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May 18, 2020
Sad to hear of the passing of Canadian Nitro legend Gord Jenner yesterday. He was one of the main guys behind Gordie Bonin's success in the 70's, 80's and 90's.
Dyan Lover photo.
Gord and Gord at MRP, close to a decade ago
May 17, 2020
Happy Long weekend all all SpeedZone's Canadian readers.
Sad news via NHRA today as Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Shawn Gann died yesterday. Here is the link.
The End of the Month has Mission Raceway hosting the first major (without fans unfortunately) mini race of 2020 in Canada. Pro Mods (including a few 10.5 cars) and x-275 in a two class shootout. More to come including an event poster and all the lucky participants.
May 10, 2020
Happy Mother's day to all the moms out there. A special I Love you and miss you so much to my mom who passed away in August of 2001. She was THE most incredible mother anyone could ask for, Nurturing, loving, fair to all three of her children and their significant others and all her grandchildren. I wish she could of gotten to know her great grandchildren. I love you mom and miss you so much.
Mission Raceway's first action on the track in 2020 took place yesterday under a very small strict private test session. Saw a couple vid's at the Mission Raceway Park FB page. Hopefully there are bigger happenings at the track before too long.
May 2, 2019
Private track rentals at MRP are just around the corner, stay tuned.
April 15, 2020
Speedzone's Facebook page has a very interesting FB live to listen to.
April 5, 2020
Sad to hear about long time NHRA TAFC racer Bunny Burkett passing away. She was one of the original "Ladys of the Sport".
April 3, 2020
Mission Raceways Divisional has been re scheduled to September 17-20, 2020
April 2, 2020
15 years since the drag racing world lost one of the best and nicest racers and son in a horrific testing crash. Shelly Howard and her son Brian were killed when her car flipped over and came back up the track, striking her support vehicle with her son inside.
Speedzone did her media and web site at the time and we were absolutley blindsided by this tragic accident. SpeedZone photographer David Smith put together a memorial award in her honor. We still think about her all the time. You are missed dearly.
March 25, 2020
REVISED 2020 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
June 5-7 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSC/PSM) Gainesville, Fla.
June 12-14 Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals* (PSC/PSM) Houston
June 19-21 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals* (PSC/PSM) Bristol, Tenn.
June 26-28 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals* (PSC/PSM) Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12 Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago
July 17-19 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM) Denver
July 24-26 NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSC/PSM) Sonoma, Calif.
July 31-Aug. 2 NHRA Northwest Nationals* (PSC/PSM) Seattle
Aug. 13-16 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 21-23 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals* (PSC) Topeka, Kan.
Sept. 3-7 NHRA U.S. Nationals (PSC/PSM) Indianapolis
Sept. 11-13 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals* (PSC/PSM) Reading, Pa.
Sept. 18-20 NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSC/PSM) Charlotte
Sept. 25-27 Make Up Date If Needed Gainesville, Fla.
Oct. 2-4 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSC/PSM) St. Louis
Oct. 9-11 Make Up Date If Needed Houston
Oct. 15-18 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSC/PSM) Dallas
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 Dodge NHRA Nationals (PSC/PSM) Las Vegas
Nov. 12-15 Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSC/PSM) Pomona, Calif.
Mission Raceway has cancelled all motorsports
events to the end of April at this time. More info there when
we get it.
March 24, 2020
Just got in from my other job and found out long time veteran motorsports (primarily Motorcycles) photographer at Mission Raceway and the NW bike scene, Lloyd Thomas, passed away yesterday. I've know him for almost 30 years, and he supplied us with photos when we did not have what we needed. We will miss him dearly.
So much crazy stuff going on in the world with the Covid-19 virus. I does put our lives in perspective and makes us more in tune with our own mortality. Stay safe everyone. keep your distance, AND THIS PANDEMIC WILL PASS. We do have to do our part though, Listen to what the experts are saying.
March 12, 2020
......This just in from NHRA......
In consideration of the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the recommendation of the Florida governor, NHRA officials are postponing a portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
NHRA has cancelled the professional classes including Pro Mod, as well at TAD, TAFC, Factory Stock and Top Fuel Harley at the Gatornationals. They have been postponed until a later date.
Everything from Comp down to Super Gas will still go on without ticketed spectators.
I actually did not think this would happen.....What are your thoughts??? email us at email@example.com
The NHL, MLB, NBA, MLS, NCAA College all suspend operations and games indefinately.
March 8, 2020
At Orlando, local driver Justin Bond goes to the semi finals. He is taken out by Todd Tutterow by a margin of .009. Bond went 5.687 to a quicker leaving 5.709 by Tutterow.
Tutterow lost to Alex Laughlin in the final round. Laughlin went 5.671 to an off pace 6.36 for Tutterow.
In the World Pro Stock championship final, it was Jeg Couglin over Greg Anderson 6.484 - 6.485
At the March Meet....
......Matt Bynum defeated Matt Melendez 5.61 -5.74 in Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car.
Top Fuel saw Pete Wittenberg defeat Tyler Hilton. 5.67 - 5.92.
Ron Capps was the Fuel Altered champion. He took out a red lighting Robert Winefsky.
Drew Austin won A/Fuel over rival Kin Bates,
and in the Nitro Pro Comp class it was Billy McDevitt defeating Chris Davis.
March 7, 2020
Justin Bond quietly just set the ProMod class on its ear with two record breaking runs at the World Doorslammer Nationals in Orlando
5.626 and then a 5.623@ over 254 mph
March 6, 2020
The March Meet is on.
We will provide coverage as we get it.
Dyan Lover and Bob Snyder are there and will be sending us content all weekend long.
Stay Tuned. We will also be providing more info regarding Nitro on the River at Mission Raceway August 7-9.
Over 30 Nitro fueled race cars, Harleys and boats will be there!
March 4, 2020
The March Meet is just two days away.
We will have coverage, mostly at the end of the weekend as Speedzone will be out of town celebrating the 80th birthday of my Step Father Orrin McKenzie up in the Caribou.
Here are the completed versions of Mission Raceway's 2020 racing schedule. They are at the printer now and we hope to have copies available to the racer meeting this weekend.
...and the Mopac Street Legal schedule
February 29, 2020
That odd day that comes around every four years is here. More importantly, it means only five days until one of the biggest nostalgia events in Drag Racing....The March Meet.
And the guy in the picture will be thereJames and Amber Rutherford along with 400 of their racing friends are on their way to invade Bakersfield California. Rumour has it there are close to 60 Nitro fueled race cars expected. 25 NFCs, a dozen NTFs, the same number of Fuel Altereds, a half dozen A/Fuelers, afew rear engined Top Fuel cars and a bunch of cackle cars.
February 24, 2020
Sad news to report from the weekend, as two NW drivers lost their fight. Forrest LeBlanc (Alcohol Funny Car driver)
and Jim Gonia (Nostalgia Ford, Super Stock Driver)
February 23, 2020
The finals are complete at Phoenix and the Arizona Nationals.
Steve Torrence took the win over a tire hazing Doug Kalitta. Torrence went 3.68 to slowing 4.05.
In Funny Car it was Tommy Johnson Jr defeating teammate jack Beckman. It was the first final round win over Beckman in five tries. TJ ran a 3.88/323 to Beckman's tire blazing 6.15.
Erica Enders went 6.531 to easily defeat Bo Butner 6.531/210 to a 6.606/209. The Elite team cars (Erica and Jeg) look very solid so far this year with the two wins of the season and low et and mph in both races.
Harley. Jay Turner, Right lane, 9.054 99.99
def. Rickey House, 6.729 213.64 (Red Light)
Comp Eliminator Dean Carter, Left lane, 6.904 -0.646, def. Doug Lambeck, 8.335 -0.575
Super Stock. Kyle Rizzoli, Left lane, 9.47 9.479 def. Justin Lamb, 8.872 0.002
Mitsos left lane 6.688 def. E Olpin, 6.935
Top Dragster... Art Hoover right lane, 6.603 def. Phil Unruh, 6.346 -0.004 (under)
Comp Val Torres, Right
lane, (0.000) 13.321 4.421, def.
Cal Belden, (-0.005 red) 8.897
Gas Ed Olpin Jr, Left lane, (0.001) 9.943
0.043, def. Matt Larson, (0.052) 9.932 0.032
Stock Brad Burton, Left lane, (0.055) 10.759 0.019, def. Jon Irving, (0.023) 11.416 -0.024
A BT/NT cross up at the finish line.
February 22, 2020
Only three rounds of Professional qualifying took place as Saturday weather did not cooperate. That third session did not run untli late Saturday.
Brittany Force 3.670 327.11
Justin Ashley ran a career best 3.707/322.81 (#5)
Shawn Langdon is #7 with a 3.733
Doug Foley managed a 3.878/311 to end up #14
Austin Prock made the field but was not in the usual top half. He went 3.775/314, good enough for #11.
Matt Hagan 3.859 331.61
Matt HAgan ended up #1 in Funny Car. His 3.859.....
...was .002 better than John Force's 3.851/331
Tim Wilkerson was #7 with a 3.881/329
JR Todd went 3.916/317, that put him on top of the bottom half of the ladder (#9)
Tommy Johnson Jr. was #4 with a solid 3.868/323
Jeg Couglin Jr 6.536 208.46
Only one round of professional qualifying took place Saturday as Weather hampered the days activities.
Jeg Coughlin remained on top of Pro Stock.
Others in the field included Kenny Delco below #5,
Cristian Cuadro ended up #14.
Fernando Cuadra below failed to make the field.
February 21, 2020
Friday Pro Qualifying
Jeg Couglin lead Pro Stock after Friday`s two rounds.
DRIVER ET MPH
Funny Car Friday
DRIVER ET MPH
Matt Hagan lead the field on Friday
Blake Alexander in the Proto Service Mustang (Head Racing) was #12 after Friday.
Alexia DeJoria sat #9 after Friday's two runs.
Jeff Diehl's first run of the year was a tire smoker.
Top Fuel Friday
DRIVER ET MPH
A solid run by Terry McMillien put him in the top five .
Brittany Force was #2 after Friday
Shawn Reed in a BVR Top Fueler was #7 after Friday.
The two Torrence cars make their first runs of the year Friday after skipping Pomona.
February 12, 2020
Just a sample
February 10, 2020
Despite the threat of bad weather throughout Sunday, and showers in the morning, the first race of the 2020 season was completed on time with only short interruption's from showers.
Top Fuel saw last years #2 defeat 2019 rookie of the year Austin Prock. Prock went up in smoke while Kalitta ripped of a solid 3.69/330 and a great .048 rt
Jack Beckman took on John Force and got a car length win running low et of elimination's, 3.837 to a game 3.897. Force has .016 at the tree.
Jeg Coughlin won race one over Jason Line. A good start to his retirement season. He ran a solid 6.522 (low et for the weekend) to Line's final Winternationals in Pro Stock, a 6.565
Shawn Cowie wins his third consecutive Winternationals, over Garrett Bateman, 5.352 - 5.432
#1 and #2 qualifiers Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman in a side by side.
#1 and #5 in Top Fuel, Brittany Force and Doug Kalitta.
Despite not testing this season, Terry McMillen qualified in the top half of the field (3.748)
Cruz Pedregon tested at Wild Horse prior to the Winternationals, and ended up #13 in the field with a 4.03.
February 9, 2020
Race one is underway in the 24 race NHRA Mello Yello series
The 60th Winternationals are into final qualifying today (Saturday) and the most notable is the absence of the reigning Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence. That absence had a rippling effect in the nitro classes, as Steve's father Billy along with two other teams using their services, Scott Palmer and Jeff Diehl are also not in attendance. With barely enough teams to fill both fields at most events, losing four is a hard hit. Lots of speculation on the reason for the absence, and most feel it is too do with the penalty he was assessed with his dust up at the finals three months ago. According to sources, he had not paid the fine or taken the angry management classes (no confirmation on that).
If that is the case, which side will blink first?
At the event there are actually 17 Funny Cars and 13 TF Dragsters. Pro Stock has a surprising 20 cars in attendance. Both TAD and TAFC have light fields with 13 and 10 respectively.
Shawn Cowie qualified #1 in TAD, and won both the first two rounds so he is off to the semi finals. He will take on Duane Shields in the semi finals. Joey Severance lost in round two. No Division Six TAFC driver advanced past round one.
In Top Fuel, it is Brittany Force sitting #1 with a 3.65. Team mate Austin Prock is #2 with a 3.68.
In Funny Car, it is Matt Hagan #1 with a 3.841 and Jack Beckman #2 with a 3.856. Five cars ran in the 3.80's
Pro Stock has Elite Motorsports leading the way. Jeg Coughlin, who announced his retirement at the end of the 2020 season, leads with a 6.525, (it is rumored nephew Troy Jr. will race Pro Stock). Deric Kramer is #2 with a 6.549 and Erica Enders is #3 with a 6.552.
to have a few shots from Pomona as good buddy Bill Jeffery was
February 5, 2020
One of BC's biggest Drag Racing sponsors, racing teams and supporter of Motorsports is growing by leaps and bounds.
Dan Provost and RAD Torque systems which has three or four locations in the warehouse area of Mt Lehman is moving everyone into one space
Heres a little video.
February 2, 2020
No shadow here on this Groundhog day, as we are experiencing snowfall again. That being said an number of birthday wishes on Facebook for this Groundhog, thanks for that, and of course there is this little thing called the Super Bowl today. Will be at Mission's St. Andrews Senior Co-op putting on their 4th annual Super Bowl Party. Will be fun, go KC.
This weekend is also the big test weekend in preparations for the start of the Mello Yello season at Pomona next weekend at the Winternationals.
On the West Coast, most full time funny car and top fuel teams are testing primarily at Vegas but 10 teams including the World champion Steve Torrence are at Phoenix. Bob Snyder is at Phoenix and below are a few shots from there. Good buddy John Dejonge is at Las Vegas this weekend, but not for the test session, (even though he did take a small detour to take a look at who is there), he is there for one of his three daughters College Fast Ball tournaments.
World #1 Steve Torrence and dad Billy were at Phoenix 3.60's were on the scoreboards.
Bob Tasca was also at Phoenix. His weekend did not have a great start. Two of his crew gor injured when they were latching down the body on one attempt. The body hit the throttle linkage and the car lurched forward hitting two crew members. The injuries were not serious but bad enough where they were sent to the hospital.
Cruz Pedregon was also tesing at Phoenix
Doug Foley was renewing his license. No real word on how many races his team will compete at.
Blake Alexander in one of Jim Heads floppers was also getting laps in.
Terry Totten, one of the part time teams on the tour is said to be contemplating a full schedule with both a Funny Car and Top Fuel car, much like the Terry Haddock deal. Joey Haas is Totten's TF driver.
Jay Turner ran 6.50's
At Las Vegas DSR, JFR and Kalitta race make up a dozen or so getting their first runs in.
One of the DSR team members that is not testing is Ron Capps. His rig suffered a huge rig fire on the way to Vegas. Apparantly it started when a tire blew. Obviously the team is thrashing to get a car ready for next weekend.
Justin Bonds new NHRA PROcharged Pro Mod Camaro. It will have Artex Barn Solutions and Bahrain as main Sponsors, adorned with the Artex look.
Will we see Rick Distefano out on a regular basis this year on the West Coast or as a full time NHRA runner with the new NHRA entry rules with his new car.
Another picture of my beautiful daughter from the banquet. She likes this one better.
January 23, 2020
You can tell the NHRA season is starting soon.
Alexa De Joria's new sponsors and ride are announced
Alexis DeJoria has announced her new team will be sponsored by ABK Beer and ROKiT Phones for the full 24-race 2020 NHRA national event season.
ABK Beer is a 700-year-old Bavarian beer brand, while ROKiT further expands its reach in motorsports, also sponsoring the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula 1 team and the ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E team.
Both brands have signed multi-year deals to sponsor DeJoria and her 11,000-horsepower Toyota Camry Funny Car. Also, in a unique twist, ROKiT smartphones will engage fans of DeJoria and NHRA with innovative 3D content, according to a media release.
Joining Del Worshams newly-formed DC Motorsports team was just the first step in reigniting my quest at being the first female Funny Car world champion, and Im thrilled that ROKiT is coming along for the ride, DeJoria said in the media release. I cant wait to get back on the track and am energized and excited about all the things we have in store for the amazing NHRA fans.
DeJoria will join a number of Top Fuel and Funny Car teams in Las Vegas for the annual preseason test-and-tune otherwise known as spring training on February 1 and 2.
This is the first time the test session will be held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It has previously been held for at least the last two decades at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix.
The 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opens the following weekend February 6-9 with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.
DeJoria, who is married to reality TV star Jesse James, is particularly looking forward to returning to Pomona. It was there where she made drag racing history, becoming the first female to clock a sub-four second run (3.997 seconds) in the 2014 season opener.
John Force has two corporations backing Brittany Force this year
ENERGY RETURNS TO JOHN FORCE RACING WITH MULTI-YEAR DEAL
The relationship we had with Monster Energy never truly ended. They were a great partner and we always hoped to have them back with Brittany, said John Force, owner and CEO of John Force Racing. Monster Energy with John Force Racing, it just makes sense. That dragster is a beast, Brittany unleashes the beast on the drag strip and Monster knows that better than anyone. They were with her when she won the championship in 2017 and thats what theyll be chasing again this year and every year theyre with us.
A nitromethane-burning car putting out 10,000 horsepower, going 330 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds, and trying as hard as possible to destroy itself? Sounds like Monster Energy, said Mitch Covington, VP of Sports Marketing for Monster Energy. A company that prides itself on Unleashing the Beast, Monster Energy is straight-up stoked to go Top Fuel racing with Brittany Force in the 2020 NHRA racing season. Easily the most violent, overwhelming and straight-up powerful form of racing on Planet Earth, you havent lived until youve felt your chest cavity shake and your eyes and nose burn after a 3-second Top Fuel pass.
Monster Energy from 2015 until 2018, Brittany Force earned seven
No. 1 qualifying positions, won eight races, including her career
first win at the Gatornationals in 2016, and had her career
best season in 2017 with four wins en route to her first championship.
See more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at: www.monsterenergy.com.
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2019) Flav-R-Pac will join Monster Energy as a primary sponsor of Brittany Forces Top Fuel dragster in the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. Flav-R-Pac is an industry leader in packaged frozen fruits and vegetables and is a recognized brand of PNW VEG CO., LLC DBA NORPAC, a subsidiary of Oregon Potato Company (OPC) which is owned by Frank Tiegs. Tiegs, also the owner of the Montana Brand Tools / Rocky Mountain Twist brands that sponsor Austin Procks dragster, will have top billing for 10 races of the upcoming season.
Expanding our relationship with Frank Tiegs was a goal. Hes a great partner, I enjoy working with him and having Don Prudhomme, The Snake, a legend, in the mix is exciting too. They both love this sport and see the value in investing in us. Tiegs owns companies he knows we can help promote and having new sponsors introduced in the sport is what we, and the whole NHRA, needs, said John Force, team namesake and CEO. We were working hard over past several weeks to get this to work. Its going to be a great season and were looking forward to having Tiegs around a lot more.
Partnering with John Force Racing in 2019 was a great decision. Austin winning the Auto Club Road to the Future Award and getting his first win, it was an exciting season. Having another dog in the race with Brittany is just going to make 2020 all the more worthwhile. Looking forward to the future and what we can do with John Force Racing, commented Frank Tiegs.
The Flav-R-Pac Top Fuel dragster will make its debut at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, February 21-23 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports park just outside of Phoenix. Flav-R-Pac will have branding on all four John Force Racing hot rods for the entirety of the 2020 NHRA season.
Kalitta Motorsports announces three car team including two TF Dragsters and one FC.
YPSILANTI, MI (January 22, 2020) --- After a busy off-season that saw Kalitta Motorsports add or extend sponsorship relationships nearly half a dozen marketing partners the multi-time world championship winning organization is ready to get back on the track. The 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will see Kalitta Motorsports field two Top Fuel Dragsters and one Nitro Funny Car throughout the season.
runner-up Doug Kalitta will once again be behind the wheel of
the Rob Flynn/Troy Fasching tuned Mac Tools Dragster and he
will be joined in the Top Fuel stable by Shawn Langdon, who
will make his return to the category after a two year stint
behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry Funny Car.
NHRA announces new Countdown format:
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship will see some new elements this year. Competitors in the premier series may earn their way into the Countdown to the Championship, NHRAs version of the playoffs, by one of two ways.
As in previous years, the top 10 drivers in each of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals will earn positions in the Countdown to the Championship.
New for 2020, drivers in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series who meet a minimum set of requirements will also earn their place in the playoffs.
In NHRAs Top Fuel and Funny Car classes, collectively referred to as Nitro, drivers who compete at all 18 events in the regular season and run a minimum of two qualifying sessions at each event will also earn their place in the playoffs.
By way of example, if this rule had been in effect in 2019, 12 drivers in Top Fuel and 12 drivers in Funny Car would have been part of the Countdown.
In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, drivers who compete at all 13 or 11 events, respectively, in the regular season and run a minimum of two qualifying sessions at each event will get to compete for the championship in five events throughout the Countdown to the Championship.
Those who secure a position in the Countdown to the Championship will have their NHRA Mello Yello points adjusted at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals. In the Nitro categories, first and second place will be separated by 20 points and each consecutive position will be separated by a 10-point differential. In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, first and second place will be separated by 20 points while second through fifth place will be separated by 10 points and all following positions will be separated by five points.
Accumulation of points will remain the same, with points-and-a-half rewarded at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. The top ten drivers at the conclusion of the Countdown to the Championship will be recognized at NHRAs annual awards banquet.
NHRA officials made this change in order to better reward driver endurance and encourage participation in regular season events.
Tommy Johnson will have a new look for DSR in 2020
The Funny Car driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. will sport a new, yet familiar, look the next time it hits the dragstrip. Throughout the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Johnson will represent The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
he Funny Car driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. will sport a new, yet familiar, look the next time it hits the dragstrip. Throughout the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Johnson will represent The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention, by campaigning the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Thanks to Doug Chandler, Don Schumacher Racing will continue the tradition of fielding giving cars for the seventh consecutive year in 2020. The giving car program, which enables a non-profit to be recognized through a dedicated tribute livery at no cost to the organization, was started in 2014 by Chandlers late wife, philanthropist and longtime friend of DSR, Terry Chandler.
Following Terrys passing in July 2017, Chandler opted to continue his wifes legacy by personally funding the 11,000-horsepower machines piloted by Johnson and his Funny Car teammate, Jack Beckman.
From 2014 through the end of 2019, Johnson wheeled the Make-A-Wish Funny Car. After 10 race wins, more than 500 Wish Kids and their families hosted at the track, four Wishes granted, and countless memories made, Chandler made the decision to spread the giving car love by fielding an MD Anderson car full-time in 2020 with Johnson at the wheel. Beckman, a U.S. Air Force veteran, will continue to serve as an ambassador for returning soldiers and their families by promoting the Infinite Hero Foundation on his Hellcat throughout 2020.
Fans may recall the MD Anderson Funny Car driven by Beckman during the 2019 MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil last April. Chandler elected to campaign the MD Anderson car during the Houston event as a way to showcase the institutions top-notch cancer research and patient care initiatives. Chandler has experienced firsthand the exceptional level of care provided by MD Anderson. In 2017, Terry was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and rare form of brain cancer, and she sought treatment at MD Anderson before ultimately succumbing to the disease. When Chandler, a colon cancer survivor, received a recent skin cancer diagnosis, he chose MD Anderson to treat and help him overcome his latest cancer scare.
Its my hope that by running this car full-time, we can raise awareness for MD Anderson and all that they do, which will hopefully lead to more dollars donated for cancer research, explained Chandler. Cures are developed through research, and research takes money.
Strutmaster is a key sponsor on no less than 4 top fuel teams in 2020.
Justin Ashley, Lex Joon, Audrey Worm and Doug Foley will all carry the Strutmaster.com sponsorship in 2020.
Strutmasters.com has extended its major associate sponsor agreement with Lex Joon Racing for multiple races during the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Joon will banner the Strutmasters.com name as a major associate partner on his Top Fuel dragster entry starting at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
Strutmasters.com is also sponsoring the Top Fuel teams of Justin Ashley Racing, Foley Lewis Racing, and Audrey Worm Racing in 2018 and recently announced sponsorship of past Pro Stock world champ Bo Butner.
With a total of four Top Fuel dragsters running under the Strutmasters banner we can expect a race within a race when it comes to bragging rights for the best performing car in 2020, said owner/driver/tuner Joon.
Joon says that Strutmasters.com is a perfect fit for his team.
As a highly experienced consultant in the automotive industry I understand every aspect and component of the Strutmasters.com brand, he said. [Wife] Gerda is active as a commercial parts professional in the auto parts industry and will also serve as an excellent promoter of the Strutmasters brand.
"Strutmasters.com is excited to continue their partnership with the Never Quit team of Lex Joon for 2020, said Strutmasters owner Chip Lofton. With their upgraded new race parts and a little extra help, we should see Lex making the show and winning some rounds.
January 19, 2020
MRP 2019 dinner and awards banquet was held last night.
All the championships and top five in the bracket classes and special awards were presented.
For SpeedZone Magazine the biggest thrill came when the "Employee of the Year" was announced. Shelby Murdoch five year employee of the track and fourth generation "Murdoch" to work the timing system at MRP received the honour. She was pretty excited to say the least, and in my biased or really non biased opinion well deserved. Her Great Grandmother, Grandmother and three Aunts all had her job at the "Old Mission Raceway"
Mom and dad are proud of you Shelby!
A few of the others recognised for their hard work were volunteer of the year, Gord Kaufman.
Hidden heros were Linda Drieve (spelling) and her daughter. They are in charge of the souvenier booth.
Emily White wins Jr Dragster "Rookie of the year", Sister Abagail took that honour last year.
Dereck Dell won Bracket 'Rookie of the Year".
Coltin Morin was the Jr Thunder season Champion.
O'Riley Benda is the Jr Lightning season Champion.
Mya Dawson was the Jr Street champion and donated her Bike to the Chrstmas Bureau
To me the biggest racing award was presented to Chris Stone for his domination in Pro Bracket. He won the "Stefan Kondolay Memorial" award.
All the rest of the champions will be posted later today or tomorrow.
Drag Racing news is starting to heat up as Pre Season testing is only a couple weeks away.
Castrol Raceways long time partnership with Rob Reeves and Drag Racing legend Ron Hodgson come to an end
RACE FOR EXCELLENCE HAS NO FINISH LINE:
Hall of fame photo
IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EDMONTON, ALBERTA January 17, 2020)
Hodgson, an avid motorsport enthusiast has served in his current role of partner since March 2004; throughout the years playing a pivotal role in the media, marketing, and sponsor acquisitions for the business. In addition to the current partnership with Reeves, Mr. Hodgson contributed significantly to our history and culture as operator of Edmonton International Speedway from 1974 to 1979, modified many dragsters that won 6 NHRA Funny Car National Events, 2 AHRA Top Fuel World Championships and various other events. Today, Hodgson works with his son Ryan, crusading a Funny Car on the NHRA Heritage Series.
Ron and I share a love and respect for the DNA of motorport competition and entertainment said Reeves, and we both recognize the need to evolve. I am grateful for what Ron has contributed during his time with us. We have built a strong foundation for future growth, including strengthening our team, refocusing our brand, evolving our events and improving our operations. We have significantly benefited from the partnership and we are parting on good terms. I would like to Thank Ron for his 15 year partnership, established with positive intent benefiting both parties.
The separation is not expected to have an effect on the Venues future outlook. Reeves plans to continue spearheading the operations; moving our venture forward as we have for the past 22 years along with developing events that share in the enthusiasm and community of our brand: Motorports with Passion.
Pretty cool deal in the TAD ranks in Division Six.
Rick Henkelman Motorsports adds a second A/Fuel car to the team.
It may have taken 41 years, but what started out as two competitors at a sand drag race in Hanford, Ca., in 1979 has now given birth to a powerhouse A/Fuel dragster two-car team in 2020. Rick Henkelman and and Mitch Myers each have numerous NHRA wins, a national championship [Myers] and multiple other accomplishments to their credits, and the duo looks to build on those accomplishments together with their new two-car team.
Henkelmans accomplishments come as both a driver and team owner in multiple classes including Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Fuel. Henkelman has been a force to be reckoned with for over 40 years with numerous top 10 standings and wins. Henkelman has raced nonstop for going on five decades now.
Myers, on the other hand, took a 15-year hiatus from the sport after winning the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster national championship in 2004. Myers shocked the world with quarter-mile elapsed times of 5.109 and 5.118 during the 2004 NHRA Finals and capped the 2004 season by winning the 2004 championship. Myers is often credited with being the catalyst to cause NHRA officials to alter the rules for injected nitro-burning combinations in Top Alcohol Dragster beginning in 2005.
After 15 years away, Myers was presented with the opportunity and returned in 2019 behind the wheel of an A/Fuel dragster owned by Larry Miersch. According to Myers, having been 15 years since I retired from drag racing, it was a bit surreal to return. Myers stated that he appreciated the opportunity to blow off the dust and drive for Miersch Racing in 2019 and wished Miersch the best of luck in the future with his team.
The new two-car team will both be hosting separate title sponsors with numerous joint associate sponsors displayed on both cars. Henkelmans car will continue to be driven by veteran driver Garrett Bateman and sponsored by Boost Performance Products and associate sponsor Advance Auto Parts. Myers car will carry the EPHA Hose Protection Products title banner with Seattle-based Electrical Hub as an associate. Both cars will also carry NGK and Carrillo / CP as product support sponsors along with numerous others partners. A schedule of 9-10 national/regional events will be attended by both cars with the exception of the Winternationals, which Myers will set out due to scheduling and preparation.
For both Henkelman and Myers, the chance to work together as a true two-car team has them both excited with the potential. Crew members and crew chief responsibilities are being worked out and some familiar faces from the sport will be seen on both cars. Jim Rizzoli, who worked with Myers on the Miersch car in 2019, will be joining the two-car team in support of both cars. Henkelman stated that he has wanted to work with Rizzoli for years and was able to convince him to come out and play with this effort in 2020. We have good chemistry, were well funded and will have competitive cars, Henkelman said.
The brain trust is the best I ever had to deal with, added Henkelman, who is busy putting all of the pieces together, filing and assigning crew positions. Both teams will have separate transporters to support the effort and will pit together as to best benefit from the two-car concept.
Henkelmans A/Fueler will debut at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, with Myers A/Fuel dragster debuting at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in April after some testing in March.
Jason Line steps away from the seat in Pro stock after the 2020 season.
NHRA celebrates 50 years of Pro Stock in 2020. Turning 50 and having 50 Pro Stock wins to his name, Jason Line feels the numbers add up just right for retiring from behind the wheel of the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro. The three-time NHRA Pro Stock champion has dubbed this final season of driving for Ken Black Racing, the Finish Line Tour.
Line will channel his fierce drive to win into building and tuning Pro Stock and Sportsman-class race engines at the Ken Black Racing shop in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Its been a good run, and Ive really enjoyed driving a Pro Stock car for Ken Black and Summit Racing, Line said. Im not leaving Pro StockIm just going to be working for wins for KB Racing from a different kind of seat.
We are very grateful to Jason for all of his contributions as a Summit Racing Pro Stock driver, said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports and Events Manager. He is a great driver and well miss cheering for him as one of the faces of Team Summit. Were excited to see what hes capable of doing in the engine shop and on the dyno to move KB Racing forward.
Drag racing and high performance have always been a part of Lines life. His entire family races, including his parents, Lawrence and Maxine, his siblings, and their offspring. Line won the 1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator divisional and national championships behind the wheel of a 1970 Buick Gran Sport. He drives the very same car to this day in Stock Eliminator whenever he gets a chance.
Line joined KB Racing in 2003 to drive a second Pro Stock car alongside Greg Anderson, and made his driving debut at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.
Im very grateful to Greg Anderson and Ken and Judy Black for giving me the opportunity to drive for so long for the best team in drag racing, Line said. Driving a Pro Stock car was for sure a dream of mine as a kid, and winning a Pro Stock championship was something you always hope youll achieve but never really imagine will happen.
I love this class, and it has been a privilege and an honor to be part of it for so long and be able to do so well, Line continued. Its the toughest class there is, and I will continue to help KB Racing and Team Summit win as many Wallys as possible.
January 16, 2020
Very sad to hear of the passing of Wyatt Spann, the young Drag Racing internet hero who has graced internet racing sites for the last few weeks. #BurnoutforWyatt has been prominent as most racers out there posted their burnout for Wyatt videos (including the one below from current Pro Mod sensation, Stevie Fast) and photos all over drag racing web sites in support of the young DR fan. His battle with cancer ended today.
January 12, 2020
At the Division 6 banquet last night in Seattle, MRP racers represented well. Willy Oliver "Land of the Leaders" in Jr. Thunder , Martin Rachel (Super Pro) ROC, and the Dawson girls, Shelby (High School) ROC and Mya (Jr Street) ROC. No picture for Chris Stone who won Div 6 "Land of the Leaders" in Pro.
January 8, 2020
Two month's away is the March Meet. THE nostalgia event of the year to go to, in nice warm sunny California.
January 5, 2020
Way to go Canada on your gold medal today in the World Junior Hockey Tournament. What a crazy and exciting game!
January 1st, 2020
Happy New Year to all our readers.
December 31, 2019
Congratulations to the Canadian European roster (Club Hockey) that won the Spengler Cup in Switzerland.
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December 26, 2019
Very sad to hear the sudden passing of small tire racer Ron Pease.
He has competed at MRP a number of times racing in DR-275, and was a big part of the small tire group. He will be missed by all the racers in the NW. Our sincere condolences to out to his family and friends.
December 25, 2019
Merry Christmas to all SpeedZone's Racing family and friends. We hope everyone has a great holiday season and their stockings are full and whatever you and your family wished for.
Christmas at the Kalitta's
Adam DeJonge's new race helmet courtesy Justin Bond.
December 20, 2019
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