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November 30, 2015
The Mission Raceway Banquet was last Saturday and it was a fun time,
Lots of Awards, a decent buffet and great bench racing
Jim Behnke was the big winner earning the Pro Bracket Championship and the first annual Stefan Kondolay award. This new award in memory of MRP and NHRA racer Stefan Kondolay (endorsed by Stefan's family) will be awarded annually to the most dominating racer during the season. Thanks to Dave Jung for his initiative. It was certainly an emotional night. Thanks to Shantifor being out here as well.
Sydney Jung was the Jr Thunder champion and also the JR. Dragster rookie of the year. Scott Sikora won the Jr Lightning championship.
James Winter was runner-up in Jr Thunder and Willy Oliver finished 3rd.
Darien Provost was runner-up in Jr Lightning and Emily Girard was the 3rd place finisher.
Greg DOughty is the Super Pro champion and he was also awarded the very cool champion's quilt donated by donated by Yvette Jacobsen.
John Tabak (with wifr Connie) repeated as the Sportsman champion Jerry Byfield is the Hot Ros Champion.
Missing is Al Omond who won the Motorcycle championship.
Martin Rachel is the 2015 Super Combo champions and Scott Winterbottom is the Super Shifter champion.
Bradee Lowe won the bracket class rookie of the year, (Brother Baillie accepted the award.)
Tammy Pigeault was the MRP hidden hero award recipient
Yvette Jacobsen and Sylvia Hoogstins were both recongnized for their efforts in both the fundrasing and setup for the banquet as well as Team Mission fundraisers.
Craig Johnson organized the "practice tree nationals" and it raised close to 500.00 for Team Mission. John Tabak won the Top Bulb race going trip-zip in the final and Ted Miller won the Bottom Bulb.
October 4, 2015
2015 Mission Raceway season champions were decided this weekend.
The Jr. Lightning season champion is Scott Sikora
The Jr. Thunder season champion is Sydney Jung
The Pro Bracket champion is Jim Benhke
The SPortsman season champion is John Tabak
The Super Pro season champion is Greg Doughty
The Motocycle season Champion is Al Omond
The Hot Rod season champion is Jerry Byfield
The Canada West Doorslammer season champion is Zak Clarke
The NW Outlaw season championis Dane Lachelt
The Super Shifter season champion is Scott Winterbottom
The Super Combo season champion is Martin Rachel
Mission Raceway final Summit ET race weekend double header.
Here are Saturday results
Saturday Jr. Thunder final
Saturday Jr. Lightning final
Saturday Motorcycle final
Saturday Sportsman final
Saturday Super Pro final
Saturday Pro Final
Saturday Hot Rod final
"King of the Track" Wally race
Gamblers Team on a Mission final
Here are Sunday results
Sunday Motorcycle final
Sunday Hot Rod final
Sunday Jr. Lightning final
Sunday Jr. Thunder final
Sunday Pro Final
Sunday Sportsman Final
Sunday Super Pro Final
September 28, 2015
Mission Raceway Sunday final rounds (Saturday was weathered out)
September 14, 2015
Mission Raceway Sunday results
Sorry no photo
Mission Raceway September 12, 2015 Saturday results
August 17, 2015
Sunday August 16th results
Saturday August 15th results
August 2, 2015
Laofers final round summary.
July 27, 2015
Canadian National Open sportsman results from Mission Raceway are here.
July 24, 2015
Results from Ashcroft's race last weekend July 18th. Saturday was a Wally race. There was no racing on the 19th as the timing systems crashed.
July 19, 2015
Pro Mod elimination's from Edmonton
July 12, 2015
Mission Raceway weekend results
Photos to come
July 11, 2015
July 5, 2015
Doorwarz weekend bracket winners. The full story with elimination numbers will be posted on Monday
Warren Jacobson over Al Quigley
Ross Walker over John Tabak
Gerald Patzer over Veronica Hodgson
Lester Baranuik over Len Kemp
Sydney Jung over James Winters
Emily Girard over Scott Sikora
June 29, 2015
Scott Sikora won the JR Dragster challenge at the Plex on Saturday
Ashley Clarke won Jr. on Sunday. (Sorry no photo)
June 19, 2015
Langley Loafers old Time Drags results from the Eagle Motorplex
Street Machine A
Street Machine B
Street Machine C
Street Classic A
Street Classic B
Street Rod A
Street Rod B
June 14, 2015
Pacific / Outlaw 10.5 Shoot-out elimination's
May 31, 2015
Chad Abougoush was out with the family Cuda
Phil Davis has more power and a reworked chassis for 2015
Amanda Bollinger smoke her pops in the semi finals
Dane Lachelt had the wheels up in qualifying
The NW Outlaws included Jim Attwell and Marty Zazula
Vanessa Richards has way more power in her 275 Mustang for 2015
Rck MacLeod Sr was out with his Savoy
May 24, 2015
Here is the crash video from Robert Fedyk and Reaction Time from Saturday at Mission Raceway.
Final round results from Mission for all six Summit classes and Hot Rod, Super Combo and Canada West Doorslammers.
Few shots from the weekend:
May 23, 2015
Friday test n tune and Street Legal at Mission Raceway
May 18, 2015
A solid weekend for a couple of BC Racers at Boise's Ignitor season Opener Division Six Lucas Oil event. Abbotsford Dan Provost repeats as the Top Dragster champion as he goes .001 in the final against John Chitwood. Kelowna's Mike Shannon wins Super Comp over Katie Nelson. Shannon has a .025 package in the final round. Steven Densham wins Nitro Funny Car over Roger Garten Alberta Driver Tim Boychuk goes out in round one after a #3 qualifying effort. Kris Krabill also is a round one loser. He qualified #2. Densham takes a big lead in the Heritage points standings after back to back wins in Boise and Bakersfield.
Other winners include, Jeff Lane (Comp), Mark Faul (Super Stock), Scott Burton (Stock), Mike Coltrin (Super Gas), Jake Neibauer (Top Sportsman), Becky Lindsey (Super Street) and Rick Newport in Motorcycle. Full Sunday results are posted on the Boise Div page.
May 17, 2015
May 6, 2015
March 26, 2015
Schedules for NW tracks are as follows.
March 20, 2015
Pacific Raceways is running a test n tune on Sunday as well as a NHRA chassis cert. A number of local cars will head south including a debut for Jessica Armstrong in a dragster. Good luck to all the locals.
Locally Mission Raceway is working on Concrete issues and hope to have their plans announced by the end of next week. A couple notable changes are worth mentioning including the Langley Loafers event will see Saturday night qualifying for the first time ever. The Double A Gassers and up to four Nitro burning Fuel Altereds will be featured. Very Cool!!!!
A new Pro Mod series will debut this season with two or possibly three races at Mission, the Western Drag Racing League (WDRL) will compete at both Mission and Edmonton, with Pro Mods, Top Sportsman and Open Comp (both tracks) as well as JB's ultimate Shootout at Edmonton. The shootout includes three different 1/8 mile classes. More info coming very soon. The series is the brainchild of Castrol announcer Rome Awde and Joe Delehay. Any Pro Mod racers wanting more info contact Joe Dehehay.
The 7.0 winner was Jess Adams over a red lighting Kenny Buzdas. Mike Peck lost in the semi finals to Buzdas and Joey Steckler will be kicking himself as he went red but ran an awesome 7.03 in the 1/4 finals. His opponent ran a slowing 7.30. Ouch Joey, I feel for you, but a good weekend anyway. Jimmy Fersch lost in the second round as he was a bit late on the tree.
Mike Peck went to the semi finals.
March 7, 2015
A tough day for #4 qualifier Tim Nemeth in round one at the March Meet. He took on #13 Brad Thompson who ran a 5.96 best. Tim and Brad Left within .01 of each other and it looked like Tim was on a good lap, but at 400 feet the car moved around a bit and it seemed to lose some power. Thompson drove around Tim by 700 feet and won with a 6.05 to a slowing 6.24.
NW Driver Kris Krabill took out Cory Lee in round one,
#1 qualifier Dan Horan barely beat Spokane's Chris Davis. Davis ran a career best 6.00 to qualify #16 in the tough 31 car field. Davis got a .04 holeshot and looked to be well on his way to victory and a career best when he started to move around in his lane and he had to slow in the back half. That allowed Horan to drive around him at 1000 feet.
March 5, 2015
7.0 pro saw One Canadian qualify in the top half and one run too quick. Joey Steckler went 7.07/197 to qualify #7 Thursday. Jimmy Fersch went way too quick running a 6.80/205. And Mike Peck was off pace with a 7.31.
The shot heard 'round the NFC camps was John Hale's 5.66/244 in the brand new "One Bad Texan Camaro". Chilliwack's Tim Nemeth was off the throttle early, as the scoreboards lit up to a 10 second et. Only one of ther car was in the '5's. That was Cory Lee. He ran a early shut-off 5.98/205 In the 'Back in Black' GTO.
March 4, 2015
Wednesday test session
Below left is Drayton Valley's Jimmy Fersch in the Pro 7.0 class. Below right is Kris Kraill in the Austin/O'Brien NFC. They are one of the favorites.
Bob Snyder photos
Shane Harter in Washintgon's 'Nasty Dave' Benjamin's Fuel Altered.
Qualifying starts today with all classes except the three nitro classes.
March 4, 2015
SpeedZone Magazine is proud to have JB's Power Centre on board as the title sponsor of SpeedzoneMagazine.com. JB's is one of Canada's leaders in providing High Performance automotive products. It is also the home of BFR, Bell/Fiscus Racing, one of NHRA's leading Promod teams. Jim Bell one two of N. America's toughest Pro Mod events in 2014, "Shakedown at the Summit" and "Anarchy at the Arch". Kevin Fiscus finished #7 in the NHRA series last year. Kevin will debut the revamped 2012 Mustang that Bell drove to start last year and it will have brand new Pro Line Hemi power, one of only a few teams to run the 2015 Pro Line Hemi. We will have more on the team as well and a brand new top banner for the web site in just a few days. We are less than 10 days away from the first NHRA Pro Mod event of the season.
March 1, 2015
Final round results from the Phoenix Divisional:
In TAD, Joey Severance picks up almost a tenth from his earlier best run with a strong 5.239/271. He could of just launched in the final though as Chris Demke, breaks on the burnout and is shut off. It had the makings of a good final round though as Demke ran a 5.27 in the semis. Shawn Cowie lost a close one to Severance in the semis. It was a 5.30 for Joey to a 5.34 for Shawn. In a notable non sighting, no Don St. Arnaud at Phoenix after his solid race at Pomona. From what I heard Don will compete for the world championship this year, as he will run up to 17 events.
Canadian and Division Six competitor results from the Phoenix Divisional.
Final round results:
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February 28, 2015
The First West Coast NHRA Divisional event is this weekend at Phoenix. A huge car count in both Top Dragster and Top Sportsman includes no less than 8 NW driver in Top Dragster including last week winner Trevor Ritchie and four other Albertans, and 8 Top Sportsman drivers including 6 Albertans. Comp Eliminator has 16 in the field including 6 from Division 6. Debuting in Comp Eliminator is Ray Martin (Ex Hugh Ridley TAD driver) driving an all new Blown 53 Corvette Pro Mod. BC Driver Shawn Cowie sits #6 in TAD with a 5.36/269. Martin is doing double duty, driving both Team Maddern's second TAD and driving his brand new Pro Mod. Martin sits in third in the TAD, but he had issues with the Pro Mod.
Bob Snyder photos
11 Super Stocks from the NW are in attendance including 7 from Alberta. Eight Stockers traveled south from the NW and 5 are BC or Alberta drivers. The Super classes have a bunch of NW racers and we will have the names when round one info is posted.
They are trying to bump up the race to finish today due to bad weather forecasted for Sunday.
February 25, 2015
The tear down is complete. 2 1/2 months is not a lot of time, hopefully the band is prepared to work around the clock to get the new tower ready.
One of the coolest notices I have received in a long time regarding Mission Raceway is the announcement from the Hot Rod class that the legendary Hairy Canary Willys will be back on the track in 2015. This was oe of the most famous local cars from back in the 60's and at the old track.
Hairy Canary which has not raced since 1968 at Mission raceway previously owned by Bert Straiton with a 301 injected Chevy has been restored by Dave Love and will be racing periodically with the Hot Rod Racers Association
Join this nostalgic fun with the H.R.R.A as there is an annual general meeting on March 7 at noon at Mission Raceway tower, 2nd floor.
February 23, 2015
Final updates for Canadian and NW racers at Phoenix (Earlier round results are in February 22 headlines).
In the Pro classes, It was Tony Schumacher winning in Phoenix as he defeated a game Doug Kalitta in the final round of Top Fuel. The 'Shoe' ran a career best 3.720/326 to Kalitta's 3.758/325. Matt Hagan doubled up winning back to back races to start the 2015 season. He defeated Del Worsham in the final round of Funny Car. He ripped off a track record 3.975 to Worsham's quicker leaving but .03 back 4.010. Hagan also ran 324.83 mph in the win. Roger Brogdon defeated team mate Erica Enders Stevens in the Pro Stock final round.
February 22, 2015
Local X 275 drag racers Nick and Vanessa Richards are down at "Lights Out 6" in Georgia this weekend, and having a blast.
NW including BC, Washington and Alberta racer results from Phoenix after Saturday are as follows:
February 20, 2015
A number of changes coming in the next couple weeks, formatting, features etc. SpeedZone will look and read different.
The Auto Zone Nationals at Phoenix are on this weekend.
Courtney leads after Friday in Funny Car, Tony Schumacher is #1 in Top Fuel and Erica Ender leads Pro Stock. This is the first National race for Top Sportsman and Top Dragster as well, with the 2015 season being the first for a National title in those two classes.
NHRA stirred up some controversy this week when it sent out letters to participants (or actors whatever) of the Discovery Channel TV show 'Street Outlaws'. Due to the nature of the show, the NHRA had threatened any licensed NHRA racers that compete on the show with losing their NHRA licenses. Seems fair to me. We will have more on this when the new look is debuted later this weekend.
The NHRA is also in the rumour news that they are actively pursuing a buyer for the top three professional classes.
One of the premier race tracks in Georgia got into and conflict with the NHRA and they switched over to IHRA in the last week. The track had undergone financial issues over the last couple years and a new owner did come in to take over the facility. They were working diligently to try and get the track ready for the NHRA LODRS event in early March, but NHRA felt the track would not be ready. After a number of weeks of talk between the two, the track decided to drop the sanctioning and make the switch to the "I". They will likely get a Nitro Jam in 2016 for sure but maybe even the end of this year.
"Lights Out IV" from SGMP is also on. Cool temperatures at South Georgia (in the 35-50 degree Fahrenheit range) have greeted the racers and fans.
Jim Bell and Kevin Fiscus are a two car pro mod team for the 2015 season.
Edmonton, Alberta - BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) is the newly-created partnership between two highly successful and talented Pro Mod drivers, Jim Bell and Kevin Fiscus.
The two have joined forces to most effectively utilize their resources and put forth a tremendous racing effort for the 2015 season. Bell, owner of Canadian auto parts superstore operation JB's Power Centre and wholesale division; Dix Performance North located in Edmonton and Calgary AB. will be the team's primary sponsor. That said, Bell and Fiscus are actively pursuing sponsorship opportunities.
April of 2014 during a PDRA event at Rockingham Dragway, Bell
's car got loose at the 660 ft. mark and he had a very serious
high speed crash with his turbocharged Ford Mustang. This car
is currently being completely rebuilt by Larry Larson at Larson
Race Cars along with a new Mike Moran carbon fiber body. Kevin's
new ride will be powered by a Twin turbo Pro Line Racing Hemi
along with a Quick Drive equipped 3-speed Lenco transmission
and the a new state of the art .. Fueltech. EFI system
"I'm honored that Jim has such confidence in my driving and tuning abilities. It's a huge opportunity for me to be involved in a program of this caliber, and will allow me to test different things that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise," stated Fiscus, who will also be managing tuning duties for both his and Bell's cars as the team's Crew Chief. Bell added that he was very excited for the opportunity to be able to race and be a team mate with Kevin who's been involved with fast door cars for over a decade ; both Drag Radial and last year was very successful with the FKR Pro Mod R2B2 built Mustang; In his first season in a Pro Mod; Kevin finished #7 overall in the NHRA Pro Mod class. Kevin is not only a respected and skilled driver but he has proven to be a very capable tuner and crew chief."
Plans for the Bell /Fiscus Racing (BFR) team in 2015 include running the entire 10-race NHRA Pro Mod schedule, as well as the full 10 race series of PDRA both competing in the Pro Boost class. The team will also be competing at the Street Car Super Nationals races in St. Louis, Missouri and Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as at the Shakedown at the Summit in Norwalk, Ohio.
team's operations will be based out of Pro Line Racing in Ball
Ground, Georgia, where the cars will also be housed and maintained.
February 17, 2015
Sorry to hear of the passing of Division Six team member Steve Denbo. RIP. Condolences to his family.
February 11, 2015
A sad day as long time BCCCA member Terry Cooper passed away. He had been a recognizable Mission Raceway personnel since the late 60's. The last decade, manning his scooter in front of the tower. He will be missed by many. Condolences go out to his family.
February 9, 2014
Elimination results from Tucson are posted. In Funny Car, Tim Boychuk and the Hawaiian made it to the semi finals as did Kris Krabill in the Ausitn O'Brian Funny Car and Mark Sanders lost in round one.
February 9, 2015
Huge numbers were produced by the A/Fuel cars at Pomona as no less than three cars ran career best ets. None were more stout than Edmonton Alberta's Don St. Arnaud as he reset the eight year old MPH record. He blasted to a new best of 285.35. Don had an earlier back up run of 282.72. He also ripped off a 5.221 to qualify #1 for the first time. Congrat's to Don for the record run. Hopefully we see him back in Canada for the LODRS at Mission Raceway in June.
Megan McKernan also ran a career best, a 5.227 at a career best 275. Cameron Ferre also ran a career best et and speed. The Larry Mersch owned TAD ran a 5.238@ 280.02.
February 8, 2015
TAD was won by the world champions Chris Demke. He defeated BC favorite Shawn Cowie in the final round.
TAFC saw Cowie teammate Brian Hough also runner-up. He was defeated by Jonnie Lindberg. The Swede was on fire all weekend long running in the 5.4's all weekend long.
Full results including record runs in TAD in the next couple days.
February 1, 2015
Congratulations to Barry and Shelly Siebert (owners of "Beans to You" coffee house at Mission Raceway) and daughter Camille, owner of the PIG Bernard. They and the two brothers from Maple Ridge who made the commercial finished second in the Doritos Super Bowl commerical ("When Pigs Fly"). They were the Doritos executive's pick, and the "Middle Seat" was the voters pick. It won the "Million".
Oh ya, there was a football game, and unfortunately one bad play at the one yard line cost the Seattle Seahawks the game. 28-24 for New England.
January 30, 2015
Calendars are now on Sale for $8.95
multi packs 3-5 multipak are now up to $18.00 off reg price.
January 29, 2015
Hemi Calendars are back. After three years away, they are back with 12 teams featured in a 13 month calendar.
Special thanks to HemiShootout.net for their contributions and to Doug Walker for supplying many photos for the calendar. Included is the national record holder and 2 event winner in 2014 Gary Wolkwitz. 11 others from all over the continent.
Samples and ordering info will be posted Thursday afternoon.
Dave Connolly made the highlight reels as he gets his rookie season underway
January 25, 2015
Guess who's car this is? It is another Western Canada Turbo Car built by RH. A new car page will be up soon.
January 24, 2015
Tim Boychuk's new look for 2015
Hale is a long time supporter and participant in the Nostalgia Funny Car calendars SpeedZone produces and we wish him good luck for the 2015 season. Go get em John!!!!!!
December 31, 2014 Happy New year
Calendars 2015 Funny Car Pro Mod, Top Sportsman, Doorslammer (and Hemi coming in the middle of January)
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