Schurman wins largest class
OYSTER BED BRIDGE – The Raceway Park Drag Strip was a very busy place on Sunday as the Turkey Trot nationals wound down.
There were 177 cars entered into three classes and 12 juniors in their own division. Each of the first-round losers was allowed to buy back into the program, and most did. The result was the last pair went down the track 20 minutes after the sun had officially set for the day.
In that last race, Summerside’s Hal Schurman, in his 2005 Undercover Dragster, had a fine .509 reaction time and ran 8.23 on his 8.14 dial-in at 166 miles-per-hour (mph) to defeat John Rankin of Mt. Uniacke, N.S. Rankin had a .518 reaction time, but broke out running a 10.72 on a 10.78 dial.
Tim Lawrence from Lawrencetown, N.S., finished third in the class of 102 cars. Due to the buy-back round, it took nine rounds of racing to get through the field.
The second-largest field of cars – 52 entries and 22 buy-backs – had only P.E.I. racers advance to the final three. Curtis Lewis from Tyne Valley finished third, losing to Charlottetown’s Colin Newman in the semifinal.
However, in the final, Newman lost out to Wellington’s Chad Ramsay, who seemed to really get his new “ride” figured out on Sunday after a frustrating Saturday.
In the high-dollar class, Ray Bourque of Memramcook, N.B., drove his 1983 Camaro to a narrow final-round victory over the 1989 Mustang of Sheldon Pastuck from New Waterford, N.S. Jim Green from Sussex, N.B., and Ray Roach from Saint John, N.B., shared third place in the class.
Saturday, Islanders also dominated the track-funded electronic and non-electronic bracket races. The Electronic Division had Bloomfield’s Kevin Gallant and his 1979 Monza upset the very strong 1983 Trans Am of Hunter River’s Glenn MacLean in the final.
Dave Constable from Charlottetown and Roach lost out in the semifinals.
The Non-Electronic Division came down to an all-Charlottetown final, with the 1973 Plymouth Satellite of Ray (Pug) Smith defeating the Arctic Cat snowmobile of Glenn Frizzell. Danny Young of Bedeque and Andrew Pearson of Sydney, N.S., lost out in the semifinals.
The Junior Dragster Division featured a double winner of the Division I section as Miscouche’s Benjamin Gallant defeated Mayfield’s Daniel Collister on both days in the final. Rylie Green of Sussex, N.B., finished third on Saturday, Brian Toombs of Hunter River was third on Sunday.
Division II of the junior dragsters for first-round losers had Charlottetown’s Jesse Campbell defeat Toombs on Saturday while Mt. Uniacke’s Wyatt Rankin finished third. Sunday, Dawson Toombs of Hunter River defeated Charlottetown’s Dillon Bolger in that final, with Miscouche’s Samuel Gallant taking third place.
The Turkey Trot nationals concluded action at Raceway Park for the season. Action will resume in May 2014.