Saskatoon’s Mike Gonziola dominates Castrol Raceway Pro Mod feature….

The second round of the season for the Belair Power & Production Equipment-presented WCPM series was a one-sided affair with Saskatchewan’s Mike Gonziola — owning the event.

Racing his nitrous-injected C7 — Mike was the quickest and fastest car during the Pro Mod class portion held in conjunction with the recent NHRA National Open at Castrol Raceway – July 9-11th.

Mike ran a final round 3.925 secs at 194.55 mph to defeat the defending 2020 WCPM champion, Dean Bettenson’s Chevy Camaro, which slowed to a 5.333 secs at 95.91 mph in the Saturday evening conclusion.

Mike Gonziola was the class of the field during the 2nd WCPM circuit event for 2021.

“Gonzi” had qualified #1 for the 7-cars entered at Edmonton running a 3.882 secs.  He then recorded both low ET and top speed of the meet in a tell-tale single in round one – 3.846 secs and 195.82 mph before topping Regina’s Dan Vogt in the semi-final round.

Bettenson, who is from Red Deer AB, had notched victories over Edmonton-area racers Wade Sjostrom and Tom Reithmayer while advancing to the final round.

Defending WCPM series champ Dean Bettenson went to the final round driving his Pro-charger assisted Camaro.

This WCPM race at Edmonton was presented by associate sponsor DY Concrete Pumps.   The series now heads back to Mission Raceway for it’s next event (July 30-August 1st) the Artex Racing Summer Shootout – but does return back to Edmonton in mid-August for another round (Aug. 14-15th).

Popular local racer Wade Sjostrom entered his classic supercharged ’57 Chevy

Editors Note:  DragRaceCanada will post results highlights from the rest of the NHRA National Open at Edmonton – coming soon.

Posted with files by Bruce Biegler and Mike Heil

Photos by Don Meleshko