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January 7, 2017

Next Saturday (14th) is the memorial for Jim Isherwood. It is between 2-4 pm at the Best Western in Mission.

We are saddened to hear of Tony Krause's passing this week. Tony was an avid and one of the main photographers at the Eagle Motorplex. He supported the track during the last decade with donations and help in whatever was necessary. He also shot at Kelowna's Thunder Mountain and Mission Raceway. He leaves behind his partner of 33 years Sandy Kraft and and his sister Brenda and her family as well as many other family and friends. A celebration of life will be held January 28th at Rutland Centennial Hall from 1-5pm.

 

It is confirmed that Jimmy Prock has returned to John Force racing. Chris Cunningham the ex crew chief for Bob Tasca has also come on board.

DSR has retained the services of Dean Antonelli. He joins John Medlen on the Jack Beckman team.

Jim Head has a new driver. Jonnie Lindberg will be the driver for the Jim Head Racing Funny Car. Jim''s son Chad will now be in the forefront of the family business operations.

 

January 3, 2017

All calendar orders up to today have been shipped already.

December 31, 2016

Here is a link for all NW racers to keep on hand. Elite Belts has their new web site up and running they are also on FaceBook.

Happy New Year and New Year's Eve tonight. Remember to be safe

 

Calendars are now ready for shipping. Go to this link to order.

 

A real sad week for the Murdoch family as my cousin Kris passed away suddenly. He was full of life and will be missed by many.

He leaves behind sister Tia, step brother Justin, father Pat (Doc) and step mom Lynn as well as many friends and other family members.

 

 

December 21, 2016


Sorry for the lack of updates over the last two weeks, but I have been plumb running hair straight back. Between a few construction deadlines since November 15th, internet server issues for a few days last week (would not allow me to update, sorry Roger Winter for not posting your Christmas shop bash), Speedzone's annual calendars, and a 17 year old daughter having a couple days worth of hospital and surgery problems, I found there are not enough hours in a day or month. I have a slight reprieve for the next 10 days or so, then I am back at it hard starting January 3rd. I already have four jobs on the docket Starting in the new year. That sort of brings me to SpeedZone. What am I going to do to keep updates going on a regular basis. I have a few ideas and hopefully they all come to fruition. In the mean time Calendars are almost ready for shipping. I produced a Pro Mod calendar and fast bracket (TS/TD) calendar for 2017. Sorry no Nostalgia Funny Car, Hemi or Doorslammer this year. Just not enough hours in a day. The Pro Mod calendar includes the quickest Pro Mod driver in Canada (5.85 by a Canadian on Canadian soil, A 263 mph Pro Mod with 88's (and he has been totally off the radar for close to 5 years), but he proved this year he is still badass. The TS/TD calendar includes the 2015 NHRA TS World champion, a multi-time best appearing Camaro, and some of the best young guns in from the NW. All major pro mod events are on the PM calendar including NHRA, PDRA, Mega PM events across NA and the major NW events. We will post ordering info soon.

The TD/TS calendar has all 40+ LODRS events the NHRA nationals schedule and major NW events.

 


December 6, 2016

 

Very sad news to report today is the sudden passing of Mission Hemi legend Jim Isherwood. Jim was a long time Super Stock racer who lived and breathed Mopar Blue. He was one of the original Super Stock Hemi Shoot-out competitors when Mission hosted the West Coast Hemi Shoot-outs back at the turn of the Millennium. A NHRA national record holder in SS/DA and SS/EA running as quick as 9.1@145 mph.

 

 

Jim is survived by his long time Crew chief and wife Marilyn and son Rob and daughter in-law Veronica and many other family members and friends in the racing community. Jim will be sorely missed by many in the racing community

Speedzone Magazine photo

November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers.

November 21, 2016

2:00pm update

The latest news from the NHRA Mello Yello has Del Worsham leaving the Kalitta team and returning to his roots with his father Chuck. They will field a family Nitro Funny Car. There has been a replacement driver chosen, and will be announced soon. I am thinking it will be Cory Lee, or possibly one of the new guys who have licensed and run a few events in the last year (maybe even Jonnie Lindberg).

9:00am update

The West Coast Lucas Oil Divisional series for 2017:

Firebird Raceway May 5-7
Mission Raceway June 2-4 Regional (TAD TAFC)
Pacific Raceways June 23-25 Regional (TAD TAFC)
Woodburn Dragstrip July 14-16 Regional (TAD TAFC)
Pacific Raceway s Aug. 18-20
Woodburn Dragstrip Sept. 15-17 Regional (TAD TAFC)

Pacific Division
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park March 3-5 Regional (TAD TAFC)
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 7-9 Regional (TAD TAFC)
Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway May 19-21
Sonoma Raceway July 21-23
Rocky Mountain Raceways Sept. 21-22
Rocky Mountain Raceways Sept. 23-24
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov. 2-5 Regional (TAD TAFC)

November 20, 2016

Canadian's again show they are a strong racing nation with two solid wins at Street Car Super Nationals. The 275 "Poco-Jang" team from the Coquitlam in the Lower Mainland and the "Team Sihota" in the 10.5 class from Langley in the Lower Mainland. Both those classes were well represented as both classes had Canadian teams qualifiy in the top half (in 275 it was Greg, Neil Richards from Aberta and Steve Skokin from Surrey and in 10.5 it was Ken, Roy Moznik from Langley and Steve Nicholson from Aldergrove) and go deep into elimination's. Both should be very proud and both are part of a strong contingent of racers in the Street Legal classes and also Pro Modified. We all cant wait for the 2017 to get underway.

 

Way to go guys we are proud of you all!!!!

 

7:00pm update

Ken Sihota wins SCSN 10.5!

Sihota defeated the #1 qualifier in the semis then ran low et of the event (and career best et and mph) in the final round to defeat the #2 qualifier Robert Costa 4.034/185.41 to a 4.066/183.37. After a half decade of racing at Vegas and reaching the final round once before, he finally gets the win he has wanted for so long. Congrat's to Ken, Jas and the whole team.

In Legal Pro Mod Mike Bowman capped off a unreal Sunday with a huge upset of Sidnei Frigo. Bowman struggled in qualifying but it slowly came together on race day and he made his best run, a 5.78/259 to earn the victory. Frigo slowed on the back half.

In Outlaw Pro Mod, it was Mike Maggio getting the big win. He defeated a red lighting John Stanley. Both cars were way off pace in the final with mid 6 second runs.

6:10pm Update

The Poco Jang 275 team wins SCSN 275!

Way to go Greg Henschell and team.

A career best 4.483/162.49 to a close 4.497/165.48 for Jacky McCarly. Greg got a tenth on the tree so was over a tenth ahead at the stripe.

4:00pm update

 

 

 

Ken Sihota took out #1 qualifier Greg Seth Hunter with a 4.09/180 and will take on Robert Costa in the final. In the semis Costa went 4.04 in his win over Roy Moznik (4.21) so he has lane choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shane Molinari's day ended against Mike Bowman. Bowman made his best run of the weekend, a great 5.80 while Shane was off a tenth from his earleir runs, a 5.88. Bowman and Frigo in the final.

 

 

 

In Outlaw Pro Mod, Troy Coughlin lost in the semis when his car lost fire and the chutes came out at 500 feet. Maggio got the upset win with a 5.74/260. He will face John Stanley in the final round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Henschell took out Neil Richards in the 1/4's and then defeated Paul Hennon in the semi finals. Hennon did a big wheelstand in the loss. Henschell will face Jackie McCarly in the final round.

 

 

12:45pm update

After a 40 minute rain delay they completed 275 and Greg Henschell advanced with a 4.6 run and Neil Richards also advanced with a 4.70. Steve Skokin was way6 off pace and lost to Dan Saitz 4.69 - 5.6

11:00am update

Round two is complete for the legal Pro Mod class Sunday morning. Sidnei Frigo won with another event record run of 5.68/262. He takes on Garrett Richards in round three. Richards went 6 flat. Shane Molinari advanced with another stellar lap. He defeated Melani Salemi with a 5.80/256. Jim Bell shut off early and lost to Scott Loomis. Paul Glandon broke right off the launch and lost to Mike Bowman. Bowman takes on Molinari in round three.

 

Last night's run 5.77 for Molinari

 

In Outlaw 10.5 Roy Moznik won a wild one over Montana's Mike Dowling. Roy left first but got real loose, he pedalled and out drove Dowling at the finish line. Steve Nicholson also advanced with a 4.22. Ken Sihota won with a 4.11/178 to take out Troy Cafaro. All three Lower Mainland racers are in the 1/4 finals.

 

Sihota's 4.065 from last nights round one win.

 

Kelly Harvey's wild ride from last night.

 

November 19, 2016

6:00pm update:

Round one for Outlaw Pro Mods is complete and Troy Coughlin went 5.62 on a single. The Stanley and Weiss car went 5.66 in John's win. In Legal Pro Mod, Sidnei Frigo goes 5.69/261. Shane Nolinari wins with a career best 5.77/258. Garrett Richards goes 5.96. Paul Glandon wins with a 5.98/247. Yvonne Lucas broke in qualifying after her 6.22 run. Dan Vogt lost in round after losing traction early. Jim Bell won with a early shut off 6.16.

In 10.5 Ken Sihota goes 4.065/182 to advance. Roy Moznik advanced with a 4.17/170. Kelly Harvey in the cool 41 Willys crashed in round one of 10.5. Steve Nicholson advance on a single. He got lucky as he broke on the run, but got off the strting line.

10:00am update

0A long day again at Street Car with really cool temperatures. Shane Molinari dropped down to #3 in the Pro Mod field with a 5.87/253. Sidnei Frigo ripped off a 5.71/259 to lead. Rick Snavely is #2 with a 5.84. Paul Glandon is #4 with a 5.94/248. Richards is #6 with a 6.00. In 10.5, two Pro Mod converted cars are #1 and #2, Then three Lower Mainland drivers are 3-5. Roy Moznik (4.10) Ken Sihota (4.12) and Steve Nicholson with a career best 4.17. No word on 275 from Friday. Greg Henschell still leads 275 with his 4.55. Neil Richards improved to a 4.77 and Steve Skokin improved to a 4.83.

9:00am update

Next weekend is the Mission Raceway Banquet at the Best Western ball roon.

As in the past couple years Craig and Al Johnson and Johnson Custom Exhaust are hosting the practice tree tournament. A bunch of fun. If you dont have tickets yet for the banquet get on it. Call MRP at 604 826 6315. This years "top 3" plaques and "top 5" for Jrs look awesome!

November 17, 2016

 

Day one of qualifying took place today at Street Car SuperNationals XII

Cold windy conditions and a bit of a dusty track caused havoc throughout the day. Shane Molinari leads the legal Pro Mod class with a 5.89/249 blast. Yvonne Lucas went 6.27. In 10.5 Roy Moznik and Ken Sihota are #2 and 3 in the field with 4.18 shots (1//8 mile). In 275 Greg Henschell leads with a 4.55. Neil Richards and Steve Skokin are in the top 10 with 4.8 runs. We'll have photos and full run sheets throughout the weekend.

November 17, 2016

To no real surprise Elite Motorsports has ended their relationship with Dodge/Mopar. The team will be back running Chevrolet Cmaro's and Chevy Power from Elite

 

November 13, 2016

A crazy day of elimination's on Sunday at the NHRA Finals. Firstly, The summit bracket championships saw all Division Six racers advance to the semi finals including Chris Stone from right here in Mission. The semis were not kind to the five Division Six racers though. All five were ousted in the semis. Chris lost a real close one to Div 5's Steve Stockton The two drivers were only .001 apart at the tree and Chris took a real close stripe by .007. Unfortunately he broke out by .005. Stockton was only .001 off his dial. A good job by the two time Division Six rep, Chris Stone. The two Medicine Hat Super Pro Drivers were on opposite sides of the ladder and both made the semi finals. Division 4's Max McGlothin defeated Sean Schaffer by .005 and Division 2's Timothy Smith defeated Dave Burden by .01. Gary Howe Jr lost in Sportsman in the semis to Division 4 hitter Jeff Heffler when Howe went under by .003.

In the Pro's, it was a shock in Motorcycle when Jerry Savoie clinched in round two when both Andrew Hines and Eddie Kraweic were upset in the round. It is Savoie's first ever title and the first for a Suzuki in a number of years.

Ron Capps did clinch Funny Car by qualifying for the field. In Funny Car, the final will see John Force take on Tommy Johnson Jr. In that final it was Tommy Johnson defeating John Force. Johnson takes the 2nd spot in the standings. Pro Stock was determined in the semi finals. Jason Line held a 21 point lead after qualifying. By virtue of him winning his semi final, he wins his third championship. He will face team mate Greg Anderson in the final. Two Kalitta cars will battle in Top Fuel. It will be Doug Kalitta and Jr Todd. Kalitta won the final and took second place in the standings. Angelle Sampey faced Matt Smith in PSM. She went red and Smith won his first race with Voctory sponsorship. Joey Severance and the upset minded Cody Perkins battled in TAD and it was Severance earning the win with a 5.21/275. Perkins could not make engine repairs in time to make it to the line. Shane Westerfield took on Doug Gordon in TAFC and it was Gordon solidifiying his spot as class runner-up with the impressive win running a 5.46/270.

 

One of the biggest announcements ending the season and heading into 2017 is the announcement that the Lucas backed Top Fuel team will not be back in 2017. The reasonings are multiple according to Morgan and posted at Competition Plus. One is the lack of TV time for team driver Richie Crampton. Also it has been rumored since the election that Morgan's father Forrest will possibly be a cabinet member for Trump.

 

 

 

November 11, 2016

 

A day to remember

 

The final NHRA event of the year.

Antron Brown has clinched the Top Fuel title and the other three pro classes are just a couple days away from crowning their 2016 champions. Ron Capps will earn the tile just by qualifying. Jason Line or team mate will get the Pro Stock title (they are one round apart). The Motorcycle title will come down to the final round Sunday as the three most dominant riders in 2016 are just three points apart. Andrew Hines, Eddie Kraweic and Jerry Savoie, baring a meltdown by the three will be in the semis and then the final round where two of the three will get to the finish line first and be the champion.

 

November 6, 2016

The final LODRS is complete at Las Vegas.

One more NHRA, that being the Finals at Pomona. A number of titles are clinched already sportsman wise. Those will be posted after the days winners:

Final results: TAD Jackie Fricke defeated Johnny Ahten in TAD. (Pictured to the left is Garrett Bateman blowing up big time in round one). Joey Severance and local Shawn Cowie both lost in round one. Doug Gordon defeated Shane Westerfield. Comp winner was Doug Lambeck over Tony Mandella. Super Stock saw David Rampy over Jerry Emmons. Stock winner was Chris Hall over Ryan McClanahan. Val Torres defeated Mike Lang in Super Gas. Greg Ventura defeated John Bycroft. Super Comp winner was Tim Parker over Larry Scarth. Motorcycle winner was Keah Woods over Pete Miclette. Top Sportsman saw the newly crown champion Mike Williams take on Ray Cracraft. Cracroft got a close win running dead one his 7.68 dial. Williams took the stripe but broke out by 6 thou. In Top Dragster, Jeff Strickland, who clinched the world title just won round earlier defeated Tony Jardino in the final to cap off a very successful weekend.

 

Sportsman titles confirmed: Top Sportsman (Mike Williams), Top Dragster (Jeff Strickland), Comp (Doug Doll Jr), TAD (Joey Severance), TAFC (Jonnie Lindberg), Super Stock (Jimmy Defrank), Stock (TBD at Pomona), Super Comp (Nick Folk), Super Gas (Mia Tedesco) and Rickie Smith in Pro Mod.

 

In the pro classes, two are up for grabs. Pro Stock and Motorcycle. Antron Brown clinched last week and Ron Capps has all but clinched Funny Car. He needs a round win to earn the tittle. Three riders are separated by only three points in Motorcycle. Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines are tied for 1st and Jerry Savoie is three points back. Jason Line leads Pro Stock by 19 over Greg Anderson.

A Weekend gallery is here.

 

 

It is official. Southern Alberta racer Mike Williams is the 2016 NHRA Top Sportsman national champion. His season included two wins two runner-ups and a semi final finish, not including today's final result. He is off to the 1/4 finals. Don Meziere was the only guy who could catch him today after Demer's loss yesterday. In round three today, Meziere was defeated, so Williams is the champion. Congratulations!!

Division Six is having a solid year Nationally in many classes. Jeff Lane is in second place in the standings. Brian Dolling clinched in Comp. But Brian Hyerstay could overtake Lane, making it a 2,3 finish for Div six in Comp. In TAD it is Joey Severance repeating as World champion. Shawn Cowie still has a chance for 2nd place, but sits #3 right now. In Stock Brad Burton sits #2, eight points back of Jeff Strickland. But in order to take the title his needs to be in the semi finals at Pomona. Alberta's Ken Mostowich is in 10th in Super Gas after the race completion Thursday. He is off to round three and a couple more rounds and he moves up to the top five as good as 2nd with a fifth round finish.

 

 

Wish I was home last night to post this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate relase 7:00am November 6th, 2016

 

The biggest change to Canadian drag racing in a long time and a positive for racing in the Western Provinces is Castrol Raceway has switched to NHRA sanctioning. Rob and Kim Reeves have always been on top and at the forefront in regards to the IHRA and what they have been about. The last year has not been god for the IHRA and the rumors that their National events will have a hug downward trend for the 2017 season is likely part of the reason. I would think that the two Northern tracks in BC may change as well, but who knows (Fort St John and Prince George). Rob has stated that the annual Rocky Mountain Nationals will continue with all NHRA classes being a part of it, as part of the National Open series. I am sure Pro Mods and Nitro Funny Car and Nitro Harley will continue at that event along with Jets. The biggest issue for racers in the Alberta province are they will have to buy NHRA licenses and NHRA tags. Will the track get a Lucas Oil event, that is hard to say, maybe a year or two down the road. A National is a pipe dream, but that city could host one and it would be one of the most successful. The province of Alberta has the greatest history in drag racing and the people would support it. The track doesn't really need it, but it could be a positive for Canadian racers. Stay tuned for more info regarding this historic drag racing new event.

Below is what the crowds are like for the Rocky Nationals.

The rumors that the IHRA is abandoning their current national event format has been going around the water cooler for a few weeks now. The current format included Nitro Funny Cars (nostalgia), Nitro HArley, Pro Mods (in some regions), Pro Stock (some regions) and Jet Cars. Rumored for the 2017 season is all the IHRA class cars and big dollar bracket races as they regroup for down the road. Losing tracks like Edmonton and Cedar Falls and a few others in Florida could spell a huge change for the struggling sanctioning. Is Mike Dunn is likely gone as well, we'll have to wait and see. Likely Mike is regretting this venture.

 

 

November 5,2016

A World Champion in the making???

Mike Williams is just hrs away from possibly being crowned World champ in Top Sportsman. He won the spring rain out race Thursday night. He has a solid lead heading into elimination's starting today for the final points race of the year. Two drivers competing, Don Mezier and Larry Demers both need a long run to have a shot. According to the ladder posted, Demer would face Williams in round two if they both win round one. Good Luck.

Darien Provost is competing at his first Divisional racing a big car. He turned 16 a couple months ago . He ran a 7.09 best and races Mike Quayle in round one. Dad Dan takes on Justin Bond according to the ladder on DRC.

Congratulation's to Meghan Molinari on her first ever Divisional win on Thursday. She won Top Dragster over Jeremy Rapp.

A great job by Al Quigley on the Thursday race. He went to round four in Super Street before a break out loss in the 1/4's. Too bad, as he would have had a bye to the final if he won the round.

Justin Bond is back in his low 7 /high 6 second Camaro after a few weeks of Pro Mod racing with partner Shane Molinari. They finished off the season in the Pro Mod last week with a solid weekend that included a career best NHRA pass of 6.90/251 in round one of elimination's.

Here, Justin ran a best of 7.02 to qualify in the middle of the field.

The full report and photos will be posted here.

 

October 30, 2016

5:00pm update

The day is complete at Vegas. Antron Brown clinches the title when Doug Kalitta bows out in round two. Steve Torrence wins the race over JR Todd. In Funny Car it was an all Force final as John takes out Courtney in a real close side by side. Capps maintains his four round lead heading to the final race of the year. Shane Gray won Pro Stock over team mate Drew Skillman. Jason Line maintains his lead (1 1/2 rounds) heading to Pomona. Jerry Savoie wins Motorcycle and is three points back of Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines. Their final event at Pomona will be epic. Garrett Batemen defeated Joey Severance in the TAD final. Terry Ruckman won TAFC over DJ Cox. Troy Coughlin defeated Todd Tutterow in the Pro Mod final.

 

A wild weekend overall for Funny Cars at Las Vegas. Cruz Pedregon had perhaps the wildest winning run ever. His front end came up and stay six feet or more in the air for over 500 feet. He stayed in his lane throughout the run. It was incredible.

 

John Capps also had his front end come up. But when it came down his car crossed over into the other lane and he banged the wall.

 

Alexis DeJoria also hit the wall. She did it in qualifying and did not make the call for round one.

 

Gary Densham was at right angles on one of his qualifying passes. He returned to make the field.

 

Videos will be posted on all four runs later Sunday or Monday/

 

9:30 am update

Round one of TAD, TAFC and Pro Mod finished over the last hour at Las Vegas. In TAD Shawn Cowie went out in round one due to tire smoke off the starting line. He was up against Jay Livingston in Steve and Patti Federlins dragster. That does hurt his chance for finishing in the #2 spot in TAD, but he can still improve on his 4th place standing with good results next weekend at the Divisional and in two weeks at Pomona. Joey Severance won round one, as did fellow Div 6 racer Garrett Bateman. Canadian Gord Gingles won in round one as well. Greg Sereda competed in the class but failed to qualify. In TAFC, Clint Thompson won round one and defending TAFC world champion Jonnie Lindberg clinched the title again when Doug Gordon was upset in round one. Division Six driver Greg Hunter was defeated by Lindberg. Canadian Jirka Kaplan failed to qualify, the same for Brian Hough. In Pro Mod, Clint Hairston, driving Jim Bell's Camaro won his round one match up against Steven Whiteley. He ran a 5.92 for the win. Shane Molinari ran a career best run in NHRA competition against Todd Tutterow. Unfortunately his 5.90 fell just short of Tutterow's 5.88. It was still a great way to end the season for the hard luck team. After a couple early season mishaps they returned stronger than ever before, and should be a serious player in 2017. Hairston's performance in Bell's car also bodes well for Jim's team heading into 2017. Hopefully they can continue their strong showing the rest of today.

Jimmy Defrank clinched the Super Stock world title this morning as well.

October 29, 2016

 

The second to last NHRA National event is this weekend at Las Vegas. The championships have not been decided yet in the four pro classes. Antron Brown has all but wrapped up the Top Fuel title though as he has a 150 point lead over Doug Kalitta. A couple round wins here, and he earns his second title. Clay Millican leads qualifying with a track record and career best 3.689/327. Funny Car is only separated by three rounds with fan favourite Ron Capps in front. In qualifying, Beckman and Hagan lead, with Hight sitting #3. The other three Schumacher team mates are 2,3, and 4. In Pro Stock, it will likely be a Summit Car with the championship. Jason Line leads his team mate Greg Anderson by 26 points. Vince Nobile is 112 points back. Greg Anderson leads qualifying with Drew Skillman sits #2. In Motorcycle, five teams have an chance but it is the two Harleys in front less than a round apart. Jerry Savoie is #3 in the points. He leads qualifying over the two Harleys. Joey Severance has secured the TAD title, Jonny Lindberg leads TAFC, and Doug Gordon needs to win out to overtake the Swede. In Pro Mod Rickie Smith has clinched based on his qualifying effort today. Two Pro Mod teams with local ties are well qualified in the field. The Molinari/Bond Pro Mod team make their best effort of the year with a #12 spot in the field (5.950/250). Jim Bell has Clint Hairston behind the wheel, and he ran two great low 5.9 runs including a 5.91 best. He is #8 in the field.

October 24, 2016

Final rounds at the CHRR. In Funny Car Jason Rupert proves his ride is the baddest in the world with another win. He ran low et throughout the weekend and in the final defeated NHRA Heritage champion Wrapped up at the last event) Kris Krabill. Kris got the holeshot but was loose and shook early. Rupert runs a 5.59/250mph. In the semi finals, Krabill defeated Albertan Ryan Hodgson 5.62 - 5.69. Rupert defeated Rick Rogers 5.63 - 12 seconds. Tim Nemeth lost in round two to Rogers. In Top Fuel, Tony Bartone won the title and the race. He defeated Jim Murphy 5.60 - 9.51. Both cars ran 5.60's in the semi finals. In A/Fuel, Drew Austin upset Kin Bates 6.19- 6.20. Bates ran 6.07 in the semis. Austin was 6-teens most of the weekend. Brett Williamson won Pro Mod over Jay Diedrich. Mike Molea got the win in AA/GAS as race favorite Howard Anderson could not make the call. In 7.0 Allen Taylor defeated Dave Rosenberg. Mike Peck was crowned series champions. Alberta driver Joey Steckler lost a close on in round two. The other three Alberta drivers, Jimmy Fersch, Norm Kolwich and Reg Deforest all lost in round one.

 

 

October 23, 2016

1:00pm update

The IHRA finals are this weekend at Memphis and a number of Northern BC and Alberta drivers headed South for their chance of being the IHRA world champion. Andy Classy (no Box), Mike Lucas (Top Sportsman), Noah McDonnell (Jr Dragster), Ty Hollingshead (Jr Dragster) and Kaelie Morton (Jr Dragster) were there from our province and James Rutherford, John Teigen, Warren Neitch, James Pahl, McKenna Bold, Rhiannon Allison, Marlin Chase, Ethan Ochitwa, MacKenna Ochitwa, Tom Patterson (Manitoba), Jeff Crooks (Manitoba) and Cole Butler (Manitoba).

Kaelie Morton went to the final of Jr Dragster Master and won it all. Congrats!! James Pahl was the Runner-up in Hot Rod

 

(Facebook photo)

 

10:00am update

 

Early this spring Jeff Verdi was the much talked about bracket racer who travelled from the East Coast to race at the Spring Fling, hauling his '68 Firebird in an open trailer and taking home the Spring Fling Million race win. Well he one upped himself and won the Million at Montgomery Alabama yesterday. He defeated Tesz Powell in an S-10. Two doorcars in the final. Wow, A 300,000.00 win this weekend and a 270,000.00 win at the Spring Fling. As Brett Kepner said , Verdi is now a certifiable "Drag Racing Legend".

 

Top photo: The win yesterday in Alabama, below the win this past spring at Las Vegas.


 

 

Round one winners in NFC on Saturday. Tim Nemeth got a break against Dan Horan and advanced to round two. Ryan Hodgson defeated Danny Townsend, Steven Densham defeated Tim Boychuk, Kris Krabill defeated Danny Gerber. Jason Rupert advanced as did Rick Rogers, John Weaver and Cory Lee.

Joey Steckler advanced to round two in 7.0. We will try and get info on the rest of the NW racers.

 

October 22, 2016

The California Hot Rod Reunion is this weekend and there are a number of Canadian's competing.

In Top Fuel, Vancouver Island racer Phil Ruskowski is competing for the first time in a number of years. He has a new chassis (ex Tony Bartone) this year and is running the small block Chevy. He is hoping for career best numbers. In Nitro Funny Car, Tim Nemeth is there representing the Province. He is in the field with a 5.83/239 best so far. He sits #11. A bunch of Alberta competitors are there also. Ryan Hodgson ran a 5.73/249 and is #4, Tim Boychuk went 5.76/244, and is #8. Nathan Sitko ran a 5.98 best and is outside the field so far with one more qualifier set for this morning. Jason Rupert sits #1 with a 5.65/255. 2016 series champion Kris Krabill is #9 with a 5.77. Washington drivers Mark Sanders and Chris Davis are outside the field as well.

 

Tim Nemeth.

 

 

In Pro 7.0 a few Rocky Mountain Funny Car drivers are competing. Alberta drivers Joey Steckler, Jimmy Fersch and Norm Kolwich are trying for the tough field. Reg Deforest in his altered as is Washington's Mike Peck. He is driver his FED for the last time as he is going to be driving the California Hustler Flopper in 2017. Peck is #2 with a 7.02. Joey Steckler is currently #5 with a 7.07, Jimmy Fersch is #14 with a 7.17 and Norm Kolwich is #24 with a 7.49. Deforest went way too quick running 6.79.

 

Norm Kolwich in the staging lanes

 

 

 

 

Last weekend was the Firebird Raceway Halloween Classic. Not many local teams attended this year from reports, but Jason Mercer and his family were there competing with two Jrs. and the Saturday Night Special. The Datsun Super Gas car has been completely reworked and Jason is looking forward to completely more in 2017. His daughters Sasha and Isabella did well and Isabella was the runner-up on Saturday. They also were awarded the "Long Distance" tow award

 

 

October 16, 2016

The NHRA is in Dallas this weekend for the AAA Nationals. Starting with the Sportsman classes, a few National World titles are wrapped up already with six events left including two races being run this weekend. Noble Oklahoma is running their Lucas Oil race this weekend as well as the Dallas National.

Division Six driver Joey Severance clinched the World TAD championship be virtue of the completion of the Seattle rain final round. It was run yesterday and Joey got the win over Chris Demke. Joey has eight wins in total and a runner-up and a second round loss for a ten race total of 786. Rich McPhillips is #2 well back with a 636 total.

BC driver Shawn Cowie had a shot to move into third place if he could win today. He was in the final against Bradley Thompson, but unfortunately Shawn went .004 red. Shawn sits 12 points out of third with the runner-up. He still has three races to improve his point total and needs a final round finish to move into third place. A final round at either Vegas race (Div or Nat'l) and he moved into third place just ahead of Megan Meyer. A win at the Vegas Divisional puts him into second place. A win at the National there has him just back of long time veteran Rich McPhillips. Doug Doll Jr. Clinched Comp a while back as he has a full pull in the class (three national wins and five divisional titles. That has not happened in the last decade at least. Jimmy DeFrank has all but clinched the tile in Super Stock. Austin Williams (Super Comp) and Mia Tedesco (Super Gas) have also pretty much locked up titles in their respective classes.

 

Troy Coughlin Jr announced this weekend at Dallas he will be in Top Fuel in 2017 under the Kalitta banner. There are 30 TADs this weekend in Dallas. Just like the 90's...cool!

A real surprise in the TAD ranks locally as Bill Moore has left the Cowie/Mundies Towing TAD team after more than a decade at the helm as tuner. Bill will be with a Division Six TAFC team (or 2) in 2017. Shawn has not really skipped a beat though as his last two races had great results.

 

October 12, 2016

Donald Long's "No Mercy" small tire race was this past weekend and to no surprise it was epic.

Radial vs the World (mostly 315 drag radial cars). Over 40 cars were entered for the 32 car field. Over 20 cars were in the three and they had the first 3.70 pass(es). The winner was over in a side by side 3.70 battle. Dewayne Mills defeated Joe Albrecht 3,76 to a 3.78. The 275 class saw the first 4.0 runs as well. The biggest news was the carnage though, all captured on video. Steve Jackson's airborne via a drone was one of the wildest ever captured. Over 300 views already. Also Marty Stinnett's top end crash after his 3.80 pass in his turbo Small Block Mustang.

Here is the Jackson Video.

 

 

 

October 10, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers. And Happy Columbus Day to the US readers.

Sad to hear of Larry Sullivan's passing on the weekend. Larry was one of the leaders and founders of drag racing reporting. The Fast News Network was the parent company he and Rick Green started. Drag Race Central was one of the main branches of Fast News, THE leading drag racing news web site. Before that it was part of "compuserve" drag racing network in the 90's and early 2000's. He was a no nonsense guy, that never had a problem stating his opinion in the world of drag racing good or bad, and for that he was well respected.

October 3, 2016

10:30 pm update

The final round results from Mission Raceway and top three in all the bracket classes are posted.

8:45 am update.

In the Pro Final it was Behnke over Stone. Jim Behnke wins the championaship for the second year in a row. But remember Chris Stone is going to Pomona for the ET Finals and a chance for the world title. Martin Rachel wins Super Pro over Kevin McNicol but Bradee Lowe is the season Super Pro champion.

8:00 am update

The final weekend locally for Mission Raceway Drag Racing took place this past weekend. The Summit bracket points came down to Sunday as Saturday was rained out. Sunday was a great day and many titles came down to the last few rounds. Confirmed champions (I had to leave as the semi finals were part way finished) include John Tabak in Sportsman, Al Omond in Motorcycle, Darien Provost in Jr. Lightning, Sydney Jung in Jr. Thunder, Tyler Dobson in Jr. Street and Roger Winters in Hot Rod. Bradee Lowe had a 33 point lead over Martin Rachel in Super Pro and both drivers were in the semi finals. What that means is Bradee was guaranteed the title (if she lost in the semis and Martin wins the race), the teenager gets the title by one point. In Pro Bracket Jim Behnke held a 23 point lead over Chris Stone. Both were in the semi finals. Craig Johnson was the other semi finalist. Craig was too far back to win the title but could finish second.

At Maple Grove, the Mello Yello series completed the third of six countdown races. The weekend was a disaster overall as the Pro teams only managed one qualifier due to the weather. It was a good day Sunday for Team Schumacher as all four Funny Cars on the team reached the final four with Tommy Johnson Jr coming out on top over Ron Capps in the final round. In Top Fuel it was Antron Brown of Team Schumacher taking the win over Brittany Force. In Pro Stock, Vincent Nobile defeated Greg Anderson and Eddie Krawiec defeated Cory Reed in Motorcycle. In TAFC, Andy Bohl defeated Sean Bellemeur. The sportsman classes are finishing their race today. TAD had two rounds to complete today and after the semis (at press time) Chris Demke and Jackie Fricke advanced to the final round.

 

September 26, 2016

3:00pm update

A number of Western Canada and Washington racers had success at Salt Lake for the DIvision Seven LODRS double header this past weekend.

In Top Dragster Red Deer's Mike Quayle won the first race over Tom Bayer, Sandy Cawsey from Regina won Super Gas over Brenda Watson. Washington's Tommy Gaynor r/upped in Super Stock. In the second race, Caitlin Setters from Red Deer, Ab won Super Stock over big time hitter Kyle Rizzoli. Edmonton's Gary Mizerva won Top Sportsman over Frank Young. Calgary's Ken Mostowich was the runner-up in Super Gas. Two Washington Division Six racers were in the winners circle for race two as well. Jake Havens in Motorcycle and Michael Dalrymple in Super Comp. Division Six racer Ralph Van Paepegham won on race and runner-upped in the other in Comp.

 

The Outlaw 10.5 Summer Series wrapped up at Woodburn Sunday and it was Roy Moznik getting the victory over Paja Agatonovic. Nick Duda made the semi finals, as did Halverson. Based on the results I have seen over the three race series I woud think Paja was the series champion. Duda had to be in the top three or four based on a semi final and runner-up finish at two of the races. Roy was also the #1 qualifier with a 4.14/184. Paja was right on his tail with a 4.15/185 blast. Nick ran a 4.57 best. Steve Nicholson struggled a bit at the race. I bet he is looking forwrd to his new powerplant expected over the winter (or maybe earlier).

More info from the Doorslammers at Mission this past weekend includes John De Jonge getting the win from the re-scheduled Smoke Fire event that was rained out. Kevin Lance runner-upped in that final. Al Omond won the Super Bike class in the CMDRA portion of the race on Sunday.

September 25, 2016

Congratulation's to Kevin Lance for his firsat Canada West Doorslammer championship. He won the tilte in a tight battle all year long with Kirk Lanz. Lanz made the final round today in the final race of the year, and if he had of won that race he would of taken the championship by one point. He was late on the tree and was real loose giving the win to Calgary's Darren Williams. Lance wins the championship by 19 points. In the last seven seasons, Kevin's worst finish was sixth. Kevin has finished 2nd 3rd (twice), fourth and fifth (twice). Well done young man, and that is in a car without electronics.

At St. Louis this weekend, Shawn Langdon won To p Fuel over Tony Schumacher, Jack Beckamn got the Funny Car win over Tommy Johnson Jr., Alex Laughlin won Pro Stock over Bo Butner Laughlins is tuned by WJ. Jerry Savioe won PS Motorcycle over a red lighting Angelle Sampey. In Pro Mod, it was Troy Coughlin taking the win over Rickie Smith.

The two West Coast Pro Mod teams ran well at St. Louis but was not quick enough to make the tough 5.94 bump. Shane Molinari ran a 5.97/251 (#18) and Jim Bell went 6.01/229 (#24).

 

September 22, 2016

A long time between updates here at SpeedZone. This was partly due to a software issue that looks to be resolved just today. The plan was to be current 10 days ago, but on the 12th most of my files were lost (so I thought). Between the 5th (the last update) and the 12th I was away from the computer on a deadline construction job. Hopefully all updates will be in a timely basis. The issue was not only software related but also code issues, that kept photos and links and even script from uploading. SpeedZone Magazine was affected primarily, as I did manage to update The Canada West Doorslammer web site as well as the Rocky Mountain Funny Cars and The NW Outlaws web.

In current news, the CMDRA (Canadian Motorcycle racing) will host their final event of the year this weekend at Mission Raceway. The Canada West Doorslammers will run two races at that event. The re-scheduled race will contiunue from the Smoke Fire event a month ago. That race continues with round two through the finals, that will complete on Saturday. Then their season ending party and dinner will happen Saturday night. On Sunday the final race will determine the series champion for 2016. The champ will likely be Kevin Lance or Kirk Lanz as they are within two rounds of each other and are 70+ points ahead of three or four others with an outside chance. Atrysten Plumbing is the sponsor for the final race.

 

No racing has happened locally for racers since the ET finals the Labour (Canadian spelling) day long weekend, but there has been some solid good news for a local racer. Delta's Shawn Cowie had a couple really good weeks in TAD racing back east. He came oh so close to winning the US Nationals on Labour Day. He lost a close one in the final to Dan Page in Art Gallants A/Fuel car. Then last weekend he won TAD at the Carolina Nationals. There he defeated Rich McPhillips in the final round. He moved up from 8th to 4th in the standings and has an outside shot at 2nd or 3rd. He would need two more wins this year, one in a divisional race and one in a national race to do that.

 

At those Carolina Nationals, John Force won Funny Car and moved from 8th to 3rd in the standings. Antron Brown won Top Fuel and sits in 1st place, Jason Line won Pro Stock and is in first place. Chip Ellis won Motorcycle and he moved up to 2nd place behind Andrew Hines. Bob Rahaim won Pro Mod and moved into 2nd in the standings. He is still well back on Rickie Smith though. Canadian teams did not fare well at Carolina in Pro Mod, as only one team out of four qualified. Jim Bell ran a 6.80 best and ended up 28th. Shane Molinari in the Bond Molinari Pro Mod ran a 6.17 best and was #24 and Kenny Lang ran a 6.02 best and was #22. Erica Latino was the only driver to qualify. He was #14 with a 5.92.

The teams get back on the track this weekend at St. Louis

Last week was the final divisional in the NW. Woodburn Dragstrip held that event and Garrett Bateman won TAD and Doug Gordon won TAFC. Jeff Lane won Comp Eliminator and Dan Lafferty won Top Sportsman and Ryan Carlson won Top Dragster. No BC or Alberta racers won any of the sportsman classes. Ron MacKenzie did win the Super Gas Shootout on Friday. Joey Severance lost in the semi finals (car broke) but has a commanding lead in the TAD national points standings.

 

In an unrelated on track notice, A great deal was passed on to me last week. My oousin, who used to race TAD has his Monaco Motorhome for sale. It is a 2001 with very low milage. He is the only owner and it has been well maintained and kept in a heated shop throughout the winter months. Priced at 69,900 (Can.) This pusher is looking for a drag racer to call it his own. Perfect for the track or whatever your adventure is. Call Bob at 604 302 1710 or 604 826 9209 for all the details or more photos. Tell him Dean sent you for the best possible price. His new one arrives in two weeks.

 

In an unrelated on track notice, A great deal was passed on to me last week. My oOusin, who used to race TAD has his Monaco Motorhome for sale. It is a 2001 with very low milage for sale. He is the only owner and it has been well maintained and kept in aheated shop throughout the winter months. Priced at 69,900 (Can.) This pusher is looking for a drag racer to call it home at the track or whatever your adventure is. Call Bob at 604 302 3710 or 604 826 9209. Tell him Dean sent you for the best possible price. His new one arrived in two weeks.

September 5, 2016

6:45 pm update

Mission's Chris Stone wins Pro Race of Champions Monday and heads to Pomona for the second time.

Medicine Hat has four racers in the finals and earn one win insuper pro. They go from fifth in the standings to second in the ROC managers cup, a very good showing for a team with 35 competitors. Most of the other major players have 50+. Mission's Beau Dickie and Sydney Jung were the Thunder finalists with Beau earning the win. Eagle's Kelsey Lefebre won ROC Junir Street and Shelby Dawson from Eagle was ROC Jr Street Runner-up. Darien Provost went to the semi finals. Kevin McNichols went to the 1/4 finals in Super Pro and Zack Liston went to the round of 16. Al Omond lost in the 1/4's in Bike/Sled. In the final ROC standings Bremerton was on top with 45 points Med Hat was @nd with 43 points and Mission and Pacific ended up tied for third with 41 points.

Medicine Hat's Dave Burden gets the win over teammate Mark Simmons in Super Pro. Burden was .001 on the tree.

Renegade's Bob Henrie defeated the 'Hat's Zach Toth in Bike/Sled.

Bremerton's Gary Howe Jr wins Sportsman over Firebird's Troy MacDonald.

1:00am update

 

A very long day that became much longer when a pro bracket car blew the transmission at 8:30 Sunday night. A 1 1/2 hr clean-up later and the decision to run High School and Jrs. Not quite sure why that decision was made, but I also did not ask the DD why he wanted those classes run. Yes the track was good, the clean-up was stellar and the track was very good for a 70 degree track. But it was very dark and had been a very long day for the youth of the sport. Plus Pro Sportsman, Super Pro and Bike all had a few rounds to run. Not extra time would have been lost if the classes all finished tomorrow. The end results was two Mission kids racing in the Jr Thunder final, and one in the Jr Lightning Semi finals Beau Dickie and Sydney Jung. It was Beau getting the win. He had a very good weekend going to the 1/4 finals in the team race as well.

Team Eagle had a team there and the Jr Street class was allowed to race in the ROC as well as the team race. In ROC two Eagle Jr girls were in the final (will get the names tomorrow morning).

 

Al Omond is in the semis in Motorcycle ROC.

The overall results will likely see Team Pacific with the points title for the ROC (Managers Cup) over Bremerton as they lead by three or four points. They won the Team points narrowly beating Woodburn. Mission finished fourth in the team standings and will likely finish third in the ROC points. In the team race, Martin Dykstra ran John Sayer's Dart and went to the final round in Sportsman, finishing as the runner-up.

Also doing well for team Eagle was Jim Sibley. He made it to the semi finals. Al Omond went to the 1/4's where a starter wire failed and his bike would not start.

Lots more to come on Monday.

September 4, 2016

The Pro Mod story from Smoke Fire and Thunder is now included with the photos.

The ET finals ran for 3/4's of the day at Mission Raceway yesterday. It included the first round of all the classes for the ROC. Sportsman got in their second round. Team Mission won a total of 21 rounds of racing and are sitting in third place in the standings in ROC.

Today is the team race for most of the day. They will try and get in some ROC later in the day but likely ROC will be run on Monday.

At Edmonton they completed qualifying for the final race and also completed the Rocky Mountain Race.

Jeff Doyle got the win, his first ever. Joe Delehay leads qualifying with a track record 5.97.

Mike Lucas won the rained out Top Sportsman race from last week at Mission He defeated James Rutherford.

In Saturday's Top Sportsman race at Edmonton it was James Rutherford getting the win. He defeated Rod Boivin.

 

At Indy, Jim Bell failed to improve on his 6.03 from Friday. SHane Molinari got in a solid pass a 5.96/249 but in the thirs session the car had mechanical issues. The teams have one more shot to make the field a 1:45 today. The Pro Mod bump is a unreal 5.895/247.

Tony Schumacher won the Traxxas Shoot-out over Leah Pritchett.

And Aaron Strong won the Pro Stock final round that was rained delayed from Seattle. He defeated a red lighting Vince Nobile (red by .001). It was the first WC driver to win in Pro Stock in so many years I don't remeber how long.

September 3, 2016

12:00pm update

 

How's this for a flames shot Steve? One of the most I have seen from the 10.5 Corvette. Click the photo for 10.5 and 275 photos.

 

Yvonne Lucas really lit up the sky on the weekend. This Nitrous flame shot is one of the biggest I have ever seen. Click on the photo to see more Pro Mod action from Smoke Fire and THunder.

 

Just working on photos from Smoke Fire and Thunder. Click here to go to the CPSA Heads up class qualifying and elimination's photos. Click here to go to the Pro Mod qualifying and elimination's photos. Thanks to Artex Barn Solutions for the support. Company President and Doorslammer racer John De Jonge just spent the week in Saudi looking at and working with a few of his clients in the Middle East.

 

9:00am update

It is a huge weekend for Drag Racing in the NW especially Mission Raceway. The Division Six ET Finals are underway but the Weather is not playing nice so far. This morning is a bit more promising with the track close to being dry and the single time trial for the "Race Of Champions" (R.O.C.) portion of the event getting ready. Hopefully the moisture is going to be good and stay away. Thursday and Friday the testing and gamblers races did not get completed.

The plan was to be in Edmonton this weekend, as they also have a major event this weekend. The final Top E race, The Rocky Mountain Funny Cars and the final WDRL event of the year. But there too weather did not look promising enough to make the trek. Huge thanks go out to The Ebert's and the Top E group for offering weekend sponsorship to SpeedZone but in the end the costs with the threat of bad weather was just too much. We will keep you updated on their weekend.

The 'Big Go' is on this weekend at Indy. The US Nationals and all that goes with the biggest drag race in the World. It started Wednesday with Sportsman qualifying and yesterday and Today the Pro Classes including Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car and Pro Modified have gotten underway. The two Nitro Traxxas Shoot-outs are also on the game plan for the weekend with Top Fuel running today and Funny Car running Sunday. 100,00.00 is at state for the winner in each class. Also being run this weekend is the Pro Stock final round from the rained out NW Nationals at Seattle. NW racer Aaron Strong is set to take on Vince Nobile in that final.

Finally, one of the biggest independent Drag Races in North America is on this weekend. The YellowBullet Nationals at Cecil County Dragstrip. It will see around 500 brutally fast 1/8 mile racing. Classes include Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5, X 275, Ultra Street 275, Top Sportsman and 8.5 index.

August 31, 2016

Mission Raceway Smoke Fire and Thunder results:

The qualifying sheets for the WDRL classes including Pro Mod and Top Sportsman are posted here. Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw 275, and Open Comp are posted here. Photos and more coverage Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Canada West Doorsammer results from the weekend are posted here.

NW Outlaw results from the weekend are posted here.

Saturday Bracket results from Smoke Fire and Thunder are posted here.

August 30, 2016

9:00pm update

The final rounds from Saturday elimination's including final round photos Smoke Fire and Thunder are posted.

 

8:00pm update

A shot from testing at St.Louis with Shane and Justin. They ran 4.05 yesterday but rained out today.

 

7:00am update

All the run sheets from the Smoke, Fire, Thunder event at Mission Raceway have been logged, they will be posted this evening.

SpeedZone Magazine is tentatively planning a trip this weekend to Edmonton for the WDRL finale, The Top Eliminator event and the Rocky Mountain Funny Car race. We are looking for a sponsor or two to help cover expenses. If you and or your company want a bunch of exposure this weekend please contact us.

August 29, 2016

7:00 pm update

 

Congratulations to Jim Bell. In the three years of the St. Louis SCSN "Anarchy at the Arch" event Jim have been in the final round all three years. This year he was a solid contender all weekend and throughout elimination's. Unfortunately in the final round he got loose and lost traction against Eddie Rogers. Rogers was pretty solid with a 3.93. Looks like you and your crew including CC/Tuner Brad Personett haver the car running well good luck at Indy.

 

 

 

Speaking of Pro Mod and Indy, The all new Bond/Molinari Pro Mod just out of Bickell's shop is out for testing the next three days at St. Louis before they go to Indy wednesday evening. Good luck to that team.

 

 

8:00 am update

Unfortunately the ending to the weekend did not play out as all the fans hoped for. Rain hit Mission Raceway as a teaser around 3:00pm then let the on track competition continue again for around 30 minutes until it came back. It did enough for the next two hours to keep any cars from going down the track. A full rain started at 5:30 or so ending all hopes. Very unfortunate to what was a fantastic weekend at Smoke, Fire and Thunder. We will have all the details and fantastic photos starting later tonight. All of it presented here by Artex Barn Solutions.

August 28, 2016

Artex Barn Solutions is presented the Smoke Fire and Thunder coverage as SpeedZone Magazine this weekend.

 

 

 

Saturday at Mission Raceway lived up to the billing as an explosive exciting action packed day, and the crowds ate it up. The Tank and the Tow-Mater Jets owned by Brad Janishewski from Drayton Valley Ab. lit up the night with huge flames and smoke. The tank also let off some explosives that added the thunder. The two Jet Funny cars driven by Derek Snelson and Richard Smith also blew everyone's mind. Smith ripped off two 270 mph blasts the fastest in recent memory for jet funny cars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Beauchemin in the Joker Fuel Harley lit up the night as well ripping off 6.40 runs like a bracket car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glen Kerunsky wowed the crowd with a 5.88. Three cars including Kerunsky, Delehay and Richards all ran in the fives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Lucas' Camaro was really quick to 600 feet, but the transmission went away and the team is done for the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A strong 6.12 for Jeff Doyle at 246 mph gives the Fort St John team top speed for the weekend so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Kendall did what he did last year is rip of super quick 60 foots and wheels way up in the air on two of his runs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Skokins showed you don't need a turbo powered car to rip off fast times. He went 4.85 right at the end of the night in 275.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As per usual Darryll Stone impressed the Doorslammer fans with another wheels up at 660 feet run that netted him a 6.48/222 mph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otto Schulte won Top Sportsman on Saturday night over James Rutherford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a shocking final round 'wild' Bill MacDonald won the Summit Custom Brokers NW Outlaw final presented by RAD Torque Systems over John Evans. the wild one was deadly in the 7.50 range all day long.

 

 

 

August 27, 2016

 

Day one of time trials and qualifying for the SMS Smoke Fire and Thunder event at Mission Raceway began under hot conditions Friday. The track was a bit greasy and most of the feature class cars including Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5 and 275 made short or tire smoking runs early on. In a real cool feature warm up run , Mike Gondziola and David Kowalski in matching 2015 Corvette blasted off. Both cars were of the throttle at 600 -660 feet. Kowalski ran a career best to half track a solid 4.10 (would be around a 6.22-25 if legged out), unfortunately Dave had a bit of engine damage in the car as he is progressively turning up the boost the Schmidt bullet lifted the heads and he needed to do a bit of repair. 'Gonzi' went 3.97 which would have been a 5.99 or so.

A few 275 cars ran mostly to get initial tune-ups and a couple were finishing off their licensing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 7:00pm half way through the street legal evening the feature classes took to the track after some scraping and glue lay down. The first pairing was a couple twin turbos. Dale Pedersen and his small block and Kerry Stone in his big block. Both made conservative decent runs, 6.3 for Dale and 6.2 for Kerry. The next pair saw Garrett Richards rip off a ragged edge 5.98/242 and Jeff Doyle go 6.28/243. Pretty good considering the heat on Friday and a good sign that maybe the traction was there.

 

 

 

The optimism waned in the second pairing when Gonzi took on Kowlaski for the second time. Both left hard and looked to be on decent runs. Kowlaski was off the gas at half track as he wanted to make sure repairs were working. 'Gonzi' was on a real tear with a .973 60ft and a 2.64 330ft. But near half track he started to move left a bit still within the groove but when he corrected the car took a real hard right and just before he smoked the wall he got the car turned parallel with the track and he flat sided the wall. He bumped it about 100 foot further down but got on the chutes and got the car off the track. The right side of the car from the front nose to the back of the rear quarter scraped hard doing extensive body damage down the whole side. The car's incrementals to 600 feet were on par with the 5.85 he ran at Doorwarz. A real tough break for the Saskatoon team. When the two runs (DW and this one) were over laid they were identical to 3.20 seconds. When all the timing came back on (the timing was soft to make sure the car got a good start), the car rattled the tires causing it to make the move left. Hopefully the overall repair is not to expensive but for sure it will be well in excess of 25k.

Ouch, we really feel bad for the team with the quickest car in Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Lucas and Paul Glandon were next. Glandon had an issue right off the launch, and Yvonne looked to be on a good riip but she was off the gas by 400 feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Delehay was the last guy (Glen Kerunsky, Keith Korecki and Jay Syvertsen did not make a run) to make a run and he laid down a solid base line, turning on the scoreboard with a 6.09, slowing to 233 mph. He was 4.00 to the 660.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Summit Custom Brokers NW Outlaws made runs and Dane Lachelt went a wheels up 6.45, Dan Provost ran 6.75 and Norm Mitchell went 6.62. Alvan Behar had issues and coasted across the finish line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlaw 10.5 has five cars in attendance and all are local BC cars. Nick Duda and Brent Van Vliet went side by side with Brent going 4.47 and Nick going 4.60. Brent also testing a full 1320 earlier in the day and ran a career best 6.77/218 mph. Ken Sihota showed all the teams he will not take it easy as he went an awesome 4.12/179. Steve Nicholson ran a slowing high 4 second et. Roy Moznik did not make a run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last up was Outlaw 275 and they had the best conditions. The track had cooled off nicely and was tightening up. The 275 cars, despite the 1500 less HP than the Pro Mods make, need the tightest track as their tire is half the size. The first few pair made solid runs in the 5.50 range. Chris McGraa ran a strong 5.00 and beside him Darren Desrocher rode the rear wheels hard to 90 feet and then the car came down hard. Hopefully not too much damage. The sparks did fly out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Henschell showed what big HP can do as he went a great 4.84/155. The only guy close was Steve Skokin as he ended the session with a 4.95

 

Hopefully the forecasted cooler Saturday will produce even better numbers. Most of the feature class qualifying goes in the evening starting around 6 or 7.

The first Smoke Fire results page is here.

 

 

August 26, 2016

Smoke Fire and Thunder at Mission Raceway begin today with a test n tune and then this evening the Mopac Street Legal program gets invaded with the first round of qualifying for four or five classes. Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw 275, and I believe Open Comp in the heads up classes. A special qualifier for the NW Outlaws will also happen as low six and seven second dragsters altereds and Doorcars will run their first round.

August 25, 2016

9:00pm update

Darien Provost first laps in his full size 6 second dragster. He made four hits and went 161 in his fourth pass. That's 161 mph folks, five days into his 16th.

Greg Henschell and his 275 turbo 'Stang. Smoked the tires on his two attempts.

Mike Gondziola made three hits, .980 60 foots and off the gas right at the 330 with 2.69 short numbers.

 

Joe Delehay went 3.98 to the 660 on a hot greasy track. wait till it cools down Friday and Saturday night.

7:00pm update

 

A huge weekend is on tap this weekend at Mission Raceway. The SMS/Komatsu Smoke Fire and Thunder event. Four Jet Cars, a couple Wheelstanders, WDRL Pro Mods, CPSA Outlaw 10.5 and Outlaw 275 are the big feature classes. Other features include the NW Outlaws, Nitro Harleys, Canada West Doorslammers and Top Sportsman. Of course all the brackets and Super Combo as well. All of our coverage for the Weekend is presented and sponsored by Artex Barn Solutions. Doorslammer racer John DeJonge and Artex are a local (Abbotsford based) agricultural manufacturer. Artex Barn Solutions is the inventor and manufacturer of the original free stall /Comfort Zone. Since 1975 Artex, along with its Business and University partners, have studied cow comfort in the pasture to determine cow natural environment and translated that into cow comfort in the barn environment.

John is one of many racers locally who are involved in the farming industry.

We will have a page up for the WDRL classes and Doorslammers. We will also have a page up for all the bracket classes and of course the Feature Jet cars wheelstanders and Nitro Harleys as well.

August 21, 2016

The Seattle LODRS final rounds:

One Canadian gets a win and one gets a runner-up at the completed Divisional yesterday at Pacific. Rick McKinney earns the victory in Super Stock over Jody Lang. Alberta's Mike Williams almost had a career year in one weekend. He went to three finals over four days in Top Sportsman. He won the final from the Spokane rain-out Thursday, then was the runner-up on Saturday from the NW Nationals rain-out, then yesterday he runner-upped to Shawn Herbst. Herbst was also the runner-up Thursday. In Stock, it was Greg Kielman defeating Larry Peterson. In Comp it was Jeff Lane earning a very close victory over Ryan Warter. Top Alcohol Funny Car saw Chris Marshall defeating Brian Hough, and Garrett Bateman won TAD over Megan McKernan. Trevor Harkema defeated Justin Juel in Top Dragster. Greg Hehr won Super Gas over Dave Kelly. Jeff Jackson defeated Stephanie Frish and finally in Motorcycle Danny Patridge defeated Jim Werre.

 

Brainerd Minnesota's Lucas Oil Nationals are complete and Pro class winners are: Brittany Force over Antron Brown, Del Worsham defeated the new record holder Matt Hagan, Drew Skillman defeated Jason Line Andrew Hines defeated Jerry Savoie. In TAD, it was Joey Severance taking out a tire smoking Duane Shields and Annie Whiteley defeated Jonnie Lindberg.

At Seattle, a number Sportsman final rounds from the National event were completed Saturday. Jeff Lane defeated Ralph Van Paepegham. Chuck Glanz got around Bellingham's Quentin Chambers by .006, Brian Phillips defeated Alberta's Mike Williams, Cody Lane defeated Abbotsford's Darrell Stobbe (Stobbe went .004 red), Tory Lea defeated Don Knoblauch, Jerry Denton defeated Don Jones, and in Super Gas it was Steve Laskowske over Rick Cates.

August 20, 2016

Spokane Divisional winners from the rained out event held Thursday at Pacific. Comp: Brian Hyerstay (Bruce Perkin R/U), Top Sportsman: Mike Williams (Shawn Herbst R/U), Top Dragster: Nick Axtman (Jeff Havens R/U) , Super Stock: Darcy Clarke (Darrell Dietz R/U), Stock: Jody Lang (Brad Burton R/U), Super Comp Mike Shannon (Justin Juel R/U), Super Gas Dave Kelly (Gary Culp R/U), Super Street: Josh Dalrymple (Steve Lowe R/U), Motorcycle: Cody Cumpton (Gary Stemple R/U).

The finals from the NW Nationals will be held today. Super Stock include Darrell Stobbe from Abbotsford. It is his first ever final in National or Divisional competition.

The SEATTLE DIVISIONAL COMPLETES QUALIFYING TODAY AND IN TAD SHAWN COWIE LEADS WITH A 5.34.

At Brainerd, Del Worsham leads FC with a 3.856, Steve Torrence leads TF with a 3.712 Bo Butner leads Pro Stock with a 6.622.

August 20, 2016

Mission Raceway's Summit ET Finals team

Super Pro Pro Sportsman Motorcycle/Sled Jr Lightning Jr Thunder Jr Street High School

 

Bradee Lowe ROC
Zach Liston ROC
Kevin Mc Nicol ROC
Martin Rachel ROC
Scott Sikora ROC
Lorne Ridley ROC
Warren Jacobson ROC wild card winner ***

Dan Parsons
Curtis Munson
Dan Hamill
Irene Kokotailo
Greg Doughty
Mike Robinson
Jon Jenkins
Steve Mackenzie
Eric Pearson

 

Three alternates in point order are:
Jerry Brabander
Andy Hatton
John Barichello

 

Jim Behnke ROC
Chris Stone ROC
Craig Johnson ROC
Rick Mc Kinney ROC
Ross Walker ROC
John Tabak ROC
Lorenz Schwarz ROC wild card winner

Bruce Flodin
Ray Bollinger
James Dobson
Matt Warner
Warren Render
Rich Dys
Tyson Lowe

 

Craig Johnson ROC
John Tabak ROC
Phillip Marvetz ROC
Randy Hermsen ROC
Veronica Hodgson ROC
Walter Johnson ROC
Mike Render ROC wild card

Bill Wells
Mark Ferguson
Sylvia Hoogstins
George Lachanas
Jim Behnke
Tony Kamensek
Kevin Mc Cauley
Richard Love
Chad Perkin

 

Al Omond ROC
Kelly Vos ROC
Daryl Storzuk ROC
Billy Aiken ROC

 

Darien Provost
Emily Girard

 

Sydney Jung
James Winter
Colton Morin
Willy Oliver
Beau Dickie
Ceil Gagnon

 

Tyler Dobson
Kassie Tippe

 

Jacob Solano
Dave Driesen

 

 

August 16, 2016

Final rounds from Mission Raceway Sunday are posted.

 

At Martin Mich, Jason Rupert clinched the IHRA FC title with a dominating race. He reset the world record with a 5.52/262 to defeat Mike McIntire in the final round. They finished 1, 2 in the standings. Shawn Bowen finished in 3rd place. Mark Sanders failed to qualify for the race and finished in 4th place in the standings. Tim Boychuk, who did not travel to Michigan, finished 5th. In Pro Mod Billy Harper clinched the IHRA title. Billy Glidden won the race. Jay Turner failed to qualify in Nitro Harley but he had enough points to win the championship.

At Boise it was Steve Densham winning NFC. He defeated Cory Lee in the final round.

August 14, 2016

John Tabak was the racer of the weekend in the Summit ET series at MRP. It was the last race for selecting the ROC racers for the ET finals held at Mission in three weeks. John had to have a good weekend to have any chance to race ROC in Pro Bracket. He was already pretty secure for the Sportsman class though. By the end of the weekend he was in two winner's circles and also scored a runner-up. In total, he had around 17 round wins and two losses. He moved from 12th place entering the weekend in Pro into the top six guaranteeing a place in ROC. In Sportsman bracket, he was in fourth place heading into Sunday's race. The win put him in second place, three rounds back of Craig Johnson. Johnson was leading both Sportsman and Pro heading into the weekend. He dropped down to second in Pro and held onto first in Sportsman. Both he and John race in the transbrake Pro Class foot braking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haley Christenson, driving Dad's beautiful Impala, had a third place finish in her first ever race and a second place finish on Sunday. Tyler Dobson had a win and a runner-up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two car Jr team to the left were both in the final round Sunday. It was Beau taking the win over Coltin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Lachanas got licensed this weekend in the new Corvette doorslammer. Peter will step up to the Doorslammer class next year. The JR dragster grad did a great job.

 

 

 

Saturday's winners are posted here. Sunday results with all the weekend photos will be posted Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dane Lachelt won the NW Outlaw race over one of the hottest racers in the fast dragster class Quentin Chambers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawnigan Lake's Paul de Bree' won his first ever Doorslammer event today. He defeated Washington state hitter Mike Bedsworth.

 

August 10, 2016

This weekend locally the Canada West Doorslammers and The NW Outlaws will compete at Mission Raceway. I believe it is also the last weekend for the local bracket guys to collect points (for ROC) for the Summit ET finals hosted by Mission this year.

9:30 am update

Secret spy shot of a new Top Sportsman/Doorslammer car being built for a long time local bracket racer:

Can you guess who

 

8:30 am update

This in from the Eagle Motorplex:

We have been invited to attend the ET finals in Mission this year. Anyone who raced in 2015 is eligible to race for the Team. There is no ROC for Team Eagle but all the gamblers races and the team race are open to us. I have started a facebook thread and a forum thread. Please let us know if you wish to attend. The cost is 95 dollars US and it runs the long weekend in September. As this will be the very last time Eagle and the Plex will be represented anywhere as a team you might want to be a part of history. The last for the Plex. 54 team members in total with 2 Junior Street for the first time ever. Let me know if you want to come along for the ride. Go to the Eagle Motorplex forum or face book page to sign up. Or ust click on the Eagle logo to go to their forum and sign up.

August 7, 2016

10:00pm update

Just when you thought Seattle would solidify itself as THE NHRA event of the year, the rains came ending what has been a race to remember. The first final round was completed, and in that final Brad Burton defeated Ryan Warter (Stock Eliminator). The anticipation of the Funny Car final with record run after record run over the three days and Top Fuel with more 3.60 runs this weekend than all the 3.60's ever run before in competition (6). To the Pro Stock final round that had two Elite cars racing (and neither were Erica or Jegs), including one from right up here in the NW. Aaron Strong, possibly one of the biggest underdogs to race the class did the unthinkable and advance to the final by getting by the two most dominant Pro Stock this year and last year's world champion was to battle Vince Nobile. The two baddest TAD in the Country were in the final round (Joey Severance and Chris Demke) and the plethora of 5.40's by the TAFC's this weekend (a total of 19 5.40's passes by seven different drivers). Is that proof enough of the incredible weekend that unfortunately did not have a happy ending. The Fuel classes will see their finals take place at Brainerd, the Pro Stock final will be at Indy, The TA classes final rounds are TBD and the rest of the sportsman classes will complete their finals at Seattle's divisional in two weeks.

Local Super Stock driver Darrell Stobbe will battle Cody Lane for the lone BC driver to race in a final round. Alberta's Mike Williams races Brian Phillips in the Top Sportsman final. Quentin Chambers races Chuck Glanz in Top Dragster. Tory Lea (who defeated BC's Al Hampton in the semis) races Chuck Knoblauch in Super Comp. Doug Jones races Jerry Denton in Super Street. Rick Gates takes on Steve Laskowske in Super Gas and Jeff Lane will battle Ralph Van Paepeghem in Comp.

1:00pm update

Despite the fact the biggest drag race in the Pacific North West is on this weekend there are three events here in BC in full swing.

At Prince George they are running their biggest event of the year. It is a big buck race and a couple pro mod are laying down some rubber as well. The BB race had the potential for 7k to win Saturday and Sunday based on 70 car counts. They are just over half that so still a really big payday for the winners. Jeff Doyle and Dale Pedersen are the Pro Mods putting on a show. We will try and get the winners and ets for the PMs.

 

 

Jeff Doyle's oldest son Devin gets to back up dad's Pro Mod. What a lucky kid!!

 

 

 

Then there are two specialty races going on in non drag racing venues. Port Alberni is having their 15th one time a year drag race. This year the Alberni race club was dealt a tough blow though when the regional airport authority denied their one weekend a year due to outbuilding construction nd renovations. The city of Port Alberni came to the rescue and laid out a plan to race downtown. They block off the best suited street, put up barricades, built a burnout box and set up all the safety necessary for an 1/8 mile event. They limited the High Performance cars because to the shorter shut down area and also reduced the car count to 165 from 265 because of reduced space. By all counts the event is going well. He are a couple photos courtesy Dyan Lover, one of the most vocal and hardest working people involved in the event.

 

The other event is in Sechelt BC. They like Port Alberni put on one event a year at their regional airport. Sechelt's event has no airport issues this year and they are having a great event.

 

9:00am update

What a day at Seattle!

In an unprecedented Saturday under cooler conditions, Pacific Raceways (formally SIR) turned in performances that most up here in the North have long awaited and expected. After years of teams ripping up the track's facilities as antiquated, inadequate and downright nasty, the last couple years an improved track surface and some minor cosmetic have slowly changed the minds of many teams. They have always loved the setting and the potential and this weekend it all came together in a "Perfect Storm". Under cool perfect conditions the Nitro classes shattered both track and national records. The Funny Cars had the biggest performance days since the 1000 foot era with no less than five runs quicker than the previous best. It was lead by Del Worsham who laid down back to back record runs culminating with a 3.832/330 blast. Earlier in the day he went 3.841/330.15. Just prior to Worsham's record run in Saturday's first run, Courtney Force broke the old record with a 3.855. (the previous record was a 3.862 set by Matt Hagan). Also in that final session Saturday, Ron Capps went 3.843 and Jack Beckman went 3.861. The top 12 were all in the three second zone including a career best and first time in the 3's, a 3.956/316 by John Hale. Career bests were also set by Tim Wilkerson, Chad Head and Gary Densham. In Top Fuel Tony Schumacher went 3.686 to lead the field. It was his first #1 of the season and a career best. Steve Torrence is #2 with a 3.701. In that last session Saturday Torrence and Brittany Force were both expected to lay down big numbers but both overpowered the track. JR Todd ended up #3 with a career best 3.706. In Pro Stock, Vince Nobile qualified #1 with a 6.524. It was his first of the season and only the third time this year that a team other than the Summit juggernaut has been #1.

It was not only the Pro classes that performed flawlessly. In Top Alcohol Dragster a handful of Funny Cars ripped off career bests and in round one of Eliminations some of the quickest side by sides took place. Annie Whiteley was #1 with a career best 5.428. Shane Westerfield, Nick Janiuk, and Jay Payne also ran career bests in the 5.40's. Greg Hunter was real close to the 40's with a career best 5.513 and Greg Marshall was over a tenth better that his previous best with a 5.520. In round one Hunter improved his best again and went in the 40's, with a 5.493/263. He was another that was close to a tenth better this weekend that ever before. In round one there were five 5.40 runs and four pairs with side by side runs in the 5.50's and 5.40s for both cars. In Top Alcohol Dragster, Garrett Bateman stole the show with a 5.183/275. While there are only 11 cars in the field, qualifying was off the hook with a 5.207 by Severance and a 5.221 by Demke. Shawn Cowie went his best in over five years, a great 5.261. Kim Parker has had a career couple races in TAD after teaming up with the Rick Henkelman owned Hip Link team. In previous years she had run high 5.40's but this year she went 5.30's at Woodburn a couple weeks ago then Saturday she paid down a 5.266. Jay Livingston went 5.30 Saturday as well. In round one of elimination's there was only one car in the 5.40's. Bateman went 5.28 in the bye. Chris Demke went 5.21, Joey Severance went 5.22 and Shawn Cowie went 5.251.

In Sportsman elimination's, a couple BC drivers have a chance for Wally's as Darrell Stobbe has a bye run to the finals in Super Stock, and Al Hampton is in the semi finals of Super Comp. Hampton faced Tory Lea in the semis.

I know for sure that Stobbe has never been in the final round in any class either Divisionally or Nationally, so this is a very big day. His father Dave has been racing for over five decades and it is a proud day for him for sure. Hampton had raced very little the last couple years but already this year he has won Divisional shoot-outs and won a National Open Wally two weeks ago. Good luck to both.

In other Sportsman action, Alberta's Mike Williams has a bye to the final round in Top Sportsman. He will race either Don Sefton (driving the ex Rob Charlton S-10) or Brian Phillips. In Stock, Ryan Warter has a bye to the final. Brad Burton races Brian Thompson in the other semi. Al Quigley went to the 1/4 finals in Super Street, but broke out by 5 thou against Doug Jones. In Top Dragster, Quentin Chambers is on a bit of a roll as he reached the semi finals and will face Mark Campbell. The other semi has Gene Heaton and Chuck Glanz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 5, 2016

Seattle is on tap this weekend. The largest Drag Racing event in the North West is upon us. Today was a solid day of qualifying for the pros, As the track records were shattered in both Funny Car and Top Fuel. 11 teams are in the three in Funny Car and it is lead by Del Worsham. He parlayed the slightly cooler final session into a 3.886/327.98. Chad Head is #2 with a 3.89. In Top Fuel it is the Alan Johnson tuned dragsters driven by Steve Torrence and Brittany Force sitting on top of the field with a 3.701 and a 3.729 respectively. Pro Stock has Vincent Nobile on top with a 6.549. Greg Anderson and team Summit is #2 with a 6.563. In Top Alcohol Dragster it is Joey Severance looking solid with an awesome 5.223/275. Chris Demke is #2 with a 5.26. Delta BC's Shawn Cowie struggled today. He went 5.42 in round one and then the team shut off the car in the second session after the burnout. In TAFC, two cars are in the 5.40's and both are from Division Seven cars. Nick Januik leads with a career best 5.459/268 and Shane Westerfield, The Chicago 'double up' winner is #2 with a 5.470/271. Oregon's Chris Marshall ran a career best 5.566 to sit #4 and the Red Deer Alberta based Synoil Funny Car driven by Greg Hunter is #5 with a career best 5.584. Calgary's Jirka Kaplan did not get down the track on either of his two runs. Terry Spargo is the only Comp car based out of BC competing. He struggled in both runs but did manage to run a 6.94, 3/10ths off his usual ET. Brian Hyerstay leads Comp. Top Dragster has a full field (31 actually) and Quentin Chambers leads with a 6.08. A couple BC drivers are competing. Dan Provost is #18 with a 6.70 and Cole Welch is #27 (driving Justin Bonds RED) with a 7.02. Justin Bond is the top Canadian in Top Sportsman with a 7.06. Kirk Lanz is #13 with a 7.23. 23 cars are competing in Top Sportsman. Only two BC drivers are competing in Stock this year. Usually there are a handful of racers. Derrick Johnston and Dave Jung are in the bottom half of the field. In Super Stock, there are four drivers from the lower mainland competing. Rick McKinney, Mike Nottingham, Darrell Stobbe and Rick Pike. McKinney and Nottingham are in the top half of the field, while Stobbe is in the middle and Pike sits in the bottom half. A number of Super Class racers are at Pacific. We will have results from their elimination's starting tomorrow.

 

August 1, 2016

Photos are added to the final rounds from the Langley Loafers Old Time Drag at Mission Raceway.

July 31, 2016

What a great Sunday at MRP today.

Scott White continued his weekend dominance with an easy rip down the 1320. He defeated an out of shape Joel Matton with a new track record (his third time he broke it this weekend) 6.501/210. Matton was off the gas by 70 feet. The class does need a seriosu facelift as only four three real gasser competed. There are rumors of a few more for next year, but the class does not look too healthy. I know Alberta driver James Rutherford has been talking about a new ride for next year, and O'Connrors 57 is slated to conform for 2017. Hopefully car counts and politics become a thing of the past for the group.

In Outlaw, it was John DeJonge defeating Terry Langdon Davies. It was a gift as TLD had the third year driver on on the ropes on both ends of the track, but took way to much stripe giving the win away with a .04 breakout.

Ray Hadford won Pro Nostalgia. The ex Comp eliminator driver has been dominant this year with two wins in three races.

The rest of final rounds are posted here. Photos will be added Monday.

 

At Woodburn, Paja Agatonovic defeated local driver Nick Duda in the final round. A 4.35 to a 4.62. Nick has been to a couple finals at Woodburn over the last three races.

At Sonoma, John Force appears to have some of past mojo back with back to back wins. He defeated Ron Capps in the final 3.94 to a 3.96. The funny Cars at the California track were outstanding. JR Todd won Top Fuel over Ritchie Crampton with a 3.74 to a 3.80. Greg Anderson got the Pro Stock win over BO Butner. LE Tonglet won PSM over Andrew Hines.

 

 

This weekend is the longest standing events on the Mission Raceway schedule. The 24th Langley Loafers Old Time Drags. It is also the weekend Ron Farmer received a long awaited accolade. The Drag Strip was officially renamed Farmer Lane. His dedication and hard work made the facility what it is today. Son Rick (in the middle was here to help celebrate). Congratulation Ron.

Scott White shattered the track AA/Gas supercharged record with a career best 6.51/210. The rest of the class except Mike O'Connor struggled. More info later today.

The Nostalgia gas class was out in Force.

July 27, 2016

8:30pm update

As noted below it is the Langley Loafers in action at Mission Raceway this weekend. It will be perfect weather (if not a bit warm) for the annual nostalgia style race and car show(s). Due to the fact that the Ashcroft event was cancelled this year, I expect a large car count to happen. As per usual, the Loafer will have the gassers competing as the feature class. I am hoping they have a full field of cars, one or two fillers is okay, but with the issues and conflict the group has had over the last year and a half, I am almost positive there wont be 8 actual Gassers. One racer I hope is invited and attends is Phil Davis and his blown Willys. It is a cool car, fits right in with regards to the look and power and is capable of a six second pass. The Nostalgia group from Oregon is also on the schedule.

 

Notice: This weekend (Friday) at the Loafers race

AL STARCHUK – MEMORIAL PARTY!

FRIDAY, JULY 29th 2016

MISSION RACEWAY PARK

in the MAX FOX BUILDING

32670 DYKE ROAD,

MISSION, BC

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM DROP IN

Come have a drink and share a story

 

 

July 27, 2016

We have all the info from the Kelowna Street car shootout. Congrat's to Steve Skokin on the win (Greg Henschell runner-upped) . Back to Back for Skokin. We will post the info in the next day or so.

July 26, 2016

Photos are added to the Mission Open Nostalgia Alky car stories.

The Mission Raceway Nitro story with a bunch of photos is posted.

The Alky Nostalgia Funny Car report for both the Rocky Mountain Funny Cars and the NWBB/FC funny cars is posted (photos to come).

Two Weekend gallerys are posted.

A Bill Jeffery gallery is here.

A Robert Hunter gallery is here.

July 25, 2016

We are working on the Funny Car stories tonight and will have them posted on Tuesday. I do want to give my condolences to Fred Voeller and his family. Fred's mom passed away suddenly on Saturday while in the garden. Fred, my thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.

The final round results for all the Sportsman classes from the Lucas Oil Canadian National Open from Mission Raceway are posted.

July 24, 2016

11:00pm update

What great finals today in the three Funny Car classes at Mission Raceway. The NW BB/FC group saw the only Canadian in the group, Brent Murray take home his first ever Wally win. He defeated the 2015 series champion Greg Howland 6.74/206 to a 6.86 @ 186. Brent was .04 back at the tree but his tune-up was almost perfect as the car stuck to the groove and marched down the track. Way to go Brent!! In the Rocky Mountain Funny Car final it was multi-time series and event champion Cal Tebb defeating Scott Bourdin 6.932/192 to a 7.004/195. Ca; won the battle on both ends of the track with a huge .09 holeshot as well.

The big boyz (Nitro Funny Cars) were flat out awesome. The first round saw most of the favourites take the wins and run hard, the semis finals were unreal. Kris Krabill took on Mark Sanders and the 'Explosive team with Jake turning the screw laid down an impressive run in the heat, a great 5.753. Krabill had .02 on the tree but the Austin tuned beast could not manage the middle portion of the track and Sanders drove around him for a car length and a half victory. The other semi final was just as if not more epic. It pitted what once was a one car team between most of the players, now turn into two very formidable teams. Tim Boychuk has made over 60 runs so far this year and the last month has been very good overall to the team. They won an IHRA race a month ago, then they took Spokane with some great driving and great numbers (courtesy of Twig Zeigler). They didn't win their home town race last weekend but they made up for it with a solid performance come race day. They were only fifth in the field with a 5.91 best but they improved to a 5.74 and defeated Nathan Sitko (speaking of Sitko isn't he one of the best and most fearless drivers in the class after his two runs Saturday evening. His car was a beast and I did not see him even pedal the car). In the semis, he took out a much quicker Ryan Hodgson with a holeshot even he called a bad red light. Tim was .013 on the tree and went 5.818 / 243 and defeated Hodgson's 5.731 / 254. The final was equally as exciting and the two drivers were only .002 apart on the tree and were neck and neck right to 1/2 track. Tim steadily pulled ahead until he crossed the stripe with a 5.798/243 to a close 5.846/237.

 

The other event winners include: Quentin Chambers in his 3 second Top (1/8th mile and .001 rts) Dragster, Mike Shannon in Super Comp, Chris Cannon in Super Gas, Dan Parsons in Super Street, Ryan Warter in Combo, Dan Temple in Motorcycle /Sled, Al Chinn in Super Pro, Rick McKamey in Pro, Kevin McNicol in Open Comp, Gary Gandee in Sportsman, Tiffany Howe in Jr Lightning and Cooper Chun in Jr Thunder. Full results will be posted on Monday.

 

July 24, 2016

 

16 Jrs. are competing at Mission Raceway for the Open event. In Jr Thunder, it was Sydney Jung defeating Willy Oliver . In Jr Lightning is was Taylor Toftemark over Josh Schmanke. Girl Power riegned. Results are posted here.

July 24, 2016

1;00AM UPDATE


Ryan Hodgson topped the field by .01 over Mark Sanders. Hodgson ran a great 5.66/255.

 

 

In the second spot is Sanders with a 5.67/253.

Kris Krabill was #3 with a 5.77 and Nathan Sitko was #4 with a 5.87.

Tim Boychuk would like to go back to Friday when he ran a 5.72, but Saturday's best was a 5.93.

Go here for the qualifying sheet from Round two.

In the Sportsman classes,

The first Super Quick event run at MRP was won by Kevin Rennick over Mission racer Zak Clarke.

Go here for Super quick and both Jr classes results.

 

July 23, 2016

Hot off the press is the 2016 Funny Car poster. It is available this weekend at the Lucas Oil Canadian National Open. For those not at the race this weekend, you can purchase the poster and have it shipped to you. It will be shipped in a shipping tube. Cost for the poster is $12.00. Shipping in a tube via post is 10.00 total cost is 22.00. As a bonus we will send you the 2015 Funny Car poster free. We have 100 of these available to the first 100 buyers.

Click the add to cart button below to purchase.

 

 

Tim Boychuk went 5.72 right at the end of the day.

 

July 22, 2016,

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Testing is underway for the Lucas Oil Canadian National Open at Mission Raceway. We had a couple additions to the Funny Car lists heading into the weekend. Ron Huegli's Tiki Man, Ralph Hubbert in the brand new Satellite (or GTX) Tire Plus and the third NWBB/FC is the Ford Mustang Crazy Horse owned by Robert Johnsiene.

A new class debuts at Mission in the National Open series and it is the 1/8th mile Super Quick series. It replaces the Top Comp class and will be a different feel racing to the 1/8th mile. The minimum ET is a 5.30. They are awarding a series champion and runner-up points fund.

The Jrs have a new program for points as well in the NO series. Simply called the Jr championship, both Lightning and Thunder will compete at all the Opens.

All our coverage this weekend is brought to you by Joey's place Paint and restoration.

 

 

 

Top to bottom

 

Testing has seen a career best by Shane Reykdal with a 6.59/208,

 

a 6 77 / 201 for Norm Kolwich and a couple loose runs by John Evanchuk in Jimmy Fersch's car and Cal Tebb in the GTO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Johnseine, will debut the new Crazy Horse Mustang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cody Anstead went 7.30 at 199 in a pedaling run. He is here for the first time in the "Twisted Racing" Camaro.

 

July 19, 2016

11:30pm update

We have finally put together a few Doorwarz gallerys. These ones are from Shelby Murdoch (my daughter). Way more artistic than me. But I will also have a couple posted tomorrow,

Gallery 1 (mostly Doorslammers)

Gallery 2 (Mostly Pro Mods)

9:00am update

This coming weekend, the Biggest Funny Car show in Canada and the NW will highlight Mission Raceway's Lucas Oil Canadian National Open. 8-10 Nitro Funny Cars, 10 or 11 Rocky Mountain Funny Cars and 8 NW BB/FC cars will be attending. Testing is Friday all day. Saturday has qualifying for the FUnny Cars starting around 5:00pm (subject to change), with the final session around 8:00 or 9:00pm. Sunday has elimination's starting around noon. Our coverage will be sponsored by Joey's Place paint and Resotration.

The List:

AA/FC (Nitro)
Rocky Mountain Funny Cars Nostalgia Alcohol

NW BB/FC Nostalgia Alcohol

 

1. Tim Nemeth
2. Nathan Sitko
3. Tim Boychuk
4. Ryan Hodgson
5. Kris Krabill
6. Rob Smith (brand new ride, He's licensing)
7. Jay Mageau
8. Clint Thompson
9. Mark Sanders
1. Joey Steckler
2. Shane Reykdal
3. Cal Tebb
4. Cory Kincaid
5. Al Weich
6. Jimmy Fersch
7. Norm Kolwich
8. Darrell Webb
9. Cody Anstead
10. Scott Bourdin
11. Courtney Mageau
1. Brent Murray
2. Jesse Welch
3. Don Harter
4. Royce Taylor
5. Justin Taylor
6. Greg Howland
7. Kim Parker
8. Stephanie Parker
9. Ron Huegli
10. Ralph Hubbert
11. Robert Johnseine

 

 

Friday night is a huge fundraiser for Canuck Place hospice. Massive deluxe dinner including Steak and seafood, put on by the "ICEMAN racing" Nitro Funny Car team.

 

Here is the menu

 

July 18, 2016

Rocky Mountain Gallerys are posted.

Friday gallery

Saturday gallery

Sunday gallery

It was late final rounds at the Rocky Mountain Nationals for both Funny Car and Nitro Harley. J. Turner won the Harley final over T. Kile. Kile was off the gas early and Turner went 6.49. In Funny Car, is was Shawn Bowen turning the class upside down with the win over Jason Rupert. After struggling in qualifying and finishing #7 in the field he found his mojo and ran 5.60's adnd 5.70's. In the final it was a 5.706 to a losing 5.724. With the win Bowen moves from 4th to 2nd in the standings. The top four (Ruoert, Bowen, McIntire, Sanders) all have a shot at the title in four weeks at Martin. Tim Boychuk could move from 5th into 3rd or 4th with a win. Here is the Rocky Mountain Nationals web page.

July 17, 2016

8:30 pm update (Updated final round results July 18 8:00am)

Solid results at Woodburn for local and lower mainland racers. Ron McKenzie won Super Gas, Dave Jung went to the final in Stock. He lost to one of the winningest drivers in Division Six Jody Lang in the final. Dave was a bit late and Lang was perfect, and that was all she wrote. Two Mission racers battled it out in Top Sportsman. Kirk Lanz defeated Justin Bond in a blower vs all motor final. Congrat's to Kirk. Justin had a really good weekend overall though as he won best appearing and then also was the runner-up in the Shoot-out Saturday. Zak Clarke lost in the 1/4 finals in Top Sportsman and Dan Provost had the same result in Top Dragster. Joey Severance won TAD over GArrett Bateman. Shawn Cowie lost to Severance in the semis. Terry Ruckman won TAFC over Annie Whiteley Jirka Kaplan (Calgary Alberta) was hte #1 qualifier and is the first convertor driver driver in the class to run a 5.40 (#1 qualifier with a 5.49/265). He lost in a close semi final battle with Ruckman on a holeshot, 5.53 to a 5.52. Sean Cour won Super Stock over Jimmy DeFrank, Chuck Babcock defeated Val Torres in Super Comp. Tom Bayer defeated Kurt Gross in Top Dragster, Gary Culp was the winner in Super Street over Josh Dalrymple and Dan Patridge won Motorcycle or Don DePeel.

 

At Edmonton, Jason Rupert and Shawn Bowen will battle it out in the Funny Car final round.

 

7:00pm update

Not what the Fedorowich team was hoping for in their final run today. Right off the starting line something in the back of the 8,000 hp hemi let go. Go to the Speedzone Rocky's home page for a great sequence.

6:00pm update

Round one of elimination's is complete at Edmonton. In Funny Car, Jason Rupert defeated Jason Bussey, Mike McIntire defeated Nathan Sitko, Shawn Bowen upset Tim Boychuk and Mark Sanders defeated Ryan Hodgson. All the winners ran in the 5.60's.

It has been raining at Castrol Raceway since 11:00am. Three pairs of the 6.95 index class (Rocky Mountain Funny Cars and IBAA) ran in their opening round. The track is being dried as the rain stopped.

July 16, 2016

11:45pm update

Qualifying is complete at both Woodburn and Edmonton. A few locals had decent days in the shoot-outs at Woodburn. Dan Provost, qualified in Top Dragster and went to the semi finals. Mission's Justin Bond went to the final in Top Sportsman. Another Mission TS driver, Zak Clarke qualified #1 in the TS Shoot-out, but he went red in round one. Al Hampton, in his first race of the year, won the Super Comp Shootout. Woodburn qualifying is posted here.

At Edmonton, Gary Urlacher made the run of his career in the final session of Pro Mod. He did not get the '5' but he came as close as you can come, he went 6.003/236. Paul Glandon is #2 with a 6.04. There are 11 cars in the field. Doorwarz winner Mike GOndziola struggled with his car and was at the bottom of the field with a 6.665. Three time finalist and two time winner Garrett Richards is #3 with a 6.16.

In Funny Car, Jason Rupert held onto his top spot, with that amazing 5.55/269 shot Friday. Tim Boychuk stays #2 and Mike McIntire Jr is #3. Nathan Sitko made his best run at Castrol, a very respectable 5.86/249. Ryan Hodgson is #5 with a 5.81

In the Pro Nostalgia 6.95 class, Al Weich leads with a great 6.958, Cory Kincaid is #2 with a 6.970 and Cal Tebb is right there with a 6.972 as well

Log onto IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals for all the results.

9:00am update

A busy weekend and competition between the NHRA and IHRA in the NW. Woodburn Dragstrip is hosting their annual LODRS this weekend. It has been held on this weekend for a number of decades. Edmonton is hosting their IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals as well. This race has been held on a number of different weekends ranging from the third week of June to this the middle of July. Weather has been the biggest factor in the different dates for the Rocky's. This is the third or fourth time in the 12 year history on the Rocky's that the two West Coast dates have overlapped. I know for a fact that a handful of Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors as well as the Rod (Super classes) Stock and Super Stock classes are affected. We have media at Edmonton and spys at Woodburn this weekend.

 

Go here for the Edmonton Rocky Mountain Nationals page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

11:15pm update

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

 

Doorwarz coverage at SpeedZone is sponsored by JBS Canada.

The complete Top Sportsman event coverage is complete and posted on the Doorwarz web site.

 

9:00pm update

Not a good finish to the Jeg's Allster team race as Div. 6 finished dead last. If it wasn't for Mick Alley who was the bright spot for the Division with a win in Stock, it would have been real ugly. Brian Hyerstay the #1 qualifier in COmp went .008 red, Mike Shannon lost two races by a combined .003. double break out by .002 in S. Comp and a one thou loss in S. Gas. The combined losses in the rest of the classes for Div six were less than .030. If the West Regional drivers were allowed to be included in the points it would not have looked so bad as the West dominated the Jegs with wins in both TAD and TAFC. Chris Demke and Shane Westerfield took the wins.

Division 5: 1,100
Division 3: 900
Division 2: 800
Division 7: 800
Division 4: 700
Division 1: 600
Division 6: 400

 

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

 

Doorwarz coverage at SpeedZone is sponsored by JBS Canada.

The complete Outlaw DR 275 story from Doorwarz IV is posted at the Doorwarz.com web site.

 

9:00am update

Spokane is running their Nitro SummerNationals and Bracket Brawl this weekend, as the North West Coast starts a three in a row for Nitro Funny Cars. First Spokane, then Edmonton's Rocky Mountain Nationals and finishing off with Mission Raceway and their Summer Classic presented by Lucas Oil (25-30 funny cars in total will be at Mission). I got a text from an old SpeedZone Magazine contributor Jamie Clerf who is attending and running in the bracket event. Friday night saw two or three qualifiers and at the end there were three Canadian cars on top. Tim Boychuk with a 5.73, Ryan Hodgson with a 5.75 and Tim Nemeth with a 5.78. Kris Krabill went 5.79. Wally Glavia went 5.94 then wheelstood it big time in round two. Cory Lee went 5.97, Mark Sanders ran 5.98 and Chris Davis went 6.01. Others there (not a complete list, including Dave Benjamin debuting his new Arrow, Rich Townsend, Clint Thompson, Marcus Lawson, Jim Maroney and a few Fuel Altereds. There are a total of 15 fuel cars there. We will try and get a few photos today.

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago is the big Route 66 Nationals including the Sportsman Jeg's Allster event. Division Six competitors include some of the who's/who from the NW

:Brian Hyerstay COMP
Brian Weber SS
Mick Alley STK
Mike Shannon SC
Mike Shannon SG
Todd Sims SST
Don Sefton TS
Trevor Ritchie TD
JEFF LANE BLOCKER-COMP

They are also racing those Nitro and Pro Stock classes in case anyone was interested. After Friday, it was Ron Capps leading Funny Car (3.881), Britanny Force leading Top Fuel (3.69) and in the biggest surprise from the Pro Stock class, Shane Gray leads Pro Stock with a 6.578. PSM is lead by Matt Smith with a 6.84 and in TAD it is Rich McPhillips with a 5.272 and John Lombardo with a 5.47 in TAFC.

 

 

July 6, 2016

9:30pm update

Doorwarz IV coverage sponsored by JBS Canada

The Outlaw 10.5 story is posted at the Doorwarz IV web site.

Outlaw 10. 5 is finallt showing potential. I am still not convinced that the potential will be any better running 1/8 mile vs 1/4 mile but what do I know. In talking to one of the competitors in 10.5 that has first hand experience with the bad sideof 1/4 mile racing (Mike Walterson) he said he still prefers 1/4 mile as a fan, but he will not race 1/4 mile once his car is rebuilt. He has a serious tire blow out in his car and that was the first run on that set of tires. He does have a heavy car and was likely going around 200 when the tire let go. You do have to take it seriously from a 1/4 fan. It was really unfortunate that three of the competitors who planned on racing did ot make a qualifiyng run. We had 13 cars on the property but Roy Moznik, Dean Branham and Jay Syvertsen not able to make the call. There are a handful of other cars in the NW that we should see in 2017, so the potential looks good. Lets hope so. Man the races are over guick though.

 

 

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 speedzone1@shaw.ca or 604 302 3907.

 

Doorwarz IV coverage sponsored by JBS Canada

The complete Pro Mod story from Doorwarz IV is posted at the Doorwarz web site.

It was a wild finish to a pretty crazy day in the Pro Mod class. While there were a number of aborted runs as the Pro Mod teams struggled to manage the track, there was some great overall performances. Richards' made six five second passes, including the top MPH bonus, courtesy Albion Tireland. Gondziola only made two five second passes, but his first one counted as low et for the weekend 5.858/245, and the JBS Canada #1 qualifying bonus. Craig Cawte ran a best of 5.86 and had a number of 5 second passes. A pretty good showing for the first weekend out with a brand new combination. Most of the kudos for that team go to tuner Al Billes. Glen Kerunsky reached a pretty lofty milestone as well as he made a couple five second runs, the first of his racing career. He did it with a NHRA legal 14/71 blower (run at 29% though). Paul Glandon is close to being back to his 6.0 and five second performance level. That team was struggling with chassis set up. Yvonne Lucas, after struggling all weekend made a solid 6.11/234 run and then backed up that with a 6.13 in round one. Hopefully their valve train issue is not serious. The teams will be back here is August for the Smoke Fire and Thunder event presented by SMS/Komatsu-Rents.

 

The final rounds for all the bracket classes including Super Shifters is on the local headlines page here.

 

July 5, 2016

11:00am update

Doorwarz IV coverage sponsored by JBS Canada

A great weekend for first time "Fortin's Engines" Canada West Doorslammer finalist Scott Robinson at Doorwarz IV. He did not end up as champion, and had to settle for runner-up, but he was facing one of the best drivers in the class, Kevin Lance. Lance has gone more rounds than any other driver this year, reaching to finals and the semi finals at all four races. His won/loss record is a solid 14-3. He has the point lead heading into the second half of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

The Top Sportsman final had all the makings of a few thou stripe at the finish line as two of the best TS drivers in the NW battled. Alberta's James Rutherford went the the final round Saturday (the two combatants Rutherford and Lanz did not get to finish the final due to time restraints and a big oil down near the curfew), and was on a roll heading to the final against Mission's Zak Clarke. The sun was almost set, but it was in both drivers eyes, so their lights were not great but they were within a hundredth of each other. Withthe temperatures cooling off the bite was awesome but the groove was narrow. Rutherford stayed right in the middle but Clarke drifeted to the right and by 200 feet his car was only half in the groove. He had to drive the wheels off the car to stay in the battle, but by the finish line he was close to 3/4's of a car length back, with James taking a .036 finish line stripe. Other than the Pro Mod winner and 10.5 winner james had the third biggest payday of the weekend taking home $4250.00, plus his son Link was the runner-up in Jr Dragster on Saturday.

 

 

Drag Radial 275 had all the makings of an epic final round as the #1 and #2 qualifiers battled for the Doorwarz title. Steve Skokin was the defending champion and had a career best et in the semi finals, a great 4.854. Tom Marshall was the #1 qualifier and he ran his career best, a great 4.872 in the final qualifier to be the #1 qualifier. Both drivers rolled through elimination's, making it a Canada vs USA battle. Based on the 4.85 in the semis the defending champion and crew chief Tom were pretty confident. Marshall got a .04 starting line advantage so it would be tough for Skokin's to overcome that. The car was accelerating well, but Steve had drifted outside the groove and his left rear tire straddle the concrete edge at 200 feet. He kept his foot in it (look at the pictures to see where his track was), but the rt deficit and having to drive an extra 10-20 feet was too much. The car also hiccupped around 300 feet, and that was all she wrote. Tom Marshall to the win with a solid 4.892 to Steve's 5.071

 

 

July 4, 2016

10:00PM UPDATE

Coverage sponsored by JBS Canada

Pro Mod

In the Pro Mod final both the winner Mike Gondziola and runner-up Garrett Richards had issues. First it was "Gonzi" who had to pedal the car and get right off the gas he he had traction issues. You can see in picture #2 that he was off the gas completely. He must have seen Richard's have his own issues as he got back on the loud pedal (you can see in picture 3) as Garrett hit the center line. Gondziola is the back to back champion in a hard earned victory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on the way Paja Agatonovic was running on the weekend it was not surprise he was in the final round. He ran quicker every lap down the track and the end result for him were career bests on five occasions. The shock was the opponent in the other lane. Now Steve has a bad ass car and has won many huge events, but this weekend he struggled on most occasions. He ran a great 4.24 in qualifying but that run was dq'ed when he was found to be 25 lbs light. Then he had issues in the next session and smoked the tires in one more qualifier. He did end up #3 in the field. He waded through elimination's and that included defeating #1 qualifier Ken Sihota. It was more or less Sihota losing more than Steve winning in the semi finals. Steve had a stellar perfect light in the final but Ken did the unthinkable, he left before the tree was activated. The final round was all Paja, as Steve went red and the Oregon driver ripped off another solid pass, a 4.18@181.85 mph.

 

 

 

3:00pm update:

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.

 

1:00am update

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.

July 2,2016

9:00am update

All the run sheets from Friday are posted on the Doorwarz web page.

1:00am update

 

 

Yes it was explosive action Friday at Doorwarz.

Yvonne made it exciting for the wrong reasons and the Lucas team had two different manifold issues on the weekend. Mike and Mike (and Yvonne) are still scratching their head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Gondziola continued his dominance in Nitrous Pro Mod racing with a new career best run of 5.85/245. Unfortunately at the end of this run his chutes did not blossom. The car did sustain a bit of damage and they were workng hard on it so they could continue Saturday,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glen Kerunsky was out of the trailer and into a career best. He bettered is old PB by five hundreth's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Sihota does it again, with a Western Canadian record 4.06.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Skokin proved that the old way still works. The team had to put in their four year old Pro Charger after destroying two new ones.

More results and photos in the morning

 

 

 

July 1, 2016

1:00am update

 

 

A decent day to start testing Thurdsay at Doorwarz. Six or Seven Pro Mods made hits including Craig Cawte in his reworked Camaro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Gondziola made two short hits in his new Corvette.Sub one second 60fts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Barnhart brought out his Ford BB with Twins under the hood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Urlacher Did a couple 200 foot runs. Both seemed to go left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Duda's power came on at 40 feet as you can see by this launch at the 60 feet marker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chad Abougoush ran his 10.5 out the back door on a couple runs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Richards was hazing the tires on both runs I saw.

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2016

It's about to get real!!!

The biggest door car weekend in Canada and all of the NW is here!

The pits started to fill today for Doorwarz IV. 10 or so Pro Mods are here already, a big handful of Outlaw 10.5. At least a dozen Top Sportsman cars, some as far away as Saskatoon and Grand Prairie, an Open Comp car from Ontario, the the owner has said this race has been on its bucket list since its inception and a handful of Doorslammers. This is going to be good! Huge thanks go out to JBS Canada for sponsoring our coverage here at SpeedZone. They are also a sponsor for the low qualifier for Pro Mod. $500.00 for the #1 qualifier.

 

Photos:

Top: Most should recognize this car. It is the one and only Street Lethal Canso. Now owned by Jay Syvertsen and with an entirely different powerplant, a twin turbo bullet with 10.5 tires under the wheel wells.

 

Craig Cawte is back at MRP with an entirely different look. An Al Billes powered and tuned hemi with screw blower. New paint. Craig's kids Curtis and Kendall love the race track and think daddy will be fast!

 

 

 

 

Paul Glandon is back to avenge his 1st round ouster at the last WDRL event.

 


 

 

 

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