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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)
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), Andrew 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
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.
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 oer 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 after 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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