FIRST PMRA WIN FOR STAWICKI
Words by Bruce Mehlenbacher
Photos by Rob Potter
Mike Stawicki powered his way
to a resounding victory in the fifth Pro Modified Racing Association
event at Toronto Motorsports Park at Cayuga, Ontario, over
the Labor Day weekend.
The Medina, NY driver was the dominant force in the race
in his G-Force Race Cars 1967 Camaro.
"This was a good win," said Stawicki after the
final. "The track got better as the night went on, and
the car was nice and straight."
Stawicki was matched
up against present PMRA series points leader Joe Lilienthal
of Kenmore, NY in his 1968 Jeep (shown) for the final. Both
drivers left the line with .142-second reaction times, but
Stawicki pulled ahead mid-track winning with a 6.229-second,
227.08 run against Lilienthal's 6.749, 203.16-mph pass.
As the cool air started to settle on TMP, Stawicki's crew
chief, Jim Salemi, knew that he would have to adjust his set-up.
"Both Mike and I have raced here for years," Salemi
said. "We know that the later it gets into the night,
the trickier this track is to negotiate. We made a sliight
clutch and fuel change and the car responded perfectly."