A quick roundup of just some of the more recent impact stories from within Canadian drag racing……

On Championship Cusp! — British Columbia-based powerhouse Top Alcohol Dragster class racer Shawn Cowie has moved even closer to a potential NHRA World Championship.   Recently he clinched the NHRA’s Western Regional Lucas Oil title when he placed runner-up at that final geographical season event held at Woodburn Oregon.  This is the 3rd time in his career he has secured that major honor — however the focus of his highly talented Mundies Towing Racing team remains firmly on winning NHRA’s Lucas Oil World Championship – which would be his first.  Shawn enters the latter part of the ’18 racing season in full control of his own destiny — sitting in first place overall in World points and with a substantial points lead over closest contenders Troy Coughlin and Joey Severance.

Back to Back Titles — A tip of the hat goes to Bridgewater Nova Scotia Stock eliminator racer Jeremy Keans. Keans raced his Stock eliminator 1986 Chevy Camaro to a second consecutive points championship for the Atlantic Canada Stock/Super Stock Association. Over that 6-race season series he amassed 367 final points to top all of the competition including #2 points finisher Dave Garland.

Top of the Heap! — Few will argue that winning the season championship for Castrol Raceway’s dynamic Top Eliminator Club is one of the most difficult things to do in all of Canadian drag racing.   That 2018 honour goes to Calgary’s Darren Williams who wheeled his Top Sportsman Dodge Stratus to the title for that demanding 10-race season series.  Darren edged out another “Darren” fellow Top Sportsman driver  (Darren O’Connor) by a narrow margin for the title (543 – 540 points).  The Top Eliminator Club (which melds Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors) and which was founded by Gord and Bob Ebertz, amazingly boasted no less then 72 different racer entries over the course of last season!

Reading Record Rumble! — A couple more Eastern Canadian Super Stock cars reset official NHRA national records recently. During the rather iconic and late season NHRA “Dutch Classic” held at Maple Grove Raceway in PA — Wally Clark’s daughter — Chelsea Clark — who just made debut as a driver this season – drove her Dad’s 2002 Pontiac Grand-Am (from Niagara Falls) to both ends of the GT/GA standard (9.67 secs and 136.62 mph).   That was complimented by Quebec’s Louis Gill who drove the “Lafontaine-Gill-Perigny” 1992 Chevy to a new GT/FA mark @ 9.16 secs and 142.24 mph. Both of those accomplishments came on Sept. 30th.

Post and DragRaceCanada file photos by Bruce Biegler