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December 11, 2013
Canadian Drag Racer Magazine / National Drag Racing Association
- 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
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 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
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
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
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!
Editor - Canadian Drag Racing Magazine
Vice-President - National Drag Racing Association
10 reasons why Adam Arana should be NHRA's top rookie.
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
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.
to the Future Award will likely be decided among those three, but here
are 10 reasons why Arana should be honored:
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
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?
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.
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.
FORCE CONTINUES PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS HEADED TO POMONA
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.
Countdown contender Spencer Massey in the first round Force was all
smiles when she reached the top end.
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 couldnt 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.
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
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)
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.
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 NHRAs annual championship awards ceremony
Monday, Nov. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
More than 120 of the nations 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,