Ontario Grassroots Drag Racing Updates
The Ontario Street Car Association touched down at both Cayuga Dragway and St. Thomas Dragway in recent times and here are some event summaries filed courtesy of Mark Ackert at (www.DragNden.com) …..
Standouts are beginning to form as race #3 of the OSCA’s season got underway recently at Toronto Motorsports Park.
EZ Street was running strong with all but one competitor qualifying in the 7 second zone. Lead by Vince Melao’s ProCharged Mustang who ran 7.65 at 187mph, Ernie Zambri would be close behind with a 7.67 at 181mph. Zambri would reach his third final in a row and would line up against none other then the competitor he lined up with in the first two events, Paul Silva. Silva’s ProCharged Mustang pulled the wheels and carried them past the 60′ mark. Zambri was right there and at the finish line was out in front running 7.72 to take his third victory in a row over Silva who made it a close running 7.77.
Street Eliminator had a new face in the mix as Natasha Jaques would line up against the regulars with her 1988 Mustang and qualify in the #3 spot. A couple familiar faces were a top the qualifying ladder as Matt Searle qualified #1 and Tony Nicoletti would be close behind in the #2 spot. Nicoletti would find himself making it to the final round were he would take on the Coyote powered Fox bodied Mustang of Jay Misener. Nicoletti was thankful to be competing on Sunday after the vacuum pump on his Mustang failed. 9.90 competitor Kirby James broke in qualifying and when he heard Tony needed a pump he frantically pulled the one off his car and helped install it giving Tony the chance to continue. Nicoletti and Misener left together but the race was over when Jay experienced problems and could only watch as Tony pulled away to take the win.
Black Cat King of the Street bikes would have a Suzuki vs Kawasaki final as Chris Fenech of Toronto aboard his 08 Kawasaki ZX14 would take on the 03 Suzuki Hayabusa of Brian Davis of Hamilton. Davis would put a good pass together but his 8.75 at 161mph wasn’t enough to beat the 8.46 at 158mph Fenech posted on the boards to take the win.
Here are Saturday and Sundays Index and Comp winners….
• Pro Comp: Saturday W- Steve Watson Sunday W- Adrian Niedra
• Open Comp Sat W- Jarrod Kolne Sun W- Randy Nunn
• Bike/Sled Comp Sat W- Pete Stewart Sun W- Dan Earl
• 8.90 Sun W- Bill Suitor
• 9.90 Sat W- Sue Cooper Sun W- Chris Burzynski
• 10.90 Sat W- Mike Thompson Sun W- Dan Marvin
• 11.90 Sat W- Randy Nunn Sun W- Doug Kiehn
• 12.90 Sat W- Bill Gies Sun W- Mark Gordon
• 9.50 Street Fighter Bike Sat W- John Poretti
Not often do three race series team up at one event but this past weekend at St. Thomas Raceway Park the PTRA, OSCA and No Bar bike series would join forces for some killer heads up and pro tree racing action. Rain would force the cancellation of Saturday’s scheduled events but racers took take to the track Sunday to complete the weekends racing festivities.
OSCA racers are accustomed to the quarter-mile but most felt equally at home running the eighth mile as seen in EZ Street with Suzie Stevens qualifying number one with a 4.95 in her wicked nitrous assisted Maximum Performance Firebird. Suzie would be slated to line up against the ProCharged 1994 Mustang of Paul Silva in the finals. Silva was right on pace qualifying with a 4.97 so the final was shaping up to be a great side by side match up. Unfortunately a bent valve would keep Stevens and her hard working crew from bringing the Firebird to the lanes for the final pass. Silva, who had made it to the finals in each of the 4 OSCA races this season would finally be rewarded with a win running 5.01 at 146mph.
The familiar pair of Mustangs of Matt Searle and Tony Nicoletti made it to the finals of Street Eliminator where Nicoletti would get out first and stay in front running 6.71 at 104mph to Searle’s 6.82 at 98mph.
King of the Street bike would see two new faces to the OSCA matched up in the finals. Randy Hope aboard Warren Blank’s Kawasaki ZX10 would take on Dan Storms and his Kawasaki ZX14. Hope would leave first with a .099 reaction time and would stay out in front running 5.61 at 127mph to Storms 5.65 at 125mph.
Other results from Sundays OSCA action:
• 8.90 W-Larry Dean
• 9.90 W- Ernie Graziano
• 10.90 W- Al Hodgson
• 11.90 W- Randy Nunn
• 12.90 W- Sean Brydges
• P/C W- Dave Cooper
• O/C W- Dan Pepper
• Bike/Sled Comp W- Pete Stewart
• 9.50 StreetFighter W- Randy Hope
Rob Vandermeer in his high flying 86 Buick Regal would take the Pro Comp win over the ever tough Pete Stewart on his GSXR dragbike.
Jarrod Kolne would take the win in his 2002 Chevy Camaro defeating the super clean 3rd Gen Camaro of Dan Pepper.
Sean Brydges would put his 2001 Lightning in the winners circle over PTRA newcomer Damian Gorman on his 2003 HD Road Glide in the Trophy Comp class.
No Bar Bike Series results:
Dan Storms would claim victory in Crazy 8’s on his ZX14 defeating the 14 of Sunday’s ironman, Randy Hope who ran 3 different bikes in 3 different classes.
Al Osborne would take the win in No Bar 9.99 riding his 1999 CBR1100 defeating Shawn Godderris on his stretched 2010 Suzuki Hayabusa.
Photos and post by : Mark Ackert (DragNden.com)