Raceway Park Drag Strip in Oyster Bed Bridge was expected to be a busy place over the Labour Day weekend and it certainly lived up to expectations.
On Saturday 206 cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, dragsters and junior dragsters entered
Jason MacNeil from Stellerton, NS drove his 1979 Chevy Monza to a final round victory over the 2000 Dan Page dragster of Cody Hobart from Grand Bay-Westfield, NB in the big-dollar “Quick 32" class.
Twenty-two Stock/Super Stock cars were in attendance, for the second time this season, and the competition was fierce. Jeremy Keans and his 1985 Camaro from Liverpool, NS edged the 1965 Chev Malibu of Jody Noble from Middle Sackville, NS in that final. Greg Nickerson from Lower Sackville, NS was third.
The big-block 1967 Camaro of Wellington’s Josh Goodwin captured top honours in the Electronic Gambler’s Race with a win in the final pairing over the 2001 Race Tech Dragster of Jim Green from Sussex, NB.
The Non-Electronic division of the Gambler’s race was an all P.E.I. affair with Wellington’s Chad Ramsay edging out Summerside’s Joey Veno in the final and Charlottetown’s Ivan Noonan finishing third.
Braxton Stafford from Brockville, NB won the Junior Dragster class with Daniel Collister from Mayfield second and Sackville, Nova Scotia’s Logan Power third.
If Saturday was the “Gamblers and Big Money” day, then Sunday was the “Points” day as both ADRA and Raceway Park points were up for grabs. In fact, it was the final event of the season for local points.
In the Super Pro division, Travis Livingstone from Charlottetown defeated Jason MacNeil in the final pairing denying MacNeil a clear win as this year’s class champion. As it was, MacNeil finished in a tie with Memramcook, New Brunswick’s Ray Bourque for the championship. John Rankin from Mt. Unicake, NS was third for the day while Glenn MacLean from Hunter River and Cody Hobart tied for third in yearly points.
Lewis MacDonald from New Glasgow, NS edged Liverpool’s Jeremy Keans in the Pro Bracket final with Jack Keirstaed from Onslow Mountain, NS finishing third. In yearly points, Kevin Gallant from Bloomfield moved past Wellington’s Mike Poirier for the class championship. Riverview, New Brunswick’s Ty Agnew and Charlottetown’s Colin Newman tied for third in yearly points.
In the Bike/Sled division, the Suzuki of Amherst’s Andy Embree got past the Arctic Cat of Charlottetown’s Glenn Frizzell for the day’s top eliminator but in the yearly points race Frizzell had 191 points to Embree’s 151 to easily win the class championship. Chris Pozzebon from Gardiner Mines, NS was third for the day while Springvale’s Joey MacInnis finished third in yearly points.
Last year Carl and Christine Leeman from Letang, NB made the Sportsman class a “family affair” as Carl won the division and Christine finished second. On Sunday, Charlottetown’s Ray “Pug” Smith made sure that would not happen this year as he defeated Carl in the final pairing of the day. However, the win only got him into second place in yearly points and Christine, who was third for the day, managed to walk away with the class championship with 191 points to Smith’s 162. Carl was tied for third with Cap Pele, New Brunswick’s Richard Leger.
In the Junior Dragster division, Cory Hall from Jocicure, NB defeated Caleb Sargent from Quispamsis, NB in the final while Benjamin Gallant from Miscouche was third. Rylie Green from Berwick, NB finished as Class Champion with 172 points, only one point ahead of Logan Power from Sackville, NS. Hunter River’s Briann Toombs was third with 140.
The next and last action at the local drag strip will be the Turkey Trot Nationals which will be paired with the ADRA Team Race on Thanksgiving weekend. Meanwhile Tuesday night street drags continue with Wednesday and Thursday being rain dates.