Big weekend of drag racing

Earle Proude
Published on September 2, 2014

OYSTER BED BRIDGE – With motorhomes, trailers and racecars stretched the full length of the facility, Raceway Park was a busy place over the Labour Day weekend.

Saturday, two Gamblers’ races, three divisions of the Pro Tree Tour, the Stock/Super Stock Series and the junior dragsters were run.

The final pair in the Box Division Gamblers’ race went down the track at 7.56, one minute after the sun had officially set.

Seventeen Maritime stock/super stock cars qualified Saturday morning.

Jody Noble, in his 1965 Malibu from Middle Sackville, N.S., had the bye in the quarter-finals.

Other side

On the other side of the bracket, Greg Nickerson’s Formula 1 Pontiac from Lower Sackville, N.S., won over Bill Sheppard’s 1973 Duster from Lake View, N.S. Sheppard ran exactly on his dial-in, but had a .4999 red light in the hard-luck loss. In the final, Nickerson edged Noble to win the division’s top eliminator.

In the Quick Rod Division of the Pro Tree Tour, Trevor Cowie from Doaktown, N.B., defeated Doug Forbes from Douglas, N.B., in the final. Jason MacNeil of Stellarton, N.S., was third.

In the Super Rod Division, Perk Perkins from Bradenton, Florida, defeated Wellington’s Josh Goodwin in the final. Hunter River’s Glenn MacLean defeated Kandy Mitton of Sussex, N.B., for third place.

In the Hot Rod Division, two veterans turned in a very exciting final. Richard Boyd and his 1969 Plymouth Road Runner from Belleisle Creek, N.B., defeated the 1967 Chevy Camaro of George Estabrooks from Sackville, N.B.

In the No-Box Gamblers’ race, Wellington’s Brett Ramsay and Cory Sprague of Norton, N.B., worked their way through the 62-car field to meet in Round 6. Sprague emerged the victor in the final.

All-Cape Breton affair

The Box Gamblers’ final, a class of 82 vehicles, was an all-Cape Breton affair after Gary Pozzebon from Gardiner Mines defeated Charlottetown’s Shane Bolger in the quarter-finals. In the final, Pozzebon defeated Sydney’s Tony MacNeil.

Eighteen junior dragsters worked their way down to a final between Hunter River’s Dawson Toombs and Logan Power of Sackville, N.S. Power won the final, and Ashley (Taz) Walker from Sackville, N.S., finished third.

Sunday, two oil-downs and gremlins in the timing system made completing the program a daunting task. However, with the cooperation of all drivers, the last two super pro cars went down the track shortly after 8 p.m. It wasn’t exactly dark, but the scoreboard lights were turned down 50 per cent in order not to be too bright in the drivers’ eyes.

In that super pro final, MacNeil emerged with a victory over the 1993 Mustang of Kevin Lively of Lower Sackville, N.S. Charlottetown’s Dave Constable finished third.

Super pro points

The year-long Raceway Park super pro points race was captured by John Rankin, who bowed out of the day’s competition in the fourth round, finishing with 245 points. John MacKinnon of Oyster Bed Bridge and Dave MacKinnon of New Perth tied for second at 163 points, just one point ahead of Ray Roach of Saint John, N.B.

Jeremy Keans from Liverpool, N.S., defeated Summerside’s Clayton Howatt in the pro bracket final. Bill Sheppard from Lakeview, N.S., was third.

Howatt may have finished second for the day, but he was a run-away winner in the pro points race with 236. Brett Ramsay of Wellington finished second at 193 while his father, Chad, was third with 140.

Darren Creamer from Mount Stewart won the bike/sled class over Brian Hedd of Lower Coverdale, N.S. Charlottetown’s Shane Bolger was third in the class.

With the win, Creamer passed Charlottetown’s Glenn Frizzell to win the yearly points race. Creamer had 186 to Frizzell’s 163. Darren’s son, J.C. Creamer, and Bolger tied for third at 121 points.

Sportsman Division

In the Sportsman Division final, Christine Leeman from Letang, N.B., edged veteran racer and family friend Richard Leger from Shediac, N.B. Natash Lawrence from Lawrencetown, N.S., was third.

The win moved Leeman  into third place in points with a total of 143. Her husband, Carl, won the division with 207 while Cavendish’s Tony Wakelin finished second at 155.

Hunter River’s Dawson Toombs was the big winner in the junior dragster class, winning the day and points race. He defeated Ashley Walker while Elliot Sprague from Norton was third.

The win moved Toombs past both Rylie and Jensen Green from Berwick, N.B., who finished second and third for the year. Toombs had 145 points while Rylie finished with 133, just one point ahead of Jensen.

The next race weekend at Raceway Park will be Thanksgiving.