|RACE NEWS 2018|
|COVER SHOT: KYLE JESSUP OF PRECISION CONCRETE FINISHING IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST AT WHAT HE DOES|
FROM THE PITS: JAN 14/18
*Even though it was a week ago we would like to report that many of the Luskville Dragway and Canadian Bracket Super Tour Boys got together for their annual deal, and by all accounts they all behaved. This annual gathering which was put together by Troy Davis and is hosted by Troy and Derek starts out with a trip to Top Karting in Gatineau, Dinner out and then a night at the Casino. Racers from Montreal, North Bay, Belleville and of course Luskville Dragway made up the group which by all accounts had a great time . Just to name a few of those that joined Troy and Derek where The Fred Angers, Adam Bitzanis, Lewis Gagne, Ashley Muttart, The Barker Boys from Belleville, Mike Ogilvie, Mike Chenier and many more. John Chambers was also in attendance to keep an eye (and camera) on everyone, and even some former and future racers where there as well.
*Even though the Christmas break slowed things down a little bit at Dez's paint shop, things are moving along well on the ADM Motorsports Corvette that Derek Malcolm drives, as it gets ready for some blues, yellows and ??. The body which completely comes off was removed and as you can see by the pictures, is ready for paint. Dez who has been painting cars for decades now is very excited to be painting a race car once again, as this will be his first in a while. Besides painting cars for ADM Dez also is responsible for Frank Cantusci's Firebird, and the Corvette once owned by Mickey Rooney.
*A lot of local semi pro drivers have been asking how they get on the A-Semi Pro Team for Luskville Dragway that will compete in the Team Championships. So this week thought i would lay it out so everyone would have a better idea how it will work. First of all there will be One Position that will be Managers Choice! the other 7 spots will be the top 7 spots in the points series as of June 24th. We know that Shannonville is trying to put a team together, as well as another one at least from Northern Ontario, and the street outlaw guys are considering it. Everyone will have a chance to be heard as well at the Drivers Meeting April 7th.
*We can confirm that NHRA will be present at Luskville Dragway on May 20 (opening weekend) to SFI any race car that needs doing. This is a service that NHRA Supplies to its sanctioned tracks and is something that everyone should consider doing, it is not a requirement for many cars but is something that will help you sell your car no matter what class your in. Certification is the first thing everyone asks when they buy a race car, it is assurance that the car has the right tubing in it. So if you think you would like to have this done please get in touch with us and get your name on a list, we need to have a paper list this year and have it for the inspector when he gets there so he does not miss anyone like last year. My fault last year as I did not have a list and one racer who had asked to have it done was missed, wont happen again.
PRECISION CONCRETE FINISHING CONTINUES IT'S SOLID AS
CEMENT, SUPPORT OF
LUSKVILLE DRAGWAY IN 2018: JAN 14/18
We are extremely thrilled to announce that Carl Jessup the owner of Precision Concrete Finishing of Renfrew, Ontario will continue its solid support of Luskville Dragway once again in 2018. Carl who is one of the original racers at the track and someone who has seen his fare share of winning over the years, has always been a strong supporter of Luskville Dragway. These days Carl's Son Kyle does most of the driving of the family Undercover rear engine dragster. Playing a leading role with the racing operation is much like he does in the family business as well, as Kyle has been working with his father from the first day he was old enough. The company which is based in Renfrew, Ontario has done a incredible amount of work within the racing community and this is a perfect example of supporting those that support us. Precision Concrete has always been responsible for any and all of the concrete work at Luskville Dragway, including all of the starting line pad work that has been done over the years. Precision has also done work for many other racers including Derek Malcolm (Malcolm Carpentry) Tom Orr, Brian White and Joe Kavanagh to just name a few. Their work is much like the title of their company, done with precision, profection and pricing that is matched by none. As many racers have proven this is a perfect example of a company that you the racing community can support, whether it be a garage floor, basement floor, walkway or complete house foundation Precision concrete is someone that can take care of your needs. Precision Concrete Finishing will once again present the Mulligan Saturday Portion of Malcolm Carpentry Opening weekend which is shaping up to be the biggest ever. This will allow the racers in Super Pro eliminator to run for $2000 to win on opening points day at Luskville and the Semi Pro Racers to shoot for $750. to win. This is a great way to kick off the season and do so in fine fashion as we have for the last number of years. Friday will feature move in and and Test Session on Friday evening for all of those that need, cost will be $30. car and driver.
ANOTHER DOOR CAR JOINS THE LIST AS CHRIS DENNIQUE SIGNS UP: JAN
Well we finally have another door car racer commit to running the Busters Big Dog Shootout on the Friday of the Bracket Bonanza. Chris Dennique and Gerald "Chris's Dad" have long been Luskville Dragway supporter have thrown their names into the hat for August 4th. Now besides being long time supporters of Luskville Dragway Gambler Racing" had also been long time supporters of the Dodge camp. That all changed last year as the team from Renfrew, Ontario switched to Chevrolet, and immediately started going more rounds than they ever had. Even though the X Dodge team had to take a lot of ribbing from the other Chevy Teams there is no question that the switch to Chevy was a good one for this race team. Chris who is an employee of Precision Concrete Finishing has been traveling to Luskville Dragway most of his life on weekends. First as a crew member on his Dad's cars and later as a race car driver himself. I think it would be safe to say that 2017 was "Gambler Racing" best season ever and look for this team to visit the winners circle soon.
FROM THE PITS: JAN 7/18
*First of all hope everyone had a great time over the holidays like we did, but now that they are over its time to start thinking more about drag racing and what is coming up before the season starts. First up is the annual Practice Tree Party at Busters Bar & Grill, this yearly affair draws racers from as far away as New Jersey, and is a great time for everyone and will be held on February 24th. This great time is taken promoted and produced by Derek and Troy and for anyone that has been there they know what a great time it is, and everyone wins something. Following on the heals of the Practice Tree Party comes the annual Drivers Meeting it to will be held at Busters Bar and Grill on Saturday April 7th. Starting at 2 p.m.. but come early and join us for lunch. The drivers meeting is a time to speak your mind, bring things forward that you would like to discuss and here the tracks side of things as well. The track will lay out the plans for 2018 and would love to here your input on those things. Last year was the largest we have had, and the largest number of memberships ever sold, lets try and out do 2017.
*Some things are moving and shaking as we get past the Christmas Holidays, ADM Motorsports got one of their Christmas wishes off the ground the week prior to Christmas as the Corvette Roadster made its way to Dez's Custom Paint Shop. As promised the car will take on a more ADM color scheme for the 2018 campaign, with the color yellow playing a prominent force in that look. Right now the car is completely stripped down with the first coat of Candy's to go on in the next week, we will keep you posted and have pictures as soon as it done. Dez Fitzgerald the owner and renowned custom painter is no stranger to painting drag cars, in fact this will be the fourth one that he has done for ADM Motorsports over the years going back to 1980 when Dez did some work on the ADM Motorsports Blue Vega. Dez was also responsible for the Hooter's Dragster, The Coors Light Dragster and the La Gage 69 Camaro. Dez has been around Ottawa for Many, Many years and does much of the painting of any restoration performance cars, many power boats, and in the early days custom vans. Very well known and well respected in the industry, ADM is anxious to see the new look too say the least.
*The ADM Motorsports Corvette Roadster is not the only Luskville Dragway car that will be sporting a new paint scheme come 2018, as Daryl and Joan Jensen have repainting their end of the year purchase as well. Daryl bought a X Super Stock Camaro that came with some pretty spiffy yellow colors on it, however Red is the color of choice for Daryl and team so that is what took place just this past little while. The car was completely stripped down, sanded and then painted very much like the Chevelle that has been a mainstay at Luskville Dragway for many years now. The new Camaro has not seen any seat time with Daryl behind the wheel so to say he is anxious for spring would be putting it very mildly. Daryl who was very competitive with the small tire Chevelle, will be a force to reckon with, with the big tire Camaro.
*As we head into the downward swing (I'm an optimist) of the off season, news is starting to pick up speed on what is happening it the drag racing world locally. We touched on this a little bit back in the fall but it is now official, Grace VanNoppen will see some Semi Pro Action in 2018 as she finish's up her time in the Jr. Dragster Class as well. Yes this will be Grace's last season of Jr. and her last chance to capture a championship in the Jr. Dragster Class. However Grace will also be partnering up with Tim Fearrey in his Semi Pro Mustang as the duo will compete as a team in the TDL West Semi Pro Series. Mustang will get some engine freshening this off season at D&D Performance, and the car has already been dropped off at MF Chassis Works in Cornwall for a custom cage as well as some other improvements. Andrew Libby the owner of MF Chassis Works will give the car a good going over and with the improvements make this a much better Semi Pro car and will make Tim and Grace very competitive as they chase the points. With the Grace getting ready to move out of the Jr. Class, its easy to see how badly we need NEW blood to flow into this class, where at one time we had over 20 cars each and every weekend
*Finally this week as we kick back into high gear and starting planning for 2018, and what we hope will be an incredible season. We want to inform everyone that personal parking spots will once again be available for those that want them. A few rules are in affect however when it comes to personal parking spots, they must be reserved and paid for no later than drivers meeting 2018 (April 7). Only available to advertisers and points members, and ALL spots are available. Personal Parking spots MUST be marked with a acceptable sign that looks good and can be read by all.
2018 NAPA TRACK SERIES KICKS OFF ON MALCOLM CARPENTRY OPENING
WEEKEND: JAN 7/2018
With the festive season behind us now, we announce the kick off too the 2018 Napa Auto Parts Track Series May 18-19-20/2018 at Luskville Dragway. Malcolm Carpentry & Construction, like they have done for the past number of years will once again hold the title rights and will make it possible to have this big weekend. With increased purses for both Super Pro and Semi Pro we are certainly hoping to attract a number of out of town drivers to this event. The race will also feature a Super Pro High Roller on Saturday Afternoon like the very successful one's we have run in the past and has been met with a great participation. Malcolm Carpentry and Construction is owned and operated by 6 time Track Super Pro Champion Derek Malcolm. The privately owned business operates in Ottawa and has grown to the point where the work almost interrupts Derek's Racing program, however the love of drag racing and the friendships from it, keeps adjustments making things work. Derek is not only busy with his company and his drag racing but he along with his wife Tiziana are on the run with their two little girls all the time, from Dance to Soccer and much, much more. In fact the reason that Derek, Diane and I are usually not there for the Friday Night of the opening weekend, is Olivia and Julia have there dance recital on that evening.
Malcolm Carpentry specializes in renovations and specialty construction of recreation rooms, bathrooms and kitchens and comes with plenty of recommendations. Most of the new work this company attracts comes from recommendations made by people that he has done work for, and that tells you one thing his work is superior.
Opening weekend will see the track open up on Friday for camping and pitting, with plans to run time trials and a gamblers race on Friday Evening, Saturday will see a full day of racing for Super Pro, Semi Pro, Jr. Dragsters and Street Cars starting at 10:30 AM, The super pro high roller will take place following the regular day of racing, and will then be followed by Busters Bar and Grill Cruise Night. Sunday will see a full day of racing for all four class's and will then be capped off with a back to the bar party at Busters Bar and Grill. We will have more exciting news about this weekend in the weeks ahead which will include more increased payouts which should make everyone pleased. We can also tell you that we will be once again be arranging for NHRA, SFI that weekend as well so if you want the sticker on your car this is the weekend to be there to get it done. Again remember to support those that support Luskville Dragway and if your thinking about projects around your house give Malcolm Carpentry & Building Construction a call. You can check them out at www.malcolmcarpentry.com
BECOMES THE NEWEST JR. PILOT, AND ITS BEEN A WHILE: JAN 87/18
There was a time Luskville Dragway could boast of one of the largest Jr. Dragster programs in Canada, but with the evolution of those Jr. Drivers to the big cars, our numbers soon dwindled. Back then, there was new Jr's. every year, not the case for the last 2-3 years, and we have fallen from a regular weekend program that featured over 22 Jr's. to now, where last years points membership was 8. Now there was a good side too this, as most of those Jr. Drivers from that era moved into big cars, people like The Ogilvie Girls, Ashley and Rachel, Jacob Wilson, Steve Clarmo and Ben VanNoppen. So with the announcement this week that Logan Gagne the son of Lewis Gagne and Lyndsey Teneyck, who are pretty much regulars at Luskville Dragway and the Napa Tours, had gotten a Jr. Dragster for Christmas. The Jr. was a day early Christmas present for young Logan who to say was excited would be putting it mildly. Logan who has fast become well known around the track, and quickly part of the Luskville Dragway Family is sure to garner plenty of attention when he races in the Jr. Class. This nice young man loves drag racing and I personally feel that over time he will become a force to reckon with. Following in his fathers footsteps I firmly believe he will be a very aggressive young driver, trying to win every time he goes out. Does this kick start the next generation of Jrs. lets hope so for sure as 2018 could be the last year for at least one more of our regulars as Grace VanNoppen will try her hand part time in Semi Pro this up coming season, so the writing is on the wall for another Jr. to move to the big cars.
FROM NORTH BAY, ANOTHER THREAT FROM THE NORTH, ENTERS BIG DOG:
Lewis Gagne has in a very short period of time become a super pro drag racer that everyone considers a real threat, anytime you come up against him at the starting line. When Lewis starting racing super pro in a serious manner it was in his wild wheel standing blue altered, this car was a crowd pleaser to say the least. However, Lewis quickly came to the conclusion that if he was going to win against a field of high tech dragsters, then he was going to need a dragster. So he promptly went out and bought one, and well the rest of the summer showed he made the right decision. Lewis immediately starting going more and more rounds, until finally in Wawa, Ontario at the Napa Tour race it all came together and he won the $10,000. day. This was with out question the high light of the season for team "Screwy Louie" but don't think for a moment that it will be the last win either. Lewis who is a great Luskville Dragway supporter has thrown his hat into the ring for the Busters Bar & Grill Big Dog Shootout , at the Bracket Bonanza this coming August 2-3-4-5 and don't think for a moment that he is not a front runner to win it all. Lewis is part of the North Bay crowd that comes down about every second or third weekend, and this year many of them plan on running both the Napa Tour and the Canadian Bracket Super Tour. Last season saw Dan Sproule become the first driver from the North to win a title, but I firmly believe he will not be the last one to do so.
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