Miles, Barkley among winners in Fort St. John Photo by Patrick Lambie/Seven62 Media

Miles, Barkley among winners in Fort St. John

Written by  on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:20

Al Miles of Edmonton, Alberta and his FFR Racing Team arrived at Fort St. John, BC's Northern Lights Raceway for the CMDRA Northern Nationals Presented by Prince George Harley Davidson and Mighty Peace Harley Davidson focused not only on building on a substantial points lead in the Screamin' Eagle Pro Dragster class, but also on maintaining their undefeated record in the 2013 Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association campaign.

Throughout the weekend, it appeared that Fort Saskatchewan's Doug Casson was going to spoil Miles' party, as Casson quickly found a setup for the newly resurfaced track while Miles continued to search for traction throughout qualifying and early elimination rounds. However, in the final round Miles finally got the run he was looking for, and pulled off the victory with a 7.944 second ET at 159.66 miles per hour, while wheel spin at mid track limited Casson's time to 8.249 seconds.

As the penultimate round of the 2013 season,  it was now or never for the championship hopes of several racers, including 2012 Pro Street champion Ethan Barkley who has struggled to come to terms with his redesigned Suzuki GSX-R1000. In the closest race of the weekend, Barkley edged out current points leader Rob Aston by just 2 thousandths of a second to take his first victory of the season and retain a mathematical chance of capturing his 14th CMDRA title.

In other classes, Nick Allen returned to form, taking victory in the Screamin' Eagle V-Rod Destroyer division, while Kevin Pettitt repeated his double win of Round 5 taking home the trophies for both the Screamin' Eagle Hot Harley and Stock XL classes.

The 2013 CMDRA Season Finals will be held at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway on September 7th and 8th.

-- From the CMDRA

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