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PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
December 11, 2013
Dale Hickey


Canadian Drag Racer Magazine / National Drag Racing Association

Dale Boeru - Champion of Canadian Drag Racing Passes Away
Canadian drag racing lost a champion for the sport on Wednesday, December 10, 2013. Dale Boeru was tragically killed when the tractor-trailer he was driving collided with another on Highway 401, just west of his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario. Dale was 51 years old.
Boeru is well-known in the Canadian drag racing community for his online magazine, Canadian Drag Racer Magazine and the successful racing series, National Drag Racing Association; both were founded and run by him. As well, Dale created and managed Fast Entertainment Inc.
Since the late '70s, when he raced his 1970 Camaro at St.Thomas Dragway in Sparta, ON, Boeru had been addicted to the quarter mile dash.
Being an accomplished photographer, it was only natural for Dale to combine his love for racing with his prowess behind the lens. Hence, he took his finger off the button and put it back on the shutter of the camera for over two decades, taking literally thousands of dynamic pictures.
As time went on, Boeru became increasingly aware of the lack of exposure for Canadian drag racers. There were so many successful Canucks in the IHRA and NHRA "big shows" and so many more Sportsman racers who were delighting race fans at the grassroots level at tracks above the "49th". He strongly believed that every one of them deserved recognition. As well, Dale realized that one more Canadian magazine would help to compete with the plethora of mags that extoll primarily U.S. events and racers. This could be a much needed shot in the arm for drag racing in our country. So began the concept of Canadian Drag Racer Magazine - "Dedicated to Canadian Drag Racing".
Established in 2009, CDRM has generated interesting, factual and reader friendly articles about Canadian drag race drivers from the Juniors to the veterans in the popular "Featured Driver" section. The magazine has focused on Canadian personalities and tracks, events and human interest through its pages: all written by a dedicated collection of writers and contributors that Dale personally recruited from across the nation.
The photos that accompanied every story were high quality from some of Canada's most talented photographers, including Dale himself.
CDRM also featured timely "World Drag News" to encompass a comprehensive coverage of what was happening in drag racing across North America and the world.
Combined with fabulous features and articles and first-rate photography, Canadian Drag Racer Magazine developed into a world-class online publication that is read literally around the globe.
An accomplishment such as this doesn't happen without unending hours, absolute dedication and outstanding leadership. Dale Boeru tirelessly searched the internet, established countless contacts for stories, nurtured relationships with writers and photographers, edited articles and coordinated the pictures and put everything together so readers would truly enjoy every aspect of the magazine. Then he would have to sell advertising and do the typical financial and daily management stuff. He did this every day since inception … all after he finished his regular job! Dale's dedication and remarkable energy was simply fueled by his love of the sport and was totally encouraged and supported by his amazing wife, Wendy. During my many conversations with Dale, he lovingly expressed how in awe he was of Wendy's patience and understanding.
You bet! Boeru took a fledgling magazine to rank with the best in the industry! Just four years is all it took. Totally outstanding!
Now, if producing a significant magazine isn't enough, this tireless guy took on another major project when he saw a need for a program that would provide Canadian and northern U.S. Alcohol Funny Cars a regular opportunity to showcase their 3000 HP floppers and compete for championships along with decent payouts. Therefore, he founded the National Drag Racing Association (NDRA) and put on the first NDRA Alcohol Funny Car Series presented by Oshweken Speedway at Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, Ontario on the May 18 - 20, 2012 weekend.
The 2012 series, which included another race at Grand Bend and two more at Toronto Motorsports Park - Cayuga Dragway, was a huge success and Canadian fans loved it! There was no question that it would be replicated in 2013.
Before the 2013 season was even booked, the Dave Earhart, who founded the successful Heads Up Racing Association (H.U.R.A.) approached Dale to take on the management and promotion of their growing contingent of Pro Doorslammers. Although HURA was already a going concern, Earhart recognized that the door cars and Alcohol Funny Cars could meld nicely to create a grand show and that Boeru's promotional talent and expertise would bolster more exposure for the doorslammer drivers.
Year two of the NDRA introduced an exciting roster of Alcohol Funny Cars and Pro Doorslammers that wowed the crowds! Earhart was right.
With each of the drivers in both classes not only focused on the wins but on entertaining the fans, the incredible effort put forth by the NDRA officials, then the support from Brand Bend Motorplex and Cayuga Dragway, along with the backing of a cast of fabulous sponsors and the leadership of Boeru …the master showman, the NDRA Alcohol Funny Car series presented by Oshweken Speedway and the NDRA Pro Doorslammer series became "gotta go" Canadian events that could match any other. 2013 was a huge success!
The successful results of the 2012 and 2013 seasons was enough to encourage Dale to think about expanding the NDRA into western Canada. Already this year, Dale and I had started to approach selected tracks to host the NDRA series as well as begin recruitment of cars. Unfortunately, with Dale's untimely death, this expansion is yet to be determined.
No matter what … just as with Canadian Drag Racer Magazine, the National Drag Racing Association was coming on fast as a major player in the world of the fastest sport on earth. All because of this man with unending passion and energy!
The resume doesn't end here. Boeru also founded Fast Entertainment Inc. which features exhibition vehicles with the likes of Doug Cadman's famous Nostagia Nitro Funny Car "Chi-Town Hustler" along with Nitro Harleys, Nitro Funny Cars, Jet Cars, Dragsters and Trucks and Top Fuel Dragsters.
Despite his incredible accomplishments, Dale Boeru was one of the most approachable guys anywhere. He didn't develop just business relationships … he made friends. Dale was a regular guy with a great sense of humour and a zest for life. His passion didn't end in the race world … it included just about everything and everyone around him.
Dale was an innovator … a dreamer and a "doer". He was a steadfast negotiator, yet he remained flexible. He was a teacher and still a learner. He could be serious and then be goofy. Above all, Dale Boeru was a great friend, as many of us have come to know him.
The drag racing world … Canadian and global … has indeed, lost a true champion!
On behalf of your family at Canadian Drag Racer Magazine and the National Drag Racing Association as well as your countless friends on and off the track, God's speed, Dale! May all of your lights be good ones!
Dale Hickey
Editor - Canadian Drag Racing Magazine
Vice-President - National Drag Racing Association


 

Top 10 reasons why Adam Arana should be NHRA's top rookie.

CORYDON, Ind. (Nov. 1) - With one race remaining in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV Buell rider Adam Arana remains the leading contender for the Auto Club Road to the Future Award.

The award honors NHRA's top rookie, and Arana has posted numbers worthy of it. Six rookies are competing in NHRA this season, and the 22-year-old Arana has had stiff competition, mainly from Top Fuel driver Brittany Force and Funny Car racer Chad Head.

The Road to the Future Award will likely be decided among those three, but here are 10 reasons why Arana should be honored:

Arana is the only competitor across the four professional classes to reach the Countdown to the Championship.
Arana has one No. 1 qualifier, tying for the most among rookies.
Arana has reached one final round, matching for the most among rookies.
Arana has an average qualifying position of 7.1, tops among rookies.
Arana is the only rookie to compete in AND qualify for every race.
Arana is a true rookie, not making a pass in competition at any level before the season.
Arana is following in the footsteps of 2011 Road to the Future Award winner Hector Arana Jr., his older brother.
Arana serves as his own crew chief, working on his bike throughout the entire weekend.
Arana has accomplished his racing numbers while studying business at Indiana University Southeast and working at the Lucas Oil Bottling Facility.
Did we mention Arana is the only rookie who made the Countdown?

The rookie award carries with it a $20,000 prize and its traditional trophy and will be presented to the winner during NHRA's awards ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

More than 120 of the nation's leading auto racing journalists will select the winner through a voting system based on the following criteria: number of events participated, performance on and off the racetrack, participation in NHRA promotions, and relationships with fans, sponsors, and media. Voting ends Nov. 4.


BRITTANY FORCE CONTINUES PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS HEADED TO POMONA

 

YORBA LINDA, CA (October 29, 2013) --- With one more day of testing behind her, Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future contender, Brittany Force is eager to get to the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. The rookie driver of the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster, the first Top Fueler ever campaign by the 18-time Funny Car championship team, picked up another round win at the Toyota NHRA Nationals giving her eight round wins which leads all rookies this season.

After outrunning Countdown contender Spencer Massey in the first round Force was all smiles when she reached the top end.

“I have raced Spencer four times this season and even though our car was improving it was still not enough to get passed that talented team. I had an awesome run in the first round in Las Vegas and when I saw that win light I was beyond excited! I couldn’t wait to get to the top end to see my guys and pump them up for the next round. Spencer has been a great competitor and friend out here and he was a real professional after the race,” said Force, who now has a 1-4 record against the Top Fuel driver from Ft. Worth, Texas.

Since the Countdown began five races ago Force has an average qualifying position of 7th, has qualified for every race and has raced to the quarterfinals three times. For a rookie driver this kind of success in a play-off atmosphere has definitely helped her improve as her rookie season winds down.

“We have been improving all season but seeing the jump we have made since Indy has been really encouraging. My Castrol EDGE team is really hitting their stride and I am so proud of them. The Countdown atmosphere has been incredible. I think that you feel the pressure even more over these last five races to do your best and make your team proud to really finish out the season strong. Winning rounds consistently has given me the confidence that nothing is out of this teams reach and that our first win is right around the corner” said Force.

(Ron Lewis photo)

“I would love to win the Automobile Club Road to the Future Award because I think I have given so much to the sport this season. It has been so exciting learning the ropes in Top Fuel and picking up tips from so many of my competitors. They have been incredibly helpful and I want to continue to grow as a driver in this class. I have learned there is so much more to being a successful driver than turning on a win light. Getting to know the media and the fans as well as working with my sponsors Castrol, Ford, Mac Tools, BrandSource, Traxxas and Freightliner has been an eye-opening experience,” added Force.

The Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award, which recognizes the top rookie competitor in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be presented during NHRA’s annual championship awards ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. More than 120 of the nation’s leading auto racing journalists will select the winner through a voting system based on the following criteria: performance on and off the racetrack, participation in NHRA promotions, number of events participated, and relationships with fans, sponsors, and media.


 


 

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