Chris VanBaalen takes win and TNT Super Series points lead while rain splits Race of Champions with four left

Sunday's events cut short due to weather after second round


Chris VanBaalen - photog Stacee RichardsCAYUGA, ONTARIO (August 4, 2018)  Races 9 and 10 in the 2018 chase for the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series championship wrapped up this past weekend with Wellandport, Ontario's Chris VanBaalen taking the win (and the $1000 big check and the Wally) on Saturday while mother nature cut things short on Sunday.

The REVS Full Throttle Powersports RACE OF CHAMPIONS which was to be contested on Saturday got moved to Sunday and then also was split due to weather. The four cars remaining - Ryan Boniferro, Steve McCarrick, Tyler Halleen and Tom Coonly - each took a piece of the $1500 prize money.

Presented by DSE Automotive, the double race weekend at Toronto Motorsports Park began Saturday on the quarter mile. Pete Maduri Jr landed on the pole but local favourite Chris VanBaalen emerged to take the win after qualifying fifth at 10.907.

Round one saw VanBaalen defeat Gary Saska with .020 separating them at the hit. Then he got lucky in round two when he was behind .028 to multi-time TNTSS champ JJ Jablonski who got loose and had to lift at half track.

Then a double breakout win got him past Alex Lepp 10.898 to 10.895 and sent VanBaalen to a bye run in the semi's.

The money round had Ryan Boniferro ahead .007 at the hit, but VanBaalen let him go at the stripe and took the win 10.915 to 10.882.

"There have been a few people this season that have helped me out with the new combination," said VanBaalen. "First off my parents. My father wanders over to help me out with the car in the garage at night and my girlfriend Celina for picking up car parts week in and week out."

VanBaalen was quick to thank JJ Jablonski and Tom Coonly for the throttle stop setup. "I was way out in left field. Also gotta thank Matt and Sherry DeVries of Matt's Auto Service. They help me out tremendously when it comes to my maintenance program."

"Thanks to Mike and Jenn Konderka at The Enviro Niagara Group for giving me time off to allow me to race the amount that I do. Their generosity to my racing program is huge."

He also wanted to thank everyone involved in the TNT Super Series for all their hard work on putting the series together and keeping it running smoothly.  "Especially Joe Boniferro for making last minute life altering decisions," he added.

VanBaalen's car has been outfitted this season with a new Scott Shafiroff 615 bullet running on pump gas that propels the Monte Carlo to a 9.2 sec @ 148 MPH quarter mile.

ROC 2018 - photog Stacee RichardsNext up on the TNTSS schedule is Race 11 at Lancaster Dragway on Friday August 17th followed by TNT Super Series Championship Weekend on September 15-16 at Empire Dragway.

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Specialty Awards - Saturday

Specialty Awards - Sunday


2018 Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series Points Standings - Top Ten

1 Chris VanBaalen/Jarrod Kolne 549
2 Pete Maduri Jr/Jen Guenther 526
3 Tyler Halleen 477
4 Billy Leber/Dave Surmatchewski 477
5 Joe Karosik/Jim Sobczynski 472
6 Harry Phelps 465
7 Tom Coonly 464
8 Ted Barnes/Jeff Sobczynski 464
9 JJ Jablonski 455
10 Pat Boniferro/Kevin Orr 450


About the Joe's Transmission TNT Super Series (TNTSS):

Since it began in 2006, the TNT Super Series has grown into one of the strongest, most competitive sportsman drag racing series in North America and has catapulted many competitors to success on the national stage.

The TNTSS is a self-governing organization operating with input from its teams.  Based on NHRA’s Super Street & IHRA’s Hot Rod classes, competitors run on a 10.90 index in the 1/4 mile (7.00 in the 1/8 mile) and race for a guaranteed purse that pays back more than 100% of the racer's entry fees.  The yearend points fund provides $15,000 cash & prizes to the top finishers.

The TNTSS is committed to providing the highest level of competition backed by solid media support to showcase its participants across North America.  Events are contested at various drag racing facilities in southern Ontario and western New York and put on a spectacular show for the drag racing fan.

About DSE Automotive

DSE Automotive Ltd is an independently owned & operated automotive repair facility founded in 1979 by owner David Stirk. DSE Automotive is located at 473034 County Road 11 in Orangeville and provides complete automotive service to passenger cars & light trucks. Our slogan “we care about your safety” is the focus point of what we do and has resulted in many valued customers we consider friends. We provide full automobile service along with scheduled maintenance and are also licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transport MTO as a “Motor Vehicle Inspection Station” serving the Orangeville, Grand Valley, Shelburne, Amaranth, and Caledon area. Please feel free to drop by and visit us at .

About Joe's Transmission

Joe Boniferro has owned and operated Joe's Transmission Service in Niagara Falls, Ontario since 1984.  From the original single bay location, the business has progressed to a six bay, five employee automotive complex on Arthur Street.  The two storey building houses Joe's Transmission (Commercial, Fleet and Performance Divisions) and Al's Radiator Service.  They sell and install aftermarket high performance parts and accessories.  As a Firestone Dealer they sell and install drag racing tires.  Their specialty is building and repairing high performance transmissions.  Contact Joe and his team at (905) 374-6116 or visit them online at .

Photo credit: Stacee Richards


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