Round 1 of the 2017 Group 5 Series was run July 1. As before, the series produces quite a variety of approaches to chassis/motor configurations. There were sidewinders, anglewinders, and inline setups with all manner of motors, from orange endbells to boxers from numerous manufacturers. There were even motor pods made from unobtainium, which provided a Penske-style advantage to David; no one could come close to David’s speed. Marty, Jordan, and Shawn, the best-of-the-rest, were closer together in positions 2 through 4, Steve was fifth, Alejandro was sixth, and Russell was seventh. Austin finished first in Group B, followed by John, Randy, Mark, and Brett.