OSCA Invaders at Grand Bend Motorplex|
Mark Ackert - September 24, 2009
The Ontario Street Car Association returned to Grand Bend Motorplex for the first time since 2006 and provided fans with a unique chance to check out the wildest street legal race cars on the planet. With not a cloud in the sky, competitors were blessed with ideal conditions and many would take advantage of that to run personal bests throughout the weekend.
Mickey Thompson sponsored Super Street would be a little smaller in numbers then usual due to many of the competitor having mechanical issues that kept them from attending. The cars that did show up all had a chance at winning since all of them are members of the 6 second club. Steve Lazzaro would qualify in the number one spot with Gino Cavalleri close behind.
Deigo Gubert from Brampton Ontario would qualify his 91 Trans Am in the #3 spot but a horrific fiery crash would put an end to his season. Gubert would escape relatively unscathed after the car turned 90 degrees, hit the wall pushing the concrete barriers back 7 feet and then flipped onto the roof all the while a huge fireball engulfed the front end of the car. Racing action would be stopped after the crash so the track staff could fix the aftermath and get the track ready for Sunday’s eliminations.
Vito Montesano was struggling all weekend long but in the first round, his supercharged 68 Camaro would come alive and give chase to the twin turbo Camaro of Steve Lazarro but the 7.15 at 180mph would not be enough to put Lazarro on the trailer. Lazarro would have a single in the semi’s pitting against Gino Cavalleri and his nitrous powered small block 2000 Mustang. Gino had run 6.99 in round one, 7.09 in the semi’s and then in the finals, after Lazzaro timed out meaning he was disqualified for not staging his car in the allotted time, Cavalleri would run another 7.09 on a single pass to take the win and the Big Cheque.
With Rolling Thunderz sponsoring the EZ Street class in 2009, its only fitting cars sporting their powerplants would be doing very well this season. Steve Damianidis has been having issues with his Rolling Thunderz powered nitrous Camaro wanting to stand on the bumper on every pass. Still riding the wheelie bars hard, Steve “Splash” was able to run 3 consecutive 8.0 passes but in round #3, an 8.06 wouldn’t hold up as Mark Azevedo’s 68 Chevelle, also powered by Rolling Thunderz would take the win running 7.91 at 172mph. Azevedo would line up his nitrous fed Chevelle against the Fox bodied mustang of Rob Orofiamma of Bolton, Ont. Unfortunately for Azevedo he would go red in the finals allowing the small block Mustang of Orofiamma to take the win running 8.24 at 168mph.
The cars in Street Tech Racing Pro Stock have been putting on an incredible show of speed and power in 2009. Unfortunately the show these cars have been putting on is slowly dwindling as car after car has been plagued with mechanical issues. These cars are pushing the limits of what naturally aspirated engines are capable of which puts the cars at a high risk for mechanical failures which far too many competitors are finding out the hard way. Mike Dimech and his beautiful 68 Mustang would fall victim to mechanical failure so he wouldn’t make the call on Sunday to line up with John Cudizio. After the first round single, Cudizio would be victorious in the second round, winning on a hole shot as he would beat out Kelly Cooper driving Tom Craig’s high flying 84 Z28 Camaro. Jeff Biro would be on a tear as he found himself in the finals once again after just winning the OSCA Pro Stock class the previous weekend after competing in an OSCA rain make up race. Biro was in the 60’s throughout eliminations and his 8.66 at 157mph would be enough to take the win over Cudizio’s BBC Firebird which stopped the clock in 8.73 seconds at 157mph.
27 racers would be taking to the stage in Pro Comp on Sunday. When all was said and done, a familiar face to the winners circle would make his way back to collect the Big Cheque as Chris Lozon would drive his 92 Achieva to the win defeating the 92 Camaro of Paul Silva, who would leave early and turn on the red light.
Equally high numbers would appear in open comp as 31 racers entered in eliminations on Sunday. The final would be a Can/Am affair as Buffalo NY competitor Dan Marvin and his 1990 IROC Camaro out of the 2 Fast Garage would take on Canada’s own Frankin Guillaume of Stouffville Ont., and his cool 4 door 68 Dodge Dart. Guillaume would have some time to play with after cutting a much better light and would take the stripe defeating Marvin to take the win.
Index Class Results:
>8.90 Extreme Street would be an easy victory for John McIntyre after Rich Mason and his “Big Nasty” big block Nova was unable to make the call to the finals. McIntyre’s Camaro would have been tough to beat running 8.91 at 148mph in the finals.
>9.90 would provide some excitement as Keith Kiberd from Ajax would take the win in his 89 Mustang defeating the ever tough Chris Lozon who was looking to double up after winning Pro Comp.
>10.90 would be another Can/Am final as Brantford’s own Stu “MacDaddy” Davis would take his 77 Firebird into the final round against another 2 Fast Garage Camaro from NY which was that of Brian Prior. Prior was out first with a slightly better reaction time which had MacDaddy having to make up some ground. Davis would get there first but would break out as Prior ran a 10.94 to take the win.
>11.90 would see newcomer Heather Ireland make her way to the finals running her 2000 Firebird against the 83 Camaro of Dan Pepper. Pepper nailed the tree and would use that to his advantage as he ran 11.96 but with the starting line advantage would take the win as Ireland crossed the line closer to the index at 11.91 but just slightly behind Pepper.
>12.90 would be won at the starting line as Greg Roy in his 72 Nova went -.008 red handing the win over to Nick Garnett of Scarborough with his Fox bodied Mustang.
The Canadian Nostalgia Gassers were also on hand doing wild wheelstands putting on a show for the crowd as well as competing in grudge matches against each other. Chilly Willy, Beyond Berserk, Hyper Henry. These are some of the most competitive Gassers around and it was an added bonus for the crowd to take in.
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