We shine the spotlight on some late season Canadian drag racing accomplishments!….

2X “Final Four” — Two very prolific Canadian “index racers” came very close to being winners during the NHRA’s season ending Auto Club Finals at Pomona. Jason Kenny (top) from Kingston ON., drove his Jegs-sponsored Dan Page-built dragster to the semi final round in the 8.90 Super Comp eliminator and Calgary’s Ken Mostowich did the same in 9.90 Super Gas class with his ’13 Corvette. Kenny’s only loss came to California-based lady racer Allison McKoane and Mostowich was eliminated by eventual winner Steve Williams.

 

SCSN Spectacular – Kelowna BC’s Jason Gagnon was the only Canadian winner during last weekend’s marquee Street Car Super Nationals event held at Las Vegas. Racing his ’70 Nova – Gagnon won in the small tire – 1/8th mile –Magnafuel XDR class over 13 other entries. Gagnon’s event win did make the event’s highlight reels for sure too — as he rode out some truly unreal and very memorable wheel stands while en-route to his victory. Gagnon qualified #4 and laid down a final round 4.390 secs at 184.62 mph to secure his first ever SCSN title.

A Dazzling Debut! –Melanie Salemi (a native of Orillia Ontario) also starred in recent major “fast street car” circuits. Racing her team’s brand spanking new supercharged Camaro – the talented racer upset the field in the Radial Vs World class during Orlando’s recent World Street Car Nationals event.   For the PDRA Pro Boost class regular, the win came in her first ever venture into that class driving the Buffalo NY-based, G-Force Race Cars built and Mike Stawicki powered car.  Salemi slayed the biggest fish in the sea too in the final round – beating non other then recently crowned NHRA Pro Mod World Champ Steve Fast Jackson in the event’s climax – 3.583 secs to 3.585 secs!

A Sneak Preview! — Canadian Super Stock drag racing fans are in for a nice treat coming in 2020.  Niagara Falls-based Mopar brand proponent Joe Boniferro and his son Ryan are closing in on a conclusion for their long time project — a brand new SS/AH ’68 Dodge Dart.  The hand-crafted car will of course feature a 426 CID Hemi and the car is currently scheduled to make it’s debut next spring — most likely testing within Eastern Canada’s Can-Am Stock/SS circuit first.   A trip to the NHRA’s US Nationals at Indy for the Dodge Hemi Challenge event has always been a life long goal for Joe — and that could/should also become reality next summer!

ET Elite — We would certainly be remiss too if we did not acknowledge the ’19 season accomplishments for Martin Rachel (from Surrey BC).  Rachel — who has piled up numerous track championships during his amazing career racing at Mission Raceway — was the only Canadian to make the highly prestigious Summit Racing  NHRA ET World Champion tournament – held during the Auto Club Finals at Pomona.  Rachel, driving this same timeless ’78 Malibu did win that World Championship title back in 2002.  At Pomona he did get eliminated in round one for Super Pro — but his track title (again) at Mission Raceway this year as well as being the winner of the NHRA Pacific Northwest division’s “Race of Champions” speaks volumes.

Posted by Bruce Biegler

Photos by Bob Johnson – Dyan Lover  – Bruce Biegler