Alberta’s Ken Mostowich has become the latest Canadian racer to collect at NHRA’s national event race level …..
The Calgary-based racer emerged victorious within Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racing held during NHRA’s Denso Spark Plugs Nationals at “The Strip” at Las Vegas last weekend.
Racing his Hughes/DDRC-built Corvette which he first debuted in late 2012 – Ken collected the 4th NHRA national event win of his career when he bested a very spirited Super Gas program at Las Vegas (which featured an altitude corrected 10.05 secs index).
Mostowich prevailed after seven gruelling rounds of S/G competition, defeating Tennessee-based racer John Labbous Jr., in a tense final round pairing of “topless” Corvettes. Ken ran a winning 10.058 secs while Labbous Jr broke out at 10.040 secs.
Mostowich, along with his right hand man/crew chief Charlie Marsh, had entered eliminations from the #6 qualified position and defeated Todd Barton, David Coapstick, Kevin Kleineweber and Val Torres in preliminary rounds.
His biggest event obstacle overall may have been in the semi-final round – when he faced off against fellow Canadian racer Jason Kenny from Kingston Ontario (who also drives a topless Corvette). Ken won that pairing to advance to the final with a 10.050 secs to 10.070 secs decision.
Mostowich’s win was his first driving this particular Corvette and his first National title score since winning at Seattle’s Northwest Nationals back in 2012.
Posted by: Bruce Biegler
Photos by: Bob Johnson and Courtesy of NHRA