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January 17, 2020
MRP 2019 dinner and awards banquet was held last night
All the championships and top five in the bracket classes and special awards were presented.
For SpeedZone Magazine the biggest thrill came when the "Employee of the Year" was announced. Shelby Murdoch five year employee of the track and fourth generation "Murdoch" to work the timing system at MRP received the honour. She was pretty excited to say the least, and in my biased or really non biased opinion well deserved. Her Great Grandmother, Grandmother and three Aunts all had her job at the "Old Mission Raceway"
Mom and dad are proud of you Shelby!
A few of the others recognised for their hard work were volunteer of the year, Gord Kaufman.
Hidden heros were Linda Drieve (spelling) and her daughter. They are in charge of the souvenier booth.
Emily White wins Jr Dragster "Rookie of the year", Sister Abagail took that honour last year.
Dereck Dell won Bracket 'Rookie of the Year".
Coltin Morin was the Jr Thunder season Champion.
O'Riley Benda is the Jr Lightning season Champion.
Mya Dawson was the Jr Street champion and donated her Bike to the Chrstmas Bureau
To me the biggest racing award was presented to Chris Stone for his domination in Pro Bracket. He won the "Stefan Kondolay Memorial" award.
All the rest of the champions will be posted later today or tomorrow.
Drag Racing news is starting to heat up as Pre Season testing is only a couple weeks away.
Castrol Raceways long time partnership with Rob Reeves and Drag Racing legend Ron Hodgson come to an end
RACE FOR EXCELLENCE HAS NO FINISH LINE:
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE (EDMONTON, ALBERTA January 17, 2020)
Hodgson, an avid motorsport enthusiast has served in his current role of partner since March 2004; throughout the years playing a pivotal role in the media, marketing, and sponsor acquisitions for the business. In addition to the current partnership with Reeves, Mr. Hodgson contributed significantly to our history and culture as operator of Edmonton International Speedway from 1974 to 1979, modified many dragsters that won 6 NHRA Funny Car National Events, 2 AHRA Top Fuel World Championships and various other events. Today, Hodgson works with his son Ryan, crusading a Funny Car on the NHRA Heritage Series.
Ron and I share a love and respect for the DNA of motorport competition and entertainment said Reeves, and we both recognize the need to evolve. I am grateful for what Ron has contributed during his time with us. We have built a strong foundation for future growth, including strengthening our team, refocusing our brand, evolving our events and improving our operations. We have significantly benefited from the partnership and we are parting on good terms. I would like to Thank Ron for his 15 year partnership, established with positive intent benefiting both parties.
The separation is not expected to have an effect on the Venues future outlook. Reeves plans to continue spearheading the operations; moving our venture forward as we have for the past 22 years along with developing events that share in the enthusiasm and community of our brand: Motorports with Passion.
Pretty cool deal in the TAD ranks in Division Six.
Rick Henkelman Motorsports adds a second A/Fuel car to the team.
It may have taken 41 years, but what started out as two competitors at a sand drag race in Hanford, Ca., in 1979 has now given birth to a powerhouse A/Fuel dragster two-car team in 2020. Rick Henkelman and and Mitch Myers each have numerous NHRA wins, a national championship [Myers] and multiple other accomplishments to their credits, and the duo looks to build on those accomplishments together with their new two-car team.
Henkelmans accomplishments come as both a driver and team owner in multiple classes including Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Fuel. Henkelman has been a force to be reckoned with for over 40 years with numerous top 10 standings and wins. Henkelman has raced nonstop for going on five decades now.
Myers, on the other hand, took a 15-year hiatus from the sport after winning the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster national championship in 2004. Myers shocked the world with quarter-mile elapsed times of 5.109 and 5.118 during the 2004 NHRA Finals and capped the 2004 season by winning the 2004 championship. Myers is often credited with being the catalyst to cause NHRA officials to alter the rules for injected nitro-burning combinations in Top Alcohol Dragster beginning in 2005.
After 15 years away, Myers was presented with the opportunity and returned in 2019 behind the wheel of an A/Fuel dragster owned by Larry Miersch. According to Myers, having been 15 years since I retired from drag racing, it was a bit surreal to return. Myers stated that he appreciated the opportunity to blow off the dust and drive for Miersch Racing in 2019 and wished Miersch the best of luck in the future with his team.
The new two-car team will both be hosting separate title sponsors with numerous joint associate sponsors displayed on both cars. Henkelmans car will continue to be driven by veteran driver Garrett Bateman and sponsored by Boost Performance Products and associate sponsor Advance Auto Parts. Myers car will carry the EPHA Hose Protection Products title banner with Seattle-based Electrical Hub as an associate. Both cars will also carry NGK and Carrillo / CP as product support sponsors along with numerous others partners. A schedule of 9-10 national/regional events will be attended by both cars with the exception of the Winternationals, which Myers will set out due to scheduling and preparation.
For both Henkelman and Myers, the chance to work together as a true two-car team has them both excited with the potential. Crew members and crew chief responsibilities are being worked out and some familiar faces from the sport will be seen on both cars. Jim Rizzoli, who worked with Myers on the Miersch car in 2019, will be joining the two-car team in support of both cars. Henkelman stated that he has wanted to work with Rizzoli for years and was able to convince him to come out and play with this effort in 2020. We have good chemistry, were well funded and will have competitive cars, Henkelman said.
The brain trust is the best I ever had to deal with, added Henkelman, who is busy putting all of the pieces together, filing and assigning crew positions. Both teams will have separate transporters to support the effort and will pit together as to best benefit from the two-car concept.
Henkelmans A/Fueler will debut at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, with Myers A/Fuel dragster debuting at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in April after some testing in March.
Jason Line steps away from the seat in Pro stock after the 2020 season.
NHRA celebrates 50 years of Pro Stock in 2020. Turning 50 and having 50 Pro Stock wins to his name, Jason Line feels the numbers add up just right for retiring from behind the wheel of the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro. The three-time NHRA Pro Stock champion has dubbed this final season of driving for Ken Black Racing, the Finish Line Tour.
Line will channel his fierce drive to win into building and tuning Pro Stock and Sportsman-class race engines at the Ken Black Racing shop in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Its been a good run, and Ive really enjoyed driving a Pro Stock car for Ken Black and Summit Racing, Line said. Im not leaving Pro StockIm just going to be working for wins for KB Racing from a different kind of seat.
We are very grateful to Jason for all of his contributions as a Summit Racing Pro Stock driver, said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports and Events Manager. He is a great driver and well miss cheering for him as one of the faces of Team Summit. Were excited to see what hes capable of doing in the engine shop and on the dyno to move KB Racing forward.
Drag racing and high performance have always been a part of Lines life. His entire family races, including his parents, Lawrence and Maxine, his siblings, and their offspring. Line won the 1993 NHRA Stock Eliminator divisional and national championships behind the wheel of a 1970 Buick Gran Sport. He drives the very same car to this day in Stock Eliminator whenever he gets a chance.
Line joined KB Racing in 2003 to drive a second Pro Stock car alongside Greg Anderson, and made his driving debut at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.
Im very grateful to Greg Anderson and Ken and Judy Black for giving me the opportunity to drive for so long for the best team in drag racing, Line said. Driving a Pro Stock car was for sure a dream of mine as a kid, and winning a Pro Stock championship was something you always hope youll achieve but never really imagine will happen.
I love this class, and it has been a privilege and an honor to be part of it for so long and be able to do so well, Line continued. Its the toughest class there is, and I will continue to help KB Racing and Team Summit win as many Wallys as possible.
January 16, 2020
Very sad to hear of the passing of Wyatt Spann, the young Drag Racing internet hero who has graced internet racing sites for the last few weeks. #BurnoutforWyatt has been prominent as most racers out there posted their burnout for Wyatt videos (including the one below from current Pro Mod sensation, Stevie Fast) and photos all over drag racing web sites in support of the young DR fan. His battle with cancer ended today.
January 12, 2020
At the Division 6 banquet last night in Seattle, MRP racers represented well. Willy Oliver "Land of the Leaders" in Jr. Thunder , Martin Rachel (Super Pro) ROC, and the Dawson girls, Shelby (High School) ROC and Mya (Jr Street) ROC. No picture for Chris Stone who won Div 6 "Land of the Leaders" in Pro.
January 8, 2020
Two month's away is the March Meet. THE nostalgia event of the year to go to, in nice warm sunny California.
January 5, 2020
Way to go Canada on your gold medal today in the World Junior Hockey Tournament. What a crazy and exciting game!
January 1st, 2020
Happy New Year to all our readers.
December 31, 2019
Congratulations to the Canadian European roster (Club Hockey) that won the Spengler Cup in Switzerland.
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December 26, 2019
Very sad to hear the sudden passing of small tire racer Ron Pease.
He has competed at MRP a number of times racing in DR-275, and was a big part of the small tire group. He will be missed by all the racers in the NW. Our sincere condolences to out to his family and friends.
December 25, 2019
Merry Christmas to all SpeedZone's Racing family and friends. We hope everyone has a great holiday season and their stockings are full and whatever you and your family wished for.
Christmas at the Kalitta's
Adam DeJonge's new race helmet courtesy Justin Bond.
December 20, 2019
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