RACE NEWS 2017
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BIG DOG SHOOT OUT HIGH ROLLER AUG 4/18

SUPER SLED SHOOTOUT AUG 4/2018

SUPER BIKE SHOOTOUT JUNE 16-17/18
COVER SHOT: MIKE OGILVIE'S BLOWN SUPER CHARGED DRAGSTER IS PRETTY SCAREY EVER PASS
BITS FROM THE PITS: Sept 30/17
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Heads up to all those arriving on Friday for the Spooktacular Weekend, both upper and lower gates will be open for easy access to the pit area. Again use which ever one fits best where you are parking, making it so you don't have to twist and turn to get your unit parked. We would remind everyone also on the pot luck VanNoppen Turkey Dinner on Saturday Night at the Restaurant, this is always a good deal. Also BANQUET TICKETS, will be available at the track this coming weekend and also, please be aware of the special rate on rooms at the Hilton. We will post info below, it is Grey Cup weekend so they will go fast.
*We would also like to thank some very special people who have made this turkey dinner possible, Melissa and Phil VanNoppen for doing the preparations and cooking as well as the organizing. Randy Urslak for stepping up to cover the cost of a dozen turkeys this season. Randy has done so much for Luskville Dragway over the years its hard to know where to start, as he has always been there year in year out, and when a void was there once again he stepped up and filled that. THANK YOU from everyone.

Banquet details: The block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn has been reserved. It is recommended that you book as soon as possible as the banquet weekend is also Grey Cup weekend in Ottawa and the rates may go up and availability will be minimal after October 27th.  The room rate is $179/night. To make reservations using the group code, call 613-288-9001. Group Name: ADM Motorsports Group Code: ADM

*Work will begin this off season on hydro parking spots at Luskville Dragway, so if this is something you might be interested in then you need to get in line. There will not be that many to begin with but we do plan on making available what ever is needed over time. We currently have two or three hydro equipped spots and that we plan on expanding, it would be included with a permanent parking spot like many have now.

*Luskville Dragway wont be the only place racers from this area will be racing, as Paolo Giust will be pounding the pavement at SGMP in Georgia at the NO MERCY event, which is the world vs. the Radial wars. This event draws some of the biggest crowds in the history of drag racing and is with out question some of the most exciting racing you will ever see. Paolo will be joined by fellow Canadian Carl Brunet from Napierville Dragway, and the race will be live fed on the internet. Paolo and Carl are both very capable of winning this event and should prove very interesting and entertaining. We are going to try and have it on the big screen at the track on Saturday for those that want to watch.

*And Finally this week could it be we are loosing another JR. Racer in 2018, Grace VanNoppen was out testing in a Semi Pro car this past weekend and it looks like she might be moving to Semi Pro in 2018. This is a unique situation for Me as Grace and the VanNoppen's are the 3rd. Generation of drag racers that have come through Luskville Dragway since we took over. Ed and Rolly raced there in the beginnings in Super Pro, Phil VanNoppen in Semi Pro, and of course the kids have been in Jr's. but this will be the third generation of Big Car Racers from this family. Wonder if there is any other track out there than can boast of this, and wonder if we can make four generations of one racing family in the future??
 

RUDY'S PERFORMANCE SHOP FIRST NEW ADVERTISER TO SIGN ON FOR 2018: SEPT 30/17
Even though the racing season was not as good as we would have liked from a weather point of view, the off season has started off with a bang as a  number of new advertisers have already signed on for 2018. Rudy's Performance Shop of Montreal is our first new advertiser, but not our last as we are almost set to head into the off season. Owned and operated by former drag racer Rudy Costenaro who specializes in performance transmissions of all kinds, building the type of transmission that is required for high performance drag cars of today.

Born in 1965, by the age of 14 Rudy had already built his first performance small block ChevyRudy Costenaro engine which he raced for many years in his super pro Chevy Vega. During this period of time, he was working as a mechanic in various automotive dealers in the Montreal, Canada area. His hobby was building performance products for street and drag racing and that would lead to what is today

In 1988, he decided to try a different racing style, stock car racing. By 1991 though he realized his passion was drag racing. In 1992, he purchased a full-tube chassis super gas race car which he raced till 2002 when he decided to sell it to concentrate more on his business.

Today, the father of two boys, he is still very actively involved with drag racing, and has recently tuned racers to season championships. Thanks to the moral support of his wife and kids and the ongoing support from his loyal customers, he is looking forward to servicing customers for many more years to come, delivering the highest standards in quality and perfection to all of his clientele.
We are extremely please that RPS is now part of the Luskville Dragway Racing Family as a major advertiser as well as a supporter of the Canadian Bracket Super Tour.

NAPA MONEY TOUR 2017 CHAMPS CROWNED AT I-CAR: SEPT 30/17
By the time your reading this, there will be only one weekend left at Luskville Dragway for the 2017 season, and that will wrap up three points series, as the Napa Money Tour was finalized last weekend at I-Car.  And boy did we have some surprises this season, as two drivers made come from behind charges to win Titles in Semi Pro on Both the Napa Auto Parts Money Tour and the Canadian Bracket Super Tour.  Dick Stanton did it the long weekend in Sept and now Dan Sproule of Sudbury, Ontario came from behind and passed Bill Nolan who had lead the points going into the weekend. Bill had a big enough lead that many of us, including me was surprised when the final points standing came in. There is no question the points program we mad the changes too a few years ago has made championships come right down too the last run. For Sproule things could have turned out different, as the double entered racer ran out of gas on his first pass on Sunday and had to be saved on the return road. The large turnout of race cars made that possible as he was one of the first down the track like double entree's are suppose to do, and had the time to get it fueled up and returned to the lanes for his second run, It was meant to be. This is such good news for the Northern teams as well, as they now know that they can compete and win with the best racers in the country. This is the first time since 1995 when we started the Tour that a Northern Racer has won a title, but let me say this, I predict it wont be the last.  Kyle Jessup who had a commanding lead going into the weekend held off a hard charging Derek Malcolm to wrestle the title away from Derek who won it in 2016. The Tour had more competitors than ever and was one of the best chases ever, and even though the weather was not good all summer we managed to get EVERY Napa Auto Parts Money Tour Series events in the books. Now all we can hope for as that we can convince Napa to continue their support of the oldest running, and very best Drag Racing Series in the country which is a true example of racers from across the country.
BITS FROM THE PITS: Sept 25/17
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The best Bracket Racing in the country put another weekend into the record books, and now we turn our attention at the last two weekends at Luskville Dragway before we lower the curtain on another season. This upcoming weekend will see time trials and a cruise night, and then the final go the long weekend in October for the 3rd. Annual "October Fast Spooktacular" weekend Oct 7-8. This is a fun weekend with Trick & Treating for the kids, everyone dress's up in Halloween attire and yes even some big prize money up for grabs as well. This is the end of the season for Luskville Dragway, but not for some of its racers as a number of guys are making plans for a trip south to the "Million" which we will have more on in the weeks ahead.
*One of the special awards that was announced for this season was Semi Pro Rookie of the Year on the Super Tour and a very surprised Ashley Muttart of North Bay Ontario was the winner of this crown. Ashley had won one of the first races of the season, and lead the points all summer only to have it evaporate on the last day of the season to champ Dick Stanton, but Ashley had what many would call a dream season. Ashley and the entire North Bay group have been a much welcomed addition to the series and hopefully a number of others will sign up for 2018.
*As was announced on Sunday Morning, all checks will be presented at the Luskville Dragway Banquet for those that are in receipt of one, for the Canadian Bracket Super Tour. We fully plan on going back to the 2016 format for 2018. For those that can not attend for what ever reason the check will be mailed to them or personally delivered.
NAPA AUTO PARTS MONEY TOUR CROWNS CHAMPIONS IN SUPER AND SEMI PRO: SEPT 25/17
With the season winding down, and the series champs being crowned, one gets the sense that the season is coming to an end, and it is as we now have only two weekends left at Luskville Dragway. But this past weekend was yet another barn burner of a show as everyone was in I-Car for the final Napa Money Tour Race. In a season where the weather man has been less than pleasant with us it was nice to have some summer like weather for the last 3 weekends, including this past weekend. Heading into the race Bill Nolan was in a good position to become the new Napa Money Tour Semi Pro Champ, and he didn't disappoint as he dethroned Fred Ellis of a position that he has held more than once. The big surprise was the great showing of Dan Sproule of Sudbury who in only his second full season of following the Tour he finish in a solid second place behind 2017 Champ Bill Nolan.
Heading into the final weekend Super Pro saw former Champ Kyle Jessup holding a commanding lead over Mike Ogilvie and Derek Malcolm who was only one round behind "Magic Mike". So even though it was some what of a for gone conclusion who would win the Super Pro Napa Money Tour title other positions where still up for grabs, so the excitement was very much a factor all weekend long.
Now part of the excitement was the weather for sure, as for the first time this year the forecast was definitely on our side, with nothing but "Summer Weather" called for, for all weekend long. BUT little did we know that the I-Car starting line had been hit by lighting two weeks prior to our arrival, and yes it was not working, so Derek Malcolm went to work repairing and fixing something that should have been done weeks in advance of our series rolling into town, but it was not and it did not set well with many including us. However after about a straight 12 hours Derek and the boys from ADM  Motorsports as well as other's that are always willing to help, they made it all work. so with Friday night into the record books as a write off, but with a timing system that worked properly everyone looked towards Saturday Morning and their real thing.
Saturday like every morning for the past 14 days dawned with nothing but sunshine, and only a few more entree's required to start breaking turnout records.
But things did get underway right on time on Saturday Morning, and with over 70 cars in both Super Pro and Semi Pro it was a long time of running time trials, but everyone got two. Eliminations where underway and the goal was to be all done by 6 pm, well we out did ourselves as the last pair of Super Pro Cars went down the track at 5:30 in Super Pro. Those two cars where Troy Davis and Brandon Barker who both had fought their way through the field of very tough racers to meet in the finals. With the tree flashing green in Brandon lane it was all over on the starting line as Troy had pushed to start too a .001 red knowing Brandon was a tough competitor. Semi Pro also had some great excitement as John Chatwood a veteran of the drag racing wars and Adam Bitzanis met in the finals with "Bitz" taking the win light. Jr. Dragster which also saw a good turnout of cars had Landyn Urslak getting some revenge on Tour Points Champion Naomi Laflamme with a win in the finals. Then it was time for ANGERS FUN, with free food and drinks for all the racers and their crews.
Sunday, and once again the weather man was blessing us with more summer like weather and once again some new entree's came through the gate making Sunday as big or bigger than Saturdays car count. Racing got underway once again right on time and by the time everyone had made their way to the winners circle it was 5 pm and the series, the tour and the day was over. Jr. Dragsters saw Brody Bellefeuille take the win and make a visit to the  winners circle. Semi Pro once again had a Shannonville Car in the finals only this time Glen Tandy took it all the way to the winners circle where he was joined by a huge crowd. Super Pro once again boiled down to two door cars and two dragsters and then down to a door car and a dragster. As New York State based driver Mark Goyette was not able to seal the deal against Frank Anger who put his slick wheel standing roadster in the winners circle. All in All it was a great weekend, yes there was some starting line pick up issues that thanks to Derek Malcolm we where able to make it through the weekend. WE have been guaranteed that those issues will be addressed and addressed properly and we trust they will.
 
 
This was the norm as we went to
the semi finals each day, door car
vs. dragster, just like we like it.

Glen Tandy showed why he is
considered one of the best.
CANADIAN BRACKET SUPER TOUR, BRACKET FINALS HAS WINNERS IN ALL CLASS'S: SEPT 25/17
The Canadian Bracket Super Tour has fast become a major player in Canadian Bracket Racing, and this weekends in turn out at I-Car showed that loud and clear, with what many would call a unbelievable turn out of race cars. With cars coming from both ends of the province of Quebec and Ontario it was a showcase of the very best bracket racers that Canada has to offer. In fact it is wildly believed in many circles that some DON'T come as they feel they can not compete, however if you don't have a ticket you are not never going to know whether you can win or not. Saturday Night is party night for the Tour and once again the Anger Bros delivered with a huge tent, lots of food and drink and a DJ to spin the tunes. Watching everyone cut loose after a long day of racing is very rewarding, even though some might regret that the next morning, the memories, and the good times is very much a part of what we do on the  Canadian Bracket Super Tour. It was announced at the Party that there would be a Tour in 2018, and in all likely hood it would be expanded by one race, I think it was also agreed upon that the 2016 format of awarding the points winners their wares at the party on Saturday Night would be brought back, as would year long specialty awards. But with over 70 cars in each class and over a dozen Jrs. I really think that the only way forward is UP.
BITS FROM THE PITS: Sept 18/17
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In case you didn't read, Grant Honeywell has sold his very popular 69 Chevy to a racer in BC who will compete with it at Mission Raceway in Mission BC, one of the coolest race tracks in North America. If you have never been there, it sits on the edge of the Fraser River and is one of the few tracks in the world that sits below sea level, which makes for just incredible air. Grant has not let anyone know what his plans are, but car and trailer where sold, lets hope its not the end for this long time drag racer, who comes from a family of drag racers (the late Garth Honeywell was a NHRA Stock Class racer).
*Even though the season is not over as we have pointed out before, we are hard at work on next season, and have already signed on a few new advertisers for 2018. We are also hard at work, working on next years schedule and the special shows we plan on having in the new season. We will have plenty to say about the Bracket Bonanza as we move forward, all good news things I might say.
*What a difference the weather makes, as the last two weekends have show, two of the largest cruise nights of 2017 have happened the last two weekends, including this past Saturday when at one point cars where line up half way down Lameroux Road waiting to get in, was nice to see. With only 3 more left lets hope we can end the season under the same conditions and end the season on a high note unlike what the weather has done to us most of the season. Was also nice to have Chris Tapp of Tapp Auto out with his Electric Car that easily dipped into the 9 second zone, this man is a genius.
*Once again we remind everyone that this coming weekend is points for Luskville Dragway Napa Series and the Napa Auto Parts Tour down the road at I-Car. This is also the awards night for the Canadian Bracket Super Tour, and the Angers have gone above and beyond to make this special, right down to bringing in a pizza truck to feed the racers. This two day event I believe will once again show the nay sayers that racers do want to run for big bucks, and I predict one of the largest turnout of Super Pro Cars for a event this year.
*Yes only three weekends left so we are pulling out all stops to go out on a high note, we have added the MF Chassis Works Out Law Street Cars to Oct 7th. and Now we are adding a All Out Street Car Shootout for Street cars of all walks of life. We are going to work very hard over the next few weeks to talk directly to everyone with street cars to see if we cant get one of the biggest turnout of street cars we can, Show us you want your drag strip to continue to grow. We are hoping to pair up a coach from the Super Pro and Semi Pro ranks to help anyone in the King of the street race that wants it. We have big plans for 2018 and we hope that everyone will come out and support what could be a very special end of season weekend.
SUPER TOUR LAST STOP I-CAR AT MIRABEL, CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED: SEPT. 18/17
Two series will come to a close this coming weekend, as the Napa Auto Parts Money Tour rolls into I-Car Dragway at Mirabel, just outside of Montreal. The Canadian Bracket Super Tour will also crown their champions on Saturday Night at a Party that the Angers Bros always make special. Saturday evening under the "Big Top" drivers in Jr. Dragster, Semi Pro, and Super Pro will be presented with their winnings, which includes the top 20 in both Super Pro and Semi Pro. This series has set all kinds of records for semi pro and Super Pro car counts and the belief is that this weekend will see the super pro class do just that. The Fall Nationals at Luskville Dragway saw 72 Semi Pro cars compete, and its my belief that we could reach that in Super Pro this weekend.
Fred Angers will be the second only Super Pro Champion on the CBST, as Kyle Jessup will give up the thrown to Fred in 2017. A lot of people don't know how hard it is to repeat in any sport and in particular Drag Racing where the competition if fierce. Semi Pro like Super Pro will also have a new second year Champion as Tricky Dicky Stanton will take that title back to Perth, Ontario for 2017, a title that Fred MacDonald was proud to wear in 2016. This event will be the stepping stone to next season and what we hope will be an even bigger, expanded and better series with even more racers. This is one of the best paying points funds ANYWHERE, and if you are a drag racer in our area and not running it, your missing the boat so to speak. Some announcements will be taking place this weekend, but all details will be spoken about in the off season.

BITS FROM THE PITS: Sept 11/17
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With all the excitement last weekend one of the things that went unnoticed by many, was the fact that ONCE again the fastest cars at Luskville Dragway keep winning in the Super Pro Category. How can anyone complain when the only BLOWN dragster at the track and one of the fastest at the track runs as consistent as a grocery getter, and wins the finals at 11 pm at night running back to back to back consistent runs. And its not just Mike Ogilvie in his dragster, but Dwayne Shultz, Roch Beaudion, Derek Tapp and Darren Frasso all went rounds and in two cases the finals in very fast door cars. We know that for some the track will never be good enough, but too them I say look at what is happening and if your not winning maybe you should not be blaming the track. And with that being said we also know that there are area's we can make things better and we will, but it will be done in a orderly fashion, with timing being sure it can be paid for as we go. We have made a commitment to continue the improvements, again all we ask is for your support.

*The 2017 season is not over, but we are already working hard on 2018, including scheduling, booking, and next years improvements. We will be making some major changes to the Bracket Bonanza and we will keep you posted on them as we move forward, but one thing we are not changing is the BAND, as we have booked AMBUSH once again for 2018. Don't think there is any question what a great time we had with this incredible group of guys and we are very pleased that they are coming back. We are also looking at having a opening act for AMBUSH, that would play from 6 until 9, when the greatest party band of all time would take over and play to 1 am.

*The Bracket Bonanza is not the only thing we are working on, as we are hard at work lining up are loyal advertisers from past years as well as new ones for 2018. And things are looking good so far and I firmly believe we will be "Trucking" next year with our advertisers both old and new. The advertises are the back bone of our track, from our points programs to our special events, too the improvement's we continue to make every year, and will continue to do in 2018. We will begin our announcements in the months after the season is over, but all I can say is we are very fortunate race track when it comes to advertising support.
*Speaking of advertisers a big thank you too Randy and Carrie Urslak as they have put their support behind the last race of the year, Spooktacular" and will supply all the turkeys for this years event. Randy is of course already a MAJOR advertiser at the track and has been for almost 40 years now. This is the kind of support that we talk about that comes from those that are involved with Luskville Dragway, and is what we feel makes our tack a very different place than any other racing facility. The Spooktacular October Thanks giving weekend is a good deal for the drivers and their families and crew as everyone is treated to a Turkey Dinner on Saturday Night, and the kids Trick or Treat through out the pit area, and everyone is dressed up as we celebrate "Devils night Out".
TWO BIG REGULAR DAYS BRINGS OUT SOME FUN TIMES: SEPT. 11/17
Yep the season is almost over, and that feeling was in the air as we headed into our second last RACE weekend at Luskville Dragway (last one Oct 7-8). And don't forget that we also have the last Napa Auto Parts Show Me the Money Tour race at I-car which is also points for the Luskville Dragway Napa Series in Super Pro, Semi Pro and Jr's.
Saturday was day one and when you go from 70 super pro and 70 Semi Pro cars too 20 each you can imagine it is a whole different atmosphere for sure, this was going to be a laid back weekend. Now don't get me wrong the weather was not a perfect weekend, we where not with out rain, as Friday saw on and off showers making a clean up a on going thing so things would be good for Saturday. And the skies dawned clear and cool Saturday morning which is all one could ask for this time of year. A few had arrived Friday evening including Louis Gagne who missed the fall brackets, but said that will not happen next year as he takes a shot at the Super Tour Championship.
Saturday saw cars start to roll in mid morning and with noon rolling around time trials began, Jr. Dragsters was taken by Landyn Urslak over Brody B. who then hit the road for hockey try outs.  Semi Pro saw Rob Graveline take the win over a surprising runner up, Monica Shnobb. Monica does not get too come often but made work of this day out for sure. Super Pro saw two whiley old veterans in Terry Miron and Randy Bellefeuille with Mr. B taking the win and then going on to beat Rob Graveline in the Final run off for the king of the track Wally.
Sunday started off with the racers breakfast and the induction of the late Mike Doyle to the Luskville Dragway wall of fame "may we never forget. This was a very special moment for many and brought the odd watery eye as well, as Mike was a very liked guy. Racing got under way and things where hurried along as it was also a back to the bar party day as well. In the Jr. Class the winner on Sunday was Nate VanNoppen and his D&D Performance Jr. Dragster over Ryan Clarmo. The Semi Pro Class was won by points leader and the leader of the Pac in Semi Pro this season Rob Graveline over Dan Pillwien. Derek Malcolm continued his great 2017 season as he moved out of the Corvette Roadster that he drove to the Semi Finals on Saturday and into his dragster on Sunday, and went out and won the class. Derek met and defeated Ron Hendricks who took his Camaro to the finals, where Malcolm got the advantage right off the line and turned on the win light. The Racers Breakfast, The Back to the Bar, the HUGE turnout of street cars on Saturday and the Great weather made for a great fall weekend at Luskville Dragway. Now its three cruise nights in a row, and then the long weekend in October and SPOOKTACULAR.

Landyn Urslak continues to dominate
the Jr. Program at Luskville Dragway.

Randy Bellefeuille was not only the big
$1000. winner but he was also the king
of the track  winner as well this weekend

The Mustangs were a big part of this
Saturdays events, and here Steve
Burton is doing his best burnout

Nate VanNoppen took his Jr.
Dragster to the winners circle
on Sunday.

Robert  Cuillerier took his Nostalgia
Super Car Torino to the winners
circle at this years race.

Steve Ballantyne backed up his
last weeks big win, with a another
MUSTANGS, CLASSIC'S, AND STREET OUTLAWS, ALL HELPED TO MAKE A GREAT WEEKEND: SEPT 11/17
This is a weekend once a year that makes me feel like the old days, as the lanes where full of street cars and full tilt drag cars like it use to be in the old days. Now A days unlike back in the beginnings of Luskville Dragway race days tend to be just race cars, and the street guys and gals do their thing at different times, and cruise nights. But when the Mustangs, the Outlaw Cars, and the Classic Muscle cars are all on the property at the same time there is a full Napa Series Race Going on it very much reminiscent of days gone by. So to say it was a wild day would be putting it mildly as cars came out of the wood work as well as many, many garages, as Luskville Dragway was host to over 100 street cars during the day along with its regular super pro, semi pro and Jrs.
The finals race in the MF Chassis works Outlaw Street car shootout was dominated once again by Scott Hollywood and  his orange 68 Camaro. This series was a big hit, even though the car count was never big enough for the effort that Andrew put in it "are they ever" but that being said, Andrew Libby of MF committed to doing it again next year which was good news for all. The Classic Super Cars was won by Robert  Cuillerier of Gatineau and his 1969 Ford Torino which beat a cool looking very fast Firebird in the finals. Now add in about 35 Mustangs and well you get the idea it was a very big day for Luskville Dragway under great weather conditions for a change.
BITS FROM THE PITS: Sept 3/17
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Ok another weekend in the books, in a season that has given us less than stellar weather, and nothing was much different this past weekend, as even though it started out good, by Sunday the rain had come. We had gone 10 or 12 days with out a drop of rain, and we needed that but we also needed to get a weekend in with out any precipitation and that did not happen.
Now we focus our attention to Sept 9-10 and two days of Napa Points Series racing, and a racers appreciation Breakfast Sunday Morning. We will also be adding Mike Doyle's Picture to the Wall of Fame "least we never forget" Joining Diamond Jim Crownhart. I would remind EVERYONE, that it is our  Back to the Bar end of season party at Busters Bar and Grill, this is always our biggest one and ALL payouts will take place there ,
Support those that Support Us.
*Some good signs even in a season that did not, Scott Wilson did not take long to buy another dragster as he let us know this week that he has purchased a unfinished 2003 Undercover car out of the Nashville USA area. Scott will have the car finished up locally and hope to be ready for the 2018 season. This is another good story fore the track, and along with the other new car announcements gives some good signals for the future.
*Yes the season is fast coming to an end and with that in mind we let everyone know that Banquet Tickets will be available as of this weekend at the track, and for the remaining of the racing season. The Banquet is always a good time and a great way to end the season on a high note.
*The D&D Performance Fall Bracket Finals had more than one nice surprise, and having Kevin Morrow and family come through the gates was at the top of that list. Kevin has had to suspend his drag racing career for a while do too health issues, that he had met and defeated, just like he has many a drag racing competitor over the years. I think everyone agrees with me when I say that having Kevin, Trish and family back at the track made the weekend a complete success, even if the weather man made a mess of the Sunday.
NAPA AUTO PARTS TOUR RESULTS, BRACKET SUPER TOUR RESULTS: SEPT. 4/17
The NAPA AUTO Parts Money Tour is the longest running bracket series in Canada and its  longevity is only out done by its prestige and loyalty to those that follow it. So when it made its second stop for the 2017 season at its home base, Luskville Dragway none knew just how big it would be. With many teams arriving on Thursday it was quick too see we where in for a BIG weekend, now if the weather man could just cooperate, NOT.
Friday saw the track fill to overfull capacity, reminding everyone of the 2016 Bracket Bonanza, and time trials for the gamblers race got underway Friday afternoon right on schedule and under ideal racing conditions. As things rolled along and the cars kept on rolling in, I think it was clear to everyone we where on our way to a record setting weekend. The Semi Pro Gamblers which paid a 1000. to the winner saw Eric Monaghan of Quebec City take on Steve Ballantyne from Luskville Dragway with Eric taking home the money and the bragging rights for day one. Super Pro saw two Luskville Dragway regulars go at it for the $1500. first place prize money with Kyle Jessup taking the win over Russ Adams, for Russ the runner up was a good day after what has been less than a spectacular summer win wise.
OK you have heard the word "Marathon" used many times, well let me tell Saturday was a Marathon as a decision was made to go for two races on Saturday with forecast for Sunday calling for what else "rain". And so it began at 9 am with two time shots, another time shot was given between first race finishing and second race starting. When all was said and done, it was 11 pm and two races and two jet car shows where all done and in the books.
Race one saw Montreal Jr. racer Naomi Laflamme taking a big win with Ryan Clarmo playing second best, Race two saw North Bay's Julian Laporte doing the job over Ryan Clarmo who made his way back too the second final of the day. The Jrs. did a good job as they where told we wanted to get them done before dark and that we did.
Semi Pro was a hard fought battle amongst over 70 cars, Race #1 saw "Tricky Dicky" Stanton of Perth, Ontario taking home the money after he met and defeated Jason Laporte. The Second race saw Luskville's own Steven Ballantyne beating another North Bay Driver Ashley Muttart.
Super Pro was a field of 66 cars with dragsters and door cars running on separate sides of the ladder until the semi finals. Troy Davis was .000 in the finals of the first race beating Darren Frasso of Kingston, Ontario in a door car. The second race saw Mike Ogilvie once again hold up the dragsters bragging rights with a win over Dwayne Shultz in a Camaro. The second race saw the last two cars go down the track at 11 pm, making it 14 hours straight of NHRA Championship Drag Racing.

Naomi Laflamme was Jr. Winner
in Race #1

Dick Stanton has been racing at
Luskville for over 40 years

And Yes the Camaro is still the
most popular body style in drags.

With 40 dragsters on the property
colors where a wide variety

Steve Ballantyne showed he can
still punch out the tickets

Mike Ogilvie winners circle picture
shows how popular this driver is.
BRACKET SUPER TOUR CROWNS TWO NEW CHAMPIONS IN 2017: SEPT. 4/17
Heading into the final points weekend for the Canadian Bracket Super Tour Fred Angers had a commanding lead in the Super Pro Points Chase, but second and back where all very tight and where all with in striking distance of Mr. Fred. When Saturday rolled around second place driver Shawn Fournier was a no show with family commitments making it impossible for him to be present, this was obviously good news for drivers like Dale Gauthier, Derek Malcolm, Brandon Barker, Adam Bitzanis and others and a little more breathing room for Anger. Shawn's involvement in the series had put a International flavor to things and had also made for some interesting races, with the Vermont Native. The Super Pro drivers put on quite a show, and the points battles where all decided by the end of the day, and Fred Anger was the winner of 2017 Championship, with Dale Gauthier taking over 2nd. Darren Frasso moved up to third and Derek Malcolm dropped one spot to fourth.
Semi Pro was a whole different story heading into the weekend, as the Rookie sensation Ashley Muttart had only a narrow lead over many, as the top 4 drivers where only separated by 400 points which is two live rounds. So Ashley knew his work was cut out for him as the battles started out on Saturday morning at 9 am. The first race would see Montreal racer Claude Labelle take over 1st. place as Ashley went out early and Labelle went a few more rounds. But what know one counted on, was the quite veteran Dick Stanton who not only won the first race in style, but went enough rounds all weekend too pass many to take his first Championship ever. Stanton was followed by a hard charging Rob Graveline who was only 100 points behind and Claude Labelle who was only 200 points behind. There is not question that the points system we have in place make for some very tight points battles and that is also evident in the other series as well. Congrats to the winners, see you at I-Car in three weeks for the Party and awards.



The Semi Pro Class saw 70 entree's
do battle helping put down the
record 650 runs per land weekend.

Ashley Muttart had a up and down
weekend, leading the points going
in, but having to settle for

Rob Graveline is having a great
season and is wrapping some things
up early, 2nd in the Tour.
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