Next weekend’s racing at Cayuga Dragway offers another interesting mix for Canadian drag racing affectionados!….
Coming off the highly-successful Canadian Nitro Nationals show held recently, the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park will be presenting another popular annual event this coming weekend, the Haldimand County Community Weekend.
This event is the facility’s way of thanking the neighboring community, offering residents in the area free admission to a three-day show packed with drag racing action. It will take place July 22-24.
Returning to Cayuga with its high-horsepower classes are will be the Napa/Auto Pro Ultimate Showdown Drag Racing Series with it’s marquee Pro Modified, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Outlaw 10.5 class categories. It will be the second visit in a month for these fast and popular cars.
Also competing will be the colorful and exciting jet dragsters of Neale Armstrong with his Northern Warrior and Lou Pereira’s Terminator, ready to do battle with a flourish of noise and flame down the Cayuga strip.
Now in its 11th season, the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series, one of the region’s top Sportsman Series featuring NHRA’s Super Street and IHRA’s Hot Rod classes will hold rounds six and seven of its 10-race annual program.
Also competing on the oldest-operating quarter-mile track in Canada will be the five classes in the Race Cayuga Sportsman Series with race five and race six in two separate events over the weekend as part of its 10-race series.
As a way of giving back to the community that has supported TMP over the years, Haldimand residents, with proof of identity, will receive free admission for Saturday’s show while a weekend pass for residents will be only $40. For all others, admission prices will be $15 Friday, $30 for Saturday or Sunday, and $70 for the weekend. Children 12 and under are admitted free. All weekend passes include camping.
TNT Double Header on Tap
The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series returns to Toronto Motorsports Park this weekend July 23-24 for races 6 and 7 in the championship points chase. Presented by Kevin Orr Mechanical, this weekend kicks off the second half of the ten race TNTSS season.
Car counts have been strong this season with the average at 30.2 cars in the first five events. There were 27 cars earlier this year at TMP paying $800 to the winner. Ted Barnes says to look for at least that many this weekend. “The series always pays $1000/win at 30 cars or more!”
The points chase is as close as ever with current points leader Billy Ryan has a 22 point lead over Harry Phelps. Another 6 points back is Jim Thomson, then 21 more to Dave Gunn and another 6 back to Mark Herbold in fifth place. Only 55 points separates first and fifth. That equates to one good qualifying effort and a few rounds.
Joining the TNTSS is the Ultimate Showdowns Series and the Race Cayuga Sportsman Series, all part of the Haldimand Community Weekend. Gates open at 9am Friday, Saturday and Sunday with qualifying beginning at 11am on Saturday and Sunday.
Since it began in 2006, the TNT Super Series has grown into one of the strongest, most competitive sportsman drag racing series in North America and has catapulted many competitors to success on the national and divisional stages.
The TNTSS is a self-governing organization with input from its teams. Based on NHRA’s Super Street & IHRA’s Hot Rod classes, competitors run on a 10.90 index in the 1/4 mile (7.00 in the 1/8 mile) and race for a guaranteed purse that pays back more than 100% of the racer’s entry fees. The yearend points fund provides cash & prizes to the top eight finishers and the Series Champion receives a prize package worth over $4000.00.
The TNTSS is committed to providing the highest level of competition backed by solid media support to showcase its participants across North America. Events are contested at various drag racing facilities in southern Ontario and western New York and put on a spectacular show for the drag racing fans.
Salemi Motorsports Confirms Entry!
Popular Canadian lady racer Melanie Salemi is on the entry list for this weekend’s Napa AutoPro USDRS event – which will mark a first time appearance in that circuit for her. This weekend’s USDRS series race will also for the first time feature exclusive 1/8th mile format racing.
This weekend Melanie Salemi and her 1968 G-Force Race Cars Firebird will head back to her homeland to race for the first time with the NAPA Ultimate Showdowns group. Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario Canada will host the inaugural 1/8 mile race on the NAPA USDRS 2016 Schedule.
“I’m looking forward to racing with the USDS group this weekend. I haven’t raced at Cayuga in a few years and it will be nice to be back there again.” Stated Melanie. “This will be the closest race for all of my friends & family to attend and that always makes for a good time at the track” Salemi and her team are hoping to have success at this race. “We have been doing a lot of 1/8 mile racing and we have a pretty good set up that we are confident with, We will just have to see how conditions are and go from there. “ Melanie’s brother-in-law Jim explained.
Posted with files by TMP Media, Rob Potter, Lewis Robinson & Salemi Motorsports
Photos by: Bruce Biegler, Brennan Shortall & John Marechal