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Canada Drag: Eric Latino takes first PMRA win of 2013 at Grand Bend


Reigning series champion Eric Latino won his first race of the season in the Pro Modified Racing Association in an event held during the 14th Annual IHRA MOPAR Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Parts Canada held over the weekend at the Grand Bend Motorplex.

The win was the second in a row at the prestigious IHRA national event for the Team Green 1969 Chevy Camaro Pro Modified driver from Whitby, Ontario.

Latino, who qualified number two with a 6.103-second, 240.08-mph pass, bested three-time PMRA champion Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario with his 1953 Corvette Pro Modified in the final round.

Latino eliminated Steve Legere of Trois Rivieres, Quebec and then Kenny Lang of Manitoba to advance to the final.

Meanwhile Boland, who qualified number four in the field (6.218, 230.92), eliminated Jack Grainy of Basom, New York and number one qualifier (6.080, 239.31) Rocky De Lecce of Mississauga, Ontario to meet up with Latino the final.

Other PMRA racers out in the first round included Sam Andreacchi of Toronto, Ontario and Tim Martin of Barrie, Ontario.

Presently leading the PMRA Championship Point Award Series is Di Lecce with 1357. Second is Grainy with 1194 points, and Boland is third with 1132. Derek Hawker of Corbyville, Ontario is fourth with 1113 points, and Paolo Giust of Osgoode, Ontario is fifth with 757 points.

This was the fifth of seven races on the 2013 PMRA schedule.

Next event for the Pro Modifieds is August 9-11 at the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts to be held at Grand Bend.