Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada

September 13, 2012 10:59 ET

Canadian Motorcycle Drag Race Association 2012 Season Finals

CONCORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) -

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Perfectly clear skies and warm weather embraced the CMDRA final drag races of the 2012 season at Edmonton's famed Castrol Raceway. The racing action was both brilliant and exciting for the weekend events, and since several championships had yet to be claimed, the large contingent of fans were treated to some of the best racing action of the year.

In the Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada Screamin' Eagle® V-Rod® Destroyer™ competition, the national title was still up for grabs, with five-time series champion, Nick Allen, becoming somewhat of the underdog in a close battle with Jeff Pitre of Yellowknife. From the east, newly returning champ Rocky's Harley-Davidson® racer, Pete Thomson, looked for another opportunity as the challenger in what has become the hotly contested east/west showdown. With a field of eleven V-Rod® Destroyer™ motorcycles, anyone could have played the role of spoiler, most notably Fox Harley-Davidson® rider, Chris Fox, who wedged himself in the middle of the running order early on.

The first round of the qualification sessions solved nothing, with Pete Thomson and Nick Allen laying down identical runs. Thomson took the number one spot, however, with an ET of 9.494 seconds to Allen's ET of 9.499, a difference of only 0.005 seconds. Chris Fox qualified in third with an ET of 9.633 and the best top speed of the weekend at 145.72 mph. The session was not without drama when Edge Harley-Davidson®/Dr. Cruze Racing rider, Jamie Moench, suffered a catastrophic failure with his V-Rod® Destroyer™ motorcycle. A connecting rod parted ways with the engine, spraying oil on the rear tire and sending the bike in a frightening tumble down the track. Moench, however, who was not seriously hurt, jumped to his feet and immediately started looking for a back-up.

By the end of the qualifying sessions, Thomson remained atop the ladder with Scratch's Speed Shop-sponsored Nick Allen in second and Chris Fox in third. To complete the list, Trails End Harley-Davidson® rider, Jeff Pitre, looked to gain some valuable points in fourth. Kitchener Harley-Davidson® rider, Dan Thomson, held off Edge Harley-Davidson® rider, Rick Adams, with the fifth best time, while Harley-Davidson® of Prince George-sponsored Kelly McCuaig bested Heritage Harley-Davidson® rider, Shaun Rude. Mike Evanyshyn, riding for Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson®, placed ninth, qualifying ahead of Edge Harley-Davidson® rider, Dan Ramage. A battered and sore Moench, now riding a different Destroyer™ motorcycle, kindly supplied by Clint Rabb of Edge Harley-Davidson®, bravely took the final qualifying spot at eleventh.

Sunday's weather remained sunny and warm, although the humidity began to creep in as the racers prepared for the ever-important elimination rounds. Eastern series champ, Pete Thomson, looked to not only grab some very valuable points away from the western riders, he also wanted to set himself up for whoever could come out on top as the western series champion. Midnight Sun/Pido Racing rider, Jeff Pitre, had the most to gain since he was vying for the western championship in a very close battle with Allen.

In the first elimination round of the day, Pitre got off to a good start in his ambitious undertaking, sending Mike Evanyshyn to the sidelines. Next up, the persistence of Chris Fox paid off when he bested Dan Ramage. Jamie Moench was left the unenviable task of facing off against Nick Allen. Moench got over-aggressive at the tree and red-lighted, handing the win to Allen. Dan Thomson beat out Shaun Rude to move himself into the next round, while Edge Harley-Davidson® rider, Rick Adams, red-lighted, handing the round to Kelly McCuaig.

In elimination round two, Dan Thomson, who had been running consistently all weekend, erred at the tree and handed the win to Nick Allen. Chris Fox then spoiled Jeff Pitre's chances of moving on to contend for the championship, while Pete Thomson had a lone run down the strip when Kelly McCuaig failed to line up for the race.

Nick Allen then enjoyed a bye run in round three of eliminations, leaving the eastern contingent of Thomson and Fox to run for challenger status. Again, it was Thomson who got the upper hand when Fox broke out early, ending what had been a great season up to that point, and leaving Thomson all alone in a face-off against Allen, a precursor to what would be the final run of the day.

In the last elimination round, Allen and Thomson lined up for the final run of the Western Series National. Allen left no doubt as to his intentions later on in the day. With a great jump at the tree, Allen tore down the strip, earning an ET of 9.55 and a top speed of 144.67 mph. Thomson struggled off the line and had to settle for second place for the weekend with an ET of 9.676 and a top speed of 134.74 mph, setting the stage for one final opportunity at the end of the day.

As damp clouds rolled in, two riders took their V-Rod® Destroyer™ motorcycles to the line, each with the dream of a championship, cultivated from a long season of ups and downs and hours of hard work and struggle. With the sun setting on both the day and the season, Thomson and Allen rolled up to determine who would be the Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, 2012 Screamin' Eagle® V-Rod® Destroyer™ Canadian champion. In what seemed like an eternity, the tree finally dripped down for one last time. Allen looked to get the better jump, but Thomson soon rolled alongside. Collective breaths were held for the entire run as both riders were side-by-side, and it was not until the white lights flashed in Allen's lane that the reigning Canadian champion once again rode to victory, taking his sixth consecutive Canadian Championship.

Allen was ecstatic after the race, while Thomson was pensive, commenting, "I'm very happy with that result. We've had a great season and I've had a lot of good fortune with these bikes, so I can't complain." He added, "my long term plan was to take this championship in 2013."

With the V-Rod® Destroyer™ series rising in popularity along with the talents of these riders, 2013 promises to be even closer than the 2012 season, if that is at all possible.

About Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada

Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories, and MotorClothes® apparel, which are provided through a national network of authorized Harley-Davidson® Retailers. Office and distribution warehouse facilities are located in Richmond, British Columbia, and Concord, Ontario. Please visit www.harleycanada.com for further information on Harley-Davidson® products in Canada.

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