Friday, March 23, 2012

Gremlins of 2011 fixed as Wagg and Bell prepare for upcoming drag race season

Top Sportsman team looking for success in 2012 Quick 32 Sportsman Series

WATERDOWN, ONTARIO (March 22, 2012) – After a disappointing 2011 season, the B&W Racing Team believes it has a winning combination for the upcoming Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts with their Top Sportsman entry.

We finally have the car sorted out, said Mike Wagg, who along with Dave Bell, race the 1994 Dodge Daytona doorslammer. We struggled with handling issues last year, but we now have it figured out, thanks to Ed DaSilva from J and E Manufacturing.

The team was not happy with the car's performance in the first half of the 2011 season, qualifying the Daytona but having trouble going rounds. While the car qualified in the top half of the ladder later in the year, Wagg added there were still problems.

We also found some things in the engine which were addressed, he said. We've gained more horsepower and reliability.

The engine is a 605-cubic incher with Indy cylinder heads. The two-stage nitrous system is provided by Induction Solutions with a Magna Fuel Racing system and a two-speed Powerglide by Joe's Transmissions. The car sits on an Eddy Bryck chassis with Lowdown Hot Rods updates.

Both Wagg, and Bell, who is from Grand Bend, Ontario share both the driving and crew chief duties. Other team members include Janet Ferguson, Bill Meehan, Paul Connolly, and Paul Delicata.

Sponsorship for the team is provided by Auto Clinic of Flamborough, Pro Racing Fuels, Valvoline, NAPA (Waterdown Auto Parts) and K&K Performance. Wagg said that Waterdown Auto Parts has stepped up its involvement for 2012, and the team welcomes new sponsor ArjoHuntleigh, a healthcare company that produces medical and patient handling equipment.

Wagg and Bell realize the competition in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series has increased over the years, and will be ready with renewed optimism.

This series just keeps getting quicker and quicker, Wagg noted. I think that six-second fields are going to be the benchmark this year, and we're confident we should be able to qualify in the top half.

The Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts kicks off its 2012 season with the Victoria Day Weekend Challenge May 18-20 at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park, the first of six events. 

The Quick 32 Sportsman Series, will race six times in 2012. The series also competes with its two companion series, the Pro Modified Racing Association, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series, offering a solid and full package of drag racing action.

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