Although it felt rather weird and tentative — our first taste of drag racing action within Canada felt very good last weekend!…

Two very popular Ontario-based drag racing circuits dusted things off a bit at St. Thomas Dragway as participants from both the Can Am Stock/Super Stock and ONDR circuits were active.

This event — which was largely a test and tune session — did also allow for track officials and racers to experiment with some COVID-19 mandated social distancing formats — that were designed for everyone to learn from the experience.  The two-day racing window played out without any fans in the grandstands. 

While technically there was not any official points competition presented — the Can-Am Stock/Super Stock drivers did run off a pair of 1/8th mile (for fun) affairs — with wins going to circuit regulars Dave Turner and Doug Box.

Turner, who is from Schomberg ON raced his E/SA 72 Mustang to victory on Saturday defeating the classic Mopar driven by Ron Gallagher in that final and on Sunday London’s Doug Box rolled his high-flying AA/SA ’69 Camaro to a win over Tony Valerio.

The event did include a great grouping of Canadian Nostalgia drag racers (ONDR) who had their machines at a drag strip for the first time this season. 

You can check out a photo gallery from the weekend over at our LMLCMedia on-line product:  HERE

DragRaceCanada was also on hand for an initial look at the beginning of many track improvements being made/planned at St. Thomas since the track was purchased by Paul Spriet last year and which now has Paul’s son Jarrett as Track Manager.  That includes a newly paved and very smooth racing surface (which drivers tried out for the very first time this weekend) and also now concrete guard walls.  (* We will post more details and photos of all that — coming in the near future).

Posted by Bruce Biegler