DSE Points Battles go Down to the Wire

For the second time this season DSE SportsmanRacing Series Competitors were racing against the weather as much as themselves at the 2nd Annual Canadian Funny Car Championships….

Saturday Racing went smooth with all classes being able to crown champions, however Sunday turned into a race against an incoming weather system, unfortunately for DSE Sportsman Racing Series Competitors the storm won and Sundays Racing action was cancelled just priorto Round 1.

One big winner from the weekend was Pete Maduri Jr  who for the second DSE event weekend in a row doubled up his Saturday racing action by taking home both the Renegade Race Fuels Super Pro and HeadsUpRacer.com Frantic 14 Victories.

In Renegade Race Fuels Super Pro, Maduri started his trek to the finals by receiving the first round bye run via the “Round that Counts” where the racer with the best reaction time from the last time trial wins the potential first round bye run. From there Maduri drove around Lui Ramundo in round 2, Dave “Otis” Symon in round 3 and Chris VanBaalen in the Semi Finals to set up a final round match up against Mike Newman. In that, Final Round Maduri took a .012 advantage at the Starting line and that was all he would need for the victory.

Pete Maduri Jr took home the Hardware in both Frantic 14 and Super Pro Saturday Night

Pete Maduri Jr took home the Hardware in both Frantic 14 and Super Pro Saturday Night

In the HeadsUpRacer.com Frantic 14 Maduri qualified in the number 6 slot, which placed him up against #1, Qualifier Dennis Black, unfortunately for Black a red light handed the win over to Maduri. From there Maduri used a Second Round bye run and red lights from both his Semi Final opponent KC kovac and Final Round opponent Steve Ferstl to lock up his second Frantic 14 Event win in as many weekends.

The Corriveau Concrete Jr Dragster Category had NHRA hardware on the line Saturday as the earlier July 27th NHRA Jr Drag Racing League Challenge had been rained out and rescheduled to the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend. A Very tough field of 15 competitors duked it out for the NHRA hardware with Matteo Ramundo climbing to the top of the field winning over Cristina Johnston and her ever so close -.001 red-light.

Matteo Ramundo topped the very tough Jr. Dragster field

Matteo Ramundo topped the very tough Jr. Dragster field

Complete list of Weekend Event winners, Runner-ups, and specialty prize winners were:


HeadsUpRacer.com Frantic 14

Winner: Pete Maduri Jr
Runner-Up: Steve “Freight Train” Ferstl

#1 Qualifier: Dennis Black
Renegade Lubricants “Reaction Time Challenge” Winner: KC Kovac (.000 light)

Corriveau Concrete Jr Dragster

Winner: Matteo Ramundo Runner-Up: Cristina Johnston

Jr Dragster Consolation Race

Winner: Mikayla Lepp Runner-Up: Jackson Barnes

Performance Improvement Street Eliminator

Winner: Bev Demers Runner-Up: Frank Hood

Renegade Race Fuels Super Pro

Winner: Pete Maduri Jr Runner-Up: Mike Newman

DSEAutomotive.ca Super Bike/Sled

Winner: Pete Stewart Runner-Up: Derek Dwyer

Dilts Piston Hydraulics Modified

Winner: Andrew Stirk Runner-Up: Bill Thompson

Box/No Box Combo Gambler Race

Winner: Shawna Woudstra Runner-Up: Thomas Schlif


HeadsUpRacer.com Frantic 14

Renegade Lubricants “Reaction Time Challenge” Winner:

Shawna Woudstra (.000 light)

Renegade Race Fuels and Lubricants “Weekend Double Entry Prize” winner:
Drew Buchner- 6 Round wins in Renegade Race Fuels Super Pro and Dilts Piston Hydraulics over two days (***Awarded to Racer who double enters and wins the most rounds over the course of the weekend without winning a main event Race)

The next event in the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series is the 2nd Annual Championship Finals at Toronto Motorsports Park September 13-15 2013. Saturdays Racing action will feature the NHRA National Dragster Challenge where winners in Super Gas, Super Pro, Frantic 14, Modified, Super Bike/Sled and Street Eliminator will all take home NHRA “Wally” Trophies.

About the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series

The DSE Sportsman Racing series was created at the end of the 2011 racing season as a way to promote grassroots level sportsman drag racing in Southern Ontario. The series will run 12 events with five Championship Sportsman classes ranging from Super/Pro and Modified, to Super/Bike & Sled, Street Eliminator and Jr. Dragster. Super/Gas and Frantic 14 will also be featured in the series this season.

Sponsored by DSE Automotive LTD which is managed by David and Andrew Stirk in Brampton Ontario, DSE Sportsman Racing Series is dedicated to creating a competitive series for sportsman level drag racers to participate in which is fun and cost effective, while still providing an excellent racing program for fans and spectators to enjoy.

Visit www.sportsmanracingseries.ca for more series information.

Posted by:  Andrew Stirk

Photos by  Stacee Kenington