VanWiechen Tops Super Pro Field
Mario VanWiechen from Charlottetown, PEI drove his 1989 Ford Thunderbird to a final round victory in the Super Pro Division over Sussex, New Brunswick’s Kandy Mitton on the Raceway Park drag strip on Sunday afternoon.
The event, originally scheduled as a two day race, was shortened on Friday to a Sunday only points race and Atlantic Bracket Race. However, because of Sunday’s weather the Bracket Race portion was postponed until Thanksgiving, and the second Raceway Park points series race was held.
Hunter River’s Glenn MacLean edged Super Pro points leader, Mary Roach, from Saint John, New Brunswick for third in the class behind Van Wiechen and Mitton.
Over the last two years it has been very difficult for anyone in Atlantic Canada to defeat Wellington’s Chad Ramsay in the Pro Bracket class. Sunday was no exception. When the final pair of cars made their way to the starting line, the familiar 1983 Monte Carlo of Ramsay was sitting at the start line, and right beside him was the 1970 Camaro of his son, Brett.
All eyes were on the race. When the tree came down, Brett had a little better reaction time and ran an 11.08 elapsed time on a 11.06 dial-in to narrowly edge Dad for his first Pro Bracket victory. Ty Agnew from Riverview, New Brunswick finished third in the class by defeating Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia’s Cindy Conrad.
In the Bike/Sled class, Nevin Scott from Marshfield, PEI edged the current points leader, Amherst, Nova Scotia’s Andy Embree in the class final. Charlottetown’s Glenn Frizzell defeated Shane Bolger also from Charlottetown for third place.
The Sportsman Class saw another second generation racer gain his first class win. William Newcombe, the son of long time and very successful Pro Bracket racer, Ernest Newcombe from Tyne Valley, PEI, defeated Gus Longaphie from New Argyle, PEI in the class final. Richard Leger from Shediac, NB was third.
The Junior Dragster Division held two eliminations. In the points race, Hunter River’s Briann Toombs defeated Charlottetown’s Dillon Bolger in the final. Briann also won the second race, this time defeating her brother, Dawson, in the final.
Wellington’s Josh Goodwin drove his 1966 Chevy Nova to victory in the Duck Race for first round losers by edging Summerside’s Joey Veno in their final.
Because of new paving, the next Tuesday night street drags will be June 18th at 6:30.
The next drag race weekend will be the ADRA and Raceway Park combined points event on June 29/30.