OSCA Opener Report

With rain in the forecast for the May OSCA season opener at Cayuga Dragway Toronto Motorsports Park, the outlook for the weekend wasn’t good to say the least….

But with all the hype surrounding the 2011 season, the forecast didn’t keep the OSCA’s faithful from loading up and chancing the weatherman could be wrong.  And wrong he or she was. 

Clouds gave way to blue sky for the majority of the afternoon during qualifying and then the same could be said for most of Sunday’s eliminations.  The rain however did eventually come. 

With the final pair of Super Street cars firing and pulling into the waterbox, a light rain shower halted the two and then a brief down pour sealed the fate of the final round. 

The OSCA kicked it's season into action at Cayuga recently

Several of the classes did however complete their final rounds which included a diverse ladder of EZ Street Cars. A strong field of 13 cars would take to the lanes for elimination with the Rolling Thunderz prepped 68 Chevelle of Mark Azevedo sitting in the #1 qualifying spot.  With the bye in the first round, Azevedo would take on the 1988 Mustang of Steve Falle in round #2. With Paul Silva and Kelly Cooper anxiously looking on, Falle would pull off the upset win and then would see similar results in the semi’s as the gorgeous 70 1/2 Camaro of Danny Medeiros would experience problems shortly after leaving the line. Going into the finals, Steve would face the nitrous powered 88 Mustang of Larry Mann, who was coming off an impressive 7.86 at 179mph in the semi’s.  Falle’s luck would continue as Mann rolled the beams handing over the easy victory. 

In 2010 Pro Stock was dominated by well known Michigan racer Butch Kemp.  His small block Mustang would be set to kill for the 2011 opener, qualifying #1 with an 8.16!  The quality of cars in OSCA Pro Stock is second to none and the 68 Mustang of Mike Dimech is a great example of that.  Kemp’s Fox would outmatch the Classic of Dimech with Kemp running 8.31 at 169mph for the win over Dimech’s 8.40 at 161mph.

New to the OSCA this season is the Pro Bike category

New for 2011 in the OSCA is the much anticipated Black Cat Pub sponsored Pro Street Bike class.  Some people love the idea of bikes in the OSCA and some people are against it.  Whether you like it or not, they are here, and they are fast.  Mike Kovacevich was given riding duties for the weekend on the turbo Pro Street Hayabusa of Ronnie Mitchel which would normally be piloted by Bud Yoder.  With sponsors like RCC Turbo’s, McIntosh Chassis, and RMR, its no wonder the bike is capable of mind blowing numbers.  During qualifying, Kavos would make a charge at the top end hitting 200mph!  In the finals he lined up against the turbo charged ZX14 of Mike Bayes.  Take nothing away from Bayes, his 7.51 at 195mph was impressive in itself but Kavos saved the best for last running his new personal best ET of 7.24 at 197mph to take the first Big Cheque of the Black Cat Pub’s Pro Street Bike class.  Kovacevich says they will return for the next OSCA race June 18-19 at Toronto Motorsports Park and will be bringing more of the fast US based racers with them.

Race #2 will definatley be one to check out as more cars are expected to be completed and ready to compete in the fastest street legal show around. 
A little side note.  During testing, Jerry Mitrovic and his 536ci twin turbo Mustang ran 6.54 at 235-mph making him the fastest Super Street car in Canada!  With numbers like that, he will be tough to beat this year. 
Of the finals completed
8.90:  Winner-Brian Beaven R/U-Nick N
9.90:  Winner- Steve Schrans R/U-Demetri Pakkidis
11.90: Winner-Brad Redford R/U-Dan Pepper
12.90: Winner-Craig Aitken R/U-Jarrod Kolne
Bike/Sled: Winner- Ray Philip R/U-Joe Riccardi.
Posted by Mark Ackert — Photos by Mark Ackert