Multi-Tasking @Toronto Motorsports Park

Southern Ontario drag racing fans got quite a treat recently when Cayuga Dragway at Toronto Motorsports Park hosted a very diverse and entertaining weekend of drag racing….

Due to some weather circumstances that affected their previous two races at Grand Bend Motorplex (season events # 4 & #5) everything was on the line for the final race of the season for the PMRA, Q32 and PBSS series circuits. 

All that high drama was further enhanced by two other coinciding major calendar event attractions — the Northern Nostalgia Nationals (on Saturday) followed by the popular annual Mopar Sunday.  Bottom line the event proved to be one of the most entertaining and interesting of the entire 2011 season.

Some cool Nostalgia cars were part of Cayuga's great line-up of racing last weekend

The PMRA, Quick 32 and PBSS all crowned their series champions following rather ferocious action over the weekend.   DragRaceCanada congratulates 2011 overall Champs: Vito Montesano (PMRA), Phil Sampson (Quick 32) and Randy Hope (PBSS).

Race # 6 Summary:

Bruce Boland, from Stoney Creek Ontario won his second race of the 2011 season.    The wily and most winning driver in PMRA history, drove his fan favorite supercharged 1941 Willys to victory after qualifying #2 in the field (6.000 secs). 

In the final he met up with number one qualifier Eric Latino (5.996 secs) of  Whitby, Ontario, driver of the potent “GESi Team Green/Quality Plus Compressors” Camaro.  When Latino fouled at the line, Boland went on to record a career best time of 5.943 secs 240.08 during the winning run.

Wily Bruce Boland came very close to winning his 3rd PMRA Championship title

In a very fitting close to the 2011 PMRA season championship chase — the top spot in the Point Award Series presented by Magnum Auto Parts, Patio Passport and Global Emissions Systems, Inc. was in fact not determined until the final run between Boland and Latino (!)

Vito Montesano of Maple, Ontario, was leading the points race going into this last race, but Latino had a chance of taking the top spot. With Latino losing to Boland, incredibly Montesano won the title by a mere 1 point over Boland, with Latino close in third spot. Montesano finished with 1534 points, Boland took second with 1533 points, and Latino placed third with 1526 points.

Vito Montesano prevailed to win the closest PMRA points chase in it's history

Semi-finalists in the PMRA race were Rob Atchison ofLondon,Ontario, who enjoyed his best race so far since switching to Pro Mod class racing and eventual overall champion Montesano.

Tom Orr of Shawville,Quebec drove his nitrous-injected Top Sportsman 2008 Dodge Stratus entry to his first win in Quick 32 Sportsman Series competition. After eliminating Bob Bauer Jr ofElma,New York in the Top Sportsman final, Orr met up with Top Dragster driver Jamie Bridge of Napanee Ontario in the event final. After Orr and Bridge staged and lined up for the race, Bridge broke, giving Orr the win.

Quebec's Tom Orr looked sharp while winning the Q32 title at the season finale

Orr qualified number four in the 16-car Top Sportsman field, and Bridge qualified number nine on the Top Dragster side. Bridge beat finalist Paulo Giust of Osgoode,Ontarioto go on to the race’s final round between the two divisions. 

Top Sportsman racer Phil Sampson of Granton,Ontario had clinched the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts 2011 Championship Point Award Series title before this final race, finishing the 2011 season on top with 1239 points.

Phil Sampson - from Granton ON - is the 2011 Q32 points champion

Bridge took second in the series with 1201 points, and Top Dragster driver Jeff Moser of Waterloo, Ontario placed third with 1172 points.

After qualifying fourth in the PBSS field, Ted Glinny rode his Kawasaki Ninja to his first series win.  Glinny, of Milton, Ontario, ran an 8.723, 141.46 to eliminate Pete Stewart of Toronto,Ontario in the PBSS final. Semi-finalists in the event included Bill Anderson of Seaforth,Ontario, and Dan Cryderman of Thamesville,Ontario.

The number one spot in the 2011 PBSS Championship Point Award Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products was not changed after the final race, as Randy Hope of London,Ontario had already locked up the title.

The Pro Bike Kawasaki rider finished the inaugural season of the PBSS in first place with 1211 points, followed by Pro Bike racer Cryderman with 1137 points, and Pro Sled rider Bill Anderson of Seaforth,Ontario with 1085 points.

Event #4 & #5 Wrap-up:

Winners in the postponed fourth and fifth races (from Grand Bend) in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS were declared during Saturday’s dynamic event schedule.

That was completing in conjunction with qualifying rounds for the sixth and final event,

The postponed fourth race in the PMRA was taken by Eric Latino of Whitby,Ontario, who took the win over Jeff Roth of Kitchener,Ontario. The win was Latino’s second of the season in Pro Modified competition.

Eric Latino (near lane) defeated Jeff Roth in the PMRA's Event #4 postponed final round

Also taking his second win of the year was Phil Sampson of Granton,Ontario. The Top Sportsman driver in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts ran a solid set of laps to take top honors in the series’ fifth event. That win solidified the championship for the Chevy Cavalier driver, who had a slight lead in the points battle before this race.

Sampson beat Top Dragster driver Jeff Moser of Waterloo, Ontario, in the final. Sampson eliminated Kevin Wicke of Stratford,Ontario in the Top Sportsman final, and Moser beat Bill White of Gadshill,Ontario in the Top Dragster final.

Moser defeated Wicke for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series run-off from the postponed Stratford Day Spectacular event August 6 at Grand Bend, giving Moser his first Quick 32 Sportsman Series victory.

Randy Hope of London,Ontario secured his championship in the PBSS with a win over Josie Brooks.  Hope rides a very consistent running Kawasaki.    

Randy Hope is the inaugural PBSS series points champion

The Annual “Night of Champions” Championship Point Award Series Banquet for the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS) will be held at the Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Kevin Dundas' awesome Super Stock Plymouth was a popular part of "Mopar Sunday"

Posted by:  Bruce Biegler & Tim Miller

Photos by:  Bruce Biegler

To view DragRaceCanada’s extensive photo gallery from this weekend’s diverse event click:  HERE