July 7, 2014
Robert Wilson photos
Shane Reykdal used solid reaction times and consistency to win this years Rocky Mountain Nationals
Having to change the rules just prior to the Rocky Mountain Nationals does not change the winning ways the Rocky Floppers have had since the association was formed a half decade ago. Allowing Altereds and the hard index back to the event caused ripples to the 6.90 class but in the end their solid group of racers dominated the event this past weekend. 17 cars attended the event and 6 of the top 8 qualifiers were Rocky Mountain Funny Car competitors. All but one of the team drivers made the 16 car field.
Joey Steckler showed once again he is a player, as he hit the 6.90 index dead on with a zero, to qualify #1. Norm Kolwich has also had qualifying luck as he was #2 in the field only 1/100ths off perfect.
Jimmy Fersch and Ryan Hodgson were 4 and 5 in the field and rounding out the top eight from the Rocky Mountain assoc were Shane Reydkal and Allan Weich (#7 and #8).
The only non qualifier was David Brant as he made his debut with his new 55 Thunderbird REAPER Flopper. What a sweet ride for sure and the kids absolutely loved it. One or two more runs down the track and he will be dialed in.
In elimination's, there were a couple stellar round one pairings and none bigger than #7 Shane Reykdal and #10 Cal Tebb. These two are two of the best in the association and had had a couple epic battles over the last three years. This one was exciting, as both drivers ran awesome 6.99's. Cal was a bit better on the et with a 3 for the third number compared to Shane's 9, but Shane got the holeshot and carried that through to the slimmest of victories and he was off two round two. Steckler defeated one of the others association's drivers Scott Bourdin with an almost 2/10ths better et (7.01-7.19). Roddy McMillen was deadly in the #8 vs #9 pairing against Allan Weich. McMillen ran less than 2/100ths of the 6.90 with a 6.912 to Weich's too fast 6.877. The soft index would have made this race real close. Jimmy Fersch was a bit tardy on the tree and he gave up over 2/10ths on the starting line and could not play catch up with Cody Anstead. (7.15-6.95) Troy Sitko in the altered defeated Darrell Webb 6.97-7.21. Cory Kincaid got the round one victory over the other altered in the field driven by Reg Deforest 7.10-7.54. Ryan Hodgson stayed close to the index with a 6.94-7.43 win over Devin Pelrine. And Landon Goudreau got his car back close to the number with a 7.00 upset of #2 qualifier Norm Kolwich.
In round two McMillen narrowly defeated Joey Steckler 6.98-7.00, Reykdal got the break he needed defeating Landon Goudreau who was forced under the index by .005.
Reykdal ran 7.06 but going under meant.... you lose! Hodgson defeated Anstead by only a few thousandths as he was a bit late on the tree. A 7.05 - 7.22 meant Hodgson was off to the semis.
In the final 1/4 final race, Kincaid lost a close one to Troy Sitko 6.95-6.97.
Shane Reykdal used his luck from round two to his advantage in the semis against hitter Troy Sitko. Shane got a huge starting line holeshot and held of a hard charging Sitko. 6.99 to a close 6.92. Good job Shane. Hodgson made a great semi final run, going 6.92 to a too quick 6.84 by McMillen
In the final Shane again was deadly with a .25 rt compared to Ryan's decent .096. Ryan had to play catch up on the track and at 1100 feet they were neck and neck. Crossing the finish line Ryan got there first with a 6.897, oh 3/1000ths too quick. Reykdal runs a 6.982 and gets the win by virtue of that 3/1000ths break out. A real tough way to lose, by Shane being deadly on the tree earns him the Ironman for 2014. Congrat's to Shane and wife WiIlma and the entire "E-Town Hustler" team.
Round by round eliminations recap
Round 1 Joey Steckler, 7.012, 182.87 def. Scott Bourdin, 7.192, 191.40; Roddy McMillan, 6.912, 202.61 def. Allan Weich, 6.877, 206.07; Cody Anstead, 7.152, 189.31 def. Jim Fersch, 6.956, 202.67; Troy Sitko, 6.970, 168.60 def. Darrel Webb, 7.217, 192.93; Shane Reykdal, 6.998, 196.85 def. Cal Tebb, 6.993, 193.77; Cory Kincaid, 7.103, 191.08 def. Reg DeForest, 7.544, 186.72; Ryan Hodgson, 6.946, 194.69 def. Darrell Pelrine, 7.433, 178.05; Landon Goudreau, 7.007, 201.31 def. Norm Kolwich, 7.376, 143.72
Round 2 McMillan, 6.988, 209.30 def. Steckler, 7.005, 201.55; Reykdal, 7.061, 180.04 def. Goudreau, 6.895, 205.54; Hodgson, 7.054, 199.49 def. Anstead, 7.228, 186.72; Sitko, 6.956, 187.83 def. Kincaid, 6.976, 203.77
Semis Reykdal, 6.996, 196.90 def. Sitko, 6.926, 191.67; Hodgson, 6.926, 202.73 def. McMillan, 6.842, 211.49
Final Reykdal, 6.982, 197.62 def. Hodgson, 6.897, 202.18
Rocky Mountain Nationals final qualifying
Joey Steckler 69 Corvette 6.900, 205.04
1. Troy Sitko 6.918, 196.93; 2. Jim Fersch 6.924, 202.30; 3. Reg DeForest 6.931, 199.11; 4. Roddy McMillan 6.996, 189.98; 5. Cal Tebb 6.997, 200.41; 6. Ryan Hodgson 7.011, 200.35; 7. Joey Steckler 7.033, 202.42; 8. Shane Reykdal 7.035, 193.35; 9. Allan Weich 7.040, 192.33; 10. Norm Kolwich 7.055, 201.73; 11. Cody Anstead 7.204, 188.96; 12. Darrell Webb 7.233, 194.32; 13. Cory Kincaid 7.234, 194.24; 14. Scott Bourdin 7.359, 187.76; 15. Darrell Pelrine 7.657, 183.79; 16. David Brant 8.086, 160.82; 17. Landon Goudreau 6.878, 209.39
June 26, 2014
We are just a week away from the Rocky Mountain Nationals. Many of the teams are dialed in to the 6.90 index already. The only unfortunate thing is that it is going to be a hard index instead of the soft one (not going to be over/under) and they are allowing open wheel altereds and RED's this year. It will still be a great time. Make sure you head out to Castrol next weekend.
June 13, 2014 update (photos added) --------
June 3, 2014
Weather keeps the Sunday winner from being crowned in the first RMNFC weekend.
(photos to come)
The Rocky Mountain Floppers had their first stop of the 2014 season at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton over the weekend. It was the first of five MT/Trail Tire points races. Eight of the regulars were in attendance. It was set up as a Chicago style shoot out where only the #1 and #2 qualifiers return for the last run of the day to provide the daily winner. It was the first opportunity to try out the new soft index, closest to 6.90 on either side of the number.
After the first round of qualifying on Saturday Cal Tebb held the #1 spot with his 6.891. The #1 spot held till Shane Reykdal ripped off a 6.896 on his second qualifier.
None of the other racers were able to knock Shane or Cal out of their spots so the final was set. By late afternoon the clouds rolled in and the rain started. So it was decided that the Saturday final would be run on Sundays 2nd qualifying pass.
be a qualifying pass for Sunday and a Saturday final) The race was decided
on the line when Shane went red, so Cal had his first win of the year.
Would have been an awesome race had Shane not gone red, because Cal ran
6.941 and Shane Ran a 6.943.
Jimmy Fersch and Cal Tebb met up for another grudge match in round one, Jimmy brought a knife to a gun fight, his .105 light and a 6.84 were no match for Cal's .022 light and a 6.907. Cal's run was good enough to hold for Sundays #1 spot.
We had to go to the mph to declare the 2nd qualifier, Landon Goudreau ran 6.869 at 204.9, Wild Al Weich ran 6.869 at 204.1. So Landon would move on to his first final of the year.
Landon went to three finals last year (first year in the car) but didn't bring home any wins yet. Once again, the clouds and rain rolled in late afternoon and final was postponed. It was agreed that it will be run off at the next race during qualifying.
The Good Vibrations RT winners were:
with is .029 light on Saturday
May 29, 2014
The 2014 season is here!!!!
The Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car class opens their 5th season this weekend with a double header "Chicago style" event at Castrol Raceway. Nine of the series 14 drivers will compete and possibly one or two of the new members will be out to test their new cars and start licensing procedures. The Chicago style work on the platform where the two closest drivers (one from each run) to the 6.90 soft index will return for the final round. This year new rule (the soft index) means that a driver can go under or over the set number (which is 6.90 at Edmonton) and advance. Running a 6.91 is the same as a 6.89. It should make the competition even closer and more competitive. The nine racers lining up this weekend include Cal Tebb, Jimmy Fersch, Norm Kolwich, Shane Reykdal, Roddy McMillen, Ryan Hodgson, Cory Kincaid, Landon Goudreau and Al Weich.
Third year player Jimmy Fersch went with a new clutch combo for this year and he will be a serious threat to Cal's goal of three-peating. His car is one of the quickest in the class, but he lost round points of a few occasions last year due to running a tad quicker than the set set index. He finished in 3rd place last season but easily dropped 30-50 points for running under the index.
Shane Reykdal finished second in 2013, and this 3rd year player is one of the best on the tree, but he needs to find a bit more consistency in his race day set up.
Sophomore players Ryan Hodgson and Landon Goudreau are real serious players as well and both have cars capable on any track surface.
With a bit more seat time they too will challenge at every event. Norm 'Hollywood' Kolwich in entering his third year as well and he has been hot and cold. At his first ever event he went to the final round, but consistent runs in the 6.80's and 90's have been his kryptonite.
Long time funny car racer Joey Steckler can never be counted out as his car is one of the most consistent in the assoc, but he has lost a few races on holeshots.
He has been shy to run his car harder than the index but he has a brand new twin bullet which means he will be more aggressive this year. Everyone better watch their side window.
Roddy McMillen is the bad boy of the class as he just like to run fast. He has gone in the 6.40's in his hemi powered Mustang and is really just a guy who likes to smoke the hides and then his competition regardless of what the index is.
Cory Kincaid is basically a showman. His 55 Chevy is one of the more unique floppers out there and his goal is to make strong runs and then have a good time in the evening with all the others racers. Al Weich is the old style racer of the group.
What else can you say about one of the first nostalgia funny car owner/ drivers to bring back the 70's style funny cars. He brought the Gene Snow Rambunctious Charger to the Hot Rod Reunion in 1993 and is was the only flopper at the event that year. From there the funny car revolution is in full stride. He buys and sells Funny Cars as often as old timer racers change the rod bearings. Last year was the first real season Al has taken his driving and tune-up seriously and it showed as he was in the 6.80's and 90's on a regular basis.
The battle this year will be the toughest in association history and I expect five or six different winners before the season ends.
The 2014 rules and regulations are posted here.
The 2014 points earning systems are posted here.
April 27, 2014
We are very sad to post that Brent Harris a great friend of our series and part time competitor in it passed away yesterday. He will be sadly missed by every in the RMNFC series, all their family and friends and crew as well. Brent was one of the nicest guys you could meet or compete against. He raced with us at the Rocky Mountain event and was a very popular racer. RIP Brent.
There is a memorial page started at Speedzone Magazine and we invite all to post their thoughts and feelings and photos of Brent. E-Mail address is email@example.com
Trail Tire, the major sponsor for the series points races have a new logo. The winner of each points race receives a set of new M/T rear slicks.
March 26, 2014
A cool poster of all the teams in the RMNFC assoc. put together by Minou Kincaid From the Kincaid Funny Car team.
March 16, 2014
The Association had their AGM this weekend and the biggest news is the addition of a couple new teams and the changing of their hard index. The rules previous to this year meant the drivers had to be right on the index or slower, if you ran under then the run did not count or was put to the back of the field depending on how many teams were competing. The new rule is the closest to the set index (6.90's at most races) above or below. That means that a 6.899 is just as good as a 6.901. Or a 6.88 is as good as a 6.92. This is a great rule and will make the racing even closer and more exciting.
The new teams coming into the group for 2014 are Ron Stennes. He bought Ron Sekura's Chevy II. The other new team is Terry Hiller Racing. He purchased the old Tim Nemeth Mustang Nitro funny Car. We are working on new team pages for these new teams. Here is Ron Stennes page so far. Here is Terry Hillers page so far
March 9, 2014
The March Meet is this weekend. Only one RMNFC car made the long trek South this year. Ryan Hodgson made his debut and acquitted himself real well. He qualified in the middle of the pack with a 7.09 and won round one with a 7.03. That was where his weekend ended though as he fell in in round going 7.10. His opponent ran a 7.05. (Speedzone Magazine photo)
February 12, 2014
The new name for our points series is the POWER TOUR. The class will be rebranded the "Pro 6.90" class for the Rocky Mountain Nationals as well.
Here is our 2014 schedule
PRO 6.90 2014 POWER TOUR
May 31 and June 1 Edmonton, AB MT/Trail Tire 2 day Chicago style shoot out: Points Race
July 4-6 Edmonton, AB Rocky Mountain Nationals Ironman Race Qualifying and Eliminations: No Points
July 19-20 Mission, BC Canadian National Open Wally Race, Qualifying and Eliminations: Points Race
July 26-27 Prince George, BC 3rd Full Blown Drags 2 day Chicago style shoot out, Points Race
August 13 Edmonton, AB Hot August Night Exhibition, No Points
Aug 16-17 Edmonton, AB MT/Trail Tire 2 day Chicago style shoot out Points Race
Aug 30-31 Drayton Valley, AB Thunder in the Valley MT/Trail Tire 2 day Chicago style shoot out: Points Race
Sept 6-7 Rimbey, AB NHRA National Open Exhibition No Points
20-21 Edmonton, AB MT/Trail Tire 2 day Chicago style shootout:
February 4, 2014
Here is a little video put togather by Robert Fedyk.
It's gotta get ya in the mood
February 2, 2014
The 2014 schedule will be posted soon.
Three races you can count on are the Rocky Mountain Nationals July 4-6, the Mission National Open July 18-20, and Thunder in the Valley at Drayton Valley the Labour day long weekend.
January 7, 2014
Last weekend Gordie Bonin's family and friends held a celebration of life in his home town of Red Deer. The Canadian Drag Racing icon died just over a month ago in Las Vegas. To say he was instrumental to putting Canada on the map drag racing wise is an understatement to say the least. He started his racing career like many did, racing Bracket cars and Stockers at local Alberta tracks. He moved up to an injected FED and within a year of driving that he got a call that changed his life and the Canadian Drag Racing landscape. Gord Jenner called Gordie and told him to head down to Southern California and try out a Nitro Funny Car. He did and within two events we was already a winner, and the rest they say, is history.
He along with car owners Gord Jenner and Ron Hodgson put Canada on the map and over the next decade and a half Canada's presence in big time drag racing grew by leaps and bounds. Many of the drivers in our series saw Gordie as one of the main reasons they got into the sport. He will be missed by many.
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