Familiar faces from “North of the 49th” grace the entry list for NHRA’s season-opening Lucas Oil Winternationals….

Calgary’s Ken Mostowich entered both his “Bowtie” machines at Pomona. Ken’s Camaro (running in Super Comp 8.90) finished in the 3rd round while his topless Corvette (S/G) did fall second to event winner Ed Olpin in round #2.

Mike & Jackie Lucas (from Fort St. John BC) were the only Canadians entered in the T/S class. Lucas qualified #19 and won two rounds of competition before a loss to eventual event winner Don Meziere in the 3rd frame.

Timeless Western Canadian Super Stock racer Don Thomas (Spruce Grove AB) was once again entered at Pomona. Don’s GT/IA 2004 Grand Am qualified 39th – but had a red light foul in the second round.

Rick McKinney had his (ex Bryon Setters Racing) GT/NA Camaro entered for Super Stock. McKinney, from Richmond BC, ran the 1996 model machine to the 3rd round before losing out.

Victoria BC’s Ed Hutchison towed in with his show-stopping 1957 “Flashpoint” Corvette but lost in the early rounds for Super Gas.

Grant Singer entered his high-winding Regina-based SS/BS Camaro once again at Pomona. Grant qualified a -.614 but then had a red-light in round one of eliminations.

Toronto native Jeff Arend (who now resides permanently in La Verne CA) had another driving stint with the Australian owned Monte Carlo bodied Funny Car of Peter and Helen Russo. Jeff qualified nicely at 4.092 secs but lost out to Bob Tasca III in round one for fuel FC racing.

Posted by Bruce Biegler

Photos by Dave Ostaszewski

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