A “Left Coast” Canadian Lucas Oil TAD powerhouse may very well be considering relocating to Kansas?….

Well maybe not just yet — but after winning his 3rd consecutive NHRA’s Menard’s Heartland Nationals title yesterday — that notion might very well have crossed the mind of Shawn Cowie.

Shawn and his entire Mundie’s Towing race team were a picture of domination on Sunday while running up their career NHRA national event score to 15 (and counting).

Both the driver and the Norm Grimes-tuned car (from Surrey BC), were pretty much unstoppable this day and they topped things off with a sensational final round lap of 5.213 secs at 279.15 mph  (low ET and top speed) to beat Troy Coughlin Jr. — who’s Jegs-sponsored machine struck it’s tires.

After qualifying 3rd — Shawn had defeated three other injected nitro cars during eliminations raced by Jerry Powell, Robin Samsel and Garrett Bateman.

“Wow what an incredible weekend,” Shawn reflected post race.  “My team is the best they are one hard working group — my hats off to them.  Even though we were missing a few (of the crew) this weekend — they were cheering us on from home!”

Ron and Shawn Cowie have scored a “natural hat trick” — winning NHRA’s Heartland Nationals for the 3rd straight season!

This win was Shawn’s 2nd NHRA nationals title of 2019 so far (won Winternationals) and boosted him to near the very top (2nd) for the NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship points chase – once again.

Editor’s Note — and of course we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge a second and very strong Canadian TAD class effort at Topeka!

The Manitoba duo of Gord Gingles and Doug Doucette continue to meld well!

Kudos go to the Manitoba-based Doucette Racing team who seem to have found a nice pace with Gord Gingles now as designated driver.

Gingles who’s first stint with crosstown Winnipeg team owner Doug Doucette this season came at the NHRA nationals in Houston (last April) – upped the anti for that relationship with a superb semi-final round placing.

Gord qualified the car #5 (5.332 secs) and then took out current overall national TAD points leader Meagan Meyer (thank you very much — said Shawn!) and then Gary Cooper.  Gord in fact then clocked his best time of the weekend in the semis — but that 5.326 secs came up just a bit short to Troy Coughlin’s 5.247 secs. 

Posted by Bruce Biegler

Photos courtesy of Auto Imagery