biggest doorcar event of the season in Canada is this weekend at
Mission Raceway. 150+ race CARS will invade the sea level track
in efforts to try and become the winners of six different warz.
Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw 275, Top Sportsman, Canada West Doorslammer
and Open Comp. With super hot weather forecasted all weekend long
the evening qualifying sessions will be the time to see potential
records set, but likely the weekend will be one of survival, who
can manage a 130 degree track through up to 6 rounds of eliminations.
one competitor as been a favourite in a class at Doorwarz since
its start two years ago. That favourite was Mike Maggio last year
at the second doorwarz event. He went on to win running a couple
tenths quicker than anyone else. Well this year in the Outlaw 10.5
class, one driver is in the same position. Ken Sihota has singlehandedly
dominated the class up North , and based on the pre entries he should
continue the trend. close to a dozen cars are expected and Ken is
the only competitor to run in the 6.20's and 6.30's in attendance.
His good buddy (that Ken also tunes) Steve Nicholson is the only
other driver (beside Ken) to run in the 6.40'.s
won a couple weeks back in Seattle at the first ever NW 10.5 event,
running 6.30's. The hot conditions might be a bit of an equalizer
this weekend, as managing the power to what could be a slick surface
could be his biggest challenger.
The entries for the weekend include Ken Sihota in his Nitrous Firebird,
Steve Nicholson driving his 1963 Nitrous Corvette, Paja Agatonovic
driving his Nitrous Camaro (Paja won last year), Dean Branham is
his Twin Turbo Cuda, second year driver Brent Van Vliet and his
twin Turbo Camaro, veteran Roy Moznik and his Nitrous El Camino,
first time Doorwarz attendee Brian Sipe ( Nitrous Mustang I think),
rookie 10.5 competitor Nick Duda and his Turbo Mustang, Mike Walterson
who has run a nitrous Nova for the last couple years but rumors
of a new powerplant are out there, and Montana racer Mike Dowling
in his very nice Procharged Chevelle.
The teams are all quality teams and are all dedicated 10.5 cars,
but the creme de la creme is Sihota. The one wild card in this is
Paja Agatonovic as he is rumored to have a hired tuner in his corner
for the weekend. His monster Sonny's power-plant (900 + inches)
has yet to reach its potential so he would be considered the second
Here are the rankings and odds for the Outlaw 10.5 class.
2-1 Ken Sihota: Ken said his car makes more power than last year
when he ran a 6.23 at Vegas. Under the lights Friday or Saturday
evening when the track will be in the best condition he has a chance
to match those numbers.
4-1 Paja Agatonovic: Paja wants to be one of the front runners performance
wise very badly. If in fact he brings in a hired tuner, he could
be a 6.40 or 6.30 player.
5-1 Dean Branham: His twin Turbo Cuda makes the most power hands
down. Be Dean is still learning what the Hemi wants and he also
has to manage it on the racing surface. His exact power-plant has
gone 6.0's back east in a 10.5 car. I don't think it will be too
long till he is at least in the 6.30's.
7-1 Steve Nicholson: Steve should likely be higher on the list (I
hope he looks at this and gets pissed and makes me eat my words,
cause I really like him and his team), but he hasn't found his sweet
spot since he crashed testing at Seattle last spring. He has only
run four or five times since then but his consistent 6.40's run
in 2013 have not been reached since.
8-1 Brent Van Vliet. One year since debuting his really clean Twin
Turbo Camaro, he finally ran in the sixes. He did it big time running
a best of 6.71 and making his first '6' second lap a solid one,
with a 6.86. He also ran 212 mph on the weekend. Based on those
numbers and the fact the team came home with no mechanical issues
they may pour more coals to it. If he gets in the top half of the
field he could be a serious threat on Sunday.
9-1 Roy Moznik Roy should really be higher on the list but he has
struggled getting the power to the ground in his big inch Fulton
and three or four kits of nitrous. His engine is almost a clone
to Ken Sihota.
10-1 Mike Walterson. Mike was the runner-up last year as he was
one of the most consistent car running 6.90's all weekend. He will
need a bunch more power this year and rumors of a new engine combo
could just give him the performance he needs.
11-1 Nick Duda. Nicks Mustang has shown a bunch of promise over
the last year as he sorts out the newly worked chassis and powerlant.
If all the ducks are in a row he could run his first '6' this weekend.
12-1 Brian Sipe This will be his first time to Mission for Doorwarz
and he has yet to run to his potential. Brian is looking a solid
performance this weekend.
13-1 Mike Dowling. Mike has bee thrashing the last two weeks after
suffering Engine damage at Pacific Raceways at the 10.5 race. The
Procharged Chevelle is all steel and one of the nicest looking cars
in the class. He will need to find a ton of power if he is to compete
with the big boys.