Grand Bend Motorplex gearing up for big Labor Day weekend of drag racing

Pro-Mod“Thunder by the Beach” to feature Funny Cars, Jets, and PMRA Pro Modifieds

GRAND BEND, ONTARIO (August 18, 2014) – The Grand Bend Motorplex will once again celebrate the upcoming Labor Day weekend with its traditional “Thunder by the Beach” weekend offering a great three-day show of drag racing action.

Presented by Teamsters Canada and Local 879, fans will be able to watch a wide variety of racing August 29-31 at the quarter-mile facility in Southwestern Ontario.

Coming into its final event for 2014, teams in the Pro Modified Racing Association will take to the track running on all cylinders in the tight Championship Point Award Series race. The two companion series of the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series, presented by Wiseco Performance Products, will also be racing over the holiday weekend.

Jeff Roth, Erin Staley, and Dan Cryderman take home wins in Grand Bend drag racing event

2014_Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals_Winners Circle_Erin StaleyPMRA, Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and PBSS hold round four during track’s Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals

GRAND BEND, ONTARIO (August 10, 2014) – The track, weather, and racing was in top form during the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals held over the weekend at the Grand Bend Motorplex.

When the final rounds were completed, Jeff Roth took the win in the Pro Modified Racing Association, Erin Staley won the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and Dan Cryderman took the Pro Bike & Sled win.

Driving his Roth Racing 1941 Willys Pro Mod, Jeff Roth qualified number two in the field and worked his way to the final to run against three-time PMRA champion and number one qualifier Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek. But Boland uncharacteristically cut a red light, giving Roth the automatic win.

Paton Racing Top Fueler to join PMRA, Quick 32, and PBSS during Grand Bend’s Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals this weekend

TMP-Ike1Visitors to the 18th annual Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals this weekend at the Grand Bend Motorplex will be treated to a rare visit by one of the few Top Fuel Dragster teams based in Canada on Saturday night.

Long-time TF team Paton Racing, from Paris Ontario, will be on hand for the weekend show, which is presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Ideal Supply. Headed by team owner Barry Paton, the dragster will be driven by son Todd Paton, who has several years experience behind the wheel, after stepping up from his Alcohol Funny Car with two IHRA Funny Car championships. He stepped into the dragster in 2003, and has recorded a career best ET in the car with a 4.66 second pass and a best speed posting of 322 mph.

There will be full, points-meet events in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series.

Popular Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals next race for PMRA, Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and PBSS

q32aWeekend meet at Grand Bend celebrates 18th birthday of this huge drag race event

CAYUGA, ONTARIO (July 28, 2014) – The tradition continues for one of the most popular drag races in Canada.

To celebrate its 18th year, the weekend of drag racing fondly known as “The Stratford Days” will continue with the August 8-10 running of the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts at the Grand Bend Motorplex.

This popular event started at St. Thomas Dragway in 1996 with a group of local Southwestern Ontario racers joining up with local businesses to promote a day at the track. The event has blossomed over the years, with solid support from the business community and more than 500 cars taking part in the quarter-mile racing.

The Stratford Days event has been held at Grand Bend for more than a dozen years.

Toyrific Racing Mid-Season Review

empire1Courtesy: Toyrific Racing

TONAWANDA, NY (July 23, 2014) – Melanie Simmons Salemi and her Toyrific Racing Top Dragster team have had an interesting 2014 season to say the least. The season started with a new Chevy engine program which unfortunately lasted about four seconds at the Division 3 NHRA Cavalcade of Stars race in Norwalk, Ohio. Melanie along with her crew chief (father) Roger, her husband Jon (Resolution Racing Services) and brother in law Jim (G-force race cars) made the step that would put her to the front of the Top Dragster performance world. A Mike Stawicki built (MSR Performance) 521 cubic inch AJPE headed Hemi topped with a Kobelco 14-71 supercharger would be sure to put the Delta Faucet Canada sponsored car to the front.