Early on it looked like Bruce Hemminger had come to dominate. He laid down a blistering 9.49/141 pass to set the tone in Real Street. However, it didn't really surprise anyone that Tim Matherly answered with a 9.47/144 blast to announce that he wasn't going away quietly. At least part of the reason for Tim's impressive performance is the emergence of the Trick Flow Two-Valve parts, but Tim always seems squeeze maximum performance from whatever combo he's running. That played out in eliminations, as Tim blew past Matthew Johnson in Round 1 and edged teammate Jim Breese in Round 2. It was his final-round hit against Paul Wiley that would ring throughout the off-season as he cut down the Tree and put up an astounding 9.43/145 to take the win.