Season Ends on a High
The final event on the 2012 CMDRA Season brought to you by Parts
Canada / Drag Specialties took place at Castrol Raceway Sept. 8-9th.
The weather was much more cooperative than when the CMDRA showed
up a few months ago at this track. A banner crowd was on hand to
witness the 100+ entrants make passes over the course of the two
day event. Ethan had already wrapped up the 2012 Championship at
the prior event, but he still wanted to maintain his perfect record
on the season.
In the opening round of qualifying the track was still green and
the bike spun of the line but Ethan regained traction and posted
an 8.13 @ 183. In round two everything came together for a great
run. The bike left cleanly with a strong launch and the time flashed
on the scoreboards, 7.611 @ 186.45 mph! That was one of the best
passes to date for Ethan at Castrol Raceway. In round three it
was time to roll the dice and try to push "Eleanor" a
little harder. Unfortunately the bike pulled towards the centerline
and the run had to be aborted, an unusual event for Ethan. Regardless
of the final pass, Ethan was comfortable in the top spot going
into Sunday's eliminations.
Coming into Sunday one of the competitors suffered a blown motor.
Pro Street can be tough on parts, when you take a motorcycle that
was designed to have 160 HP and you push past the 500+ HP barrier
mechanical breakage is an unfortunate reality. That being said
the EB Speed powered GSX-R1000 was running near perfect. Coming
into the semi-finals Ethan had already put down some great runs
and he was just warming up. Ethan had a bye run and wasted no time
laying down the gauntlet with a 7.630 @ 185.29 mph. With that run
Ethan was in perfect shape for the finals. In the other lane was
Ken Morrison on his newly built turbocharged ZX14. Even though
Ken was making progress with his bike, he was no match for Barkley
as he laid the smack down and took another win with a 7.664 @ 190.35
The 2012 CMDRA Pro Street season was a complete success for Ethan.
A perfect record of not only wins at all of the events, he also
qualified #1 at all as well. He also posted a record setting low
elapsed time in Mission (7.50) and the top speed on the final pass
of the year in Edmonton (190.33 mph). At the CMDRA Awards Banquet
Ethan was again the emcee and took great pride handing out the
year end awards with long time CMDRA announcer Joe Webber. All
the awards are voted on by the association membership and this
season Ethan Barkley was the recipient of the prestigious Dennis
Mark Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement. Ethan has dominated
the Canadian Drag Racing scene for over a decade accumulating more
round wins (400+), more event wins (70+), and set more records
than any other racer in CMDRA history. If that wasn’t enough,
Ethan now has accumulated an unprecedented 13 National CMDRA Championships
and has no signs of slowing down in the future.
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