Show Me The Money Tour – Elliot Lake Report

Once again Northern Ontario’s Elliot Lake airport was over run by hundreds of race cars last weekend as it hosted the first race on the richest bracket racing program in Canada, the Benson Auto Parts Show Me the Money Tour…..


Things kicked off Friday night with a $3500. gamblers race which saw cars, bikes and sled all gunning for the $2000. first place prize money. heading into the round of eight thee was still very good representation of all the class’s, however in the round of four (which is only three) there was Derek Malcolm, Darren Frasso and Mike Scott with his brand new semi pro Mustang. Scott would receive the buy and Darren Frasso took Derek Malcolm out when Malcolm broke out by 1 thousand on the big end. Frasso would continue that good fortune in the final where he set the pace for the weekend with a day one Win and enough money to pay for his weekend and more. Day two saw more cars coming in too what was already overflowing parking space in the pit area, however everyone was well accommodated  

Alcohol burning Nostalgia Funny Cars were featured

The J&S Collision  Best Appearing Car award went too Chris Manzo of Sault Ste. Marie, Chris was also awarded the best appearing crew award presented by Rose Hill Auctions.

 Besides all the regular racing that went on this past weekend at Elliot Lake we also have too take our hats off too Diamond Jim Crownhart and his spectacular Jet Car Show, Bill Hallet and the Detroit Thunder Nostalgia Funny Car, Diesel Dave and his funny car, and for the first time every Nitro Mike and his wheel standing PT Cruiser, who by the way was immediately invited to take part in our Bracket Bonanza.



 Day two was once again met with fantastic weather, and with over 400 cars to compete you can just imagine the rush that was on. Today would see some lucky street racer crowned the KING OF THE STREETS and take home $1000. When all was said and done it came down too two northern drivers with Ron Fournier beating up on Chris Butler for the championship.

Super Pro racing action

In the JR. Dragster division the Luskville Dragway points leader Steve Clarmo was not too be denied as he beat rookie sensation Ashley Ogilvie for the win. Mike Lalande would come out on top of Andrew Cassels also two competitors who call the north home but run the tour quite often. The Semi Pro Class was one of the biggest and here two regular tour competitors would stand out, as Gord Harling and Alan Siebart would go too the line for all the money with Harling prevailing and walking off with $2000. for his efforts. Harling would also come away from the event with the points lead and would mark for the first time a Northern Driver would lead the points chase with only 3 races left too go.

Super Pro saw the largest turnout of cars in the history of the event as 41 cars would go too the line in the first round. But when it was all over Rock Beaudion would come out on top of Jamie Clarmo driving Denis Souliere’s car, Denis was forced to skip the first round as he had to take his wife Jill to the hospital as she did not feel just right and precaution is the best policy. Jill was fine and Denis would return too compete in the Sunday’s portion of the program. The super pro class had some new faces including two or three new US Based cars including Mike Kalin who went many rounds all weekend and is one of the favorites to challenge for the points championship should he decide to compete at the remaining three races. Saturdays activities finished up around 7:10 and was followed by presentations and live music.


 Again the sun would shine and the temperatures would sore but the racing was fantastic and when the curtain fell around 4:05 more new winners would emerge for the first race on the 2011 tour. With no street class on Sunday things moved along at a stellar pace and with no slowdowns for oil downs or anything else things where wrapped up in record times.

Jr. Dragsters would see Steve Clarmo go too the line for another battle of the sex’s only this time Randi Lyn Urslak would come out on top and take the North Shore Challenge Trophy home. Sled/Bikes would see another day of record turnouts for this class and another day of a familiar face going to the winners circle, Justin Prevost of Sudbury would come out on to of Serge Lapierre for all the marbles. In Semi Pro Shawn Oliver would make his way too the winners circle after a two year absence of being there and would do so at the displeasure of Steve Woods of Elliot Lake trying hard to win in front of his home town.

Dragster versus doorslammer at Elliot Lake

Super Pro would see Dick Stanton come too the line to face Hal Blanchard of Belleville, Ontario marking his first ever final round appearance. Stanton would prevail and take home the first place prize money of $10,000, but for Hal who only a week ago thought about packing it in for the season, the second place finish was very, very encouraging. So once again Elliot Lake proved they do the best job of anyone when it comes to putting on these types of events and they deserve a big round of applause.

Posted by:  Arnie Malcolm