“Shakedown” Photo Extra

Norwalk’s Ohio’s rather infamous “Shakedown at the Summit” event went off (with a few hitches) last weekend at marquee Summit Raceway Park. ¬†DragRaceCanada’s Brennan Shortall was there and filed this photo extra which includes significant Canadian racer participation…

Once again Mother Nature came to play during the weekend bringing rain and temperatures around 6 degrees with cold winds and at one point Рhail! The sun reappeared on Sunday to warm things up slightly.  (EDITORS NOTE РA special thanks goes out to Kurt Johnson and team who did not rest at all this weekend! The air temps were cold, but the track was on point with many teams running their best runs of the season).

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Edmonton’s Jim Bell collects the fame and the cheque as he wins the Pro Mod class at the 12th Annual Shakedown at the Summit. When asked if Jim would pose with the trophy for a photo, he was adamant that his team be in it as well – as they all won it. Classy. Congrats!

Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek Ont qualifies 10th with his Hemi powered 68 Firebird

Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek Ont qualifies 10th with his Hemi powered 68 Firebird

Frank Pompilio with his trophy for winning the Outlaw 10.5 class.

Frank Pompilio with his trophy for winning the Outlaw 10.5 class.

Derek Hawker of Corbyville Ontario qualified his ever improving 68 Firebird 11th. hemi

Derek Hawker of Corbyville Ontario qualified his ever improving 68 Firebird 11th.

Mike Yedgarian of King City Ont qualified 5th in Pro Mod  with his Twin Turbo 68 Firebird. He also ran in the Outlaw 10.5 class with his 69 Camaro.

Mike Yedgarian of King City Ont qualified 5th in Pro Mod with his Twin Turbo 68 Firebird. He also ran in the Outlaw 10.5 class with his 69 Camaro.

The Shakedown Girls were present this year doing their thing and helped to keep everyone's minds off the cold.

The Shakedown Girls were present this year doing their thing and helped to keep everyone’s minds off the cold.

 There was a good number of Canadians in the Top Sportsman field. Jeff Gabel made the trip from Stratford Ont  with his awesome 73 Duster.

There was a good number of Canadians in the Top Sportsman field. Jeff Gabel made the trip from Stratford Ont with his awesome 73 Duster.

Wes Goddard of Guelph Ont qualified 9th with his very popular 58 Nash.

Wes Goddard of Guelph Ont qualified 9th with his very popular 58 Nash.

Cedric Beaulieu from Lac Etchemin Que  qualifies with a 4.469 @ 167.99 in his twin turbo Lebaron

Cedric Beaulieu from Lac Etchemin Que qualifies with a 4.469 @ 167.99 in his twin turbo Lebaron

 Luc Angers from Laval Que was the highest qualifying Canadian in the Top Sportsman class with his 2006 GTO. He qualified 2nd.

Luc Angers from Laval Que was the highest qualifying Canadian in the Top Sportsman class with his 2006 GTO. He qualified 2nd.

Always ready with a smile and a thumbs up is Carol McMillen, wife of Top Sportsman Driver Darryl McMillen.

Always ready with a smile and a thumbs up is Carol McMillen, wife of Top Sportsman Driver Darryl McMillen.

Eddie Timal  of Mississauga Ont and his 2000 Corvette in the Outlaw 10.5 class qualifies 8th.

Eddie Timal of Mississauga Ont and his 2000 Corvette in the Outlaw 10.5 class qualifies 8th.

In an exciting All Canadian Outlaw 10.5 final was Frank Pompilio in his awesome twin turbo 67 Mustang  going against Tony Basso in his Supercharged 67 Chevy II. Pompilio would be victorious.

In an exciting All Canadian Outlaw 10.5 final was Frank Pompilio in his awesome twin turbo 67 Mustang going against Tony Basso in his Supercharged 67 Chevy II. Pompilio would be victorious.

Jack Brohman of Jarvis Ont runs a 4.129 @172.61mph during rd1 in his 69 Camaro

Jack Brohman of Jarvis Ont runs a 4.129 @172.61mph during rd1 in his 69 Camaro

Tony Basso of Oakville Ont qualified last - but everyone knew he had what it takes to go some rounds in his super clean 67 Chevy II. He finished in the runner up spot.

Tony Basso of Oakville Ont qualified last – but everyone knew he had what it takes to go some rounds in his super clean 67 Chevy II. He finished in the runner up spot.

Paolo Giust of Osgoode Ont in his 63 Corvette with a MSR built 521 hemi qualified 9th

Paolo Giust of Osgoode Ont in his 63 Corvette with a MSR built 521 hemi qualified 9th

Jim Bell from Edmonton Alberta starts the day out in 7th with his Proline built Twin Turbo 526, but he ends the day in the winners circle!

Jim Bell from Edmonton Alberta may have starting the day out in 7th with his Proline built Twin Turbo 526, but he ends the day 1st overall!

All Photos by:  Brennan Shortall