Night of Champions held honoring the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series
Drag race series pays honor to the teams of the 2013 racing season
BURLINGTON, ONTARIO (November 16, 2013) – The annual Night of Champions was recently held for the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series.
This is the season-ending event for all three drag race series, and honors the teams for their efforts throughout the racing season.
For 2013, the banquet was held at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Ontario, and hosted by Bill Mehlenbacher.
With the three vehicles of each series champion on display, the top five teams from each series were presented with their awards.
For the PMRA, which completed its ninth year of operation, the top five were champion Rocky Di Lecce of Mississauga, Ontario, followed by the Grainy Brothers of North Tonawanda, New York, Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Derek Hawker of Corbyville, Ontario, and Paolo Giust of Osgoode, Ontario.
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (November 13, 2013) – The Top Sportsman team of Wilson & Gray had a great season in Quick 32 Sportsman Series competition for 2013, winning its first championship in the popular drag racing series.
“Our season went great,” said Bill Wilson, who is teamed with Rob Gray as co-owners, drivers, and crew chiefs. “Everything went better than expected.”
This season was the fifth for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, which is presented by NAPA Auto Parts and competes at tracks in Ontario and Michigan.
The Ingersoll, Ontario-based team, which has been together racing for 22 years, missed the season opener at Martin, Michigan, and although it qualified second with Wilson driving for the second race, the team was eliminated in the semi-final round.
Top Sportsman driver Kevin Wicke – Second Place
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (November 1, 2013) – Two-time Quick 32 Sportsman Series champion Kevin Wicke came close to winning his third series title, but had to settle for second spot in the Championship Point Award Series in 2013.
The series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, has now completed its fifth year of racing.
Always a strong competitor in the Top Sportsman ranks with K&K Racing / CVR Dodge Stratus, Wicke started off the season well with a Top Sportsman win in the series opener at Martin Michigan after qualifying number one, but lost the event final to Top Dragster racing Sam Christian of Amherst, New York.
For the next race, at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park, Wicke qualified number four but was out in the second round. He went to the third round after qualifying second at the next event. He also qualified second at the next race, at Cayuga, and won in Top Sportsman only to lose the event title to Top Dragster racer Melanie Simmons Salemi of Orillia, Ontario.
Top Sportsman driver Spencer Hyde – Third Place
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (October 22, 2013) – Driving the Hyde Racing Team 1968 Camaro Top Sportsman entry, Stratford, Ontario’s Spencer Hyde took third place in this year’s Quick 32 Sportsman Series point award championship.
Now in its fifth year of operation, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series is sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts.
Hyde started his season well with a runner-up finish in the Top Sportsman ranks to former champion Kevin Wicke, also of Stratford, during the opening round at Martin, Michigan.
And for the second event, held at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park, Hyde qualified fifth and took his Camaro to the winner’s circle, winning the Top Sportsman side of the race over Steve Corriveau of Fonthill, Ontario. Then he was matched up to Top Dragster driver Bill White of Gadshill, Ontario, but lost to White in the event final which pits the Top Sportsman eliminator against the Top Dragster eliminator for the event title.
Top Dragster driver Melanie Simmons Salemi – Fourth Place
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (October 15, 2013) – A strong competitor with her Top Dragster entry, Melanie Simmons Salemi enjoyed a good 2013 season in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series.
Driving her Toyrific Racing Team Mike Bos dragster, Simmons Salemi qualified for all six events this year in the fifth year of the series, presented once again by NAPA Auto Parts.
Qualifying fourth for the season opener in Martin, Michigan, Simmons Salemi was eliminated in the first round, and after qualifying eighth for the next race, on the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park, she made it to the semi-final.
For the next race, also at Cayuga, she qualified sixth but was out in the first round. But in the fourth race, after qualifying fourth, Simmons Salemi went all the way in the event, winning the Top Dragster eliminations as well as taking the event title over Top Sportsman winner Kevin Wicke of Stratford, Ontario.