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2012 Canadian Drag Racing Season Begins


2012 SEASON OPENER OF EASTERN CANADIAN DRAG RACING National Record Is Set in Napierville, Making for a Fiery Season Ahead

The 2012 Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada-sponsored V-Rod Destroyer Series had a brilliant debut this past weekend at the Canadian Motorcycle Drag Race Association-hosted event at the Napierville Dragway, in Napierville, Quebec. A full grid of eight V-Rod Destroyer racers enjoyed one of the largest fields and closest battles to open the season, with the top five riders within a few hundredths of a second apart. The action was hot and intense under sunny skies, and any cobwebs that may have set in over the winter were quickly blown away in Saturday’s qualification runs.

Rocky’s Harley-Davidson rider and current Eastern champion, Pete Thomson, took over right where he left off with the best qualification ET of the day, breaking his own record with a 9.32958 and setting the stage for an intense weekend battle. Several other riders made it well known that this was not going to be a cakewalk for the determined Thomson. Trails End Harley-Davidson-sponsored Jeff Pitre from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, came the closest, only 0.003 seconds behind, and qualified for second. Four other riders were within 0.067 of a second of Thomson’s best run, including young Dan Thomson, also racing for Rocky’s Harley Davidson, who qualified for third behind his dad and Thomson Racing-teammate.

Two new riders join the V-Rod Destroyer contingent this season – Steve “Goose” Gosselin and Edge Harley Davidson newcomer, Dan Ramage

In Sunday’s elimination rounds, the perfect weather conditions prevailed and the grandstands filled with fans eager for the showdown in the east.

First up, “Goose” Gosselin, in his premier outing, had the daunting task of lining up against Pete Thomson. Gosselin had a great rookie run, but Thomson dispatched him to the sidelines with an ET of 9.83 and a top speed of 135.94 mph. Next up, Ray Philp was narrowly beat out by Fox Harley-Davidson rider, Chris Fox, who posted a 9.830 and a top speed of 139.05 mph Jeff Pitre then took out a struggling Paul Guerrieri, racing for Thunder Road Harley-Davidson, with a comparable ET of 9.375 and a top speed of 138.83 mph. Rookie, Dan Ramsay, got the better of Rocky’s Harley-Davidson and Thomson Racing’s Dan Thomson, when the younger Thomson’s dragging clutch pulled him through the lights early, sending him to spectator status. Ramsay earned his spot with an honest ET of 9.857, showing that he is going to be an early contender in the series.

In the second round of eliminations, Pete Thomson continued to dominate, besting Chris Fox with a 9.320 and a blistering top speed of 141.11 mph, slightly better than Fox, who posted an ET of 9.387 and a top speed of 130.74 mph. Jeff Pitre then beat out Dan Ramsay, who continued to run well, into the low nine-eights.

As the evening set in, the two top riders of the weekend lined up to see who would come out on top of the weekend long battle. As the green light flashed, Thomson took off, but when Pitre dumped the clutch, his V Rod motorcycle hesitated slightly before blazing off, enough to give Thomson the win with a 9.319 while Pitre’s recorded reaction time set the difference at 0.133 seconds, handing the first Eastern Series race win to Thomson.

Afterwards, an ecstatic Thomson commented, “It was great to see so much camaraderie out here this weekend, and so nice to see a couple of new guys come into the series” He added, “I am so thankful to Deeley Harley Davidson Canada and all the help they have given the series.”

Martin Horik, the Quebec based TV host of the program “HP” challenged himself to drag the 2012 Harley Davidson 10th Anniversary V-Rod motorcycle in the Street Class. The episode covering Martin’s feat will be airing in Quebec on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 11:00 am ET on “V” channel, and will also be viewable online on www.vtele.ca.

The next event of the CMDRA V-Rod Destroyer Eastern Series will be at Toronto Motorsport Park in Cayuga, Ontario, on June 1 and 2. For further information on Canadian Drag Racing results, please refer to www.cmdra.com.


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