Canadian drag racers continue a tradition for strong presence and support at Maple Grove Raceway…

Quebec’s Daniel Mercier continued his journey into Top Fuel racing at Maple Grove. Daniel qualified #13 and then did run a career best 3.892 secs 310.63 mph in round one but got beat by eventual event champion Richie Crampton in that TF heat.

Anther Quebec-based driver – Richard Grenier (from Lac St. Charles) was the top finishing Canadian in Super Gas 9.90 racing. Richard had a great event run – going to the 4th round in his cool Mopar-powered ’33 roadster.

Wally Clark’s daughter Chelsea Clark entered her first ever national event at Maple Grove racing this high flying 2002 model Camaro in Super Stock. Chelsea qualified a -.583 which was 36/58 cars entered.

Jeff, Gary & Sue Veale raced their Stoney Creek ON based injected nitro car at Maple Grove. They qualified the Kendall-sponsored machine #11 but lost out in round one to event winner Troy Coughlin Jr.

Niagara Falls area driver Chuck Nagy had his SS/AS Chevy Beretta in Super Stock competition. Chuck ran a quick 9.055 secs in the car – but his national event bid did end in round #1.

Douglas Ontario’s Stroud Brothers Racing had two cars entered – in S/G and S/C. Driver Rick Stroud’s best finish did come in the dragster – going to round #3.

Quebec’s Richard St. Pierre made an appearance in his supercharged TAD. Despite some serious initial tire shake (above photo) he qualified #12 (5.530 secs) before losing out in round one to Josh Hart.

Always colourful character Smax Smith leased Bob Leverich’s Top Fuel dragster for the event. Smax (from Ayr ON) got into the Top Fuel show at #14 but lost out to Doug Kalitta in round one.

John Armstrong had his latest experiment (a SS/BA ’69 Camaro) at Maple Grove but the Nova Scotia-based driver got beat in round one after qualifying #16.

One of the biggest Sportsman racing surprises of the event might have been the early Super Comp exits for both Al and Jason Kenny – who normally hang round to the late rounds when frequenting Maple Grove Raceway.

NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship contender Shawn Cowie (from Surrey BC) was in the event’s TAD mix. He qualified #3 (5.184 secs) but lost out in round #2 by an extremely narrow margin to event winner Troy Coughlin Jr.

Veteran Fred Thibeault (Middleton NS) was the quickest Canadian qualifier in Stock. He ran his B/SA ’69 Camaro to a -.852 (#7) before a breakout loss in round #2.

Soon to be crowned NHRA Northeast Division S/G Champion – Charlie Kenopic – had a 3rd round finish in his Renfrew Ontario based ’63 Corvette.

Todd Paton was a designated driver for Terry Haddock’s TF car at Maple Grove. Todd subbed for normal driver Cameron Ferre for this event. His best run was a 4.265 secs which came in a round one loss to pole qualifier Brittany Force.

Photos by Bruce Biegler – Steve Embling – Dave DeAngelis 

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