The 65th edition Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals once again featured some strong Canadian participation….

Super Stock eliminator racing featured a strong placing by Dan Velenosi (from Binbrook ON) who entered this great looking ’69 Camaro at Indy for the first time. Dan took the SS/DA class car to a nice 3rd round finish after getting into the eliminator as an alternate.

Calgary’s Mike Scott was one of three Canadian Top Fuel Harley racers at Indy. His appearance was somewhat unexpected — he had previously announced his retirement after parting ways with Jay Turner’s camp. But at Indy he rode the Vancouver Island-based Big Kids Racing machine to a strong qualifier.  He also flew to top speed of the meet ( 236.13 mph !) – but that came during a first round hole shot loss to Doug Vancil.

Alberta TFH racers Kevin Boyer and Andy Beauchemin also qualified at Indy with runs of 6.468 secs and 6.504 secs respectively — but both “Team Ace Racing” and “The Joker” teams bowed out after their first round matches.

New Brunswick-based Mopar enthusiasts Wendall and Mark Howes were both entered in the 2019 version Mopar Hemi Challenge event. As fate would have it — they raced one another in round one. Wendall prevailed in that and then did advance on to the 3rd round in his Hemi ’68 Cuda before losing out to event winner Jimmy Daniels.

NHRA’s current Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series TAD Championship points leader Shawn Cowie was at Indy. He qualified the Mundies Towing dragster 10th – but his current hot steak (6 straight circuit wins) ended when he lost out in round #1 on a hole shot to Josh Hart – 5.290 secs to a quicker 5.256 secs.

Eric Latino (from far east side GTA) – far lane – was the only Canadian entered in Pro Mod. Eric qualified on the bump for that swift field with his potent GESI Chevy — before losing out in a very competitive first round to Rickie Smith (5.740 secs to 5.779 secs)

Venice Perno (from Stoney Creek ON) entered his high flying 2010 Mustang SS/CS. His best run of -.665 secs was amazingly — only 150th — on the super  tough Super Stock entry list!

Darcy Clarke towed to Indy all the way from Spruce Grove AB to race his meticulous ’64 Savoy. Darcy had a great event effort in the SS/EA too – going to the 4th round before losing out on a heartbreaking .001 red light to Victor Cagnazzi.

Ontario’s David Schroeder was one of four cars scheduled for participation in a “fast street car” shootout at Indy. Regrettably that exhibition was cancelled due to frequent event delays caused by weather over the weekend.  David did run an impressive 6.57 during his only lap. *DragRaceCanada will post a separate feature on this car & effort (which is based from Winnipeg) – coming soon.

Toronto’s Gus Mantas entered his stunning ’68 Hemi Barracuda again at Indy. Gus qualified with a 8.647 secs (-.953) but then broke the transmission while winning in round #1 for the Dodge Hemi Challenge — and was forced to withdraw.

The TD class was contested for the first time ever at the U.S. Nationals and that did include one Canadian car — the Timmins Ontario-based machine owned by Diane Thiffeault & Louis Ouimette. Normally raced by Diane, at Indy however (due to grading points) the dragster was driven by Mike Kalin (from Niagara Falls NY).

Ryan Stack (from Wingham ON) was the designated weekend driver for the “Kardiac Kids” Harman HVS Camaro TAFC at Indy. Ryan’s first Indy appearance as a driver was a positive — he qualified 10th (5.621 secs) – but got beat in round one by Chris Marshall.

Photos by Bruce Biegler & Steve Embling 

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