OSCA Report from Grand Bend Motorplex
The 2013 Ontario Street Car Association season is winding down and Grand Bend Motorplex played host to that series’ 2nd to last event last weekend…..
Rain may have taken it’s toll on Saturday’s racing action but the sun came out on Sunday giving racers the chance to run down the 1/4 mile at Grand Bend Motorplex.
The points chases are heating up so Comp and Index racers were wanting to improve on their standing going into the Championship race to be held at TMP at the end of Sept.
Along with the usual OSCA classes in competition the newly formed Outlaw 10.5 Association would be taking part in the weekends racing festivities.
Outlaw 10.5 has always been a well represented class in the Ontario drag racing scene. With the formation and revival of the class the future of 10.5 racing in Canada should continue to grow as interest increases after each event. With everything from blown alcohol big blocks to high revving inline 6’s, the quality of these cars is second to none. Case in point the competitors slated to do battle in the finals, Nick Agostino and his beautiful twin turbo 2002 Camaro in one lane and a familiar face in Canadian Pro Modified racing in the other, Tony Pontieri. Car owner Luch Querin and Amo Paone brought out the 800+cubic inch All Motor 94 Camaro to run the Outlaw series so Tony was a perfect fit for the driving duties. Unfortunately the team wasn’t able to make the call to the finals. A little off from his #1 qualifying run of 4.22 at 189mph, Agostino would make a soft hit in the finals running 5.85 at 102mph in the 1/8th mile to take the win!
OSCA EZ Street was an exciting class as usual with some impressive runs and times being put down by competitors. George Tserbis had his turbocharged Mustang atop the field qualifying #1 with a 7.59 at 185mph. When the finals rolled around however, it would be a couple of new faces taking to the line. Gen Musto was flying all day with his gorgeous nitrous powered Firebird. His competition would be Billy Foutris and his turbocharged 2001 Chevy Corvette. When the light went green Musto’s Firebird hit the wheelie bars hard and unloaded the rear tires, going up in smoke. He could only watch as Foutris took the easy win stopping the timer in 7.82 seconds at 186mph.
Billy Foutris didn’t take long to put his gorgeous Corvette into the EZ Street Winners circle!
Matt Searle of Ancaster, ON., would qualify #1 in Street Eliminator and would find himself taking on Tony Nicoletti of Hamilton, ON., in the finals. The battle of the Mustangs would see Searle taking the stripe first running 10.59 at 126mph to Nicoletti’s 10.79 at 127mph.
The Black Cat Pub, King Of the Street bike class is heating up as the end of the season nears. Two bikes stood out running some fast times on Sunday so it was fitting they would find themselves in the finals against each other. Mickey Dinnoo would qualify his All Motor Hayabusa #1 running 8.41 at 162mph. An impressive 8.23 in eliminations showed everyone he meant business. Up to the challenge, JP Calandra had been getting faster with ever round reaching a best of 8.37 for the weekend. It would be an exciting final as Calandra crossed the line first running 8.40 at 162 mph to Dinnoo’s 8.45 at 162mph.
JP Calandra took a hard fought win in Black Cat Pub’s KOTS bikes
Other Sunday winners included:
- Pro Stock Winner- Ryan Silva
- 8.90 Extreme Street- Peter Nolan
- 9.90 Wild Street- John-Anthony Iamundi
- 10.90 Modified Street- Eric Webber
- 11.90 Real Street- Randy Nunn
- Blaine’s Automotive /Elite Awards 12.90 –Jarrod Kolne
- Bike Sled Comp- Pete Stewart
- Performance Improvements Open Comp- Jarrod Kolne
- Performance Improvements Pro Comp- Heather Ireland
Heather Ireland has been unbeatable as of late – she earned another deserved win in Pro Comp!
The OSCA has had alot of great racers and sponsors showing their support over the years. Kelly and Sue Cooper who run in the 9.90 Index class had tickets to give away from one of their sponsors, Reapers Realm, for free admission into their haunted forest ride in Courtright, ON. If you’ve never been there, young or old, be prepared to be scared!
The talk of the weekend was the support put forward by long time sponsor and fan of the OSCA, Tim Orser. Tim Orser’s Lift Services has been generous over the years and this year decided to donate $1000 worth of toys and called the giveaway “Kids Come First”. A starting line tree was made on a board for a bean bag toss. Kids who got the bean bag in the hole won a prize. Those that didn’t get it in the hole also got a prize so nobody would be without. Great job Tim!
Photos & Posting by Mark Ackert