With a less than favorable weather prediction all week and Saturday’s dismal forecast for the weekend, it was surprising that 40 racers actually showed up to race. Twenty of those were from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Quebec. Saturday was a total washout and racers were left to socialize for the day.
Sunday however, proved to be a pleasant surprise. Time trials got underway shortly after 9 am and racing in the three Gamblers’ classes began at 11:30.
There were twenty-two entries in the Box Class which went six rounds because of a first round buy-back feature. One notable pairing of the fourth round saw the two dragsters of Mark Green and Glenn MacLean meet. MacLean has been tough all year and to no one’s surprise laid down a beauty, a 4.98 on a 4.97 dial, coupled with a .043 light. But, it wasn’t nearly good enough to beat Mark Green’s 5.23 on a 5.23 dial and a .001 light.
The story of the day however, was Glenn Frizzell on his Arctic Cat snowmobile. Coming from the Bike/Sled Class to face Super Pro cars is tough, but he managed to work his way right to the final where he narrowly defeated Mark Green. Green ran 5.40 on a 5.36 with a .045 reaction time while Frizzell went 6.66 on a 6.64 and had a .029 RT. Josh Goodwin lost to Frizzell in the semi-final to finish third in the class.
Twenty four vehicles entered the No-Box class and the second round saw 24 racers there too, as all losers bought their way back into the competition.
Richard Leger, who only this year moved into the Pro class, worked his way through five rounds of racing, beating Rylie Green, Bill Brownell, Rick Hickey, Joe Fudge and Brett Ramsay along the way, to face none other than Glenn Frizzell on his other Arctic Cat in the class final. Leger had had a great .008 light against Brett Ramsay in the semi, but got a little too fine with a .009 “red” in the final to hand Glenn Frizzell his second win and big cash envelope of the day.
In the Junior Dragster Division, Brent O’Handley from Guysborough, Nova Scotia defeated Charlottetown’s Dillon Bolger in the class final. Mackenzie Powers was third.
Next action at the park is the ADRA Labour Day Event September 2/3. Meanwhile Tuesday night street drags will continue until at least the Tuesday after Labour Day.