@CMDRA2015 • @HarleyCanada • @BlackjacksRH • The Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association kicked off its 2015 National Points Series on June 6th and 7th at the MHDRA Drag Strip in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where competitors in the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Dragster class made sure that race fans were kept on the edge of their seats for the entire weekend.
After qualifying number one in the eleven bike field, reigning CMDRA Pro Dragster Champion Al Miles and his FFR racing team found themselves lined up against Evan Barsness of Berzerkerz Racing in the semifinals. Barsness, who ended Miles’ long running winning streak during the 2014 season finals, was once again up to the challenge. Despite Miles’ quicker ET of 7.675 seconds compared to Barsness’ 7.698, Bareness won the battle at the light with a 0.118 second reaction time, giving him a 0.15 second advantage and the win. In the finals, Fort Saskatchewan’s Doug Casson ran an ET of 7.771 seconds at 158.6 mph, to defeat Barness and take home his first trophy of the 2015 CMDRA season.
Local racers and fan favourites Kristen Ashby and Gerald Beatch added to the excitement. Ashby, the only female in the highly competitive Blackjacks Roadhouse Pro Modified class, qualified first overall with a run of 7.743 seconds at 161.97 mph, before losing to Spencer Johnson in the finals by less than 0.1 of a second. In the Pro-AM Motorsports Street class, Beatch dominated throughout the weekend, capping it off with a 9.978 second ET in the finals against a 9.97 second dial-in.
Full results from the Badlands Nationals are available on the CMDRA website. Up next, the CMDRA heads west with a return to Mission Raceway Park for the Pacific Coast Nationals on June 20th and 21st.
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