Chris VanBaalen takes win and TNT Super Series points lead while rain splits Race of Champions with four left
Sunday’s events cut short due to weather after second round
CAYUGA, ON – Races 9 and 10 in the 2018 chase for the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series championship wrapped up this past weekend with Wellandport, Ontario’s Chris VanBaalen taking the win (and the $1000 big check and the Wally) on Saturday while mother nature cut things short on Sunday.
The REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS which was to be contested on Saturday got moved to Sunday and then also was split due to weather. The four cars remaining – Ryan Boniferro, Steve McCarrick, Tyler Halleen and Tom Coonly – each took a piece of the $1500 prize money.
Presented by DSE Automotive, the double race weekend at Toronto Motorsports Park began Saturday on the quarter mile. Pete Maduri Jr landed on the pole but local favourite Chris VanBaalen emerged to take the win after qualifying fifth at 10.907.
Round one saw VanBaalen defeat Gary Saska with .020 separating them at the hit. Then he got lucky in round two when he was behind .028 to multi-time TNTSS champ JJ Jablonski who got loose and had to lift at half track.
New points leader – The team of Jennifer Guenther and Pete Maduri Jr!
Presented by Halleen’s Automotive, the weekend kicked off Friday at Lancaster Dragway. Joe Karosik got the #1 qualifier spot with a perfect 7.000. But in the end, it was veteran racer Billy Leber driving his dad’s 1967 Chevy through the field to victory.
Leber tree’d Bob Heans in round one and was near perfect in round two with a 001 against Tyler Halleen. A bye in round three set him up to face Steve McCarrick in the semi’s. Only .003 separating them off the line, they crossed the stripe at 7.005 / 7.004. Margin of victory .002. McCarrick had to settle for the $225 round money for losing 4th round.
Into the money round it was Leber against Lancaster regular Jeff Sobczynski. Leber’s 005 to Sobczynski’s 019 made the stripe easier for Leber with a 7.015 to a too fast 6.996. A .004 finish margin.
Rain washes away Saturday after first round!
CAYUGA, ON – The most competitive sportsman series on the planet returned to Canada to the historic Toronto Motorsports Park on June 9-10. The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series presented this weekend by Kevin Orr Mechanical saw JJ Jablonski from Alden, NY take the win and the $1000 big check on Sunday.
Races 3 & 4 in the 2018 series saw Saturday’s event washed away after round one due to rain. On Sunday Jablonski, who has won the TNTSS points championship multiple times, showed why he is a repeat champ by marching through the field to the winner’s circle.
“It was a long weekend but I’d have to say it was more luck and car then me,” said Jablonski. “Saturday I found the number and the new Hoosiers from Ron McKay varied a hundredth all weekend. I’d like to thank my wife Nicole for her efforts, Jason Vitez Race Cars, Jan-Cen Racing Engines, Competition Transmission, Joe Boniferro, Ted Barnes, Charlene Lepp, Laurie and Kevin Orr.”
Next up are Races 5 & 6 along with the REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS at St Thomas Raceway Park on June 23-24.
First win for Halleen since juniors and he holds the TNTSS points lead!
NEW YORK – The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series kicked off season 12 on Memorial Day weekend presented by the “Friends of the TNTSS” (Steve McCarrick and Larry Pulver). Friday saw Mark Herbold from Elma, NY add another win to his racing resume and Saturday it was Tyler Halleen out of Niagara Falls, NY who took home the big check with his first win in TNTSS competition.
24 cars rolled into the water box for round one on Friday at Lancaster Dragway with last year’s champion Tom Coonly taking the pole with a dead-on 7.000. But it was Mark Herbold marching through Pat Boniferro, Tom Coonly and Ted Barnes on his way to the final round.
There he met up with Pete Maduri Jr. with only .010 separating them at the tree, Herbold hung on and pushed Maduri under the index to take the win.
“Thanks to my wife Janice, Dave & Janet Kennedy and all my family & friends,” said Herbold. “The guys at Jan-Cen Motorsports, Jay at Reid’s, May’s Tree Service and Tom & Michelle from B&B Fence Company.”
Herbold, Nugent, Talmadge, Ricketson, Babiak & Fix score season-opening wins
LANCASTER, NY – Any memories of the long, cold and wet Western New York winter were melted away on Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway as the 2018 Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drag Racing program kicked off the 2018 regular season with the fire and fury of Al Hanna Racing’s Jet Funny Cars.
The First Strike Jet Funny Car of Rich Hanna of Middletown, CT edged the Top Secret: Eastern Raider jet car piloted by Ken Hall of Pottstown, PA in a pair of thrilling, side-by-side match races. Both jet cars torched Lancaster’s ?-mile dragstrip in just four seconds at speeds of 200 mph.
The weekly racers of LND’s of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program finally got their first taste of competitive racing with the weather-delayed first night of home track points. It was a fantastic opening day turnout with 150 competitors filling the pit area.
The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series headlined the event with Mark Herbold of Elma, N.Y. picking up the win after Pete Maduri, Jr. ran under the 7.00 index in the final round.
Guaranteed $1000/win and almost double the round money for all races in 2018!
NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Officials with the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series are very excited to announce big changes for the series as it enters its 12th season in 2018. The payout structure is getting a boost along with the event schedule.
Each race will now pay $1000 to win GUARANTEED – regardless of car count – AND the round money will be increased from $40 to $75 per round with payouts starting as always with a second round win.
The 2018 schedule will see 14 races – The most ever for the extremely competitive sportsman series. Actually 15 races if you include the REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS. “This many races will make the points chase very interesting as the season progresses,” said Ted Barnes, Director of Operations for the TNTSS. The series is well known for putting the racer first and this is just another example of that.
NIAGARA FALLS, ON – The eleventh season of the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series crowned a new champion in 2017 – Tom Coonly from Blasdell, New York who earned 605 points in the tightest points battle since 2009.
Not only did Coonly get a win on July 30th at Toronto Motorsports Park, he didn’t have a first round loss all year and he was deep in eliminations at most races in 2017. That plus earning qualifying points at all but two races is the kind of consistent performance that earns championships.
“Just getting a win in this series is extremely tough with all the talent that shows up for every race,” said Coonly. “To be able to be lucky enough to win the championship is amazing!”