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PMRA team wins Pro Modified Invitational during national drag race event at the Grand Bend Motorplex

Courtesy of PMRA
Photo by Dale Boeru
 
GRAND BEND, ON – Jack Grainy blasted his way to victory during the IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals at the Grand Bend Motorplex over the weekend.

The Pro Modified Racing Association regular competed with several other teams in the event’s Pro Modified Invitational, and the Tonawanda, New York driver won an IHRA Iron Man for his efforts, his second such title in 16 years.

“This has been a great win for us,” said Grainy after the win. “We are very happy to win, and we were proud to be a part of the PMRA at this race.

“Our next goal,” he continued, “is to win a PMRA race, hopefully this season.”

A veteran Pro Modified team, driver Jack and crew chief Sonny have competed for many years, and was one of the initial teams when the PMRA began in 2004.

ADRL SUMMER DRAGS VII SPECIAL AWARDS

Courtesy of  ADRL 

Jeffers Pro Cars Pro Extreme No. 1 Qualifier Program ($1,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Extreme) – Joey Martin, Pro Extreme ’55 Chevrolet Nomad, 3.664 seconds, 205.17 mph.

RJ Race Cars Pro Nitrous No. 1 Qualifier Program ($1,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Nitrous) – Mahana Al-Naemi, Al-Anabi Racing RJ Race Cars ’69 Camaro, 3.832 seconds, 197.11 mph (both are track records).

Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 No. 1 Qualifier Program ($500 to the No. 1 qualifier in Extreme 10.5) – Frankie Taylor, Jeffers Pro Cars ’05 Corvette, 3.889 seconds, 199.41 mph (both are track records).

Jon Kaase Racing Engines Extreme Pro Stock Kaase Tuning Challenge Program ($500 to the crew chief and team who has the lowest combined E.T. of all four qualifying sessions in Extreme Pro Stock) – Elijah Morton, Morton Brothers Motorsports ’07 Ford.

Tim McAmis Performance Parts Top Sportsman No. 1 Qualifier Program ($500 to the No. 1 qualifier in Top Sportsman) – Mark Malcuit, ’69 Camaro, 4.173 seconds, 171.72 mph.

Tim McAmis Performance Parts Best Engineered Car Award – Kenny Doak, ’70 Chevy Extreme 10.5 entry, Pipersville, Pa.

Steve Dekkenga SD Enterprises Best Appearing Car Award – Dan Meyers, ’68 Camaro Pro Extreme entry, Ramona, Ca.

Large car counts expected in round four of PMRA, PBSS and Quick 32 Series

Courtesy of PMRA, PBSS and Quick 32

CAYUGA, ON  – With three events completed so far this season, the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series head west to the Grand Bend Motorplex for the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts.

This three-day event, to be held August 5-7, will be the fourth race in the six-race tour for each of the three series, and the first trip to Grand Bend for 2011.

Known as the “Stratford Days,” this event is very popular with the competitors, and large car counts are expected. This will be the 17th running of the event. Once again NAPA Auto Parts will be providing free tickets to the event through their stores.

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Boychuk splits Funny Car battle at Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals

Courtesy of IHRA

GRAND BEND, ON – Call it a draw. Call it a split.  But whatever you call it, don’t think this battle  is over just yet.

In a battle of two of the fastest nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars in world, Pennsylvania’s Peter Gallen claimed round one on Saturday while Alberta’s Tim Boychuk proved top dog on Sunday, splitting the much anticipated matchup between the two during the Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Ontario.

Peter is a pretty tough opponent to go against so we were thrilled to get the win this afternoon,” Boychuk said. “It is nice to split with him. They have a great car and a great team and they know how to put the numbers down so anytime you can beat a team like that it is really special.” 

Gallen set a blistering pace to open the weekend, temporarily setting a new world record in the process, but Boychuk was able to battle back and pick up his own Ironman trophy on Sunday with the two quickest laps of the afternoon to split the weekend and leave the title of nostalgia racings fastest driver unanswered – for now.

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Hamstra, Al-Naemi, Taylor, Owens, Goforth, Butcher and Nelson take top honors at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park

Courtesy of ADRL

MARTIN, MI – Jason Hamstra had a win, three finals appearances and the points lead in Pro Extreme during an already brilliant 2011 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season.

Now, he can add a victory at his home track in front of a mass of family and friends to an already extensive accomplishment list.

Showing tremendous consistency throughout at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, Hamstra wrapped up his magical day by going 3.715 at 207.05 miles per hour to beat Todd Tutterow in the finals of the Ford Drive One Summer Drags VII.

“All of our friends and family drove here, and it feels good to get this win in front of them,” Hamstra said. “If you’re going to pick one race to win, this would be it. You can’t ask for a whole lot more.”

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Wild evening of racing greets fans at Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals

Courtesy of IHRA

GRAND BEND, ON – Peter Gallen 1, Tim Boychuk 0.  In a showdown that was billed as a battle of the fastest between Pennsylvania’s Peter Gallen and Alberta’s Tim Boychuk, it was all Gallen on Saturday as the driver of the “Poverty Stricken” 1974 Vega Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car blasted to a potential world record and a win in front of a capacity crowd at the Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Ontario.

Gallen put a blistering 5.707 elapsed time on the charts at 247.25 miles per hour to pick up the win, his sixth of the season to wrap up a wild and crazy evening of racing in front of one of the biggest crowds in recent Grand Bend history.

“We felt like we had something to prove. We wanted to go out there and win this thing,” Gallen said. “To do that, we knew we had to run some pretty quick numbers and thankfully we were able to do that. The last time I raced Tim we didn’t get to race him in the final and we really wanted to go up against that team with a win on the line.

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Williamson & Gore Motorsports Team back for ‘more’ in 2011

 

Courtesy of Jamie Clerf

The champions of the 2010 West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (WCOPMA), the Williamson & Gore Motorsports Team and their mean-looking,satin black ’53 Studebaker is indeed back for ‘more’ in 2011. ‘More’ racing as they have committed to again running the six race WCOPMA schedule and, if the first two races of the season are any indication, ‘more’ competition, as it appears the rest of the class have stepped up their respective programs this year.

The team saw considerable success in 2010 appearing in the finals of all 5 races they attended (3 wins, 2 runner-ups) and recorded track records from Sacramento (where they achieved a class record 5.90) to Boise to Denver.

This year sees the team return with a slightly different personnel line-up and some enhancements to the mechanical side of things. What hasn’t changed, however, is the man behind the wheel of the potent 6 second machine – Bret Williamson, a talented race car fabricator and accomplished Top Alcohol Funny Car / ADRL driver, will again bring his natural driving skills and mechanical expertise to the team.

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