Two of Canada’s very best went head-to-head in a major NHRA Lucas Oil Series final round last weekend…
It was Manitoba versus Ontario for the Top Alcohol Funny Car championship title of the rain-delayed NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Division Ray Skillman Chevrolet Spring Spectacle of Speed. That event, originally schedule at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis earlier this month was completed over the weekend at Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio, during their Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser event.
Scott McVey, who is from Ile Des Chenes Manitoba faced off against Ontario’s Paul Noakes for that event title which was finished up last Saturday night.
Noakes, from London, got out of the gate first racing his Ford Mustang but it was McVey coming from behind to take the win in 5.804, 261.57 while Noakes shut his car down early.
McVey, who is racing a nicely reconfigured Chevy Monte Carlo-bodied car this season, qualified in the No. 7 spot and upset both the number two and three qualifiers in Chris Foster and Tony Bogolo on his way to the final round. McVey won his first round match over Chris Foster (at Indy) back on May. 2nd.
Paul Noakes had qualified #4 for the Indy race with a 5.757 secs and beat Rob Pfeister (at Indy) in round one before then delivering a major upset when he topped the No. 1 qualifier and reigning NHRA Lucas Oil World Champion Jonnie Lindberg (from Sweden) in his semifinal round.
The event almost featured a second Canadian TA title when Manitoba’s Gord Gingles drove Clif Bakx’s very potent injected nitro car to the Top Alcohol Dragster class final round.
Gingles almost ambushed that field from the #8 qualified position — beating the event’s low qualifier 22-year old Mia Tedesco (from Pittsburgh) in round one and then Brandon Booher in the semi final round
But in the final round Gingles had problems right at the start and that proved to be no match for opponent Marty Thacker (from Illiniois) who streaked to his best run of the year at 5.352 secs 267.32 mph to take the event victory.
Posted with files by Bruce Biegler & Eric Lotz
Photos courtesy of NHRA (Kevin Pepera)