Current Drag Racing Headlines
September 25, 2017
September 24, 2017
Canada West Doorslammer series champion is Otto Schulte. Four wins out of the eight races. One of the most dominant season's in the association's history.
Brian Ritchie won the final race of the year and moved up from 5th to 3rd place in the standings. Congrat's on the win, and best wishes to Brian's daughter Amy who is in Children's Hospital. Not serious, but Amy and wife Cannice were unable to be at the race to see his victory.
Joe Mellof makes his debut this weekend with the doorslammers. The new ride is simply gorgeous, and is real quick. He will be a 6 second runner next year.
#1 qualifier Rick Limb went a career best 6.77/205
A great launch and career best by Greg Feal as he goes deep in the 6's at over 210 mph.
How about this bitchin' shot of Nate Gagnon. Wheel way up and flames exploding out of the pipe!
September 17, 2017
Shakedown at the Summit was on this weekend and Canadian and two time Doorwarz winner Mike Gondziola was in the final against John Decerbo. It was close as the two nitrous cars ran within .004 of each other. Decerbo left first and got the 40k win. Still a great job by the Canadian.
Jim Bell and the Steven Extreme racing team got their act together as well at this race as the Bell owned and Stevens tuned and driven Camaro ran 5. 70's at 259. He lost to 'Gonzi' in the 1/4 finals. The Turbo car jumped the tree while staging.
We likely will see Bell's Camaro at the couple remaining NHRA Pro Mod races and should be competitive as they stated they were running NHRA legal at Shakedown.
At Charlotte NC, the first countdown race is complete and in Pro Mod Shane Molinari qualified #1 but was a bit late on the tree in round one and was upset. He is likely kicking himself as the two guys in front of him in the standings were out early as well. Shane Gray won Pro Mod in his nitrous burner. In Funny Car is was an all Force final round with Robert Hight taking home the Wally and the point lead. Courtney Force was the runner-up. In Top Fuel it was Doug Kalitta earning the win over Ritchie Crampton. Tanner Gray defeated Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec won Pro Stock Motorcycle. In TAD it was local Shawn Cowie getting the win. He defeated Corey Michalek in the final (I am guessing Michalek was in a BAD as well.) Andy Bohl won TAFC over John Lombardo. With the win Cowie moves closer to Megan Meyers who is in 2nd place.
At Woodburn, the final Division 6 LODRS saw Joey Severance (who is in 1st place) took on Garrett Bateman in TAD, and Joey gets the holeshot win. Shane Westerfield and Sean Bellemeur were in the TAFC final, and Westerfield got the victory. Maple Ridge BC driver Mark Downing won Super Street over Todd Simms. Richmond BC driver Rick McKinney was in the Super Stock final. He was defeated by Justin Lamb who doubled -up in Stock as well. Cody Lane won Comp over Brian Hyerstay. Mike Williams lost to Daniel Wargnier in Top Sportsman and Ryan Carlson got the win in Top Dragster over Tom Koenen. In the other Super classes, it was Justin Cooper (Super Comp) and Phil GIlbert Jr in Super Gas getting the Wallys. Don DePeel won Motorcycle.
This next news is one I should have posted a couple weeks ago, but the racing news has been a bit on the back burner this last couple months.
Of course we all know the Sitko Family Nitro Funny Car and driver Nathan Sitko had an unfortunate top end incident that pretty much destroyed the Arrow Flopper.
With that news the family has decided to go back a decade or so and resurrect their Arctic Traveller brand. With it comes a new Mustange Body and graphics and art work done by none other than Ex-Alberta resident Greg Ozubko. Greg is one of the most well know artist in the motrosport industry. We had had him do all the art work for the Doorwarz brand here at MRP.
This spectacular rendering, done by Artist Greg Ozubko, has already received rave reviews by fans and fellow racers, and is making its way into magazines at this moment. Joey Steckler of Joey's place will expertly apply the paint for 2018. We are proud to announce that JB's Power Center will continue its partnership with the Sitko Race team, as well as Pro Stock Performance and Ace Manufacturing. There are still prominent spaces available for signage, and the team is confident that the car will run as fast as it looks.
At 32 years of age, Nathan Sitko has driven race cars for 3/4 of his life. The NHRA started the Junior Dragster program in 1991 when both Nathan and his brother Troy Sitko started driving their home built version in 1993. They continued in the class for 9 more years on the local race scene in Alberta, Canada. The next step was a big one, as Nathan stepped into a 230 mile per hour Top Alcohol Dragster at 16 years old. Two years later in 2004, the Sitko's were enticed by The IHRA sanctioning body coming to their home track in Edmonton to field a funny car for the first time in Top Alcohol trim. The team made the jump to Nitro Funny Car in 2010 when Harold Parfett of ACE Manufacturing started the team off with a Plueger chassis and a very cool 1977 Plymouth Arrow body. The team has been running the Arrow with the ACE trademark red and white paint ever since along with a host of local business supporters.
Through the 1980's Nathan and Troy's Dad, Ken Sitko drove a Top Alcohol Dragster named the Arctic Traveller. Owned by Brad Ennis, it was a very competitive car, winning the AHRA World Finals in 1983 and 1985, as well as the Coors Nationals in Palmdale, California in 1985, culminating in the World Title that year. Tragically, Brad passed away in 1986, but Ken and his team continued with the Arctic Traveller through 1996 with driver Bryan Davidchuk (1990-1996). Currently, Sitko Family Racing is comprised of Ken Sitko (crew chief), car owners Nathan and Troy Sitko, their wives Irene, Carla, and Shelley Sitko and the rest of our super team: Mike & Ed Grekul, Dave '2-Step' Wilton, David & Paige Hollman, and Eddy Mitton.
The announcement today is that the Sitko's intend to resurrect the Arctic Traveller banner on their Nitro Funny Car, along with a new nostalgia body, a 1967 Mustang. We have been discussing the move back to the name for a couple seasons now, but wanted to wait until the time was right and we had a program together that would do the name justice. That would have been the extent of the announcement, except that recent events have forced the team to field a new car as well, as a parachute and brake failure in Spokane, Washington only a few weeks ago resulted in their Plueger chassis being destroyed. Nathan was un-injured, and he and the team are looking forward to campaigning a new chassis as well as the new Arctic Traveller Mustang body in the Nitro Funny Car class in the North West United States and Canada.
September 11, 2017
Mission Raceway's second to last Summit Bracket race as well as the NW Outlaws season finale (Tony Krause Memorial race), and the 7th of 8 Doorslammer race results are posted.
September 8, 2017
604 Top Street shoot-out final round results and photos from their last shoot-out race of 2017 is posted.
Mission Raceway is up this weekend. The Canada West Doorslammers are on the schedule and a double header NW Outlaws Season Finale. The double header weekend last race for the doorslammers is posted on their site. The double header includes the 1st Annual Tony Krause Memrial race. Tony was a long time photographer primarily in Ashcroft and Kelowna but he was a big fan of the Outlaw group. That race will be held on Saturday and then a BBQ Saturday night. Then the final race of the year on Sunday.
September 3, 3027
The Division Six ET finals were on this weekend and we are still waiting for final results from Sundays team race. Yesterday, Craig Johnson went to the final in Sportsman. He was 3 better than his opponent (Troy Johnston) in the final but took too much stripe and ended up under his dial by .012. Still a great job Craig. John Tabak lost in the semi finals to the winner Saturday. Chris Stone came close again in Pro Bracket Saturday. Unfortunately for the Mission driver he was .015 too quick on the tree. In Jr. Street local (MRP team driver) Kassie Tippe won the gamblers race on Friday. Jan Christensen also went deep on Saturday. He also won best Engineered this weekend.
We had two great winners today. Sydney Jung won Jr Thunder today in the team race (she was the r/u last year). Tyler Dobson won Jr Street today as well.
A number of other team members went long. Craig Johnson again was solid as he went to his second final in a row in Sportsman. He did come out second. Andy Closky also went to the final. He was in Pro and finished as the runner-up.
August 31, 2017
August 29, 2017
The Saturday final rounds from Mission Raceway are posted. Sorry no run sheets were available.
August 28, 2017
All Final round results from Smoke Fire and Thunder including time sheets and photos are posted here. All our coverage for Smoke Fire is sponsore by
Justin Gallants new Turbo/EFI HP is showing its teeth as Justin does a great job of handling this big powerstand. He brought it down fairly soft and kept his foot in it running a 5.3/135? on the run. Awesome Dude!
Syvertsen ran top speed in 10.5. This was only his fourth or fifth pass with thesmall tire set-up.
August 28, 2017
Mission Raceway's Smoke, Fire and Thunder was on this weekend and it was a long but fun weekend.
August 20, 2017
A long time between updates here at SpeedZone Magazine. A bit of a holiday (and other work). A fair bit to update, and we will start with this weekend at Spokane:
Seattle is home to the second to last Division 6 LODRS event of the year this weekend. Shawn Cowie leads the field in TAD with another teen, this time a 5.185/276. Eight Dragsters are in the field. Seattle National winner Kim Parker struggled in qualifying with a 5.70 best. Nick Janiuk leads TAFC with a 5.48. Only seven funny cars are in the field. Top Dragster and Stock are the two biggest fields with 40 and 41 cars respectively. Both ran round one Saturday night. Local rookie and teenager Darien Provost won round one with a 9 thou package. He also was the runner-up to Shawn Herbst in the Shootout Friday night. Trevor Ritchie and Daryl Baker were the other Canadians to advance to round two in TD. Darien's father Dan, went .001 red in round one. In Stock, Alf Wiebe defeated the NW's winningest Stock/Super Stock driver (Jody Lang) in round one. Lang won the last two races (Woodburn and the Seattle National) he competed at. Local John Buczynski fresh of the runner-up at Woodburn a month ago won round one yesterday as did Greg Marshall.
Cowie's biggest rival in TAD, defending world champion Joey Severance is in Brainerd this weekend. He is #2 in the field with a 5.29. Both he and #1 qualifier Gord Gingles (from Manitoba) won their round one races Saturday night in Brianerd. Bigger news from Brainerd were the two records set by the two nitro classes Friday. History was made in the Funny Car class when Robert Hight made the first 3.7 pass, a 3.793/338. Along side Hight was Matt Hagan who went 3.807/336, making the side by side the quickest in history. In Top Fuel Leah side went 3.640/330 mph. Brittany Force is #2 with a 3.68. Tanner Gray led Pro Stock with a 6.60. He is getting in the good graces of the fans are a first half on spoiled child antics. He and Shane Gray were performing 200 foot burn-outs and dry hops in qualifying.
Next weekend at Mission Raceway is the big fire weekend with the SMS Smoke Fire and Thunder event. Jet Cars, Wheelstanders and small tire outlaw classes are featured. As well the Doorslammers and Outlaws will be in attendance.
August 7, 2017
Thanks to Dyan Lover we will post final rounds from Seattle either late tonight or tomorrow.
August 6, 2017
Mike Bowman wins the 100k World Series of Pro Mod race held Saturday at Bandimere. He defeated Steven Whiteley in the final round. Shane Molinari lost to Bowman in the semi finals.
Scott White runs a 6.49/213 in the final of the AA/Supercharged race at the Langley Loafers event this weekend. It was a strong finish for White in a race that could only be called anemic, pitiful, embarrassing, they all fit. Only Four cars from the association showed up for the event and two of those who showed are not actually real gassers. Only White and Joel Matton were true gassers. Their schedule poster shows 13 cars in the association and of those nine looked like gassers. Where were the rest. Hopefully next year the Loafers look long and hard at who they want to feature at their event.
In general the event always has enough to make it one of the funnest races of the year, lots of great nostalgia cars, a great car show and lots of old time bench racing and this year was the same, with the exception of the fowl taste the AA/Supercharged group put in my mind.
The full final round results from tall the classes on Monday.
August 3, 2017
This weekend is a pretty busy one not only in the NW but as well as for Pro Mod afionado's. The only Mello Yello stop for the NW is this weekend at Seattle. Big Show Funny Cars and and Top Fuel along with Pro Stock and Top Alcohol. Top Sportsman and Top Dragster for the first time are also part of the action. It will be hot there so stay hydrated!!!!
At Mission Raceway, its the annual Langley Loafers Old Time Drags. Pre 1972 cars are invited to compete. The AA Supercharged Gassers and the NW Nostalgia series based out of Oregon are also competing as well as the straight Axel Class known as Nostalgia Gas. The Langley Loafers are one of the oldest car clubs (started in 1957) on the West Coast and have been a huge part of the racing and show scene for 60 years. They started racing in 1993 at Mission, and through their efforts, have raised thousands of Dollars for local high schools.
For the Pro Mod lovers there are two big races. SCSN St. Louis is this weekend and a bit of an odd race and location for Pro Mods, as Bandimere SPeedway host the Inaugural World Series of Pro Mod event. Huge dollars are involved in this invitation event. 14 cars are guaranteed a spot racing for 100,000 and then one spot is earned by winning the Friday shoot-out and finally one wild card vote in spot is won for the 16 car field. This race is the brain child of Wes Buck from Drag Illustrated. While I like some ideas of the race (like the prize money, a few other aspects are a bit suspect IMO. Shane Molinari was at first entering the shoot-out on Friday to earn a spot, but one car backed out leaving a spot open for the main show. The Bond/Molinari team got that invite,... Good on them. Noticeable is the complete lack of Nitrous cars. (10,000 corrected elevation likely. Also having the race on the same weekend as the SCSN race is a bit odd, especially when there are six weekends in a row in the summer when most of the entrants aren't racing the NHRA.
July 30, 2017
July 28, 2017
The Lucas Oil Canadian National Open Rocky Mountain Funny Cars and the NW BB/FC results and photos are posted.
July 27, 2017
The Nitro Funny Car Elimination's are posted with the round by round sheets and photos.
July 26, 2017
The nitro Funny Car qualifying story from the National Open at MRP is posted
July 24, 2017
All final rounds final round photos and winners circle pictures from the National Open are posted.
Great BBQ put on by Grimms Fine Food and the Grimms girls (Pat McNally sponsor) was part on the weekend's festivities at Mission Raceway. It was delish!!!
What a great weekend at Mission for the Lucas Oil Canadian National Open. Monster records set in Nitro Funny Car with the quickest side by side as well as the new ET record.
Bobby Cottrell and Jason Rupert put on an awesome final (5.53 - 5.53), as well as the rest of the funny cars. The sportsman classes, the Canada West Doorslammers and the
604 Top Street class made it an exciting weekend. Racing was done by 4pm Sunday with winners circle pictures done by 5. Then went to my sister in laws birthday party out at the lake,
a great end to a fantastic weekend. The final round sheets for both Saturday and Sunday are posted at this page (Local news), click on this link. Full results including hundreds of photos will be
posted over the next four or five days. Keep checking back. The Jrs will have their own page up as well and will have a large gallery.
Congrats to Daniel Rodrigue for his big win at Kelowna's small tire shootout. (facebook photo)
The NHRA at Denver saw Robert Hight, Antron Brown, Drew Skillman, Eddie Krawiec take wins in leg one of the Western Swing. They all hit the track on Friday in Sonoma for the second of three.
July 23, 2017
Bobby Cottrell takes the Heritage Nitro Funny Car race over Jason Rupert atMRP with the quickest side by side ever in Drag Racing History
Al Weich wins his first Wally against Troy Sitko in a wild final round with the Rocky Mountain Funny Cars.
Kim Parker could not win her first wally against Greg Howland. He won for the first time in a long while with a great side by side. Parker went a bit too quick.
Sydney Jung won the Wally Saturday night over Kyler Skjonsberg. She ran on her 9.19 dial with a '4'. It was an emotional win after her on track incident a couple weeks ago. Good on you Sydney
Josh Schmanke defeaed Zach Gaertz in Jr Lightning
604 Top Street saw Jason Gibson defeat Steve Wilson in a close final.
Two RAD sponsored cars were in the Super Quick final. Zak Clarke defeated Greg Doughty in a heads up race, both ran 4.820 on thir 4.80 dials. Clarke had the holeshot.
Al Quigley won the Super Street shootout against Todd Sims. "Quig" was only 2 thou off the 10.90 dial. He makes a mean Brisket as well. Well down A!!
July 22, 2017
Saturday morning 10:00am update
Setting a new track speed record and almost a new ET record, Bobby Cotrell went 5.64/261 in the opening qualifying round of Heritage Nitro Funny Car. His opponent, the current et record holder
Tim Nemeth ran a solid 5.87 in his opening lap and first run since the March Meet. The Bardahl team skipped the final session when no other car could run quicker than their 5.64.
Nemeth improved to a 5.806/244. He is #5 in the fast field.
Friday was a long drawn out day with no less than 4 rain delays. There were to extending showers that hit the track but by later afternoon there were positive signs that the rain would leave the area.
Throughout the day the heat and humidity kept the rain that hit the track to a minimum drying time, and there were a few hits early. By 5:00pm, the final drying and track prep were underway and just
after six the three gambler's races (Gamblers Electronics, Gamblers Non - Electronics and Gamblers Jr. Dragster) were underway with their one and only time run. 604 Street Legal Top Street was out
for their biggest event of the year (Wally race) and they were also making two qualifying runs Friday night. The schedule had the Heritage series Nitro Funny Cars making two qualifiers Friday, The Rocky
Mountain Funny Cars doing the same and the NWBB/FC group making optional test passes Friday (Their events are one day races chicago style).
Tim Boychuk ran a solft 6.06 and Nathan Sitko blazed the tires at the hit. He returned to run a blower belt breaking 6.20. The car to 900 feet was on its quickest run ever, likely a low 5.70 when the belt
shreaded. Boychuk imporved to a 5.92 in the second session.
Ryan Hodgson went 5.78 in run #1 and Jason Rupert went up in smoke. In run two, Rupert jumped up to #2 with a 5.72/251. Hodgson did not improve and will sit #3. Mark Sanders ran a 5.801 best and is #4.
The Rocky Mountain guys had eight cars show up and they are running this year on a 6.75 index. Al Weich ran a 6.68 best but will be in the bottom half of the field (based on his run
#2 which was a 7.12, when Elimination's start this evening.
Joey Steckler is #1 with a strong 6.77, he backed that up with a 6.78 in round two. Cal Tebb's 6.71 like Weich was also a bit too quick. I am not sure if their index is a hard or soft one.
If it is soft he is #3, if it is hard he will be #7 based on his 9 second, 2nd run.
Jimmy Fersch ran a 6.78 good enough for #2 in the field. Norm Kolwich went 6.99 which should put him #3 if they are running a hard index. Cory Kincaid had two troubled runs as did
Troy Sitko and Ron Stennes.
Troy Sitko drove a trashy bucking bronco on both laps Friday night
The NWBB/FC group made test hits Friday night. Greg Howland went 6.68 below and Royce Taylor went 6.93. Justin Taylor ripped off a way too quick 6.53 and the .........
....Parker girls went 6.66 and 6.73.
Don Harter was the only BB/FC driver to run in the second session Friday, and his car looked awesome under the lights.
Click on the links by the links above to go to the results from qualifying and time trials as well as the gamblers results on each specific page.
July 21, 2017
On the grounds at Mission Raceway and the fields are prettyfull for the three funny car classes. a full eight Rocky Mountain floppers are here as well as a full field of NW BB/FC cars.
It looks like the final number of Nitro funnys will be seven as a couple we hoped would attend are not going to make it.
July 20, 2017
This weekend at Mission Raceway.
July 17, 2017
Final thoughts regarding the NHRA's first big event in Alberta in a long long time. We will post a couple Rocky gallerys in the next couple days.
All in all it was a pretty good race with 210 NHRA cars and 55 feature class cars in attendance. The crowd Friday was smaller then past Rocky races, and Saturday's
crowd was maybe a bit smaller as well. The Sunday crowd because of the threatening skies was also light.
The biggest issue that I see for the future of the race is: "where does it fit in the big scheme of things NHRA wise". Woodburn Dragstrip held their annual LODRS the same
weekend and the future of the Division Six LODRS schedule does seem to lean toward that date remaining on Woodburn's schedule. It has been there for well over three decades.
If their is to be an increased schedule for the NHRA in Edmonton will it also include a LODRS event in that part of Canada. The car count would be solid for a few of the classes,
but would Comp, Super Stock, and the Super classes make the trek? That does not even include having Top Alcohol in the mix. Rob Reeves has been pretty creative in the past
enticing features cars to attend the event, but it would likely have to include some kind of appearance money which the NHRA has not been keen to endorse in the past.
Dates would be critical for the success of the event as the weather in Edmonton has a much shorter window. A double header would cut down travel costs for the guys
South of the border, But would that be enough. Do they even need an NHRA Divisional in Edmonton. Have two races at both Woodburn and Seattle this year lends to the
conclusion that this division does lack locations. Spokane has tried as has Acton, but with limited success.
One thing proven over the last couple decades is Reeves is not afraid to take risks at Castrol. The LODRS risk is pretty big.
10:30 pm update
The Saturday final qualifying story from Edmonton is posted (words by Robert Wilson and Dean Murdoch). It also includes the round one 6.90 Pro Funny Car class elimination`s
as well as the Harley elimination`s, and the two pairs of Pro Mods that got their run in before the rain came.
Shawn Cowie makes the quickest and fastest run by a Blown Alcohol TAD in NHRA history. He goes 5.165/280.54 mph. His incrementals were. .909 60ft , 2.326 33ft, 3.426 660@ 226.07 mph,
4.365 1000ft, 5.165/280.54. Very awesome! Shawn's test run at Mission a month and a half earlier (at the Mission LODRS). was actually quicker to half track than the 5.165. He went 3.414.
Joey Severance went 5.200 in round one as well. Those two will battle all season long.
4:30 pm update
Unfortunately the rain halted the event Sunday just after the Pro Mods hit the track. A very long oil down by a bracket car caused close to an hour and a half delay to start the day.
Likely all the Professional classes would have run first round if not for the delay. Also after the race was called, the rain stopped within an hour and did not return despite an overwhelming
ugly forecast for the rest of the day. The event will be completed labour day weekend with the Pro Mods completing their race (and running their finale the same weekend), The Pro 6.90
funny cars as well as the Nitro Funny Cars. Two of the five entered will not return though.
They finished round one of 6.90 Pro Nostalgia, Pro Dragster Harleys and Top Fuel Harleys. They ran two pairs of Pro Mods including a win by Mike Gondziola over Jay Syvertsen and the low
et of the weekend (6.10/229) by Gary Urlacher in his win over Dan Vogt. Garrett Richards and Paul Glandon were getting ready to stage after their burnouts when the rain and major wind
touched down. The Nitro Funny Cars, Pro Mod and the 6.90 pro nostalgia classes will be back the September long weekend to complete their racing as well as all the sportsman classes.
Joey Steckler went too quick in round one against Jimmy Fersch. His opponent was almost perfect in the race as he left first and ran a 6.91 for the win.
Norm Kolwich and Cory Kincaid paired up in round one even though they werent pairing up on the sheet. Both their opponents broke in qualifying. Cory had his 55 Chevy hauling the mail as he ran 210+ on three runs.
Jay Turner defeated an out of shape Nate Gagnon in their first round pairing.
Kevin Boyer and Andy Beauchemin had a real good first 200 feet pairing. But by 400 feet the ' Joker' was out of it heading towards the foam blocks. He hit a couple.
Gonzi had to pedal the Corvette just after the launch in his win against Jay Syvertsen.
Gary Urlacher was on a pass in his win over Dan Vogt. His 6.10/229 was the best run of the year for him and low et up to that point for the event.
11:30 am update
Totally different weather this morning here at Castrol Raceway for the 15th Rocky Mountain Nationals, this year under the NHRA banner. Much cooler, way windier and an
hour long oil down to start the day. The Profession class cars start their elimination's at 1:00pm mountain time. One round of qualifying for all the sportsman classes are underway.
Looking at the Woodburn LODRS qualifying results show TAFC was stellar with a 5.585 (by Doug Gordon) bump spot. Mission #1 qualifier Brian Hough struggled and did not
make the field after running 5.50 there. Shawn Cowie and Joey Severance are in a tight world title battle with only a few points separating. Both are within hundredths of
each other on the ladder as well with Cowie leading with a 5.20/278. Severance ran a 5.22/278.
Final qualifying at the Rocky's for Pro Mod, NFC, Pro 6.90, Nitro Harley and Pro Dragster Motorcycle are posted.
Final elimination's for the Sportsman classes from Saturday race one are posted.
Final session qualifying Saturday night under the lights.
Top Fuelvs Funny Car
Gary Densham and Bruce Litton lit up the skies for just over 1000 feet and both make solid laps.
Ryan Hodgson ran a 5.736 best in round two. In the night session he ran a 5.77. Steven Densham is #2 with a 5.86
In this shot Don St Arnaud went 5.507/258, he did run 263mph earlier. Serge Dion in the near lane had a best of 5.79/260. Gord Gingles was the quickest with a 5.429/263
#1 qualifer in Pro Mod is Garrett Richards. He went 6.159/235. Below has the #2 and #3 qualifiersMike Gondziola and Gary Erlacher lay down their best runs.
A surprisingly small field of four Nitro Harleys are in attendance. Jay Turner leads with a 6.431. Beside him, Nate Gagnon struggled all weekend long. He disintegrated a motor a few weeks ago at Mission Raceway
Cal Tebb was at the top in Pro 6.90. Seven of the eight top qualifiers were all from the Rocky Mountain Funny Car.
Nathan Sitko had a wild ride in round two of qualifying. In this final round shown here against Tim Boychuk, he sorted out his car and went 6.06, good enough for #4. Tim Boychuk ran his
best run of the weekend, a 5.91/244 to sit #3.
July 15, 2017
Top Sportsman and Top Dragster qualifying for race #1 is posted, (the Super classes final qualifying as well).
Friday Pro qualifying sheets and words are posted.
Bruce Litton had his blower exit the manifold right at the hit.
July 14, 2017
Event Preview courtesy of Bob 'Northern Thunder" Wilson
Tom Padilla (Red Dragon Fuel Altered) had a harrowing and frightening experience just a few clicks from the track (story by Robert Wilson)
We are at Castrol for their first NHRA sanctioned major race in over 15 years. They raced the Rocky Mountain Nationals event under the IHRA banner until 2016. It is a busy
weekend for the NHRA in the NW, as the LODRS event in Woodburn Oregon is also on the schedule. Next year the hope is to have the two events on different weekend's so
racers do not have to choose. On the property there are close to 20 top Sportsman cars, and likely a few more Top Dragsters. The Pro classes see four TADs, two Top Fuel
dragsters, one Top Fuel Funny Car, ten Pro Mods, five Nostagia Nitro Funny Car, 10 Top Fuel Harleys, eight Pro Dragster Nitro Harleys, the Jelly Belly Wheelstander, the Pyro
Jet semi, 16 Pro Nostalgia Funny Cars and five or six Fuel Altereds.
Doucette family racing arrives with their cool vintage Semi (Peterbuilt?) and their A/Fuel dragster. Three nitro burners and one BAD driven by teenager Shelby Sereda will battle it out.
Testing continues this afternoon until around 4:00pm and then qualifying and time trials begin. All the pro classes make one run tonight (evening). The NHRA classses make a run
tonight and then their real qualifying is Saturday. NHRA Division Six director Matt Levonas is here under seeing the biggest NHRA event in a decade and a half in Alberta.
It will be a good show for sure.
July 13, 2017
Division Six has two large events on tap this weekend. The Rocky's as previewed below and the Woodburn LODRS. If NW racers are not at Edmonton they will be in Woodburn Oregon for sure.
I wonder how this conflict will be resolved down the road when Castrol gets a Divisional (LODRS) event.
July 12th, 2017
July 9, 2017
The Doorwarz V Canada West Doorslammer elimination's results are posted.
Spent the day at the lake with the wife, daughter step-daughter and three grandkids. Loved it. But I did miss today's racing at MRP. Glad to hear Sydney Jung is okay after her
incident on track in Jr Thunder today. I am sure Daddy Dave was more upset and scared then Sydney was. Chris Stone won in Pro today while John Tabak won Sportsman.
Have not hear the rest of the results. Will try and post them tomorrow.
At Chicago, Megan Meyer defeated Joey Severance in the TAD final (Joey came close to a double up after winning the Jegs race Saturday). Sean Bellemeur defeated Shane
Westerfield in TAFC. Steve Torrence won Top Fuel over Antron Brown, Drew Skillman defeated Erica Enders in Pro Stock and it was an all DSR final in Funny Car with ROn Capps
earning the win against Tommy Johnson Jr. LE Tonglet defeated Hector Arana Jr in PS Bike. Perhaps the biggest news was Dan Fletcher winning his 100th NHRA National event Wally.
He has reached 150 final rounds.
Jegs Allsters (Chicago)
In a thrilling, down-to-the-wire battle, the host team from the NHRA North Central Division (Division 3) claimed the overall team title during the JEGS Allstars competition at
Route 66 Raceway on Saturday. The Division 3 squad welcomed new Division Director Jeff Conley with an overall victory that was fueled by wins from Brian Browell (Comp),
Hill (Stock) and Mark McDonald (Top Sportsman). It was the eighth time
the Division 3 team has won the prestigious title, including a four-year
unbeaten streak from 1996-99.
Ken Mostowich (Super Gas), John Dalrymple (Super Street), and Steven Furr (Top Dragster).
The JEGS Allstars is a unique competition that features 80 of the best sportsman racers from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Racers qualify for the event by earning points in their
home division during the previous year. Champions are crowned in ten different classes and there is also an overall team champion.
The alcohol portion of the show was decided early when the Western Region put four racers into the second round which officially clinched the title. Severance, the winner of the last two
national championships, defeated Mia Tedesco in the Top Alcohol Dragster final, 5.258 to 5.342. In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Chris Marshall appeared to be ahead of Bohl in the final until his
chutes deployed prematurely. Bohl, with his car bouncing and bordering on the edge of control, slipped by for the win with a 5.553.
In the overall team competition, the opening round decided almost nothing as the teams from Divisions 3 and 4 finished tied with 500 points and the Division 1, 5, and 7 teams were close
behind at 400 points. After the second round, the points picture was not much clearer with the Division 3 team holding a slight one-round lead against Divisions 5,6, and 7.
In the final rounds, the Division 6 team managed to tie their Division 3 rivals for the lead in the first final when Dalrymple defeated Jonathan Anderson in an amazingly close Super Street final.
The Division 3 team retaliated in the next pair when Hill stopped Division 7 racer Tibor Kadar in a double-breakout Stock final. Nick Folk, fresh off a double in Norwalk, kept the Division 5 hopes
alive with a nearly perfect run in the Super Comp final against Trevor Larson. The win became official when McDonald drove to the Top Sportsman title over blocker J.J. Heber. When Browell
stopped Division 6 ace Brian Hyerstay in the Comp final, it provided icing on the cake.
The final score had the Division 3 team with 900 points followed by a three-way tie for second between the Division 5, 6, and 7 teams with 700 points.
Each member of the Division 3 team shared in a $20,000 bonus provided by JEGS Mail Order. If any of the champions from today's event can duplicate that feat in the final round of tomorrow's
Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals, they will earn a double-up bonus from JEGS.
Top Alcohol Dragster Allstars -- Joey Severance, 5.258, 267.75 def. Mia Tedesco, 5.342, 268.01.
Top Alcohol Funny Car Allstar -- Andy Bohl, Chevy Camaro, 5.553, 263.00 def. Chris Marshall, Camaro, 5.839, 177.79.
Competition Eliminator Allstar -- Brian Browell, Dragster, 7.136, 186.36 def. Brian Hyerstay, Dragster, 8.868, 144.46.
Top Sportsman Allstars -- Mark McDonald, Mustang, 6.629, 206.26 def. J.J. Heber, Mustang, Foul - Red Light.
Top Dragster Allstars -- Steve Furr, Dragster, 6.168, 223.91 def. Phil Unruh, Dragster, Foul - Red Light.
Super Gas Allstars -- Ken Mostowich, Corvette, 10.069, 135.96 def. Dave Kelly, Firebird, 10.880, 102.52.
Super Stock Allstars -- James Antonette, Grand Am, 9.822, 125.51 def. Jeff Dona, Firebird, 9.746, 133.95.
Super Comp Allstars -- Nick Folk, Dragster, 8.904, 171.64 def. Trevor Larson, Dragster, 8.897, 164.89.
Stock Allstars -- Andrew Hill, Camaro, 10.697, 119.69 def. Tibor Kadar, Fairlane, 9.990, 128.20.
Street Allstars -- Josh Dalrymple, Camaro, 10.886, 152.18 def. Jonathan
Anderson, Sunfire, 10.886, 119.75.
July 8, 2017
The Doorwarz V Canada West Doorslammer qualifying results are posted.
July 7, 2017
July 5th, 2017
July 4th, 2017
A sad passing in the world of drag racing today ...(Con't here.)
July 3, 2017
11:30 pm update
The Outlaw 10.5 story with photos is posted.
The Doorwarz V Pro Mod story presented by Elite Belts is now posted.
Final round results for the bracket classes including final round photos for Doorwarz V Saturday and Sunday are posted here. We are working on the stories fro Pro ZMod 10.5 275,
Top Sportsman and Doorslammer. 604 Top Street will also be featured.
July 2, 2017
8:30 pm update
A couple great battles in the final rounds
In what can only be called a solid upset, and biggest win of his career, Garrett Richards gets the best of Shane Molinari in the Pro Mod final round. Richards had a teen light
and ran a 5.93. Molinari went .06 on the tree and ran a 5.92. This was easily Richard's and the TPR teams biggest win. Congrat's to the local NW team. The win in my opinion
legitimizes NW Pro Mod racing. The teams are strong and they can battle.
In Outlaw 10.5, Paja Agatonovic got his second win here defeating local hero Ken Sihota. Sihota had a bad ignition right at the hit, his Firebird backfired a bit and the car went nowhere.
Agatonovic was solid all day Sunday running a 4.16/179 in the final round. He had a couple teens on race day.
Jordie (JR) Lazic earned the hard fought battle in DR 275. He defeated a game Steve Skokin. 4.831 to a 4.906. JR went in deep and never trailed for the win. The Lazic 'Radial FLyer"
team thrashed all weekend replacing head gaskets pistons and everything in between. All with a crew that should be on social security.
In Top Sportsman, it was Calgary's Darren Williams doubling up, taking both Top Sportsman wins. He defeated John De Jonge in Saturday's race and last year's champion James Rutherford on Sunday.
In Open Comp, Young Gun Craig Johnson defeated veteran Open Comp competitor Jason Gibson depite Gibson having .04 on the tree.
(sorry no photo till Monday)
In Canada West Doorslammers it was Paul De Bree Jr. defeating long time DS racer Grant Howell. Both racers were double "0" on the tree
More stuff through-out the dsa tomorrow.
The Pro Mod final will see NHRA hitter Shane Molinari against the h holeshot king GArrett Richards. Both semi finals were epic WIth Richards taking out two time defending champion
Mike Gondziola by .003 (less than a foot). In the other semi Molinari defeated Paul Glandon 5.90 to 5.99.
In 10.5 Ken Sihota defeated Chad Abougoush and Agatonovic got the odd car bye.
In 275 the final will see #4 and #6 qualifiers battle. Jordie Lazic took out the #1 qualifier Neil Richards and Steve Skokin had the bye run.
4:30 pm update
In 275 it was Richards, Skokin's and Lazic advancing to the semis.
3:30 pm update
In Pro Mod it was Molinari with a bye into the semis, He will take on Paul Glandon who defeated Wade Sjostrom. Wade ran a career best 6.16 (would have been a mid 6.0 but the car was
coasting for the last 250 feet. Mike Gondziola defeated Jay Syvertsen with a 5.93 and Garrett Richards took out Kerry Stone with a 5.96. They will face off in what was the final round battle last year.
In 10.5 Paja Agatonovic will have a single and Ken Sihota will take on upstart Chad Abougoush in the all motor Cuda.
Outlaw 275 has Greg Henschell, Neil Richards, Steve Skokin, Miguel Foitihno, and Jordie Lazic. Richards has the bye run.
Speedzone Magazine is proud to announce we will be the official media outlet for the new 604 Top Street Class. We will be posting the results from their first race here at Doorwarz over the next couple days.
Their first winner was Jay Graw in his SL Camaro.
Perhaps the coolest run of the weekend with two of the best 10.5 drivers on the West Coast. Paja had the wheels way up on both runs Saturday. This one was epic. Unfortunately both drivers were
off the gas early. My shot here is cool, but Matt Levonas and Dyan Lover nailed them (he was way higher). Hope to have those shots here in the next couple days.
July 1, 2017
Doorwarz V Friday Pro Mod qualifying is posted.
Outlaw 10.5, 275, Top Sportsman and Open Comp is posted here.
June 30, 2017
4:30 pm update
Testing is complete for Doorwarz 5 and it was hot!! the small tire guys started to see traction issues as the track temperatures reached the 125-140 range. The first couple go arounds were very
entertaining especially for the 275 class. There are 20 cars in the class and it looks to be a 3-8 car battle once elimination's begin. Greg Henschell, Scott Schulhauser, Neil Richards, Nick Richard's,
Brent Van Vliet, Steve Skokins, Jordie Lazic and Ron Pease will be near the top and there are a couple others off the top of my head that I can't remember that will also be contenders.
Garrett Richards was the quickest in Pro Mod again today with a 5.98/245. Mike Gondziola had the best short numbers. Paja Agatonovic looked to be the quickest for the 10.5 class.
Greg Feal, a regular Doorslammer competitor ran his first ever 6 with a strong 6.94/209. Johnny West went a career best 6.85/199.
New 10.5 player is Jake Skocylas. Twin Tubos on a RH Chassis and Dakota body. The truck looks really good.
11:30 am update
une 30, 2017
Thursday at MRP for Doorwarz V
June 29, 2017
One of the toughest secrets to keep for a media person is totally to do with what we do..... Letting the cat out of the bag, so to speak! I was held to strict confidence
two weeks ago about The RAD Torque sponsored Pro Mod team making the long 2000 mile trek for Doorwarz V. Dan Provost, owner of New World Technologies and
RAD Torque ponied up serious sponsorship to get the latest NHRA Real Pro Mod Assoc. winner to his and co-owner Justin Bond's home track for the biggest Pro mod race in the NW. They have arrived.
Obviously their entry to the event makes them an instant favourite, but we can not count out two of the winningest NW drivers, Garrett Richards and two time Doorwarz champion Mike Gondziola.
All three cars have run 5.80's or better and all three will be loaded for bear. Of course we can't forget the others entered as there will be 16 car (or more) trying to win the "TREE".
Testing for Doorwarz V begins today
June 28, 2017
Elite Belts was the brain child of Calgary's Cathy Meheden. Cathy and husband Tom race in the Pro Mod class and have done so for over a decade. Three years ago after the local
safety supplier got out of the business, there was a desperate need for someone to fill the gap. Cathy stepped in and the their new company 'Elite belts' has taken off. Supplying
RH Race Cars, Cutting Edge Performance and a number of other race shops in the NW as well as th racers directly the company has grown dramatically since 2013. They are proud
to serve the Pacific North West and are proud to be part of BC, Alberta, Saskachewan and Manitoba's Drag Racing scene.
GOS Motorsports Graphics and VA Ink are the companies that have produced the T-Shirts and Hoodies and Hat for all five Doorwarz events.
Greg Ozubko is the man behind GOS and VA Ink and he got his start right here in Canada (Edmonton).
Greg started GOS Motorsport Graphics in Edmonton in the early 80s. Over the next 10 years he built it into the leading designer of paint schemes in drag racing for racers in Canada,
the US and in countries across the world. Continuing to this day, I still design paint schemes for racers worldwide and in many different forms of motorsports. In conjunction with the
design aspect of the business, I got immersed into the apparel side of motorsports and have built VA Ink into one of the main suppliers of apparel to racers throughout North America.
We have 12 and 16 color screenprinting capability as well as embroidery machines all in house here in Alpharetta, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. This allows me to offer racers the ability to
have their paint scheme designed, shirts printed and even uniforms produced all with one call. Our quality sells itself but I also strive to be a service friendly company as well.
Every year SpeedZone has looked forward to seeing new car designs over the winter and into the spring and in most cases Greg's designs are the best. He seems to capture what the
racer is trying to achieve with his or her new race car or older race car looking for a new look. Many locals have used Greg in the motorsport graphics including all of Bob Marshall's TCS
cars over the decades. Being a Canadian and obvious hard core drag racing fan, he was the logical choice to approach when Mission first wanted to do T-Shirts for Doorwarz. We (MRP)
along with Speedzone Magazines photos and graphics ideas brought the 'Battle and War' theme to Greg and he basically put a story right on the shirts. They are one of the most sought a
fter souvenirs at Mission Raceway and sell out every year. In keeping with the Canadian theme, Greg still plays hockey right in Atlanta. Why would'nt MRP use him as the designer?
Here is the T-shirt design for Doorwarz V. Mike Gondziola, two time champ is the head liner car. Right side is Ken Sihota's Firebird. One of the baddest Outlaw 10.5 cars on
the West Coast, left back is Kerry Stone, this car is plain bad ass. Built by RH Race Cars, and refined over the last five years by Cutting Edge Performance. Kerry ran an awesome
6.11 last race out. Look for this car to touch on a possible '5' this weekend. We will have a huge announcement on one of the cars attending tomorrow. This one is big. One of the
hottest Pro Mods in North America.
June 26, 2017
Seattle LODRS results for Canadians
June 25, 2017
Norwalk NHRA Pro Mod
They have arrived........
The RAD sponsored S&T/JBS Pro Mod owned by Justin Bond and Shane Molinari and driven by Shane won their first NHRA Pro Mod event. After two years of sorting out cars,
engine programs, mishaps and everything in between, this year has steadily gotten stroner and stronger.
Two runner-ups in the last five races and now their first win puts them on notice as a team to fear..... They moved solidly into 3rd place in the standings and now get to have a
bit of a break heading into the second half of the season. They also have a huge announcement to make which will be coming in the next three or four days. Way to go Shane, Justin, Brad and the whole team!!!!!
June 21, 2017
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