Top Five Season Review – Wiseco Performance PBSS
1) Dan Cryderman – Champion
Dan Cryderman had an exception year in 2013, as the Pro Bike rider won his first Pro Bike & Sled Series Championship Point Award Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products.
Cryderman, of Thamesville, Ontario, took the title in the third season of PBSS competition.
2) Ted Glinny – Second Place
Former champion Ted Glinny came close but couldn’t repeat his success of last season in the Pro Bike & Sled Series for 2013, placing second in the Championship Point Award Series.
Presented by Wiseco Performance Products, the PBSS has now completed its third year of operation.
Pro Bike rider Glinny, of Milton, Ontario, started his PBSS season well, qualifying number two and winning over Marty Kuiack, also of Milton, for the opener held at Martin, Michigan. Then the Kawasaki rider qualified sixth and was knocked out in the first round for the first of three events held on the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. He was also out in the first after qualifying third for the next event, but took a victory during the Canadian Nitro Nationals at Cayuga over series champion Dan Cryderman of Thamesville Ontario after qualifying fourth for the fourth race.
He also qualified fourth for both of the next two events, held at the Grand Bend Motorplex, finishing up in the second round at the first race, but taking his third win of the season of the year-end closer at Grand Bend with a final round victory over Melissa Pluim of Pefferlaw, Ontario.
Glinny, who has raced for over 30 years and was the 2012 PBSS co-champion, rides a 2000 Kawasaki Ninja with a 1425-cc engine and a Lectron fuel system on a modified stock chassis. A GPZ 1-2 transmission is employed which gets him down the quarter mile in the mid-eight-second range at speeds of 150 mph. Harry Manovich crews for the Glinnja Racing team, with help from crew Jay and Nicole Glinny and Marty Kuiack.
3) Dave Vandereyken – Third Place
One of the strongest competitors in a competitive field, Pro Bike rider Dave Vandereyken placed third in the 2013 Pro Bike & Sled Series Championship Point Award Series with his Suzuki.
Running five of six events on this year’s PBSS card, Vandereyken, of Acton, Ontario, did not race at the opener at Martin, Michigan. He qualified ninth for the next event, held on the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park, and was eliminated in the semi-final.
For the next race, the South Coast Community Weekend, held at Cayuga, he qualified sixth and went all the way with his Suzuki, eliminating 2013 PBSS champion Dan Cryderman of Thamesville, Ontario in the final round.
In the next race, Vandereyken qualified eighth and was out in the second round, while in the next event, held at the Grand Bend Motorplex, he qualified eighth again and was out in the first. For the final race, he qualified third and was eliminated in the semi-final.
The Suzuki, a GS 1100E model, is powered by a 1425-cc engine and a modified stock chassis with a five-speed transmission and Slider carburetor, and propels the rider of the Animal Racing team down the quarter mile in the high-eight second range at speeds up to 140 mph.
Louise Reid is crew chief for the team, which receives sponsorship from Halton Power and Koojo Powder Coating.
4) Marty Kuiack/Melissa Pluim – Fourth Place
Taking fourth place in the 2013 Pro Bike & Sled Series was the Pro Bike team of Marty Kuiack and Melissa Pluim, who each drove three races in the six-race series, and who each lost in a final round to Ted Glinny, the 2012 PBSS champion.
Starting in Martin, Michigan, Kuiack qualified fourth in the field, but lost to Glinny, of Milton, Ontario, in the final.
For the next two races, held on the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park, Kuiack qualified eighth and fifth respectively, but was out in the semi-final of the first race and the first round in the second race.
Not able to continue to race the rest of the season, due to a broken wrist at the Cayuga event, Kuiack, of Milton, handed over the riding chores to his crew chief Melissa Pluim, from Pefferlaw, Ontario. Pluim qualified for the fourth race but was out in the first round.
Melissa qualified fifth in the first of two races at Grand Bend Motorplex, and was out in the second round, but qualified sixth for the final event, and went laps, only to lose to Glinny in the final round.
5) John Orfanidis – Fifth Place
Always one of the top contenders in the Pro Bike & Sled Series, John Orfanidis qualified number one or two for each of the six PBSS events in 2013.
Riding his Suzuki GSX-R for the Quality Automotive team in Pro Bike, the Toronto, Ontario rider started out well in the first event of the year at Martin, Michigan, qualifying number one, but was eliminated in the first round.
For the next three events, all held on the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park, Orfanidis qualified first in two of the races and second in the other, but was plagued with bad luck during eliminations.
During the Stratford Spectacular Weekend at the Grand Bend Motorplex, the next fifth race on the PBSS tour, Orfanidis once again took the number one spot in qualifying, and went rounds at Grand Bend, losing to 2013 series champion Dan Cryderman in the final round.
For the final event, also held at Grand Bend, he once again took the top spot with a 7.4-second, 177.16-mph posting, but could not stay in contention for the eliminations, going out in the first round.
Sponsored by Quality Automotive, Converter Man Ltd. and Diamond Trans, the Suzuki is powered by a 1755-cc Paul Gast engine from Fast By Gast and Vance and Hines transmission on a Tracs chassis with a carburetor fuel system. Mike Henriques is the crew chief on the team, with help from Peter Cifuentes, Alex Saragosa, and Fedon Orfanidis. The team has been part of the PBSS since its inception three years ago.
The Annual “Night of Champions” Championship Point Award Series Banquet for the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS) will be held at the Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, November 16, 2013
Posted by: Tim Miller
Photo by: Bruce Biegler