The largest single NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event of the season featured no less then three wins by Canadian racers!….
“The Strip” at Las Vegas Speedway featured spectacular NHRA Lucas Oil level drag racing last weekend as the final Divisional/Regional event of the 2015 season was presented. A truly massive field of Lucas Oil Sportsman drag racers were on hand – including another very significant turnout of descending Canadian racers.
The event was highlighted by overall wins by three of Canada’s most prominent and dedicated drag racers, Shawn Cowie in Top Alcohol Dragster, Tom Nolan in Super Stock and Jason Kenny in Super Comp.
Driving his feared Mundies-sponsored supercharged dragster, Shawn Cowie ambushed the formidable TAD field which featured 18 entries for the 8-car program.
After qualifying #8 with a 5.394 secs, Shawn’s Surrey BC based team then delivered steady mid 5.3 secs elapsed times throughout eliminations to put their driver into victory lane at the Divisional/Regional event level for the 16X in his career.
In the final round Cowie ripped a 5.352 secs at 270.59 mph to easily cover opponent Bill Litton who was tardy off the starting line. Shawn’s win was not without major obstacles as he had beaten the World Class championship TAD cars raced by Chris Demke and Duane Shields in rounds 1 & 2.
In Super Stock, Lacombe Alberta’s Tom Nolan choreographed a first ever win at the NHRA Divisional level.
Racing his super consistent 2009 Pontiac G5 in GT/BA trim, the founder and owner of Winners Choice Racing, handled an amazing 88-car field at Las Vegas after qualifying in the #10 position at .974 sub index.
In the championship round Sunday night, Nolan’s final round effort of 9.473 secs at 139.37 mph was credited with the win when his very formidable opponent – Jody Lang – broke out.
The event’s Super Comp title was won by Eastern Canadian invader Jason Kenny from Kingston Ontario.
Driving his Dan Page-built dragster, Kenny’s event win was significant for a couple of reasons. Not only did he cross off a 12th career win at the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional/Regional level – the event effort also wrapped up yet another overall NHRA Division One points title for him.
Kenny has now won the NHRA Division 1 Championship title 4X – 3 in Super Comp and one in Super Gas.
At Las Vegas, Jason won no less then 8 gruelling rounds of competition to take the title over an astounding 168-car field. He entered eliminations after qualifying #2 on the altitude corrected 9.05 secs index for the event. In the championship round his opponent (Keith Winters) had issues staging his car and fouled out – giving Jason a casual path to the finish line stripe.
Posted by: Bruce Biegler
Photos by: Bob Johnson