"Retirement" apparently is treating Ryan Hecox well. During the off-season there was widespread speculation that the '08 Pure Street points runner-up would not race this season. At Atco, Ryan proved rumors of his retirement greatly exaggerated, as he stamped his official return to Pure Street in his own car (Ryan "raced" in Bradenton using Associate Editor Mike Johnson's '95 Slowbra--Ed.) with a decisive win over Steve Gifford in the final. "I've been doing a lot of local testing, but racing in an event is much different," says Ryan. "Testing's easy. It's having someone in the next lane who is running as hard as you are (for the same prize) that makes things come together. I started getting back in my racing rhythm as the weekend went on and it all worked out." Ryan's 10.12 e.t. in the final was the quickest lap in Pure Street history.