Two former series champs draw first season blood during the opening events for the Quick 32 & PBSS …..


Kevin Wicke & Dan Cryderman won the opening rounds respectively in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series.

The two drag race series were part of the Leaf Racewear Spring Blowout presented by Rocksedge & Veloce Italian Kitchen at the Grand Bend Motorplex over the weekend.

In the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, two-time champ Kevin Wicke drove his Top Sportsman Dodge Stratus to an event win while in the PBSS, presented by Wiseco Performance Products, returning champ Dan Cryderman rode his Suzuki to victory.

Kevin Wicke's Dodge Stratus

Kevin Wicke’s Dodge Stratus

Wicke, of Stratford, Ontario, qualified fourth in the field for the K&K Racing team. He eliminated Lui Ramundo of Welland, number one qualifier Marc Gervais of Sudbury, ran a single, and took out Tom Stuart of Chatham to win in Top Sportsman.

On the Top Dragster side, number seven qualifier Dan Zygmont of Chelmsford made rounds through the field, eliminating Scott McCann of Stratford, Mike Everitt, also of Stratford, and number two qualifier Glen Vardy of Burlington to win his first Top Dragster race.

Zygmont met up with Wicke for the event final, but started too soon at the line, red-lighting and giving the win to Wicke.

Cryderman, of Thamesville, a two-time PBSS champion, qualified second with his Pro Bike entry and went through the field to win the series opener. He eliminated Pro Sled rider Nicole Albin of Paris, Pro Bike rider Dan Beaulieu of Harrow, and took a single for the final against Milton’s Ted Glinny.

Glinny qualified fourth with his Pro Bike Kawasaki, taking out Mike McKay of Newmarket, Pro Bike rider and number one qualifier John Orfanidis of Toronto, and Pro Sled rider James Goudreau of Sudbury to meet up with Cryderman in the final.

2X and defending PBSS Champion Dan Cryderman

2X and defending PBSS Champion Dan Cryderman

The PBSS final was a close race, but Cryderman got out first with a .025-second reaction time to Glinny’s .087, and the 2014 champ took a winning 8.172, 151.08 pass over Glinny’s 8.455, 153.03.

Wicke leads the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series with 235 points, followed by Zygmont with 213 and Vardy with 196. In the PBSS, Cryderman is first in points with 216, Glinny second with 195, and Goudreau third with 174.

The next event for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series will be June 12-14 at Grand Bend for a two-race weekend event.

The Quick 32 Sportsman Series, is now in its seventh year of operation, and the PBSS presented by Wiseco Performance Products, is now in its fifth season. Both series race several times each season at the same event, offering a colorful and exciting package of drag racing action.

Photos by Mike & Veronica Seguin and Brennan Shortall

Posted by:  Tim Miller