Some more late breaking and recent updates from within Canada’s ever evolving drag racing scene….

Another KO for Kenopic! — Renfrew Ontario’s Charlie Kenopic continued his very strong 2019 season within NHRA Super Gas (9.90) class car racing.  Charlie drove his topless ’63 Corvette to a 2nd win at the NHRA Divisional level when he beat all challengers at Cecil County MD (Aug. 18th).  With that win Kenopic expanded his points lead significantly in the  N.E. NHRA championship chase — and in fact we can safely say — that’s a done deal!

Hardcore Halt? — In rather unexpected news — Canada’s all time quickest and fastest Top Fuel Harley class racer (6.31 secs 228 mph) Mike Scott (from Calgary) has posted news about retirement from the sport?  Scott suggested that the recent NHRA Northwest Nationals at Seattle would be his last race after severing a business agreement he had with Jay Turner Racing. Mike, who was a very popular figure within that class mix and who was sitting 7th in 2019 NHRA M/T points, was a highly successful racer over his 17-year career. He won two championship titles (CMDRA and IHRA) and also scored a very memorable NHRA National event win — at Topeka Kansas (Heartland Nationals) in 2017. Mike stated for his Hardcore Racing FB page that : “my retirement is not because of family, health, financial, sponsor or work issues.”

Trending in TS! — (Second only to Shawn Cowie’s TAD class win) — Manitoba’s Tom Patterson was the top finishing Canadian car during the recent NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals out at Brainerd MN.  Tom (from Lorette MB) took his RJ Race Cars  ’94 Camaro to the semifinals in Top Sportsman — losing out to Curt Fredrich.  Tom and his wife Dale (who own multiple race cars) have had this Camaro for 2 years and in 2019 have moved it along nicely — with their season also including some strong late round finishes within NHRA Divisional level racing.  This car features a 540 CID BBC with a APD Pro-charger.

News from Newfoundland — Canada’s most far eastern race track – Eastbound Dragway — has entered into a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the IHRA.  A 1/8-mile drag strip is part of Eastbound International Speedway and Concert Park which is a state-of-the-art, 55-acre Motorsport Park located at Avondale NL.  Since inception five years ago, in addition to drag racing, the complex features NASCAR and INEX-sanctioned racing on a 3/8-mile asphalt track, Monster Trucks, motocross and a world-class musical entertainment venue. Drag racing events there include a “take it to the track” program, ET bracket racing and Junior Dragster class competition. For more information about Eastbound Dragway visit

Posted by Bruce Biegler

Photos by Les Puchala — Phil Hutchison – Mike McGinley