RACING UNDER WAY IN MISSION FOR THE LORDCO B.C. NATIONALS MISSION, B.C. -- Racing kicked off today for the Lordco Auto Parts B.C. Nationals at Mission Raceway Park with Top Alcohol Dragster driver Duane Shields and Top Alcohol...
RACING UNDER WAY IN MISSION FOR THE LORDCO B.C. NATIONALS
MISSION, B.C. -- Racing kicked off today for the Lordco Auto Parts B.C. Nationals at Mission Raceway Park with Top Alcohol Dragster driver Duane Shields and Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Brian Hough taking the No. 1 qualifying positions in their classes. This weekend's $155,900 event is stop number two on the NHRA Northwest Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing series that boasts a year end purse of more than $560,000 for the national and divisional championships.
Shields is the defending event champion picking up where he left off last year with a 5.333 second run at 273.80 mph. The Boulder City, Nev., resident is followed by a couple of rookie drivers in the dragster class with Shawn Cowie and Thomas Bayer in the No. 2 and 3 spots respectively. Cowie, driving a car tuned by former division funny car champion Bucky Austin, ran 5.363 seconds at 271.65 mph while Bayer, taking over the driving duties for defending division champion Steve Federlin, clocked in at 5.431 at 264.62 mph. Sumas, Wash., racer Bill Edwards Jr. is in the eighth and final qualifying position with a 5.801 seconds, 246.64 mph pass.
Hough is also a defending division champion running out of Junction City, Ore., in his '02 Firebird laying down a lap of 5.669 seconds at 256.28 mph. Hough is followed by John Evenchuk in second running 5.792, 249.79 mph. Chillawack, B.C., resident Tim Nemeth is currently fourth in his '02 Camaro running 5.920 seconds at 243.83 mph.
In Comp Eliminator it was Mark Stewart taking the No. 1 spot with a pass of 8.790 seconds in his '98 Achieva. The Medford, Ore., racer is followed by Bob Marshall out of Langley, B.C., in his '07 GTO.
A pair of B.C. racers lead the Top Dragster class with Robert Haffner on top with a 6.145 second, 213.47 mph pass. The Mission, B.C., resident is followed by Neil Lachelt of Kelowna, B.C., in the second spot at 6.690 seconds, 207.18 mph. Larry Dowty of Tacoma, Wash., leads the Super Stock field in his '90 Grand Am and John Hill leads in Stock Eliminator with his '87 Camaro.
Top qualifiers in other classes were Steve Miller of Yakima, Wash., in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson series with a 0.009 second reaction time and Rash Dhalliwal of Langley, B.C., in the Auto Max USA Top Sportsman class running 6.782 seconds at 205.38 mph. Dhalliwal is followed by Sidney, B.C., racer Craig Donaldson at 6.892 seconds, 198.45 mph.
Racing continues Saturday at 9 a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m. Tickets are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. The track is located 10 miles north of Sumas, Wash., on Highway 11. For more information, call Mission Raceway Park, 604-826-6315.