Winter weary Canadian racers migrate south in full force for NHRA’s Arizona Nationals held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix….

Couldn’t help but be impressed by Calgary’s Mike Scott who (despite losing in round one to event winner Tii Tharpe) roared to a very fast 6.428 secs at 219.22 mph aboard his Top Fuel Harley.

Tom Nolan (owner of Winners Choice Racing) campaigned both his cars at the Arizona Nationals – Tom drove his ’09 G5 in Super Stock while racing partner ¬†Tibor Kadar (who is from Arizona) raced Tom’s classic ’64 Thunderbolt in Stock eliminator.

Top Dragster class racing featured two of Alberta’s best with Trevor Ritchie (top) and Grant Durie entered. The two drivers qualified #10 and #18 respectively.

Lady racer Charlene Gullett was one of 10 Canadian cars entered in Super Stock. Charlene qualified her Calgary-based ’84 Olds at -.734

Mike Williams (Tilley AB) who was the 2016 NHRA World Champ in Top Sportsman — qualified his GXP 13th but fell in round one of competition.

Regina’s Grant Singer had his SS/BS ’90 Camaro flying high for the fans during qualifying but Grant lost out in round #1 of competition.

Lyle Newton entered his Nanaimo BC-based Top Fuel Harley – but his best run of 6.769 secs just missed the program.

We really like this new ride for Bob Marshall from Olds AB. This 2005 GT/JA Cavalier is a new ride for him built by Al Wiebe.

A cool but seldom seen on the NHRA national event trail S/ST car entered was Ray Carlson’s topless Corvette which is from 100 Mile House BC

The Father and Son team of Eddy and Casey Plaizier were in action. Eddy drove his recently acquired ’84 Camaro in S/ST (winning 2 rounds) while Casey (below) went to the 4th round in S/G before losing out to event winner Todd Barton.

Edmonton’s Joe Graves showed at Phoenix driving the ’96 model Camaro formally owned by Byron Setters. Joe ran the GT/JA car to a .524 under the index to qualify well in Super Stock.

There was a lot talk around this new Pro-Charger powered TD entered by Medicine Hat’s Mark Simmons. But after breaking the motor in it – Mark raced his backup TNT chassied car all the way to the 4th round before losing to class winner Phil Nero.

Steve Lowe (from Langley BC) was in S/ST 10.90 competition with his highly competitive ’68 model Camaro but fell early in class competition this time.

Western Canadian “Ironman” Super Stock racer Byron Setters was the top qualifying Canadian in Super Stock. He took his Red Deer-based GT/FA Cavalier to a -.928 which was 6th for 61 cars entered.

Greg Marshall (from Surrey BC) tried his hand in Stock with his nicely prepped J/SA ’88 Olds Cutlass.

All photos by Bruce Biegler

To view additional photos of Canadian racers entered visit our photo gallery from the Arizona Nationals:  HERE