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October 16, 2019
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Western Canada has always had an abundance of great racers. The most recognized are the drivers of course but crew, crew chiefs, chassis builders, team builders, sponsors, media and more make motorsports what it has been all those years, and what it is today. In the beginning, eager young men and women from car clubs across Canada satisfied their need for speed by racing their family sedans on seldom used roadways. Soon after, in the name of safety, the venue changed to airstrips and any road that could be closed to the public. In 1961 highways minister Gordon Taylor worked hard to get approval for a temporary closure of Highway 14 near Edmonton, and even made an event out of it with a ribbon cutting. This gave the locals a somewhat safer place to race. It was soon realized, however, that this was not a sustainable solution. It was imperative that purpose built facilities were erected to provide better organization and safety for racers and spectators alike.
Edmonton International Speedway opened its doors to drag racers, road racers, and Can Am in 1967. Most racers already had been running their cars elsewhere and were chomping at the bit to give it a go on this state of the art facility. These motorsports Pioneers deserve immense accolades for kick starting their sports, building and driving the cars, running and promoting the facilities, and promoting the sport through news, radio and tv. Pioneers are not only found working on the inception of the sport, but also throughout the motorsports timeline. Innovative individuals are constantly pushing the boundaries, so it is not surprising that they are able to take their sport to a new level in any era with improvements to technology, performance and safety. Examples are advancements in fuel system technology, the advent of the on-board computer to make tuning more precise and predictable, and clutch upgrades so more power can be applied to the track. Recognition for these innovators must be as live as their inventions.
In Alberta, speed shops like Pioneer Automotive, Wheeler Dealer, JBs and Pacemaker Automotive were set up in order to supply parts and services to the drag racers. In other provinces shops like Ken's Kustom Auto, Queen City Performance, Bridge City Speed, Midland Auto Supply, Softee Speed Shop, Action Auto, Tiger Automotive, Spirit Automotive and a host of others met the needs of all types of motorsports enthusiasts. These facilities were awesome! Shiny chrome headers, slick tires, and go fast attachments were on display to performance hungry gear-heads. Other shops provided the expertise to build cars and engines so the average racer could compete competitively head to head with their best buddy, or arch nemesis.
About 2 months ago a motley crew of racers, promoters, builders and historians from Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba got together to discuss the formation of the Western Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. Under the leadership of Ron Hodgson this non-profit organization is mandated to honour the people in motorsports. Due to restrictive criteria in some of the other Halls of Fame, a lot of very important contributors to the sport have slipped through the cracks. We intend to fill the cracks, but we are about 40 years late, so we have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, some of the early pioneers of motorsports have already passed on, also none of us are getting any younger, so we plan on playing catch up by inducting some of these people as early as March 2020. This is a very ambitious plan, but we are committed to making it happen. Long term plans include erecting a building to house the list of inductees along with interactive information about the personalities, their memorabilia, cool educational activities for school kids and some real cool cars. We are looking at providing hall rental for community functions and space for educational classes; from skills competitions to motor building to hands on mechanical education. We really want to engage the younger generations, teach them the history and development of automobiles, how it relates to todays cars and provide avenues for career development to promote the sport of Racing. Obviously, a building is not do-able by March, so we will have a Gala at an Edmonton hotel to celebrate the 2020 honourees. In the meantime, the directors are busy compiling names for induction concentrating on the 50s and 60s era first. We will be voting on 30 to 40 inductees the first year, then 20 or so each year after that.
We will be doing fundraising for the Gala and for the physical Hall Of Fame, and will be raffling off a brand new 2020 mid-engine Corvette! Ticket sales will be announced soon. Our definition of Motorsports includes anything with tires and pistons such as stock car or any open wheel on dirt or asphalt, bikes, drag vehicles, truck and tractor pull machines, rally and kart. Nominees must be or have been from one of the 4 western provinces and must have participated/influenced motorsports in some significant way. High profile wins and championships are an advantage for induction, but excellence in any area that has benefited the sport as a whole is equally as important. The WCMHF website will be up and running shortly, in which you can view our goals, past inductees, and fund-raising activities. There will also be items for sale such as real classy shirts and jackets. After the inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony in March, there will be a spot to contact the WCMHF for anyone to submit nominations for future inductees. These will be tabulated then voted on by the directors prior to the next ceremony for the next set of honourees.
Yes we has a Canadian Motorsport hall of fame and a Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society. This newly created HOF outlines their adjenda above and encompasses the four Western Provinces.
Send me submissions of guys and gal you think should be a part of this.
October 11, 2019
Lots of crazy goings on at Z-Max Dragway in Charlotte for the NHRA NTK Carolina Nationals.
Local driver Justin Bond is competing in Rickie Smith's Turbo Mustang. He is sitting #2 in the field with a strong 5.752/255.00. Todd Tutterow leads with a 5.744/25. Khalid alBalooshi was #1 with a 5.717/256.89 but was disqualified when they found his boost controller had been manipulated. Not going to say who brought this to NHRA's attention, but based on the recent rule changes to the Nitrous reams you might be able to guess.
1 8 Khalid alBalooshi, Duxbury MA, '19 Camaro 5.717 256.89 256.89 (run thrown out and he is dsq'ed)
is now #1
In Top Fuel Justin Ashley, son of Mike Ashley made his Top Fuel debut today. He ran a 3.83 best and is in the middle of the pack. Steve Torrence leads with a 3.711/325. Jack Beckman leads Funny Car with a 3.873/334. Erica Enders is #1 in Pro Stock. She ripped off a 6.506/211.
Shawn Cowie is running at Charlotte as well. He is up against all the racers chasing him as well as the one in front of him (Megan Meyers). This is his last race to claim points for the world championship. He is currently 11 points back on Meyers. He is near the bottom of the field after two aborted runs. With his success at both Vegas and Pomona, I am not sure why the team decided to make this race their last one to claim points. I will have to give Ron a call and find out.
We will have photos posted Saturday (mostly from the Pro Mods) as buddy John DeJonge and son Adam is there with Justin.
October 4, 2019
Look who was testing at Mission on the weekend.
Actually it was Jan Christensen debuting his new ride. The ex Drew Skillman Pro Stock car that finished in the top 6 two years straight in NHRA Pro Stock. Very nice looking car for sure. It has all the bells and whistles. Jan will likely race in S Pro next year, maybe a few DS events and Top Sportsman if he can get the 8.50 (twin motor as what's in his Green Nova that ran an 8.55 best) motor to run in the 7's. It ran an 8.0 today but needs solid 7.8's or 9's to play in TS.
Dalgliesh Racing back out at MRP. Peter ran the car a month ago. His son is now behind the wheel. What a nice looking car.
Jay Syvertsen taking his turn in the Canso. Trying to get it to launch straight. It still pulled hard to the left, but they are making progress.
Richard Love defeated 'Sneaky' Pete Shutt in the gamblers race today. Yesterday it was Craig Johnson getting the win.
October 4, 2019
Click here for all the Sunday (and a few Satuday) winners circle pictures.
October 3, 2019
Mission Raceway's final Summit, Doorslammer, NW Outlaw, Super Shifter and Super Combo race results are posted.
Photos are posted as well.
Here are the MRP season Summit series, Hot Rod, NW Outlaw and Doorslammer champions in 2019
Colton Morin is the Jr Thunder champion for 2019. This is his second title in the class in a row.
O'Riley Benda in his first Lightning year is the champion. He was runner-up in Thunder last year.
Mya Dawson is the Jr Street champion for 2019. She also won the Summit finals for Jr Street at Seattle a month ago.
Al Omond has won too many Bike titles to count (actually 13 I beleive). And at least his 6th or 7th in a row.
Craig Johnson repeats as the Sportsman champion.
Chris Stone has won more Pro titles than anyone (Jim Behnke is close) at Mission Raceway. He gets it this year again after a tough 2018
Jan Christensen wins Super Pro in 2019. It is his first title. Next year he steps up to Top SPortsman with an ex Drew Skillman Pro Stock Camaro.
Scott Robinson wins his first title in dragracing. The Canada West Doorslammer title.
Dane Lachelt wins his fourth or fifth Outlaw title.
September 28, 2019
The second to last race weekend at MRP has all the bracket classes as well as the Doorslammers, the Outlaws, Super Shifter and other specialty classes. MRP is having their annual season wrap up bbq at the end of the day with a Halloween theme.
September 26, 2019
The Jr Dragter Shootout results and photos from last weekends CMDRA event are posted.
September 22, 2019
Mission Raceway All Bike Drags weekend
Jim Schellenberg wins the final Nitro Harley race of the year at MRP. Finishes second in the points, behind Nate Gagnon.
Scott Robinson in the Artex Doorslammer entry wins the second to last DS event of the year, and moves into first place (if my math is correct), with one race to go.
Adam DeJonge wins the Jr cash shootout for his biggest win ever cash wise ($750.00) over Thunder hitter Coltin Morin (wins 250.00).
One of the most storied street legal race cars in the NW runs its first ever 6 this weekend. A solid 6.91 clicking off early (5.8 seconds in). Would have been a 5.75 or so at 210 mph if Steve have off kept his foot on the gas.
September 9, 2019
Funny Car Chaos at US 131 ...
..... Allen Middendorf took the 'A' win. He also set the FCC record for et and speed. (3.580/222.99mph). Tuned by Jake 'the Snake' Sanders
This is a cool deal; The Larry Dixon two seater 'Nitro Experience' Top Fuel car. In the seat was Burnell Russell, father of Darrell Russell (who was killed in a Top Fuel crash in June of 2004). The two-seater runs 1/8 mile. On this run Burnell experienced a 3.342 /259.82 1/8 mph blast. At 1000 feet the car was still going 234 mph with the chutes out (4.280 et. At the end of the 1/4 mile the et was 5.397/172.
September 8, 2019
Bill Jeffery, long time SpeedZone photographer (and very good friend) has moved to Chicago for a two year stint for his long time employer. While we lose him shooting on the West Coast, it allows him to shoot a bunch of big tracks in the mid west and Eastern time zones. Below are shots from Bill for the first time at Indy, and the link below has an Indy gallery. This weekend he was at US 131 Dragway and shot "Funny Car Chaos" as well as the Funny Car Nationals. He will be sending shots from this weekend over the next day or so.
Click this link for a 60 photo US Nationals gallery. Courtesy Bill Jeffery.
September 1, 2019
August 30, 2019
The feature class page, including Jets, Pro Mods, Outlaw 10.5 and more is here
Results from the JBS Jr Shoot-outs from Smoke, Fire and Thunder.
All Final rounds from Mission Raceway Smoke Fire and Thunder are posted.
August 26, 2019
All the Sunday action From Smoke Fire and Thunder to come later today. Had internet issues all morning long.
The whole Saturday story including many photos and words over the next couple days.
August 25, 2019
Saturday night Jets and Wheelstanders at SFT
Round two exhibition
Photos for now.
Round one exhibition
August 25, 2019
Ya, there is a car in the mifddle of that fireball. The crash test dummys paid the price..You had to be there so see and understand.
Smoke Fire and Thunder was over the top at MRP last night!
After a long delay due to morning moisture the on-track action got underway around 3:30 for SMS Equipment/KRents Smoke, Fire and Thunder. A Test n Tune ran until 5:45 and then track prep for round one of qualifying for Top Street, NW Outlaws, Doorslammer testing and qualifying for Pro Mod, 10.5 and BDL Automotive x-275.
During the first pro mod vs 10.5 grudge race session Ken SHihota ripped off the second 3 second pass in the NW going 3.99 at 187. Keith Korecki went 4.29/170 in his new big inch nitrous combo.
Jason Gagnon had the wheels up on both his laps Friday. John DeJonge Had all his nitrous rngaged Friday as he stepping into Pro Mod. He went a 4.29 best.
Four Nitro Harleys made qualifying passes, and Nate Gagnon was the quickest with a solid 6.45/220. Awesome flames out of the Nitro best.
The coolest shot I have of Steve Nicholson's Corvette . Four distinct flames flumes out of the zoomies on the way to a solid 4.06. His best ever lap at MRP. Kerry Stone ran a great 4.03 in his Turbo Camaro
John West had the nitrous fully loaded.
So did Keith Korecki in the final session. His best was a 4.29
Justin Bond is out with his blown Camaro for the first time this year. He made two 6.90 run's.
A real nice clean Chevy II out licensing.
Gene Fluery went 7.19 on his lone run with the six banger.
John West`s first run was an aborted wheels up launch
Diversity in 604 Top Street
Tony Dreissen is back after engine repairs.
Ex Pro Mod 47 Chevy in Doorslammer
Rusty Stevenson is out for the Rocko`s Diner NW Outlaws Presented this weekend by Boston Pizza.
Dane Lachelt made two great runs Friday night. This one carried the wheels for 120 feet. His second run was his top speed ever, 6.12/229. Rob Phippen only made it to half track.
Emily Girard dropped the laundry, 'whatever' .
August 23, 2019
We are pround to announce JBS Canada is the weekend sponsor of our coverage here of Smoke Fire and Thunder.
They are also sponsoring the Harley stunt team that performed at the Nitro Harley event a month ago, and the Jr Shootouts. The stunt team is back and will put on a great show throughout the weekend. Their are so many exciting happenings going on at MRP this weekend. Make sure you are out here Friday, Saturday (A MUST SEE) and Sunday. For the first time ever a grudge event between the Pro Mods and Outlaw 10.5 will take place Friday and Saturday night.
The Jr Shootout page is here. A number of Jr. photos are posted.
August 22, 2019
This weekend at MRP is:
August 19 , 2019
Final results from the Brainerd Nat'l event, Spokane's Nitro and small tire show, and the Seattle LODRS.
August 17, 2019
Seattle Divisional, the Huge Nitro Show at Spokane and the Brainerd National event are what's up and notable in the world of Drag racing this weekend for NW raging fans.
First at Seattle seven TAD teams are competing, all are A/Fuel. That is really surprising as the two most prominent teams, both being BAD's and within a couple hours drive of the track are not there. Shawn Cowie is at the Brainerd Nat'l and Joey Severance is not competing (he has been absent for the last month). Leading the way is a huge number by Garrett Bateman. He ripped of a 5.18/276.
Six TA funny Cars are competing at Seattle. Sean Bellemeur leads with a 5.475.
In Comp it is a nine car field with Brandon Huhtala ripping of a national record 7.16 in C/A.
Top Sportsman has the largest Div 6 field so far this year with 24 cars, and Joe Loch was bad ass with a 6.42 best to sit #1. Shane Molinari is #1 in Top Dragster with a 6.13. Local driver Dan Provost is #12 in a 30 car field with a 6.64. He sits #4 in Top Sportsman with a 6.86 in the Camaro.
At Spokane the UNFC is there and after Friday Dan Horan leads with a 5.75. The top three are only .03 apart.
In 10.5 Ken Sihota leads after two rounds with a solid 4.10 best. Paja Agatonovic is#2 with a 4.15. Nick Duda sits #3 and Steve Nicholson is #4. They have Fuel Altereds, Top Fuel and Jets as well.
Round one at Spokane
August 12, 2019
No Prep 5 at Rimbey Ab
The race started by Neil Richards and Horsepower Solutions five years ago.
James Hatfield (the guy with the real cool S-10 step side) won No Prep 5 Small tire (Gangsta) class He defeated Scott Schulhauser (Mustang) in the final round. The other two semi finalists were Devon Knopf (Little Toyota) and Chris Houston (teal green Mustang) .
Big Tire (Unlimited) winner was Chris Gould. He defeated Jason Gagnon in the final round
True Street winner was Rod Hanger. He took out Sammy Berhot.
Man Pedal (Stick class) champion was Chad Abougoush
August 11, 2019
Nightfire Nationals Firebird Raceway
Final Rounds at Boise
Car - final round
AA/Fuel Altered - final round
Pro Modified - final round
Tater Baker AA/FC - final round
AA/Fuel Dragster - final round
AA/Funny Car - round 1
AA/Fuel Dragster - round 2
AA/Fuel Altered - round 1
Pro Modified - round 1
Tater Baker AA/Funny Car - round 1
Final qualifyinga t the Nightfire Nationals
AA/Funny Car Main Event
Tater Baker (Funny Car B)
AA/Fuel Dragster Round 1
Xtreme Pro Modified
August 8, 2019
The Force-mania amped up when John won his 150 national event on Sunday.
Like him or not, he is the people's champion. The only other current driver(s) who could perhaps come even close to John in popularity or charisma is his good friend Ron Capps or maybe Clay Millican, and even they are light years away.
Here is a sample of John's popularity and him being real and honest and the best thing that ever happened to drag racing.
After his historic win, he leap frogged the fence (well not really more like what a senior would look like doing what he did)
Courtesy Gerry Frechette
Pretty awesome, and hopefully he is around for another 25 wins, likely not but you never know
August 7, 2019
Team Cowie had a full contingent of fans and crew on hand for their celebration after their win at Seattle this past weekend. Shawn's win puts him well in front in the standings for the 2019 TAD chase. There is a long way to go, but they are on a strong roll right now.
August 6, 2019
Final round results from the Langley Loafers Old Time Drags are posted along with photos.
August 4, 2019
Dan Provost and Chris Marshall celebrate the TAFC win for Marshall at Seattle. Grant Saunby is celebrating with John Force as he earned his 150th win. That number is astounding.
As shown above, John Force continues the legacy with his historic 150th National Event win. No one is even close. And to add the the Force team legacy, Rookie driver Austin Prock wins in Top Fuel. He defeated 2019 superstar Steve Torrence.
In Pro Stock it was Matt Hartford defeating Greg Anderson, in Nitro Harley, Doug Vancil took the win over Randall Andreas. Our Local Hitter, Shawn Cowie won a close one against first time TAD Nat'l finalist Russ Parker 5.34-5.38. New team RAD racer Chris Marshall defeated Doug Gordon in the TAFC final round.
In Sportsman action, Division Six drivers did real well with six of eight finalists coming from the NW.
Competition Eliminator -- Brian Hyerstay, Dragster, 8.637, 147.52 def. Doug Lambeck, Pontiac Sunfire, 8.359, 157.71.
Super Stock -- Kyle Rizzoli, Chevy Camaro, 9.619, 133.47 def. Tom Gaynor, Chevy Cobalt, 9.827, 134.91.
Stock Eliminator -- Andy Morris, Chevy Camaro, 9.381, 140.25 def. Kyle Rizzoli, Camaro, 10.323, 123.00.
Super Comp -- Randy Beck, Dragster, 8.901, 169.76 def. James Warden, Dragster, 8.915, 166.74.
Super Gas -- Michael Dalrymple, Chevy Camaro, 9.961, 161.73 def. Rod Souza, Chevy Bel Air, 9.948, 161.42.
Super Street -- Matt Kielman, Chevy Nova, 10.922, 120.33 def. Chris Cannon Jr., Nova, 10.911, 153.28.
Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com -- Doug Bracey, Chevy Cavalier, 7.211, 188.83 def. Shawn Herbst, Pontiac Firebird, 7.107, 193.82.
Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com -- Jeff Havens, Dragster,
6.898, 192.88 def. Thomas Bayer, Dragster, Foul - Red Light.
JR Lazic wins Pro Mod at race #3 in the WCPM series.
Jordie Lazic was the only Pro Mod in the 4.0's on the weekend and won the war of attrition in the 12 car entry list. He defeated Keith Korecki in the final round, Korecki lost to Steve Horne in the semis but Horne wounded his bullet in the win and bypassed the scales handing the win to Korecki. Only 8 cars made elimionation's Sunday morning.
Dewayne Sanders one of the winnginest drivers in Pro Nostalgia get the Mission win over Ralph Fox. Fox never left the starting line, as his blower belt broke the milli second he hit the throttle.
In what could be called CWDS (II) Paul Depree Sr. defeated John DeJonge in a Doorslammer final round. MAark Thompson another DS competitor was in the semi finals. In totalsix or eight were in the Outlaw 'N' class.
DeJonge went .927 red ib the final round. Debree Sr was driving the Valient for the first time this year as son Jr is behind the wheel for all Doorslammer events.
Full final round results will be posted Monday evening and Tuesday.
Saturday in the last run down the track
R.I.P. the the Drag Racing `COP`Terry McHardy. Good friend Bob Kokotailo pulls the laundry with McHardy along for the ride.
JR Lazic leads Pro Mod with a last session 6.07.
Dale Pedersen is #2 with a 6.13 and Steve Horne is #3 with a coasting 6.27
Some weird smoke out of the exhaust of Keith Korecki's newly powered Shelby.
Yeehaw 'Mater, wins the Saturday wheelie award
Close behind is the 'Chupa
Think it is death smoke out of 'Nitro' Bob's new blown Fiat????
August 2, 2019
A real busy weekend in the NW on the DR front.
If you want a Pro Mod fix this weekend head out to Mission Raceway for the Langley Loafers BC Old Time drags. The newly branded West Coast Pro Mods (formally WDRL), will be the main feature class. The Pro Nostalgia group based out of Washington and Oregon will also be part of the feature action. Plus don't forget the car show (for any year car or truck or motorcycle) and racing classes Street Rob, Street Machine, Street Classic, Outlaw and Nostalgia Gas for cars 1972 and older.
Pro Mods on the property Friday afternoon included Jay Syvertsem (blown Hemi), Steve Horne (blown Hemi), Tom Meheden (big block nitrous), Kerry Stone (Big Block twin Turbo), Keith Korecki (Big Block Nitrous), Dave Kowalski (blown Sonny's Hemi), Wade Sjostrom (blown Hemi), Dave Springman (blown BB Chevy), Greg Feal (Big Block twin Turbo)and Dale Pedersen (Proline twin Turbo). Friday night arrivals should include JR Lazic in Dean Bettenson's 57 Chevy (blown Hemi), Dal Sangha (Hemi Twin Turbo) and Gordie Abougush's Proline Twin Turbo Firebird.
This Nova ran solid laps on Friday. Likely he wil run in Outlaw or Street Classic.
Dale Phillips made a couple hits Friday. He is running in Outlaw this weekend.
There were a number of Nostalgia Gassers (straight axels) making test runs Friday.
This turbocharged small tire Corvette made a number of runs Friday, including an 8.38 best..
Alberta Driver completing his NHRA licensing in this cool altered.
Dale Pedersen made to hits on Friday, his last one to just past the 1/8th mile. It was a soft 4.24 660 shot.
Tom Meheden made a short hit to start then a full soft 6.47/213 shot, his only full pass of the weekend.
Keith Korecki made two hits Friday, and both were easy, as he works on his entirely new and self built 800+ inch combination
Greg Feal tied his career best with a 6.50/219 testing Friday. He made three runs in total, going 6.57, 6.54 thern the final a 6.50
Seattle's NHRA NW Nationals is this weekend. All the pro classes except Pro Mod and Motorcycle. Top Fuel HArleys and the two Top Alchohol classes are part of the action. Top Sportsman and Top Dragster as well.
Very cool to see RAD Torque systems step up to the Top Alcohol classes with a major sponsorship for the Distrubed racing TAFC team of Chris and Brianna Marshall and Alan Mascord. They are a top five team in the NHRA and were close to ending their season early when funding was drying up. Good on Dan and the RAD team.
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