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KOTM 2.0 thrills capacity crowd

KOTM 2.0 was one for the ages. With the massive success of KOTM 1.0 we were just holding on wondering if the magic could be recreated. We are proud to announce that 2.0 was even better and we are thinking 3.0 is going to be beyond epic. Many of us have hundreds of track days under our belts and we can honestly say the passion and excitement during the shootout under the lights is unmatched. Shown above is one of our favorite parts of the event: The four wide salute to the crowd featuring the 32 fastest and best autocross cars and drivers in the land.

Cars are nice but in the end, these events are about the people. In this case the people turned the tables and surprised our own Ryan Kirkwood with an awesome Field of Dreams sign. Ken Edwards spearheaded the sign project while Bob Bertelsen took care of the framework. This project left Ryan speechless and was immediately and prominently posted at the camping area.

KOTM 2.0 — Campfires, Food Trucks, and Live Music Round 2

We put a lot of emphasis on the PARK aspect of UMI Motorsports Park. The track is the focal point, or is it? We spent the evenings camping, grilling, sampling the local food trucks and of course bench racing. Entertainment was provided courtesy of Pennsylvania native and Nashville transplant Zac Grace. We think it’s safe to say you’ll see more camping, more food, more entertainment and who knows what else at KOTM 3.0.

Driver Gallery

Whether Vintage or Late Model, these are 100 of the best autocross cars and drivers in the country. We had teams from 24 states descend on the grounds of UMIMP for three days of car fun, blazing speeds, food, fun and friendship.

In the paddock…

There’s fun to be had at UMI Motorsports Park even when not on course. The camaraderie and fun with friends is off the charts. This years event was a nice break from the pandemic since we’re outside and able to enjoy 85 acres of race track atmosphere.

Spectators and hillside parking

KOTM is unique in the fact spectators come from near and far to watch the shootout under the lights. This years crowd was exceptional and we were so honored to have packed stands and a two, sometimes three deep hillside. The fans were excited and engaged and we look forward to hosting them again at KOTM 3.0. Of special interest was this years VIP section where Viking Performance rolled out the red carpet for racers, teams and VIP fans. Thanks for the support everyone!

Final Four

Andy
Jeremy
Ryan
Chris

Winners

The smile says it all. Local standout Jeremy McCauley drove the race of his life and grabbed P2 in the most prestigious autocross event in the country.
Ryan Mathews claimed the Vintage win and P3 overall in his After Dark Speed C4. Mathews is a versatile racer equally at home at autocross, road race and oval track events.
The Top-32 ladder featured 16 Late Models vs 16 Vintage cars. In the final we saw eventual champ Andy Smedegard take the win in Alex Moss owned SuperK from local favorite Jeremy McCauley in the LS3 powered Miata. Smedegard drove fast, drove clean and claimed the big check from UMI President Ryan Kirkwood.