The Final Five! Quick 32 Review!
Invading U.S. racer Jon Schmid certainly enjoyed his rookie season within the Canadian based Napa Quick 32 series – claiming the 2014 points championship…
The first-year entry of Jon Schmid dominated the 2014 Quick 32 Sportsman Series with the Top Sportsman driver winning the Championship Point Award Series in fine fashion.
Driving his 2006 Pontiac GTO-bodied car, Schmid, from Orchard Park, New York, did not race in the season opener at Grand Bend, but took runner-up in the next event at US 131 Motorsports Park at Martin, Michigan.
He went rounds and not only won the Top Sportsman side, but took the event win over Top Dragster driver Buddy Forrest of Rochester, New York at the next event at Empire
Dragway. Schmid drove to a semi-final finish for the next race, held at the Grand Bend Motorplex, and then for the season closer at Grand Bend, won the Top Sportsman side, losing the event final to Top Dragster driver Mike Everitt of Stratford, Ontario.
Schmid’s GTO is a Jerry Haas Race Cars product, powered by a 762-cubic Chevrolet engine from Jan-Cen Racing Engines coupled with an Abruzzi Racing transmission and converter. The car is capable of quarter-mile times in the low seven-second range at speeds of 200 mph.
Tony Positano – Second Place
Top Dragster driver Tony Positano had the best year of his Quick 32 Sportsman Series career, finishing first in Top Dragster and second in Championship Point Award Series in the NAPA Auto Parts-presented series.
With a car capable of running in the low six-second range at up to 200 mph, Positano, of Toronto, qualified for all events entered, and went rounds in each event, and his year was highlighted with a win at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan.
Running a 255-inch Mike Bos Slip Joint dragster, power is provided by a 477- cubic inch blown aluminum engine from Stefko Racing Engines using and Enderle 110 fuel pump and backed up with a two-speed Powerglide transmission. Transmission, mechanical and data diagnostics by Ron Shilling Racing, with safety and team public relations handled by Kelly Sams.
Sponsorship is provided by Lucas Oil Products Canada, VP Racing Fuels and NGK Spark Plugs. Special thanks go out to Christie Lee and Associates – Web Design, Lori McCrae.
Everitt Racing – Third Place
Driving the Everitt Racing Top Dragster entry, Mike Everitt had a good showing in the 2014 Quick 32 Sportsman Series, placing third in Championship Point Award Series.
Everitt qualified for all events entered in a car that was capable of mid six-second times at speeds of just over 200 mph in the quarter-mile.
In his first events the Stratford, Ontario racer was a quarter-finalist, but came on strong during the last two events at the Grand Bend Motorplex.
In the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals, he went rounds, losing in the semi-final to eventual winner Erin Staley of Kalamazoo Michigan. For the final race, Everitt marched through the ladder to meet up with and beat Sam Christian of Amherst, New York in the Top Dragster final, and then took the event final over series champion Jon Schmid of Buffalo New York with his Top Sportsman entry.
The Spitzer Enterprises dragster is powered by a 632-cubic inch Dart Big Chief engine with Race Flow Development help and a Switzed Dynamics nitrous system. Sitting behind the engine is a Hutch’s Transmission Service transmission.
Ken Everitt is crew chief on the car, owned by Shelia Everitt, with team help from Dean Wilson, Frank Wilson, Bob Robinson and Tyler Kawalez.
Sponsorship is provided by Morrison/Everitt Ltd. and Wilson Salvage.
Glen Vardy – Fourth Place
After starting in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series in 2012, Glen Vardy and his Top Dragster entry were a force to reckon with this past season.
Running an alcohol-fueled supercharged dragster, Vardy, of Burlington, Ontario, recorded some impressive numbers is the series’ sixth season, presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
For the first race of 2014 Vardy qualified number two at the Grand Bend Motorplex and went all the way to take the event, beating Toronto’s Tony Positano in the Top Dragster final and eliminating Top Sportsman driver and 2013 series champion Bill Wilson in the event final.
The team always qualified well in the field with a car capable of passes just over the six-second mark at speeds of over 230 mph.
Between the frame rails of the The Juggernaut chassis sits a 509-cubic inch Dart Big Block engine with a ProCharger blower on top and a belt-driven alcohol fuel system. A two-speed modified Powerglide transmission is coupled to the engine. Crew chief for the team is Steve Vardy, with Colleen Cook, Brian Vardy and Jackie Hill assisting in the effort.
The team is sponsored by www.beerstoredelivery.com
Sam Christian – Fifth Place
Driving the John Fletcher-owned Top Dragster entry, Amherst New York’s Sam Christian finished in fifth spot in the 2014 Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series.
Christian’s season was highlighted with a pair of final rounds in Top Dragster, where he was eliminated by Buddy Forrest of Rochester, New York at Empire Dragway and at the Grand Bend Motorplex later in the season, where he was eliminated by Stratford, Ontario’s Mike Everitt.
Christian qualified about midway in the field for all the shows and went rounds in the other events. His car is capable of running the quarter-mile in the six-second range at speeds approaching 200 mph. As a testament the extremely close racing in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, the two final round losses that he incurred were the result of a combined .005 seconds in reaction times and dial-ins.
Powered by a 632-cubic inch engine from Spina’s Racing Engines, the 2007 Racecraft dragster features a Powerglide transmission with a nine-inch converter from Competition Transmission, a Killer Ron’s Twin Terminator fuel system, and a SC Raceworks nitrous oxide system.
Car owner/Crew chief for the effort is John Fletcher, with help from Shari and Alex Christian. Sponsorship comes from Breathing Air Resources and John Fletcher, and Sam’s Mom.
In 2014, the series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, has now completed its sixth year of operation.
For more information on the Napa Quick 32 Series visit: www.Quick32.ca
Posted by: Tim Miller
Photo by: Bruce Biegler