The next battle was being called a slaughter before it started as Vaughn Gittin, Jr.’s nearly 900 HP Monster/Nitto Mustang would take on the Greek Drifter, Dennis Mertzanis.
Dennis then called a competition time out as there was obviously something wrong with his car. The water pump had taken a dive on Dennis’ car and he would not be able to continue, allowing Vaughn to move on.
Next were Odi Bakchis and Conrad Grunewald to determine the next driver into the Great 8. Odi pulled off to a large lead in the bank, but Conrad would catch him into power alley. Odi had great angle and Conrad had the disadvantage which would allow Odi to move on after a great chase run.
Fredric Aasbo would put on a show of smoke through throttle discipline against Tyler McQuarrie, who straightened out in Power Alley. Aasbo would continue his 100 percent winning average against McQuarrie and move on to the Great 8.
Toshiki Yoshioka was in fine from not only battling the mountain but also taking out the Points leader in Top 32 and he wanted to continue his form by taking out the big power of Justin Pawlak. Yoshioka would get a zero after going off course at Power Alley and while JTP followed him in, it was only because Yoshioka led him into it from having very close proximity. JTP ran clean and would move on to the Great 8.
When Matt Field is on fire, he and his estimated 900 horsepower CX Racing Nissan 240SX are hard to beat. Just ask Daijiro Yoshihara and Diego Saito. However, when Matt is off, he is very, very off and he was very, very off going against Robbie Nishida. Matt slapped the wall coming out of the bank and going into Power Alley he straightened out, giving Robbie the advantage. Matt knew the car was messed up and didn’t bother with a competition time out. He would hit the wall again and give Robbie the nod into the Great 8.
Matt Powers and Chris Forsberg have met twice before and Matt held the advantage in wins. Chris Forsberg, however, would hold the advantage in consistency in his driving. Matt could get grip near the final turn just before the finish and lose drift, but Forsberg would be able to keep from hitting him. It would lead him off course, but he would not be judged at fault for it. With Chris holding a clean line and great transitions, he would move on to the Great 8.