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September 23, 2018
Drag Bike weekend at MRP is not going to script as weather is playing havoc.
They did get in Saturday but it was a late start and finish.
The Doorslammers are competing as well.
Joe Mayzes was out for the firt time in a few years with his wheelstanding Chevelle.
Looking forward to seeing this truck out next year with more power. It is one of the nicest rides in the DS series.
September 5, 32018
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September 3, 2018
Sorry for no updates the last week. Had a serious hand injury (lost half my thumb) last week and is a bit difficult to type. Anyway lots going on this weekend across N. America. The NW had two events happening.
The Western Drag Racing League finished off their season at Castrol (Edmonton). Dean Bettenson won the Pro Mod race and the season championship. He defeated Joe Delehay in the final round. Joe ended up in second place and Wade Sjostrom was third.
The Top "E" also finished off their season as well as the Rocky Mountain Funny Cars. We will try and get final results from those series' this week.
In NHRA competition, the Div 6 Summit ET finals action took place at Firebird Raceway in Boise. Portland won the team title Sunday. Sydney Jung was the Runner-up in Jr Thunder in the ROC Saturday. Kyle Wagenaar from Redcliff, Alb won Jr Lightning Sunday (Medicine Hat team member).
The yellow Bullet Nationals took place at Cecil County Dragway (NJ) Friday through Sunday. It is one of the largest independent races in North America feature a multitude of small tire classes. Close to 500 cars attend that event.
The "BIG ONE" was also on this weekend. The US Nationals in Indy started last Wednesday and ended today. It includes the Mopar Hemi Challenge, The factory Stock Shootout and all the NHRA classes. The pros race for points and a half. Two Division Six racers competed in the TA classes. Shawn Cowie qualified in the top 4 but went out in the second round. Chris Marshall, the biggest newsmaker in the class over the last year and a half lost in the final round to Sean Bellemeur. Marshall came on the scene two years ago and in this, his second full year of competition, ran in the 5.30's and has won four races this year. He sits in the top five in the standings.
James Daniels won the Hemi Shoot-out Friday over Gary Wolkwitz. 27 cars competed, but no West Coast cars. Hemi Shootout.net will have all the results.
For the pros, it was underdog city as Terry McMillen won Top Fuel over forever US Nat's bridsmaid Doug Kalitta. JR Todd won Funny Car over Matt Hagan. Tanner Gray defeated Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec defeated LE Tonglet in PSM. In Pro Mod is was Stevie Jackson defeating Jose Gonzalez in a pedal fest. Nitro Harley was won by Tii Tharpe over Doug Vancil .
August 29, 2018
Rain out at MRP so no racing at all for Smoke Fire and Thunder. The Pro Md will complete their season next weekend at Edmonton.
August 25, 2018
Two months without any measurable rain, and on possibly the biggest race day of the year at MRP, what happens...you got it... I know the province badly needed the moisture, as a good portion of it is burnt and burning, but am I selfish for wanting the rain to stay away for a couple more days, or at least only rain at night. Unfortunately the rain stopped late this afternoon when it was too late to dry the track, and it stayed dry till SpeedZone left the track at 10pm. Hopefully the weather gods cooperate and it stays away for Sunday, even though the forecast does not look favourable.
The Jet cars stayed on the property in hopes of running on Sunday. The decision on that has not been made yet by the track officials. We will keep you informed.
August 24, 2018
The pits are jammed packed already at Mission Raceway for the SMS Smoke , Fire and Thunder weekend.
Over a dozen Pro Mods and a number of them made runs teSting today.
The Jet Cars are on the property and they include the two car Darin Bay team, Derek Snelson's Camaro and 'Her A Cane' (part of the Janishewski jet car team). The 'Jelly Belly' Stage Coach and Rick Marcum's Pick-up Wheelstander are also here to entertain the race fans of all ages.
With all the exhibition cars in attendance, there will be over 75 feature cars at MRP this weekend.
All of SpeedZone's weekend coverage is presented by Artex Barn Solutions.
John DeJonge and the team from Artex have become one of the most noticeable race teams in the Lower Mainland. John, running his 68 Camaro Doorslammer the last few years, took delivery of a 53 Corvette to start the 2018 season. Another Doorslammer racer, Henry Zacharias, took such a liking to the car that he bought it before John had made 20 runs on it. Now John will soon debut a second new car this year, the ex Molinari/Bond Firebird Pro Mod that was run last season. John will run the new Firebird with a big inch all motor combo. He hopes to have it out before the end of the season, possibly Vegas. Son Adam runs in the Jr Dragster program. In his first full season he leads the Lightning points.
August 23, 2018
Smoke Fire and Thunder weekend at Mission Raceway
Four jet Cars (two dragsters and two funny cars), Two Wheelstanders, over a dozen Pro Mods, close to 30 Doorslammers, likely a full field of Nitro Harleys, ^)$ Street Legal big Buck race, 275 Drag Radial and the NW Outlaws.
This will be a huge weekend
August 20 ,2018
The second to last LODRS in Division Six was this past weekend at Pacific Raceway.
Chris Demke upset Shawn Cowie in the TAD final round. Shawn was ahead at 300 feet but the car nosed over and Demke drove around him for the win. The good news for the Cowie team is that Joey Severance did not gain any points on him. Joey was a surprise round one loser at the Brainerd National event. Chris Marshall took the win in TAFC over 2017 world champ Shane Westerfield. Other winners from Seattle include: Jeff Lane in Comp, Jody Lang in Super Stock, Norm Webber in Stock, Doug Crumlich in Top Sportsman, Mark Campbell in Top Dragster, Miles Hauer in Motorcycle, Gary Erickson in Super Street and Rob Willis in Super Gas. He had two 9.900 runs in elimination's. Willis defeated Ron MacKenzie in the final round. Here are the numbers from what was a .0000 stripe ( 0.068 9.904 166.87 - 0.045 9.927 156.01) 'Mac' is gone deep at the last three events he has been to. Aaron Kinard won Super Comp.
Spokane held their 'Night of Fire' this past weekend as well. 10.5 was one of the feature classes. Llocals were prominant. Steve Nicholson took the win defeating Brian Sipe in the final. Steve defeated Nick Duda in a great match-up 4.17 to a 4.20 in round two and Paja Agatonovic, 4.128 to a close 4.14 in the semi finals. Ken Sihota was the #1 qualifier with a 4.122 but lost in round two. Bobby Cottrell defeated Wally Glavia in the Nitro Funny Car final round. Cottrell also won the UNFC championship.
This coming weekend is the annual SMS "Smoke, Fire and Thunder" event at Mission Raceway. Four Jet Cars, Two Wheelstanders and a full field of Pro Mods are the main feature classes. Other feature classes include the Canada West Doorslammer, the NW Outlaws and 275 (both Limited and DR outlaw).
August 13, 2018
A couple new rides locally.
Rick Givens ' new 55 Chevy out of RH Race Cars.
RH Racecars photos
Dan Provost's new RED from TNT. Will have the same combo as the Camaro. Should be a sub 6.50 runner for sure.
JS Powersports photos
August 12, 2018
World Series of Pro Mod (Bandimere Speedway)
Congratulations to Jim Bell and Carl Stevens Jr for their huge win at the World Series of Pro Mod
100,000 tot he win. He defeated Danny Rowe in the final round 5.86 to 5.94
Boise Night Fires Final round results
August 8, 2018
Results from the Pro Nostalgia class from the BC Old Time Drags is posted.
August 6, 2018
A WDRL Pro Mod page from the BC Old TIme drags with full qualifying and elimination's is here.
A few Seattle photos courtesy Bill Jeffery are posted below the Old Time Drag results.
August 5, 2018
The racing was hot during Sundays final rounds at MRP's Loafers Old Time Drags.
Jeff Hill hit the highlight reels but for the wrong reasons, as seen here with a nitrous explosion in round one. Dean Bettenson in the right lane won the race running 6.0's in three rounds on Sunday.
A close race at the stripe as Joe had a .12 at the tree. Bettenson took a half car length finish line stripe.
6.80 dials for Ray Hadford and Steve Faller in Pro Nostalgia. Faller went .007 on the tree and ran an 82 to an 87 for Hadford.
Kerry Stone gave away his performance advantage with a red light against Dal Sangha in round two.
David Kowalski ran 227 in testing Sunday after a round one loss.
Luke Balough struggled in Pro Nos qualifying and jumped into Outlaw. He went 7.60 dead on his dial in round one.
Pat Polara in the totally cool Chupacabra was wheels up all weekend long. He ended up as the R/U in Straight Axle.
Larry Rhodenizer won again in Street Rod 'A'
A real cool round one match-up in SRA
The NW Nationals are complete. Antron Brown won his first event of 2018 against team mate Leah Pritchett. Ron Capps defeated Robert Hight in Funny Car. Tanner Gray defeated Deric Kramer in Pro Stock. In The sportsman classes Division six fared really well and a couple Canadians earned 'Wallys".
Shawn Cowie got a huge win against Joey Severance in a Can vs US final round. Shawn expends his point lead to 60 points with the win. Chris Marshall won his first National event in TAFC. He defeated 2017 world champ Shane Westerfield with his third 5.45 run of the weekend.
This final round is going to be routine all year long as these two battle is out for the TAD championship (as long as the other top runners dont spoil the party).
Chris Marshall and Shane Westerfield in the TAFC final round.
Alberta's Mike Scott was the runner-up in Nitro Harley. Tii Tharpe was the winner. Alberta's Fransecsa Plaizier won Super Street. Brian Hyerstay won Comp Eliminator. Bryan LaFlam defeated Alberta's James Rutrherford in Top Sportsman when Rutherford broke out by .001. Abbotsford's Dan Provost went to the semi finals in TD and the 1/4 finals in TS. Steve Casner won Top Dragster over Andy Spiegel. Greg Krause won Super Comp. Gene Kelly won Super Gas. Casey Plaizier lost in the semis. Ron MacKenzie lost to Plaizier in the 1/4 finals. Super Stock was won by world Champ Justin Lamb. Abbotsford's Darrell Stobbe went to the semi finals. Ryan Warter won in Stock.
Two very close round two TAD pairings below show Shawn Cowie defeating James Stevens (both blower cars).
Joey Severance defeated Chris Demke below in another all blown round. This was the first time in recent memory thaat all five of the quickest blown TAD cars on the continent were in attencance at Seattle (the fifth was Fred Hanssen).
August 4, 2018
Race #2 for the Langley Loafers in 2018
The WDRL Pro Mods are the feature class this weekend at Mission Raceway.
Hot, hot, hot action Saturday for the Pro Mods at MRP. The track conditions were challenging to say the least Saturday as the surface temperatures were in the 125-130 range for most of the day. 17 Cars were actually entered and on the property by the end of Friday. Unfortunately, two competitors, Kelly Madore and Greg Feal, both turbo entries, had engine and driveline woes forcing them out of commission. 15 made runs and the top half ranges from a 6.19 best to a 6.50.
Kerry Stone and Jay Syvertsen are in the top four after the three rounds today. Stone ran a wheels up 6.22/237 best and Syvertsen went a multiple pedalling 6.28 at only 209. His last run (below) also saw a pedal job as you can see in the photo. On this one he went the same et, but legged iy out to a 233 mph blast. Wade Sjostrom leads with a 6.19/234. Dean Bettenson is #3 with a 6.25/230. He was also troubled on the day with transmission issues, something that has plagued him all year long. Joe Delehay was troubled all day long as wee, and his best was a 6.39/209. He had supercharger and burst panel issues with two different huffers.
Harry Lockerby had a couple nice wheels up launched Saturday. The Johnson brothers from Seattle made a couple nice laps (far lane).
Pro Nostalgia out of Oregon have 10 cars competing this weekend. Ray Hadford leads with a 6.80 (not shown). Shown here is Peter Farrell (Altered #6 @ 7.32 and Dwayne Sanders (far lane @ 6. 95
Steve Faller near lane in the blown Bantam ran a best of 6.81 and is #2. Roy Ranquist in the real retro digger is #8 with a 7.809
Tom Meheden is #9 with a 6.51/213 in his nitrous assisted Beretta
Dave Springman came out to play with the promods this weekend. This burnout was wild. He sits #13 with a 7.03.
Lots of real different and cool looking rides that usually only come out a couple times a year including this blown 32, and the Chevy pickup below.
Bob Kokotailo was out in his Henry. He went an 8.95 best.
Of course the show n shine was stellar this weekend. 150 cars or more were out in the bright sunshine.
They were lined up along the fence line from 300 feet right to the end of the quarter mile two deep.
One of my favourite rides and race cars. The 41 Willy's
August 4, 2018
August 1, 2018
We're back refreshed after a great 5 days away on Vancouver Island, four rounds of golf at amazing courses. The Island is littered with great courses.
While I was away and did not turn on my laptop, The Sonoma National event took place. Local (even though he lives across the line now) racer Ron MacKenzie was the runner-up in Super Gas. Way to go Ronny Mac!!
A couple other BC and Alberta racers were in attendance including Dan Provost (both TD and TS), Mike Williams (TS) and Ken Mostowich (SG and SC).
This coming weekend has a couple really good events. First up in the 30th NW Nationals at Pacific Raceways. The big show returns for its annual once a year venture in to Div 6. The big boys and girls in Top Fuel, Top Fuel Funny Car and Pro Stock along with TAD and TAFC. Local talent in all the Sportsman categories will be well represented. Shawn Cowie is also looking to solidify his spot atop the TAD standings. Of not the four quickest blown alcohol dragster in North America will be competing in Seattle.
At Mission Raceway, the Langley Loafers Old Time drags will be hosting their second race of the year. This August long weekend event is one of the highlights of the year. The feature class this weekend is PRO MODS. The WDRL Pro Mods will compete for the first time at this event. Close to a dozen cars are expected to compete.
July 26, 2018
An MRP Canadian National Open gallery is posted (courtesy Bill Jeffery)
A second gallery is posted (Robert Hunter photos)
July 23, 2018
Lucas Oil Canadian National Open
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Nitro Funny Car elimination`s and photos are posted.
Final rounds from Sunday`s and Saturday`s Bracket and Summit classes at the Mission Raceway National Open are posted here.
Stock - Super Stock Combo
July 22, 2018
Coverage for this weekends National Open at MRP is sponsored by
Saturday final rounds and some winners circle shots.
Jr Thunder and Lightning winners were local (yay)
Colton Morin (Mission) and Adam De Jonge (Abbotsford) took the hard earned victories.
The Austin/O'Brien/Cottrell train keeps a rolling as that team takes the point lead in NFC and looks to earn their first Heritage championship with second year driver Bobby Cottrell behind the wheel.
Cal Tebb get the win in Rocky Mountain action over a early leaving Norm Kolwich. Norm would have got the easy win as Cal was troubled on the run.
Royce Taylor got the win or Greg Howland in NW BB/FC action. It was his first Mission win.
Dan Proovst repeated his Super Quick win from 2018 as he defeated Mark Campbell . Provost was deadly all day long with solid lights and running right on his dial.
Dianne Petitt won the NW Super Comp race over Dale Green. Green has a perfect run in the semi finals, but could not come close to that in the final.
The No Box winner was Amber Rutherford. She defeated Tyson Lowe in the final round. (this is the semi final photo)
The electronics gambler winner was Yeshua Wilcox over Josh Schamke.
604 Top Street was won by Justin Gibson. He defeated Don Murray in the final round.
Lots more to come.
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Bob and Irene Kokotailo are selling the ex-Warren Johnson9-11 tribute car. Would love to see it stay local.
July 20, 2018
Photos in the update are from Friday at the National Open at MRP.
(in sequence from the start of test n tune at 12:30pm to the last Funny Car run at 9:30pm)
Terry Shuflita's two year task of putting together his Pro Stock legal Firebird culminated with a very nice 7.01@ 185 (Grant Klohn driving). There should be a 6 second 200 mph lap Saturday...Great job team!
Bradee Lowe in Justin's TD. She finishes her 6 runs with a 7.02. That girl is plain bad ass!
What an awesome two car flopper team (owned by Ralph Hubbert)
Dan Horan Jr. in a mid day test. Short numbers were all solid
Another cool chick. Haley Christensen in her first ever solo lap in the family truck. How about a .019 rt and a 14.28 time slip!
A final licensing pass for Don Harter's newest driver.
Round one of NFC. Tim had a decent start (far lane), but by 300 feet the bullet's chamber was empty. Engine eaten up! Tim Boychuk in the near lane ran a conservative 5.95/241.
Mr EX went 5.72 and Dan Horan after launching on 7 holes (you can see the dead pipe), smoked the tires
What a beautiful car Shawn Bowen is driving. The Bucky tuned and Bobby Cottrell driven Camaro went 5.69
Hubbert in the 70 1/2 Camaro
Phil Ruskowski making a test lap.
Jr Gamblers final round. Tanner won.
No Electronics gamblers. Andy Closkey won.
Joey and Wild Al Friday under the lights.
Brett Lammers first outing in Mission
Side by Side 5.95's from two of the nicest NFCs around
Bucky had this car hopped up for the final funny car down the track. It was strong for 330 feet then moved toward the centre line forcing Bobby to lift.
July 20, 2018
Friday schedule for Mission Raceway's Lucas Oil Canadian National Open:
July 18, 2018
The photos and highlights from 275 elimination's from Doorwarz VI are posted.
July 17, 2018
For all the other classes in DW that don't have their elimination photos posted (275, TS and Open Comp) we are still going to post this stuff. 275 should be up tomorrow)
Lucas Oil Canadian National Open preview
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