A mid-summer edition of some of the latest news and things to watch for soon — within Canadian drag racing…..

The Ralph & Raymond Show? — A very interesting sideline to the Pro Mod entry list at Grand Bend Motorplex — just this weekend — included the re-emergence of one of Eastern Canada’s most colourful Pro Mod drivers – Ralph Andreacchi. Ralph (from Maple Ontario) had his newest car (acquired from South Carolina’s Jason Scruggs) out for the first time this year — with skilled driver Raymond Commisso at the controls of it for testing. Raymond coaxed the machine, which includes heavy involvement of both Al Billes and Harry Hibbs, to a rather outstanding 3.890 secs at 192.92 mph 1/8th mile effort. We will post some additional insights on Ralph’s future driving comeback including his planned part of a 2-car Pro Mod team equation for 2021. Details on all that to come within a feature — a little later this season…!

Ralph Andreacchi’s new Pro Mod Camaro debuts….

Medicine Hat $-Moola-$! — The Medicine Hat Motorplex presented it’s richest ever ET Bracket Racing event last week when the Western Canadian Summer Classic – presented by T&T Productions and sponsored by RAD Torque Systems and Gmack Oilfield Services – went into the books.

Driving his dragster — Jason Padd (Chestermere AB) who was the 2019 Top Eliminator points champion at Castrol Raceway — emerged the big winner when he defeated Braden Halina in the final round for the 48-car shootout to collect the event’s top prize of $20,000.

Prolific Western Canadian T/D class driver Jason Padd enjoys a very nice payday at Medicine Hat Drag Strip!

Saturday’s main event saw Bobby Bailey and Richard Harder as the last 2 No Box racers.  But it was Richard Harder, racing his Chevy S-10 taking the ultimate victory going all the way, beating Todd Fleck’s Camaro in the (Box vs No Box) finals.

Sunday saw Richard Harder advance deep again as he and Braydon Heroux were the last standing No Box cars. But that final for that 8-car “split” Box vs No Box eliminator version went to James Rutherford’s TS Ford Probe (from Grand Prairie AB) which took a win over Dalton Gareau.

Richard Harder collected a first place prize of $7500 on Saturday from the Western Canadian Summer Classic.

Junior finals each day were Tanner Gaetz defeating Jacob Mills on Saturday and Cold Blagdon besting Colton Morin on Sunday.

Friday’s Gamblers race saw Ed Vanderkooi and Daylen Miller split and quit as the wind started blowing dust all over the track before the finals could be completed. (Posted by Travis Ringguth)

Something Wicked (High-Tech) This Way Come! — We will be posting more extensive details in the near future — but we thought we would share this little preview of the spectacular new Horton-chassis built dragster (below) which is now finished/in the midst of testing. Conceived by Buford Ontario-based KHR (Kyle Harris Racing) — we think this may very well be the most tech marvel T/D class car ever in Canada – fully loaded with unique design, safety details and potent power. The race car can (and may in the future?) actually venture too within the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster class category. DragRaceCanada will post something in-depth – coming soon!

Posted by Bruce Biegler