DSE Finals at Toronto
Series Champions Crowned
The sixth and final event weekend of the DSE Sportsman racing series took place September 13-14 at Toronto Motorsports Park, and with NHRA National Dragster Wally trophies along with valuable points for those competing in the Points Series, the stakes could not have been any higher for competitors.
Saturday’s racing schedule was set to run points race number eleven for the Series as well as the NHRA National Dragster Challenge, however, unseasonably cold temperatures and heavy morning rain made the racing surface impossible to dry and be safe to race on.
With Saturday’s rainout, the National Dragster race shifted to Sunday for all categories including Super Gas. In the Super Gas class, Wayne Sipos lead the charge into Eliminations as the Number 1 Qualifier and worked his way into the final round where he met up with Super Gas newcomer Chris VanBaalen. Sipos ran closer to the 6.40 index in that final round, however, VanBaalen’s better reaction got him there first for the win.
Super Bike/Sled found a strong field of racers. The final round found two-time Super Bike/Sled Points Champion Pete Stewart going up against the talented Derek Dwyer on his Sled. Unfortunately, what looked like a fantastic final was cut short when Dwyer took a shot at the tree and came up with a red light, handing Stewart his second NHRA Wally of the 2014 Season.
Quick 16 saw a strong field of 18 vehicles attempt to qualify on Sunday. After two rounds of qualifying and three rounds of racing a classic door car versus dragster was set up where both drivers would be competing in their second final that day with Chris VanBaalen taking on K.C. Kovacs. The door car of VanBaalen took a head start over the dragster, but the final had been decided on the starting line where VanBaalen went red by only -.003, handing the win to Kovacs.