DragRaceCanada & KHR continues deserved acknowledgement for some Canadian series and track champions from 2020…

“Z Team” Leaves Mark — The MHDRA’s Pro ET championship for 2020 was claimed by Tyler Zeller in his 1982 Chevy Camaro.  Tyler is part of Alberta’s rather timeless “The Z Team” which was first established by his father Doug some 4 decades ago.  Doug Zeller continues to race — with a Super Pro ’71 Nova and next season the team will add a 3rd car (’78 Camaro) when Tyler’s younger sister Ashley joins the fray.  Tyler’s title winning Camaro features a 454 BBC which runs in the mid 10 secs zone.  His title in 2020 featured four final round appearances (1 win) equating to his third track championship – so far!

A “Street King” Hat Trick — Within Grand Bend Motorplex’s Thunder Series — it was Brad Talbot who emerged on top for Street ET season points.  Brad, who is also a member of a multi-car family racing team (Talbot Racing) claimed the title driving his very consistent 1980 model Camaro which he has now owned for two years.  With a 355 CID SBC, Brad enjoyed a superb year going to six final rounds in total  at GBM — winning four times.  Brad is a familiar runner at the track along with his father Jay, uncle Kevin and brother Jeff (who finished #2 in season Street ET points) — all very dedicated local ET Bracket racing participants.  Talbot Racing ( based from the Windsor area) are truly a multi-generation team — being first established by Brad’s Grandpa Ralph Talbot.

To the Top at TMP  — Toronto Motorsports Park’s highly competitive RCSS did include season titles for Rob McCallum and Dan Pepper last season.  McCallum (from Mississauga) prevailed for the track’s (Vinyl Window Design Ltd presented) Quick Sportsman points title driving what was in fact a former Super Comp Olds Cutlass that was owned previously by NHRA Pro Stock racer Larry Morgan.  Rob’s title win was gratifying as it came over a ferociously competitive season, which was not determined until the final event of the year (+ 2nd to 4th in Quick Sportsman had only 1 point separating each).  Dan Pepper emerged on top for the track’s “driver skill required” OK Tire-presented Footbrake eliminator with his Chevy Camaro.  Pepper (from Hensell ON) vaulted out to an early season points lead and never looked back — leading all year to become a first time points champion at the famous Canadian drag racing facility.

“Battle of Alberta” Winner — The COVID challenges of 2020 did curtail the initially more grandeur plans for Pro Mod class racing for Western Canada last season.  The pandemic necessitated that the schedule for the West Coast Pro Modifieds (formally known as the WDRL) had to be reduced – in the end becoming a province of Alberta only affair.  Drag racing proponent Dean Bettenson (from Red Deer AB) who’s company Belair Power was also the circuit’s title sponsor, did prevail for the points title – which hosted events  at Central Alberta Dragway & Castrol Raceway. Racing his 2018 model Pro-charger powered Camaro, Bettenson went to three final rounds – winning X2.  His car was also credited with the quickest and fastest runs for the season series (1/8th mile) – with the best being – 3.85 secs at 192 mph.

Domination Exemplified – Markham’s Nick Agostino was untouchable within Eastern Canadian Fast Street Car racing circuits during 2020.  The highly popular and innovative racer prevailed to win both the Canada Heads Up (St Thomas Dragway) and Ontario Street Outlaws (Cayuga Dragway) Super Street circuit titles last summer.  Racing a ’69 Camaro which features 488 CID turbocharged engine tech – Agostino was in a class of his own all season — while going undefeated at all events he attended!  (Editor’s Note:  DragRaceCanada will be post a more in-depth exclusive on Nick Agostino – coming a bit later this off season).

Posted with files and photos by Bruce Biegler, Rob Potter, Tony Hayes, John Brown, Don Meleshko, Bernie Frey