No shortage of drag racing action

Earle Proude
Published on July 1, 2014

OYSTER BED BRIDE – It was one hot and busy spot at Raceway Park over the weekend.

Over 150 racers were in attendance from all three Maritime provinces, and one Super Pro car all the way from the state of Florida for the Atlantic Drag Racing Association and Raceway Park points event.

On Saturdays, the Island track always runs one-eight-mile races, which are becoming quite popular with many racers.

After two rounds of qualifying, the Maritime Stock/Super Stock Tour got down to eliminations with 15 racers. In the final, the SS/JA of Greg Nickerson defeated Chris Chapman’s H/SA.

In the Non-Electronic Gamblers’s Race, Wellington’s Chad Ramsay continued his winning ways by beating the 1968 Dodge Dart of Greg Gillis from Margaree Harbour, N.S., in the class final.

The Electronic Gamblers’s Race came down to a final between the dragster of Mary Roach from Saint John, N.B., and the 1974 Chevy Vega of Rick Nowlan from Moncton, N.B., with Roach emerging victorious.

The Junior Dragster class ran two divisions, and Ashley (Taz) Walker from Sackville, N.S., defeated Rebecca Lawrence from Lawrencetown, N.S., in the A Division.

In the B Division, Kristen Cantwell from Bras d’Or, NS edged out Logan Power from Sackville, N.S., to make it an All-Nova Scotia day for the juniors.

Quarter-mile format

Sunday was back to the more familiar quarter-mile format, and 50 Super Pro cars qualified for eliminations.

After four rounds, the 1986 Mustang of John Rankin from Mt. Uniacke, N.S., was paired against John MacKinnon’s 1970 Nova and Josh Goodwin’s 1966 Nova from Wellington was facing the 1967 Camaro of Ray Roach from Saint John, N.B., in the quarter-finals. Roach then faced MacKinnon in the division final. MacKinnon had a .515 reaction time to Roach’s .520 and ran 10.41 on his 10.41 dial-in to push Roach to break out by two one-thousandths of a second – a 9.358 on his 9.36 dial – for the narrow, hard-fought victory.

After four rounds in the Pro Bracket class, three cars emerged – the father-son duo of Chad and Brett Ramsay from Wellington and Greg Gillis, who had lost Saturday’s final of the Non-Electronic Class to Chad.

Gillis wanted revenge, but first he had to defeat son, Brett, in the semifinal before facing Dad. He got his revenge by beating Brett and getting an uncharacteristic red light out of Chad in the final capture the Pro Bracket Division trophy and money.

If one had been asked to predict the eventual winner of Sunday’s Bike/Sled class, names like Glenn Frizzell, Shane Bolger, Wayne Morris, Justin Horton, Andy Embree, or even Brian Head or Gary Lehey, might have been mentioned. But, when the finals were called, none of those names was there.

Instead, Darren Creamer from Mt. Stewart on his 1999 Honda faced and defeated the 2007 Kawasaki of David Aucoin, who is from Glace Bay, N.S. Stratford’s Nathan Hicks defeated Glenn Frizzell’s Arctic Cat snowmobile to finish third.

In the Street class, Carl Leeman from Letang, N.B., defeated Tony Wakelin from Cavendish in their final while Leeman’s wife, Christine, whom he had just edged in the semifinal, beat Chris McCarville from Cornwall for third-place honours.

Rebecca Lawrence defeated Jensen Green from Berwick, N.B., to capture top honours in the Junior Dragster Division. Logan Power beat Briann Toombs from Hunter River for third place.

Daniel Collister from Toronto Road, P.E.I., won the duck race for juniors by edging out Wyatt Rankin from Mt. Uniacke, N.S.

Once again, the track ran the popular duck race for all first-round losers. Cornwall’s Dave Constable defeated Ricky Beal from Midgic, N.B., in the final.

The next event at the local track will be the Pinks Points Race in support of Cancer research on July 26 and 27.

Meanwhile, Tuesday night street drags continue every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., with Wednesday and Thursdays being rain dates.