TNTSS Checks in From St. Thomas

Stirk and Vezina win – Surmatchewski assumes points lead during successful St. Thomas Raceway Park touchdown….

Competitors in the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series took on the 1/8th mile at St Thomas Raceway Park in Sparta, Ontario this past weekend for a spectacular two day drag racing event in partnership with the Can Am Stock / Super Stock Series.

Thanks to many supporters and volunteers, Saturday’s racer barbeque raised over $1000 that will be donated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in memory of Tim Thorne.  The weekend was a terrific celebration of Tim’s life and his impact on the local drag racing community.

Presented by The Second City Toronto, the weekend saw two new TNTSS event winners in the highly competitive series with Andrew Stirk from Orangeville winning Saturday and Marc Vezina from Straffordville winning on Sunday.

As well, the race from May 21st was completed and Oakland’s Dave Surmatchewski took not only the event win but also took over the 2011 Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series points lead.

Saturday August 20:

Twenty-one cars qualifying in two sessions resulted in Caledonia’s Ray Martino landing atop the field in the number one spot running a perfect 7.000 ET.

Saturday St. Thomas Event Winner - Andrew Stirk

But five rounds later, it was Andrew Stirk as the event winner defeating TNTSS newcomer Andy Cole of St Thomas.  Advantage off the line went to Andrew with a .003 light to Andy’s .024.  When Andy lost power at half-track, Andrew was able to coast to the win at a 7.27.

Saturday Aug 20: (May 21 Rainout):

After the regular race on Saturday, there were three rounds to finish from a previous race (May 21 Cayuga) before the racer barbeque got underway.

Making it to the final were Dave Surmatchewski and Bill Elekes.  The round ended quickly as Bill went .001 red on the tree handing the win to the black 1983 Cutlass.  Dave posted an .012 reaction and 6.998 ET.

Dave Surmatchewski has assumed the TNTSS points lead for 2011

This win is Dave’s fifth in the series since it began and it catapults him into the number one qualifying spot for The Trailer Shop / ERD Race of Champions in two weeks, bumping Pete Maduri Jr to second and Ted Barnes to third.

Sunday August 21:

Sunday started out wet with significant rainfall overnight and then brief showers in the morning.  However by noon, the skies started to clear and at 2:00pm, cars were on track for qualifying.  Newark, New York’s Harry Phelps took the number one spot with a 7.002 pass.

This day saw Marc Vezina from Straffordville take the win over Binbrook’s Wayne Sipos.  On his way to the final, Marc took out the likes of Joe Passero, Dave Surmatchewski, Pete Maduri Jr and Harry Phelps.

Next stop on the 2011 Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series is another double race weekend at Cayuga Dragway at Toronto Motorsports Park on September 3-4 including the first ever TNTSS Race of Champions sponsored by The Trailer Shop and ERD.  Visit for complete details.

Current Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series Championship Points Standings – Top Ten


1 Dave Surmatchewski 478
2 Mark Herbold 461
3 Ted Barnes 429
4 Bill Elekes 400
5 Scott Jahren 399
6 Fred Gross 396
7 Chris VanBaalen 387
8 Pete Maduri Jr 383
9 Harry Phelps 378
10 Ray Martino 352

About Joe’s Transmission Service

Joe’s Transmission has been in business in Niagara Falls, Ontario since 1984.  They sell & install high performance parts & accessories however their specialty is building & repairing high performance transmissions.  Contact Joe and his team at (905) 374-6116 or visit them online at .

About the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series (TNTSS):

Since it began in 2006, the TNT Super Series has grown into one of the strongest, most competitive sportsman drag racing series in North America and has catapulted many competitors to success on the national and divisional stage.

The TNTSS is a self-governing organization with input from its teams.  Based on NHRA’s Super Street & IHRA’s Hot Rod classes, competitors run on a 10.90 index in the 1/4 mile (7.00 in the 1/8 mile) and race for a guaranteed purse that pays back more than 100% of the racer’s entry fees.  The yearend Series Champion receives a prize package worth over $3500.00.

The TNTSS is committed to providing the highest level of competition backed by solid media support to showcase its participants across North America.  Events are contested at various drag racing facilities in southern Ontario and western New York and put on a spectacular show for the drag racing fan.