Gagnon Claims Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel Title
2012 UEM Superbike Twin Champion Nate Gagnon can now add the 2013 Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel Championship to his resume…..
Arriving at the Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association Season Finals presented by Blackjack’s Roadhouse at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway, Gagnon held a narrow lead over reigning Top Fuel Champion Damian Cownden in the season standings, leaving the title up for grabs during the September 7th and 8th event. Despite losing to ASB Racing’s Mike Pelrine in the final elimination round, Gagnon and his Big Kids Racing Team secured the season championship by defeating Cownden in the semi finals.
Al Miles wrapped up a perfect season in the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Dragster division, when mechanical issues kept number one qualifier Doug Casson from racing Miles in the final. The accomplishments of Miles’ FFR Racing Team were recognized at the yearend banquet where Miles received the Dennis Mark Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement. Long time FFR crew chief, Jerry Gordon was the recipient of the Wrench of the Year award as well as the Trev Deeley Memorial Award recognizing Contribution & Dedication to Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing.
In the Screamin’ Eagle V Rod Destroyer class, Nick Allen won the Season Finals and the 2013 Western Championship by defeating Pete Thomson in the last elimination round. Allen and Thomson would go head to head again in the East vs. West Shootout with Allen taking the victory and an unprecedented 7th consecutive Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod National Title.
Pro Street saw Rob Aston and Ethan Barkley reset the benchmarks for this class in Canada. Trailing in the season standings, Barkley left nothing in the trailer, putting down his best runs of the year including a new CMDRA Pro Street Mile per Hour record of 192.67. Aston’s response was equally impressive, as he achieved new records for 1/8th mile ET and MPH as well as the new CMDRA Pro Street 1/4 mile ET record of 7.429 seconds , enroute to victory and his first CMDRA Pro Street Championship.
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