Pro Modified class racing during the Mopar Canadian Nationals produces a rewarding win for a local team….

In a testament to how hard work and staying the course can pay dividends, the Toronto-based Wolf Electric Racing team emerged on top of the Pro Mod field during last weekend’s 19th annual Mopar Canadian Nationals held at Grand Bend Motorplex.

Driver Sam Andreacchi, who has been a regular and determined competitor within the Ontario PM class scene for quite a few seasons, had the sport “throw a nice bone” his direction this weekend.

Sam powered his always nicely prepped and now also vastly improved supercharged Chevy Camaro to victory when he bested the event’s 8-car qualified field.

After qualifying #3 (with a 6.155 secs) Sam and his race team found their groove rather nicely during eliminations and it was a consistent string of 6.2 secs ETs (under very hot track and atmospheric condition) that ultimately put them in victory lane.

Sam Andreacchi used some targeted consistency to prevail in Pro Mod class racing at Grand Bend’s Mopar Canadian Nationals event.

Sam outran fellow provincial racers Chris Brohman and Doug Blowes before facing off in the final versus Michigan’s Jason Kalso.

It was there that Sam delivered a convincing .003 RT and skipped his car to a winning 6.237 secs at 230.53 mph for the victory. Kalso, who had run rather strong the previous week during the NMCA’s Super Bowl event near Chicago, had issues and shutoff.

Michigan’s Jason Kalso had a nice R/UP placing with his awesome Plymouth Barracuda

For Sam and his group the win was a relieving one. During their racing history they have scored previous wins within both the PMRA and USDS circuits — but they admit — it had been a while.

“All in all, we had a consistent weekend and were happy to put together consistent laps on a track that saw temps over 130 degrees,” said Sam’s son Vincent.

“During the end of last year and the start of this year we suffered two major part failures which set us back,” Vince continued. “But we have now come back out with a new engine program (thanks to Al Billes). It has taken a while for us to adjust to the new power and finding a way to put it down to the track but we feel we are very close to running at the top of any race we enter now.”

Vince and Sam were quick to cite the support he receives from sponsors Wolf Electric, Diagnostic Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs & Astro Automotive and also his family, Domenic, Franca, Alessandra, Chantel, Tyler and everyone else involved in some way or another.

And to the winners – goes the spoils! Vincent Andreacchi – Cole O’Keefe and Sam Andreacchi demonstrate a time honoured and popular Canadian passtime!

Pro Mod class racing at GBM had been paced by Stratford Ontario’s Spencer Hyde who recorded both low ET and top speed of the event during Friday night’s first qualifier (under much cooler conditions). Spencer took the Napa Auto Parts/Ideal Supply Camaro (which also now features Al Billes power) to a 5.950 secs and 240.89 mph. Spencer beat the #8 qualifier Louis Ouimette in round one but then lost a 6.073 secs to 6.166 secs decision to Kalso in round #2.

Spencer Hyde’s Chevy Camaro was the quickest and fastest Pro Mod car at this event.

At Grand Bend – Doug Blowes ran well too with what is the ex-Al Billes Studebaker from a few years back.

Posted by Bruce Biegler
Photos by Bruce Biegler – Brennan Shortall – Darwin Kent