CAYUGA, ONTARIO (JULY 7, 2011) A large field of motorcycles and snowmobiles were on board for the third Pro Bike & Sled Series at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. This event played part of the Canadian Nitro Nationals and Mike Konopacki set the pace, winning the event in his first PBSS competition using VP’s C14.

Qualifying fifth on the Pro Bike side of the series, Konopacki, of Hampton, Ontario, met with Pro Sled winner James Miller of Orillia, Ontario. Riding his 1990 Kawasaki ZX, Konopacki ran an 8.51, 144.40 final over Miller, who fouled in the final round.

“All went according to plan,” noted Konopacki after the race. “We also caught some lucky breaks.”

Konopacki eliminated number one Pro Bike qualifier John Orfanidis in the first round, Ted Glinny in the second round, and Dan Cryderman in the Pro Bike final. Orfanidis set the Pro Bike low ET and top speed of the meet on his Suzuki with a 7.920-second time and 167.38-mph speed. Dave Marshall of Prescott, Ontario, qualified second in Pro Sled with his 1100-cc powered Proline Sled and set top speed with a 173.78-mph posting.

With several drag strip titles to his credit, Konopacki is also a multi-time AMA drag race winner. Crew chief on the team is Art Coker, and while he has drag raced for many years, Konopacki has been strictly a motorcycle racer.

“I’ve never done any car racing,” he noted. “Two wheels are more fun.”

Next event for all three series is the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts to be held August 5-7 at the Grand Bend Motorplex.

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