Where there is Smoke …. there is Fire!……a preview to some more significance coming for Ontario’s new drag racing season….

While we are still sworn to secrecy for some aspects — we can report some detail about a new and major team effort coming this season.

Orangeville Ontario-based Mike Clark, who is a very successful businessman (within GTA high rise construction), as well as self-admitted bonafide “gearhead”, will be upping the anti for Eastern Canadian drag racing his season.

Clark, who (about 5 years ago) also did found and establish Smokies Garage – a private shop that specializes in high performance cars, trucks and motorcycles — will be heavily involved with a multi-car race team collaboration.

During this just past off-season – Mike did purchase and refurbish the ’68 Camaro which Stratford’s Hyde Racing had competed with in Pro Mod with up until 2019. That car has now been converted for Top Sportsman class racing – and Mike has tasked talented Scott Wildgust as his team driver.

Wildgust (from Stratford) will continue to also drive his own potential rich supercharged Ford Mustang GT500 (which debuted last year) in Pro Mod class wars, but now with Smokies Garage as a sponsor on that car.

The Smokies Garage TS entry is taking shape for 2021.

“I bought the Camaro so that Smokies Garage could compete at a higher level of racing,” said Mike Clark. “I decided to buy it after watching and taking an interest in the Top Sportsman class of racing. The car will be known as “Black Smoke” and Scott will drive the car this season.”

Rat rods rule!

Details on some additional team entries including a Harley Drag Bike effort, a souped up (808 HP) Redeye Challenger as well as some additional involvement in racing will be forthcoming.

Mike Clark’s creative 100% in-house conceived and constructed Harley Drag Bike.

“I will continue to run in Modified and Top ET divisions with my Mopar cars,” Mike added.

Mike does own and race a Dodge (707 HP) Hellcat – but has a focus too on a newer Redeye Challenger SRT, which he first acquired mid 2020. That machine has seen some very significant upgrades this winter in advance of the coming season.

Mike Clark has made some major drivetrain modifications this winter for his Redeye SRT with Top ET being the class designation. (Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Clark)

For more information on Smokies Garage click: HERE

Posted by Bruce Biegler