Canadian racer participation during our particular planet’s biggest annual drag racing event was once again impressive…..

Here are some photo highlights summarizing just of some of that action originating from last week’s prestigious NHRA Chevrolet Performance US Nationals at Indianapolis.

Renfrew Ontario’s Charlie Kenopic continued his highly impressive 2018 racing season! The driver of this ’63 Corvette (who already has a NHRA national event score this season) just missed another at Indy. He won five rounds in S/G before a break out loss to event winner Devin Isenhower in the semi final round.

Racing their new injected nitro car in national event competition for the first time – Stoney Creek’s Jeff Veale also came close to landing drag racing’s ultimate prize. Jeff qualified #11 and then won two rounds of TAD before losing out to event winner Josh Hart in the “final four” round.

Toronto’s Gus Mantas had a great run at Indy when he took his SS/AH ’68 Barracuda to the semi-final round with the event’s marquee annual Dodge Hemi Challenge. Gus qualified #6 (at 8.654 secs) and won three rounds before a red-light in the semis ended his strong event bid.

Two Alberta racers were entered in the event’s highly competitive M/T Top Fuel Harley division. Mike Scott from Calgary (top) just missed qualifying with a 6.410 secs (9th) and Kevin Boyer was a DNQ despite making some solid progress (6.656 best) racing his new Team Ace Racing machine based from St. Albert.

Super Stock class racing at Indy included two very fast Canadian Mustangs. Venice Perno (from Stoney Creek ON) entered his SS/CS 2010 model and Darrell Dietz (from Medicine Hat AB) raced his FGT/C 2012 Cobra Jet.

Canada’s “best bet” in TAD class racing – Shawn Cowie (from Surrey BC) – qualified #4 (5.263 secs) but was upset by Dan Page in round two of eliminations.

Tyler Scott and car owner Larry Dobbs were the only Canadians in TAFC at Indy this year. Tyler qualified the Ontario-based Harmon HVS Camaro 12th with a competitive 5.658 secs – but the team lost out in round one to Andy Bohl.

Canadian drag racing proponent Joe Boniferro and his son Ryan (from Niagara Falls) entered the U.S. Nationals event for the very first time. Ryan drove the team’s SS/FA ’69 Barracuda to a best time of 10.27 secs – which missed qualifying for the brutally tough 128-car field.

Canadian Pro Stock racing legends – the Konigshofer Brothers – participated within the event’s surprise added attraction Mountain Motor Pro Stock class exhibition. Driver “Johnny K” was one of 8 cars featured — and he ran the team’s new 2018 Mustang (from Otterville ON) to a best of 6.414 secs at 218.72 mph.

New Brunswick’s Wendall and Mark Howes entered their awesome Hemi cars in the 2018 Dodge Hemi Challenge event. Wendall (top) qualified his Barracuda 8th (8.671 secs) while Mark got his ’68 Dart in at #15. Wendall lost round one and Mark was eliminated in round two for that elite annual competition.

Transplanted Canadian Brian Browell (originally from Ontario) was entered in Competition eliminator with his always top running V6 D/Dragster. Brian (who now lives in Indiana) qualified deep in his home state race before losing out in round two.

Brantford’s Jeff Chatterson entered his first ever U.S. Nationals event. His injected nitro car ran a best of 5.628 secs but that wasn’t quick enough to break into the super swift TAD eliminator (5.394) bump).

To view additional racing images from the 2018 Chevrolet Performance US Nationals – link to our photo gallery: HERE

All photos by Bruce Biegler, Dave DeAngelis, Brennan Shortall