The modular Real Street cars received a little extra weight from the NMRA prior to the Joliet race. Jim Breese and Tim Matherly showed up anyway, but they each had a spare engine in the trailer, just in case. Both had to push their combos beyond the limit to keep up with their pushrod competition. Jim torched his engine during eliminations, leading to a mad thrash to drop in the spare bullet. However, Jim redlit in the final against Bruce to once again finish in the runnerup spot.