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July 28, 2020

The Rimbey Pro Mod and X-275 shootouts played out this past weekend. Gary Urlacher was the #1 qualifier with a 4.02 and Steve Horne was #2 with a 4.05.

In Elimination's, Dean Bettenson came from the #13 qualifer to take the win over Dan Vogt, who was #4. Round one winners were Gary Urlacher, Jay Syvertsen, Dean Bettenson, Dale Pedersen, Dan Vogt, Dave Kowalski and Paul Glandon. In round two, Bettenson had the by run and was off to the semis. Gary Urlacher defeated Dave Kowalski and Dan Vogt defeated Jay Syvertsen, and Paul Glandon defeated Dale Pedersen In the semis, Vogt defeated Urlacher and Bettenson took out Glandon.

In X-275 Daniel Rodrigue was #1 with a 466. James Hatfield went 4.80 for #2. Daniel Rodrigue was the winner in 275 over Hatfield.

 

One of the other Alberta tracks ran their big money shootouts on the weekend at well. Medicine Hat put on three big money races including a 32 car $15,000.00 to win shootout race. Zak Clarke had a pretty good race in the shootout, making it down to the 1/4 finals. On the Sunday $7,500.00 to win race, Darien Provost went to the semi finals before losing a close one.

Colton Morin went to the final round on both Saturday and Sunday in his Jr Thunder class. John DeJonge went a number of rounds both days as did John Tabak. Other who attended were Adam DeJonge and Martin Rachel from out on the West Coast.

Jason Padd won the 48 car Shootout Saturday (It was actually 20k to win). James Rutherford won the Sunday race. Rich Harder won the Saturday race, and won the most rounds for the weekend. He was bottom bulbing all (no box) weekend

 

July 24, 2020

SpeedZone Phototographer Bill Jeffery, who lives in Chicago right now headed to Inday for the second NHRA race since the pandemic happened. Probably the only Canuck media person in attendance. Lucky for us.

Bob Bode with a few holes out.

Click here or on either of the three teaser photos for the whole gallery.

Tony Zizzo, one of SpeedZone's favourites is in the final to be run at the US Nationals. His first final ever.

Khalid alBalooshi driving Just Bonds Pro Mod. He was the #1 qualifier this past weekend

July 20, 2020

Sunday results from MRP

July 20, 2020

NHRA redo ...... Race 2..... Indy

Rain hit Indianapolis Sunday just before the finals were completed. A 1st time winner will happen when they retirn during the US Nationals. Justin Ashley and Tony Zizzo will battle it out.

In Funny Car it will be Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman to decide the winner. Pro Mod will see Chad Green and Jason Scruggs. No Pro Stock or PS Motorcycle. Nitro Harley has Jay Turmner and Randal Andras.

Down at Sonoma, they ran a double header LODRS from Thursday through Sunday. The weekend part of the event included TAD and TAFC. Kim Parker got the win in TAD. Her opponenet Joey Severance could not fire his car. In TAFC, it was Doug Gordon earning the win. He defeated Brian Hough in the final.


 

July 19, 2020

A solid day of racing is taking place this weekend at MRP. Box and No Box along with the three Jr classes, Doorslammers, Hot Rod, and Super Shifter competed. Even Mike Kunz's wheelstander made a run to the delight of the racers in attendance.

Nick Bond got his second win of the year in Jr Thunder

Adam DeJonge went trip zip in the final against rival Sydney Jung.

 

Sydney went to her second final of the day. She ran fellow Jr Lightning driver Beau Dickie in the 'Street' final. Dickie won his first ever Jt Street final round.

(Will have box photo Sunday)

Andy Closky showed why he is one of the best Bracket racers in the Province. He went to two finals and won them both. Hot Rod and No Box. A big 70 car field in No Box.

Closky got a 9/thou stripe in the No Box final.

Rory McNeil won Super Shifter.

A great run in the heat for John DeJonge in 10.5 trim.

Haley Christensen looks good behind the wheel in the family Chevy II

Tyler in the Dalgleish family's 1958 Corvette Roadster

Grant Klohn ran eights in his wheelstanding Fairlane.

Matt Mackay Smith out in his wheelstanding Pro Mod Motorcycle

Wheels up at 330 feet.

 

Canada West Doorslammer results are posted here.


 

July 13, 2020

Unfortunately water issues kept the pro mods off the track Sanday at Castrol., as weepers continued to come up through the rubber. They will try and complete this race later in the season.

 

July 11, 2020

Edmonton is running Pro Mods this weekend along with the Top E series.

Not a great deal for Gary, but an awesome photo by Lauren.

Click the link below few photos from one of SpeedZone's contributors Lauren Sansregret

Photos from Edmonton

Q1 (Q2 changed just a bit).

Delehay mnoved up to #5, Bettenson down to #6

 

Round one results

Semi finals and finals to be run Sunday during qualifying for race 2

 

Also MRP is running the Spec "D" drift event this weekend, A live feed all weekend long at the Mission Raceway Facebook page. Here is that link:

Mission Raceway Spec D drift

 

July 10, 2020

ATTENTION Canadian Racers:

A new Canadian Championship Series has been formed to give Canadian racers the opportunity to run for a Series Championship this season with the US-Canadian border being closed since March this year. Racers competing in the Spider Electric Canadian Championship Series will claim their best 5 of 8 and earn grade points at each event. Classes running for a season Championship are: Stock/Super Stock Combo, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, and Top Dragster/Top Sportsman Combo. Each Series Champion will receive a Season Championship Wally, Champions Jacket, and NHRA Gold Card. Season-end bonuses for champs are in the works and will be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Spider Electric Canadian Championship Series Schedule
Medicine Hat Drag Strip – Medicine, Hat, AB – July 18
Medicine Hat Drag Strip – Medicine, Hat, AB – July 19
Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, AB – August 8
Castrol Raceway – Edmonton, AB – August 9
Mission Raceway – Mission, BC – August 29
Mission Raceway – Mission, BC – August 30
Mission Raceway – Mission, BC – September 19
Mission Raceway – Mission, BC – September 20
Watch each host Track’s website and Facebook page for individual event details on Entry Fee, Schedule, and payout.

Two double headers for MRP. No I have no inside info, but the second event IMO, will be this only. I can't see the border opening up in time for Americans to head North.

Flyer for race 1 and 2. This is the weekend before Medicine Hat does their big buck bracket bash

July 9, 2020

In Prepration for the restart of the 2020 NHRA Mellow Yello Season (this weekend at Indy for back to back races, this is one of the best videos I have ever seen drag racing wise. Check it out below:

The Awakening: the NHRA returns

July 1, 2020

Happy Canada Day to all our friends, race fans and readers

 

Hocky is right around the corner as well. It sounds like the NHL will be played in two Canadian cities. Smart for sure, but both should have been in Western Canada. I do understand the BC gov't position though.

June 29, 2020

A crazy weekend concluded in what I said Saturday was a crazy, not normal year for racing. Only one repeat winner in the three classes that ran double headers (Pro Mod, 10.5/xdr, and X-275), and that was Mike Gondziola. He also wins the long distance award for his trek from Saskatoon.

The Speedzone FB page has a bunch more photos.

He defeated Joe Delehay is race #1

and Tom Meheden in race #2.

Steve Nicholson was in two finals as well. He won race #1

and was the Runner-up in race #2. Paul Glandon got the close win there. (Sorry no winner's circle pic)

In X-275, Daniel Rodrigue also made it to both final rounds in the small tire class. He lost to his nemesis Neil Richards in race #2,

but he defeated Neil in the semis of race #2 and then went on to win a pedalfest against Justin Gallant in the second race.

Sorry, no winner's circle pic.

In the 1st Doorslammer race of the year, presented by Accurate Brake and Muffler, it was Mark Thompson earning his 1st ever win. He defeated rookie Doorslammer competitor Jan Christensen in the final .

June 28, 2020

Doorwarz .8 (social distance) Shootout #2 in this crazy....not normal season of drag racing, was set to complete three classes Saturday at MRP, but the weather as well as the world is doing crazy things.

9 hours at the track and around 4 rain delays.

In Pro Mod, it was Jordie Lazic leading the pack with a 3.83 in round two. He went 3.92 in round one

They got in round one of elimiation's as well, and Lazic, Gondziola, Delehay, Madore, and Horne advanced to round two.

 

In Outlaw 10.5, 3 and 2/3rds of three rounds of qualifying were completed in the six car field and Steve Nicholson almost became the 2nd car at MRP to run a 3. He went 4.01 to lead the field. But the run of the day in the class was made by Jake Skocylas in round one. He improved his career best by well over a tenth, going 4.09 but the blower sneezed big big as the hat flew off the top of the motor causing a fair bit of body and engine damage. The photo below shows the blower hat exiting the motor right at the stripe.

In 275, Neil Richards and Daniel Rodrigue lead the field. Justin Gallant is just behind.

The Doorslammers got in three rounds of qualifying . Jason Field is the leader with a 7.16. Paul Stretch has a new ride that is a few hundred lbs lighter and that put him a few tenths quicker than last year.

 

June 26, 2020

This weekend is race #2 and #3 of the Social distancing Pro Mod series ....or in my words mini Doorwarz 2020 .8

Over a dozen Pro Mods, the same number of x-275 and a full handful of xdr/10.5. Tjhe Canada West Doorslammers have their first event of the season.

A number of teams tested today. They ran till around 4 when the rains came (for the second time). A few 3 second 1/8 mile hits from Mike Gondziola, Steve Horne and Joe Delehay. We should expect a number of other teams to do the same in Race #1 tomorrow.

Neil Richards made the trek from Alberta in his "Creme Dream" x-275 car. Jason Gagnon in his world famous wheelstanding Nova is here as well. Updates throughout the weekend .

In Tulsa, at the Western Regional Jr Dragster championships, Washington driver Cole Dickoff won the 13 year old category, way to go Cole. In the team championship, team Bremerton got the win.

 

To no surprise the NW nationals has been cancelled. King County is still in Phase 2 of returning to normal and are a long ways away from having mass crowds. The US situation for Covid is not very good, as a number of states have had huge spikes in cases in the last two weeks.

June 24, 2020

Bailey Benda is in the semi finals today at Tulsa in the Small kids division at the JR Dragsters Western conference finals. Video at the Speedzone FB page.

June 23, 2020

Due to the current situation in Canada and around the world, one of the largest events in Mission Raceway Park 's history "NITRO BY THE RIVER" has been canceled. It was scheduled for August 7-9 and promised to be an event like no other. As many as 40 Nitro Fueled race cars/Bike/Boats were invited and confirmed.


The executive of MRP thought long and hard before making this gut wrenching decision. They looked at all scenarios and all aspects of the current situation, and what could happen in the next six weeks and realized there was no way to fully promote and execute an event of this magnitude to its full potential.


With the border issues still unresolved (the border is confirmed closed to the end of July and it is not confirmed that it will be open August 1st), travel for all American race fans and Race teams heading North cannot be assured and even gatherings here in BC are still restricted and will remain that way until at least that time. Due to the costs involved with an event of this size, and the uncertainty for sponsors secured it is the best interest to cancel this event for the 2020 season.


Hopefully when 2021 comes around, the global situation will be more clear and all sporting events can go off without a hitch. We would like to thank all the fans, racers and sponsors who showed interest and excitement in what surely would have been an event to remember.


June 22, 2020

Final rounds from MRP Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool new ride for Kelly Vos.

June 22, 2020

A Huge race at Medicine Hat in July... Who from the west coast is going to attend

Some of the winners

(FB photos)

Jr. Thunder

Jr. Lightning

Hot Rod

Jr Street

A few more photos from Sunday at MRP.

(FB photos)

 

 

June 21, 2020

Mission's 1st bracket race of the year got finished today after a morning of waiting and track drying. Close to 80 cars were in attendance. Congrat's to Rob Hodgson for his win in Hot Rod driving the West Coast famous SS/EA Belvedere owned and driven for decades by Jim Isherwood. It was the 1st time the car was down the track after the sudden passing of Jim a few years ago. Jim would be proud of you Rob. (hoping to get a picture or two). Way to go Nick Bond for his win in Jr. Thunder. Coltin Morin was the Runner-up. Nick's little sister April was the #1 qualifier in Thunder. Sydney Jung won Lightning over Adam DeJonge. Al Omond won Motorcycle and Brendan Piskacek won Jr Street. He defeated double finalist Sydney Jung.

Lorenz Schwarz won No Box. Chris Stone was the Runner-up. Peter Lachanasa won Box over Mike Robinson.We will have all the run sheets winners and runner-ups tomorrow..

A shout-out to Jessica and Kris May and the two boyz. JK Speed Shop is the sponsor of the No Box class for the 2020 season. Their support guarantees $400.00 to the winner every weekend this season.

 

June 1, 2020

The MRP "Social Distance Shootout" recaps for Pro Mod and X-275 are posted.

May 31, 2020

Click on the trophy for results from the Pro Mod (and X-275) shootout held this past weekend at Mission Raceway.

 

The track crew did a great job and the surface was ready after the initial qualifying session was interupted half way through Pro Mod's 1st round when the rubber started peeling up due to the heavy rain Saturday night and early Sunday (con't) ................

 

May 29, 2020

Mission's third weekend of Private track rentals is underway this weekend. Included in the rentals is an 1/8 mile shootout for a number of Pro Mods and Outlaw 10.5 cars and Shootout for a few X-275 cars.

Today they also ran a bracket rental during the day, which Bobby Ehlers won, then this evening a 8-10 car rental.

Taking part in this evenings test were Joe Delehay, Steve Horne in Pro Mods. John DeJonge and Jake Skocylas in 10.5 trim and JR Lazic, Rick MacLeod, Devon Knopf in X 275. A couple Top Fuel Harleys (3) were also making a few hits.

Steve Horne led the pack with a great 3.95 blast that saw him drive the Willys all over his lane. His best ever 660 foot et. Joe Delehay matched Steve's 330 time (a 2.62) .

I am pretty sure this was Jake's best 660 et and mph.

John DeJonge's new setup includes a monster 957 cu in Nitrous beast. The car did a real nice burnout but a nitrous leak then a battery/starter issues prevented him from making a launch.

Devon Knopf ran a career best 4.96 with the nitrous belching out the header

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JR Lazic's Nova was fully loaded on the launch

Rick Macleod's Dodge ran a great 5.17

A couple Harleys throwing out the flames. None made a full pass though.

Lots more tomorrow, if the weather cooperates.

The MRP staff really wish they could have fans at the track, hopefully before too long we will see a realing of the rules.

 

WE ALL WANT TO SEE THE FANS BACK!!!!!!

 

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

10:00am Thursday

......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 speedzone1@shaw.ca

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.

click on either the image above or the image below to see larger versions.

...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.

Nitro 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

Top Sportsman Paul 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)

Super Comp Val Torres, Right lane, (0.000) 13.321 4.421, def. Cal Belden, (-0.005 red) 8.897

Super 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

Final qualifying.

Only three rounds of Professional qualifying took place as Saturday weather did not cooperate. That third session did not run untli late Saturday.

Top Fuel

01 Brittany Force 3.670 327.11
02 Steve Torrence 3.671 326.48
03 Leah Pruett 3.680 328.06
04 Terry McMillen 3.696 326.79
05 Justin Ashley 3.707 322.81
06 Billy Torrence 3.714 328.14
07 Shawn Langdon 3.733 325.45
08 Doug Kalitta 3.740 323.5
09 Shawn Reed 3.749 325.92
10 Clay Millican 3.772 319.14

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.

Funny Car

01 Matt Hagan 3.859 331.61
02 John Force 3.861 331.94
03 Robert Hight 3.867 330.55
04 Tommy Johnson Jr 3.868 323.81
05 Bob Tasca III 3.883 328.86
06 Jack Beckman 3.889 329.42
07 Tim Wilkerson 3.889 329.1
08 Ron Capps 3.896 327.66
09 JR Todd 3.916 317.64
10 Alexis DeJoria 3.916 316.3

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

Pro Stock

01 Jeg Couglin Jr 6.536 208.46
02 Erica Enders 6.554 208.33
03 Aaron Stanfield 6.567 207.69
04 Kenny Delco 6.579 209.2
05 Bo Butner 6.580 208.42
06 Jason Line 6.581 209.01
07 Chris McGaha 6.581 208.55
08 Matt Hartford 6.583 208.14
09 Alex Laughlin 6.589 207.88
10 Greg Anderson 6.592 208.3

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.

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Jeg Couglin Jr 6.536 208.46
02 Erica Enders 6.565 209.82
03 Aaron Stanfield 6.567 207.69
04 Kenny Delco 6.579 209.2
05 Bo Butner 6.580 208.42
06 Jason Line 6.581 209.01
07 Chris McGaha 6.581 208.55
08 Matt Hartford 6.583 208.14
09 Alex Laughlin 6.589 207.88
10 Greg Anderson 6.592 208.3

Funny Car Friday

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Matt Hagan 3.859 331.61
02 John Force 3.861 331.94
03 Robert Hight 3.867 330.55
04 Bob Tasca III 3.883 328.86
05 Jack Beckman 3.889 329.42
06 Tim Wilkerson 3.893 323.27
07 Tommy Johnson Jr 3.915 324.12
08 JR Todd 3.916 317.64
09 Alexis DeJoria 3.942 301.74
10 Ron Capps 3.953 326.4

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

POSITION DRIVER ET MPH
01 Steve Torrence 3.671 326.48
02 Brittany Force 3.680 331.12
03 Leah Pruett 3.680 328.06
04 Terry McMillen 3.696 326.79
05 Billy Torrence 3.724 325.3
06 Doug Kalitta 3.740 323.5
07 Shawn Reed 3.749 325.92
08 Justin Ashley 3.758 315.64
09 Clay Millican 3.772 319.14
10 Austin Prock 3.775 314.24

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

A Winternationals photo gallery from Bill Jeffery is posted

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

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Qualifying highlights

#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.

Hope to have a few shots from Pomona as good buddy Bill Jeffery was in attendance.

 

 

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 Worsham’s newly-formed DC Motorsports team was just the first step in reigniting my quest at being the first female Funny Car world champion, and I’m thrilled that ROKiT is coming along for the ride,” DeJoria said in the media release. “I can’t 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

MONSTER ENERGY RETURNS TO JOHN FORCE RACING WITH MULTI-YEAR DEAL
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2020) — It was announced today that Monster Energy and John Force Racing have partnered for a multi-year deal beginning in the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Season. Monster Energy, who originally joined the John Force Racing family in 2015, returns home as the primary sponsor on 2017 World Champion Brittany Force’s Top Fuel dragster for 12 races.

“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 that’s what they’ll be chasing again this year and every year they’re 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 haven’t lived until you’ve felt your chest cavity shake and your eyes and nose burn after a 3-second Top Fuel pass.”

With 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.
The Monster Energy dragster will make its debut at the NHRA Winternationals, the season opener, February 7-9 and be the primary sponsor for 12 races. Monster will have branding on all four hot rods for the entirety of the 2020 NHRA season.

About Monster Energy
Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans.

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 Force’s 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 Prock’s dragster, will have top billing for 10 races of the upcoming season.

“Expanding our relationship with Frank Tiegs was a goal. He’s 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. It’s going to be a great season and we’re 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.

Championship 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.

Kalitta is ready to get the season underway. “We made an awesome run at the championship last season and I am fired up for this season. We have a brand new design on the car and trailer for the Mac Tools team and we are ready to get going. Everyone begins the season from the same spot at the Winternationals and we are very focused on making a strong start.”

Langdon will slide in the cockpit of the DHL Top Fuel dragster. The DHL dragster will once again be led by drag racing legend Connie Kalitta as crew chief alongside Kurt Elliott. Both dragsters will also represent new associate sponsors Mobil 1, NGK Spark Plugs, Osborn and returning sponsors SealMaster and WIX Filters.

“I had a great experience racing Funny Car the past two seasons. I think it made me a better racer. I am really looking forward to getting back into Top Fuel. I can’t wait to race for Connie and Kurt and the DHL team. The team has had a lot of success and I want to keep up the positive momentum,” said Langdon.

J.R. Todd, the 2018 NHRA Funny Car champion will return to the seat of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Todd will also be repping new sponsors Mobil 1 and NGK Spark Plugs as well as returning major associate team sponsor WIX Filters. Todd will continue to chase his second Funny Car world championship with returning crew chiefs Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer.

“Last season didn’t go our way and had a lot of ups and downs. The good news is we have a great team of guys over here with the DHL Toyota Funny Car team and I think we will be stronger because of our struggles. Everyone really had a good off season and we are looking forward to testing and then getting the season started. Our number one goal at Kalitta is to win the championship and that is what we are going to focus on every day,” added Todd.

The Kalitta Motorsports team will be on track for the PRO test session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the end of the month in preparation for the season opening 60th annual Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, February 7-9, 2020. Tune in throughout the season to Fox and Fox Sports 1 (FS1) to catch all the 330 mph racing action.

 

 

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, NHRA’s 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 NHRA’s 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 NHRA’s 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 Chandler’s late wife, philanthropist and longtime friend of DSR, Terry Chandler.

Following Terry’s passing in July 2017, Chandler opted to continue his wife’s 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 institution’s 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.

“It’s 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.

 

 

Linda Drieve

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

THE RACE FOR EXCELLENCE HAS NO FINISH LINE:
HODGSON TO LEAVE LONG TIME MOTORSPORT VENTURE PARTNERSHIP

Hall of fame photo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EDMONTON, ALBERTA January 17, 2020)
The Castrol Raceway ownership Team today announces that Rob Reeves and Ron Hodgson have decided, by mutual agreement, to end the 15 year partnership of Alberta’s Premier Motorsports Complex operating as Castrol Raceway. Mr. Hodgson, a long time advocate of Motorsports will be leaving the company effective immediately, with Reeves upholding the role as sole owner of the venue and operations.

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 Venue’s 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.

Henkelman’s 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. Henkelman’s 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, we’re 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.

Henkelman’s 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 image)

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.

“It’s been a good run, and I’ve really enjoyed driving a Pro Stock car for Ken Black and Summit Racing,” Line said. “I’m not leaving Pro Stock—I’m 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 we’ll miss cheering for him as one of the faces of Team Summit. We’re excited to see what he’s 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 Line’s 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.

“I’m 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 you’ll 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. “It’s 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.

Calendar paypal buttons are now on the calendar page

 

Christmas at the Kalitta's

Adam DeJonge's new race helmet courtesy Justin Bond.

 

December 20, 2019

If you are looking for a drag racing calendar this year, go to this page for your choice of a Pro Mod or Doorslammer/Top Sportsman version. Pay pal will be set up in the next couple days. For Canadian orders you can send an E-Transfer (email to speedzone1@shaw.ca). Then email us (same email as the E-transfer) with your shipping address and $14.95 (includes shipping) per calendar. Also include which calendar you want or if you want both types for $29.00. They will be shipped with two day shipping.

 


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