SPARKS, NV - The sound of a car hood slamming.
It’s the sound that indicates you’re almost to the finish line.
For the top ten high school teams in Nevada, it would be perhaps one of the longest two hours they've ever spent on a car.
“We were going pretty good for awhile, and then we slowed down it got frustrating,” says Sam Nichols with the Reed High Team.
Nichols and his partner Tiare Fonoimanaa were the only man-woman team competing this morning.
From Reed High they say their instructor told them to cut bait with about ten minutes left in the two hour trial.
“Button everything up and send it to the judges,” says Fonoimanaa.
Indeed, four cars never made it to the finish line--the remaining six would be judged not only on what was or wasn't fixed but workmanship as well.
The bugs were intentionally installed in all identical Ford vehicles.
The students could get in the car and drive it once they thought they had it repaired.
But if they chose to turn the corner in the parking garage, there was no turning back.
Even if a team doesn't win, there are still $150,000 dollars in local scholarships.
But for first place it's a trip to Michigan in June.
Top honors there include working on the pit crew for one week with Trevor Bayne.
AAA says a team from Southern Nevada won first place on Thursday.
Southeast Career Technical Academy won top honors and will be headed to Michigan next month.
The male-female team from Reed High School placed 4th.