Western Invader Wins Latest PMRA Round   

Winner: Kenny Lang 6.035 239.57 1st
R/UP: Derek Hawker 6.316 225.52  
Low ET: Vito Montesano 5.907    
Top Speed: John Russo   246.84  
Bump Spot:   6.213    
Q32 Winner: Bob Bauer Jr.  8.189  120.74 TS
Q32 R/UP: Billy White Broke   TD
PBSS Winner: Mike Konopacki 8.547 144.49 Bike
PBSS R/UP: James Miller  10.23  99.53 Sled


Round three in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series was completed during the Canadian Nitro Nationals at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.

Kenny Lang's first ever PMRA event start produced a victory

Winning his first PMRA race was Kenny Lang. It was also the first PMRA race for the team from Grande Pointe, Manitoba. Lang, driving the Summit Racing Equipment 1969 Camaro, qualified fourth in the field, and bested Derek Hawker of Corbyville, Ontario in his Corvette in the final for the win. Lang recorded a 6.035-second, 239.57-mph winning pass over Hawker who had a red-light foul start in the final.

Lang’s win did not come easy.  After qualifying 4th he defeated Jeff Roth’s fast improving ’41 Willys in round one before taking the measure of overall PMRA points leader and pole qualifier Vito Montesano in the semi final round.

“Our decision to come to this event was really made only 48 hours before,” Lang revealed, who is a regular on the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series.  “We felt it was a good place to continue our testing and to get some additional great exposure for our sponsor Summit Racing Equipment.”

Lang also had the tuning expertise of Al Billes (from Barrie ON) back in his corner during the event.  Billes has rejoined that team as a tuner and consultant for the remainder of this season.

Upset minded independent racer Derrick Hawker went to the PM Final

Winning his first Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts event was Bob Bauer Jr of Elma, New York. The Top Sportsman driver, who competes in his big-block powered 2007 Pontiac GTO, won in the final over Billy White of Gadshill, Ontario in his RE/MAX White & Wild Top Dragster entry.

This series is comprised of 16 Top Sportsman cars and 16 Top Dragster cars, which compete in their respective divisions, and the top eliminator in each division goes into the final to determine an event champion.

Top rated Canadian racer Mike Konopacki scored in PBSS


In the PBSS event portion presented by Wiseco, Canadian top rated motorcycle drag racer, Mike Konopacki rode his Pro Bike Kawasaki to the over the Yamaha Pro Sled of James Miller of Orillia, Ontario.

Konopacki, of Hampton, Ontario, qualified fifth in the Pro Bike field.  

The PBSS is structured similar to the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, as each division runs its own set of eliminations, and the top from each division is pitted against each other for an event title.

The fourth of six events in the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS will be the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts held August 5-7 at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario.

Overall PMRA Points leader Vito Montesano set low ET during qualifying

Additional Photos from this event can be viewed:  HERE

(Bruce Biegler Photos)