Roach Returns to Win Super Pro
The opening event in the Raceway Park drag racing points series was reduced to a Sunday only race because of very poor Saturday weather. Sunday morning saw sun and racers showed up, a pretty good field of 75 cars, considering Saturday’s snow showers.
Nine months after Saint John’s Mary Roach crashed her dragster at 150 miles per hour here at Raceway Park, she returned to the scene of the accident and captured the Super Pro title with a new and faster car.
After defeating the newly acquired Dan Page dragster of Joey McInnis, the always tough John MacKinnon, and Cape Breton’s Benny Niesten, she faced off with Hunter River’s Glenn MacLean in the division final. In that race Roach had a great .509 reaction time, but MacLean pushed his light a little too hard and it came up red at .497. Neisten edged Charlottetown’s Travis Livingstone in the third place run.
The familiar face of Chad Ramsay from Wellington, PEI rose to the top of the Pro Bracket division on Sunday as he ousted Winsloe’s Irwin Mossman and his 1967 Chevy BelAir in the final pairing. Clayton Howatt from Summerside was third in the class driving his 1968 Dodge Dart.
Shane Bolger drove his 2006 Kawasaki to top honours in th Bike/Sled division with a final round win over Amherst Nova Scotia’s Andy Embree on his 1991 Suzuki GSXR. Wayne Morris from Westville, Nova Scotia finished third in the class.
It took Michael Ingram from Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia five rounds to work his way through the Sportsman class, defeating Shediac, New Brunswick’s Richard Leger in the final race. Kevin Johnston from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia was third.
Benjamin Gallant from Miscouche won the Junior dragster division with a win over his brother Samuel in the class final. Charlottetown’s Dillon Bolger finished third .
With only six cars entered in the class and two of them broken, the four racers had a second elimination and it proved to be no different. Again Samuel and Benjamin met in the final, with Benjamin emerging victorious.
The Duck Race for first round losers was won by New Perth’s David MacKinnon with his 1995 Chevy Camaro. He defeated the snowmobile of Glenn Frizzell in the final. Charlottetown’s Bruce Howatt was third.
Next action on the local drag strip will be the Atlantic Bracket Bash and Pro Tree Tour race on June 8/9. Tuesday night street drags will commence on June 4th at 6:30.