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December 6, 2018

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Sad to hear the passing of another NHRA icon, Dick Lahaie. He had a legendary 40+ year career that included a Top Fuel title as a driver in 1987 and four titles as a crew chief, two with Scott Kalitta and two with Larry Dixon as the drivers. He is in the International Drag Racing hall of fame.

 

December 1, 2018

 

November 18, 2018

7:00pm update:

Dyan Lover photo

Holy Farmer!!

John DeJonge just took out one of the big hitters in Big Tire Racing on the West Coast, Guiseppi Gentile, in the final round of Big Tire/No Time . John looked to get a slight holeshot, Gentile got loose, and it was all over!! Wahoo, way to go, John, Rich, Scott and the whole team.

And all this with a car that has not been down the track in over a year, and the first runs ever for John as he just took delivery of it a month and a half ago. Simply amazing!!

In Pro Mod, Rick Hord after having issues in his semi final bye (but got the win as he just needed to stage the car), could not make the final round. Ed Thorton got the win and did it in style with a 5.54/274. Shane Tecklenburg is unreal turning the screws. In Outlaw 10.5, it was Mike Keenan defeating Mark Woodruff on a hole shot, 3.94 to a 3.90.

Let me say this, having the four lanes was their savior, with the Radial cars running one set of lanes and the slick cars running the other pair. The race is done by 7:20 instead of the usual 11:00 or midnight. Great job Mel and Heather Roth and the Vegas staff, Total Concepts track prep (Kurt Johnson), NHRA starter, Mike Gittings and the Vegas boss, Jeff Foster and his crew. .

6:00pm update

Unfortunately no Canadian's or NW drivers in the final of the big three classes as SCSN. Steve Nicholson unfortunately red lit in the semi finals of 10.5. He had the win over Mark Woodruff as well as the #1 qualifier was troubled on the run. Too bad but after a tough weekend overall for Steve and the team, they got their act together come race time and the car ran pretty well. Nick Duda took on Woodruff in the 1/4's and had a huge.08 holeshot but he was forced to lift at 450 feet when his gearset went away. Daniel Rodrigue went the furthest in 275. He did a huge wheelstand in that round against the #1 qualifier and could not get to the stripe first. He had the lead to 250 feet. Neil Richards lost in round two of x-275. Steve Skokin lost in that round as well. Dal Sangha went red in round one of Pro Mod, Dave Kowalski was wounded and Dale Pedersen was defeated in round one as well. Garrett Richards lost in round two.

But off to the finals is John DeJonge in Big Tire/No Time in his new Camaro. He has beaten a few big hitters so far with great lights and 4.teens tot he 1/8th mile. He lost in round three with the 8 second Camaro.

Mark Thompson broke out in the semi final of Super Index.

Graham Foster unfortunately hit the wall right after the launch in Open Comp 1/4 finals on a bye run. Fluid got inder the tires as his car broke something on the launch.

Mike Lucas lost in that round.

Chris Stone lost in round two of No Electronics. Ryan Johnston was out early as well.

 

November 17, 2018

Friday night session

Photos by Dyan Lover

November 16, 2018

9:00pm update

The hits keep comng Friday at Street Car.

In round three of Pro Mod Rick Hord went 5.58/265. Ed THorton went 5.63/271. Michael Biehle went 5.67. NW locals saw Dal Sangha go into a huge powerstand for at least 300 feet. Beside him was Joh De Jonge who made his first ever 6 second lap (in the new camaro, (likely his fifth or sixth pass.) He went 6.82/181.

Dale Pedersen goes 5.88/250

Steve Skokin in 275 ran a career best 4.67

Daniel Rodrigue wheelstood his Malibu big time, but he pedaled it and still went in the 4's

Round two qualifying sheet

Dyan Lover photos

Also in attendance at SCSN from up here in BC are Tony Driessen, Tim Vogt and Mark Thompson

November 16, 2018

What a wild night at Street Car Thursday. They ran their "Run for the money" session. Basically no rules! So Carl Steven's and Ed Thorton ripped off stellar runs, with 88 mm turbo's. Carl went 5.52/267.00 to earn the 1000.00 cash and Thorton went 272.00 (5.63).

Also noteable was a huge career best by Dal Sangha. He ripped off a great 5.854/254. He went 6.01/251 earlier in the day during qualifying. Dale Pedersen driving his new TT Camaro (ex Paul Glandon PM) went 5.91/250. Dean Bettenson ran a 5.95 during the run for the money session. In qualifying he went 6.15. Dave Kowalski went 6.27. In the run for the money round, Dave blazed the tires. John DeJonge went .990 in his new Camaro. I think he is running Nitrous this weekend, looking to see how quick his new car can go.

Here are round one qualifying sheets:

November 15, 2018

Street Car Super Nationals.

As per usual, a number of BC and Alberta drivers are competing at Street Car. Canadian teams are the most dominant in Outlaw 10.5 with no less than half the winners over the 13 years are Canadian. Steve Nicholson is looking to be the first ever 4 time winner in any class at the event. Ken Sihota is looking for his 2nd win. He has been to two finals. Nick Duda is also competing and hoping to cap off his best ever year. He is competing in 'Big Tire/ No time as well. John Guglietta from Alberta is there with his Pro Charged S-10 Jordie Lazic is also in the Small Tire shootout class. Rod LeClaire. Johnny West and John DeJonge and in the big tire / No time class. Pro Mod is well represented with Dave Kowalski, Dal Sangha, Dale Pedersen (he bought Paul Glandon's car), Dean Bettenson and Garrett Richards in attendance. Rumor is Joe Delehay is there as well, but I think his car is at Tim McAmis' shop getting reworked. X 275 and small tire are well represented as well with Daniel Rodrigue, Steve Skokins and Neil Richards are there.

Also competing are Mike and Jackie Lucas, John DeJonge, Scott Robinson, Chris Stone and Ryan Johnston to name just a few. Will have many more teams on the list later today. Washingtomn Drivers include Ron Pease and Tom Marshall in x-275.

Qualifying gets underway today.

Wednesday testing

John DeJonge's first hit in the new Camaro.

Nick Duda went a soft 4.30

Daniel Rodrigue and Ron Rease.

Dave Kowalski

November 13. 2018


Mission Raceway Park 2018 Banquet practice tree shootout. I would like to thank the sponsors that have stepped up to make the 4th annual practice tree shootout the biggest one yet. Allan Johnson at Johnson's Custom Exhaust, Dave Jung at Abbotsford Nissan Chris Stone at Willowbrook Chrysler Jessica May Kris Armstrong at JK SpeedShop. I would like to thank Catfish Potesta at Mopac Auto Supply Ltd. for presenting $150 towards a dyno session at mopac auto supply. This award will be presented to the first perfect light during eliminations. (if their is no perfect light, this will be presented to the best light during eliminations) A big thank you to Michael Beard, at Staging Light Graphics, for the big cheque that will be presented to the winner.

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November 5, 2018

A slight correction to the Super Gas title hunt in Division Six. I stated earlier that Casey Plaizier had to go out early to give Chris Cannon a shot at the title, when if fact Casey had used up all of his races prior to the Vegas event so he did not compete. He could had competed and tried to block those behind him but he chose to stay away.

November 4, 2018

The LODRS from Vegas is complete. National and Divisional titles have been confirmed in a number of classes. Division six had a solid weekend at Vegas, with Top Alcohol wins in both classes. Kim Parker defeated Shawn Cowie in an all Division Six final round. Cowie ripped off a 5.19 earlier in the day but could not get a good start off the starting line handing an easy win to Kim. It was her second win of the season. Chris Marshall clinched the West regional TAFC title with a win over John Lombardo Jr.

Paul Nero the RAD sponsored Top Dragster driver, clinched the world title in the class as well as the Division championship, and moved up one spot from his second place finish last year. RAD owner Dan Provost went to the semi finals in Top Dragster.

Chris Cannon needed to win the 110 car event in Super Gas to claim the Division Six title and needed a couple others, including Albertan Casey Plaizier to go out early. That scenario happened and Cannon wins it all the way from 100th place starting the weekend.

Alberta's Ken Mostowich had great outings in both Super Gas and Super Comp. He went to the 4th round in Super Gas and the semi finals in Super Comp.

Jeff Lane clinched the Comp title in Division Six for what seems like the 100th time (not really) but he has won it a lot.

In Super Stock it is Jody Lang earning the championship. Stock saw Joe Sorenson win the title, and he did it by having to win the event against the 100 + competitors. Randy Beck wins the Super Comp title in Division Six. It was a close battle with 2017 champion Justin Cooper.

Super Street champion is Justin Cooper (after a Super Comp championship last year). Top Sportsman champion for 2018 is Shawn Herbst. And the Motorcycle champion for Division Six is Miles Hauer, who needed a second round finish (with a 16 bike field or less) to clinch the title. He did that abd won by one point over Don DePeel.

More complete results and Division Six wrap up over the next week or so.

 

October 28, 2018

Steve Torrence clinched the Top Fuel championship today at Vegas. He also won his fifth consecutive countdown race. His performance this last two month's is nothing short of remarkable. JR Todd won in Funny Car over Matt Hagan and moved into the lead in the Class. He is looking to be the first Funny Car champion (other than Del Worsham) in the last decade that was not a part of JFR or DSR. Bo Butner won Pro Stock over Erica Enders. Hector Arana Jr. defeated Eddie Krawiec in PSM. Sidnei Frigo won Pro Modified over Mike Castellana. Mike Janis won the series championship.

In a stunning TAD championship battle, Joey Severance, who was down by 60+ pts two races ago wins in Vegas and clinches the title over BC's Shawn Cowie. Shawn lost in round two this morning.

A couple Albertan's had great sportsman results this weekend as well. Ken Mostowich went to the final round in SUper Comp. He lost to. Casey Plaizier kept up his hot run as of late. After the win in Dallas a few weeks ago, he went to the semi finals at Vegas. He has moved into the top 5 in the standings. (4th I think)

October 22, 2018

Jason Rupert showed this past weekend that he is one of, if not THE best NFC racer in the history of the class. He takes the CHRR is dominant fashion come raceday. 5.60's all day long including defeating the newly crowned 2018 series champions Bobby Cottrell in the semi finals. In the final he defeated Rian Konno. Jason also announced he will move up the ranks to t\a big show Nitro Funny Car. He bought the Steve Plueger operation.

Mendy Frey won the Top Fuel championship and the race at Bakersfield. Drew Austin won A/Fuel and is rumored to move up to NFC with the Ford powerplant.

Bernie Plourd won Nost. Elim I at the Reunion.

October 16, 2018

The West Coast is all that is left for the NHRA Mello Yello series. They raced in Charlotte this past weekend and Steve Torrence kept up his torrid pace with his fourth win in a row and seventh of the season. He holds a commanding 169 lead over Clay Millican. Ron Capps took the win in Funny Car over JR Todd. Todd is just 11 points back of Robert Hight. Jason Line won his first race of the season. He defeated point leader Tanner Gray. Gray leads the standings by 130 over Jeg Coughlin. Matt Smith won PS Motorcycle over Craig Ellis. Smith leads the points standings by 41 over LE Tonglet. In Pro Mod it was Rick Hord earning his first victory. He defeated Sidnei Frigo in the final round. Local favourite Justin Bond competed in his second race and ran a career best 5.71/258 on his way to a second round finish. In TAFC Sean Bellemeur clinched the championship after his second round win. He went on to win the race over Phil Burkart Jr. Bellemeur also ran in the 5.30's on two consecutive rounds. Megan Meyer won TAD over Joey Severance. Severance moved to within 10 points of point leader Shawn Cowie. Both have two Nationals to improve their point totals.

In the Sportsman ranks, Div 6's Paul Nero is just a round away from clinching his title in Top Dragster. He has a huge lead in the standings and the only way for the couple drivers below to improve is to win out.

October 11, 2018

Here is a three minute recap of Justin Bonds great Pro Mod debut at Dallas. (courtesy Proline)

 

October 7, 2018

It was almost the weekend dreams are made of in the world of Drag Racing. Justin's first attempt at Pro Mod racing turned into a final round appearance and a half fender short of incredible.

After qualifying #3 in a very tough 26 car field he defeated Keith Hany in round one

Then he did a huge favor to SpeedZone favorite Mike Janis by defeating Trickie rickie Smith in round two.

In the semi finals, he took out one of Pro Mod's favorite drivers Todd Tutterow

Bond reached the final round and took on NHRA Pro Mod rookie Jeremy Ray. It was ray's second final round of 2018. He ran low et of every round on Sunday except round one where he was second low.

What a weekend for team Canada, BC and Mission, way to represent.

Other winners at Dallas: In Top Fuel, it was Steve Torrence over Terry McMillen. Robert Hight (despite shoulder surgery a few days earlier) over JR Todd. Tanner Gray defeated Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock. LE Tonglet defeated Jerry Savoie in PSM. Joey Severance defeated Alan Bradshaw in TAD, Bradshaw was driving the Doucette TAD out of Manitoba. And Sean Bellemuer defeated Doug Gordon in TAFC.

In the Sportsman ranks, Albertan SG hitter Casey Plaizier made the trek to the great stat of Texas and took the win in Super Gas. He moves into the top 5 in the national standings. Lance Rutland and Darien Boesh won Top Sportsman and Top Dragster respectively. Jackson Collier won Super Comp, Clint Neff took the Comp win, Brandon Bakie won Super Stock, Tim Mosbek won Stock and Mark Von Heeder won Super Street.

 

October 6, 2019

Justin Bond goes 5.80 in round three of qualifying in NHRA Pro Mod and unfortunately round #4 was cancelled due to weather. He ends up #3 in the field and will face Keith Haney in round one Sunday.

Clay Millican, Tommy Johnson Jr, Jeg Coughlin Jr and Eddie Krawiec lead the other Pro classes. Shawn Cowie is competing as well as Joey Severance in TAD. Cowie was #1 with a 5.23 and won round one with another 5.23. Severance also won round one. Troy Coughlin Jr who sits #2 in the standings lost in round one as did #4 Josh Hart. If both Shawn and Joey win in round two they will face off in the semi finals. Shawn is currently 54 points ahead of Coughlin and 75 ahead of Severance. They both have four Nationals left to improve their standings. They have run out of Divisionals to improve.

October 5, 2018

Wow; talk about getting 'er done! Justin Bond in his first ever NHRA Pro Mod race rips off a 5.80 then a 5.793/255 to sit #2 after two rounds of qualifying at Dallas today. Only Michael Biehle is quicker with a 5.780.

SpeedZone had a chance to talk to Justin this evening and man is he stoked. He said the car is an animal, when it shifted into second gear you can feel the acceleration and then into high gear the front wheels are dangled for a few hundred feet. Hopefully this fantasy keeps going for the next couple days. Justin said he was hoping to just qualify... I think that has been accomplished.

October 3, 2018

Mike 'Bucky' Stewart called me yesterday to update his status after the unfortunate pit incident Saturday at MRP. He is doing fine. The actual major injuries include a shattered knee cap and dislocated shoulder and many lacarations to one hand. Many other bumps and bruises. He will be in the hospital (Royal Columbian) for a few more days and looks forward to seeing everyone at the banquet. He wanted to thank his buds for taking care of his race car and truck and trailer. Oh ya, his three wheeler is likely no more.

Forgot to mention Monday that local racer, MRP executive, huge racer supporter, and Pro Mod team partner Justin Bond will be behind the wheel of the Molinari/ Bond Pro Mod Firebird this weekend at the NHRA event in Dallas. The car is for sale as the team moves in a different direction in 2019 so Justin got licensed at Charlotte three weeks ago. Shane and crew chief Brad Personett signed off. He ran 5.90's. Good Luck buddy! Ricky 'D' is also entered for Dallas. Go team Western Canada!

 

 

October 1, 2018

The 'Kid' and the 'money-cutty' get all the accolades for 2018 as he becomes the first driver at MRP to with season titles in two classses in the same year with the same car.

Controversal at times, and always intertaining, Craig has a passion for the sport much like a few others that have called MRP home. While I am not on the committee that decides awards, He should be strongly considered for the 'Stefan Kondolay' Memorial.

Other track champions are:

James Winters (far lane)

Adam DeJonge near lane finishes second.

O'Riely Benda, above, lead by less than one round in Jr Thunder, heading into Saturday, with Colton Morin in second (below). I dont have the round one results from Saturday yet to determine if O'Riely retained the lead.

Tyler Dobson wins Jr Street for the third time in a row.

Al Omond wins Bike for the 5th time in a row and 12th overall. What a run he has had!

Martin Rachel wins Super Pro for back to back championships.

Dustin Hunter is the Hot Rod champion.

Rory McNeil wins Super Shifter.

`Wild` Bill MacDonald wins NW Outlaws.

Saturday did not start off well, as before cars even went down the track a pit incident involving two pit vehicles happened, causing serious injuries to Mike `Bucky` Stewart (Super Pro and Open Comp 604 Top Street racer below). He was airlifted to Royal Columbian with multiple injuries. No word on how he is doing, and we will try and get an update.

A very fast wild run for Nate Gagnon.

6.41/220 with the front wheel still up in the air at 1300 feet.

This round one race determined the Outlaw series championship . The winner was Bill MacDonald.

'Speedzone' Dean's grandaughter Brooklyn did not want to give up the chapionship trophy for Wild Bill.

Rob Phippen went high in the family supercharged dragster.

Steve Nicholson was looking to dial in his 10.5 Corvette but lost traction early in his lone run.

Mike Shannon went in the 6`s for the first time with his Super Comp dragster. I think he bypassed the 7`s completely. He will run TD in 2019

 

 

September 24, 2018

No racing Sunday ans the weather did not allow the track to get dried soon enough to finish the CMDRA and the Doorslammers.

This coming weekend at MRP it is the big finale for all Summit bracket classes, the Doorslammers, the NW Outlaws, Super Shifters and Super Combo, and the weather looks very promising. It will be busy and exciting.

A wild Funny Car finish this past weekend at St. Louis as Robert Hight defeated Tommy Johnson Jr, but grenaded and launched his Camaro body possibly higher and further than any body in history. The body actually took out the right side of the jumbo-tron signage.

See by the pictures below.

Other winners include Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock), Matt Smith (PSM) and Steve Jackson (Pro Mod)

Mike Bowman also had a wild ride in St. Louis.

On friday his chutes failed to fully deploy on a 250 mph pass, and he went into the fence and got hung up in it. He was okay.

Real exciting news comes out of Wshington as the Peck Family bought one of the most dominant Nitro Funny Cars over the last decade. The McIntire 'McAttack' Camaro will be Washington based. The team will debut in early 2019. Way to go Peck family, very exciting!

At Woodburn, on the weekend it was Paja Agatonovic and Nick Duda battling in the Outlaw 10.5 final. Paja took the win with a 4.11 to 4.17.

September 23, 2018

Drag Bike weekend at MRP is not going to script as weather is playing havoc.

They did get in Saturday but it was a late start and finish.

The Doorslammers are competing as well.

Joe Mayzes was out for the firt time in a few years with his wheelstanding Chevelle.

Looking forward to seeing this truck out next year with more power. It is one of the nicest rides in the DS series.

September 5, 32018

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September 3, 2018

 

Sorry for no updates the last week. Had a serious hand injury (lost half my thumb) last week and is a bit difficult to type. Anyway lots going on this weekend across N. America. The NW had two events happening.

The Western Drag Racing League finished off their season at Castrol (Edmonton). Dean Bettenson won the Pro Mod race and the season championship. He defeated Joe Delehay in the final round. Joe ended up in second place and Wade Sjostrom was third.

The Top "E" also finished off their season as well as the Rocky Mountain Funny Cars. We will try and get final results from those series' this week.

In NHRA competition, the Div 6 Summit ET finals action took place at Firebird Raceway in Boise. Portland won the team title Sunday. Sydney Jung was the Runner-up in Jr Thunder in the ROC Saturday. Kyle Wagenaar from Redcliff, Alb won Jr Lightning Sunday (Medicine Hat team member).

Full results from Boiser are here.

The yellow Bullet Nationals took place at Cecil County Dragway (NJ) Friday through Sunday. It is one of the largest independent races in North America feature a multitude of small tire classes. Close to 500 cars attend that event.

The "BIG ONE" was also on this weekend. The US Nationals in Indy started last Wednesday and ended today. It includes the Mopar Hemi Challenge, The factory Stock Shootout and all the NHRA classes. The pros race for points and a half. Two Division Six racers competed in the TA classes. Shawn Cowie qualified in the top 4 but went out in the second round. Chris Marshall, the biggest newsmaker in the class over the last year and a half lost in the final round to Sean Bellemeur. Marshall came on the scene two years ago and in this, his second full year of competition, ran in the 5.30's and has won four races this year. He sits in the top five in the standings.

James Daniels won the Hemi Shoot-out Friday over Gary Wolkwitz. 27 cars competed, but no West Coast cars. Hemi Shootout.net will have all the results.

For the pros, it was underdog city as Terry McMillen won Top Fuel over forever US Nat's bridsmaid Doug Kalitta. JR Todd won Funny Car over Matt Hagan. Tanner Gray defeated Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec defeated LE Tonglet in PSM. In Pro Mod is was Stevie Jackson defeating Jose Gonzalez in a pedal fest. Nitro Harley was won by Tii Tharpe over Doug Vancil .

 

August 29, 2018

Rain out at MRP so no racing at all for Smoke Fire and Thunder. The Pro Md will complete their season next weekend at Edmonton.

August 25, 2018

Two months without any measurable rain, and on possibly the biggest race day of the year at MRP, what happens...you got it... I know the province badly needed the moisture, as a good portion of it is burnt and burning, but am I selfish for wanting the rain to stay away for a couple more days, or at least only rain at night. Unfortunately the rain stopped late this afternoon when it was too late to dry the track, and it stayed dry till SpeedZone left the track at 10pm. Hopefully the weather gods cooperate and it stays away for Sunday, even though the forecast does not look favourable.

The Jet cars stayed on the property in hopes of running on Sunday. The decision on that has not been made yet by the track officials. We will keep you informed.

August 24, 2018

The pits are jammed packed already at Mission Raceway for the SMS Smoke , Fire and Thunder weekend.

Over a dozen Pro Mods and a number of them made runs teSting today.

The Jet Cars are on the property and they include the two car Darin Bay team, Derek Snelson's Camaro and 'Her A Cane' (part of the Janishewski jet car team). The 'Jelly Belly' Stage Coach and Rick Marcum's Pick-up Wheelstander are also here to entertain the race fans of all ages.

With all the exhibition cars in attendance, there will be over 75 feature cars at MRP this weekend.

All of SpeedZone's weekend coverage is presented by Artex Barn Solutions.

John DeJonge and the team from Artex have become one of the most noticeable race teams in the Lower Mainland. John, running his 68 Camaro Doorslammer the last few years, took delivery of a 53 Corvette to start the 2018 season. Another Doorslammer racer, Henry Zacharias, took such a liking to the car that he bought it before John had made 20 runs on it. Now John will soon debut a second new car this year, the ex Molinari/Bond Firebird Pro Mod that was run last season. John will run the new Firebird with a big inch all motor combo. He hopes to have it out before the end of the season, possibly Vegas. Son Adam runs in the Jr Dragster program. In his first full season he leads the Lightning points.

August 23, 2018

Smoke Fire and Thunder weekend at Mission Raceway

Four jet Cars (two dragsters and two funny cars), Two Wheelstanders, over a dozen Pro Mods, close to 30 Doorslammers, likely a full field of Nitro Harleys, ^)$ Street Legal big Buck race, 275 Drag Radial and the NW Outlaws.

This will be a huge weekend

August 20 ,2018

The second to last LODRS in Division Six was this past weekend at Pacific Raceway.

Chris Demke upset Shawn Cowie in the TAD final round. Shawn was ahead at 300 feet but the car nosed over and Demke drove around him for the win. The good news for the Cowie team is that Joey Severance did not gain any points on him. Joey was a surprise round one loser at the Brainerd National event. Chris Marshall took the win in TAFC over 2017 world champ Shane Westerfield. Other winners from Seattle include: Jeff Lane in Comp, Jody Lang in Super Stock, Norm Webber in Stock, Doug Crumlich in Top Sportsman, Mark Campbell in Top Dragster, Miles Hauer in Motorcycle, Gary Erickson in Super Street and Rob Willis in Super Gas. He had two 9.900 runs in elimination's. Willis defeated Ron MacKenzie in the final round. Here are the numbers from what was a .0000 stripe ( 0.068 9.904 166.87 - 0.045 9.927 156.01) 'Mac' is gone deep at the last three events he has been to. Aaron Kinard won Super Comp.

Spokane held their 'Night of Fire' this past weekend as well. 10.5 was one of the feature classes. Llocals were prominant. Steve Nicholson took the win defeating Brian Sipe in the final. Steve defeated Nick Duda in a great match-up 4.17 to a 4.20 in round two and Paja Agatonovic, 4.128 to a close 4.14 in the semi finals. Ken Sihota was the #1 qualifier with a 4.122 but lost in round two. Bobby Cottrell defeated Wally Glavia in the Nitro Funny Car final round. Cottrell also won the UNFC championship.

This coming weekend is the annual SMS "Smoke, Fire and Thunder" event at Mission Raceway. Four Jet Cars, Two Wheelstanders and a full field of Pro Mods are the main feature classes. Other feature classes include the Canada West Doorslammer, the NW Outlaws and 275 (both Limited and DR outlaw).

August 13, 2018

A couple new rides locally.

Rick Givens ' new 55 Chevy out of RH Race Cars.

RH Racecars photos

Dan Provost's new RED from TNT. Will have the same combo as the Camaro. Should be a sub 6.50 runner for sure.

JS Powersports photos

August 12, 2018

World Series of Pro Mod (Bandimere Speedway)

Congratulations to Jim Bell and Carl Stevens Jr for their huge win at the World Series of Pro Mod

100,000 tot he win. He defeated Danny Rowe in the final round 5.86 to 5.94

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Boise Night Fires Final round results

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AA/Funny Car
Jason Rupert, Anaheim Hills, CA, .128, 5.60, 253.47 def. Matt Bynum, Ypsilanti, MI, .130, 5.73, 226.66.

 


AA/Fuel Dragster
Mendy Fry, Los Angeles, .147, 5.66, 254.71 def. Dusty Green, Pleasant Hill, CA, .112, 6.04, 198.73.


Tater Baker AA/FC
Shawn Bowen, Goodrich, MI,.087, 5.82, 222.69 def. Tim Boychuk, Scottsdale, AZ, -.037, 15.64, 56.56.


AA/ Fuel Altered
Dan Hix, Central Point, OR, .122, 6.17 230.10 def. Troy Owen, Albany, OR .151, 8.46, 180.92.


Pro Modified
Ed Thornton, Chino Hills, CA, .056, 5.88 258.86 def. Jay Diedrich, Firebaugh, CA, .018, 6.16, 196.67


Bracketeer
Mike Coltrin, Boise, .032, 8.25 (8.24 dial) 175.34 mph def. Gordon Boven, Boise, -.002, 9.29 (9.32 dial) 142.24.


Pro
Jake Guadagnolo, Linden, CA, .042, 10.16 (10.15 dial) 125.99 def. Brandon Umberger, Grand Junction, CO, .033, 9.32 (9.33 dial) 134.19.


Heavy
Chris Hopper, Salt Lake City, .002, 11.80 (11.78 dial) 109.41 def Tom Davis, Meridian, .037, 11.80 (11.81 dial) 110.37.


Sled/Bike
Don Trafford, Nampa, .139, 9.55 (9.47 dial) 144.47 def. David Wood, Eagle, -.023, 9.22 (9.16 dial) 132.63.


Bracketeer Consolation
William Carnell, Murray, UT, .026, 7.40 (7.40 dial) 181.28 def. John Burchtorf, Nampa, BROKE.


Pro/Heavy Consolation
Andy Schmall, Idaho Falls, .039, 9.66 (9.67) 138.13 def. Jim Cox, Weiser, .050, 9.69 (9.71 dial) 138.57.


Bracketeer Allstar Dash
Blu Hayball, Fort Hall, .018, 7.27 (7.26 dial) 177.63 def. Mark Barnhart, Emmett, .049, 7.34 (7.35 dial) 180.12.


Lucas Oil Top Fire Runoff presented by CMYK Grafix
Brad Todd, Meridian, .045, 7.39 (7.40 dial) 181.25 def. Jeremy Wilson, Grand Junction, CO, -.007, 8.21 (8.20 dial) 162.67.


IMS Sales Bracketeer 4-Day Overall Champions


Bracketeer- Mike Coltrin, Boise
Pro – Brandon Umberger, Grand Junction, CO
Heavy – Joe Witherspoon, Caldwell
Sled Bike – David Wood, Eagle

August 8, 2018

Results from the Pro Nostalgia class from the BC Old Time Drags is posted.

August 6, 2018

A WDRL Pro Mod page from the BC Old TIme drags with full qualifying and elimination's is here.

A few Seattle photos courtesy Bill Jeffery are posted below the Old Time Drag results.

August 5, 2018

The racing was hot during Sundays final rounds at MRP's Loafers Old Time Drags.

Jeff Hill hit the highlight reels but for the wrong reasons, as seen here with a nitrous explosion in round one. Dean Bettenson in the right lane won the race running 6.0's in three rounds on Sunday.

 

Final round results are posted here.

A close race at the stripe as Joe had a .12 at the tree. Bettenson took a half car length finish line stripe.

6.80 dials for Ray Hadford and Steve Faller in Pro Nostalgia. Faller went .007 on the tree and ran an 82 to an 87 for Hadford.

Kerry Stone gave away his performance advantage with a red light against Dal Sangha in round two.

David Kowalski ran 227 in testing Sunday after a round one loss.

Luke Balough struggled in Pro Nos qualifying and jumped into Outlaw. He went 7.60 dead on his dial in round one.

Pat Polara in the totally cool Chupacabra was wheels up all weekend long. He ended up as the R/U in Straight Axle.

Larry Rhodenizer won again in Street Rod 'A'

A real cool round one match-up in SRA

Final round results are posted here.


 

The NW Nationals are complete. Antron Brown won his first event of 2018 against team mate Leah Pritchett. Ron Capps defeated Robert Hight in Funny Car. Tanner Gray defeated Deric Kramer in Pro Stock. In The sportsman classes Division six fared really well and a couple Canadians earned 'Wallys".

Shawn Cowie got a huge win against Joey Severance in a Can vs US final round. Shawn expends his point lead to 60 points with the win. Chris Marshall won his first National event in TAFC. He defeated 2017 world champ Shane Westerfield with his third 5.45 run of the weekend.

This final round is going to be routine all year long as these two battle is out for the TAD championship (as long as the other top runners dont spoil the party).

Chris Marshall and Shane Westerfield in the TAFC final round.

Alberta's Mike Scott was the runner-up in Nitro Harley. Tii Tharpe was the winner. Alberta's Fransecsa Plaizier won Super Street. Brian Hyerstay won Comp Eliminator. Bryan LaFlam defeated Alberta's James Rutrherford in Top Sportsman when Rutherford broke out by .001. Abbotsford's Dan Provost went to the semi finals in TD and the 1/4 finals in TS. Steve Casner won Top Dragster over Andy Spiegel. Greg Krause won Super Comp. Gene Kelly won Super Gas. Casey Plaizier lost in the semis. Ron MacKenzie lost to Plaizier in the 1/4 finals. Super Stock was won by world Champ Justin Lamb. Abbotsford's Darrell Stobbe went to the semi finals. Ryan Warter won in Stock.

Two very close round two TAD pairings below show Shawn Cowie defeating James Stevens (both blower cars).

Joey Severance defeated Chris Demke below in another all blown round. This was the first time in recent memory thaat all five of the quickest blown TAD cars on the continent were in attencance at Seattle (the fifth was Fred Hanssen).

August 4, 2018

Race #2 for the Langley Loafers in 2018

The WDRL Pro Mods are the feature class this weekend at Mission Raceway.

Hot, hot, hot action Saturday for the Pro Mods at MRP. The track conditions were challenging to say the least Saturday as the surface temperatures were in the 125-130 range for most of the day. 17 Cars were actually entered and on the property by the end of Friday. Unfortunately, two competitors, Kelly Madore and Greg Feal, both turbo entries, had engine and driveline woes forcing them out of commission. 15 made runs and the top half ranges from a 6.19 best to a 6.50.

Kerry Stone and Jay Syvertsen are in the top four after the three rounds today. Stone ran a wheels up 6.22/237 best and Syvertsen went a multiple pedalling 6.28 at only 209. His last run (below) also saw a pedal job as you can see in the photo. On this one he went the same et, but legged iy out to a 233 mph blast. Wade Sjostrom leads with a 6.19/234. Dean Bettenson is #3 with a 6.25/230. He was also troubled on the day with transmission issues, something that has plagued him all year long. Joe Delehay was troubled all day long as wee, and his best was a 6.39/209. He had supercharger and burst panel issues with two different huffers.

Harry Lockerby had a couple nice wheels up launched Saturday. The Johnson brothers from Seattle made a couple nice laps (far lane).

Pro Nostalgia out of Oregon have 10 cars competing this weekend. Ray Hadford leads with a 6.80 (not shown). Shown here is Peter Farrell (Altered #6 @ 7.32 and Dwayne Sanders (far lane @ 6. 95

Steve Faller near lane in the blown Bantam ran a best of 6.81 and is #2. Roy Ranquist in the real retro digger is #8 with a 7.809

 

Tom Meheden is #9 with a 6.51/213 in his nitrous assisted Beretta

Dave Springman came out to play with the promods this weekend. This burnout was wild. He sits #13 with a 7.03.

Lots of real different and cool looking rides that usually only come out a couple times a year including this blown 32, and the Chevy pickup below.

Bob Kokotailo was out in his Henry. He went an 8.95 best.

Of course the show n shine was stellar this weekend. 150 cars or more were out in the bright sunshine.

They were lined up along the fence line from 300 feet right to the end of the quarter mile two deep.

One of my favourite rides and race cars. The 41 Willy's


August 4, 2018

 

August 1, 2018

 

We're back refreshed after a great 5 days away on Vancouver Island, four rounds of golf at amazing courses. The Island is littered with great courses.

While I was away and did not turn on my laptop, The Sonoma National event took place. Local (even though he lives across the line now) racer Ron MacKenzie was the runner-up in Super Gas. Way to go Ronny Mac!!

A couple other BC and Alberta racers were in attendance including Dan Provost (both TD and TS), Mike Williams (TS) and Ken Mostowich (SG and SC).

This coming weekend has a couple really good events. First up in the 30th NW Nationals at Pacific Raceways. The big show returns for its annual once a year venture in to Div 6. The big boys and girls in Top Fuel, Top Fuel Funny Car and Pro Stock along with TAD and TAFC. Local talent in all the Sportsman categories will be well represented. Shawn Cowie is also looking to solidify his spot atop the TAD standings. Of not the four quickest blown alcohol dragster in North America will be competing in Seattle.

At Mission Raceway, the Langley Loafers Old Time drags will be hosting their second race of the year. This August long weekend event is one of the highlights of the year. The feature class this weekend is PRO MODS. The WDRL Pro Mods will compete for the first time at this event. Close to a dozen cars are expected to compete.

July 26, 2018

An MRP Canadian National Open gallery is posted (courtesy Bill Jeffery)

A second gallery is posted (Robert Hunter photos)

July 23, 2018

Lucas Oil Canadian National Open

..Coverage here at SpeedZone sponsored by..

 

Nitro Funny Car elimination`s and photos are posted.

Final rounds from Sunday`s and Saturday`s Bracket and Summit classes at the Mission Raceway National Open are posted here.

Jr Lightning

Jr Thunder

Super Gas

Sportsman

Stock - Super Stock Combo

Doorlammer final

All final round results are posted here.


 

July 22, 2018

Coverage for this weekends National Open at MRP is sponsored by

RAD Torque Systems. RAD Torque Systems.

 

Saturday final rounds and some winners circle shots.

Jr Thunder and Lightning winners were local (yay)

Colton Morin (Mission) and Adam De Jonge (Abbotsford) took the hard earned victories.

The Austin/O'Brien/Cottrell train keeps a rolling as that team takes the point lead in NFC and looks to earn their first Heritage championship with second year driver Bobby Cottrell behind the wheel.

Cal Tebb get the win in Rocky Mountain action over a early leaving Norm Kolwich. Norm would have got the easy win as Cal was troubled on the run.

Royce Taylor got the win or Greg Howland in NW BB/FC action. It was his first Mission win.

Dan Proovst repeated his Super Quick win from 2018 as he defeated Mark Campbell . Provost was deadly all day long with solid lights and running right on his dial.

Dianne Petitt won the NW Super Comp race over Dale Green. Green has a perfect run in the semi finals, but could not come close to that in the final.

The No Box winner was Amber Rutherford. She defeated Tyson Lowe in the final round. (this is the semi final photo)

The electronics gambler winner was Yeshua Wilcox over Josh Schamke.

604 Top Street was won by Justin Gibson. He defeated Don Murray in the final round.

Lots more to come.

Coverage sponsored by

RAD Torque Systems. RAD Torque Systems.

Bob and Irene Kokotailo are selling the ex-Warren Johnson9-11 tribute car. Would love to see it stay local.

July 20, 2018

Midnight update

Photos in the update are from Friday at the National Open at MRP.

(in sequence from the start of test n tune at 12:30pm to the last Funny Car run at 9:30pm)

Terry Shuflita's two year task of putting together his Pro Stock legal Firebird culminated with a very nice 7.01@ 185 (Grant Klohn driving). There should be a 6 second 200 mph lap Saturday...Great job team!

Bradee Lowe in Justin's TD. She finishes her 6 runs with a 7.02. That girl is plain bad ass!

What an awesome two car flopper team (owned by Ralph Hubbert)

Dan Horan Jr. in a mid day test. Short numbers were all solid

Another cool chick. Haley Christensen in her first ever solo lap in the family truck. How about a .019 rt and a 14.28 time slip!

A final licensing pass for Don Harter's newest driver.

Round one of NFC. Tim had a decent start (far lane), but by 300 feet the bullet's chamber was empty. Engine eaten up! Tim Boychuk in the near lane ran a conservative 5.95/241.

Mr EX went 5.72 and Dan Horan after launching on 7 holes (you can see the dead pipe), smoked the tires

What a beautiful car Shawn Bowen is driving. The Bucky tuned and Bobby Cottrell driven Camaro went 5.69

Hubbert in the 70 1/2 Camaro

Phil Ruskowski making a test lap.

Jr Gamblers final round. Tanner won.

No Electronics gamblers. Andy Closkey won.

Joey and Wild Al Friday under the lights.

Brett Lammers first outing in Mission

Side by Side 5.95's from two of the nicest NFCs around

Bucky had this car hopped up for the final funny car down the track. It was strong for 330 feet then moved toward the centre line forcing Bobby to lift.

NFC Quailfying

Bobby Cottrell 5.69 / 252
Mark Sanders 5.72 / 252
Shawn Bowen 5.81/ 245
Tim Boychuk 5.89 / 241
Dan Horan 5.95 / 237
Tim Nemeth 6.32 / 198

 


 

July 20, 2018

Friday schedule for Mission Raceway's Lucas Oil Canadian National Open:

Racer parking: 7:00am - 10:00pm
Test n tune: 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Qualifying for Funny Cars
(two sessions) : 6:00pm and 8:00pm

 

Thursday evening.

 

What a great dinner last night. The Iceman/TDN Constructors group annual Fundraiser was a hit.

 

 

The Steaks were prime,

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Oysters were great (despite what my face looks like here with Tim Boychuk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim N., Senoir Grekul, Twig, Wally and Tim B all had a great time.

 

 

July 18, 2018

The photos and highlights from 275 elimination's from Doorwarz VI are posted.

July 17, 2018

10:00pm update

For all the other classes in DW that don't have their elimination photos posted (275, TS and Open Comp) we are still going to post this stuff. 275 should be up tomorrow)

Lucas Oil Canadian National Open preview

Nitro Funny Car:

Confirmed are seven Nitro Funny Cars and all of them have been 5.60 players over the last couple years.

Local fan favourite Tim Nemeth is looking for past performances with the "IceMan" Funny Car. He ran 5.60's here at Mission a couple years ago, but the best since has been high 5.70's. A sporadic player the last few years due to business concerns, Tim has all the best parts and the potential to go fast. Going fast comes with a big cost though, parts and long hours in the pits after the day is done on the track. I think Tim likes a bit more relaxing time in the pits than a hard thrash these days, but who knows. Good Luck to the team. They are also hosting their 7th annual fundraising bbq Friday night. That along puts Tim and wife Nancy at the top of SpeedZone's fave list.

 

What can you say about the Austin/O'Brien. Cottrell team. They are just flat out 'Bad to the Bone'. They keep on winning and doing it in dominant fashion. Last final round against Jason Rupert was...just..EPIC! Side by side 5.50's at over 250. The weather this year is forecasted to be hot,hot,hot..so the performance level may dip a bit, but I still expect this team to be in the late, late rounds.

 

 

 

Jason Rupert with CC Brad Littlefield two of the baddest hombres in NFC racing. Jason has more race wins in the class than any other driver out there, and he likely wants a shot of redemption after last year's heart breaking loss. If there is a team that can take the wind out of Austin / Cottrell, I would not bet against this team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Horan Jr. in the 'Digger Dan' Camaro have a win this year at the Beach Bend NHRA race and is easily one of the top 5 in the class. Has run a number of 5.60's This will be his second time here at MRP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MR Explosive Mark Sanders has had a number of strong results here at Mission. They have run in the 5.60's a bunch of times and both he and 'tuner/son' Jake 'the Snake' like to swing for the moon. Well liked by many up here in Canada, the team not only races hard, but they party hard as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Boychuk has a bunch of wins here at MRP back in the Hodgson/Boychuk days with the Troy Lee car and the 'Bubble-up' Firebird. Being a sole team owner and driver has not been easy, but it has also given the team a number of victories, including last weekend at Edmonton. CC Twig Zeigler has made many great runs here and has a bunch of success. Combine the two and they are a serious threat.

 

 

 

This is Shawn Bowen's first foray to Western Canada. He has one of the nicest rides out there, driving the Bartone/Lebor Camaro. Shawn currently sits #1 in the points based on runner-up finishes at both Firebird and Salt Lake and a late round finish at Beach Bend and the March Meet. The car is 5.60 capable and maybe ever quicker. If this team goes to the final round it would not surprise me.

Rocky Mountain Funny Cars

Top to Bottom: One of the winningest drivers in Rocky Mountain Funny Car history Cal Tebb is a fierce competitor, and he has one of the coolest Old School Funny Cars out there. He loves running quick so having their group run on a 6.75 index here at Mission is right up his alley.

(Middle) Joey Steckler in the beautiful Corvette and Norm Kolwich in the 50's Corvette both love racing at Mission Raceway. Joey got a big win last weekend at Castrol (Edmonton) and would like a 'double-up". Norm got his first ever win here a few years ago.

Troy Sitko in the White Trash Duster is a force to be reckoned with. He has the Sitko pedigree of being a quick and fearless driver. The car has not made a lot of 6.70 runs but it has the HP to do it. Troy's RT's give him a few hundredths advantage as well.

 

 

Top to Bottom: 'Wild Al' Weich has been a strong runner at his last few races. He qualified dead on with a 6.900 at Edmonton's Rocky Mountain Nationals and he ran a bunch of mid 6's a month and a half ago here at the Old Time Drags. Look for him to be near the top of qualifying.

Middle: The 'Cowboy' Jimmy Fersch missed the Old Time Drag event here at MRP in June because of all things, he got married...Crazy Bugger! Just kidding! Wife Jo-Anne is a cool lady and loves drag racing. John Evanchuk is the tuner on the car and they have run consistent 6.70 and 80's in the past.

Bottom. Ron 'the Viking' Stennes has one of the nicest rides in the association. He has not been in the middle 6's on too many passes, but the great air at Mission should give them a good shot.

 

 

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