Some snapshots of recent and rather significant developments within the Canadian drag racing spectrum…

New Northern Nitro — Ontario’s Aidan Heatley-Smith has made his debut in the cockpit of  the “Ant Hill Mob” Top Fuel Dragster!  Aidan who formally raced in a TAFC had the machine out at Cayuga Dragway over the Labour Day weekend — for his initial “hits” in a “long and loud car” which his father Smax imported from Sweden earlier this year.  Under the watchful eye of both Smax and Barry Paton’s racing team — Aidan did make a number of short track attempts while in the very early stages of his licensing upgrade process.

Semis X 2! — Canada’s Cowie Racing team was the only Canadian-based race car able to make entry at the fabled NHRA US Nationals at Indy this (COVID) year.  Driven by Shawn Cowie, the Langley BC-based Mundie’s Towing sponsored car was it’s typical quick and fast — (including qualifying #1) — however it did fall short of winning this time out.  Shawn placed in the semifinal round for the prestigious Jegs Allstars event held on Saturday (losing out to Josh Hart) and then advanced to the semis again on Sunday for the Denso Spark Plugs US Nationals title — where he was beat by Megan Meyer’s astounding national record setting 5.090 secs ET.  Cowie did however have top speed of the meet – 280.54 mph for the TAD category.

Labour Day Consequences — One of Canada’s most creative Pro Mod cars suffered a setback — during the Labour Day event at Grand Bend Motorplex. Owned by Mike and Ken Everitt (Stratford ON) rookie class driver Mike made significant contact with the guard wall with his car during the first round of Pro Mod eliminations on Sunday.  Thankfully and most importantly Mike was uninjured in the incident and the car will be taken back to builder LowDown Hot Rods (Cambridge ON) for evaluation.  Presently hopes are high however that the rather glancing nature of the blow did not result in too much damage.

Posted by Bruce Biegler

Photos by Tony Hayes – Blake Farnam – Dave DeAngelis – Bruce Biegler