Well race fans the final race of the season is complete and I have the results here. (better late than never)
Saturday KOH/Gamblers race:
29 racers registered Saturday for the $1000 KOH race.
After several rounds of very tough racing it came down to the “Bill and Bill Show” Bill Boult facing off against,..
..wait for it.. Bill Hutton!, Thunder Mountains very own Tow Truck/Safety Safari operator and fire marshal.
The final was won by Bill Boult (congratulations) but the crowd favorite was for sure Bill Hutton wading through the field in “Old Brown”, Doug Dippels ’77 Ford pickup powered by a Stout 514 Big Block Ford out of the MotorTree Racing Camp. what a day of racing!
I want to mention young Jayden Deplonty was entered in this event, her first “official” bracket drag race. she went 2 rounds I believe. well done again.
Saturdays KOH qualifying and race rounds was backed up by the “Kelowna Street Outlaws” in a rare day race due to a rainout of the “Friday Night Instant green street Drags”
This portion of the day was again a huge success! Jordy Lazic was again holding off every and anything thrown at him. Kelly Madore ripped a very impressive 5.23 in a blistering side by side
5.23 run with Jordy. side by side 5.23’s..wow! However, at the end of the day, Nobody could match the UNREAL 5.17 at over 141mph that Jordan Lazic pulled off in the afternoon!
To say these street legal machines are fast would be a gross understatement! these insured, plated and street driven machines could run in the UPPER third of our Top Comp/Doorslammer class!!
I also heard a Rumour that Tim Deplontymay join the 2017 “Street Outlaws” in his Blown Alky ’68 Chevelle! he was ripping 5.13’s in his machine and perhaps showing some interest in putting plates and insurance on this nearly street legal beast just to have some “heads up” fun on Friday nights.
Thank you again to “Cutting Edge Performance” and friends for bringing this GREAT group of racers to Thunder Mountain.
Sunday Results (Race #5-Season Finale)
This round robin affair went down to the wire, requiring all 3 elimination rounds to decide the victor.
On this day it was Jayden Deplonty that took the win in the family’s ’96 Grand Am over Kendra Newman in her Redneck Racing sponsored 2010 Chevy Pickup.
Well done ladies!
Pro Class (Arrow Appliance Service):
This is always a tough class with many, many great drivers who could take the win.
This race came down to a regular to the podium this season as well as a man we rarely see in the winners round. “The Dominator” Ben Dominato , Piloting his consistent ’81 Mustang won this final race against a unexpected advesary in Dave “Shrek” Sherk and his big Block
’86 Chevy 1Ton !! what an awesome day the pro class put on.
Super-Pro Class (Arrow Appliance Service):
Todays S/P class came down to the “Dave and Dave show”. Dave Desnoyer notched another win for the 2016 season over David Cyr., Who was celebrating his fifty-something birthday during the weekend.
This was a spectacular show of hard racing all day with every round being decided by thousanth’s of a second. Good Win Desnoyer ! and good work Birthday Man Dave Cyr as well.
Top Comp/Doorslammer (Arrow Appliance/VP race fuels)
Now THIS was drag race! with not one, but TWO .000 reaction times in Qualifying and rounds early we knew it would be a drag out affair
And it was. Brooke Roth won the first Top Comp trophy of her career in Spectacular fashion!, ending the day with a .000 reaction time in the final !!
This was Brooke’s SECOND perfect reaction time of the day! Pete Shaw of Penticton fell to runner up after this crushing reaction time of Brooke. What a race!
AWESOME job on your first win in the fullsize ranks. I also want to add, that some racers,(myself included) may never see a perfect light in their career. This young lady yanked out TWO in one day! WOW!
Also of note was the rain delayed “Friday Night Instant Green” BURNOUT contest. While I would like to say this went down on the final Friday night featuring many of our “regular” street drag participants and in front of a roaring throng of Friday night spectators, ..It just didn’t go down like that. due to the rain out of the instant green program,many of the street racers were unable to return on Saturday. The burnout contest was still an exciting affair but with 4 contestants. Matt Blacke, Ben Dominato “The 2016 Dominator”, Kayle Shaw and Thunder Mountains very own, Cal Peake.
The contest ended with what I can only describe as a “burndown” between Cal Peake and Kayle Shaw! with a tie in round 1, these driver came back for a second attempt at wowing the judges.
Cal Peake was the CLEAR winner when his pickup came apart in spectacular fashion just as he pulled his foot off the throttle! when Cal lifted off the gas, the tires “hooked” and his driveshaft was NOT
up to the challenge! U-joints then failed and exited the vehicle at the rear, while an overheated 327 blew off steam at the front of the truck! … WHAT A SHOW!!! now THAT is how you win a burnout contest!
Well done Cal Peake! I/We would like to thank Grumpys Garage concession stand($100 cash), Aacme Towing (1 Yr Roadside coverage), Mediterranean Market on Gordon ($25 GC) as well as the “Great Canadian Oil Change” on Richter St. and, of course Kayle Shaw and Speed-Pro signs in Penticton for the Awesome trophies. With the amount of enthusiasm leading up to (all season), and during this event, I am sure the “Burnout contest” will be an annual addition to the friday roster at the last friday night event(s) of the year.
While the final Friday race was rained out,this was a rare set of circumstances. The “Instant Green” races have become a staple of the TMR itinerary and I am sure it will continue to have a great showing in 2017.!
As my final notes, First, I would like to thank all of the Volunteers that helped make the show what it is.
Our Timing Staff, Jen, Margo, Nancy and Tess in the Tech shack.,.. Sue, Ruby and Mark in the tower.
The starting line crew, Bruce, and Jim with help from many others through the season.
Our Staging Staff, Ruby and Nancy as well as our Tech guys, Bill, Dave and Doug. And our Burnout guys this season including but not limited to, Jason, Tony, Kayle, Pete and others.
HUGE THANK YOU to the Volunteers!! without you, this season could not have happened.
I would also like to thank all the Sponsors and Supporters of Thunder Mountain for the great season we have had. and the many to come.
Once again it has been an immense pleasure to be the Announcer at this great facility.
Todd Evans/ TMR Announcer-Friday night race director
Ruby Bereditsch/TMR Staging Director/Friday night Timekeeper