As it always seems to be – Canadian drag racing participation was again significant at “The Strip @ Las Vegas”….

Seasoned Alberta-based Super Stock veteran Don Thomas was the top finishing Canadian overall at Las Vegas. Don (from Spruce Grove) just missed out on his first NHRA national event score — when he lost a heartbreaking decision to Anthony Bertozzi in the championship final round! Prior to that Thomas had won five rounds racing his always consistent GT/LA 2004 Grand Am.

Tom Nolan (Lacombe AB), the man behind Winners Choice Racing,  was the top Canadian qualifier in Super Stock — riding his Pontiac G5 to an impressive -.932 which was #4 on that list.

North Vancouver’s Howie Stevens raced his C/A ’12 Mustang in Competition eliminator and qualified #6. He was however a no-show in round one due to mechanical issues.

Regina’s Grant Singer was once again a big fan favourite with his high-flying SS/BS Camaro.

Versatile driver Ken Webster was behind the wheel of Ken Gilmour’s potent TAD at Las Vegas. The Calgary-based car qualified #14 at 5.580 secs.

Canadian drag racing veteran Rick Pike (Langley BC) had a great event — taking his timeless ’56 Chevy SS/MA all the way to the “final four” before a foul start versus eventual winner Anthony Bertozzi.

Left Coast Canadian TAD powerhouse racer Shawn Cowie qualified #2 (5.259 secs) and won two rounds before losing out to in an upset to eventual winner – Jackie Fricke.

Greg Hunter (a native of Medicine Hat) and a very experienced Top Alcohol racer — made his debut in the new Kevin Cantrell TAD car. Greg (who now lives in Colorado) qualified with a 5.482 secs – but lost out in round one during his first competitive stint in that potential ridden machine.

Norm Lapointe raced two cars at Las Vegas (Super Stock and Stock). His super clean ’67 Camaro C/SA (Sherwood Park AB) qualified #7 at .967 sub index.

Las Vegas event ” frequent flyer” Darcy Clark once again brought in both of his classic 1964 Mopar cars down from Alberta for the event.

Saskatchewan’s Super Stock “ironman” Abe Loewen entered Super Stock with his Queen City Performance SS/DM Pontiac.

Trevor and Kelly Ritchie were the only Canadian contenders in Top Dragster class racing at LV. “TR” put the TNT Supercars built car in to he program with a quick 6.612 secs ET — but lost out in round #2.

Mike Quayle (Red Deer AB) entered just his 2nd career NHRA national event in TAD. The promising and up and coming driver qualified the injected nitro car #15 — but got beat by fellow Canadian Shawn Cowie in round one.

“Cool” is only one word to describe this classic ’69 Ford Mustang entered by Medicine Hat-based Ford fanatic Darrell Dietz.  Darrell parked his usual late model Cobra Jet Stocker to race this FGT/C classed car and went 9.381 secs to qualify in the middle of the Super Stock pack.

Will Yakimetz was the only Canadian driver entered in Top Sportsman. The Vegreville AB-based racer qualified his ’69 Camaro 12/32 — but Will then lost out on a redlight in round #1.

Racing a former Byron Setters Camaro – Edmonton’s Joe Graves had a since 3rd round placing in Super Stock competition.

All Photos by Bob Johnson