For the past few seasons, it was easy to describe Real Street a two-man race, but for the season opener, racers decided to take it literally. The Bruce and Tim show was in full effect, and Bruce proudly told us to scope out the back of his ride for a new addition—a parachute! Though he didn’t crack the 8s, Bruce captured the top spot with a 9.448/143.12 hit. Tim Matherly, who brought his ’01 Bullitt out of retirement, was hot on Bruce’s heels thanks to a 9.478/143.44. In the final and only round of eliminations, the start was dramatic. Tim got the jump, then both cars reached for the sky. With Bruce’s raising higher, it seemed anyone’s race—until Tim couldn’t get his car into Third gear and it was all over. In his first Bradenton appearance in several years, Bruce took the convincing win 9.41 to 16.31.