Canadian racer participation at NHRA Maple Grove produced a first time winner and some career best math….
Congratulations are in order for one of Canada’s most veteran and innovative drag racers — Allyn Armstrong. The Kingston Nova Scotia resident who along with his brother John have remained at the forefront in the development of cutting edge components and motors for Sportsman drag racing for many years, earned his first career win at the NHRA national event level, last weekend.
Driving his familiar 4-cylinder L/Altered Opel GT, Allyn scored in the Competition eliminator category during the rain-plagued NHRA Keystone Nationals. In the final round he beat Pennsylvania-based Peter Luciano when he ran his machine to a winning 8.704 secs elapsed time.
Prior to that Allyn (who qualified #11 of only 13 cars entered) had benefitted from two red-light fouls by opponents Lee Zane and David Hughes and also a single when scheduled opponent Joe Carnasciale broke in round number two.
London’s Paul Noakes almost duplicated Armstrong’s winning effort in the Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminator.
Noakes, who won this race back in 2009 – advanced his potent Meritor-sponosred Ford Mustang all the way to the final round before losing out to California’s John Lombardo.
Noakes had an outstanding event up to that point — which included qualifying #1 with a 5.535 secs and posting a career best 5.515 secs while winning over Dan Pomponio in the semi-final round.
In Top Alcohol Dragster racing, Stoney Creek Ontario’s Jeff Veale continued his rise as a class power – qualifying his injected nitro car #2 for the field with a 5.323 secs at 277.60 mph. Jeff however had an unfortunate red-light foul in round #1 and lost out to Frank Schuster.
Post by Bruce Biegler
Photos by Dave DeAngelis