Night of Champions honors drag racing teams in the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS
BURLINGTON, ONTARIO (November 8, 2014) – The 10th annual Night of Champions was held at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Ontario to honor the winners in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series.
Teams from all three drag race series were on hand to accept their awards for the final event of the 2014 season. The PMRA has now celebrated its 10th season of operation, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, its sixth season, and the PBSS, presented by Wiseco Performance Products, its fourth season.
The night included talks from several drag racing and media personalities, along with the naming of two new champions. On hand were several Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Inducted members, including Bob Slack, Norris McDonald, editor of the Toronto Star Wheels, and Bruce Mehlenbacher, who is not only Director of Operations for all three series, but was inducted into the CMHF several years ago along with his family. John Waldie was also on hand and spoke to the audience about his involvement in the sport.
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (November 6, 2014)– The first-year entry of Jon Schmid dominated the 2014 Quick 32 Sportsman Series with the Top Sportsman driver winning the Championship Point Award Series in fine fashion.
This was the sixth year of competition in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
Driving his 2006 Pontiac GTO-bodied car, Schmid, from Orchard Park, New York, did not race in the season opener at Grand Bend, but took runner-up in the next event at US 131 Motorsports Park at Martin, Michigan.
He went rounds and not only won the Top Sportsman side, but took the event win over Top Dragster driver Buddy Forrest of Rochester, New York at the next event at Empire Dragway. Schmid drove to a semi-final finish for the next race, held at the Grand Bend Motorplex, and then for the season closer at Grand Bend, won the Top Sportsman side, losing the event final to Top Dragster driver Mike Everitt of Stratford, Ontario.
PMRA, Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and PBSS drag racers and teams to be honored at annual presentation
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (November 7, 2014) – This year’s “Night of Champions” Championship Point Award Series Banquet for the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS) will feature the popular ACDC ROCKS for entertainment.
The banquet is to be held at the Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
As a tribute band, ACDC ROCKS emulates the pure essence, power, and electricity of what an AC/DC show is all about and has proven to audiences time and time again that you can’t stop rock ‘n roll! ACDC ROCKS performs the best of AC/DC from the early roots of the band’s Australian club circuit days, to the superstar worldwide status of its present hits. Complete with a full stage performance, just as if Angus Young and the boys were rocking before your very eyes.
BUFFALO, NY (November 3, 2014) – Melanie Salemi, a Top Dragster standout from Buffalo, New York, will step out of her Toyrific Racing dragster and move into the ever-popular class of Pro Mod for 2015.
The opportunity comes from Jay Santos and his Santos Motorsports Pro Mod team, based in Milton, Ontario Canada. Santos, who has been competing in Pro Mod since 2011, will start the season with his teammate Melanie and two brand new ’69 Camaros from Jim Salemi’s G-Force Race Cars Inc. Mike Stawicki of MSR Performance will provide the supercharged power for both cars.
Tony Positano – Second Place
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (November 3, 2014) – Top Dragster driver Tony Positano had the best year of his Quick 32 Sportsman Series career, finishing first in Top Dragster and second in Championship Point Award Series in the NAPA Auto Parts-presented series.
With a car capable of running in the low six-second range at up to 200 mph, Positano, of Toronto, qualified for all events entered, and went rounds in each event, and his year was highlighted with a win at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan.
Running a 255-inch Mike Bos Slip Joint dragster, power is provided by a 477- cubic inch blown aluminum engine from Stefko Racing Engines using and Enderle 110 fuel pump and backed up with a two-speed Powerglide transmission. Transmission, mechanical and data diagnostics by Ron Shilling Racing, with safety and team public relations handled by Kelly Sams.