Last season Doug Foley won the first of his three rookie year Ironmen at Toronto Motorsports Park. This year he won his first in Toronto again. Foley (Sewell, N.J.) defeated Bruce Litton (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the Top Fuel final to claim his ...
Last season Doug Foley won the first of his three rookie year Ironmen at Toronto Motorsports Park. This year he won his first in Toronto again.
Foley (Sewell, N.J.) defeated Bruce Litton (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the Top Fuel final to claim his first Hooters IHRA national event victory of the season and fourth of his career at the ACDelco Nationals at Toronto Motorsports Park. He also passed Litton in the world championship points standings and has his sights set on Drummonds, Tenn. Resident Clay Millican, IHRA Top Fuel's top gun.
He is 13 points ahead of Litton and 137 behind Millican.
"We don't give up, we stay focused on winning round by round," Foley said. "That's our job. A lot of things have to happen for us to be able to come up on Clay, but we intend to put pressure on him. He has a great team over there and they have a lot of experience. They have eight or nine full-time crew guys and that's a big advantage over most other pro teams. They are a world-class team."
Foley was the #1 qualifier at the ACDelco Canadian Nationals, the third time he has claimed the top post this season. He defeated Louie Allison (Denver, Colo.) in the first round and teammate Rick Cooper (Boise, Id.) in the semifinals to advance to the championship. In the run for the Ironman Litton shook his tires at the 330-foot mark and lifted out of the run, enabling Foley to cruise to the championship with a 4.795/299.13 pass.
The weather in Toronto was tricky for Foley's Crew Chief, Doug Kuch, to figure out.
"When the sun is on the track for 15 hours the first round really tells a lot," Foley said. "The guy that finds the tune-up to get him down a hot, greasy track means he doesn't really have to change anything. We didn't even change the tires, and we have never, ever not changed the tires during a race. But we left the same set of tires on it all day. Doug picked at it here and there with a few little timing changes, but it wasn't broke. Why fix it?"
Carl Spiering (Jordan Station, Ont.) was another driver who didn't tinker much with his set-up or car Sunday, and he took home his second career Torco Race Fuels Pro Mod Ironman as a result. Spiering's '63 Corvette ran more like a bracket car through the elimination rounds. He clocked a 6.167 in his first round bye, a 6.222 in the quarterfinals against Harold Martin (West Bloomfield, Mich.), a 6.222 in the semifinals against Ed Hoover (Gilbert, S.C.) and a 6.220 in the final against Shannon Jenkins Tuscaloosa, Ala.).
"We watched what everyone ran and knew we had to go in the low 20's to win this race," Spiering said. "We put three .22's in a row together, and I don't know if that has ever happened in Pro Modified. I've never seen a car run within a few thousandths in three straight rounds.it was like a bracket car."
Spiering was especially thrilled to take home the victory at his home track, Toronto Motorsports Park in front of a large contingent of his sponsor, Eaton Cutler-Hammer, guests and dignitaries.
"This is my home track and I've won a lot of races here," he said. "This is where I've tested and where I began racing in '86. Here I am, I finally got it here. It was pretty emotional because I have so many fans here that have watched me grow through this sport and get to this level. And with 1,000 Eaton people here.coming through here was a big deal and a big boost for me."
Rob Atchison can relate. The London, Ontario resident had plenty of fans in attendance as well. Like Spiering, Atchison sent them home happy when he topped Jim Sickles (Caledonia, N.Y.) in the Funny Car final.
"This was fantastic for everyone who was here," Atchison said. "All the fans and Brent and Connie Erickson, our sponsors, who were here to see it, it really meant a lot to our race team. It's all about team unity and putting the car on the racetrack. It's mechanically flawless and the car runs great."
Atchison ran a 5.892/240.85 in the final to defeat Sickles with the Ironman on the line. He now leads Sickles by 106 points in the IHRA world championship points race.
Steve Spiess (Manhattan, Ill.) dominated the Torco Pro Stock competition all weekend, averaging a 6.41 ET in claiming the #1 qualifying post and easily breezing through the field in his '05 Chevy Cobalt. Spiess defeated Robert Patrick (Fredericksburg, Va.) in the final to join Daniel Seamon as the only two-time Torco Pro Stock winners on the Hooters IHRA tour this season. He also extended his world championship points lead over Patrick, holding a 635-601 advantage.
"The second round we broke a transmission and had to borrow some parts to get it back together, but other than that I don't think we made a gram change on the clutch or change anything this whole day," Spiess said. "I know how seriously Robert takes this and I am, too. I don't know how many world championship runs we have left, so we're going to try for this one."