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May 15, 2018

Photos are now posted along with the weekend's final rounds from Mission Raceway.

 

May 14, 2018

The action was hot, not only on the track this past weekend at Mission Raceway Park.

Temperatures in the low 30's kept performances for many cars to summer like numbers, but solid car counts in Sportsman and the three Jr classes as well as S. Shifters and Doorslammers made the action on both days very exciting.

Three racers won both days and they were perennial top runners and classes champions Al Omond (above) and Craig Johnson, as well as Shelby Dawson (below) in Jr. Street.

Darien Provost and Peter Lacahas battled in the first Super Pro final of the eyar. Both are Jr Dragster alums.

 

The Feature class was the Canada West Doorslammers and it was Washington driver Mike Bedsworth taking the title over Island driver Paul Stretch.

Full weekend results from Mission Raceway are posted here. Final round photos are posted as well.

May 13, 2018

A strong first day at Mission Raceway for their first Summit sereis Bracket race as well as the Canada West Doorslammers, the BC Super Shifters, the NW Super Class Series and the West Coast Nitro Harley series.

Dave Kowalski Lead the Doorslammers with a testing 6.35/215 lap. The all new Sonny's Blown Hemi (very few if any of this combo out there). The other expected low 6 second performer, Kerry Stone was testing a new combination in his Twin Turbo Camaro, but was off the gas early on all three runs, running a best of a 7.07. Once they get this new combo sorted out, it will be very strong. This opening weekend will have more six second cars than ever possibly. Others in that rarified position include Greg Feal with a 6.75/212, Tony Driessen with a 6.88/189, John West with a grouping of 6.93's @ over 190. Joe Mellof and Rod Leclaire are also likely six second racers coming Sunday morning's final session.

Six - eight Nitro Harleys (including a couple Pro Dragster made qualifying runs on Saturday and Nate Gagnon lead the pack with a 6.9 lap. His Bike has a supercharged twin. We' ll have full results posted from all the weekend's racing over the next few days.

May 11, 2018

 

It's hard to tell what was the coolest 1st day out for SpeedZone this 2018 season at the Friday test n tune at Mission Raceway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing Tony Driessen out in one of the most legendary race cars (or trucks) from the province, and running a career best by almost one second. He ripped off a 6.88/196 in his final lap Friday with the same motor he ran in his farm truck last year. It sure helps to have 1000lbs less. Very Cool. He now wants to put what he calls a real motor in it (meaning 900 cubes or more) and get way down into the sixes or dare we say ...fives!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...........Or seeing John DeJonge out in his new Corvette. This is one of the nicest rides I have seen in the Top Sportsman/ Doorslammer ranks. It has a 1300 hp 630+ cu.in. BB Chevy and he dropped his career best by half a second (7.44). His other ride (the Camaro) has a puny 400 inch SB Chevy. Scott Robinson gets to drive the 'Vette this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Okanagan 'Punisher' transformed to a bad ass Chevelle (it used to be a Duster) with twin turbos under the hood. This beast was built by RH (Ryan and the boyz) and and the power put together by Cutting Edge (Kerry and Daryl). Kelly Madore is the next Pro Mod/Pro Street driver to make some noise. This the fourth hit on the car turned in a 1000 foot 6.56 @ only 198 mph. He then improved during the street legals and ran a 6.41/220. Look for a low 6 and 240 tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I missed Dave Kowalski's laps today, buthe apparently went 6.5 with a .97 60 foot, as he gets the first runs with the new Sonny's Hemi at Sea Level. This car will be a low 6/hi 5 second performer this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mopar street legal beast (Drag Pak), 350 supercharged Cubes, very cool.

 

 

 

 

May 9, 2016

It looks like local racing will happen finally this weekend as Mission Raceway opens their season. They were scheduled in April but weather played with us locally. The Canada West Doorslammers open their eight race schedule. They have a new title sponsor for the 2018 season

Winter Harbour Marina and RV, a Henry Zacharias company is the new series sponsor. This weekend is presented by Artex Barn Solutions. With good weather forecasted, it is expected there will be a strong turnout. The bracket classes should be out in force as they will compete for points for the first time this season. There is also a Test n tune Friday and the Mopac Street Legals Friday night.

May 8, 2016

This past weekend the first Division 6 LODRS took place at Boise. No TA cars, but they did run the Heritage Nitro Funny Cars. Jeff Arend won over Shawn Bowen. Tim Boychuk was the only Canadian in the field. He lost in round one.

A number of BC drivers competed and the best showing was put in by Al Quigley. He runner-upped in Super Street. Al was deadly on the tree with a .003 light, but he took too much stripe and broke out.

Here are final round results courtesy NHRA



BOISE, Idaho – Justin Cooper took home not one but two trophies as he pulled off the double in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series while Jeff Arend out ran Shawn Bowen for the Nostalgia Funny Car title in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series and the 48th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Peterson Chevrolet Buick Cadillac at Firebird Raceway.

Cooper, Medical Lake, Wash., knocked out Mike Hiatt, Fallon, Nev., in Super Comp running 9.159 seconds at 161.56 mph with Hiatt posting a 9.171, 161.56. In Super Street, Cooper met up with Al Quigley out of Aldergrove, B.C. Cooper’s ’67 Chevelle covered the quarter mile in 11.140, 129.79 to Quigley’s 11.114, 140.91 in his ’98 Mustang.

Arend qualified on top and beat out Jon Rice and Bobby Cottrell in rounds one and two before meeting up with No. 3 qualifier Bowen. Arend, La Verne, Calif., ran a 5.741 second pass at 249.76 mph as he slowly pulled away from Bowen at 5.866, 224.62.

Jeff Lane and Norman Lapointe joined Cooper at the top of the Lucas Oil Series winners list. Lane, North Bend, Wash., continued to rack up wins in Comp Eliminator as he held off Ralph Van Paepeghem in his ’10 Cobalt with a lap of 8.143 seconds, 159.70 mph to Paepeghem, Garden Valley, Idaho, at 7.414, 177.49 in his ’32 roadster.

Lapointe, out of Sherwood Park, Alb., won over Idaho racer Joe Turner from Lewistown. Lapointe crossed the finish line at 9.883, 132.33 with Turner right behind at 10.856, 119.00.

Jake Neibauer and Craig Blaisdell took home the trophies in the JBS Top Sportsman and RAD Top Dragster respectively. Neibauer outran Dan Lafferty going 6.978, 191.84 in his ’63 Corvette and Blaisdell posted a 6.869 at 155.78 in his ’18 dragster to beat out Dave Jackson.

Other racers taking home wins in the Lucas Oil Series were Darrick Ellam over local racer Mick Alley of Eagle, Idaho, in Stock and John Dalrymple put Jason Heard on the trailer in Super Gas. Rick Newport rode his ’95 Suzuki to the win in Sportsman Motorcycle over David Wood of Eagle, Idaho.

In Summit Racing Series categories, it was Juliet Barnhart leading the way in Super Pro taking the win over Chris Jaggers. Levi Burlile out drove Carl Youngstrom in Pro and Rex Petersen out dueled Zak Pedraza in Heavy. Tanner Theobald won the Super Pro Consolation.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division 48th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Peterson Chevrolet Buick Cadillac:

NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR
Jeff Arend, La Verne, Calif., '78 Firebird, 5.741, 249.76 def. Shawn Bowen, Goodrich, Mich., '69 Camaro, 5.866, 224.62.

COMP ELIMINATOR
Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '10 Cobalt, B/SMA, 8.143, 159.70 def. Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley, Idaho, '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.414, 177.49.

SUPER STOCK
Norman Lapointe, Sherwood Park, Alb., '08 Cobalt, GT/GA, 9.883, 132.33 def. Joe Turner, Lewiston, Idaho, '67 Camaro, SS/HA, 10.856, 119.00.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Darrick Ellam, Ridgefeild, Wash., '76 Pinto, W/SA, 16.737, 78.30 def. Mick Alley, Eagle, Idaho,
'69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.626, 123.59.

SUPER COMP
Justin Cooper, Medical Lake, Wash., '06 Undercover, 9.159, 161.56 def. Mike Hiatt, Fallon, Nev.,
'17 TNT, 9.171, 161.56.

SUPER GAS
John Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., '04 Corvette, 10.161, 160.18 def. Jason Heard, Battle Ground, Wash., '86 Mustang, 10.152, 153.37.

SUPER STREET
Justin Cooper, Medical Lake, Wash., '67 Chevelle, 11.140, 129.79 def. Al Quigley, Aldergrove, B.C., '98 Mustang, 11.114, 140.91.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Jake Neibauer, Billings, Mont., '63 Corvette, 6.978, 191.84 def. Dan Lafferty, Wendell, Idaho, '69 Camaro, 7.081, 184.07.

TOP DRAGSTER
Craig Blaisdell, Anderson, Calif., '18 Miller, 6.869, 155.78 def. Dave Jackson, Poulsbo, Wash.,
'14 Mullis, foul.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki, 8.309, 149.73 def. David Wood, Eagle, Idaho, '16 Arctic CAT, 9.173, 132.91.

SUPER PRO
Juliet Barnhart, '00 Soran, 7.604, 173.85 def. Chris Jaggers, '02 Soran, 7.962, 166.11.

SUPER PRO CONSOLATION
Tanner Theobald, Saint George, Utah, '14 Trick, 9.247, 161.11 def. James Warden, Santa Ana, Calif., '04 Worthy, 9.311, 151.10.

PRO
Levi Burlile, Nampa, Idaho, '63 Falcon, 10.289, 127.70 def. Carl Youngstrom, Caldwell, Idaho, '70 Trans Am, foul.

HEAVY
Rex Petersen, '99 Corvette, 12.542, 111.15 def. Zak Pedraza, Boise, Idaho, '89 Chev S10, 12.395, 98.59.

SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT
Mike Shannon, Kelowna, B.C., '15 American, 9.179, 164.93 def. Justin Cooper, Medical Lake, Wash.,
'06 Undercover, 9.133, 168.85.

SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT
Steve Laskowske, Tigard, Ore., '63 Corvette, 10.177, 161.98 def. Chris Cannon, Bothell, Wash., '63 Corvette, broke.

SUPERSTREET SHOOTOUT
Todd Sims, Puyallup, Wash., '66 Nova, 11.163, 134.64 def. Christopher Northup, Boise, Idaho, '68 Camaro, 11.136, 132.75.

April 21, 2018

Had to show the TAD qualifying from Virginia Motorsport park at the Division 1 LODRS from Friday (courtesy Drag Race Central)

1 1482 TA/D Richard Bourke, Old Tappan NJ, Hadman-T 5.161 277.66
2 1211 A/FD Justin Ashley, Plainview NY, Meyer-BAE 5.177 277.66
3 7 A/FD Dan Page, Hampstead NH, Page-BAE 5.179 282.60
4 11 A/FD Josh Hart, Ocala FL, Dragster-BAE 5.230 274.66
5 35 TA/D Jared Dreher, Clinton IN, McKinney 5.240 273.27
6 325 TA/D Troy Coughlin Jr., Delaware OH, Hadman- 5.252 278.23
7 8002 A/FD Julie Nataas, Santa Barbara CA, Copelan 5.265 278.29
8 1301 A/FD Doug Foley, Mooresville NC, DSR-BAE 5.265 269.56

------------ Not Qualified ------------

9 765 A/FD Duane Shields, Boulder City NV, Hadman- 5.277 273.27
10 726 TA/D Jordan Vandergriff, Brea CA, MLR-TFX 5.278 275.56
11 176 A/FD Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek ON, McKinney-B 5.297 281.48
12 1011 B/AD Dan Dietrich, Glen Arm MD, BOS-NRE 5.342 260.51
13 1128 A/FD Karen Stalba, Hammonton NJ, Hadman-BAE 5.344 270.48
14 118 B/AD Frank Schuster, Chesterfield NJ, Keir-B 5.475 263.41
15 183 B/AD Tom Fox Jr., Shamong NJ, Hadman-BAE 5.626 254.47
16 17 A/FD Dan Mercier, Saint-Michel PQ, Page-BAE 8.750 94.83

A 5.26 bump with three drivers in the 5.20's outside the field.

 

April 20, 2018

At the 'Fling, Al Quigley made it to the semi finals where he took on Luke Bogacki. It was Al's worst light of the day, an .057, that spelled the end of his day. Bogacki went .011 to advance. In the final ogacki took the win with a .008 light to Lane Dicken's .021. Still a great day for 'Quig'. John DeJonge went five rounds on Thursday.

Today is the big day, with a minimum of 200K up for grabs for the winner.

Houston is up this weekend in the Mello Yello NHRA series. Pro Mods are competing this weekend as well as usual other pro classes. No TA this weekend.

Also up this weekend is the BC Custom and Classic car show at the TRADEX. Calgary's Fedorowich family with their big show Top Fuel dragster will fire up all three days with a big load of Nitro.

April 19, 2018

Happy Birthday to both my brother Darren and sister Debbie this week.

The Spring Fling is this week and a few local are there competing. John DeJonge went six rounds Wednesday. He also picked up his new race car, a 53 Corvette. Scotty Robinson is behind the wheel for John in the new car and he went a few rounds as well. The car looks great and it will be wrapped similar to the Camaro when he gets back.

Lsst week was the Vegas Divisional (#1). Over 600 cars were entered. Local BC racers competing included Shawn Cowie, Dan Provost, Rick McKinney, Dave Kowlaski, Rick Pike, Greg Marshall, Stephanie Pike, Mike Lucas Brody Belsam and Rod Belsam. There were a couple handfuls of Alberta racers as well. Unfortunately, no Canadians went to the finals or later rounds.

Idaho's Dan Lafferty won Top Dragster and Washington's Daryl Hemley was the Runner-up in Top Sportsman.

Final round results.

 

April 7, 2017

Our hearts to out to the Humbolt Broncos Jr Hockey team and their family and all of the residents Humbolt Saskachewan. All Hockey fans around the world and all of Canada are saddened by this tragedy. 15 of the 29 people (including the driver) were killed when struck by a semi- tractor Friday evening. It appears it was a senseless tragedy. God Speed

Here is a link to the story including a biography of all on the bus.

 

This weekend the newly named and newly renovated Las Vegas Denso Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals are up this weekend. The Drag Racing world appears split on this unique format. We will have full results over the weekend.

March 22, 2018

Sad to hear of the sudden passing of one of the legends of Nitro racing Steve Plueger. The West Coast Funny Car fraternity will not be the same with Plueger turning the screws. He was an innovator, builder and everything in between and he was one of the guys that got the Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car class off the ground 15-20 years ago. Austin is one of the guys who learned under Steve. He got his start with him as well. Steve will be sadly missed.

March 13, 2017

 

Mission Raceway's schedule and Poster for 2018

The Mission Raceway Poster above goes to print in the next couple days.

We will also be producing for the first time in a decade a Langley Loafers poster as they hold two events at MRP in 2018. They will feature Nostalgia Funny Cars in June and Pro Mods at the August event.

The schedule above and below is now complete. Mission Raceway will be distributing them to all sponsors, vendors, and speed shops throughout the Lower Mainland and around BC.

March 4, 2018

A busy weekend on the West Coast as The Bakersfield March meet took place and the first LODRS in Division Seven in Phoenix was on the docket.

At Phoenix local driver Shawn Cowie took the big win in TAD, defeating friend and rival Joey Severance in the final round.

Severance struggled at Pomona a couple weekends earlier but was the #1 qualifier running a 5.19 at a booming 281 in qualifying. Both he and Cowie advanced through eliminations running 5.20's, until the final round where Shawn went 5.26. Severance was off pace and slowed to a 5.66. In TAFC, Shane Westerfield defeated Nick Januik.

Other winners

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Clint Neff def. Ross Wilson

SUPER STOCK
Ed Niquette def. George Stassi

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Brian McClanahan def. Mike Cotten

TOP DRAGSTER
Paul Nero def. John Taylor Jr.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Bryan Warr def. Dave Slatten

SUPER COMP
Parker Theobald def. Evan Kowalski

SUPER GAS
Aaron Kinard def. Marko Perivolaris

SUPER STREET
Mark Yeager def. Ryan Giacone

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
Anthony Vanetti def. DJ Martin

 

March 4, 2018

Funny Car

Bobby Cottrell wins the March Meet in his first race at the fabled event in Nitro Funny Car.

Ryan Hodgson reaches the final round for the second year in a row. He runner-ups to the Austin / O'Brien Camaro.


 

February 25, 2018

 

NHRA video.

Another wild weekend for Team Force at race 2 of the Mello Yello Series in Phoenix. For the second race in a row, team leader John has a huge car explosion, and this time the end result was the opponent in the other lane suffering as a result. Jonnie Lindberg was in the other lane and well back when Force had his engine let go at the stripe. His car went into the other lane bounced off the wall just in front of the Jim Head owned car. Force's car then bounced off the wall and the rear tires landed on the windshield of Jonnie's Camry. From there the two cars got tangled up in each other's parachutes and spun around a couple times before coming to a stop in Force's lane. Lindberg was uninjured and Force was taken to the local medical center for evaluation. He was released and got back to the track in time to watch daughter Courtney get the win in Funny Car over Tommy Johnson Jr. She ran a 4.83/337 in the Victory (Johnson was off the gas early). There likely will be a number of safety conversations and potential changes to the nitro classes in light of what has gone down in the first two races of 2018. Top Fuel was won by Steve Torrence (3.72) over Scott Palmer (he had issues in the run). Chris McGaha won Pro Stock over Jason Line with a 6.52 - 6.53. Tii Thorpe won Nitro Harley over Jay Turner.


In the Sportsman classes, North West drivers had great results. Oregon's Paul Nero won Top Dragster Idaho's Trever Harkema won Super Comp and Jody Lang from Seattle won Stock. Richmond's Rick McKinney lost in the Semi-finals of Super Stock by 11 thou to Lamb. Lang went to the semis in Super Stock as well for two solid results.
Justin Lamb won Super Stock, David Kiesel won Super Street, Todd Barton won Super Gas (Casey Plaizier went to the ¼'s), and Brian Warr won Top Sportsman. Next weekend the racers return to Phoenix for the first West Coast LODRS. We expect to see a bunch of North West racers there as well.


On the East Coast, they held their first LODRS of the season and the RPM Pro Mods were there testing as well in preparation for the 2018 Pro Mod season. Carl Steven's Jr, driving Jim Bell's Pro Mod qualified #1 with a strong 5.76/255. He lost in round two though. Shane Molinari was a top half qualifier and the quickest car in elimination's running a 5.78. He went to the final round but lost to Jeremy Ray. Molinari was off the gas early in the final.

February 21, 2018

In an unprecedented move, Norwalk (Summit Motorsport park) has upped the anti for the Top Alcohol classes at their LODRS regional event in May, (see below).


SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK Turns up Division 3 Pro-Alcohol Racing
$11,600 for Top Alcohol Qualifiers at Cavalcade of Stars in Norwalk
Summit Motorsports Park is putting up a total of $11,600 for drivers qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster at the 12th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, May 18-20, 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car, which features 270-plus mph vehicles, and Top Alcohol Dragster, which features 285-plus mph vehicles, the payout for qualifying includes $1,000 for first, $900 for second, $800 for third, $700 for fourth, $600 for fifth, $500 for sixth, $400 for seventh, $300 for eighth and $150 for ninth through twelfth place qualifiers.
That’s in addition to an already plentiful payout in those categories — the quickest and fastest of the event which traditionally welcomes the largest audience on the annual NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Division tour — as winners will receive $2,500, while runners-up will receive $1,5000, semifinalists will receive $1,000 and quarterfinalists will receive $750. All of that pushes the total purse to close to $30,000.

“The last time I checked, a 260-plus mph dragster or Funny Car is damn exciting to watch,” said Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. “Our Top Alcohol classes are critical to our long-term sustainability, and the additional $11,600 is money well-invested.”

February 18, 2018

One of the biggest small tire drag races is on this weekend SGMP (Valdosta Georgia), Lights Out 9. The Lazic's (Roy and Jordie) made the trek again this year. They have a 959 Sonny's bullet in the family Firebird this year. Jordie qualified real well running a best of a 4.38 in qualifying. He made it to the 1/4 finals and faced off against hitter Josh Klugger. Klugger ran the first ever "3" in Pro 275 Racing. In the 1/4's Krugger took the win with a 4.14/183 to a very game and quicker leaving 4.29/173 by the Gen III team. Great effort Jordie and Roy. The car will be a beast on the West Coast.

 

February 17, 2018

 

Sad news to hear of the passing of Canadian Drag Racing legend Geoff Goodwin. Geoff has been a part of Western Canada Drag Racing for over five decades. Based out of Alberta, he was a track operator (Edmonton) team owner and sponsor. He was inducted to the Canadian Drag Racing hall of fame as well as the Canadian motorsport hall of fame. He was instrumental in the development of Edmonton International Speedway in the 60's and was the president of the CCHRA (Capital City Hot Hod Assoc.). Two and a half decades later he was a huge part of the current Castrol Raceway development as an investor and getting others to invest. The last 15 years he was the owner of the Renegade Top Alcohol Funny Car team. The team was very successful in the NW and held many track records and won a number of IHRA and NHRA events with a few different drivers including Greg Hunter, Jason Rupert, Ken Webster and Ken Kraus.

Always a friendly face and fierce competitor, I worked with Geoff on a number of promotional projects throughout the last two decades. He was as passionate and committed to the sport as anyone I have ever met and will be sadly missed. RIP Geoff

 

 

 

February 11, 2018

A wild weekend at Pomona for Team Force as Both John and Brittany have on track incidents. John had a huge blower explosion Friday at the end of his second qualifier. The team brought out a new car for Saturday and qualified in the top half of the field. Today in round one of eliminations, Brittany lost traction and in her recovery process, she hit the wall hard and then crossed back into her lane where the car tore apart. She was okay, pretty badly bruised and battered. She spent the night in Hospital. The two week break should give her enough time to heal up. Pro winners were Doug Kalitta in Top Fuel over Tony Schumacher. In Fuel Funny Car it was Matt Hagan over Robert Hight 3.82 over 3.86, both drivers were over 335 mph. In Pro Stock it was Bo Butner defeating Jason Line.

In Lucas Oil Racing Top Alcohol racing Shawn Cowie defeated Garrett Bateman in TAD to take the first race of 2018. Obviously the goal for the Mundies team is to go one spot further in the standings then they did last year. Shawn ran as quick as a 5.21 on the weekend. In the final he ran a 5.33 over a tire smoking Bateman. In TAFC, it was Shane Westerfield defeating Ulf Leanders 5.42 - 5.50.

 

 

February 8th, 2018

On the eve of Pro qualifying for the Lucas Oil Winternationals......

A very interesting read written by one of the most knowledgeable Drag Racing experts I have ever met, Bret Kepner. Facebook does have its cool parts and this post by Kepner is one of them. For those that haven't heard NHRA is doing away with win lights during qualifying at National events.

In Sportsman qualifying , Shawn Cowie leads TAD with a 5.227/275 and Duane Shields is #2 with a 5.24/274 blast. Joey Severance was off pace with a 5.504. In TAFC, Doug Gordon is on top with a 5.45. Division Six racers Brian Hough and Chris Marshall are #2 and 3 with 5.458 and 5.473.

A number of Division SIx and Canadian racers are inattendnance in the other sportsman classes. Mike Lucas, defending Div 6 TS racer is there, John Tiegen (TS), Brian Ritchie (TD), Grant Durie (TD), Graham Foster (TS), Rick Pike (Super Stock), Darrell Stobbe (Super Stock), Rick McKinney (Super Stock), Darcy Clarke (Super Stock), Norm LaPointe (Super Stock) and Don Thomas (Super Stock) . The Super Classes will also have a number of Canucks in attendance. Nitro Harley will compete this weekend as well and I epect a few Canadians competing as well.

February 4, 2017

We are back..........

After over a month away from local and North American Drag Racing news, partly due to deadline projects for my other job and partly due to internet and power outages between Christmas and New Year's. We are slowly getting back to form here.

What the format will be and how much time overall here at SpeedZone depends on a number of factors.

For now we hope everyone had a great holiday season and are getting primed for the new season. The NHRA big show is only a few days away. A number of changes have been announced for the 2018 season by NHRA. Included but not limited to are: 1. Pro Stock, any motor (Chevy, Ford, Mopar) can be used with any body style from 2009 and later. Funny Car will have a rev limiter similar to what is used by Top Fuel (in hopes of keeping speeds well below 330mph.

The biggest news from the NHRA is the closure of Old Bridge Township Raceway (Englishtown NJ) for Drag Racing events effective immediately. National events have been held there for almost 50 years and it was one of the Premier events in the NHRA. The Rapp family received an offer (lease) that was too good to turn down. Virginia Motorsport Park is now back on the schedule and will host the VirginiaNationals. That track's new owner Tommy Franklin (Pro Mod standout) is very excited to host an NHRA National event. The race will include Pro Mod.

Pre-season testing is at Wild Horse in Phoenix and by the looks of testing all top teams are right where they left off last year. One notable team, Mike Salina's 'Scrapper Racing' will run full time in 2018 and he is right near the top in testing, running a career best 3.731. Doug Kalitta lead all drivers with a 3.68 best.

Here are Friday's best TF numbers.

3.688, 331.12 - Doug Kalitta
3.699, 323.35 - Brittany Force
3.718, 332.10 - Tony Schumacher
3.718, 331.45 - Steve Torrence
3.731, 319.07 - Mike Salinas
3.755, 284.09 - Blake Alexander
3.760, 287.35 - Leah Pritchett
3.921, 239.87 - Antron Brown
3.937, 225.75 - Billy Torrence


Saturday's best saw Leah Pritchett run the fastest speed in the 1000 foot era. she ripped off a 3.664 334.73. Brittany Rorce was #2 with a .3.692 327.43

 

Funny Car.

Saturday saw Matt Hagan and Robert Hight run the best numbers. Hagan went 4.843/332.84 and Hight's best was a 3.880/332.02

The Funny Cars are led by Courtney Force with a best of 3.83 on Friday. The Funny Cars mandated lower RPM this year has still shown 300 mph is still in their wheelhouse.

3.839, 329.99 - Courtney Force
3.851, 330.72 -Matt Hagan
3.884, 326.16 - Tommy Johnson Jr.
3.893, 328.62 - Ron Capps
3.894, 314.90 -John Force
3.904, 320.05 - Jonnie Lindberg
3.904, 313.73 - Chad Green
3.911, 324.05 - Shawn Langdon
3.920, 329.34 - J.R. Todd
3.949, 290.26 - Robert Hight
3.969, 305.77 - Cruz Pedregon

Shawn Langdon is behind the wheel of a Kalitta Flopper this year as he replaces the retiring Alexis DeJoria. NFC racer and past TAFC driver Robert Townsend will race in big show Funny Car this year, no word on whether is will be a West Coast based season for the Californian or a more extensive schedule. Chad Green was driver Tim Wilkerson's Floppe

Pro Stock Saturday, Pro Stock saw the rest of the Summit team show up alongside Bo Butner. Erica Enders topped the list with a .572 at 208.97 in her Melling Performance / Elite Motorsports Camaro. Greg Anderson ran 6.595 at 209.20 in his Summit Camaro.

Pro Stock is usually much more under the radar as a couple of the top teams (Summit and Gray) usually test for at least a month during the off season at various southern tracks. Erica and the Elite/Melling Camaro, the Jegs/ Elite Camaro are at Phoenix as is the Elite/Gas Monkey Camaro and Chris Mcgaha. The World Champ Bo Butner, is the only Summit team at Wild Horse. Vince Nobile after taking off the Countdown last year will run full time as will V. Gaines in 2018. V. will have Chevy Power.

Local racer Shawn Cowie is the as well and he will testing today through early in the week before heading to Pomona in hopes of moving up one spot in the standings by the end of 2018. Pro Mod will be a bit different this year with a few notable new names on the NHRA list, and it is Female strong. Erica Enders will compete with Elite Turbo power, Lizzy Musi will also be in the NHRA this year. Melanie Salemi will compete as well. Three strong women representing all three power adders.

 

Locally, here is an update to the Terry McHardy celebration of Life has been changed to Saturday April 14, 2018 1:00-4:30. at the Quality Inn Conference Centre
2nd Floor
36035 North Parallel Road
Abbotsford, B.C.

Tributes to start at 1:30pm

 

Mission Raceway will have an entirely different Look this year as all the tall Cottonwood trees that lined the staging lanes and return road were removed in late October. The monster trees were decaying at a rapid rate and there was big concern for damage to race cars support vehicles and of course racers and fans.

Mission Raceway's Schedule has a few major additions this year as well. They added a second Old Time Drag Race. They will host the Eagle Motorplex Reunion race in June, something I have fought for for a number of years, and it includes the Rocky Mountain Funny Cars. Two weeks later in the middle of June they will host for the first time ever in Canada a Double Header LODRS event. Race one will begin Wednesday the 13th with a test n tune and then Thursday and Friday Race one (without Top Alcohol competing in race #1, but they will begin qualifying for their weekend event Friday). Then race two, Saturday Sunday race #2 will complete. Having a double header will hopefully attract a few more US based teams have stayed away over the last decade due to rising travel costs.

Then the last weekend of June will see the start of Doorwarz VI. Every imaginable class of fast doorcars will compete headlined by Pro Mods of course. The third weekend of July has the return of the National Open and the Funny Cars. Three different Funny Car classes.

The Pro Mods are back the BC Day long weekend at the 26th annual Langley Loafers Old time Drags. Then the end of August has the SMS/Komatsu 'Smoke, Fire and Thunder" race. Jets, Wheelstanders, Pro Mods for the third time this year, and Nitro Harleys.

Pro Mods three times, a double header LODRS, two Loafers Old Time Drags and the Nitro Harleys competing five times (possibly six) at MRP in 2018.

 

The Division Six awards were held a few weekes ago and here are the special award winners:

Paul Dickey - Mark Lyle Hidden Hero

Claudette Dickey – Janet Lang Gracious Lady Award

Joey Severance – Top Alcohol Driver of the Year

Paul Nero – Sportsman Driver of the Year

Charis Cannon – Super Class Driver of the Year

Troy Johnston. – Mel Bresaw Memorial ET Driver of the Year

Cooper Chun – Don Rhyne Memorial ET Driver of the Year

Chris Barton – Rod Hoerner Rookie of the Year

Steve Cooper – Super Class Mechanic of the Year

Hal Sorenson – Sportsman Mechanic of the Year

Derek Snelson - Promoter of the Year

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Cal & MaryAnn Method

Brad Hadman

Tom Turner

Ray Hadford.

Division Six champions

Lucas Oil Series regional TAD Champion: Shawn Cowie. Lucas Oil Series champions: Jeff Lane- Comp Eliminator, Jody Lang - Super Stock, Jody Lang - Stock Eliminator, Justin Cooper - Super Comp, Chris Cannon - Super Gas, Todd Sims - Super Street, Rig Rentals Top Dragster Champion-Paul Nero, JBS Top Sportsman Champion-Mike Lucas, Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson-Don DePeel.


 

2018 Chassis Inspection Seminar Dates/Locations
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Location Date Times Contact


Cascade Truck Body & Trailer
Saturday, January 27 By Appointment 541-342-5317
Eugene, OR
Woodburn Dragstrip Saturday, March 3 9am - 3pm 503-982-4461
Woodburn, OR
(Expo Idaho) Boise Roadster Show
Saturday, March 10 9am -2pm 208-938-8986
Boise, ID
Bremerton Airport
Saturday, March 10 9am - 12pm 360-674-2280 to RSVP
Bremerton, WA
Pacific Raceways Sunday, March 18 9am - 1pm 253-639-5927
Kent, WA
B&B Sales Saturday, March 24 9am 406-491-0403
Missoula, MT
Medford Dragstrip Saturday, April 7 9am 541-788-0861
Medford, OR
Spokane County Raceway Saturday, April 7 9am 509-244-3333
Spokane, WA
Madras Dragstrip Saturday, April 14 9am 541-788-0861
Madras, OR
Mission Raceway Park Saturday April 14 8am-12pm 877- 826-6315
Mission, BC
Pendozi Machine Sunday, April 15 By Appointment 250-300-5571 to RSVP
Kelowna, BC
Y-Welding/Ebertz Racing Saturday, April 21 By Appointment 780-477-7354 to RSVP
Edmonton, AB
Vancouver Island Chassis Day Saturday, April 28 By Appointment 253-446-6594
Vancouver Island, B.C.


 

 


 

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