July 1, 2015
Happy Canada Day
June 29, 2015
Shane and Wilma's new look. Very nice.
(Nina Smith-Garron photos)
Many of the teams will be real busy in July as they compete at Spokane (handful of cars), Then the Rocky Nationals (non poinsts open qualifying show) and then at Mission Raceway for an open qualifying show.
June 10, 2015
It's been a long time coming, but finally Norm Kolwich gets his first win!
(Shane Reykdal Facebook photos and Don Meleshko photos)
After a final round finish at his first race in competition 4 years ago, Kolwich finally breaks through for his first win in Race #2 of the Mickey Thompson, Trail Tire series in Edmonton. He qualified #1 with his strong 6.92 @ 206 mph on the 6.90 index.
He met #2 qualifier Joey Steckler 6.96 @ 209 mph in the final round. It was a close race but it was all Norm, his 6.91 was too much for Stecklers 6.98.
New comer, Richard Morrison who recently purchased the Hodgson funny car, made licencing passes all weekend long. With steady improvement every pass, he finished off the weekend with a 6.98 @ 204 mph to complete his licence.
The Good Vibrations award for quick reaction time went to Cal Tebb for his .042 light in round #2.
Four of the Rocky regulars Joey Steckler, Cal Tebb, Jimmy Fersch and Shane Reykdal have made plans to attend the IHRA Nitro Jam race in Spokane July 10th. The whole group will be back in Edmonton the following weekend for the IHRA Nitro Jam event. Then they're off to Mission BC for the Lucas Oil Canadian National Open July 24 to 26th.
Nice wheels up launch for Richard.
Jimmy had mechanical issues Saturday and did not compete in elimination's
Ron Stennes broke Saturday in qualifying.
May 14, 2015
Updated with photos below (Don Meleshko photos)
May 12, 2015
Weekend #1, Double Header May 9-10
As per usual for the first race of the year a number of race teams were not quite ready to compete. Five veteran teams were in attendance including Shane Reykdal, Jimmy Fersch, Joey Steckler, Norm Kolwich and defending series champion Cal Tebb. New members Ron Stennes in the Chevy II/Nova (he bought from the Sekuras), and Richard Morrison in the ex Hodgson Firebird were out getting acclimated in their new cars.
After voting last year to run a soft 6.90 index (closest to index on either side of the number) then finding that the timing systems couldn't show the winner properly on the score boards, the guys agreed to make a slight change for this year. Qualifying is based on a soft index (closest to 6.90 on either side of the number) however elimination's are on a hard index. (Closest to 6.90 on the safe side of the number) This way the score board could show the winner correctly.
The weather was beautiful for the beginning of May in Edmonton, highs of about 15 C both days. Track conditions good as they always are in Edmonton, and the competition close as always. The first pair of cars down the track on Saturday were Cal and Jimmy, Cal ran a 6.881 to Jimmy's 6.935. Unfortunately for Fersch he broke on the run (engine) and had a scary ride on the top end. He and his teams were on the sidelines for the rest of the weekend. Next pair up was Shane and Joey, Shane runs a 6.882 to Joey's 7.01, WOW, what a start to the 2015 season.
The second qualifier was all Shane, running another stellar run at 6.912. The final was set for day one of racing action, #1 Shane vs #2 Cal. When they meet in the final, they always have great battles. This one was no exception! Cal was off first with his .022 light and Shane wasn't far behind, and caught up really fast. The side by side action didn't last long as Shane's car broke (rear end) just past half track. Cal went on to run 6.93 and got the first win of the year.
Shane was able to borrow parts so he could return to action again on Sunday. The Good Vibrations quick reaction time award went to Cal Tebb for his .001 light in round one.
Sunday was a whole different day, Norm Kolwich had missed the races on Saturday, and had no test passes on his car in 2015. That didn't stop him from qualifying #1 with his great 6.895. The #2 qualifier was Joey with his awesome 6.88 in round two of qualifying. That set up the final for Sunday with two different drivers vying for the trophy. Based on their qualifying times it was bound to be another close race. It started out great with two smoky burnout's, pre stage, stage, and then Norm got a little anxious and left before the tree was activated, ending his race day a tick early. Joey runs it out the back door with another awesome run of 6.891 for his first win of 2015. The Good Vibrations quick reaction time award from race #1 went to Shane Reykdal with his .016 light the second session.
the first RACE WEEKEND:
The winner of the MT, Trail Tire award for highest total points on the weekend was Cal Tebb.
The next race is June 6 - 7 in Edmonton.
April 26, 2015
The 2015 Race Season is almost here
(Robert Wilson photos)
The 2015 race season is just a couple weeks away, the first club event is May 9 and 10 at Castrol Raceway Park. We all know how short the race season is so hopefully everyone has spent the long winter getting their cars all ready to go. Noteable is Castrol Raceway is having a Fan Appreciation Day May 9th and thousands of free admission passes have been handed out so there should be a good crowd. The track is also open for testing the weekend before (May 2-3) for anyone interested. Joey will be in contact with track management a day or two before our first club race to get instructions on where we will all be parking so you can get a hold of him then for that information.
Contact Cal or Joey if you plan on attending the opening weekend.
The club is looking forward to all our members showing up, please do not forget to bring your membership dues to the event if you have not paid them by then.
There are a couple new competitors expected in 2015. Ron Stennes, Steve Harris and Terry Hiller are expected to attend a few events in 2015. A couple past memeber will be changing their operations in the 2015 season. Landon Goudreau has a new car in 2015 after his crash last season. Ryan Hodgson is likely upgrading to run Nitro in 2015. I am not sure if he will compete in the class in 2015.
Including the three new competitors, I expect Shane Reykdal, Joey Steckler, Cal Tebb, Jimmy Fersch, Norm Kolwich, Cory Kincaid, David Brant, Al Weich and Roddy McMillen (hopefully he has recovered from his accident last season) will battle all season long for the series championship. Rumors that Hank Weltges will be back for a few events this year as well.
A invitation to all the fans of our class. Please come into the pits during all out events to chat with the drivers, crew and owners about our team and what it is like to race down the track in six second at over 200 mph. We welcome all the fans to come visit us!
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March 30, 2015
Mopars at the Strip
Jimmy Fersch and Joey Steckler picked where they left off from the March Meet and match raced in Las Vegas. They were part of the exhibitions put on for the largest Mopar event in North America.
Joey won the two out of three match race with two wins on Saturday. Jimmy won on Friday.
Steckler's plan is to race in Salt Lake in just over a month before he heads back to Canada to race the rest of the season.
March 13, 2015
After a great weekend at Bakersfield, both Jimmy and Joey got invited to put on a few exhibition passes at Mopars at the Strip March 27-29 at Las Vegas. The cars will be on display at the East Side Cannery Casino for a concert with the band Queensryche on Friday then move out the Strip and set up and display both cars and 3 rounds of match racing Saturday. The members of the club that compete at these one off events are trying to be good ambassadors for Canadian racers, and generally just have a good time.
The event is an awesome deal and is the biggest Mopar event in North America.
March 8, 2015
Joey Steckler went to the third round in Pro 7.0 before lighting the red light against Jeff Sturgeon. Joey ran his best run of the weekend as well going 7.02, just .02 off the index. Too bad Joey, but a good weekend anyway. Jimmy Fersch was a bit late in his round two match-up and could not catch Terry Brewster.
Round one victory for Joey
March 7, 2015
Jimmy Fersch had the tough task of taking on the #1 qualifier Eily Stafford in round one. Jimmy (with crew chief Serge Dion) could not slow down the car any more than a 6.80 (on the 7.0 index) in either qualifier. At the starting line Stafford rolled the beams and Fersch got a freebie. He drove it out the back door and turned on the win light with a 6.90.
Jimmy takes on #17 qualifier Terry Brewster in round two.
Joey was very consistent in both qualifiers running in the mid 7.0's. He did the same in his round one win over Charles Ware. A 7.06 for Steckler to a 7.14 for Ware.
Joey has #4 qualifier Brian Darcy in round two
March 5, 2015
7.07/197 for Joey (#5) after round one and 6.80/205 for Jimmy after round one
March 5, 2015
Jimmy Fersch was testing on Wednesday in advance of the first qualifying sessions starting today.
A video from last year of Cal Tebb shot by Robert Fedyk
Correction notice... Joey has gone to two finalsin 7.0. Last years "B" and a couples years ago in the "A" (Both at the CHRR I believe)
This year two Rocky Mountain competitors are running at the March Meet. Joey Steckler in the KEG River Corvette (Joey went to the final in the 7.0 "A" a couple years ago at the CHRR) will battle all the FEDs and Altereds and Jimmy Fersch in the "Big West Dodge" '70 Cuda will battle the SOCAL guys.
The 2015 6.90 Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car Power Tour
May 9 - 10
Edmonton, AB MT/Trail Tire
June 7 -
8 Edmonton, AB MT/Trail Tire
July 10 -
11 Spokane, WA IHRA Nitro Jam Race #1 of 2 race series 6.75 Index
July 17 -
19 Edmonton, AB IHRA Nitro Jam
July 24 -
26 Mission, BC NHRA Canadian National Open
Rimbey, AB Funny Car Race
Good Vibrations Motorpsorts is back as the "Best reaction time" sponsor for 2015 as well.
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