June 10, 2016
In the end it was a battle of wily veteran Joey Steckler and fourth year Altered driver Troy Sitko. In index racing visibility is crucial on the top end as he or she can make decisions whether or not to lift based on where your opponent is. The Altereds and dragster have a clear advantage in these types of races so it is important for the funny cars to be solid on the tree and have their tune-up dialed in. The Rocky floppers have has rules designed around being a drivers race with no electronics or starting line throttle assists. The rules are set up pretty soft right now trying to integrate the three groups and the IBAA series rules are similar.
The other change for the Rocky group is they have to slow down their cars to come closer to what the other two groups are normally running. So it is a lot of adjustments for the Rocky teams.
To start qualifying a couple teams had even bigger adjustments as well. Norm Kolwich was debuting a new chassis and engine combination under his Corvette. He appeared to have a magic set-up early though as he qualified #1 with a dead on 6.95.
In elimination's though, he did struggle with setting the car up for consistency. Shane Reykdal also had a new combo, but his issues were making too much horsepower and he ran too quick most of the weekend. Jimmy Fersch has a new tune-up for the 2016 season.
It is veteran Top Alky driver/owner John Evanchuk. They also struggled trying to get the car to repeat the slower 6.95 index. Joey was dialed in pretty close all weekend long and it did pay off as he did make it to the final round in the 14 car field.
Joey ran slightly too quick in the final going 6.93 on the 6.95 index. Shane and Norm both ran too quick in round one and were done early. Ron got a win in the opening round along with Joey. Ron's weekend was done in round two when he red lit.
It was a pretty good weekend five Rocky teams running in the opening weekend. The Rocky race is just a month away and Cal Tebb, Dory Kincaid, Al Weich and David Brant will likely all be in attendance representing the flopper contingent. There should be well over 16 cars competing for the 16 car field.
Nina Fay Smith-Garron and Todd Young for the photos.
May 14, 2016
A couple cars are out this weekend at Castrol testing in preperation for the 2016 race season. Their first points race is the first weekend of June.
Shane Reykdal and Jimmy Fersch were heating up the slicks. Go to the facebook page for a couple vids. Jimmy has Edmonton Top Alky veteran John Evanchuk veteran tuning the car this year. He ran a 6.70 Saturday.
Here is a shot of Shane loading up the car.
March 3-6, 2016
The race season is here, even for teams in the NW. There are a number of Alberta racers competing this weekend at the Good Vibration's March Meet, but only Joey Steckler from the Rocky Mountain Funny Cars assoc. is representing our group. He started off the event on Wednesday with a test n tune run and saw him light up the scoreboard with a 6.990. Almost a perfect test run. On Thursday in the first qualifier they detuned the car just a smidge, but it was still too fast, by a scant .001. Joey ran a 6.999 in the first qualifier. Too bad! In the second qualifier on Friday he ran a 7.13 (had no tach apparently). That put him in the #14 spot for elimination's. All they needed was that 6.99 tune-up and try and fender in the win at the stripe. Joey ran Ronny Lennon in the Barret Bantam in round one Lennon had an almost perfect light, .011 and ran a 7.05 to Joey's 7.11. It was a fun weekend that unfortunately ended a few rounds too early.
January 4, 2016
2016 will be a very exciting year for the series. All our events this year will include the IBAA. That group includes a half dozen blown alky funny cars and altereds and will likely compete with us at the Edmonton events, and possibly others. They are also welcome to be a part of our races outside of Castrol Raceway so the potential is for some large fields of tire smoking 200 mph floppers and altereds.
The schedule for the Rocky Mountain Funny Cars for 2016 is as follows:
Race #2 July 15-17th Edmonton (Rocky Mountain Nationals)
Race #3 July 22-24th Mission (Canadian National Open)
Race #4 Aug 10th (Hot August Night) 2 exhibition runs only
Race #5 Aug 13-14th Edmonton
Race #6 Sept 3-4th Edmonton
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