November 10, 2013
Here are a few awesome photos that have been transformed by Daniel Sundahl from Edmonton. This is true artistry, that changes the whole definition of what a race car looks like. Awesome work Daniel!!!
He has a bunch more drag racing images on his web site. Click here
2014 looks to be another strong year for the Rocky Mountain funny car association as two or three new teams hope to be ready. The Sekura Chevy II was sold to an Edmonton racer (Ron Stennes) and he will be out next year with that car. Tim Nemeth's Mustang Funny Car (below) was also sold to an Albertan who plans on competing next season as well.
October 18-20, 2013
In the 7.0 pro 'A' field Norm went way red against #4 qualifier R. Lennon in round one. Norm Was consistent on the idex, running 7.056, but went you go red you are dead.
Joey lost a real close one going 7.016. His opponent also went 7.014 but Steve faller went .014 on the tree to Joey's .087
Cal won his round 1 'B' eliminator race with a 7.119 to Terri Lynn Brewsters 7.37. Cal was .072 on the tree. Jimmy won as well, going 7.047 against NWBB/FC driver Todd Swinford who broke out (6.920) trying to catch him. Cal had to unfortunately race his buddy Jimmy in round two and Cal got the win, running a 7.086 to a close 7.116 for Jimmy.
Cal lost in the semi finals to Richard Phillips who had a phsycic .004 light. Cal was closer to the number running a 7.10 to Phillips 7.17 but the dragster driver took the stripe by .01 of a second, about three feet.
Shane lost a close one in his round one race running a too quick 6.993. His opponent Chris Mazany (who went 7.039) was almost a tenth back at the tree but Shane took too much top end stripe going just under the 7.00 index. He was off the gas but needed to be off 20 feet sooner.
Troy Sitko also lost a close one in round one as he ran a 7.031 as his opponent (7.030), who was better on the tree by .017.
The dragsters and altered drivers have a huge advatage with visibility and it would make sense to have a separate class for the floppers. There were over a dozen in competition and if they had their own class at least a dozen more would show up.
Saturday final qualifying
Joey Steckler and Norm Kolwich get in the 'A' eliminations. Joey goes 7.050 and Norm is in with a 7.066 from Friday. He went 7.09 Saturday so his car is consistent.
Cal runs a 7.207 Shane runs a 7.143 and Jimmy Runs a 7.135. Troy Sitko is in the 'A' field with his 7.05 earlier and Todd Swinford from the NWBB/FC ran a 7.276. Ron Hiegli went 6.80's on both his passes.
A strong first day at the Hod Rod reunion but only one regular RMNFC team is solidly in the field so far, and one sits on the bubble. The biggest newsworthy run though in my opinion was the 6.999 by Joey Steeckler who sits .001 away from being perfect. If only he was off the gas five feet earleir. Norm Kolwich is #9 with a 7.06 and Jimmy Fersch ran 7.48 with the loud pedal off by 1000 feet. Shane Reykdal went 6.84 and Cal Tebb is just under a tenth off with a 6.91 Past RMNFC member Troy Sitko is in the field with a 7.04
(Bob Snyder and Bob Wilson photos)
September 27, 2013
Here are some photo highlights from the Big Buck Shootout. (Andrew Lockton photos)
Cal, Trevor, Matt, Rachel and the babies hold the hardware.
Gee, what are they doing?
A number of the teams are heading to Bakersfield for the Hot Rod Reunion in a couple weeks. Included are Joey Steckler, Jimmy Fersch, Norm Kolwich, Shane Reykdal and Cal Tebb.
September 18, 2013
Cal Teb finished off a great season by winning the Rocky Mountain big dollar shootout last weekend at Castrol Raceway.
More details and photos in the next couple days
September 11, 2013
Funny Car show in Drayton prior to Thunder in the Valley. What an awesome line-up of cars.
(Andrew Lockton and Rachel Lewis photos)
September 9, 2013
The final 2013 point standings are in. Cal Tebb is the 2013 season champion.
Drayton Valley's "Thunder in the Valley" (Final points race of the year).
Drayton Valley was awesome as usual but it was certainly a challenge. Due to concerns by air traffic of airplanes sticking to the surface, the old rubber that had built up on the airstrip (and helped setting a base for the race cars) was scrubbed off this year and the racing assoc. had to start from scratch. Add in a huge rain storm Friday the day before the event and the cars were running of bare pavement.
It took a good portion of the first day to even having a hope of running half throttle. Due to the delayed start on Friday and the traction concerned the group did not run two races, they ran one race with double points. Cal Tebb seemed to be the only guy to make decent runs and turned in a best of a 7.4 at 195 mph. He won both his races and went tot he final round against Norm Kolwich. Cal got the win and won the season points championship.
Photos and more Drayton news in the next few days.
The final race of the year for the association is a big dollar event sponsored by Big West Dodge. Over 5,000 is up for grabs this weekend.
August 23, 2013
Next weekend is one of the association's favorite events, "Thunder in the Valley" at Drayton Valley Alberta.
August 22, 2013
Hot August Nights
Castrol Raceway held one of their most popular events of the year last Wednesday, "Hot August Nights": 8 Jets Cars, Nitro Funny Cars, Top Alcohol Cars and of course the biggest feature class, the "Rocky Mountain Funny Cars" were featured.
The group made two runs each (an exhibition only not racing and no winners on the evening).
Look at the crowd in some of the photos below:
August 13, 2013
Here is a quick update on the weekend at Castrol at the Mopar event.
Rachel Lewis and Andrew Lockton photos
was part of a one day show with the Mega Mopar car event.
August 1, 2013
After the Mission event, eight of the teams headed due North to Prince George for there biggest feature event of the season. The track has gone through a huge tranformation in the last year including all new service facilities (washrooms, showers, a sani dump etc). They re-surfaced the track (concrete) built a family lake (stocked with fish). The list goes on and on.
(Rachel Lewis photos)
Unfortunately the weekend was hampered by rain all day Saturday. Friday they did get a couple hits in and Cal was the quickest running 7.22. Sunday was a decent day and there was quite a few fans out, but with the new concrete and a lack of rubber on the track, you could not put full power to the ground. The teams decided since the surface was too green they would award all the teams 50 points for attending and they would match race each other. Cal Tebb and Landon Goudreau got the track figured out the best and faced off in a fun final round. It was a great race with Cal winning on a holeshot 7.01 to a 7.00 for Goudreau. He was the only guy to run 200mph, running 202 in the final.
Mission winner David Brant and the Reaper team showing off the new set of M/T's from Trail Tire, the Wally and Plaque
July 23, 2013
Mission Raceway's Canadian National Open Results
First time winner David Brant wins a big one
David Brant and the Reaper team win the Big West Tour/MT Trail Tire event at Mission Raceway
A big field of Rocky Mountain Funny Cars competed at Mission on the weekend at the Lucas Oil Canadian National Open. 11 cars made the trek from Alberta and Saskatchewan for the race. For the first time there were racing on a 6.80 index, but with the HP most of the cars make, that number should be easily be surrounded above and below.
Round one qualifying
Roddy McMillan showed he would have no trouble running quicker as he went 6.623@206.
David Brant went 6.778 @ 201 but both drivers were too quick. Cal Tebb showed why he is one of the favorites as he went 6.825/201 to nail down the #1 spot in the first session. Al Weich went 6.847/204 to sit #2. Landon Goudreau was .01 back with a 6.858/208. He had top speed of the 1st round. Ryan Hodgson was #4 with a 5.883/199. #5 after round one was Shane Reykdal. He went 6.942/197.
Norm Kolwich ran 6.948/200.88 to sit #6. #7 was Joey Steckler, who had to lift early and he coasted to an 8.036. Jimmy Fersch also had a troubled run and he could only put up a nine second time slip. Cory Kincaid barely got off the starting line as he broke right on the launch.
In the second round Steckler was first up and he went 7.24/192.55.
Certainly not what Joey and the team were hoping for and they would head to the pits trying to sort out their lack of power. David Brant was next up and he was on a great run but hit the off switch at 1000 feet (not wanting to break out). He turned on the scoreboards with a 7.026 at only 162 mph. Shane Reykdal slowed from his first run and went 6.969/197mph.
Ryan Hodgson slowed big time as his car lit up the skies at 800 feet with a big bang.
Landon Goudreau went a bit to quick but he was all around the number when he went 6.78 on his second run
He coasted down with a nine second time slip. Jimmy Fersch was next and his run was a heart breaker.
After a slowing run #1, he had all his ducks in a row for run #2, but he went .004 too quick, turning in a 6.796/208.62. A lift at 1260 feet would have given him the #1 spot instead he was outside the field. "Wild" Al Weich was next and he made his best ever lap with the RMNFC group.
He laid down a 6.817/205 to go right to the top of the heap. Not to be outdone, Norm Kolwich laid down the identical et to the thousandth. He was three mph slower and had to settle for #2 if no one else could better his run.
Cal Tebb who lost his top spot in the two prior runs. He was on a great pass, but had to settle for a 6.917/207 on this run. His earlier 6.825 would keep him in the #3 spot in the field. Cory Kincaid and Roddy McMillan were the last two to go down the track. Kincaid had problems again and could not keep his 55 Chevy lit so McMillan would have a single.
McMillan showed why he came to Mission. To let it all hang out! He made the quickest pass ever in the assoc, with a great 6.46 at only 202. While it was a great run and certainly one to talk about, it was not going to get him in the field.
David Brant won the Jet Equipment revolving Qualifier award for his efforts this weekend.
Weich vs Steckler, Kolwich vs Brant, Tebb vs Reykdal, Goudreau vs Hodgson
He was still well out in front and but only hope he had enough momentum.
He didn't and Weich past him at 1100 feet for a late leaving but winning 6.894/187.11 Joey went 8.21/14.83.
There was a delay as the track officials said there was oil down in Steckler's lane. Well Joey went over his car from front to back and there was no oil so there must have been a bit on the track after the last pair of Fuel cars went down the track. Brant and Kolwich were next. Brant got a huge jump .25 at the tree and held the lead right through 1000 feet, Brant lifted off the gas but almost did it too soon, as Kolwich was charging hard and at 1200 feet he was only a car length and a half back.
At the stripe, Brant got the win by .049. Shane Reykdal got a break in his race with Cal Tebb when Tebb went .001 Red.
Shane was great on the tree with a .021 light but it did not matter. Reykdal's et was a 6.886 to Tebb's 6.893.
Landon Goudreau defeated Ryan Hodgson with a good .064 light and an almost perfect run, a 6.801. Hodgson went 7.016.
Goudreau was in only his second ever race in a funny Car but he has proven to be a veteran already. He had a decent .083 light to Weich's .114, so just .031 separated them. Goudreau slowly extended his lead and took the win with a 6.854 to Weich's 6.859. The margin was .046, about 3.4 of a car length.
After strong burnouts for both teams they pre-staged and brought their rpm's up.
They both rolled forward and staged but Landon had trouble holding his position as his clutch was too hot and he rolled the beams just before the lights turned green, handing the automatic win to Brant. He was going to be tough anyway as he was good on the tree with a .055 light and he ran 6.865/170.81.
David Brant won the Good Vibrations RT award Saturday for his .031 and Shane Reykdal won on Sunday with a .012
Team photos are on the photo page.
This is a belated winners circle shot of Cal Tebb. Last year's final round here at Mission with Cory Kincaid was rained out and they ran it at a later date last year, which Cal won. Congrat's to the team.
July 15, 2013
Friday night there is a huge BBQ for all Funny Car teams at Mission Raceway. A charity BBQ with the proceeds donated to Canuck Place Children's hospice. 100% of all donations go to the Hospice. Steak and seafood feast at approx 7:30pm . BBQ is put on by Tim and Nancy Nemeth.
July 10, 2013
Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam
(photos courtesy Sheryl Ogonoski, Don McGowan and Rachel Lewis).
A Rocky photo gallery is here.
Joey Steckler goes from the #14 qualifier (out of 14 cars) to win the 11th RM Nationals Ironman in the class.
One of the biggest events of the year for the RMNFC Assoc is the Rocky Mountain Nationals.
A huge crowd of home town fans gives the group and chance to showcase what has become one of the best Funny Car shows on the West Coast. Running on a 6.99 index the group qualified a 14 car field and ran first round of elimination's Saturday evening.
After final qualifying Steckler was in the last spot in the field after running too quick in two runs, (the other he did not get off the line). Tebb showed he was going to be tough after running a 6.99 in the first round one qualifying.
Lots of upsets in round one but looking at the big picture when you run on an index going a couple hun too quick is such a miniscule amount you are really an underdog? Cal Tebb took on Joey Steckler and both cars were too quick in two of the sessions, the only problem is Joey never got a third run and Cal was almost perfect in his one shot over the index. (first round of qualifying).
Both cars were well off their earlier better numbers and when Tebb could not see or hear Steckler in his peripheral his let off the gas and Steckler drove by him at 1100 feet. Joey got the win and gets a freebie to the semi final.
First two pairs and the #1 and #4 qualifiers were gone. #5 David Brant took on "Wild" Al Weich in the next pairing. Brant got a slight holeshot and ran .08 closer to the number for a .1 second stripe on the top end. Cody Anstead actually got the 'upset' of the race as he struggled to get the car dialed in all weekend He was over a second off the number and had no business even being close. He got a good light and ran his best lap of the weekend, a 7.65. His opponent was perfect running a 6.990 of the 6.99 index, but he went .122 red. That one had to hurt. Jeremy Jelinski in the Lucas Oil Corvette took on Norm Kolwich and Kolwich gave it to Jelinski as well as he went .044 red.
He ran a 7.141 compared to Jeremy's 7.329, but when you go red you go home. So far in Five pairings only one top half driver was still in. Darrell Webb broke in qualifying and Kincaid (#3) only needed to stage the car to get the win. He did get it staged launched and broke but did enough to get the win. In the final pairing, Shane Reykdal took on the other rookie Landon Goudreau.
Goudreau was too amped up as he went .085 red. Reykdal went .114 and ran 7.043/186 to get the win. Goudreau's number was a 6.971.
In Round two Steckler used his odd car single to run a 7.38. He will face the winner of the Brant/ Hodgson pairing.
Brant got the win there as he was way better at the tree and went 7.22 to a 7.51 for the rookie.
In the next
pair Jelinski defeated Anstead 7.15 to 7.42. Anstead got .2 at the tree
but Jelinski caught him by half track and took a .09 stripe. In the final
pairing was Reykdal getting a holeshot win running a 7.10 to Kincaid's
7.08 Kincaid was way late on the tree.
He was 2/10ths back at the tree and Brant was well on his way to victory, but David broke out by .032 handing the win and a final round shot at the Ironman. Jeremy Jelinski squeaked out a .007 victory went he went 7.143 to 7.177 against Reykdal.
to Steckler and his team.
Roddy McMillen ran with the Fuel Alterds on the weekend when they were a car short.
A few more Rocky Photos are here.
June 30, 2013
Four teams went to Billings Montana for the IHRA Thunder Jam. Cal Tebb, Norm Kolwich, Joey Steckler and Ron Sekura. The weather did play havoc with the event, but we did manage to get one lap in each. The fans loved our cars and we had a great time despite the shortened day.
The Rockys are next.
June 19, 2013
Landon Goudreau's awesome new car. He hopes to be out in the next couple weeks intime for the Rocky's and then head down to Mission.
June 12, 2013
The first race weekend of the season is almost complete....
Almost complete you say.... When the final round from Sunday has to be rerun as the timing system stopped working just as the cars left the starting line and due to the fact that the race is on an index (6.90) Even if there was a clear driver crossing the finish line first, you would not know if he broke out. The full story below.
(Rachel Lewis photos)
The RMNFC assoc. has seven cars turn out for the first race of the year. Cal Tebb, Joey Steckler, Shane Reykdal, Norm Kolwich, Jimmy Fersch, Roddy McMillen and Ron Sekura.
Roddy Mcmillen struggled with oiling problems on his new motor and hurt push rods, so he didn't make any runs. Ron Sekura had blower problems so never ran either. The other 5 cars made lots of great runs.
The two day Chicago Style shoot out format is used at the Castrol events meaning the two drivers closest to the 6.90 index after two runs go to the final. Saturday's best run and the #1 qualifier was Jimmy Fersch at a 6.94@206mph, #2 qualifier was Cal Tebb at 6.98@204mph. The final was a great race with Jimmy running a 7.01@205mph and Cal running a 6.92@200mph. Cal took the win light on the first ever Big West Tour race.
By day two (Sunday) the Rocky Funny Car tuners were really getting on to the 6.90 tune ups. #1 qualifier was Shane Reykdal at a 6.91@201mph, #2 was Jimmy Fersch at a 6.92@207mph. When the two cars crossed the finish line, the boards were empty, no ET, no mph, no win light. Some sort of computer glitch at just the wrong time. The final will be rerun at a later date.
The winner of the Trail Tire, MT Tire award for highest total points on the weekend was Jimmy Fersch. He was presented his plaque and MT Tires by Darrell Budney of Trail Tire.
June 3, 2013
We are just days away from the first race of the year. 7-12 teams will be at Edmonton for the two day (two separate races) Chicago shootout. In prepration for this weekend's race teams have been out to Castrol Raceway getting a handle on their 6.90 tune-up. Jimmy Fersch nailed the number testing the last weekend of May. Fersch, Tebb, Steckler, Reykdal, and Kolwich have all made a bunch of laps over the two testing weekends and there were many 6.90 time slips.
May 9, 2013
The schedule for 2013
April 21, 2013
Big news from the Rocky Executive as they have signed their second major sponsor. Trail Tire is a Major sponsor that hands out a pair of Slick to the winner at every points race. Big West Dodge in Drayton Valley as now also stepped up to their points series by rewarding cash to the winner in each points race. The points series will now be called the"Big West Tour". They are hoping to announce a few more races tot heir schedule as well and are looking at potential new sponsors as well. Lots of news in the next couple weeks, stay tuned.
Jimmy Fersch has taken to the Rocky Mountain Funny Car assoc. in a big way. After joining the assoc last year with his new Dodge Cuda, he had an eventful year including a crash at the Eagle Motorplex the end of June. Undaunted by the incident, he got a new body and had the car back on the track by the middle of August and ran career numbers (6.70's) and even went to the Hot Rod Reunion. This year he is even more serious with a commitment to the assoc by way of major sponsorship. That guarantees a couple more events on the schedule. The assoc. is over a dozen cars strong and is growing every year. They are not far away from having 16 cars in the class.
April 15, 2013
The NW racing season is just a few weekends away and the Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car group are ready to hit the track. They had a great social get together this past weekend at their AGM, signed up two new members up for 2013, and are ready for their best season yet!
Here is the full time line up for 2013 (new member cars coming soon).
The series will have a 5,000.00 '"Shoot-out" in September sponsred by Big West Dodge that will pay 3,000 to the winner and 2,000 to the runner-up. You have to be a member of the assoc and race in three points races in the 2013 season.
March 11, 2013
The Rocky Mountain Funny Car assoc would like to welcome its newest member Landon Goudreau
Landon and his rteam will debut a Plymouth Arrow on top of a TAFC chassis. The car will have two Alan Johnson Hemi Billet Bullets in its arsenal with a 14/71 Blower and three speed Lenco for the drive train.
We will have a team page profile for Landon as a work in progress as he completes the car. Here are a couple shots in his shop.
We have updated the Brant Family web page with a new video and crew and sponsor announcements. Photos to come.
March 1, 2013
A number of race team pages are updated with new info and team pictures, click on the teams link above to check out all the new stuff
2013 team notice
boys are taking some time off to pursue the expansion of thier businesses
and hope to return with dry hops, big burn outs and even bigger smiles
in the future. They give a special thanks to all the funny car fans that
follow this great sport and supported the Sekura Brothers. Also a special
thanks to the organizers of our great club for all thier work making it
happen. They became our family and friends over our short time. Also a
spectial thanks to the Race organizers who take the time to organize and
execute events for all of us to enjoy....
Here are the confirmed dates for 2013
Stay posted, more race dates coming.
Ron Sekura announced their team is selling his Funny Cars. Business demands are at the point where they can't take too much time away to race. That is really unfortunate, but He did relay to me that if one car sells they will try andcompete at a few selected events.
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