DSE Sportsman Series at Toronto

Andrew Stirk won the Modified class on Saturday and Sunday.

DSE Sportsman Series at Toronto

Dwyer, Manwaring and Stirk Double up at Canada Day Spectacular

Great weather coupled with perfect track conditions at Toronto Motorsports Park created the ingredients needed for a fantastic weekend of close and competitive racing as DSE Sportsman Series racers were contending for NHRA Hardware in both the Summit Racing Equipment “King of the Track” program as well as the Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.

Saturday night, June 28, also hosted the inaugural Mike Marshall Memorial Race, an event created to pay tribute to long-time Mopar racer Mike Marshall as well as raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. Tim Knight drove his 1933 roadster to the win with a terrific .005 RT and a 9.878 on a 9.83 dial-in against Bob Richards’ .051 RT and 10.130 on a 10.08 dial in his ’63 Corvette.

Hill Racing/ATI Performance Products Modified racers would be the first category to hit the track Saturday, with racers looking to take home the Saturday main event win along with a spot in the run-off final for the NHRA awards later in the day.

After five rounds of stellar No box racing, two Chevy-powered Mustangs remained, first year racer Alex Lepp and his SBC-powered 1986 Mustang and the BBC-powered 1989 Mustang of Andrew Stirk. Lepp would take the head start dialed 10.94 to Stirk’s 10.00. However it would be Stirk’s starting line advantage that would allow him to push Lepp into a breakout allowing Stirk to take the win and move into the run-off final.

Renegade Race Fuels Super Pro saw a rematch from the DSE season opener final round with multi-time Super Pro Class Champion Steve “Freight-Train” Ferstl in his 2008 S&W Dragster, taking on recent IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals Super Rod winner Andrew Stirk and his 1963 Corvette Roadster. 

Both racers were prepared for the final with Stirk launching to a .007 light to Ferstl’s .016. However Stirk’s 9.899 ET on his 9.90 dial bested Ferstl’s 7.787 on a 7.81 dial to take the double-breakout win. The win gave Stirk both spots in the NHRA “King of the Track” Wally Run-off and thus assured his second “King of the Track” Championship in the past three years.

Stirk would go on to complete the first known “Double-Double” in Toronto Motorsports Park history by driving back into the Sunday winner circle in Super Pro by defeating Allan Bain and his 1993 rear-engine dragster, then defeating Bob Richards and his 1963 Corvette in the Hill Racing/ATI Performance Products Modified final round.