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Current Drag Racing Headlines
July 12, 2016
This from Zach Liston.
Sad to hear of the passing of Les Petrin. Long time Hot Rod racer at Mission Raceway. He passed last Friday. No confirmed word on the service yet.
July 10, 2016
Our Spokane connection Jamie Clerf got some good karma sent his way after round by round results for the Funny Car last night. Today he went to the finals in Pro Bracket at the Big Bucks race. He took home over 2k for the runner-up.
At Chicago, Ron Capps won Funny Car over Jack Beckman and Antron Brown took the Top Fuel title over JR Todd. Greg Anderson won Pro Stock over Bo Butner and Andrew Hines won PSM over Anglelle Sampey. In TAFC, Shane Westerfield got the double up, after winning TAFC in the Jeg's race yesterday he won TAFC today at the main race. His payday was in the 20k range. Likely the biggest in the Top Alky classes all year long. Joey Severance got the win in TAD today. Chris Demke won yesterday in the Allster race.
July 9, 2016
Tim Boychuk wins Funny Car at Spokane with a 5.62 in the final round over an out of shape Mark Sanders. Garrett Richards wins Pro Mod with a 6.20 or Dale Pedersen's 6.30. They qualified #1 and #2. Five Pro Mod cars ran at Spokane. In their Blown alky class, Dane Lachelt wins the deal.
9:15 pm update
In Pro qualifying, Top Fuel is still lead by Britanny Force, as she earned her second of the season with her Friday 3.692. In Funny Car, the field was set as the quickest ever, lead by Matt Hagan and a 3.882/331. In total 13 cars were in the 3's. Jack Beckman was #2 with a 3.885 at a record breaking speed of 333.25mph. Pro Stock #1 is Shane Gray. His Friday run of 6.578 topped the field. PSM is lead by Matt Smith's 6.842
8:45 pm update
The Spokane semi finals were just complete and what a pair of semis they were. Tim Boychuk rips off a 5.65 to defeat a very game 5.73 by Cory Lee. Then in one of the quickest side by sides ever, Mark Sanders gets a holeshot win over Kris Krabill 5.69 to a much quicker 5.62. What a shocker!!! Krabill is usually one of the quickest on the tree and Mr. Explosive is not know for his reaction time prowess. Good one you Mark and Jake, and congrat's to Tim Boychuk on his best run with Twig tuning the car.
6:40 pm update
At Spokane they are into round one elims and a live report is here: After final qualifying, Kris Krabill laid down a 5.60/255 to nail down #1. Cory Lee went 5.73 (#2), Tim Boychuk #3 with a 5.73, Mark Sanders #4 witha 5.75, Ryan Hodgson #5 with a 5.75 and Tim Nemeth #6 with a 5.78. Robert Townsend #7 The bump spot was a 5.94, held by Wally Glavia.
Chris Davis got in as an alternate and he took on Kris Krabill. Krabill ran a 5.64 to Daivs' 6.11. Cory Lee defeated Robert Townsend the #7 qualifier with a 5.78/251. Mark Sanders defeated Edmonton's Ryan Hodgson 5.82 to a 5.82. Hodgson went red. In the final pairing it was Tim Boychuk taking on the other Tim, Tim Nemeth from Chilliwack. Tim (Nemeth doulbe stepped and went red and Boychuk shook hard but got the win. Second round pairings will be Krabill vs Sanders and Boychuk vs Lee. Thanks to Jamie Clerf for the report.
2:30 pm update
July 6, 2016
Mission Raceway is pleased to announce that Drag Radial 275 will be added for the "Smoke Fire and Thunder" event August 26-28. Rules will be the same as the Doorwarz event. Basic SCSN weight rules with the Doorwarz chassis rules. There will be at least one qualifier Friday night. We will post more info soon. If you are interested in sponsoring the class please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 302 3907.
The final rounds for all the bracket classes including Super Shifters is on the local headlines page here.
July 5, 2016
July 4, 2016
Results from the weekend at MRP (Doorwarz results) are a work in progress. They will be done over the next three days. Go to Doorwarz.com for all the class elimination's sheets. The final rounds for all the bracket classes including Super Shifters is on the local headlines page here.
Sunday final rounds are posted at Doorwarz.com.
July 3, 2016
All the numbers, qualifying sheets and the Pro Mod recap from Saturday is on the Doorwarz web site.
All the run sheets from Friday are posted on the Doorwarz web page.
July 1, 2016
June 29, 2016
June 28, 2016
June 22, 2016
June 20, 2016
Results from Mission Raceway are posted here (includes final round and a couple winners circle photos).
June 19, 2016
Happy Father's day to all the dads out there.
The local weather is okay right at this time, hopefully more clearly happens and MRP gets to run today.
June 18, 2016
Unfortunately the weather is changed for the worse this weekend at Mission Raceway. Both Saturday and Sunday are now forecasted to be wet for the better part of each day. Hopefully that is not the case.
Bristol's Thunder Valley Nationals saw Friday qualifying complete with a few rain interruptions but track record runs were produced in Funny Car. Ron Capps set the track et record with a 3.884 in the second session. Del Worsham went 329 mph along with a 3.888 to set the mph record at Bristol. Robert Hight was also in the 3.8 as he ran a 3.897/321. Top Fuel saw the Alan Johnson tuned dragster of Steve Torrence run a 3.744/324 mph. Doug Kalitta is #2 with a 3.767 and Brittany Force is #3 with a 3.773. The Summit cars lead Pro Stock ... again. Jason Line is #1 with a 6.680 and Anderson is #2 with a 6.692. Bo Butner is #3 with a 6.699. Vince Nobile is #4. The Elite team is getting closer as he sits #4 with a 6.700. In Pro Mod, Bob Rahaim is #1 with a 5.796/246 (Nitrous power), Troy Coughlin is #2 with a 5.831/251 (Turbo power). The quickest blown powered driver is Chip King. He is a tenth back with a 5.893 best (#6). Both Canadian cars in the field are outside the top 16 right now, Jim Bell is #19 with a coasting 6.072/217 and Kenny Lang is #21 with a 6.128/238.
June 17, 2016
Two out of the next three days look good weather wise locally, as Saturday is a bit iffy. Hopefully Saturday turns out okay as well as it will be a busy weekend at Mission Raceway. Doorslammers, The NW Outlaws all the bracket classes and Super Combo are scheduled to compete. Also, the NHRA Provincial Championships and Land of the Leader Challenge.
The NHRA is in the middle of one of its toughest stretches of the season, the third of four weekends in row stretch with Bristol's "Thunder Valley Nationals". The three professional classes and the J&A services Pro Mods will highlight the weekend.
Northern BC has Fort St John's Northern Lights Raceway running this weekend with their second race of the year. After heavy rains in the North earlier this week, the weather should be a lot better for the weekend.
Edmonton's Castrol Raceway was supposed to host their IHRA Pro Am last weekend and qualifying was completed both days. Unfortunately rain kept elimination's from starting and the race was postponed until July 14-16.
June 15, 2016
9:30 pm update
MRP is proud to announce that the Open Comp class for Doorwarz IV will be called the "Keith Vahle Memorial Open Comp" class. Dont forget Keith will be remembered this Saturday at Mission Raceway after racing (between approx 6:30pm in the Max Fox Building).
June 15, 2016
This weekend looks to be a good one locally at Mission Raceway. The NW Outlaws will battle in their first race one the year (their first scheduled race was rained out three weeks ago), and the Canada West Doorslammers are feature classes. We may see a few Pro Mods and small tire cars compete as well, with Doorwarz IV only two weeks away.
Up in Edmonton a couple weeks ago a couple prominent cars were testing and upgrading:
Serge Dion was getting a handle on his A/Fuel car and ran a career best by a mile 5.47 / 265 (previous best would be around a high 5.90 or low 6.0). A Doug Nichol video.
Gary Urlacher is close to the numbers he is working toward as he ripped off a career best (by almost 2/10ths) 6.12/227 in his Nitrous Corvette. Doug Nichol video
June 12, 2016
Saw Roy Moznik's time slip on his career best 6.352/212 at Seattle. A killer .997 60 foot and 2.71 to 330. His 1/8 mile was 4.099 @ 177.72 mph. That is getting after it Roy! The Canadian cars are kicking ass performance wise. Dean Branham did not make the race and his car is on the verge of flying as well.275 saw three Canadian cars in the 4's and likely three more (as Steve Skokin struggled and is a solid 4 second car, Scott Schulhauser, the two time champ at Doorwarz and Alex DeWolf weren't there). Doorwarz should be epic. Hopefully the weather for Doorwarz IV is similar conditions to this weekend at Seattle and Woodburn, relatively cool temperatures make for a track with bite.
The Rocky Mountain Funny Cars held their first race last weekend the results are posted here.
It looks like Eric Peterson won Outlaw 10.5 at Seattle this afternoon. I would say that Steve Nicholson was the runner-up based on the ladder but I am not positive. Eric was the #5 qualifier with a 7.07 but did improve in round one to a six second pass. not sure all the numbers in the later rounds. Most of the teams struggled in the early rounds with traction issues as Peterson was the only driver to make a six second pass in the round. Congrats, now if we can only talk him into heading North for Doorwarz. He is not a big 1/8th mile fan though. Greg Henschell looked to be facing another local in the 275 final round, Daniel Rodrigue. In Woodburn, Nick Duda broke his driveshaft in the final qualifier. He remained #2 in the field but could not return for elimination's. We will try and get word on elimination's.
In Englishtown, it was Greg Anderson winning again in Pro Stock, the Summit streak continues. Steve Torrence won Top Fuel and Ron Capps won Funny Car. Troy Coughlin won Pro Mod over Billy Glidden. Angelle Sampey won Pro Stock Motorcycle. It was her first win in the class in nine years (2007). She along with Alexis DeJoria, Leah Pritchett, Courtney Force and Brittany Force have all won this year in the professional classes. Erica Enders and Karen Stouffer are the two full time females that have not won yet this year. Stouffer could have a chance but Erica and the Elite Dodge teams are miles away from being competitive.
The guys were flying yesterday at Seattle for the 10.5 and 275 shoot-outs. Ken Sihota ripped off his best run up in the NW (he has been quicker at SCSN 6.22) with a stellar 6.244 at a career best speed 223.28. Unfortunately for Ken he hurt his transmission in qualifying. I have not heard if he was able to make repairs or found a replacement. Roy Moznik shattered his career best with a 6.352@ a soft top end speed of 212 mph. Steve Nicholson was also very stout as he went 6.433 at only 204. His may have been a 6.40 if he ran it through the 1/4 mile. Paja Agatonovic is #4 with a 6.69. Brent Van Vliet is still sorting out his rebuilt turbo Camaro and was in the 7.30's.
In Outlaw 275 at Seattle, local driver Greg Henschell is on top with a 4.643/162. Alberta's Neil Richards is #2 with a 4.787/160. Tom Marshall from Salem (expected here for Doorwarz) is #3 with a 4.954. Chris McGraa is #4 with a 5.166 and Sherry Rohr is #5 with a 5.37. Round one happens around 11:00am.
At Woodburn Eric Halverson leads with a 4.35/165. Nick Duda is the only Canadian in Woodburn and he sits #2 with a solid 4.50/163. They have one more qualifier at Woodburn before elimination's start just after noon.
Go here for the full qualifying sheets from both Woodburn and Seattle.
At Martin Michigan for the PDRA event, both Mike Gondziola and Scott Blake failed to improve on their earleir qualifying times in the final session Saturday and then in elimination's both failed to advance. Gondziola had issues with his transbrake and was real late on the tree in his round one race against John Camp. He had a shot and the ets were 3.85 for Camp and 3.86 for 'Gonzi'., but his light was a 2 something. Blake had a bit of a troubled run and was off a couple thenths from his earleir qualifier. He face the always tough Steve Jackson. Barry Daniluk lost in round one of Top Sportsman when he broke out by 4/1000ths. Gondziola is tabled in for Doorwarz, so we should see some stellar runs by the Saskatoon native in his new Corvette. He likely will be well into the 5.80's (or.....). Blake has yet to confirm his entry but we are hoping.
At Englishtown for the Summernationals, Steve Torrence was #1 in Top Fuel, Ron Capps led Funny CarJason Line is on top in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec led Pro Stock Motorcycle. In Pro Mod, Danny Rowe was #1 with a 5.82/249 and Rickie Smith was #2 (5.84/250).
June 11, 2016
PDRA qualifying is into the final round and in talking to Mike Gondziola last night he is confident they can run even quicker this morning they are set up for 1/4 mile racing so are not nearly as aggressive as the full time 1/8 mile teams.
A couple big events are up this weekend on the West Coast. Plus two events from two of the major sanctioning bodies back East. This weekend at Seattle is the West Coast Shootout. This race features Outlaw 10.5 (Paja Agatonovic's effort) racing the 1/4 mile and Outlaw 275 running 1/8th mile. Hopefully the weather improves for Saturday and Sunday. At Woodburn, there is also a small tire event. It is the Summer Series event put together by Greg Hindman. The 10.5 race is 1/8 mile in length.
The PDRA is back racing after a month off. A few Canadian's are competing. Mike Gondziola ran career bests in the second and third qualifiers Friday in Pro Nitrous. After an early season nitrous booker at the first race he attended, he laid down a 3.83/194 best shot to qualify in the middle of the pack. Scott Blake ran a 3.86 for his best effort on Friday. He is also running Pro Nitrous. Barry Daniluk is running in Top Sportsman and he ran a 4.05 best.
The NHRA is in Englishtown this weekend for the biggest NHRA event in the North East. Beside the Pro Classes, Pro Mod is there. Danny Rowe leads with a 5.823/249. Rickie Smith is #2 with a 5.843/250. Canadian's are there competing as well in Pro Mod and Eric Latino tops the 'North of the Border gang". He ran a 5.941, good enough for the 12th spot in the field. Jim Bell and Kenny Lang both struggled Friday.
June 10, 2016
June 9, 2016
9:50 pm update
All the sportsman classes including TD, TS and Comp have semi finals recaps and photos on their pages below.
Here is an update on the injured crew guy Mark Larson after Saturdays unfortunate top end incident. Firstly, the Ken Gilmour TAD left before the tree was started and in talking to driver John Leach, the reason that happened was because he saw the starter point with one finger. He thought that meant he was on a single. When if fact the starter was holding his hand out to keep him from moving further forward as the car in the other lane was being checked over by their crew chief. Being a new driver and likely being very amped up for what would have been his first run against a racer in the other lane probably contributed to the starting line issue. According to Leach on the top end when his car was rounding the second turn-off the car felt like it hit a bump and sort of jumped sideways. That is when it rolled over and slid into Lloyd Flatum's pits. The crew guy hurt was Mark Larson ex Super Comp racer. He had just turned over his car to his daughter Amanda but he and Amanda were crewing this past weekend. When the car slid on its side it struck Larson. I had reported that he was taken to the hospital and then released but in fact he did not go to the hospital. When he returned home to Washington State, he did get medical attention. From Amanda, "He went to the doctor Monday to find out that his upper arm has a subdural hematoma with a potential muscle impact hematoma. They did x-rays for his upper body and found out that he has a compression fracture on his T4 vertebrae and will be getting an MRI for further information". Hopefully the MRI turns out to be not too serious and we wish Mark well and hopes he is back to the track soon.
The Rocky Mountain Funny Car assoc from Edmonton had their first event of the year this past weekend and for the first time in a decade (other that the Rocky Mountain Nationals), The group will run their Edmonton events with the IBAA and the "ACE" blown alcohol group. In the Final it was veteran Funny Car driver Joey Steckler and hired shoe Troy Sitko in the Ace Altered. Sitko took the win in a close final.
We're posting the Beckman video from the NHRA Epping event (New England Nationals) last Saturday only because this is one time when you might not say, " day at the track is better than a any day at work"
June 8, 2016
11:30 pm update:
Sorry but there will be a bit of a delay in in the Top Alcohol, Comp and TS/TD classes write-ups and photos. Look for them on Thursday.
More photos and semi final and final round write ups are added from the Sportsman (Super Stock, Stock, the Super classes, Bike and Brackets) final rounds at the Lordco BC Nationals. Go here to see top end photos. Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Comp and Top Alcohol photos and late round write-ups will be posted Wednesday evening as well as an update of the TAD top end crash incident and injury update to the pit side crew member Mark Larson.
June 7, 2016
Final round photos for all classes are now posted from the Lucas Oil event at Mission Raceway. Click on the page links below for all the starting line photos. Semi finals and top end final round shots will be posted Wednesday.
June 6, 2016
Photos for final rounds included.
June 5, 2016
10:00pm update. Mission Raceway's Lordco BC Nationals.
Brian Hyerstay won going away as Bruce Perkin was well back at the finish line. The Perkin team had a great run as they got by much quicker teams to reach the final.
Taylor Cowie, the wife of Shawn Cowie, the TAD winner, got to be in the winner's circle twice as her dad Marc also won on Sunday. He took the Super Comp Wally over Yeshua Wilcox with a 7thou package.
winner Mike Ferderer won Top Sportsman over 'Grandpa' Rod Andreas. Brad
Burton won Stock over Ryan Warter and Joe Sorenson won Super Stock over
Troy Olsonawski. Finally in Motorcycle, Jake Havens defeated Doug Schuman.
The full report will be a work in progress over the next couple days.
3:45 pm update
The BC Lordco Nationals are almost down to the finals in all classes the full report will be posted over the next couple days but for now it is Shawn Cowie and Joey Severance in the final round of TAD. Joey has the big advantage going into the final as he has made two flawless runs including a 5.28 at a whooping 274.97. Shawn has had two troubled runs but is in the final and will be the overwhelming fan favourite. In TAFC, it is Mike Doushgounian and The TRUMPSTER. Clint Thompson found some magic starting in round one when the defending champion Greg Hunter went .003 red. In the semi finals, Thompson got the bye run and turned his weekend around performance wise with a stellar 5.60/260. Will he TRUMP the field in about 45 minutes we will see. In Top Sportsman is is Mike Ferderer Lloyd Flatum and Rod Andreas left. In Comp it is local Bruce Perkin with a bye to the final round and Ryan Warter against Brian Hyerstay battling. More to come soon.
A tough opening round for a number of local racers in a number of classes. After back to back wins in TD and TS shootouts Saturday Dan Provost was first round fodder for John Chitwood and Lee Goransen. Zak Clarke was a first round duck as well as he lost to Daryl Hemley. Kirk Lanz lost in Top SPortsman as did Joe Mellof. All four of the local drivers were solid favorites to reach later rounds. Mission Point leader Bradee Lowe lost in Super Pro. Provost did come back and win round one in Super Pro. In other Top Dragster round one news Kelowna's Dane Lachelt a regular NW Outlaw competitor ran too quick and is gone and John Evans had starting line isses and he to is a first round runner-up.
In Comp Eliminator, Bruce Perkin got a freebie and advanced and Terry Spargo also advanced with his win over Dino Kost. The big upset in round one was seeing Brandon Huhtala go red against Ryan Warter.
The Elite Belts WDRL Pro Mod Friday and Saturday qualifying and elimination's story is posted. All the photos for the Pro Mod part of the weekend's race will be posted later Sunday. Thanks to SK Auto, Rocko's Diner, Herd Haven Games and Doyle Racing.
June 4, 2016
11:45 pm update
very hot and wild day at Mission Raceway was completed by 8:30 pm with
all the shootouts determined and ladders set for round one of eliminations
ready to go. There were not too many delays just the usual 10 minute ones
here and there and one unfortunate scary one that luckily did not end
up with any major injuries. In the final TAD qualifier John Leach fresh
off his licensing the day before got a little rattled on the starting
line bringing up his RPM's and launching his car before Kim Parker was
even staged. He left one what likely was a solid 5.50 pass or even better
but of course got no time, In the shutdown area he had too much speed
and tried to make the second to last turnoff carrying way to much speed.
His car went sideways and turned on its side in a sportsman pit area,
striking a crew member as it came to a rest. People in the area, turned
the car back onto its wheels and then tended to the injured person (a
member of Lloyd Flatum's TS team). Leach also needed to be looked at but
was released by ambulance crew. The injured person was taken to the local
hospital but was released with a few decent cuts and contusions. It was
a lucky ending on what could have been way more serious ending.
Getting to the action In Top Alcohol, being we had a bump spot in TAD......go here for the Top Alcohol story.
In Super Stock, the field is lead by Cody Lane. He ran a 1.06 under 8.58. Sean Cour is #2. The leading Canadian is Red Deer's Caitlin Setters. Mission's Jim Isherwood leads the BC drivers with a .9 under 9.28 in his Hemi powered Belverdere. Billy Aiken leads Motorcycle with a .001 reaction time. GO here for all the Sportsman class action.
12:30 pm update
Mission Raceway BC Lordco NAtionals Friday qualifying sheets for Comp Eliminator, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman is here. Friday qualifying for Top Alcohol dragster and Funny Car is here. Qualifying for Stock, Super Stock, and Motorcycle is here. Elite Belts WDRL Pro Mod coverage is here.
It was a pretty good start for the official first day of the Lordco BC Nationals on Friday. Shawn Cowie leads TAD with a 5.30/272 and Mike Doushgounian leads TAFC with a 5.62/257.
Gerry Frechette photo
Quentin Chambers ran 6.011 in TD and Mike Williams is on top in TS with a 6.90. In Comp it is Brian Hyerstay on top at .812 under. a Couple brushes with the wall today as Howie Stevens scrapped the right side of his Mustang and in a weird one Glen Iggulden brushed the Christmas tree base (photo above) when his car went hard right. The full report and photos Saturday morning.
All was a
starting line official at Mission Raceway, Eagle Motorplex and Port Alberni
over the last two decades. He had a great sense of humor and was a real
hard worker on the front line. Al will sorely be missed.
une 3, 2016
June 2, 2016
June 1, 2016
May 31, 2016
Despite the economic isses throughout Canada and the US, and dwindling numbers at Race Tracks all over, there is a bunch of new builds even in our area. As posted below the new cars for Chris McGraa and Ken Christensen, plus two or three that were debuting this past weekend (before the rain hit) for the Canada West Doorslammers, new car builds seem to be solid. Another new one that will be out comes from a past local racer Mike Enns: Here is the exclusive first look of the project to Speedzone Magazine,
May 30, 2016
Dept of Corrections: Sorry for the incorrect post about the Pro Mod elimination's (posted below) at this weekend rescheduled Pro Mod event, they are on Saturday not Sunday. The Pro Mods expected include Joe Delehay, Jay Syvertsen, Garrett Richards, Kerry Stone, Darryl Stone, Jeff Doyle, Craig Cawte, Dale Pedersen, Paul Glandon, Glen Kerunsky and Keith Korecki. We are proud to have Elite Belts on board as the Official sponsor of all our coverage of this weekend's WDRL Pro Mod race. Cathy and Tom Meheden are regular competitors in the Pro Mod class, but with all the changes they are making for the 2016 season, the car will not quite be ready. The Sponsors for the Pro Mods are SK Auto, Rocko's Diner, Nerd Haven Games and Doyle Racing.
News on another front has the Division Six event this weekend at MRP looking like a full field of Top Alcohol Dragsters and close to a full field of Top Alcohol Funny Cars. This will be the first time in a half decade or more we have a full field of cars for the "Lordco BC Nationals". The list for TAD include Local hero Shawn Cowie, He is very solid this year with a Season Opening win at the Winternationals. He currently site #5 in the world standings. World Champion Joey Severance is leading the points again this year and he has two National wins and a divisional win (and a runner-up) already this year. Garrett Batemen has run low 5.20's this year and been to two semis finals. Winnipeg's Gord Gingles returns after a three or four year lay off from West Coast competition. He ran career bests (at the time) when he was here at Mission and he also run low 5.20's, Johnny Ahten is scheduled to return to Mission His car is a bit hit and misss but when it is on, he is bad-azz. Meghan McKernan has not confirmed her entry, but I did hear Mission was on the team's list. Kim Parker is back after a few years away from TAD racing. she is rumored to be in an A/Fuel car now, as a team mate to Garrett Bateman. Greg Sereda is one of Canada's hope, and he usually runs a new career best every time he races at MRP. Kenny Gilmour has a new driver for 2016 and it is John Leach. The Calgary based TAD can fly when their tune-up is on. John will complete his licensing at Mission on Thursday and Friday. There are even a couple others that could be here. In TAFC, the list includes Defending two time champion Greg Hunter. He ran career best numbers earlier this year. Clint Thompson, who should have won at Topeka two weekend ago ran low 5.50's and will be looking to regain his dominance he had hear five years ago. Brian Hough is always a threat and is looking for his first win in Mission in a number of years. Randy Parker (or brother Russ) will compete, Mike Doushgounian (California based) is one of three cars racing at Mission for the first time. He has one of the baddest cars in the country. It is an ex Frank Manzo car but he runs MBR power and has been in the 5.40's. Chris Marshall (Oregon based) is in his second year in TAFC (his own car is a blown Altered and he has competed here at the Old Time drags) and has been in the 5.60's. The final newcomer is Chip Beverett also from California. He has been in the 5.60 as well. I will have a complete prognostication later in the week.
May 29, 2016
Well it was not the weekend all racers and fans had hoped for. Precip affected all three days and in the end a returning shower hit the track just as the Jrs. were set to run down for their first time trial. The ugly weather did stop, but the drying would have continued until at least 3:00pm which would have been way to late for a race to run a qualifier and then eliminations. Too bad, as there were a bunch of real cool cars out this weekend including a handful of 275 Small Tire cars including Chris McGraa's new Mustang, and Daniel Rodrigue's rework Chevy, the old Joe Delehay Chevy pick-up Pro Mod (new owner Ken Christensen), A ProCharged RED from Fort St John, and a few others.
The good news is: The Pro Mods will return next weekend and will compete as part of the Lordco BC Nationals. Their qualifying will take place on Friday and then elimination's on Saturday. This weekend the fans get a huge bonus. The NW Outlaws will re-schedule their race as a double header at one of their other scheduled events, likely in August. The Doorslammers will likely drop the event and make it a seven race schedule.
May 28, 2016
May 25, 2016
The Canada West Doorslammers have their second stop in their eight race schedule. Over 20 cars are expected. At the first race Kirk Lanz got the win over Terry Langdon Davies.
The NW Outlaws open their four race season this weekend as well. This series includes Front Engined Dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Mods, Rear Engined Dragsters and Altereds. All the cars have some sort of power adder, including Blowers nitrous and turbos. There are even a few nitro powered machines rumored to be attending this year.
Following the race this weekend Mission hosts the largest NHRA even in Canada, The Lordco BC Nationals next weekend. One of six Divisional series events in the NW and the only one in Canada. July sees three major events making the next eight weekends the busiest in Mission Raceway History.
Last weekend Norwalk results
May 24, 2016
Mission Raceway made the big decision today for the Doorwarz IV event. The Outlaw 10.5 class will now be 1/8 mile. The entire class has learned towards 1/8 over the last few years, and with the top end tire issues (including one of our regular competitors Mike Walterson at last years SCSN event) and the SCSN event had way bigger numbers in 1/8th vs 1/4. Most of the teams in the NW prefer that length as well. There are a few teams that will be or are disappointed with the decision but MRP is hoping you all understand the reasoning. There is one more 1/4 mile 10.5 event and that is in 18 days at Seattle. Paja Agatonovic's West Coast Shootout.
May 22, 2016
The Spokane LODRS was rained out today without any cars hitting the track for elimination's. The race will be completed at Seattle in August the Thursday before they host their Divisional event.
Topeka completed their event this weekend with a number of repeat performances. Doug Kalitta won in Top Fuel (third win in a row) over Antron Brown in a pedal fest. The same thing happened in Funny Car, where Matt Hagan got the win [pedaling the car for the 1320 against his team mate jack Beckman. It was Hagan's second win in a row.
In Pro Stock, it was team 'Summit' again sending two cars to the final round, where it was Jason Line again earning the victory over his team mate Greg Anderson. He is on the way to getting the most wins in a season. His win/loss record this year is an outstanding 29-3. In TAD, Joey Severance won for the second time this year. He defeated Megan Myers in the final round. Jeff Jones won in TAFC over Clint ("Let's make America great again") Thompson on a huge holeshot. Clint was a bit tardy on the tree and despite his 5.57, he could not catch Jones who ran a 5.67.
10 -12 Pro Mods are expected next weekend at Mission Raceway for the first WDRL event of the year. Drivers from BC, Alberta and Washington state are expected to compete.
May 20, 2016
Wow what a day for the fuel cars at Topeka. Favorable weather and an obviously good track lead to HUGE numbers in Funny Car and a new record in Top Fuel as well. Matt Hagan was on a tear Friday as he set both marks with an outstanding 3.862/at 335 mph. Seven Funny Car went faster than 330 mph and six were quicker than the old ET record. Jack Beckman and Tim Wilkerson also ran in the 3.86 zone with Courtney Force and Alexis DeJoria just a tick back with 3.87's. In Top Fuel Brittany Force shattered the et record with a 3.676/325. Only one Top Fuel car ran 330 or faster and that was #2 qualifier Doug Kalitta (3.701/330.88).
In Pro Stock it is Jason Line on top with a 6.578/210mph. Bo Butner and Greg Anderson are #'s 2 and 3. Chris Demke leads TAD with a 5.28 and Nick Janiuk leads TAFC with a career best 5.49.
At Spokane, Brian Hyerstay leads Comp, Quentin Chambers leads Top Dragster and Daryl Hemley leads Top Sportsman.
At Norwalk Jared Dreher is on top in TAD and no numbers from TAFC yet.
At Dallas the PDRA finished Friday qualifying with less than stellar numbers in all the classes as the forecasted weather is not was welcomed by the racers Friday. It was much more humid. No Canadians are in the Pro Boost or Nitrous classes. Terry Schwiegert from Abbotsford is the lone Canuck. He sits $5 after three rounds of qualifying.
Most of the updates will be done on Sunday as Saturday I will be out of town and without internet.
This weekend has drag racing in the PDRA as that association hits Dallas for their third race of the year. Weather is forecasted to be cool but decent so the cars should fly. The NHRA is in Topeka for the Kansas Nationals. The Lucas Oil Divisional series is also busy with the Spokane Divisional this weekend and the famed "Cavalcade of Stars" event at Norwalk's Summit Motorsport park. This is THE biggest Divisional event in the 44 race schedule and it routinely packs the 40,000 seat facility. Admission is only 9.95 for adults and kids are free. Besides all the LODRS classes, Nitro Harleys and Jet cars highlight the weekend. And did we mention the fireworks. Speedzone will be covering both the LODRS events this weekend. Here are all the details for the Norwalk event.
The Spring Fling tradition continues this week on the East Coast at Bristol Tenn. In the Tuesday opener where the winner and Runner-up both win RED's, Sean Serra and Michael Paschal faced off in the final round. It was Paschal getting the win and the Racecraft Dragster while Serra got the American Race Cars dragster.
On Wednesday, the Yukon Gear & Axle 15,000 race reached the quarterfinal round, seven drivers remained. Tommy Cable by virtue of his reaction time was the recipient of the bye run. Jeremy York defeated Larry Ericksmoen. Kevin Brannon took out Joe Gary. Jeff Serra lit the redlight to advance Johnny Ezell to the semifinals.
The first half of the semis involved dragster (Cable) against Brannons door car with Cable taking a tight win. The second half also involved another dragster versus door car, this time with Gary defeating Ezell.
For $15,000 to win, York started it off with a .008 reaction time advantage over Cable, but when you run dead-on the dial with a zero, it was tough to beat Tommy Cable. Cable was last years points champion and he is quickly becoming a part of Spring Fling lore.
Yesterday's race was bumped up to $50,000 to win due to impending weather and they decided to combine the Thursday and Friday races. They were sponsored by FTI and Optima Batteries. At the round of eight, the racers left were NHRA Super Comp champion Kevin Brannon, Bruce Combs, Aaron Vail, Tom Dauber, Allen Byrd, Adam Bochon, Marie Muller, and Chris Reynolds, with Combs and Vail all driving actual door cars and Brannon in his Super Gas roadster. For the quarterfinal, Vail and Brannon squared off to end the hopes of one door car which happened to be Brannon, moving Vail on to the semifinals. Combs kept the door cars alive with a win over Byrd. Dauber defeated Reynolds and finally Muller took the win when Bochon redlighted.
In the semifinals, Combs defeated Muller and Vail took out Dauber. Over 300 racers took to the track today with roughly 30-percent of them being door cars. Odds always seem to be in the favor for dragsters, but Combs and Vail are taking exception to that and will be racing for $50,000 to win with their door cars.
In the final, both racers were stellar on the Christmas tree with only .001 separating them. But it was Combs closer to the dial that scored him his biggest win in 48 years of racing.
This is unbelievable, said Combs. To score one for the door guys and the old guys is pretty cool. I know one thing, forget Disneyworld; Im going to the Spring Fling Million next year!
May 17, 2016
Kudos go out to Dan Provost and the RAD team for helping the BMH Pro Mod team with repairs after the unfortunate incident Friday at Atlanta. Hopefully the car is back soon and Shane recovers quickly so the team can get back to the action. I don't think there is a tougher class to compete in or a tougher car to drive period.
May 16. 2016
Matt Hagan got a long waited win in Funny Car at Atlanta. He defeated an up in smoke teammate Jack Beckman. Courtney Force hold onto the point lead with a semi final finish. Beckman jumped into second place and Tim Wilkerson dropped down to third. The race in Funny Car is epic. Doug Kalitta defeated his team mate JR Todd on a holeshot The actual margin of victory to the 10,000's of a second was a dead heat, .0000 The winner had to be determined to the 100,000ths of a second. The margin is the closest in NHRA history. That makes back to back wins for Kalitta and the lead in the points standings. Antron Brown is second and Brittany Force is third. The points lead has gone back and forth this season and is one of the closest battles in a number of years. In Pro Stock, the Summit team again dominated the event and Jason Line defeated Greg Anderson in the final on a holeshot. Anderson appeared to be a bit soft on the tree today and was lucky to get past round one against Kenny Delco who would have defeated Anderson but went .007 red. The extra HP the team is making is making up for any starting line deficiencies this year though. Line has almost double the closest racer (Drew Skillman) not running Summit power. Will the Elite team and others have their stuff tuned up by the Countdown, if not the season is already done. Eddie Krawiec defeated Jerry Savioe in the PS Motorcycle final round. Krawiec is already six round ahead of his nearest competitor, team mate Andrew Hines just three races into the 2016 season.
Rickie Smith defeated the #15 qualifier Kevin Fiscus in the final round in Pro Modified. Smith has been dominant so far this year, racing in all three finals and earning two victories. He is more than doubled his nearest competitor in points (Danny Rowe sits in second place).
This coming weekend is the Spokane Divisional up here in the NW then the following weekend Mission Raceway hosts the WDRL for the for their first Promod race of the season. The Canada West Doorslammers and the NW Outlaws are also competing in two weeks at MRP it should be a great weekend up here just across the border.
May 15, 2016
In round one from Atlanta, all the winners in Top Fuel and Funny car came from the right lane except Del Worsham. He won (as the slower qualified car in the left lane against point leader Tim Wilkerson. All the winners made 3 second ets. The top fuel winners were all 3.76 or quicker. Pro Stock and Pro Stock motorcycle winners were split between lanes.
May 14, 2016
This weekend at the Summit Nationals at Atlanta the NHRA made four draws for the Summit ET finals. In those drawings, an extra competitor in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle to fill 8 car fields (instead of the previous 7 cars field). Division Six was drawn to field the extra Super Pro competitor. That competitor will come from the winner of the Sunday team champions race in the Super Pro class.
Final top qualifiers in the Pro classes were Jack Beckman (his 3.939 from Friday held up), Matt Hagan and Courtney Force are #2 and 3. In Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta remained on top, as his Friday run of 3.736 stays as the best run. Richie Crampton and JR Todd are #2 and 3. In Pro Stock, Greg Anderson is #1 and his team mates Jason Line and Bo Butner are #2 and 3. In Pro Mod Rickie Smith remained on top after his 5.781. Troy Coughlin is #2 with a 5.806 and Khalid al-Balooshi is #3 with a 5.816. Canadian's Kenny Lang and Eric Latino made the field. Edmonton's Jim Bell failed to improve in the final session as he rattled the tires. His 6.08 best was good enough for the #18 spot. In round one Pro Mod action, Smith was the only driver who ran in the 5.8's in the round and he advanced to round two. Kenny Lang won his race against Von Smith, Erica Latino lost. Doug Winter, Balooshi, Steve Matusek, Pete Farber, Kevin Fiscus and Michael Beihle also advanced.
May 12, 2016
Not good news out of Atlanta today as the Molinari/Bond/Hinrichsen Pro Mod team were in an unlucky situation in round two of qualifying. Shane was alongside Steven Whiteley and had to pedal the car around 250 feet. He got back on the throttle but was a bit behind Whiteley when Whitely had issues at the stripe, his car was real loose and crossed into Shane's lane with the chutes out. There was quite a bit of smoke coming from Whiteley's car and Shane got hard on the brakes trying to avoid him. The shutdown is quite rough at Atlanta and the car bounced hard turn right with the chutes out and Shane hit the wall. It looked like a glancing blow, but the hit was hard enough to do a bunch of damage and the impact also caused a couple broken ribs. There is a video on Facebook posted by Josh Givens (watching the FS1feed). Here is the link. It is too early to say what the team is going to do, and luckily Shane was not hurt too bad. The car will need serious mending if in fact that is what they decide. One thing the team does want to do is thank RAD Torque Systems, Artek Barn Solutions, their many other sponsors, and the fans for all their support and well wishes. Here at Speedzone are here for your team Shane. Get well, cars can be repaired or replaced.
Rickie Smith leads the class with a 5.78 and three Canadian teams are currently qualified. Eric Latino Kenny Lang and Jim Bell are all in the field after two rounds of qualifying.
Fuel is lead by Doug Kalitta. His 3.73 tops the field. Only 15 cars have
made attempts so far. In Funny Car, it is Jack Beckman on top with a 3.930.
16 cars have made qualifying runs. Pro Stock has 14 cars and the Summit
team is on top again. Greg Anderson and Jason Line are #1 and #2. In PS
Motorcycle, Angelle Sampey is on top with a 6.865. Andrew Hines is #2.
May 9, 2016
Full weekend final round results from Mission Raceway are posted. Final round photos are included
May 8, 2016
Kirk Lanz wins the first Doorslammer event of the year on a great weekend at Mission Raceway. Terry Langdon Davies is the runner-up. In the sportsman ranks, John Tabak wins in two different classes over the weekend. He takes the Pro win over 2015 champ Jim Benhke on Saturday and then takes the Sportsman win on Sunday over Randy Hermsen. Martin Rachel wins Saturday in Super Pro over Kevin McNicol and Bradee Lowe wins Sunday over Zack Liston. Sydney Jung was in the final both days in Jr Thunder as was Ceil Gagnon. Both won one race. The only undefeated driver so far this year is Darien Provost. In three races he has three wins. Way to go buddy! Other winners this weekend include Al Omond, Matt MacKay Smith, Pat Byron, Emily Girard, Kevin McNabb, Ross Walker, Ron Clarke and Larry Rhodenizer. Full results and final round photos from both days will be posted Monday.
Mision Raceway Saturday action:
May 6, 2016
May 5, 2016
This weekend looks to be a good one locally, as the Canada West Doorslammers compete at their first points race of the year. Notable for the Doorslammer series is they will allow racers to double up on Sundays and compete in two classes. A few Pro Mod teams are rumored to be testing this weekend as well. I heard that Rick DiStefano has tested already and gone 260 mph. With three Pro Mod races at Mission this year, it will be an exciting doorcar season.
May 1, 2016
A wild weekend at Houston comes to a close with the season's fourth win by a female in the Nitro ranks, as Courtney Force takes out the most dominant racer in the class over the last two races. Tim Wilkerson ran low et every round until the final, where the Force juggernaut pulled a rabbit out of its arsenal. In Top Fuel, a massive fireball in round one by Terry (can't I ever catch a break) McMillen against Tony Schumacher highlighted the day, and then Doug Kalitta went on to win the race over #1 qualifier Steve Torrence. The Summit team won again, Greg Anderson got his third of the season. Their two drivers have been in a combined nine final rounds out of the first six races and Jason Line (this weekend's runner-up has been in all six finals.
Here is McMillen's wild ride:
In Pro Mod, the wild weekend continued into the final round, with the third crash of the weekend happening to a veteran of the class Rickie Smith. It was so wild the winner Jim Whiteley stopped on the track (at half track) as he watched Smith cross back and forth from one wall to the other right in front of him. In TAFC, the winner also got no time, Steve Gasparelli did not even have to stage the car as the guy he should have raced against in the final, Brian Hough, have his car die on a single in the semis during the burnout. In TAD it was a first time winner for a long time veteran Lee Callaway. He defeated world champion Joey Severance, who's car died before half track.
At Boise it was Bucky Austin ripping off 5.60's in all three rounds Sunday including a 5.69 in the final against Dan Horan Jr. Horan slowed to a 7 second time slip after a 5.67/259 in the semis. Ryan Hodgson lost to Horan in that semi final. The other semi finalist was Don Hudson.
BC racer Steve Lowe won Super Street with a solid .020 package. He defeated Steve Laskowske. Jeff Lane defeated a red lighting Ralph Van Paepegham in Comp. Brian Phillips won Top Sportsman over Bryan Warr. Warr defeated Mission's Zak Clarke in the semis. After winning the shoot-out Saturday Dan Provost went red in round one. Clarke went .003 red. In Top Dragster it wasn't a three peat for DAbbotsford's Dan Provost, he went .001 red in round one. The winner was Div 6's Ken Nelson. In Super Stock the Wally went to Terry Anderson over Sean Cour. In Stock it was Bill Bushmaker taking the win over Brad Burton. Super Comp was won by Tanner Theobold. Super Gas Wally winner was Ray Cordeiro, and finally Motorcycle was won by Doug Schumann over a red light Travis Patridge.
April 30, 2016
April 29, 2016
Houston is on tap this weekend on the Mello Yello circuit and it was not a good day for a couple Pro Mods teams and drivers. Both Sidni Frigo and Johnny Gray had top end accidents. Frigo's was way more serious as his car left the track flying over the wall after crossing the centre line then it came back into his lane before turning backwards and launching over the wall. He was airlifted to hospital but was reported to be fully conscious and alert.
Gray had a tire let go right past the stripe and that turned him into the wall in his lane. The left rear of the car is in a shambles and the right side of the car took a decent hit to the wall. He got out of the car under his own power. Canadian teams and drivers did not have a banner day, but if the weather hold then they have one more shot Saturday. Shane Molinari ran two low 6.0's including a 6.00/249. He is #21. Kenny Lang went 6.05/241 and Jim Bell's best was a 6.18/212.
Here is the video of Frigo's accident.
For the Pro's it is two females trailing Four-Wide winner Tim Wilkerson in Funny Car. Tim ripped off a career best 3.89/327. Alexis DeJoria and Courtney Force are two and three with a 3.91 and 3.92 respectively. Steve Torrence is #1 in Top Fuel with a 3.724/329. Doug Kalitta and Clay Millican are two and three.In Pro Stock there are only 13 cars (the lowest car count in a long time). The field is lead by the Summit team for the sixth race in a row, The three cars with Summit engines are 1,2,3 with Greg Anderson leading with a 6.58.
Boise ran their opening day today for the first LODRS in Division Six, Here are the top 10 in TS, YD, Comp Stock and Super Stock as well as the eight cars that ran in Nitro Funny Car: Nitro Funny Car
A few more cars are in attendance this year in Comp, but this is historically the weakest field in Division Six.
6857 A/EA Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley ID, '3 7.435 8.10 -0.665
Greg Anderson in the second weekend with his new 69 Camaro leads the field with a 6.87. The car should be a 6.60 car at sea level. BC drivers Zak Clarke (7.65) and Dan Provost (7.82) made solid runs. One or two more rounds will play out of Saturday before elimination's Sunday.
1 6968 Greg Anderson, Snohomish WA, '68 Camaro 6.872 200.65 200.71
Ryan Carlson leads the field and five Canadian drivers are in the Top 10 including BC's Dan Provost who ran a 6.795.
6915 Ryan Carlson, Maple Valley WA, '10 RCF 6.428 213.13 213.13
Local Race Jim Isherwood sits #8 after Friday qualifying.
1 670 GT/AA Alan Falcone, Olympia WA, '05 Cavalier 9.423
Vancouver Island's Jim Mantle driving his 77 Pacer is #8 in the Stock field.
1 7446 AA/SA Chuck Rayburn, Castro Valley CA, '64 Belv
9.847 10.86 -1.013
April 27, 2016
Sad news today here in the NW as after almost 30 yrs of operation the Eagle Motorplex had close up shop. After dwindling car counts over the lasts ix or seven years, the band decided the cost to maintain and upgrade to current standards was too cost prohibitive. This is really too bad, but the entire drag racing scene in general is suffering with regard to mainstream Drag Racing. Youth is not as involved as it should be. Heads up and Outlaw type racing is growing, but up here in this area it is in its infancy and does not yet have legs. In a year when the ET finals are right year the thought was the Eagle Motorplex may have a come back year. I think this would have been a good year to see if there could be a come back at the 'Plex.
What will the future be?
On a better note, Division Six gets underway this weekend with the first LODRS at Firebird in Boise ID. The "Ignitor" is one of the longest running events on the West Coast and i the feature cars are Nitro Funny Cars. The second Heritage event of the season will see 10-16 floppers in attendance.
April 22, 2016
Locally, Mission Raceway is scheduled for their second race of the year on the 1/4 mile. It includes a Test N Tune and High School racing today and Mopac Street Legal this evening. Then the weekend has a Summit ET series single header and a Super Combo race (8.90, 9.90, 10.90), and the first Land Of The Leader challenge races. Weather looks iffy, so it might be a long weekend of racing. A number of Northern BC drivers are at the track as they make their way home from the Spring Fling.
April 21, 2016
With the Spring Fling in the books last weekend we want to acknowledge all the competitors from the NW who competed. Over 110 competitors were from Division Six and that included 32 Drivers from BC and Alberta. Those Western Canadian drivers were:
April 17, 2016
Other day's gallerys
April 16, 2016
8:30 am update
April 15, 2016
Happy Birthday to my brother Darren. Hey bro, you going to Denny's for the 8.99 senior's dinner....It's pretty good.
Today is the big day at the 'Fling.... The big purse, lwith the total entries the winner's purse could be in the 250,000-350,000 range. Good luck t everyone and particularly to the couple handfuls of Canadian competitors and the NW Racers. One to watch for is Washington state's Dustin Hengtes. He has been solid throught the week so far.
Multi time sportsman winner and two time world champion Luke Bogaki wins Thursday's 20K race.
John DiBartolomeo photo
April 14, 2016
10:30 pm update.
Round six was the last round Division Six racers were a part of. Mike Lucas went .016 but took too much stripe against Tommy Dutcher. He had a bit of room, but most of the races in this event are a couple hun apart and in the 1/8 mile that is a couple feet or less. Not a race for the weak.
They are down to the six racers as round eight is coming up. Justin Lamb, Luke Bogacki, JR Lobnar, Lane Dickey, Dean Karns and Tommy Dutcher are left.
Abbotsford's John DeJonge and Fort St. John's Mike Lucas are off to round four. Alberta's John Tiegen is also going to the fourth., as are a couple other Albertan's, Peter Saruga and Curt Smith.
April 14, 2016
The Fling is just underway and today there are no time trials, they go right into elimination's.
April 13, 2016
11:30pm update. It is an all dragster final round and no Division Six racers are left as Shayne Haeffer and Rob Asbury were both ousted in the semi finals. Division one's Tim Markoglu and Division Four's Allen Wickell battle it out for the 10k on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Wickell he went red in the final round by .01 allowing Markoglu to take the easy win and 10,000.00. The Wednesday wrap up is here.
The Spring Fling Million is underway.
K&N SPRING FLING MILLION TUESDAY
After a weekend that saw over two-inches of rain fall on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway forcing the cancellation of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, the sun shined bright for the opening day of the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries.
Todays schedule calls for the free test and tune session sponsored by Yukon Gear & Axle followed by the Poulson Trailer Shootout whereby 32 pre-entered racers will contend for a brand new trailer valued at $20,000 and the runner-up receiving an entry to the 2017 K&N Spring Fling Million race. Semifinal losers wont go home with empty pockets as they will receive free entry into the 2017 Fling support races.
By the time the gates were closed on Monday night for parking, over 450 racers had entered to compete in the three support races to be held Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Friday is reserved for the Spring Fling Million Dollar race which will definitely change the life of one lucky racer. By close of day on Tuesday, close to 500 racers took part in the Yukon Gear & Axle Test and Tune.
This is also the official rollout of the new TruSTART Worst Red-Light system, a product of Compulink and the Spring Fling. It settles the debate once and for all where the person with the worst red-light loses regardless of his dial-in, leaving first or last. The first reversal of fortune came early in the first round of the Poulson Trailer Shootout when Bob Halina came up against Vinny DiMino. Halina was dialed a 4.66 against DiMinos 4.74. With DiMino getting the head start, he red-lighted by .005 which would have normally given him the Lose ticket, but Halina lit the red bulb by a worse .018 handing the win to DiMino.
April 12, 2016
This past weekend's press from Jim Bell racing at Rockingham is posted.
April 11, 2016
A huge Top Fuel annoucement from Bob Vandergriff Racing as the team is shutting down operations effective immediately. The news was reported at Competition Plus.com. His two drivers, Leah Prichett and Dave Connolly are out of their rides along with a couple dozen crew members. This is not good but it is the reality of a class(es) (along with Funny Car), that sees costs out of control and purse money that is in a word, inadequate.
April 10, 2016
In a sad update to yesterday's news of the Ronnie Davis crash, Ronnie passed away less than an hour ago due to his injuries. He will be missed by many.
Here is the update from Wes Buck (Drag Illustrated) regarding photographer Ian Tocher
UPDATE: Ian Tocher is in stable condition at UNC Medical Center's Trauma Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is currently sedated. He has serious injuries to his lower extremities as well as some severe lacerations. His wife, Sue, and son, Robert, are both with him currently and report that he "looks just like Ian." We ask that you keep Ian, Sue and Robert in your thoughts and prayers tonight and in the coming days. Sue was flattered to know the outpouring of care and concern the drag racing community has offered up today. Again, I will do my best to keep everyone updated. Thank you on behalf of Ian, Sue, Robert, and all of us here at Drag Illustrated for the innumerable calls, texts and emails. We will not soon forget it. - Wes Buck
At Las Vegas it was the third ugly wet day in a row and they got two cars down the track before weather hallted and finally ended the event. It is postponed to November.
Weather is supposed to be better (starting this afternoon actually) right through the Spring Fling. Go here for the latest news.
Up here in the great white North we had none of the isues the desert did, and racing was complete by 3:00 pm. For the complete wrap up go here. The final round results are up on the local headlines page.
April 9, 2016
On a sour note, Ronnie 'The King' Davis was critically injured in a horrific crash at Rockingham NC. Running in Top Sportsman, his car was quite loose, and right in the lights it made a hard right right in front of his opponent. Ronnie's car turned backward and went airborne over the rail where is rolled and tumbled a number of times. Photographer Ian Tocher was also seriously injured in the crash as debris hit Tocher. Despite rumours that Davis did not survive, he is in fact alive. He was transferred to Chapel Hill Level 1 Trauma center l after initially being airlifted to Pinehurst Medical Center.
They ended qualifying after the incident and ended the day as the authorities spent the rest of the day investigating. Elimination's will take place on Sunday. Alberta racer Jim Bell failed to qualify, after struggling in the first three rounds. After extensive testing and the three failed qualifying attempts the team they found chassis issues 0(including a cracked 4 link bar and one recently placed bar that did was found to be hitting the wheeliebar on the launch not allowing enough rear squat. The car will go to Jerry Bickel's shop where repairs will be made.
April 8th 2016
Two divisionals are on the schedule this weekend. Belle Rose Louisiana in Division 4, and the Vegas Divisional on the West Coast. 500-600 cars are expected. Many of them will be staying over for the Spring Fling Million.
And speaking of the Million........
As the excitement ramps up leading up to what is going to be a huge event, co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel are excited about the vibe, I talk with racers every day and I can sense this event is going to be huge said Seipel, and with the progressive purse on Fridays Spring Fling Million, that means we are going to pay life-changing money to the winner.
Racers that have attended previous Spring Fling events realize that a huge part of the Spring Fling brand is the fun and fairness associated with it. Peter Biondo, Kyle Seipel and the entire Spring Fling staff are constantly working hard to achieve this. In 2016, the Spring Fling will introduce the long awaited TruSTART (worst red), to the 2016 Spring Fling events. Lastly, and to ensure a level playing field, there will be a new Spring Fling Vehicle-Check Team. Peter Biondo explains In an effort to make sure we have a level playing field, we will have tear-down/ vehicle checks. The final four vehicles each race will be looked at (along with random vehicle checks throughout the event).
Live race results will be posted on www.DragRaceCentral.com along with live video and audio starting Wednesday on www.Bangshift.com.
For latest info and updates visit www.SpringFlingMillion.com.
Race it. Experience it. April 12-16 at The Strip in Las Vegas.
This weekend is the opening of the Drag Race season for Canada. Mission Raceway is on tap including today's opening laps down the track with a test n tune and the BC High School Drag Racing Series. Tonight is the Mopac Street Legal's first event as well. Then tomorrow is the opening Summit Bracket Race. That series all leads up to the Division Six ET finals to be held at Mission Raceway the September long weekend.
second race of the year is this weekend in Rockingham. Huge fields of
Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost are expected. The
Pro Extreme class should see a number of 3.40 hitters. NW racer Jim Bell
is on attendance in Pro Boost, Pro Motorcycle rider Terry Scheigert from
Abbotsford is also competing.
April 3, 2016
April 1, 2016
Have a good fools day everyone, I saw a few, Tim McAmis' was pretty good. A busy few weeks for racing starting this weekend. The Denso Nationals in Las Vegas, the IHRA is in San Antonio this weekend for their second National Event. A few Canadian and NW teams are competing including Tim Boychuk, Ryan Hodgson and Mark Sanders. Next weekend is the Vegas Divisional and also the first Western Canadian Race Track opens next weekend, as Mission Raceway is ready to rock. The bracket year should be a good one locally as the Division 6 Et Finals are hosted by MRP. Then don't forget in two weeks is the BIGGEST bracket Big Dollar event ever. The Spring Fling Million. We have full coverage of all events (minimal for Vegas this weekend as our photog is at San Antonio).
March 31, 2016
March 30, 2016
March 28, 2016
12:15 pm update:
A bit of racing action this weekend locally as Pacific Raceway ran a test n tune on the weekend. A few locals headed South including Nick Duda. He got in a couple solid runs and went hi 6's at 200 mph. Jessica May Armstrong made a few laps in the family RED as well. Mission is only two weeks away from the first weekend of racing including testing Friday then Saturday and Sunday they get right into the bracket points. Likely, if the weather co-operates there will be a bunch of cars testing as well.
Here is a video from the Gators of qualifying session for the Pro Mods. At the 8 minute mark you see the Shane Molinari brush with the wall.
March 25, 2015
Have a good Easter Holiday weekend.
March 23, 2016
Pre entry details for Doorwarz IV are posted at the Doorwarz web site. The Outlaw 275, Outlaw 8.5 and Top Sportsman classes need teams to pre enter prior to June 1st. That is the cutoff for determining class participation in the event. For 275 we would like 12 or more cars. We have had over 16 teams state their intention but pre entries confirm it. 8.5 need number so pre entry is critical. Top Sportsman pre entries determine whether or not we will do a double header, or just a single race. A minimum of 16 cars is necessary for a double header.
March 22, 2016
Press notes From Jim Bell at Gainesville are posted.
Western Canada NHRA Chassis certifications
April 2 9am Mission, BC : Mission Raceway Park 1 877 826 6315
2 9am Edmonton, AB: Y-Welding/Ebertz Racing Saturday, 780-477-7354 to
April 3 9am Kelowna, BC: Pendozi Machine Sunday, 250-300-5571 to RSVP
23 Vancouver Island. Matt will be in Victoria, Naniamo, Courtney and Port
Alberni on Saturday all four locations:
8:30 am update:
A big correction on the repairs to be made to the BMH Firebird after the Gatornationals incident. There is some damage to the left quarter and door and obviously the front wheel damage. All will be easily repaired. In talking with Justin on the weekend I had assumed (mostly when I saw the picture on comp plus) that there was more front end damage but in fact there was not. Apologies go out to Justin and the team. They will be back out soon.
March 20, 2016
The Gators wrap up with four non winners in the semi finals of Top Fuel. That meant for the second race in a row, a new winner would be crowned. Brittany Force, Clay Millican, Dave Connolly and Terry McMillen were the semi finalists. It was McMillen and Force advancing to the final round and Brittany Force gets her long awaited first win. It was also McMillen's first ever final. Her team mate Robert Hight wins in Funny Car over Chad Head. Greg Anderson won Pro Stock over Jason Line. Eddie Krawiec won Motorcycle over rival Hector Arana Sr. In Pro Mod it was 'Trickie' Ricky Smith defeating West Coast favorite Danny Rowe. Canadian Kenny Lang qualified with a 5.926 (#14) and took on #3 Johnny Gray in round one but could watch his solid 5.91 get crushed by the world's quickest Pro Mod pass (NHRA) in history, a 5.751 by Gray. Other Canadian's Eric Latino and Jim Bell failed to make the field.
Update Tuesday March 22:
Talked to one of the partner's on the BMH Pro Mod team, Justin Bond, after their smack with the wall Friday, while it looked like the hit was relatively hard, it will not keep the team down for long. The car is on the way for repairs and will get left side work and will hopefully back on track at the next NHRA Pro Mod race six weeks from now in Houston.
At the PDRA, cool temperatures got the best of the event Saturday and most of the semi finals and finals will be finished off at the next one or two events. Top Jr Dragster, Extreme Motorcycle were completed. The Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes will finish in Houston and the rest of the classes will be done at Rockingham. Scott Blake qualified with a 3.926/189 and won round one with a career best 3.873/192. In round two he lost to Jay Cox 3.746/197 - 3.897/186. A good effort from the Red Deer team.
Mike Gondziola did get his new Corvette back on track for the final qualifier. His nitrous explosion Thursday was extensive, but the engine was pieces back together while the scoop on the car was damaged beyond repair. He tried to make the last session of qualifying but the car would not stay running after the burn out. He will likely be back ready to go for the next race.
March 18, 2016
A busy weekend at both Gainesville NHRA Mello Yello) and Tulsa (PDRA). Huge performances at Tulsa and Funny Car track record at Gainesville. Unfortunately not a good weekend at either race for Canadian and North West racers. Shane Molinari, driving the new BMH Firebird hit the wall hard in the second qualifying session. The car made a hard move to the left wall (the front wheel broke) causing pretty good front end and body damage. They will send the car off for repairs, but will unfortunately miss the rest of this race and possibly a couple other events. The next NHRA Pro Mod event is a month and a half away though and they will try to be ready for Houston April 29-May 1.
Jim Bell is not in the field yet after two aborted runs. Kenny Lang is in the field (#15) with a 6.00.
Britanny Force (3.74), Jack Beckman (3.91) Jason Line (6.59) and Eddie Krawiec (6.80) lead their respective fields. In the TA and Pro Mod classes, the leaders are John Lombardo Jr. (TAFC 5.48), Mia Tedesco (TAD 5.21) and Sydnei Frigo (PM 5.83).
At Tulsa and the season opening PDRA event, Mike Gondziola debuted his new Corvette and had a couple promising early shut off runs, but in his third he had a big nitrous explosion at 400 feet (after a .97 60 and a 2.58 330. The explosion did cause a bunch of body damage to the front clip. Hopefully he is back out soon. Scott Blake is also in attendance in his nearly new 69 Camaro. He ripped off a couple mid 3.90's and is solidly in the field with a 3.95 best. In Pro Extreme there were two 3.40 runs. One by Jason Scruggs ( 3.492/220) and one by Brandon Snider (3486/219). In Pro Nitrous, three drivers ran 3.60's including a side by side with Tommy Franklin (3.686/203.34) and Stevie 'Fast' Jackson (3.697/203.83) and then the next pair down the track saw Tim Savell go 3.687/200. Pro Boost is lead by Kevin Rivenbark (3.753/199).
March 16, 2016
Gondziola picking the car up at Bickel's shop in Missouri heading to Tulsa. Good Luck!
March 15, 2016
Sad news to report today out of Alberta as one of that province's most well known racers passed away suddenly. Scott Taylor from Peace River was well known in the Alberta Drag Racing circle over the last two decades. A Super Class and Top Dragster racer, he was one or the original racers in the Top -E club racing at Castrol and was the series champion a couple times in the first few years. He won a number of Iron Man Trophys at the Rocky Mountain Nationals over the last decade and a half as well. Always there to help a racer and to coach and mentor as well, he will be sadly missed. Scott leaves behind his wife Sheila, and children Brittany, Dallas and Kaitlyn. Funeral services to be announced.
Well the doorcar season begins this weekend in the NHRA and the PDRA. Locals Jim Bell, Shane Molinari and Mike Gondziola will all be competing. Gonzi debuts his new Bickel built and Sonny powered 2016 Corvette in Tulsa at the PDRA event. The early season racing for Mike will be mainly testing sessions as he work out the new car with a huge 960 inch five system bullet and an Automatic with a lock up convertor.
The car looks bad ass! Once the bugs are sorted out the car should be a 3.70 or 3.80 car. That converts to a 5.70 time slip in the 1/4 mile.
Jim Bell will be back in his Camaro after banging the wall in his Mustang a few weeks ago. Both he and Molinari will be in Gainesville. The Hemi was put in the Camaro and Brad Personette will be tuning up the turbocharged beast. Shane competes for the first time in the NHRA with a "legitimate" car and engine combo. After getting the testing bugs sorted out the team really is "ONE TO WATCH"
A final March Meet gallery is here.
A Saturday and Sunday gallery from the IHRA event in Orlando is here.
This year's date for the Big Bucks race at Castrol Raceway is July 2 - 3. Always a great event. Web info is here.
The Small tire action in the NW looks to be growing legs and a few NW tracks are taking notice and getting involved. In Canada Mission Raceway is hosting their 4th annual Doorwarz event July 1-3 and that event includes Outlaw 10.5 (1/4 mile for 2016 again and upwards of 10-14 cars), Outlaw 275 (1/8 mile event for the first time in the NW and there could be 16-20 cars) and Outlaw 8.5 (the newest class to run at Doorwarz, 1/8 mile and hoping for 10-16 cars for year one) for small tire competitors. Of course Pro Modified is the main big tire class, and it looks to have the potential to be the biggest Pro Mod race ever in the NW. There could be upwards or 30 cars for the 2016 event. Top Sportsman, CW Doorslammer and Open Comp are the other classes. Mission Raceway has not confirmed yet but there is a more than 75% chance of hosting a second Outlaw 275 event August 26-28 as part of the Smoke Fire and Thunder event. Kelowna's Thunder Mountain has a really cool small tire event called Kelowna's "Fastest Street Car Shootout". It is July 22-24. Tire sizes are as follows: 28x 10.5-15 slick, 28 x 11.5 - 15 DOT and 275 x 60-15 Drag Radial. Edmonton's Castrol Raceway has their WDRL series races including 8.5 and Extreme street. Their racing schedule is May 7-8, Sept 3-4. Other Alberta tracks include Medicine Hat May 28-29 (WDRL 8.5 and Extreme Street) and the South Alberta 'Fastest Street car shootout' September 10-11. Central Alberta (Rimby, close to Red Deer) June 18-19 and August 14, and August 13 there is a 'No prep Grudge" event. Seattle hosts the WDRL June 11-12 including Pro Mods and Top Sportsman, They also have the Outlaw 10.5 class and Outlaw 275. Woodburn has the West Coast Shootout April 16. Further South is the No Excuses event at Sacramento. It is just around the corner March 19-20. It is 5 k to win for 275. Then in the late fall it is SCSN for all classes.
on track link below for rules except for SCSN rules, go to their web site
for their rules) Doorwarz
rules are here (note:
O/L 275 and 8.5 are SCSN rules with a couple chassis mods. All confrmed
changes for 2016 will be posted within 10 days from today on the doorwarz
March 6, 2016
It was the final everyone was hoping for in Nitro Funny at Bakersfield. The two quickest cars all weekend faced off and it was a great race. Kris Krabill got his first March Meet victory in the Austin/O'Brien Bardahl Firebird. He ran the national champ Steven Densham that was literally a 5.60 machine all weekend. Only one run was not in the 5.60's for the son of the veteran 'Teachers Pet' driver. Krabill goes 5.58/256 to Densham's 5.64/254. Both drivers left at the same time so it was a .06 victory. Even Bucky had to leave with a smile on his face.
In Top Fuel it was #6 qualifier Rick Williamson defeating #8 Adam Sorokin with a second career best run of the weekend. He went 5.57/245. Sorokin wheelstood the Champion Speed Shop FED for the third time and by the time his wheel were on the ground Williamson was long gone. Adam tripped the lights with a 6.70/170.
As talked about below it was Roger 'Radar' Lechtenberg defeating Dan Hix 6.08 to 6.13 in AA/FA.
In A/Fuel, Drew Austin earned his biggest win ever in the Austin Family Pro/Max Ford powered dragster. He took out the 'big man' Kin Bates. Under the lights and on a cool track Bates could not keep his car in the center of his lane while Austin was strong until 900 feet where he started to drift to his wall. He crossed the line first with a 6.40/220 to a slowing 7.58.
In Pro 7.0,
Mike Peck was trying to earn another win in the class and start off his
defense of the title in a good way. He got all the way to the final against
Errol Sharron, but unfortunately took too much finish line stripe and
broke out running a 6.92 on the 7.0 index. Sharron was right on the number
What a crazy round of semis in both Funny Car and Top Fuel. Tony Bartone crossed into Rick Williamson's lane at 230 mph at 800 feet and just avoided his opponent. The automatic win was there for Williamson but he still ran a solid 5.63/234. In the other semi final, Adam Sorokin got a wheelstanding win against a red lighting Jim Murphy. Sorokin vs Williamson in the final.
In Funny Car, Kris Krabill kept the hits coming with a career best and a Heritage record 5.552/261.62. His opponent Dan Horan was off the gas by 200 feet. Steven Densham was off to the final round (his second in a row) at the March meet. He ripped off a great 5.65/253.75 Matt Bynum ran a consistent 5.74/248.89. Krabill looks for his first ever March Meet win as he takes on the defending event and series champion Steven Densham.
In Fuel Altered with the breakage from round one, Dan Hix ran Roger Lechtenberg in what would be a two round final. It was real close as Hix got a .03 holeshot, and was on the chutes by 1200 feet only to have Roger drive around him at 1280 feet for a four foot victory 6.09/209 to a 6.13/202. It was close.
Round two was awesome in all the nitro classes at Bakersfield. Kris Krabill ran a career best 5.63/254 to take out Richard Townsend 5.77/250. Steven Densham ran a 5.66/253 to take out James Day's 5.86/241. Dan Horan went 5.74/261 and despite Tim Nemeth's holeshot, his 5.94/238 was well back. Tim had to pedal the car at 800 feet as he moved toward the guard rail in his lane. Matt Bynum upset Cory Lee in the final round two pairing with a 5.76/252. Lee went 5.84/252.
In Top Fuel it was upset and "holeshot" city in their round one pairings Adam Sorokin had a huge task taking on #1 qualifier Rick White's 5.50 machine. White went in the 5.50's again this time a 5.54/243 but Sorokin's career best 5.63/242 aided by a 1/10th holeshot was enough to take a three foot victory. Rick Williamson from the #6 spot also ran a career best 5.615 to defeat two time MM winner Jimmy Young's 5.74. Tony Bartone from the two hole did get into the 5.50's win a 5.57 victory over Dusty Green. That was the only non upset in the round. In the final pairing it was Jim Murphy squeezing out Bill Dunlap 5.77 to a 5.78.
In Fuel Altered it was all 'Transformer" style Altered advancing to the semis, Jim Holtz narrowly defeating the Pure Hell driven by Brian Hope 6.08/209 to a hard charging career best 6.19/230. Holtz had issues on the run and could not make his semi final. Dan Hix got his act together after qualifying struggles and defeated Shawn Van Horn 6.04/225 to a 6.45 193. James Generalao had a bunch of excitement in the shut down area against Tom Padilla. After a 6.23/196 win against a wall tapping 6.40 for Padilla Padilla's chute never opened and he got into Generalao's chutes forcing both cars to off course near the end of the track. He could not make the call for the semi final. Roger Lechtenberg defeated Bryan hall 6.08/204 to a slowing 7.86.
With the breakage in the round the two cars left Dan Hix and Lechtenberg would run for all the marbles.
Orlando is complete and there were a couple upsets based on the qualifying positions after Saturday. In Funny Car, both the #1 and #2 qualifiers Jason Rupert and Mark Sanders made stellar runs in their round one wins over Tim Boychuk and Bruce Litton. Rupert went 5.559/261 to take out Boychuk (6.09) in round one then lost traction in round two against Shawn Bowen and Bowen was in the final round. Sanders ran a career best 5.616 to easily defeat Litton's 5.77. But in his semi final against Mike McIntire he was a tenth slower on the tree that round one and he lost as both drivers ran identical 5.715's. McIntire has .09 on the tree. In the final it was Bowen getting the win with a engine expiring 5.79. The 'MacAttack' driver was off the gas by 500 feet. In Pro Stock the #1 and #2 qualifiers were out in round two and it was #4 Cary Goforth defeating the #7 qualifier with an easy 6.35. In Nitro Harley, it was Randall Andras taking out Jake Stordeur with a 6.36. Pro Mod saw its best event since the re introduction to the IHRA. Adam Flamholc defeated Jerico Balduf in a battle of blower cars. Flamholc went 5.90 while Balduc had to get off the gas as he was loose by 300 feet.
Click on this link or the poster below to see all the details regarding the Spring Fling, It is just over a month away.
March 5, 2016
In round one:
In Phoenix only seven TAD's are running this weekend. The TAFC is solid with 13 cars. Local driver Shawn Cowie is #3 with a 5.33. He runs Megan McKernan in round one. Three blower cars are the top three and Chris Demke leads with a 5.255. Joey Severance is #2 with a 5.288/ Doug Gordon ran low 5.50's in qualifying and is #1 with a 5.503. Shane Westerfield is #2 with a 5.558.
Comp is weak with only 8 cars. Ray Martin and Jeff Lane are the only two Div six cars competing in Comp. In Top Dragster seven Division six cars are competing in the 40 car field. Dan Provost is #18 and he ran Jeff Taylor in round one and had .013 on the tree for an advantage but took too much stripe (took a .044 stripe) and broke out by .013. Ouch, a tough loss in round one.
March 3, 2016
This weekend is the March Meet (actually gets underway today). A number of NW teams are competing in a number of different classes. From Washington state, Tom Padilla in Fuel Altered and Kris Krabill in Nitro Funny Car to name a couple. From Alberta, Joey Steckler is in Pro 7.0. Amber and James Rutherford will both represent the Ford contingent. James in his 51 Ford in A/Gas, and Amber in C/Gas. Ryan Hodgson will compete in Funny Car and is trying to double up at the 'Patch. He won the CHRR in October. From BC it is local favorite Tim Nemeth in Nitro Funny Car. We have a photographer down there to get all the shots and will report every day.
Another West Coast event is the Phoenix Divisional. Shawn Cowie goes for two in a row in TAD, and a bunch of TS and TD teams try to better their early exits from last weekend's national.
Also up this weekend is the IHRA's first event of the year. They are competing in Orlando Florida. Tim Boychuk will debut his new Camaro, and should be a top three contender this year. The car has already gone 5.7's a number of times. Washington's Mark Sanders will also be there.
Here is a great video of BMH Racings career best 5.82 from last weekend at Palm Beach. Shane Molionari did a great drivng job from half track on when the car went toward the center line.
Congratulations to Leah Pritchett on her first Top Fuel win last weekend in Phoenix. For only the second time in Top Fuel history it was two female drivers in the final round. The race was a great side by side and Leah got the holeshot win over Brittany Force. They both ran 3.77's. Tim Wilkerson defeated John Force in Nitro Funny Car and Jason Line defeated Chris McGaha in Pro Stock.
February 29, 2016
Here is a video of Jim Bell's contact with the wall from Sunday afternoon at Palm Beach. Jim is okay and told SpeedZone's reporter videographer that he will have the Camaro out for the Gatornationals in two weeks. Go wide screen on this.
February 28, 2016
Division Four opens the LODRS season this weekend in Houston (Baytown). TA is not competing there, so Comp, TD and TS are the feature classes.
February 22, 2016
One major event was on this weekend and for many drag racers it was not on their radar.
Maybe it should have been!!!!!!!!
Donald Long is the race promoter and he is one of the leading entities producing bad ass small tire events. This one was huge. There are three independently produced small tire events that catch those racers attentions. Two of them are Duck-X (Long's company) Productions. "Lights Out" is the biggest one, He also produces No Mercy. Monty Mihko is the other behind the other "Big 3" event Yellow Bullet Nationals.
While "Small Tire racing" might be considered a "niche" market for drag racing purists, don't kid yourself that it is not a factor, it is!!!!. This weekend's Lights Out race had close to 500 cars in attendance, it shut down the highways in and around South Georgia Motorsport Park and had the largest online presence I have witnessed in my drag racing career. The March Meet, CHRR and SCSN usually have a substantial online presence watching their events through Motormania or Bangshift. All three combined did not match the 25,000+ daily attendance Light out saw. It was incredible. Saturday they had to close the gates at the track by 1:00pm. This type of racing is relevant and tracks better pay attention. The big class was "Radial vs the World". It had a $55,000.00 winners purse (the richest in history), 57 cars in attendance and record runs throughout the weekend. 12 cars ran sub four second ets in qualifying and a few more did it in elimination's. It was wild. In the end it was Keith Barry outlasting Steve Jackson He took the win on a holeshot 3.934 to a quicker 3.896. Crashes, wheelstands, explosions and record runs were witnessed throughout the weekend. Pro 275 Was the other major class. It was also huge with close to 60 cars, and believe it or not there was a 4.11 et on a 275 tire. The final saw Barry Mitchell defeat Steve Drummond 4.207 - 4.271 Local racer Greg Henschell arguably one of the top three based on the West Coast 275 racers could only land in the #15 spot in the x 275 field, and #22 in the Pro 275 field. He had one of the most memorable round one match-ups on the weekend. Facing off against Shawn Ellington in the "Murder Nova" (Street Outlaws fame) Ellington took a real close stripe with his front tires three feet in the air. To see it on the feed was incredible. Likely the handful of local racers who traveled South to watch the race went wild.
February 16, 2016
February 13, 2016
Pomona and Winternationals finished day 3 today and both the Funny Cars and Top Fuelers were flying. Jack Beckman leads Funny Car with a 3.88, teammate Ron Capps is #2 and Robert Hight is #3. Steve Torrence is on top in Top Fuel while Steve Torrence is #2 and Tony Schumacher is #3. Pro Stock is about .08 slower than last year. The new EFI will take some time. The Elite Dodges are in middle of the pack while team Summit leads. In TAD, Don St. Arnaud ended up #1 in a repeat of the Finals three months ago. He went 5.18 again at 285 mph. Shaw Cowie ended up in the middle of the field with a 5.300. Both he and St. Arnaud won their round one match-ups. Joey Severance won as well. Jonnie Lindberg and John Lombardo Jr ran mid to low 5.40's in TAFC. Ray Bobrowski photos
February 9, 2016
Testing is on for the Pro Stock teams. They began yesterday at Phoenix and continue today and tomorrow in advance of the Winternationals this Friday. One notable not there is Larry Morgasn. He was informed early last week that his 2015 sponsor 'FireAde' would not be back. They decided on aligning with Bob Vandergriff Racing and Leah Pritchett on her Top Fuel car. Larry still hopes to be racing this season.
Tim Boychuk was out in his brand new Camaro Funny Car Sunday and Monday at Wild Horse Pass. He made a handful of five second runs including a few low 5.70's. They just have to get the car to paint to have it ready for the 2016 IHRA season. His best included a .979 60 foot and a 3.751/205 to the 660. If the car had all the candles lit in the final 300 feet it would have been well into the 5.60's, (it ran a 5.704/233). Congrats Tim and CC Twig
As rumored last week, Mike Dunn has been named the president of the IHRA. Here is their official release.
The Mission Raceway Hot Rod Racers Association will be having an annual meeting and we are looking for a big turn out as we will be voting on raising the year of car eligibility from 1963 to 1966.
February 6, 2016
This morning local TAFC hitter Brian Hough completed his licensing ripping off a great 4.01/321. The Best from Saturday including the quickest Funny Car run in history:
Rumors are out there that Mike Dunn may be the new IHRA president. They apparently do have an announcement on the 8th or 9th regarding their choice. This could be interesting. What I am wondering is what are his actual credentials to run the second largest drag racing association. His history is all based around his driving a Nitro Car and one of NHRA's media leaders with ESPN. Not sure he has the credentials, but if in fact he is named "President", there will be a bunch of exposure.
One announcement that was made today is the return of Austin Coil to JFR His role is not a full time one, he is there though to help right the JFR ship.
February 5, 2016
The future of bracket racing and the entire red light debate is about to make a huge change starting this Spring (at the "Fling")........Go here for this historic change.
Testing is underway at Phoenix in advance of next weeks Winternationals.
January 31, 2016
January 20, 2016
IHRA has named Skooter Peaco as the interem president of the Association.
Skooter has been the guy in charge of race operations for the last decade
and a half. They also announced that Cordova and Baton Rouge were dropped
from the National schedule. No surprise regarding Cordova as that track
was or is still owned by Scott Gardner. Here is the short form of their
future plans: They have a three-year plan, through 2019 to create a media
providing series for tv with a bi-weekly show. They will be paln to add
Top Fuel for 2017 and will continue with NF/C, Pro Stock and Harleys.
(not sure about Pro Mod). They will continue to run 1/4 mile.
January 18, 2016
For a week there has been rumours abound regarding happenings in the IHRA.
What we know for sure is that president Scott Gardner is gone, Royce Miller is gone (COO of IRG Motorsports), and the head of Corporate affairs Steven Cole is no longer employed (He is back with JFR). They are not answering calls regarding the issues at hand. Last week, I did try and contact Castrol Raceway (which hosts THE most important National Event in the IHRA), to try and get some info but I have not received a return call yet. While we have have major issues regarding the media with the IHRA over the last few years, the importance of what the IHRA is trying to do for the racer is very evident, and can't be discounted. Most that race in the "I" love it. They do have serious issues IMHO regarding the way they race their National Events, particularly their entry platform and that has turned off many competitors. In the end the rumoured problems do not sound good, and for the good of the sport I hope the IHRA can get back on track.
January 17, 2016
This weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, the first Heritage race of the year was on the schedule. All classes except the nitro classes competed. Veteran and the winningest driver in A/Fuel Kin Bates won A/Fuel over Bill Wayne in side by side 6.20's. Full results are here.
January 16, 2016
The latest and greatest from RH and paint by Todd Zeller and Chris Cadle from Todds Extreme paint. "Have Gun will travel". More shots here.
January 15, 2016
The latest and possibly greatest video by Les Mayhew and "Nitro America" is up now. It is a 75 minute production of the 2015 March Meet. Check it out. It is awesome!
News at the IHRA includes the top guy Scott Gardner gone! Apparently a few more changes are coming down the pipe.
January 14, 2016
SpeedZone is proud to be the official "Canadian" media site for the Spring/Fling Million. We have put together our own Canadian web page that will highlight Canadians in the event as well as all the results for the race in April. Go to the page and see all the raffle / million winners so far, and they are close to filling raffle #32. All the details and links for everything "Million" are here. (or click on the banner below).
January 12, 2016
Congratulation's to Dave Wren and Gary Beck for induction to the "NW NHRA Hall of Fame" at the NW Division 6 Awards banquet on the weekend. Linda Schulz earned the "Gracious Lady" award for her selfless volunteer work. Also receiving special awards were Dylan Hough (Junior Driver of the Year), Matt Keilman (ET Driver of the Year), Lane Cavar (Rookie of the Year), Mike Shannon (Super Class Driver of the Year), Jeff Lane (Sportsman Driver of the Year), Joey Severance (Top Alcohol Driver of the Year), Chris Cannon (Super Class Mechanic), and Ken Lantz (Sportsman Mechanic). The division champions are"
More info on this past years banquet is here on the Div 6 NHRA page.
January 10, 2016
This weekend was the Div 6 awards banquet in Seattle. Robert Thoresen put together a great intro video (edited by Wayde Samuel) highlighting all six Divisional events.
January 7, 2016
Bad news from Bakersfield as part of the tower and a number of pieces of track equipment was burned on early Wednesday morning. The main tower did not get hit that bad and they are going to work already to make repairs and have everything ready to go for the March Meet. There is a " go fund me " page set up if you want to donate.
Great news from the Erica Enders and Elite racing camp as Erica is honored as the first ever "Autoweek Driver of the Year".
January 2, 2016
Speedzone Magazine hopes all our readers had a great holiday season including a "Happy New Year". It will be a busy 2016 world wide in the sport of Drag Racing and the NW is no exception.
We have just added the Doorslammer calendar to the paypal page. Click on the sample below or here to go to the page. All three different calendars are available there.
December 28, 2015
Sad losses to report over the last couple weeks including a huge loss just yesterday. Likely one of the top three or four most recognizable Jet Car racers Roger Gustin passed away December 15th. Veteran Nitro (Top Fuel and Funny Car) racer Jim Nicoll died last week. He was famous for a couple huge explosions that ripped his Top Fuel car apart. Then after the switch to Funny Car had a real bad fire that caused the "Snake" to proclaim he was done racing (of course he did not retire). Comp Plus had a great story on Nicholls a few years ago. Susan Parks the wife of Frank Parks, one of the top Chassis builders through the last five decades died a week ago. Then just a couple days ago it was reported that Henry Gutierrez, owner of the bad ass "Jungle Jim" tribute Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars was found murdered in his home....
December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all SpeedZone's family, friends and fans. We will post links for the 2016 SPeedZone Calendars later today. The price will be $13.95
12:00 pm update
Calendars are now available for purchase. Click here or on the calendar samples below to got to the paypal page. You can also buy multi packs at startsaving at two calendars. Buy a five pack you you end up paying for 4 only. Save $15.00 (on five), and $35.00 (on an order of 10).
December 22, 2015
The first two Calendars will be ready for Shipping by Thursday of this week. A Pro Mod and a Top Sportsman/Top Dragster combo calendar are both just having their finishing touches put on them at the printer. Both are bitchin! The Doorslammer calendar just went on the press today and will be ready early next week.
Big news out of the Jim Bell Racing camp has Jim returning to a single driver (himself) for the 2016 season. "The cost was incredible in 2015 racing two cars at around 20 races is like four seasons of NHRA Pro Mod. While it was a great time and Kevin Fiscus is one of the best out there (no one wants to race more than Kevin), I have to step back a bit. Jim has two quality cars and will race one in the NHRa and the other at PDRA and other events in 2016.
SpeedZone wishes both racers a great 2016. Both of Bell's Pro Mods are featured in the 2016 Pro Mod Calendar.
Still rumors abound regarding John Force having Alan Johnson in his brain trust for the 2016 season.
Locally the 2016 schedules are up at both the Mission Raceway web site (which will be undergoing a facelift for the 2016 season) and the Eagle Motorplex web site. A SpeedZone Magazine picture is the main picture on the web site right now. It is the awesome shot taken by Robert Hunter from the last weekend of September with the Dave O'Hara boomer.
Ya this shot.
December 12, 2015
Congratulations to Edmonton Pro Mod racer Jim Bell for this major award this evening at the PDRA 2015 banquet. Well deserved.
In the NHRA silly season, it was announced just the day after we reported it that Leah Pritchett has signed on wuth a team for 2015. It was with Bob Vandergriff Racing and she will replace Larry Dicon. Quaker State has come on as a makor sponsor to the team. Larry will remain with the team.
DECEMBER 10, 2015
December 9, 2015
The new look for Elite Racing.
In what has been rumored (and known) for more than a month, Elite Performance confirms that Mopar will be the main sponsor for Elite Racing. The long time sponsor for Allen Johnson Racing has switched alliances with the most dominant Pro Stock team over the last two years. Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin will fly the Mopar colors with the new EFI under the Dodge Dart bodies. The team will still have a Chevrolet presence though as Vince Nobile and Drew Skillman will have Chevrolet power and Camaro Bodies. Elite Performance with the Freeman family, the Jones family, Nick Ferro, and crew chiefs Brian Self and Mark Ingersoll.
Shawn Langdon has signed on with DSR full time for 2016. The means all three Top Fuel cars in the team have past and current world Champions behind the wheel. That signing could mean the Alan Johnson may be on his way to John Force Racing. No major sponsor is on the horizon for Johnson and JFR did let go Brittany's crew Chief Todd Smith. Could be a big game changer for Force. Leah Pritchett is also rumored to have found a home in Top Fuel, after Dote Racing announced they were suspending operations for the foreseable future. It is said to be on an established two car team. The current two car teams are: Dixon-Connolly, Kalitta-JR Carr, Torrence-Torrence and Crampton-Lucas.....hmm!
December 4, 2015
Here is Spring Fling 1,000,000.00 details. Click on the poster or the S.F. logo above to go to the event web site. Right now they are holding raffles for entry into the Million.
Tuesday April 12 free test n tune and dragster shootout.
Wednesday April 13 $10k to win.
Thursday April 14 $20k to win.
Friday April 15 Spring Fling Million Main Event.
Saturday April 16 $20k to win.
Sunday April 17 Racer Travel Day.
*This will be a one class event (s/pro only).
December 1, 2015
Here are all the champions for 2015 at Mission Raceway (Al Omond is missing). The full story and photos are here.
Jim Behnke won the "1st annual Stefan Konodoly Memorial Trophy" for the "Racer of the Year" at MRP. Well deserved. The full listing is here.
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