All Canadian TAD Final! 

NHRA’s very last Lucas Oil Regional drag racing event of the season (held last weekend at Las Vegas) featured a final round battle between two Canadian based entries….

The final NHRA Lucas Oil Regional race of the 2012 season featured a pairing of two Canadian-based dragsters

Ray Martin (who is from Anchorage Alaska) and driver for the British Columbia-based Ridley Racing team, owned by Hugh Ridley, faced off against Edmonton’s Don St. Arnaud in the final round.  

It was a battle between the #7 and #8 qualified cars and it was Martin that took the win with a 5.853 secs 250.32 mph which defeated St. Arnaud who had a 16/1000th red light start. 

Martin (in a supercharged car) and St. Arnaud (in an injected nitro machine) had both taken out the perennial favorites in earlier action — beating the 3rd nationally ranked car of  Chris Demke and newly crowned 2012 world champ Jim Whiteley in consecutive pairs in round one. 

In fact 3 of the 4 semi finalists were Canadian-based cars.   Martin beat Greg Hunter, driver of Kenny Gilmour’s ExactAir-sponsored dragster from Calgary on his side of the ladder, benefiting too from another red light start by Hunter. 

Posted by:  Bruce Biegler – Photo by:  Bob Johnson