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December 2, 2019
I always knew the Drag Racing Dawson family from the North was awesome.
Mya just showed how great drag racing kids are:
Vicki Strell and Facebook.
Two small children will wake up Christmas morning, very excited, thanks to some very special hearts in Mya and Bruce.
November 27, 2019
Just saw this on facebook. Ken Sihota and the Bluebird team helping out Oregon racer Gil Hildebrand in Outlaw 10.5 with wheels and tires. The help turned into the big win in Big tire / No time.
Very cool and very funny.
Here's Dyan's trackside photos of "Angle Plug" Jason Gagnon's monster wheelstand Sunday in the XDR second or third round. His opponent went red so Jason advanced.
He stayed away from the centre line and had the chutes out when he got close to the wall in his lane. Got the front end fixed when the red front wheel was turned almost sideways and went on to win the XDR class. Way to go.
And way to go Dyan Lover for capturing the great sequence.
November 24, 2019
Team Canada comes through again with a huge win in one of the heads up classes at SCSN 15.
Jason Gagnon over came some wild wheelstands and thrashing to get the win in Extreme Drag Radial.
Pro Mod final
The Pro Mod final saw Randy Merrick and Aaron Wells do battle. Both certainly deserved to be there. It was Merick with the hole shot but at 800 feet he got a bit close to the wall and Wells drove around him for his best lap of the weekend, a 5.52 to a slowing 6.00
Outlaw 10.5 final
Eric Halverson got the win in Outlaw 10.5. He was supposed to face Rick Schmidt in the final round but Schmidt's Mustang would not fire. Halverson continued his torrid pace though and ran a solid 4.04/177 to earn the win. Another 10.5 win for a NW driver. Out of the 15 SCSNs I think NW drivers have won at least 10 of them.
Extreme Drag Radial final
In Extreme Drag Radial Jason Gagnon earned and I mean earned the win. He also may have won the most exciting racer of the weekend award if there ws such a thing. Two Monster wheelstands and racing two classes and a number of front end repairs. He defeated Norm Chang on both ends of the track.
Radial Vs the World final
Ronnie Hobbs was the winner in Radial vs the World with a 3.98 to a 4.36 for Manitoba racer Peter Campbell.
X 275 saw Robb Goss in the Camaro defeat Clint Downs in the Nova. Goss matched low et for the weekend with a winning 4.360 /166.09 (Top Speed) to Downs game 4.41/162.9
Big Tire / No Time
In Big Tire No Time it was Gil Hildebrand defeating Roger Holder in the final round. He was bad ass all weekend long competing in three classes an making at least 30 runs on the car.
Non Electronics final
Local Driver and good buddy Tony Driessen runner-upped in the class to Brad Munroe. Tony driving the farm truck waded through six rounds of elimination's to reach the final.
Sunday 2:00pm update
Jason Field broke in the third round of Big Tire / No Time.
Steve Nicholson lost in round three when his car looked to bog down or he had to peddle just after the hit against Rick Schmidt.
Sunday 6:00pm update
Daniel Rodrigue lost a close one in round four (semis) of small tire
Sunday 1:00pm update
In Pro Mod and bit of a sportsman move as Tony Aneian who upset Ed Thorton in round one bypassed the scales putting the D bar D team back in. He took on Mike Maggio in round two and was the benefit of a red light by Maggio. Ed is off to round three. JR Lazic went red against Mike Bowman and the Canadians are done in Pro Mod. Aaron Wells, Randy Merick, Gil Hildebrand and Rick Snavely all advanced as well.
In Big Tire/No Time, the luck of the draw always plays the biggest role in the class. Sunday a number of tough pairings ended the day for some very fast cars. John DeJonge took on Roger Holder in a huge matchup. DeJonge got the big holeshot but ran out of steam on the top end and Holders Turbo ride drove around him at the stripe. In the lucky draw aspect, local driver and Doorslammer regular Jasonn Field got a single and advanced to the final dozen.
DeJonge vs Holder
Radial vs the World was right after, all the hitters advanced but the action in the second round was the Jason Gagnon vs Matt Bell.
For the second time in less than 24 hrs it was Gagnon stealing the show.
He got the lift off righted just past 400 feet and then went through the traps with a 4.98. His opponent ran 4.5 but went red. Jason made repairs after coming down hard on the right front tire and faced fellow Canadian Peter Campbell in the 1/4 finals. Campbell took that win and then advanced to the final round where he faced # 1 qualifier Ronnie Hobbs. Hobbs was the winner in Radial vs the World with a 3.98 to a 4.36 for Campbell.
The big final day at Street Car. The car count as I see it for the weekend (tech cards) totalled around 650 competitors including double classing. Very impressive and possibly the biggest car count ever. They 265 cars were eliminated last night. But buy backs are allowed in the electronics and non classes this morning.
The big upsets and runs of note included Ed Thorton losing in round one last night in Pro Mod to Mike Bowman (Bowman did not make a good hit in qualifying and in round one both he and Thorton were coasting in round one), Team Stanley breaking after their burnout in round one of pro mod to the #20 qualifier Rodney Butler. #8 Mark Luton (5.67) getting upset by Gil Hildebrand. He ran a 5.97 in I think 10.5 trim. There was a full 90 second staging dual between Rickie Bobby (Gil) Hildebrand in big tire. The big underdog Joe Loch did not want to stage first, and I dont blame him. But he finally staged his big inch Camaro and Hildebrand went in right after, and then took the win. Hildebrand is running three classes and he advance into round two in all three. Jason Gagnon was playing in XDR and Radial vs the world. Unfortunately he launched into a huge wheelstand (Paul Fercho Trevor Loken both got THE wheelstand of the weekend). All four off the ground.
November 23, 2019
Round one of 10.5 saw Ken Sihota advance to round two. He won and was off the gas by 550 feet. Steve Nicholson won as his opponent could not make the call. Steve launched and then was off the gas early. Paja Agatonovic won his 1st round race as well. Eric Halverson also advanced with his career best 4.04. The big run was by Gil Heldebrand as he ripped off a career best 3.93
In 275, Daniel Rodrigue advanced with a solid 4.60.
In Round one of Pro Mod, local racers did not fair real well, except for JR Lazic. He was up against fellow Kelowna driver Eric Horvath, and took the win 5.89 to 6.19. Dale Pedersen went red against Mike Maggio and Dal Sangha lost to Steve Summers. GArrett Richards made his best run of the weekend but lost to Aaron Wells. Dean Bettenson wounded his Camaro in a time trial early this morning.
John DeJonge advanced to round two in Big Tire despite his wild run
Jason Field also advanced
Rob Leclaire did not fair as well as he took on one of the quickest cars in the class.
Final qualifying at SCSN 15
No Sheet right yet but from memory the top six:
1. Rickie Bobby (Gil) Hildebrand 4.00 195
In XDR, Jason Gagnon ran a career best 4.21 to qualify #3 or 4.
In X 275 Neil Richards was the quickest car from the North but he broke and will not make eliminations. Daniel Rodrigue smoked the tires today but is in the middle of the pack with a 4.69. Steve Skokins' best was a 4.81
Daniel Rodrigue in the near lane launched high along side fellow 275 competitor
November 22, 2019
A full day of qualifying and time runs today at Street Car.
Neil Richards is in the top 5 in 275. He is also running Small tire/NT. He launched into a big powerstand in the second round of ST/NT. Steve Skokins went 4.81 and Daniel Rodrigue could only turn in a 4.93 in round one of X-275.
In the big race of the day it was Germaine Boddy taking on Gil Hildebrand in a 5k grunge race. It was the Oregon driver, Hildebrand doing a driving job and taking the big win.
Word has it that 52 cars are in the BT/NT class. WOW!!!
Defending champ John Dejonge struggled in his first two laps Thursday and Friday Q1, but he made a decent run in session two. Pro street champ from over a decade ago, Dan Vogt is running in the Big Tire class this weekend. Wade Bulych (Saskachewan) ran a career best 4.39 in 10.5. Steve Nicholson has a tough early start to his run but recovered to a 4.27. Ken Sihota was a tenth slower in his first lap. Nick Duda will not make the field as he had a convertor let go on the jack stands. John Guglietta lookd to have a decent run in Big Tire/NT. He is also running Outlaw 10.5
Pro Mod has over two dozen cars in the class, and it is lead by Andy Merick in his supercharged Corvette. He ripped off a best of a 5.58/257. Ed Thorton in D Bar D Turbo Camaro is #2 with a 5.60 @ 273. Local young gun "JR Lazic is in the top five with a career best 5.78/245. I am sure this is the quickest ever for a blown car from Western Canada. Dean Bettenson in the new ProCharged Camaro was lightning fast in the second session to 330 including a .95 60 foot. Dale Pedersen and Dal Sangha struggled today.
Ed Horvath ran a career best 6.09/242 in the ex Jeff Doyle Firebird.
Team Ritchie is there in force with all three doorslammers competing. Brian Ritchie and Dale Grasdal in Electronics and Jason Field in Big Tire/NT. All three cars made decent runs. Rod Leclaire ran solid in round one today, but he was off the gas early in run two.
Sorry just a screen shot
November 21, 2019
Street Car Super Nationals
After a couple days of ugly weather, the event got underway last night with a test n tune. Today looks to be great weather and a full day of qualifying is underway. Below are a few of the Canadian and NW teams competing.
We will have photos throughout the weekend courtesy of Dyan Lover. Our other photog, Bob Snyder, has been under the weather for a couple months now, but was hoping to make it out maybe for the weekend.
November 17, 2019
Jan Christensen photo
Division Six had a good day at Pomona in the Summit series. Chris Johnson in Pro Bracket from Keyport Washington will have the #1 on his Firebird and Jim Werre from Renton Washington is the World Champion in Sportsman Motorcycle.
Shawn Cowie in the winners circle. He finished the year with five National wins and five Divisional (Regional) wins.
While a national championship would have been magical, Speedzone is proud the way they represent the class and themselves at every event. They are champions in every sense of the word.
5:00 pm update
Robert Hight is the Funny Car champion. He defeats Matt Hagan in the semi finals in a close 3.97 to 4.01 match-up. In the final round Hight's car dies and Beckman gets the win. But it is the Force team getting the championship.
In Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta earns the event win but falls just short of the title. He defeats Ritchie Crampton in the final round.
Jeg Coughlin defeated Fernando Cuadra in the Pro Stock final round. Elite Racing finishes #1 and #2 in the world championship.
In possibly one of the biggest upsets ever in PS Motorcycle, Jianna Salinas takes the win over Jerry Savioe in the final round. She defeated the newly crowned champion Andrew Hines in round one (despite her being a 7.0 bike) when Hines went red, then she defeats Steve Johnson in round two when he had a troubled run (he too was a heavy favorite). In the semi finals, Matt Smith was the overwhelming favorite and had a chance to win the championship, but his bike blew up just past half track, and Jianna drove around him. In the final round, Jianna took on Jerry Savoie and if Jerry got the win, he would just edge Hines for the title. Jerry's bike Died after the burnout, and when they restarted, it sounded awful and he just idled at the green giving Jianna her first ever win . No doubt, the Vance and Team will be in their Salinas' pit with a case of champagne.
Shawn Cowie earns the win in TAD Driver fellow BAD driver Chris Demke in the final found. He is #2 in the world for the second year in a row.
Mike Doushgounian wins TAFC over Brian Hough. Hough finishes #2 in the world. His best finish ever.
November 17, 2019
Steve Torrence defeated Brittany in round two of Top Fuel. Doug Kalitta, Billy Torrence and Doug Kalitta are out of rounds. Torrence repeats as Top Fuel champion despite his antics in round one.
Erica Enders is the 2019 Pro Stock champion.
Andrew Hines goes way red in his quest for the 2019 PSM championship. If either Jerry Savoie or Matt Smith win the race, they are champions.
Funny car still has Hight, Hagan and Beckman in it. If Hight beats Hagan in the semis he is the champion. If Hagan wins and Beckman on the other side of the ladder they will face of for the championship in the final round.
Martin Rachel just lost a real close one in round one of the Summit Super Pro championship. A .012 to .010 light and Hhis opponent Michael Sturgill puts together an .013 pak to Martin's game .024 pak. he only other better light than either was a .008 in the first S.Pro pairing.
Go to Speedzone Magazine's Facebook page for a little bit of a row in a Top Fuel round one pairing.
It all comes down to the final day. All four Professional class championships are to be determined today.
Steve Torrence leads Brittany Force by less than one round. Doug Kalitta is just over two rounds back. Steve's father Billy is three rounds back (Racers get 50% more points per round at the Finals (30 instead of 20 per round).
If either Steve or Britanny win the race they are the champion. In order for Doug to be the champion he has to go two more rounds than Britanny and three more rounds than Steve.
In Funny Car, Robert Hight leads by two rounds over Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman. A win or a final round finish for Hight and it is over. Hight could face Hagan in the semis if both win their first two rounds. If Hagan was to win that race he would still have to win the event to be champion. Jack Beckman is on the other side of the ladder and if he reaches the final against Hight, Hight would be the champion regardless. If it was Hagan and Beckman in the final then the winner takes it all. John Force could still have a say, but he needs a long run. Meaning a final round appearance. He cant have Beckman reach the final in the other side of the ladder though. His battle starts with round one as he faces his team mate Robert in round one. Bob Tasca Jr has an outside shot. and Win for him and early round exits for Hight, Hagan and Beckman are necessary.
In Pro Stock, It is the Elite racing teams to lose. Erica Enders has the title if she wins two rounds. In round one she faces her biggest rival Greg Anderson. Jeggie can win if he goes three rounds more than Enders. Both JAson Line and Bo Butner are in the same scenario.
Pro Stock Motorcycle has Andrew Hines in the lead by more than three rounds he has to lose in round one and Jerry Savioe or Matt Smith need to win. Eddie Krawiec and Karen Stouffer were eliminated in qualifying .
2019 National champions
November 16, 2019
Very proud of friend Ken Sitko on his induction into the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame this weekend in Montreal. He and his father George were the tandem act for the Sitko Family in the induction. Father George has been in the sport for 60 years and Ken was along for the ride from the very beginning. He got his actual start behind the wheel at the age of 16 and hasnt looked back. Racing primarily in the Pro Comp and Top Alcohol class Kenny and his dad won many races. Kenny won the championships in the AHRA in 1985 with partner Brad Ennis and the start of the Arctic Traveller BAD team. There are three generations of Sitko's that have been involved in drag racing and likely soon to be the fourth gen with son's Troy and Nathan having daughters just starting school, so they will likely be racing in the Jr before long.
Congratulations George and Ken for your well deserved induction in the Canadian Motorsport HOF.
Also inducted from Western Canada were Ken Reich, Kenny Lang and Bob Reynolds.
Ken Reich was a Comp Eliminator guru for a number of decades, and had a number of top notch drivers (including himself) behind the wheel. Kenny Lang is possibly the most well known Canadian Pro Mod driver that competed in the NHRA series and well as the IHRA circuit. Bob Reynolds was part of the legendary Bateman and Reynolds TAFC team based out of Calgary. Division six champions many times.
Sheryl Lorraine (Ogonoski) photos
November 15, 2019
Mission Raceway's Martin Rachel is on track at Pomona in hopes of his second world championship in the Summit series. This time he is hoping or the Super Pro title.
Prett cool to be in the staging lanes along side world champions Steve Torrence and Brittany Force.
Jan Christensen photos
November 15, 2019
A great news story after Doug Gordon's huge crash at Vegas. The Gordon TAFC team is proud to announce and two year major sponsorship from Beta Motorcycles. The long time grean flopper will now be bright red.
November 11, 2019
I hope everyone celebrated and remembered all those who sacrificed and fought for our Country today.
And Rogers Sportsnet, you were dead wrong in your decision.
Continue to keep Mission Raceway videographer Robert Fedyk (reaction time media) in your thoughts as he continues to fight his medical issues
Final round results from the Vegas Divisional (Regional)
Congratulation's to Shawn Cowie for his win at Vegas. He finishes 2nd in the national standings. Brian Hough was the Runner-up and also finishes 2nd in the National Standings, his best finish ever. A great job by the team mates. Congratulations to Frankie Giroux (Plaizier) for her Div. Six Super Street championship, and to Joe Mellof for his Div. Six Top Sportsman championship. Al Omond was one round away from the div six championship as he finishes second. Mike Shannon, Super class super star decided to run Top Dragster this year and he finished #2 in Div Six.
Dan Provost lost in round 2 of TS.
Zak Clarke went .001 red in his round two loss in TS
Jan Christensen photos.
November 8, 2019
The RAD team is setup and ready for the final Div of the year. Zak Clarke out for the event with Dan.
November 3, 2019
The finals are done at Las Vegas.
What I noticed is that with all the final rounds there seemed to be a number of racers from all over, which makes sense since racers from all over are here trying to earn as many points as possible. On further research, this event had a finalist from each division in NHRA as well as a European and Australian finalist. An amazing stat IMO. Next weekends Divisional at Vegas will see the same global participation.
Here is the incredible crash by TAFC pilot Doug Gordon. He walked away.
Leah Pritchett one-ups Brittanny Force and sets the Vegas track et record with a 3.654, .005 quickest than Brit Force did Friday evening on her way at the 338.17 national speed record she set.
Erica Enders was close to the #1 spot in Pro Stock as well, but Greg Anderson bettered her by a couple thou Saturday with a 6.584/208.52.
Jack Beckman is #1 in Funny Car with a 3.835 / 335.90 (track ET and speed record.
Matt Smith also set the et and speed record in PSM. He went 6.840/198.67.
Stevie Jackson the newly crowned Pro Mod champion is #1 with a 5.735/250.69
Joey Severance is #1 in TAD with his amazing 5.121/278. In round one he got the win with a 5,.19. Local fan favourite Shawn Cowie smoked the tires in round one and lost. Kim Parker advanced as did Mission regular Casey Grisel
Doug Gordon is #1 in TAFC with his Friday run of 5.426/271.02. Unfortunately for the Gordon MB Cabinets team he could not make round one Saturday evening, as he crashed his flopper in the second session. In round one, Chris Marshall and Brian Hough, both Mission regulars advanced. Marshall improved big time from qualifying, winning with a 5.469.
Division Six drivers doing well in Sportsman action:
Tommy Gaynor went to the 1/4's in Super Stock
Cody Lane is off to the finals in Comp, he has a semi bye. Ralph Van Paepeghem is in the semis in Comp. He takes on Tony Mandella.
Dave Archambault (Calgary) lost in round four of Super Gas.
North Vancouver's Howie Stevens qulified #7 in Comp and won round one, but took a huge index hit and lost in round two to Cody Lane.
November 2, 2019
NHRA Las Vegas Dodge Nationals Mellow Yello event.
The second to last national event of the year.
Brittany Force goes 338 with a 3.65 et. The fastest pass for Top Fuel in history. For as awesome as that run is, (she now has both ends of the National record), for me THE run of the weekend was by Joey Severance Saturday morning. He ripped off a spectacular 5.121/278.29. It betters the TAD blown record by 3/100ths of a second. Shawn Cowie with a 5.15 was the previous record holder. I am not sure what the evolution has been in the class over the last18 months but the numbers have gone down by 1/2 a tenth in a year and a half.
And to do this at an elevation of almost 3000 feet makes it more incredible. 15 of the qualifiers ran quicker than 5.36, Ron Anderson is #16 with a decedent 5.462. TAFC has six cars in the 5.40's. Most notable though was the spectacular crash by Doug Gordon. His car hit the wall hard the flipped on its lid and slid along the guard rail. The car righted itself and Doug exited under his own power.
All four Professional classes are still up for grabs , and are separated anywhere from 80 (PSM) points down to a mere 28 (Pro Stock). Funny Car and Top Fuel have a 70pt and 33pt differential for 1st and 2nd.
November 1, 2019
SpeedZone Magazine wants to give Robert Fedyk (Reaction-Time media), and Spring Fling Million co-organizer and multi time National event winner (in 5 different classes) Kyle Siepel, our thoughts and prayers as both are going through medical issues. Get well soon!
Go to Kyle Siepel fundraiser facebook page for more info on Kyle's fight.
October 27, 2019
The California Hot Rod Reunion completed a couple days ago and it was Austin / O'Brien and Bobby Cottrell earning the hard fought victory over Tony Jurado in Funny Car. Mendy Fry won Top Fuel over Pete Wittenberg, Jason Ritchey defeated Kyle Hough in AA/FA, Howard Anderson won AA/GS over Mike Molea, A/Fuel saw Shayne Stewart defeat Wayne Ramay. For the first time in a long time Kin Bates and Drew Austin were not the finalists. Drew won the 2019 championship though. Pro Mod winner was Mike Maggio over Ed Thorton. The 7.0 winner was Brad Denney.
A special shout out to Phil Ruskowski for a career best 6.47/218 in Nostalgia Top Fuel.
October 23, 2019
The drag racing world is saddened witht the news of a prominant local participant and one of the most notable innovators in Top Alcohol racing .
Alberta Nitro Harley racer Kevin Boyer passed away this week.
Kevin was a long time Nitro Harley racer and this summer competed here at MRP at the big Intercontenental Pushrod Nitro Harley event in July. He was the runner/up. He was also a regular competitor on the Harley Mello Yello series. Condolences to his friends and family.
Norm Drazy, the PSI super charger inventor, changed the face of Top Alcohol racing and other types of racing, passed away this month after a long battle with cancer.
Taken from insidetopalcohol.com
"Norm and his former wife Pat, designed and manufactured the PSI Screw Supercharger that revolutionized the racing industry back in the late 80s, and throughout the 90's and the new millennial".
In its infancy, the PSI supercharger absolutely changed the face of top Alcohol drag racing. TA dragsters and Funny cars found new found performance levels and were THE choice for all competitors running a blown combination The Whipple charger came along and competed valiantly for a new years, the roots blower died a slow death in those two classes, but the PSI persevered and in its current configuration, with top teams like Shawn Cowie, Joey Severance and Chris Demke have run in the 5 teens. Norm was even at Mission on a couple occasions, tuning for Bernie Plourd and consulting on a couple other teams in the 90's.
Norm sold the company around 15 years ago, but had consulted with the current owners on a regular basis. He will be missed.
October 21, 2019
At Dallas this past weekend at the Fall Nationals Alberta racer Casey Plaizier repeated win 2018 win in Super Gas with back to back Fall National's wins. The Plaiazier famil then went to Cowboy Staduim and took in the Cowboys game (I feel sad for them, lol). What a weekend for sure.
Pro winners at Dallas include:
October 16, 2019
Proud to be a part of this:
Western Canada has always had an abundance of great racers. The most recognized are the drivers of course but crew, crew chiefs, chassis builders, team builders, sponsors, media and more make motorsports what it has been all those years, and what it is today. In the beginning, eager young men and women from car clubs across Canada satisfied their need for speed by racing their family sedans on seldom used roadways. Soon after, in the name of safety, the venue changed to airstrips and any road that could be closed to the public. In 1961 highways minister Gordon Taylor worked hard to get approval for a temporary closure of Highway 14 near Edmonton, and even made an event out of it with a ribbon cutting. This gave the locals a somewhat safer place to race. It was soon realized, however, that this was not a sustainable solution. It was imperative that purpose built facilities were erected to provide better organization and safety for racers and spectators alike.
Edmonton International Speedway opened its doors to drag racers, road racers, and Can Am in 1967. Most racers already had been running their cars elsewhere and were chomping at the bit to give it a go on this state of the art facility. These motorsports Pioneers deserve immense accolades for kick starting their sports, building and driving the cars, running and promoting the facilities, and promoting the sport through news, radio and tv. Pioneers are not only found working on the inception of the sport, but also throughout the motorsports timeline. Innovative individuals are constantly pushing the boundaries, so it is not surprising that they are able to take their sport to a new level in any era with improvements to technology, performance and safety. Examples are advancements in fuel system technology, the advent of the on-board computer to make tuning more precise and predictable, and clutch upgrades so more power can be applied to the track. Recognition for these innovators must be as live as their inventions.
In Alberta, speed shops like Pioneer Automotive, Wheeler Dealer, JBs and Pacemaker Automotive were set up in order to supply parts and services to the drag racers. In other provinces shops like Ken's Kustom Auto, Queen City Performance, Bridge City Speed, Midland Auto Supply, Softee Speed Shop, Action Auto, Tiger Automotive, Spirit Automotive and a host of others met the needs of all types of motorsports enthusiasts. These facilities were awesome! Shiny chrome headers, slick tires, and go fast attachments were on display to performance hungry gear-heads. Other shops provided the expertise to build cars and engines so the average racer could compete competitively head to head with their best buddy, or arch nemesis.
About 2 months ago a motley crew of racers, promoters, builders and historians from Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba got together to discuss the formation of the Western Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. Under the leadership of Ron Hodgson this non-profit organization is mandated to honour the people in motorsports. Due to restrictive criteria in some of the other Halls of Fame, a lot of very important contributors to the sport have slipped through the cracks. We intend to fill the cracks, but we are about 40 years late, so we have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, some of the early pioneers of motorsports have already passed on, also none of us are getting any younger, so we plan on playing catch up by inducting some of these people as early as March 2020. This is a very ambitious plan, but we are committed to making it happen. Long term plans include erecting a building to house the list of inductees along with interactive information about the personalities, their memorabilia, cool educational activities for school kids and some real cool cars. We are looking at providing hall rental for community functions and space for educational classes; from skills competitions to motor building to hands on mechanical education. We really want to engage the younger generations, teach them the history and development of automobiles, how it relates to todays cars and provide avenues for career development to promote the sport of Racing. Obviously, a building is not do-able by March, so we will have a Gala at an Edmonton hotel to celebrate the 2020 honourees. In the meantime, the directors are busy compiling names for induction concentrating on the 50s and 60s era first. We will be voting on 30 to 40 inductees the first year, then 20 or so each year after that.
We will be doing fundraising for the Gala and for the physical Hall Of Fame, and will be raffling off a brand new 2020 mid-engine Corvette! Ticket sales will be announced soon. Our definition of Motorsports includes anything with tires and pistons such as stock car or any open wheel on dirt or asphalt, bikes, drag vehicles, truck and tractor pull machines, rally and kart. Nominees must be or have been from one of the 4 western provinces and must have participated/influenced motorsports in some significant way. High profile wins and championships are an advantage for induction, but excellence in any area that has benefited the sport as a whole is equally as important. The WCMHF website will be up and running shortly, in which you can view our goals, past inductees, and fund-raising activities. There will also be items for sale such as real classy shirts and jackets. After the inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony in March, there will be a spot to contact the WCMHF for anyone to submit nominations for future inductees. These will be tabulated then voted on by the directors prior to the next ceremony for the next set of honourees.
Yes we has a Canadian Motorsport hall of fame and a Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society. This newly created HOF outlines their adjenda above and encompasses the four Western Provinces.
Send me submissions of guys and gal you think should be a part of this.
October 13, 2019
Justin lost in round two at Charlotte. He was unable to make round two after wounding the engine in his round one win.
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Derik Kramer (Pro Stock), Andrew Hines, (PSM), Megan Meyers (TAD), Sean Bellemuer (TAFC), and Steve Jackson (Pro Mod) were the pro class winners.
With Megan Meyers win at Charlotte she clinced the TAD championship. Shawn Cowie is sitting in second place in the standings. Troy Coughlin JR still has a slight chance at second place. Sean Bellemuer clinched his second TAFC title in a row.
October 11, 2019
Lots of crazy goings on at Z-Max Dragway in Charlotte for the NHRA NTK Carolina Nationals.
Local driver Justin Bond is competing in Rickie Smith's Turbo Mustang. He is sitting #2 in the field with a strong 5.752/255.00. Todd Tutterow leads with a 5.744/25. Khalid alBalooshi was #1 with a 5.717/256.89 but was disqualified when they found his boost controller had been manipulated. Not going to say who brought this to NHRA's attention, but based on the recent rule changes to the Nitrous reams you might be able to guess.
1 8 Khalid alBalooshi, Duxbury MA, '19 Camaro 5.717 256.89 256.89 (run thrown out and he is dsq'ed)
is now #1
In Top Fuel Justin Ashley, son of Mike Ashley made his Top Fuel debut today. He ran a 3.83 best and is in the middle of the pack. Steve Torrence leads with a 3.711/325. Jack Beckman leads Funny Car with a 3.873/334. Erica Enders is #1 in Pro Stock. She ripped off a 6.506/211.
Shawn Cowie is running at Charlotte as well. He is up against all the racers chasing him as well as the one in front of him (Megan Meyers). This is his last race to claim points for the world championship. He is currently 11 points back on Meyers. He is near the bottom of the field after two aborted runs. With his success at both Vegas and Pomona, I am not sure why the team decided to make this race their last one to claim points. I will have to give Ron a call and find out.
We will have photos posted Saturday (mostly from the Pro Mods) as buddy John DeJonge and son Adam is there with Justin.
October 4, 2019
Look who was testing at Mission on the weekend.
Actually it was Jan Christensen debuting his new ride. The ex Drew Skillman Pro Stock car that finished in the top 6 two years straight in NHRA Pro Stock. Very nice looking car for sure. It has all the bells and whistles. Jan will likely race in S Pro next year, maybe a few DS events and Top Sportsman if he can get the 8.50 (twin motor as what's in his Green Nova that ran an 8.55 best) motor to run in the 7's. It ran an 8.0 today but needs solid 7.8's or 9's to play in TS.
Dalgliesh Racing back out at MRP. Peter ran the car a month ago. His son is now behind the wheel. What a nice looking car.
Jay Syvertsen taking his turn in the Canso. Trying to get it to launch straight. It still pulled hard to the left, but they are making progress.
Richard Love defeated 'Sneaky' Pete Shutt in the gamblers race today. Yesterday it was Craig Johnson getting the win.
October 4, 2019
Click here for all the Sunday (and a few Satuday) winners circle pictures.
October 3, 2019
Mission Raceway's final Summit, Doorslammer, NW Outlaw, Super Shifter and Super Combo race results are posted.
Photos are posted as well.
Here are the MRP season Summit series, Hot Rod, NW Outlaw and Doorslammer champions in 2019
Colton Morin is the Jr Thunder champion for 2019. This is his second title in the class in a row.
O'Riley Benda in his first Lightning year is the champion. He was runner-up in Thunder last year.
Mya Dawson is the Jr Street champion for 2019. She also won the Summit finals for Jr Street at Seattle a month ago.
Al Omond has won too many Bike titles to count (actually 13 I beleive). And at least his 6th or 7th in a row.
Craig Johnson repeats as the Sportsman champion.
Chris Stone has won more Pro titles than anyone (Jim Behnke is close) at Mission Raceway. He gets it this year again after a tough 2018
Jan Christensen wins Super Pro in 2019. It is his first title. Next year he steps up to Top SPortsman with an ex Drew Skillman Pro Stock Camaro.
Scott Robinson wins his first title in dragracing. The Canada West Doorslammer title.
Dane Lachelt wins his fourth or fifth Outlaw title.
September 28, 2019
The second to last race weekend at MRP has all the bracket classes as well as the Doorslammers, the Outlaws, Super Shifter and other specialty classes. MRP is having their annual season wrap up bbq at the end of the day with a Halloween theme.
September 26, 2019
The Jr Dragter Shootout results and photos from last weekends CMDRA event are posted.
September 22, 2019
Mission Raceway All Bike Drags weekend
Jim Schellenberg wins the final Nitro Harley race of the year at MRP. Finishes second in the points, behind Nate Gagnon.
Scott Robinson in the Artex Doorslammer entry wins the second to last DS event of the year, and moves into first place (if my math is correct), with one race to go.
Adam DeJonge wins the Jr cash shootout for his biggest win ever cash wise ($750.00) over Thunder hitter Coltin Morin (wins 250.00).
One of the most storied street legal race cars in the NW runs its first ever 6 this weekend. A solid 6.91 clicking off early (5.8 seconds in). Would have been a 5.75 or so at 210 mph if Steve have off kept his foot on the gas.
September 9, 2019
Funny Car Chaos at US 131 ...
..... Allen Middendorf took the 'A' win. He also set the FCC record for et and speed. (3.580/222.99mph). Tuned by Jake 'the Snake' Sanders
This is a cool deal; The Larry Dixon two seater 'Nitro Experience' Top Fuel car. In the seat was Burnell Russell, father of Darrell Russell (who was killed in a Top Fuel crash in June of 2004). The two-seater runs 1/8 mile. On this run Burnell experienced a 3.342 /259.82 1/8 mph blast. At 1000 feet the car was still going 234 mph with the chutes out (4.280 et. At the end of the 1/4 mile the et was 5.397/172.
September 8, 2019
Bill Jeffery, long time SpeedZone photographer (and very good friend) has moved to Chicago for a two year stint for his long time employer. While we lose him shooting on the West Coast, it allows him to shoot a bunch of big tracks in the mid west and Eastern time zones. Below are shots from Bill for the first time at Indy, and the link below has an Indy gallery. This weekend he was at US 131 Dragway and shot "Funny Car Chaos" as well as the Funny Car Nationals. He will be sending shots from this weekend over the next day or so.
Click this link for a 60 photo US Nationals gallery. Courtesy Bill Jeffery.
September 1, 2019
August 30, 2019
The feature class page, including Jets, Pro Mods, Outlaw 10.5 and more is here
Results from the JBS Jr Shoot-outs from Smoke, Fire and Thunder.
All Final rounds from Mission Raceway Smoke Fire and Thunder are posted.
August 26, 2019
All the Sunday action From Smoke Fire and Thunder to come later today. Had internet issues all morning long.
The whole Saturday story including many photos and words over the next couple days.
August 25, 2019
Saturday night Jets and Wheelstanders at SFT
Round two exhibition
Photos for now.
Round one exhibition
August 25, 2019
Ya, there is a car in the mifddle of that fireball. The crash test dummys paid the price..You had to be there so see and understand.
Smoke Fire and Thunder was over the top at MRP last night!
After a long delay due to morning moisture the on-track action got underway around 3:30 for SMS Equipment/KRents Smoke, Fire and Thunder. A Test n Tune ran until 5:45 and then track prep for round one of qualifying for Top Street, NW Outlaws, Doorslammer testing and qualifying for Pro Mod, 10.5 and BDL Automotive x-275.
During the first pro mod vs 10.5 grudge race session Ken SHihota ripped off the second 3 second pass in the NW going 3.99 at 187. Keith Korecki went 4.29/170 in his new big inch nitrous combo.
Jason Gagnon had the wheels up on both his laps Friday. John DeJonge Had all his nitrous rngaged Friday as he stepping into Pro Mod. He went a 4.29 best.
Four Nitro Harleys made qualifying passes, and Nate Gagnon was the quickest with a solid 6.45/220. Awesome flames out of the Nitro best.
The coolest shot I have of Steve Nicholson's Corvette . Four distinct flames flumes out of the zoomies on the way to a solid 4.06. His best ever lap at MRP. Kerry Stone ran a great 4.03 in his Turbo Camaro
John West had the nitrous fully loaded.
So did Keith Korecki in the final session. His best was a 4.29
Justin Bond is out with his blown Camaro for the first time this year. He made two 6.90 run's.
A real nice clean Chevy II out licensing.
Gene Fluery went 7.19 on his lone run with the six banger.
John West`s first run was an aborted wheels up launch
Diversity in 604 Top Street
Tony Dreissen is back after engine repairs.
Ex Pro Mod 47 Chevy in Doorslammer
Rusty Stevenson is out for the Rocko`s Diner NW Outlaws Presented this weekend by Boston Pizza.
Dane Lachelt made two great runs Friday night. This one carried the wheels for 120 feet. His second run was his top speed ever, 6.12/229. Rob Phippen only made it to half track.
Emily Girard dropped the laundry, 'whatever' .
August 23, 2019
We are pround to announce JBS Canada is the weekend sponsor of our coverage here of Smoke Fire and Thunder.
They are also sponsoring the Harley stunt team that performed at the Nitro Harley event a month ago, and the Jr Shootouts. The stunt team is back and will put on a great show throughout the weekend. Their are so many exciting happenings going on at MRP this weekend. Make sure you are out here Friday, Saturday (A MUST SEE) and Sunday. For the first time ever a grudge event between the Pro Mods and Outlaw 10.5 will take place Friday and Saturday night.
The Jr Shootout page is here. A number of Jr. photos are posted.
August 22, 2019
This weekend at MRP is:
August 19 , 2019
Final results from the Brainerd Nat'l event, Spokane's Nitro and small tire show, and the Seattle LODRS.
August 17, 2019
Seattle Divisional, the Huge Nitro Show at Spokane and the Brainerd National event are what's up and notable in the world of Drag racing this weekend for NW raging fans.
First at Seattle seven TAD teams are competing, all are A/Fuel. That is really surprising as the two most prominent teams, both being BAD's and within a couple hours drive of the track are not there. Shawn Cowie is at the Brainerd Nat'l and Joey Severance is not competing (he has been absent for the last month). Leading the way is a huge number by Garrett Bateman. He ripped of a 5.18/276.
Six TA funny Cars are competing at Seattle. Sean Bellemeur leads with a 5.475.
In Comp it is a nine car field with Brandon Huhtala ripping of a national record 7.16 in C/A.
Top Sportsman has the largest Div 6 field so far this year with 24 cars, and Joe Loch was bad ass with a 6.42 best to sit #1. Shane Molinari is #1 in Top Dragster with a 6.13. Local driver Dan Provost is #12 in a 30 car field with a 6.64. He sits #4 in Top Sportsman with a 6.86 in the Camaro.
At Spokane the UNFC is there and after Friday Dan Horan leads with a 5.75. The top three are only .03 apart.
In 10.5 Ken Sihota leads after two rounds with a solid 4.10 best. Paja Agatonovic is#2 with a 4.15. Nick Duda sits #3 and Steve Nicholson is #4. They have Fuel Altereds, Top Fuel and Jets as well.
Round one at Spokane
August 12, 2019
No Prep 5 at Rimbey Ab
The race started by Neil Richards and Horsepower Solutions five years ago.
James Hatfield (the guy with the real cool S-10 step side) won No Prep 5 Small tire (Gangsta) class He defeated Scott Schulhauser (Mustang) in the final round. The other two semi finalists were Devon Knopf (Little Toyota) and Chris Houston (teal green Mustang) .
Big Tire (Unlimited) winner was Chris Gould. He defeated Jason Gagnon in the final round
True Street winner was Rod Hanger. He took out Sammy Berhot.
Man Pedal (Stick class) champion was Chad Abougoush
August 11, 2019
Nightfire Nationals Firebird Raceway
Final Rounds at Boise
Car - final round
AA/Fuel Altered - final round
Pro Modified - final round
Tater Baker AA/FC - final round
AA/Fuel Dragster - final round
AA/Funny Car - round 1
AA/Fuel Dragster - round 2
AA/Fuel Altered - round 1
Pro Modified - round 1
Tater Baker AA/Funny Car - round 1
Final qualifyinga t the Nightfire Nationals
AA/Funny Car Main Event
Tater Baker (Funny Car B)
AA/Fuel Dragster Round 1
Xtreme Pro Modified
August 8, 2019
The Force-mania amped up when John won his 150 national event on Sunday.
Like him or not, he is the people's champion. The only other current driver(s) who could perhaps come even close to John in popularity or charisma is his good friend Ron Capps or maybe Clay Millican, and even they are light years away.
Here is a sample of John's popularity and him being real and honest and the best thing that ever happened to drag racing.
After his historic win, he leap frogged the fence (well not really more like what a senior would look like doing what he did)
Courtesy Gerry Frechette
Pretty awesome, and hopefully he is around for another 25 wins, likely not but you never know
August 7, 2019
Team Cowie had a full contingent of fans and crew on hand for their celebration after their win at Seattle this past weekend. Shawn's win puts him well in front in the standings for the 2019 TAD chase. There is a long way to go, but they are on a strong roll right now.
August 6, 2019
Final round results from the Langley Loafers Old Time Drags are posted along with photos.
August 4, 2019
Dan Provost and Chris Marshall celebrate the TAFC win for Marshall at Seattle. Grant Saunby is celebrating with John Force as he earned his 150th win. That number is astounding.
As shown above, John Force continues the legacy with his historic 150th National Event win. No one is even close. And to add the the Force team legacy, Rookie driver Austin Prock wins in Top Fuel. He defeated 2019 superstar Steve Torrence.
In Pro Stock it was Matt Hartford defeating Greg Anderson, in Nitro Harley, Doug Vancil took the win over Randall Andreas. Our Local Hitter, Shawn Cowie won a close one against first time TAD Nat'l finalist Russ Parker 5.34-5.38. New team RAD racer Chris Marshall defeated Doug Gordon in the TAFC final round.
In Sportsman action, Division Six drivers did real well with six of eight finalists coming from the NW.
Competition Eliminator -- Brian Hyerstay, Dragster, 8.637, 147.52 def. Doug Lambeck, Pontiac Sunfire, 8.359, 157.71.
Super Stock -- Kyle Rizzoli, Chevy Camaro, 9.619, 133.47 def. Tom Gaynor, Chevy Cobalt, 9.827, 134.91.
Stock Eliminator -- Andy Morris, Chevy Camaro, 9.381, 140.25 def. Kyle Rizzoli, Camaro, 10.323, 123.00.
Super Comp -- Randy Beck, Dragster, 8.901, 169.76 def. James Warden, Dragster, 8.915, 166.74.
Super Gas -- Michael Dalrymple, Chevy Camaro, 9.961, 161.73 def. Rod Souza, Chevy Bel Air, 9.948, 161.42.
Super Street -- Matt Kielman, Chevy Nova, 10.922, 120.33 def. Chris Cannon Jr., Nova, 10.911, 153.28.
Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com -- Doug Bracey, Chevy Cavalier, 7.211, 188.83 def. Shawn Herbst, Pontiac Firebird, 7.107, 193.82.
Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com -- Jeff Havens, Dragster,
6.898, 192.88 def. Thomas Bayer, Dragster, Foul - Red Light.
JR Lazic wins Pro Mod at race #3 in the WCPM series.
Jordie Lazic was the only Pro Mod in the 4.0's on the weekend and won the war of attrition in the 12 car entry list. He defeated Keith Korecki in the final round, Korecki lost to Steve Horne in the semis but Horne wounded his bullet in the win and bypassed the scales handing the win to Korecki. Only 8 cars made elimionation's Sunday morning.
Dewayne Sanders one of the winnginest drivers in Pro Nostalgia get the Mission win over Ralph Fox. Fox never left the starting line, as his blower belt broke the milli second he hit the throttle.
In what could be called CWDS (II) Paul Depree Sr. defeated John DeJonge in a Doorslammer final round. MAark Thompson another DS competitor was in the semi finals. In totalsix or eight were in the Outlaw 'N' class.
DeJonge went .927 red ib the final round. Debree Sr was driving the Valient for the first time this year as son Jr is behind the wheel for all Doorslammer events.
Full final round results will be posted Monday evening and Tuesday.
Saturday in the last run down the track
R.I.P. the the Drag Racing `COP`Terry McHardy. Good friend Bob Kokotailo pulls the laundry with McHardy along for the ride.
JR Lazic leads Pro Mod with a last session 6.07.
Dale Pedersen is #2 with a 6.13 and Steve Horne is #3 with a coasting 6.27
Some weird smoke out of the exhaust of Keith Korecki's newly powered Shelby.
Yeehaw 'Mater, wins the Saturday wheelie award
Close behind is the 'Chupa
Think it is death smoke out of 'Nitro' Bob's new blown Fiat????
August 2, 2019
A real busy weekend in the NW on the DR front.
If you want a Pro Mod fix this weekend head out to Mission Raceway for the Langley Loafers BC Old Time drags. The newly branded West Coast Pro Mods (formally WDRL), will be the main feature class. The Pro Nostalgia group based out of Washington and Oregon will also be part of the feature action. Plus don't forget the car show (for any year car or truck or motorcycle) and racing classes Street Rob, Street Machine, Street Classic, Outlaw and Nostalgia Gas for cars 1972 and older.
Pro Mods on the property Friday afternoon included Jay Syvertsem (blown Hemi), Steve Horne (blown Hemi), Tom Meheden (big block nitrous), Kerry Stone (Big Block twin Turbo), Keith Korecki (Big Block Nitrous), Dave Kowalski (blown Sonny's Hemi), Wade Sjostrom (blown Hemi), Dave Springman (blown BB Chevy), Greg Feal (Big Block twin Turbo)and Dale Pedersen (Proline twin Turbo). Friday night arrivals should include JR Lazic in Dean Bettenson's 57 Chevy (blown Hemi), Dal Sangha (Hemi Twin Turbo) and Gordie Abougush's Proline Twin Turbo Firebird.
This Nova ran solid laps on Friday. Likely he wil run in Outlaw or Street Classic.
Dale Phillips made a couple hits Friday. He is running in Outlaw this weekend.
There were a number of Nostalgia Gassers (straight axels) making test runs Friday.
This turbocharged small tire Corvette made a number of runs Friday, including an 8.38 best..
Alberta Driver completing his NHRA licensing in this cool altered.
Dale Pedersen made to hits on Friday, his last one to just past the 1/8th mile. It was a soft 4.24 660 shot.
Tom Meheden made a short hit to start then a full soft 6.47/213 shot, his only full pass of the weekend.
Keith Korecki made two hits Friday, and both were easy, as he works on his entirely new and self built 800+ inch combination
Greg Feal tied his career best with a 6.50/219 testing Friday. He made three runs in total, going 6.57, 6.54 thern the final a 6.50
Seattle's NHRA NW Nationals is this weekend. All the pro classes except Pro Mod and Motorcycle. Top Fuel HArleys and the two Top Alchohol classes are part of the action. Top Sportsman and Top Dragster as well.
Very cool to see RAD Torque systems step up to the Top Alcohol classes with a major sponsorship for the Distrubed racing TAFC team of Chris and Brianna Marshall and Alan Mascord. They are a top five team in the NHRA and were close to ending their season early when funding was drying up. Good on Dan and the RAD team.
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