Edmonton’s RAD Torque Raceway – hosts it’s annual mid-week summer classic…

After being deferred by one day due to the elements – RAD Torque Raceway played host to one of Western Canada’s most popular evenings of exhibition drag racing (Aug 10th.)

Unexpected Treat!  At Hot August Night — now 80-year young Terry Capp stepped back behind the wheel of the Ron Hodgson owned Bubble Up Firebird. Capp, who most famously won the US Nationals in Top Fuel in 1980, is a Canadian drag racing icon and was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2001. While Terry regularly attends and supports events at RAD Torque as a fan — to have him back driving the Bubble Up Firebird was a serious evening highlight!

High Flyer! — The father-son team of Brian and Tyler Stamler had an incredibly successful outing with their X275 Chevy S10. After fighting engine issues earlier in the season the team debuted a brand new turbocharged powerplant at Hot August Night and took advantage of the track prep. Tyler wheeled the S10 to not one but two massive wheelstands, and was luckily able to set the truck down relatively gently each time. He would run a new career best 4.62 before the weekend was over.

Pro Mod Presence — The Western Canada-based West Coast Pro Modifieds have welcomed the addition of many American racers since the pandemic related travel restrictions ended. One of these such racers is Tacoma, Washington based Garrett Richards, who made the 2,800 KM round trip trek to RAD Torque Raceway for the second time in as many months to compete at Hot August Night.   Garrett’s trip up was well worth it indeed — while winning the Chicago-style shootout at Hot August Night he collected the $7,300 cheque that went with it.

Fan Focus — While Hot August Night did experience a brief rain delay, area drag racing proponent David Brant (Onoway AB) and the “Warchief” Nitro Funny Car continued to make impressions – taking advantage of the break in racing action by picking up a long line of young fans in the process. During the delay there were countless kids who were fortunate enough to get a seat behind the wheel of David’s awesome new Chevy Camaro — each one smiling ear to ear during the process.

Into the FrayNick Goddard is no stranger to heads up drag racing, as he has been a longtime crew member on his dad’s nitrous assisted Pro Modified GTO.  However, at Hot August Night at RAD Torque Raceway, Nick was competing in X275 with a first generation twin-turbo S10. While he didn’t advance in the Chicago-style shootout he continues to take steps forward in the new setup.

Rather Strange — But True! –Ryan Mcqueen had his twin jet engine-powered Ferrari were on hand to provide the fans with an incredible afterburner show. The “Insanity” Ferrari was built from scratch over the span of 17 years, and fabricated entirely by Ryan in his Edmonton area home garage. As Ryan is not fully licensed yet — the car wasn’t able to make any passes on the track –however, Ryan hopes to complete the licensing process soon.

Post and photos by Louren Sansregret