CAYUGA, ONTARIO -- Sunny skies and hot temperatures finally arrived for the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series double at Toronto Motorsports Park this past weekend July 29-30. In the end, it was David Surmatchewski winning Saturday's main event including the $1000 purse AND the Wally, Andrew Stirk took home top honours in the REVS Full Throttle RACE of CHAMPIONS and Tom Coonly settled into top spot in the points chase with a win on Sunday.
Past TNTSS champion David Surmatchewski from Oakland, Ontario won Saturday's main event and proceeded to win the NHRA Wally in the "best package" run-off of all the day's class winners.
In TNTSS eliminations, Surmatchewski took out Matt Costabile with a .009 package to a .013 package in round one. Then in round two he was .013 on the tree and dead 4 to take out Alex Lepp.
An .010 advantage off the start got him past Steve McCarrick in round three. Then another great package .007 dead 5 had Tom Coonly on the trailer in the semi's.
The final was the only round he didn't have starting line advantage being .027 to JJ Jablonski's ..011. But Surmatchewski got the W anyway running dead 5 and pushing Jablonski under to a 10.894.
"I'm thrilled to have my family and great friends here for the win," said Surmatchewski. "I want to thank Danny at Douglas Engines in Brantford for all his help."
Surmatchewski has only been to a few TNTSS races this year. He has a different engine combination and no data he said. "The car was very consistent all day long," he added.
"Want to thank Ted Barnes and Joe Boniferro for this series and to DSE Automotive for their support this weekend. It's an incredibly tough series and very rewarding to get a win."
Specialty Awards - Saturday
The annual REVS Full Throttle Powersports TNTSS RACE of CHAMPIONS saw 15 drivers roll into the beams for round one. This invitation-only event recognizes those who have won a TNTSS event and puts them against the best of the best.
Four rounds later, Andrew Stirk from Orangeville, Ontario hoisted the winner's trophy after taking out the likes of Chris VanBaalen, Pete Maduri Jr, Tom Coonly and then "Double-0" Joe Karosik in the money round.
"It is a real accomplishment to win the REVS Full Throttle RACE of CHAMPIONS," said Stirk. "It is something I have come close to winning in the past but just couldn't seal it up."
He went on, "There are a lot of great racers who have won it and it's an honour to now be a part of that list."
Stirk was quick to thank his family. "Our racing operation is a family deal. Without their support, it wouldn't be possible. Special thanks to my wife Jessica for all she does to help me chase my racing dreams."
He also went on to thank REVS Full Throttle Powersports for presnting the RACE of CHAMPIONS for many years now. "Without support from people like that, we couldn't do what we do."
Tom Coonly from Blasdell, New York took Sunday's event win with a string of very close rounds all day long. In round one, he faced Gary Saska. Virtually identical lights .011 to .012, Coonly took the strip by trip zip eight (.0008) running 10.916 to Saska's 10.915. That round set the tone for the day for Coonly.
He won round two over Tony Galluzzi on a holeshot 10.911 to 10.916. Then he overcame a .009 to his ..016 light and ran closer at 10.912 for a .005 MOV win over Ryan Boniferro.
Tyler Halleen gave him a run in the semi's where he won by another .005 MOV in a double breakout.
That set him up to face Brad Redford in the final. Both away clean, Coonly had the advantage .002 to .016. At the big end, Coonly took the stripe and the win by .007, running dead 6 to Redford's too fast 10.899.
"Gotta thank Jeff Gregoire and Jamie Stoneman for all their help," said Coonly. " And Phil's Quality Auto Service, AutosDirectBuffalo.com, and Data Clutch Data Recorders."
He went on to thank Ted and Joe for putting on an awesome series plus Dave and Andrew at DSE Automotive for presenting this weekend. "And I can't forget Charlene Lepp for running all weekend and keeping everything going smooth."
Specialty Awards - Sunday
Next up is the 2nd Annual TNT Super Series 5K - A $5000/win EVENT that will be part of the IHRA SSNC weekend at Empire Dragway on Friday August 18th.