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Second Eastern Round of CMDRA races on Father's Day - Allen Unstoppable?

GRAND BEND, Ontario (Thursday, June 24, 2010) – Grand Bend Motorplex

With an eerie calmness, Nick Allen goes about the business of maintaining a stranglehold on the National Harley-Davidson V-Rod Destroyer Series, to the frustration of his competitors, but also to the satisfaction of his supporters at Redline Harley-Davidson.

Once again, Allen proved to be unstoppable this past weekend at the Rocky’s Harley-Davidson Father’s Day drag racing event in Grand Bend, Ontario. In fact, the western contingent ran roughshod on the eastern boys’ playground, bullying their way to the final as Nick Allen faced off against Jeff Pitre, who made the long 5,000-km journey all the way from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Saturday’s qualifiers set the stage for what would become one of the closest and most competitive events to date, as five different riders finished the day within a half second of each other. Jeff Pitre of Midnight Sun Racing, sponsored by Pido Productions and Harley’s Hardrock Saloon, and riding their V-Rod bike, finished in the top spot with an ET of 9.541 and a top speed of 138.24, a record achievement despite the thick air and hot conditions that smothered the drag strip all day. Close behind, Allen ran a credible ET of 9.554 and top speed of 133.96. Eastern champ Dave Bispo, riding for Rocky’s Harley-Davidson, posted the best top speed of the day at 139.62, but his higher ET of 9.560 relegated the London, Ontario rider to third place for Sunday’s elimination rounds. Stubbornly in fourth place was former champion, Burlington’s Pete Thomson, riding for Rocky’s Harley-Davidson, posting a top speed of 138.31 and an ET of 9.578, just ahead of western rider Shawn Rude, riding for Heritage Harley-Davidson. Also in the mix were Chris Fox of Fox Racing, who duked it out with newcomers, Motorsport Plus of Kingston’s Mitch McCallum and Thunder Road Harley-Davidson-sponsored Paul Guerrieri.

Sunday started with perfect weather – sunny skies and clear air – but the western riders, having taken command of the qualifying rounds, impersonated a storm that appeared to be present throughout the weekend.

The opening set of eliminations saw Jeff Pitre make quick work of a startled Paul Guerrieri. Next up, Pete Thomson narrowly held off the speedy Shawn Rude to move himself into contention, while, with the day’s top speed of 139.79 mph, Dave Bispo removed Chris Fox from further contention. In a close battle, young upstart Mitch McCallum on the G-Mac Electric, MacDonald Construction Harley-Davidson V-Rod bike almost chased down Nick Allen, but the cagey veteran held him off for the win by a mere 0.034-second and 2.83-mph top speed.

The second round of eliminations saw familiar foes, Rocky’s Harley-Davidson-sponsored Dave Bispo go up against the reigning champ of Redline Harley-Davidson, Nick Allen. When the tree timed down, Bispo was off with Allen hot on his tail. The two adversaries settled the bet, with Allen getting his best time of the weekend and breaking the beam first with a top speed of 139.38 mph, while Bispo limped home with a disappointing top speed of 131.79, relegating the eastern champ to spectator status. Next up, Jeff Pitre finished strong in the closest run of the weekend, barely ahead of a hard-charging Pete Thomson, beating the Burlington, Ontario rider by a marginal ET of 0.49 and speed differential of only 0.006 mph. With the eastern contingent now out of competition, the final battle would become an all-western shootout with Canadian champion Nick Allen facing off against Jeff Pitre, who was determined to make the best of his opportunity. With the sun setting on the Grand Bend drag strip, the two riders lined up for one last run for all the marbles, while the eastern riders were lamenting the fact that these two kids were playing in their sandbox. When the light flashed green, the two riders looked tethered as they ran the one-quarter, and it was not until the white light flashed over Allen’s scoreboard that the winner could be decided. For his efforts, Pitre was rewarded with a strong runner-up finish, while Allen again proved his mettle in winning the event with a strong ET of 9.474 and a top speed of 137.78 proving once again that it is going to take a lot of work to de-throne the reigning Canadian champ.

The Rocky’s Harley-Davidson V-Rod Destroyer action will resume on July 10 to 11 in the western series at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, and in the east at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.

For further information, please refer to www.cmdra.com.


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