Some more mid-season racing tidbits from within Canada’s drag racing spectrum!….


Northeastern Invaders – Canada’s Paton Racing team made some noise last week during a couple of exhibition match race events held within New York and New Jersey. At Lancaster Dragway (near Buffalo) last weekend driver Todd Paton reset a track speed record that had stood for over 20 years (formally held by Shirley Muldowney) when he ran 233 mph on the 1/8th mile track. The team was then in action on Wednesday night at Englishtown’s PC Richards and Sons Annual Night of Thrills event. In front of a packed house (and running the full 1/4 mile!) Todd set low ET of the evening when he outran the Nitro Ninja TF car tuned by brothers Dom and Bobby Lagana – hitting a 4.80 secs @ 313 mph (Photo by Dave DeAngelis)


Close at Chicago – Transplanted Canadian Sportsman racer Scott Mackie came very close to winning his first ever NHRA national event during the recent K&N Filters Route 66 Nationals near Joliet. Driving his show quality 1966 Chevy II which he and his wife Lucy race faithfully – Scott placed runner-up in the event’s Super Street (10.90) class category. Mackie, who is from Ontario but who now resides in Michigan, won five rounds of competition before losing a very close double break out final round to Phil Unruh – 10.887 secs to Unruh’s 10.899 secs. (Bruce Biegler Photo)


All Canadian TS Battle – The final round pairing for the Top Sportsman title for NHRA’s Northwest Divisional Race at Woodburn Oregon (July 18th) was an all Canadian affair – pairing two Mission BC based racers. Kirk Lanz, racing his 1969 Chevy Camaro beat Justin Bond’s 1968 Camaro for the events JBS-presented Top Sportsman feature. Kirk ran a winning 7.37 secs (7.35 dial) compared to Bond’s 7.15 secs (7.09 dial). Lanz’s victory come over a 23-car field and from the #5 qualified position @ 7.152 secs. (Gerry Frechette Photo)

Posted by Bruce Biegler