A few interesting developments and tidbits of Canadian drag racing news originating from Western Canada……
Abe “Aces” Brainerd
Regina’s Abe Loewen, unquestionably one of Canada’s all time premier Sportsman racing veterans, was a winner (again) during the recent NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series race held at Brainerd Minnesota (June 7th). Driving his familiar and fast SS/DM ’98 Pontiac, which is sponsored by his own Queen City Performance, Loewen tuned up rather nicely for August’s NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals back at BIR, coming later this summer. Abe roared his machine to a final round 9.526 secs at 134.82 mph to defeat Mark Jenkins from Nebraska.
A Positive Wrap-up
The aspiring Calgary-based Darkside Racing team, owned by David, Kelly and Nikolas Fedorowich, will sport a new look for their Top Fuel dragster when they enter the IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals at Edmonton next month (July 17-19). The long time proponents of cancer awareness causes have with the help of sponsors Calgary Harley Davidson and Matco Tools wrapped their machine with an even more prominent message in support of PCCN Calgary/Prostaid Calgary.
“Dad’s Gone Racing” on Comeback Trail
After clobbering the guard wall at an event in Las Vegas a couple years back – the great looking nitrous injected ’63 Corvette Pro Mod raced by Gary Urlacher has re-emerged. Urlacher, who is from Spruce Grove, Alberta made a couple of short test squirts in the now rebuilt and spectacularly painted machine recently at Castrol Raceway. Fans should look for the Jerry Bickel-built car to be on the Pro Mod class entry list for the Rocky Mountain Nationals and also some other events beyond. (Photo by: Don Meleshko)
The fan favourite “Reaper” 6.99 nostalgia Funny Car team owned and campaigned by David and Edna Brant will go back to the future of sorts for 2015. The team which did experiment with a ’55 T-Bird body last season on the circuit — will revert back to a ’77 Pontiac Firebird body for this summer which has been repainted with yet another one of the team’s great schemes. Look for this car to debut at IHRA Edmonton and then be highly active and competitive within the Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car circuit going forward.
Post by: Bruce Biegler