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Surprising Upset at Street Outlaws No Prep Kings - Kye Kelley vs. John Odom

When fans of drag racing gather at a No Prep Kings event, those familiar with the series often have predictions about the likely winners of each race. Certain racers like Ryan Martin, Kye Kelley, and Daddy Dave have established themselves as favorites, and the expectation is that the win light will shine in their lane, unless they are racing each other.

John Odom

Kye Kelley vs John Odom


However, the excitement of drag racing lies in the unpredictable nature of the races. While one driver may seem dominant on paper, they must prove their prowess under pressure to reach the finish line first. Winning in any form of sport isn't about gaining an advantage in the betting odds; it's about performing when it counts.


In this particular case, we witness a race between Kye Kelley and John Odom. Kelley, known for his impressive track record and remarkable speeds, held the second position in the points standings, making him one of the top contenders in the No Prep Kings series. With the expectation that the semifinals race might be comfortably secured for Kelley, fans eagerly anticipated an electrifying performance from the seasoned racer.

Kye Kelley

Photo by Discovery Channel


On the other side of the track stood John Odom, a relative underdog compared to his esteemed competitor. Odom's Nissan GT-R, with its striking appearance, caught the attention of many, but it was still a relatively new build at the time of the race, lacking the same level of experience and fine-tuning as Kelley's vehicle.

Kye Kelley vs. John Odom

Photo by Discovery


With $40,000 at stake, many fans may have assumed the semifinals race was secured for Kelley. However, this race turned out to be an unexpected triumph for the underdog. The video below showcases Odom's surprising upset, as he emerges as the victor on this memorable night. It also highlights Kelley's admirable sportsmanship, which has earned him respect as a true competitor.

John Odom's unexpected upset as he emerged as the victor

Photo by Discovery


The race was a clear reminder that drag racing is not just about the numbers on paper or the reputation of the racers; it's about the passion, dedication, and grit demonstrated by each competitor on the track. Surprises like these keep the racing community hooked and add an element of suspense and excitement to the sport.


As the dust settled on this remarkable race, it served as a testament to the spirit of competition that drives these racers to push the limits of their machines and themselves. The Street Outlaws No Prep Kings event once again showcased the thrill and drama of drag racing, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next installment of heart-pounding action on the track.

With the 2023 racing season well underway, the question on everyone's mind is, "What other surprising upsets and remarkable victories await in the world of No Prep Kings?" One thing is for sure: drag racing enthusiasts can expect even more adrenaline-fueled showdowns that will keep them at the edge of their seats throughout the racing season.

Video by Discovery


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