Double gold for Hinbest racing team during Quick 32 Sportsman Series finals

Top Dragster team wins last drag race plus season championship

Hinbest - WardGRAND BEND, ONTARIO (September 2, 2012) – There were lots of smiles from the Hinbest Racing Team on the trip home after team driver Michael Hinbest drove to victory in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts during the “Thunder by the Beach” weekend at the Grand Bend Motorplex.

Driving duties for the Orangeville, Ontario-based Top Dragster team were shared between Hinbest and Katie Ward in 2012. The Grand Bend victory was Hinbest’s second of the season, and also gave the team enough points to win this year’s Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts Championship Point Award Series Standings.

“We had a good day,” said Hinbest after the event. “The odds were there, just needed a little luck.”

With his supercharged ERD 540-cubic inch-powered Mike Bos dragster, Hinbest eliminated Top Sportsman drive Spencer Hyde of Stratford, Ontario in the final Quick 32 Sportsman Series race, run to determine an event champion. Although he red-lit in the final against Hinbest, Hyde, driving his big-block powered NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored 1969 Camaro, achieved a personal best in the series with his Top Sportsman finalist win.

Hinbest qualified number three in the 16-car Top Dragster field with a 6.488, 212.56 as James Litchy of Linwood, Ontario paced the racers with a 6.180, 222.16.

After three rounds of racing, Hinbest met up with Jeff Moser of Waterloo, Ontario, who was just coming off a victory held during a postponed race that was held at Grand Bend over the weekend.

Moser qualified 11th, and was in the Top Dragster final, but his 6.886, 170.16 could not catch Hinbest’s 6.611, 182.56.

Hinbest - WardHinbest eliminated Mike Everitt of Stratford, Ontario, Brody VanDerGeld of Cambridge, Ontario, and Sam Christian of Kenmore, New York to go to the final.

On the Top Sportsman side, Hyde, who qualified sixth in his Camaro, met up with Rob Gray of Ingersoll in the final, and during at tight race, eliminated him with a 7.015 on a 7.01 dial-in at 194.34 to Gray’s 6.915 and 6.89 dial-in at 199.34.

Hyde beat Don Nelson of Villa Nova, Ontario in round one, former Quick 32 Sportsman Series points leader Dan Aitkin Jr of Belle River, Ontario and Tom Orr of Shawville, Quebec to get to the final.

Hinbest said the team had some minor issues with the car early in the weekend, but had it in good order for the eliminations. He was quick to mention the help and assistance of his sponsors NAPA Auto Parts, Ideal Supply, Canada’s Automotive Business School of Canada, Tire Discounter Group, Roy’s Service Centre, NAPA AutoPro, and NGK.

“I also want to thank all the crew, Robert, Stephen, Kailynn, and co driver Katie Ward. And most important I have to thank my crew chief and dad Roy for his hard work to make us a winning team.

“Everyone was great today,” he mentioned about the competition. “It could have been any team in the finals.”

With his Grand Bend win, Mike put the Hinbest/Ward entry into number one spot for the six-race 2012 Quick 32 Sportsman Series with 1094 points. The Top Sportsman entry of Aitken Jr is second with 1064, and third is Moser with 1060 points.

Hyde took fourth spot with 1034 points, and Top Sportsman competitor Paul Martin of Breslau, Ontario finished the season in fifth with 967 points.

Photo Credit: Brennan Shortall ~



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