LAGANA, GRAINY, MOSER, ORFANDIS WINNNERS AT SUMMER SHOWDOWN
In the Top Fuel finals it was Dominick Lagana of Scarsdale, NY who ran 4.74 elapsed time at 318 MPH defeating Dale Creasy Jr. of Lansing IL, driving Chris "The Greek" Karamasines' Top Fueler. Creasy was tracking alongside Lagana when the big Goodyear slicks lost traction at the 1/8 marker giving Lagana the victory. Todd Paton of Lake Forest, CA was the semi-finalist with a 4.88 elapsed time at 291 MPH.
The second event in the 2012 season and the first trip to Michigan for the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products was completed with first-time winners declared in two of the three drag racing series.
One of the original drivers in the PMRA, Jack Grainy of North Tonawanda, New York, won his first event in the Pro Modified series. Driving the Grainy Brothers Racing 1967 Camaro, Grainy bested Eric Latino of Whitby, Ontario in the final. Grainy, who qualified fourth, took out number one qualifier Bruce Boland of Hamilton, Ontario in the semi before meeting up with Latino.
After a tough go getting qualified, Jeff Moser's luck turned around as he won the Quick 32 Sportsman Series final, his second in this series, with his Top Dragster over the Top Sportsman entry of Rob Gray in the Wilson and Gray Chevy Cavalier. Moser, of Waterloo, Ontario, qualified tenth in the field, and eliminated Chuck Stirdivant of Dorr, Michigan in the Top Dragster final before taking on Gray, of Ingersoll, Ontario, in the event final. Gray, who qualified ninth, eliminated two-time Quick 32 Sportsman Series champion and number one Top Sportsman qualifier Kevin Wicke of Stratford, Ontario.
John Orfanidis had a great weekend riding his Suzuki to his first PBSS victory. The Toronto, Ontario racer qualified his Pro Bike entry number one in the field, and worked his way through the field to meet up with and defeat Pro Sled rider Bill Anderson of Seaforth, Ontario in the final with his Arctic Cat.
Saturday evening's show was all but complete when the legendary "King of Quake" Bob Motz took to "The Fastest Track in Michigan!" With the track lights dimmed and the fire spewing from the truck's two stacks Motz proceeded to literally blaze the ¼ mile in 6.96 seconds at 219 MPH.