Rocky Mountain Pro-Am Double-Header! 

Sportsman racing was at a very high intensity during last weekend’s IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam held at Castrol Raceway as the IHRA presented two complete Summit Pro-Am events…

The on-track action featured some truly dominating performances, particularly by four different Canadian drivers who each “doubled-up” by winning both days. 

Casey Plaizier won one of four Canadian drivers that doubled-up at Edmonton's IHRA Pro-Am event.

“Calgarian” Art Congdon won in Super Stock both on Saturday and Sunday driving his ultra reliable GT/DA ’91 Oldsmobile.  Previous RMN winner Casey Plaizier (Edmonton) took his ’56 Chevy to both of the weekend’s Hot Rod (11.10) titles as did dragster driver  Eric Goulden (Airdrie AB) in the Quick Rod (9.10) indexed class.  Local ET bracket racing stalwart Derek Rose showed his stuff both days driving his meticulous Auto Parts Plus sponsored ’62 Acadian.   Derek knocked off his racing father Garnet in Sunday’s final showdown for Box ET and also won in that category Saturday night.

The Sportsman event portion featured truly terrific action in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes both of which featured tremendous fields in car count and quality.

Manitoba’s Dale Patterson claimed her first TD “Ironman” on Sunday after Tom McAvoy (Edmonton) won on Saturday.   Sunday’s TS final went to the ’63 Corvette driven by Randy Modersohn (Edmonton).  Darryn O’Conner (from Fort St .John BC) who won at Edmonton last year – scored the Saturday night TS eliminator title.

 With their victories, all of the IHRA class car winners have assured their invitations to the very lucrative annual Summit Tournament of Champions event which will be held in Memphis TN this coming October.

Lady racer Dale Patterson (from Manitoba) won the TD on Sunday

Western Canadian racing veteran Art Congdon won both days in Super Stock at IHRA Edmonton


Class (Saturday) Name ET MPH
Top Dragster Tom McAvoy 7.262 NSR
Top Sportsman Darryn O’Conner 7.412 175.05
Super Stock Art Congdon 10.01 125.97
Stock Tom Skjonsberg 10.62 124.67
Quick Rod (9.10) Eric Goulden 9.176 140.33
Super Rod (10.10) Jeff Crooks 10.10 155.69
Hot Rod (11.10) Casey Plaizier 11.08 132.76
ET Tournament Final Derek Rose 12.01  73.75
Box ET Derek Rose 10.09 119.21
No Box ET Mark Bold 10.68 124.64
JD – Master Shelby Sereda 7.889 80.55
JD – Advanced Rain Farr 9.150 64.45
JD – Beginner Dutch Farr 13.05 49.95


Castrol Raceway regular and local hitter Randy Modersohn scored in TS


Tom Skjonsberg made overall event sponsor Mopar happy with his win in Stock driving his A/SA ’70 Cuda


Class (Sunday) Name ET MPH
Top Dragster Donna Patterson 7.912 173.52
Top Sportsman Randy Modersohn 7.952 171.12
Super Stock Art Congdon 10.05 123.45
Stock Mark Faul 11.71 103.95
Quick Rod (9.10) Eric Goulden 9.108 159.01
Super Rod (10.10) Dave Stobbe 10.09 128.53
Hot Rod (11.10) Casey Plaizier 11.07 131.42
Box ET Derek Rose 10.11 128.13
No Box ET Wayne Plester 11.36 117.38
JD – Master Ethan Ochitwa 8.155 77.65
JD – Advanced Erick Crooks 9.029 66.73
JD – Beginner Dutch Farr 12.88 53.65
Derek Rose dominated the ET racing program during the RMN event with his classic ’62 Acadian.

Photos by:  Bruce Biegler 

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