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Now in its eighth year, the OPTIMA Invitational follows the SEMA show, one of the industry’s largest trade shows, and has become a highly anticipated event among industry enthusiasts, influencers, manufacturers and media. This year’s event will bring together a diverse and fierce field of an estimated 100 competitors. The 2015 Ultimate Street Car Invitational field is comprised of qualifiers from the nine successful Search for the Ultimate Street Car events. These events are showcased in the corresponding MAVTV network series, “OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car,” which airs on Fridays at 8 p.m. EST.

“We’ve spent the last year traveling to the nation’s most iconic tracks searching for the highest-performing street cars across the country and invited them to compete in Vegas with the best of the best,” said Cam Douglass, director of marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. “With 100 of the country’s top street cars coming together for this final event, the competition will be fierce, and there’s no telling who will come out on top.”

Each challenge tests the limits of both the car’s and driver’s ability at every turn, and the performance from each challenge affects the participant’s overall score. This year’s challenges include the Falken Tire Hot Lap Time Trial, Detroit Speed & Engineering Autocross, Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge and the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Performance Design Challenge.

2015 Golden Ticket winners:

· Matt Alcala – 1965 Ford Mustang
· Tim Schoch – 2011 Ford Mustang
· Greg Thurmond – 1965 Chevy Corvette
· Steve Keefer – 1969 Chevy Camaro
· Jay Weir – 1968 Chevy C10
· Kyle Tucker – 1969 Dodge Charger
· Paul Van Nus – 1971 Chevy Camaro
· Brett Behrens – 1978 Ford Mustang
· Ray Lichtenberg– 1991 GMC Syclone

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~ Sunday Slacker, photos by Gabe Garcia and Joe Cervantes