Eastern Canada’s highly popular home brewed circuit – the Can-Am Stock/SS Series — boasts a repeat champion….

Momentum was certainly on his side for Ontario’s Chris Lozon this season. Driving a very consistent and super clean looking GT/FA classed Oldsmobile Achieva, this Chatham-based racer managed a determined and successful title defence within one of Canada’s toughest local circuits — the Can-Am Stock/Super Stock Association.

For Lozon, who is a second generation drag racer (son to another series regular driver — Al Lozon), the 2018 overall series points champion was not only his second in a row — it also reaffirmed a reputation for arguably being one of that series’ top runners. Chris Lozon had previously placed second in final points (2016) after tying for third in the 2015 title chase.

For the second year in a row Chris Lozon finished on the podium for Eastern Canada’s Can-Am Stock/Super Stock circuit.

Lozon wrapped up the 2018 championship during the recent season ending double header event hosted by Cayuga Dragway at Toronto Motorsport Park.  Going into that event no less then 5 different racers were mathematically in championship contention for the title within the series (which melds NHRA legal Stock and Super Stock competitors) — and which is now 22 years old.

“I actually only had one event win this year — but that couldn’t have come at a better time – at the very last race of the season,” Chris revealed. “Before that I had a couple runner-up finishes and also a few other late round placings — which all contributed to my points total. Going into the final race weekend I was tied for 1st place but that title chase went right down to the semi-final (5th) round on Sunday. I found out I’d won for sure when I came back up the return road after my winning run and everyone was cheering and giving me the #1 sign!”

“It feels amazing to win back-to-back championships in such a competitive series,” he added. “There were multiple great racers in contention for the championship and the fact it all came down to so late in the season — speaks for itself. And it felt like this year it was tougher to win the championship. The key for me this year was to not give up – our focus was to just keep going rounds and accumulating points.”

Prior to his emergence as now one of the top rated local Super Stock class racers Chris did cut his teeth elsewhere racing within Ontario.  He previously had several years of ET bracket experience and racing within the the OSCA (Ontario Street Car Association) in their 9.90 index and Pro Comp classes.

His championship came driving a 1992 model Olds Achieva – a car that was originally built by series founder FJ Smith at Smith Performance Specialties. That car features a 400 cubic inch SBC engine program which is NHRA rated at 319 HP built and maintained by Tom Craig and featuring machine work by John Saunders (Saunders Racing Engines).

Chris’s racing program is also a deeply fun family affair including not only his father (and crew chief/mentor) Al Lozon but also wife Samantha, son Maguire and Mother Cathy.

Chris’s family orientated team includes his dad Al and also wife Samantha, son Maguire and mother Cathy.

He also credits his success to valued behind the scenes helps from Ray and Tammy of Griffin Autotek (Sarnia), Tom Craig, Steve and Sam Price, Gerry and Ked Neidrauer and Mike Johnson.

“A huge thank you to the entire Can-Am committee who so work hard to make this such a great series to race in,” he added. “Also thanks to all the sponsors – we could would not be successful without their support.”

In total 40 different racers participated in the 2018 Can-Am Stock/Super Stock Series which featured 12 race events last season. Below is the final official “top ten” season-ending points standings:

1 – Chris Lozon 28
2 – Glen Baker 24
3 – William Box 23
4 – Tony Valerio Jr 22
— Dan Velenosi 22
6 – Bob Park 20
7 – Tom Craig 18
— Chuck Nagy 18
8 – Matty Box/McAfferty 17

9 – Brian Clayton 16
— Al Lozon 16
— Steve McGrath 16

Glen Baker – who won the Can-Am Stock/SS title back in 2013 – finished a very strong 2nd in points with his Buick.

A 2nd generation driver William Box (London) raced one of three DBSE Team Chevy cars to 3rd in final season points.

Tony Valerio Jr (Welland) – top- and Dan Velenosi (Stoney Creek) tied for 4th in final 2018 points racing their respective Stock eliminator Chevy cars.

Posted by Bruce Biegler
Photos by Bruce Biegler & Stacee Richards