Sept.26, 2003 IHRA Presidents Cup Nationals Budds Creek, Md
Final elimination results are here
Qualifying after Friday's two sessions of qualifying at Budds Creek includes Calgary resident Glen Kerunsky in his bright yellow 57 Chevy. After the first run Glen was in the #17 position just out of the field after a 6.477/218 mph. In round two of qualifying, Glen ripped down the track to a 6.307/215mph blast that put him in the #6 position. Two nitrous cars and three blown combinations are in front of him including a great 6.20 by Mike Janis. Qualifying resumes tomorrow afternoon. Here is the top sixteen after Friday.
1 5 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, '63 Chevy Corvette 6.201
Sept. 9, 2003 One race remains for the Canada West Doorslammers
Canada West Doorslammers double header weekend two weeks ago, at Mission Raceway saw two new winners for 2003. The Sunday event sponsored by Ron Parr Race Engines was won by Rob Charlton driving his S-10 Pick-up. He defeated Todd Fleck. With the win Charlton moved to within 10 points of first place Joe Mellof who went to round two on Sunday. On Labour Day Monday, the rescheduled event from June was run. It was sponsored by Kershaw Performance out of Langley. 14 cars ran eliminations on Monday and this time it was Rob Murphy's turn to take home the winner's trophy and $1000.00 cheque. He defeated Brian Kikel in the final round. Kikel red lit his chance away and Rob actually broke the blower pulley off at the 1100 foot mark, so this day the race gods shined down on the bright red blown Daytona. Point leader Joe Mellof went to the semis Monday and the Sunday winner Rob Charlton was a first round casualty. Ray Kirton remained in second place with his semi final finish on Sunday and first round loss on Monday. The final event of the year is the second week of October, and the top three are all capable of winning the championship much like it was last year when it came down to the semi finals and finals at the last race of the year. It will be exciting. Make sure you make it out to the track for the final event of the year. (Photos tomorrow)
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Sept. 1, 2003 West Coast Pro Mod final event of 2003
The West Coast Pro Mod series wrapped up at Mission
Raceway Park this past weekend and what a final race it was. 13 cars
attempted to qualify for the 8 car field and in the end of qualifying
a record 6.46 bump was on the table. Rick Distefano was # 1 qualifier
with an association record 6.274 ET. Three cars were in the 6.20's and
three more ran in the 6.30's. In eliminations Sunday, #four qualifier
(Kirk Kuhns 6.32) took on the #5 qualifier (his teammate Dennis Radford
6.36) in the first pairing. It was very cool to see twin Vipers (except
for the big blower on Kirk's car), lined up against each other. Dennis
had the hole-shot and took an early lead, then at the 300 foot mark,
Kirks Viper went boom as the burst panel let go giving the win to Radford.
Dennis went through the lights with a 6.28. In the #3 vs #7 pairing
(Glen Kerunsky 6.294 and Lee Smith 6.36), Glen Kerunsky through down
the gauntlet with a et record tying and MPH breaking 6.274/227.67 blow
to defeat Lee Smith's career best game 6.35/221 mph run. The #2 qualifier
John Scialpi (6.279) took on #6 Kip DuPuis (6.40), and Sciapli took
the win after running another 6.27 to DuPuis' 6.40. The final pairing
saw Distefano take on local Trevor Lowe in the #1 vs #8 battle. The
race was over on just off the starting line, as Trevor broke the throttle
cable and Rick pedaled his way to a 6.48 win. Rick was a little fortunate
as the tune up in the Lowe car was expected to jump into the high 30's
or low 40's after finding a couple things after qualifying. The Semis
were two great match-up. Last year series champion Dennis Radford in
the nitrous "Poison Viper" taking off the low 6.20 capable
Corvette of Rick Distefano, and the big one, the race for all the marbles.
The 2003 championship could be won by either John Scialpi or Glen Kerunsky.
John needed to win the round and then go on to win the race and Kerunsky
just needed this round win. Both cars were capable of setting a new
series record on the run and both were loaded to do so. As the car came
to the line, John deep staged and Glen went shallow. They left the starting
line and Glen past me at the 200 foot mark, slightly in the lead. He
extended it all the way down the track to a new ET and speed record
6.269/227.73, compared to John's 6.42/221 mph effort. When the ET slip
was looked at, it turned out that John had rolled the starting line
beam after deep staging giving him a 1.19 60ft. compared to his usual
1.05. Take away the.14 on the bad start and you would have had a 6.28
for Scialpi. Would that have been close! The other semi saw Distefano
take out the nitrous Viper with a 6.27. So the stage was set for the
two Calgarian's to battle in the final round and nothing would be held
back for this one. Distefano has made noise in the IHRA at a couple
events this year, while Kerunsky just wrapped up the championship and
has two wins this year already.
August 26, 2003 This weekend at Mission Raceway Park, is the "Pepsi Pro Mod Challenge" and a double header "Canada West Doorslammer" weekend sponsored by Ron Parr Racing Engines and Kershaw Performance, (both out of Langley). Also on tap is the last point's event for the "Team Mission" bracket racers hoping to qualify for the Summit Finals next weekend, at the Eagle Motorplex. The NW Super gas association and Top Comp are also competing. The bracket stuff will be in their ZONE and the Doorslammers will be here. Pro Mods are at Glen's Kerunsky's Web Site, that you can get to here. For the Doorslammers, Joe Mellof will be a marked man, as he has the points lead with two races to go. Joe is the only multi race winner so far this year with three wins. But a couple early round exits have meant that his lead is not as big as it could have been. I my opinion, there are five guys with a chance to get the title, but it would have to mean that Mellof would have to go out early and places 3 through 5 would have to have at least one win and a late round finish in the other race. Last year, the championship came down to the final round of the last event, as Bob Marshall needed a win to take the title by a couple points over Larry Hatch, but he fell short. This year, we only have a couple days to wait and see.
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August 17, 2003
The "Sharkman" Joe Mellof dominates the double header weekend.
The Canada West Doorslammers ran a double header last weekend at MRP, The Saturday event was presented by Kershaw Performance of langley and the Sunday event was presented by DTT (Diesel Transmission Technologies) of Abbotsford. Saturday's was the completion of the rained out event from the June event, and saw first time finalist in 2003 Duane Grosart take on second timne finalist and event winner Joe Mellof. The race was all Mellof as he got his second win of the year. in the Sunday event. Joe continued his winning ways, as he took out Rob Charlton in the final rond. Rob was using Joe's spare transmission for Sunday as he broke his on Saturday. Saturday Rob actually ran Joe Lazic's car during eliminations when the transmission could not be replaced in time. He got a kick out of using the lenco car, and thanked Roy for his generosity. With the double win Joe took over the lead in the standings over Ray Kirton. Rob Charlton is in third place. The next event is another double header in two weeks on the Labour Day long weekend.
Here is the point standings to August 15, 2003:
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