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eliminations Sportsman classes
Qualifying and Eliminations for race #1 Saturday
Dragster final qualifying.....
and round one ladder
elims, round three pairings
Ritchie, Ferstl, Vanderkooi, Michuad, Gareau, and Hearn all adacned
to the 1/4 finals in Top Dragster.
defeated Ritchie, Vanderkooi took out Michaud, Gareau defeated Hearn
and Castle had a single.
defeated Castle and Ferstl defeated Vanderkooi
Final sheet and final round pairing
Graham Foster, and Gary Miserva all advanced to the semi finals of Top
Sportsman, James Bast defeated Graham Foster and Gary Miserva had a
single bye run putting him up against Bast in the Top Sportsman final
and Friday Preview
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After rumours of things changing at Castrol Raceway last fall and the
self-inflicted implosion of the IHRA's National events, Rob and Kimberly
Reeves did the expected and switched over to the NHRA. While it does
not mean Canada will see a National event (that won't happen even if
pigs fly), it does mean the NHRA will see the largest spectator count
for a non-national event at any race track not called Summit Motorsport
park (Norwalk) . Throughout the NHRA, an NHRA event like a LODRS or
Nat'l Open would be deemed an overwhelming success if 5,000 - 10,000
fans are in the stands for a weekend. Castrol will see upwards of 30,000+
fans this weekend for the Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by
JB's Power Centre. The reason for the huge crowds are two-fold: 1. Other
than Southern California, no other geographic area of North America
has more history in the sport than the Province of Alberta.
Names like Bernie Fedderly, Dale Armstrong, Gary Beck, Gordie Bonin,
Ron Hodgson, Terry Capp, NHRA's very own second in command, Graham Light,
Les Davenport, Rob Flynn, Ray Peets, George Sitko, Bob Mageau, Roger
Bateman, Bob Reynolds and Geoff Goodwin are just some of the names who
have made a mark in Drag Racing's history.
All those guys are who's who in the sport and all got their start racing
in the province of Alberta.
2. The fans in Alberta remember the past and are a part of the history,
and they are the legacy that keeps Edmonton a hot bed for the sport
When The Rocky Mountain Nationals started 14 years ago the IHRA gave
Castrol Raceway (Budweiser Motorsport Park at that time), an offer they
could not refuse, and for over a decade that race was THE race in the
IHRA eyes, even if a number of East Coast racers did not like the travel
aspect. The fans kept on coming. Clay Millican and Bruce Litton were
regulars and both put on fantastic shows. Local Terry Capp, a legend
from back in the 70's even returned to the sport, and ran 320 mph here
a dozen years ago.
But with all the changes the IHRA has undergone in the last five to
seven years it was apparent that the second largest sanctioning was
on life support 'big show' wise. The loss of corporate sponsors, the
Evan Knoll debacle have all lead to the restructuring of the "I".
Through all the turmoil Castrol Raceway had maintained their spot as
the "top event". I have said many times that the Rocky Mountain
Nationals could survive without any association sanction because of
the passion the fans up here have. Plus it helps to have an owner who
is willing to take risks and literally do it "his way".
Now under the NHRA sanctioning, Mr. Reeves continues to run this race
the way he wants to.
My guess is, the success will continue and in all likelihood will be
even better. There are no less than seven feature classes this year
starting with big show Nitro. While there will not be any full time
NHRA big show cars competing, long time veteran Bruce Litton will make
his 15th appearance, Gary Densham, will be bring his 4 second Fuel coupe
(would love to see a four second Funny Car pass, but he likely is in
test mode for Sonoma and Seattle so it might be 1000 foot shots). David
Fedorowich a veteran of Top Fuel racing for a couple decades will bring
his car to compete against Litton. Top Fuel Harley's will be out in
Force. Many of the full time NHRA Top Fuel competitors will be here
including National event winners Jay Turner and Mike Scott. There should
be close to a dozen in attendance. At least six Nostalgia Fuel Altered's
will be here as well. Cars include the Hough family 'Nanook', Ron Hope's
'Rat Trap', Randy Bradford's 'Fiat', Nick Davies and 'Havoc' (all the
way from England), Tom Padilla's 'Dragon' and Mike Hilasbeck's 'Arizona
Thunder' . Likely a couple Alberta big 'pump' Fuel Altered's will also
attend. The Nostalgia Nitro Coupes will compete as well with five confirmed
including four local cars including NHRA record holder Ryan Hodgson,
Multi time IHRA and NHRA heritage winner Tim Boychuk, Heritage winner
Steven Densham, Local favourites Nathan Sitko and Jay Mageau (with a
new look). The complete contingent of 6.90 Funny Cars from the Rocky
Mountain floppers and the IBAA will start off each professional session
(one session Friday evening and two sessions Saturday evening). Also
expected are a couple NHRA A/Fuel dragsters including the NHRA National
speed record holder Don St Arnaud, and a couple Manitoba competitors
Gord Gingles and Doug Doucette. Greg Sereda will also likely compete.
One car missing this year is the Geoff Goodwin TAFC. Geoff after years
competing sold his car and has retired from competitive racing. One
of SpeedZone Magazine's favourite classes are the Pro Mods. The WDRL
will be at Castrol with a dozen or more fast door-cars competing in
an 8 car field. Canadian nitrous and overall record holder (5.796) Mike
'Gonzi' Gondziola headlines the group along with multi event winner
Garrett Richards from Washington, '5' second Alberta performer Paul
Glandon Twin Turbo Camaro, Rick Distefano and his new 1970 Twin Turbo
Camaro are just a few of the guys set to do battle.
Of course every night will close with Jet cars and this year Rick Kopp
with his Jet truck will put on a show. Wheelstanders will likely be
there as well.
Of course being an NHRA National Open all the sportsman classes including
Stock, Super Stock, Super Comp, Gas, Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman
as well as the bracket classes including Super Pro, Sportsman, Pro and
Bike/Sled will chase the NHRA National Open points. Jr Dragsters three
different classes and Jr. Street will round out the NHRA Summit Bracket
classes. The National Open series has events at three Canadian tracks
including Castrol, Medicine Hat and Mission Raceway as well as a handful
of North West Division Six tracks in Washington, Montana and Oregon
Looking at the feature cars alone, it is no wonder the place is packed
for all three days.
SpeedZone Magazine.com will have daily coverage and photos all weekend
long as well as their facebook page. We will have no less than three
reporters/photographers on site to bring you all the news. No other
racing web site will come close to the coverage we will offer.
We want to thank the Top Eliminator Series and Ebert's Racing for their
sponsorship of our coverage throughout the weekend.