Turkey Trots make Raceway Park Busy Spot
Schurman wins largest class
Raceway Park Drag Strip in Oyster Bed Bridge was a very busy place on Sunday as the Turkey Trot Nationals wound down. There were 177 cars entered into 3 classes and 12 juniors in their own division. Each of the first round losers was allowed to buy back into the program and most did. The result was that the last pair went down the track 20 minutes after the sun had officially set for the day.
In that last race, Summerside’s Hal Schurman, in his 2005 Undercover Dtagster, had a fine .509 reaction time and ran 8.23 on his 8.14 dial-in at 166 mph to defeat Mt. Uniacke, Nova Scotia’s John Rankin who had a .518 reaction time but broke out running a 10.72 on a 10.78 dial. Tim Lawrence from Lawrencetown, NS finished third in the class of 102 cars. Because of the buy-back round, it had taken 9 rounds of racing to get the field through the final.
The second largest field of cars, with 52 entries and 22 buy-backs, saw only PEI racers advance to the final three. Curtis Lewis from Tyne Valley finished third, losing to Charlottetown’s Colin Newman in the semi-final. In the final, however, Newman lost out to Wellington’s Chad Ramsay who seemed to really get his new "ride" figured out on Sunday after a frustrating Saturday.
In the high dollar class, Memramcook, New Brunswick’s Ray Bourque drove his 1983 Camaro to a narrow final round victory over the 1989 Mustang of New Waterford, Nova Scotia’s Sheldon Pastuck. Jim Green from Sussex, NB and Ray Roach from Saint John shared third place in the class.
On Saturday the track funded Electronic and Non-Electronic Bracket races also weredominated by Islanders. The Electronic division saw Bloomfield’s Kevin Gallant and his 1979 Monza upset the very strong 1983 Trans Am of Hunter River’s Glenn MacLean in the final. Dave Constable from Charlottetown and Ray Roach from Saint John lost out in the semi-finals.
The Non-Electronic class came down to an all-Charlottetown final with the 1973 Plymouth Satellite of Ray "Pug" Smith defeating the Arctic Cat snowmobile of Glenn Frizzell. Danny Young of Bedeque and Andrew Pearson of Sydney, Nova Scotia lost out in the semi-finals.
The Junior Dragster class saw a double winner of the Division I section as Miscouche, PEI’s Benjamin Gallant met and defeated Mayfield, PEI’s Daniel Collister on both days in the final. Sussex, New Brunswick’s Rylie Green finishing third on Saturday while Briann Toombs of Hunter River was third on Sunday.
Division II of the Junior Dragsters, for first round losers, saw Charlottetown’s Jesse Campbell defeat Briann Toombs on Saturday, while Mt. Unuiake’s Wyatt Rankin finished third. On Sunday Dawson Toombs of Hunter River defeated Charlottetown’s Dillon Bolger in that final with Miscouche, PEI’s Samuel Gallant taking third place.
The Turkey Trot Nationals conclude action at Raceway Park for the season. Next action will take place on Saturday and Sunday of the 2014 May Weekend.