More interesting tidbits from the Canadian drag racing community — fully worthy of our mention!…

Racing his (now XRE Hemi-powered) turbocharged Chrysler Lebaron, Quebec’s Cedric Beaulieu got a much deserved first victory within his home province’s UDRA circuit. Beaulieu’s first score came during the final race of the season at Napierville Dragway (last weekend) and it included some milestone performance marks — 3.98 secs and 200 mph with the fan favourite Beaulieu Performance machine.  (Editor’s Note:  Look for an in-depth feature on this race car and team – coming a bit later this season!)

The final UDRA race of 2019 also marked an affirmation for Denis Lachance – who claimed the overall series points championship for 2019. Denis in fact won 4 of the 5 circuit races this season with his Quebec City-based EDM Construction Chevy Camaro.  While transmission issues during the final race weekend of the year did derail his potential perfect season bid — Denis’ points winning total of 350 was more then enough to secure the title.

We would be most certainly remiss if we did not offer “kudos” too to London Ontario’s Doug Box who earned a nice career score for himself during the NHRA Chevrolet Performance US Nationals event.  Racing his ’69 Camaro – at his first ever Indy appearance — Doug did come away the class champion (for AA/SA) when he beat a red-lighting Scott Gove in that title round.  Insert smiling emoji face here!

Woodbridge Ontario’s John Carinci was the top finishing Canadian during the recent Shakedown XVII race held at Virginia Motorsports Park. John placed runner-up in the Outlaw 10.5 class with his super quick 2004 Corvette (which also features XRE Hemi power – from Carl Stevens) — losing by a holeshot to Nick Schroeder’s supercharged GTO in the final round.  Carinci had been the #1 qualifier with a rather numbing 3.782 secs at 209.75 mph using 10.5 tires.

…And from the “We’re Not Yet Exactly Sure” section….we can report that there has been a reset within the famous Canadian “Kardiac Kids” TAFC drag racing team.  Some recent internal team turmoil has occurred and Larry Dobbs and his driver Tyler Scott have now parted ways with former car owner Jay Johnston and also sponsor Harman HVS.  Larry and company will be at Grand Bend Motorplex’s Stratford Spectacular this coming weekend — match racing the Camaro (above) which they used prior.

Photos by Bruce Biegler, Phil Hutchison and courtesy of Doug Box Racing