Hankook S14
4th – Chris Forsberg – Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/13/2014-formula-drift-round-6-texas-motorspeedway-results/


2014 Formula D Round 6 Texas – Tire Manufacturer Championship [STANDINGS]

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Hankook Tire is your 2014 Tire Manufacturer championship winner, repeating their 2013 Championship!

With the only two competitors statistically left in the championship being on Hankook Tire, it makes sense that they are atop the Tire Manufacturer standings. With a 214 point lead over Nitto Tire, and only 197.5 points available for qualifying 1/2 and finishing 1/2, there’s no way for Nitto Tire to take over the lead even if every Hankook Tire driver fails to qualify at Irwindale. Aasbo’s win combined with Forrest Wang’s 3rd place finish in Texas gave Hankook Tire an additional 178.5 points, and they are well on pace to break 1,055.5 points they earned last season (although the championship points structure has changed substantially). Nitto Tire still sits in second place, with Achilles Tire still holding onto third place.

Here’s the standings after 6 of 7 events in the Formula D Championship:

1. Hankook Tire – 962.5 Points
2. Nitto Tire – 748.5 Points
3. Achilles Tire – 647 Points
4. Falken Tire – 592.5 Points
5. Maxxis Tire – 347 Points
6. Yokohama Tire – 255 Points
7. Kenda Tire – 154.5 Points
8. GT Radial – 141.5 Points

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2014 Formula D Round 6 Texas – Tire Manufacturer Championship [STANDINGS]

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Hankook Tire is your 2014 Tire Manufacturer championship winner, repeating their 2013 Championship!

With the only two competitors statistically left in the championship being on Hankook Tire, it makes sense that they are atop the Tire Manufacturer standings. With a 214 point lead over Nitto Tire, and only 197.5 points available for qualifying 1/2 and finishing 1/2, there’s no way for Nitto Tire to take over the lead even if every Hankook Tire driver fails to qualify at Irwindale. Aasbo’s win combined with Forrest Wang’s 3rd place finish in Texas gave Hankook Tire an additional 178.5 points, and they are well on pace to break 1,055.5 points they earned last season (although the championship points structure has changed substantially). Nitto Tire still sits in second place, with Achilles Tire still holding onto third place.

Here’s the standings after 6 of 7 events in the Formula D Championship:

1. Hankook Tire – 962.5 Points
2. Nitto Tire – 748.5 Points
3. Achilles Tire – 647 Points
4. Falken Tire – 592.5 Points
5. Maxxis Tire – 347 Points
6. Yokohama Tire – 255 Points
7. Kenda Tire – 154.5 Points
8. GT Radial – 141.5 Points

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2014/09/14/2014-formula-d-round-6-texas-tire-manufacturer-championship-standings/


2014 Formula D Championship Standings – Round 6 Texas [STANDINGS]

 

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Heading into the final event, it is now officially a two-horse race. Had Aasbo been eliminated in the top 16, there was a potential for Chris Forsberg to clinch the championship entirely in Texas. With Forsberg losing to Aasbo in the Final 4, and Aasbo going on to win the event, the championship chase is now tighter than it has been nearly all season. Odi Bakchis also jumped from 6th in the championship to 4th by earning his second podium of the season, while Wang jumps from 10th to 8th with his second career podium finish.

Here are the point totals after Texas Motorspeedway’s 6th round of Formula D competition:

1. Chris Forsberg                 493 points
2. Fredric Aasbo                  467 points
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.            359.5 points
4. Odi Bakchis                      328 points
5. Kenneth Moen                 293 points
6. Darren McNamara         280.5 points
7. Justin Pawlak                  259.5 points
8. Forrest Wang                  257.5 points
9. Dean Kearney                 252 points
10. Ryan Tuerck                  213 points
11. Conrad Grunewald       211.5 points
12. Robbie Nishida             208.5 points
13. Ken Gushi                      192.5 ponts
14. Tyler McQuarrie           188.5 points
15. Michael Essa                 183.5 points
16. Chelsea Denofa             172.5 points
17. Matt Field                      170.5 points
18. Pat Goodin                    157.5 points
19. Charles Ng                     154.5 points
20. Jhonnattan Castro      143 points

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2014 Formula D Round 6 Texas – OEM Manufacturers Championship [STANDINGS]

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With the event win from Aasbo and a top 8 finish from Tuerck, Scion has increased their lead going into the final round of competition. For the second consecutive event, Ford dropped in the standings, this time falling from second to third behind Nissan due to the top 8 finish from Gittin Jr. and top 16 exit from Justin Pawlak. Nissan improved their position behind a team effort from Chris Forsberg Racing, placing one car in the final four (Forsberg) and Castro placing the other car in the top 8, where he narrowly lost to Forsberg.

Here’s how the OEM championship shapes up after 6 of 7 rounds of competition.

1. Scion  – 720 points
2. Nissan – 626 points
3. Ford – 619 points
4. Chevy – 400 points
5. BMW – 356 points
6. Lexus – 331 points
7. Dodge – 252 points
8. Mazda – 141.5 points
9. Toyota – 103.5 Points
10. Hyundai – 19 Points

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