The Ultimate Showdown Drag Racing Series is pleased to have Williams Racing from Strathroy, Ontario, step up to sponsor the Friday afternoon test sessions for the two remaining events.
Each of the two events will take place at Grand Bend Motorplex, and the test sessions are open to all USDS members in Pro Modified, as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.
Lyle and Mary Ann Williams own Williams Racing and compete with a 2012 Racetech dragster powered by a supercharged Hemi engine. Lyle does the driving and he recently became the first number one qualifier in the USDS, in the Top Dragster / Top Sportsman category. At the Canadian Nitro Nationals, Lyle ran a 6.04 second elapsed time to grab the number one qualifying spot.
Lyle Williams began his racing career in 1975, when he competed with a Plymouth Duster in the Pro Stock class. Lyle commented that “in those days the Pro Stock cars were running in the mid – nines, whereas today they are running in the mid – six second range.” The team ran the Pro Stock Duster up until 1984, when Lyle took a break from drag racing.
Upon their return to racing, Lyle and MaryAnn took a totally different approach to the sport, when they brought out a supercharged, small block Ford powered rear engined dragster to compete in the local bracket wars. After campaining that car for a season, they decided to step up to much more horsepower, with a totally new alcohol Hemi engine that has sent the team in the direction that are running today…….fast dragster competition. Lyle is a class “A” mechanic and he still builds his own engines, and can fabricate anything that is needed for the race car.
The Williams’ also own and operate “Williams Mobile Service”, in Strathroy, since 2001. While Mary Ann looks after the office part of the business, Lyle takes care of the service side of things. Williams Mobile Service provides Hydraulic Systems Equipment and Supplies, to customers throughout Ontario, and even as far away as British Columbia. Lyle services cranes, and man-lifts, as well as other hydraulics.
In addition to their love of drag racing, both MaryAnn and Lyle hold pilots licences, allowing them to enjoy their love of flying. MaryAnn also enjoys “storm chasing” with a group of people who travel in Ontario to find the nastiest storms approaching the area!
Son Austen, who is also a pilot, recently took Lyle on a breathtakingly beautiful flight to Canada’s Northwest, over areas where you don’t have landmarks or highways to help navigate. Lyle also has built aircraft in the past himself, and talked about some of his experiences in flying, sometimes on the scary side. Like the time he had to ditch a plane in Lake Erie, or make an emergency landing!
After experiences like that, plus Lyle driving a 225 mph dragster, you can see that Lyle and MaryAnn Williams truly enjoy their exciting lifestyle.
The Ultimate Showdown Drag Racing Series extends a big “Thank You” to Williams Racing, and Williams Mobile Service.