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February 17, 2019
Lights Out 10
Alex Laughlin won Radial vs the World against Daniel Pharris in a blower vs Turbo final round. Both cars ran 3.69's. The margin at the stripe was .007.
Vancouver's Greg Henschell went all the way to the final round in the second chance Radial vs the World class. He was over matched in most rounds (as he was up against a number of 3 second and low 4 second cars) but found a way to advance to the final. In the 1/4's, his opponent Terry Barkley went into a huge wheelstand, came down real hard with sparks flying all over. He managed to keep the car in his lane and coasted across the finish line in front of Greg. Henschell had his own issues, and was off the gas by 100 feet. He likely saw what was up in the other lane as well and decided to stay way back.
In the semis, Greg took on a 3 second nitrous Corvette driven by Marcus Burt. Burt went .023 red and wasted a 3.93. Greg went 'trip zip' in the semis (ran 4.50) to advance to the final, Frickin awesome! In the final, he lost to a true Radial/Pro Mod (ran 4.03) driven by Brian Chin. Greg red lit.
Kelowna's Jordie Lazic went to the 1/4 finals of Pro 275. He ran 4.teens and 20's throughout the weekend. A dead battery ended his day. The winner of Pro 275 was Winnipeg's Dan Boyks in a twin turbo Firebird.
February 16, 2019
There are a number of ways to have a successful drag racing event or series in North America or around the world. Obviously the NHRA is the 'standard' most series' or events model or compare themselves to. But the largest motorsport sanctioning body is not without its detractors for a wide variety of reasons. Take for example the recent firing of National event starter Mike Gittings for no real reason (other than the sanctioning body putting a few extra dollars in their coffers) , as an example.
A number of events have been bucking the trend for the last decade or so with great success, including the big buck bracket races like the Spring Fling (three racing events throughout the country), The 'Million', and 'Street Car Supernationals' two race series) are just a few of the events out there. These are catered to the racer themselves offering huge payouts, but they don't really cater to the fans. (SCSN does attract 10k or so over the five days. Big Door-car only 1/8 mile events are another avenue of big purses, but they also bring in large crowds. None have had greater success than.....
Lights Out '10' put on by Duck X productions this weekend at South Georgia Motorsport Park.
Long (Duck X productions) is one of the new breed of race promoters
and his first big race of the year is up this weekend. It is
possibly the largest independent drag race worldwide. He also
hosts the "No Mercy" event (in its 10th year as well),
both held at SGMP and in its second year. "Sweet 16"
also at South Georgia MP. Longs events have well over 20,000
spectators. Ex-partner Monte Mikho of Yellow Bullet fame bring
his "Yellowbullet Nationals" into its 9th year at
Cecil County. It is held on Labor day, the same weekend at the
world's largest sanctioned event the US Nationals. The Yellow
Bullet race routinely gets close to 600 cars and close to 15,000
275 has two classes including the main class, "X-275" and the Outlaw version "Pro 275" class. Vancouver and BC is represented in both classes. Greg Henschell from Vancouver is in X-275 and he qualifying in the top half with a 4.42/165. He was also getting more tune time, running in radial vs the world and Limited Drag Radial. He was upset in round one in 275 and also went out in round one of the other two classes.
Jordie Lazic from Kelowna, one of the young upstarts in the world of small tire racing (tuned John DeJonge to the No Time winners circle at SCSN), and a partner with Jay Syvertsen's 'JS Powersport' team, is running a 959 Sonny's with nitrous. He ran a best of 4.12/182 with the tiny 275 tire. He qualified #4 with a 4.128/164 in Pro 275 and a 4.122.184 in Radial vs the World.
February 14, 2019
In a real cool newsworthy event Mitch Myers, the 2004 TAD World Champion is back
February 11, 2019
The Winternationals is complete
A cold wet weekend welcomes racer and fans to the 59th running of the Winternationals at Pomona. Temperatures in the low to high 50's throughout the weekend made racing with the best corrected air from the Winters in quite some time. The weather weather along with moisture casued a number of delays and finally Sunday the race had to be postponed until Monday.
After qualifying Robert Hight, Steve Torrence and returning Pro Stock racer Roger Brogdon lead their fields. Local competitor Shawn Cowie lead the field in TAD with a very fast 5.162/280. TAFC team mate Brian Hough ran a career best 5.39/272 to lead that field. Hough added Jonnie Lindberg as a tuner for 2019.
On Sunday, only six pairs of Top fueler got down the track before rain halted the event. Monday, the cool weather remained but the rain stayed away long enough to complete the event.
Robert Hight won Funny Car over Jack Beckman on a slight holeshot and both drivers ran a 3.88, Doug Kalitta won Top Fuel over Steve Torrence. Both teams had trouble with traction. 4.01 to a 4.00. Bo Butner won Pro Stock over a troubled Jason Line.
In TAD it was Shawn Cowie continuing his strong weekend with a 5.151 best in the semis and a 5.156 in the final round against Matt Sackman.
The 5.151 in earlier elimination's was the quickest ever Blown pass in TAD. Brian Hough ran 5.41 in the final of TAFC to defeat Doug Gordon.
In the Sportsman classes , Richmond BC racer Rick McKinney went to the final round in Super Stock. He lost to Div 7 hitter Ryan McClanahan.
Competition Eliminator -- Scott McClay, Dragster, 7.251, 179.06 def. Doug Lambeck, Sunfire, 8.449, 157.83.
Super Stock -- Ryan McClanahan, Chevy Cobalt, 8.414, 157.03 def. Rick McKinney, Olds Cutlass, 10.597, 122.81.
Stock Eliminator -- Doug Gibson, Chevy Camaro, 10.702, 113.32 def. Duane Dickens, Chevy Nova, 11.525, 112.09.
Super Comp -- Kevin Wright, Dragster, 8.908, 175.14 def. Val Torres Jr., Dragster, 8.916, 166.91.
Super Gas -- Pete Zak, '27-T Ford, 10.732, 107.74 def. Evan Kowalski, Chevy Corvette, Foul - Red Light.
Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com -- John Taylor Jr., Dragster, 7.105, 191.24 def. Zach Sackman, Dragster, 6.256, 221.85.
Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com --
Bart Smith, Chevy Monte Carlo, 6.976, 194.83 def. Mike Ferderer,
Pontiac Grand Am, 7.061, 194.83.
January 21, 2019 9:00am
Last weekend's Div 6 Video highlights
January 21, 2019 7:00am
Congrat's to Amber Rutherford for her stellar season at the Northern Light track (Fort St John) in 2018. She dominated No Box (Pro Bracket) with 8 wins.
January 20, 2019
Pretty cool moon tonight in the NW. Should have used a tripod, but was too lazy to dig it out. Shot @ 1 second shutter and 2000 iso.
Some really bad officiating today in the Rams/Saints game. cost them the game imo. The other game was bad as well. Didn't really car who won either game, but was kind of hoping for the Saints.
January 19, 2019
In a real surprise move the NHRA looks to be changing up the chief starting position for National events. Mike Gittings the NHRA chief starter for the last four years, looks to have his position ending, leading the way for NHRA to have regional starters at their 23 events. Meaning the starter in Division one will likely look after Nationals in that area and so on for every other region. I am not sure if it was NHRA's decision or Gittings himself, but my guess is NHRA's. I don't know if it is the best decision. Racers come to trust the guy behind the switch and the consistency he brings to the position. I feel there is a reason there has only been 4 starters in NHRA's history, because it works.
January 16, 2019
The 2019 Mission Raceway executive.
President - Ralf Ehlers
January 10, 2019
Calendars are availble.
Here are the choices. Click on anyone of the three calendars to go to the ordering page.
Top Sportsman/Top Dragster
January 1, 2019
Happy New Year to all the SpeedZone readers.
We are putting final touches on this years racing calendars and they will be posted in the next couple weeks. Calendars for 2019 include Pro Mod, Top Sportsman/ Top Dragster and Doorslammer.
Schedules are being finalized for most local associations and classes
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