Photo highlights from a great group of Canadian drag racers who descended on the historic 50th Anniversary Amalie Gatornationals in Florida….

Jeff, Gary and Sue Veale had another very strong NHRA national event performance with their Stoney Creek ON based injected nitro car. They qualified 11th and went to the “final four” on Sunday before losing out to eventual winner Meagan Meyer.

Eric Latino debuted his much anticipated new Pro Mod Camaro for NHRA at Gainesville. The Whitby ON based racer qualified on the quickest bump in history (an ungodly 5.753 secs mark!) But then the new car lurched through the beams during round one versus Steve Jackson to DQ. (Watch for a feature on this car – coming soon to DragRaceCanada).

New Brunswick’s Wendall Howes went with his SS/IA Barracuda at Gainesville (instead of the SS/AH Hemi car) and he was the top Canadian qualifier in Super Stock at -.885.

Douglas Ontario’s Rick Stroud once again flirted with a big NHRA win — Rick took his Undercover-built machine all the way to the semi final round in Super Comp class racing.

Really great to see Ken “Iceman” Perry back in action in NHRA TAD! Ken and his crew chief/son Adam got their car into the program #15 with a 5.475 secs run.

Charlie Kenopic (Renfrew ON) sits at the ready line for another trip down the 1/4 mile in his Super Gas Corvette.

Calgary’s Mike Scott had a terrific qualifying effort – 6.322 secs — good for #3 in Top Fuel Harley. Mike then ran a 6.427 secs in round one – but lost out to eventual winner Beau Layne.

One of the very cool Canadian stories at Gainesville included the debut race for Ryan Stack who subbed for Tyler Scott in Larry Dobbs’ TAFC. Ryan qualified #14. (More on this topic – coming soon to DragRaceCanada)

Canadian drivers  Jim Morrison (Nova Scotia) -top image- and Jason Kenny (Ontario) both were entered in Super Gas — but then in a surprising twist — both lost out in the second frame of eliminations.

Quebec’s Daniel Mercier qualified #14 with a 5.461 secs and defeated Chris Demke in round one. “DM” then had a red-light foul versus Jeff Veale.

Always cool to see Mark Proulx’s super rare ’65 Comet in action. The Eastern Ontario racer had it entered in Super Street 10.90 racing.

DragRaceCanada’s “Kiss Cam” caught up with these two Canadian love birds….

Al Kenny qualified quick in TD (6.229 secs) — but the Kingston ON native racer  surprisingly then had a first round exit during eliminations.

Powerhouse Canadian TAD driver Shawn Cowie – made the long tow from BC to put the Mundies Towing car on the pole at Gainesville — with a 5.186 secs. But Shawn’s event bid ended in round one when the Surrey-based car had a rare mechanical issue.

When the Paton Racing TF dragster did not enter Gainesville — that team’s talented “main man” Mark Morris lent a hand to Dom Lagana’s TF event effort.

Chuck Nagy (from Niagara Falls) showed at Gainesville with his new ride for 2019 — a SS/AS classed 1996 Chevy Beretta.

Photos by Bruce Biegler – Dave DeAngelis – Randy Anderson 

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