Top Sportsman entry flawless in 40-car field on Cayuga Dragway at TMP
CAYUGA, ONTARIO (July 3, 2010) – Darrin Grubb worked his way through a 40-car field to win the third round in the 2010 Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park Saturday.
Driving the Grubb Racing 2004 Chevy Cavalier Top Sportsman car out of Pine River, Ontario, Grubb won the championship round over Top Dragster driver Sam Christian of Kenmore, New York.
With a .007-second reaction time, Grubb ran a 7.260, 185.51 winning pass over Christian, who posted a 7.254, 180.21 clocking after his .054-second reaction time.
It's been a very good day," noted Grubb after his win, the team's first in Quick 32 racing. "We've got the car right where we want it," adding that the team struggled somewhat with the new engine combination but had all figured out for the race.
"We're very happy," said team crew chief Mike Dennis. "We had everything in place for the race. I also want to mention the Cayuga track surface was in great shape for the race. It was awesome."
During the Marydel Homes qualifying session, Grubb started seventh in the 16-car TS field. He eliminated Fred DeJonge of Puslinch, Ontario in the class final to advance to the title round. Christian, in his 2008 Spitzer dragster, won over Jamie Bridge of Napanee, Ontario in the Top Dragster final round.
Grubb took out number one qualifier Top Sportsman qualifier Tom Bene of Smithville, Ontario in the first round, Ben Grevers of Paris, Ontario in the semi-final, and then DeJonge for top spot on the Top Sportsman class.
On the Top Dragster side, Christian eliminated previous event winner Scott Wildgust of Wartburg, Ontario in the first round, Steve Jones of North Gower, Ontario in the second round, Buddy Forrest of Rochester, New York in the semi-final, and Bridge in the final.
This race was the first of two full events scheduled during Cayuga's Canadian Nitro Nationals weekend.
Top Dragster driver Wildgust leads the Championship Point Award Series with 759. Grubb and Steve Parkhurst of Belleville, Ontario are tied for second with 753 points, Steve Corriveau of Fonthill, Ontario is next with 705 points, and fifth is Kevin Wicke of Stratford, Ontario with 698 points. The latter four are all Top Sportsman entries.
In other drag racing action over the weekend, Mike Stawicki of Medina, New York took Pro Modified racing to a whole new level, and the G-Force Race Cars 1968 Firebird driver set records right off the trailer, capturing number one spot in the Marydel Homes qualifying session for the Pro Modified Racing Association event with a 5.803, 255.15 posting.