GRAND BEND, Ont.. - The third installment of the LIZZARD RACING ENGINES Top Sportsman, contested at the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ont., was certainly a survival of the fittest competition. When the rains subsided, it was...
GRAND BEND, Ont.. - The third installment of the LIZZARD RACING ENGINES Top Sportsman, contested at the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ont., was certainly a survival of the fittest competition. When the rains subsided, it was Kasey Janzen scoring his second career Quick Eight victory before his home province fans.
Janzen, 35, of Niagara Falls, Ont., had his supercharged Lumina at the head of the pack throughout the event. There was no doubt that he was the man to beat.
While weather affected most everyone on the grounds of the Grand Bend Motorplex, Janzen admitted that it worked in his favor.
"It actually helped us," explained Janzen. "It gave us time to figure out how to get our car down the track. We changed just about everything for the final round and evidently, it worked. I'm glad that it's over, to tell the truth. Now we can go home. I live about three hours from here so the drive isn't that bad. "
Due to Saturday's revised schedule, LIZZARD RACING ENGINES Top Sportsman was moved to Sunday morning. That didn't affect the competitiveness of any of the competitors.
Eliminations opened with the majority of the supercharged cars taking the left lane. Janzen was on the receiving end of an easy victory when Dave Thomasino left before the tree was activated. Janzen went through the motions with a soft 14.399, 67.05. It was a fortunate break for the Canadian as he encountered violent tireshake right out of the gate.
Larry Sinke also was the recipient of an easy victory when Jim Gleason left before the tree was activated. Sinke's 1936 Olds followed the trend of the blown cars by nailing the tires and coasting to a 17.901, 46.51.
The slowest of the qualifiers, Brian Tiffe scored a huge win in the first round when he used a combination of a holeshot and tireshake plaguing Mark Neilsen's supercharged Camaro. Tiffe never looked back as he streaked to a 7.038, 196.54, which easily handled the 13.499 of Neilsen.
The one supercharged entry that mastered the right lane belonged to Harry Rockwell. Rockwell had a dismal .612 light, but it didn't matter as he nailed the throttle for a 6.459, 214.84.
With the event already delayed one day later due to rain and additional delays that pushed the completion of the event to the late hours of the evening on Sunday, what was to be the semi-final was graduated to final round status. Sinke and Rockwell both withdrew from competition.
Janzen and Tiffe represented both ends of the qualifying spectrum in the division and they met in the final round. Tiffe, knowing very well that he was at a performance advantage, rolled the dice and gambled. His wager was a losing prospect as he left before the tree was activated. Janzen was declared the winner and dashed to a 6.557, 211.26 for his first victory of the season.