June 29, 2004
Race #3 presented buy "Pro Stock Performance" of Edmonton.
Photo gallery is here.
Dean Peterson wins his first ever points event with the Canada West Doorslammers and second CWDS event of his career (his first win came at the Port Alberni exhibition last season). The win came in a 19 car field that saw five cars enter the series for the first time in 2004. The five round race came down to Peterson, Joe Mellof and Brian Kikel in the semi finals with Joe Mellof getting the odd car bye run into the final round. Peterson defeated Brian Kikel in the other semi, setting up a final round between two strong running Super Gas drivers, one present day SG hitter and one ex-champion in the class and defending Doorslammer series champ. Dean Peterson has been very hot lately, winning two Super Gas series events in the last month or so. He continued his streak her, when Mellof had a bit of a brain fade in the final round leaving before the tree was activated giving an easy win to Peterson. The win was even more amazing considering Dean could not get the car to run the minimum 8.70 number all day. He was a half tenth off all day. All his competitors must be kicking themselves. The r/u by Mellof moves him further up the ladder moving at least a couple more rounds ahead of second place competitor Terry Spargo. Besides the race itself the weekend Doorslammer BBQ was a highlight of the season. And thanks go out to Captain's Cabin Pub, Southhill Electric, Token Fiberglass and RJ Enterprises for their contribution, with their help, we raised $450.00 dollars for the series.
Photo gallery is here.
June 27, 2004
Duane Grosart blast to a CWDS all time et record. Duane goes 6.80 at 209 to qualify #1 at Race #3 in the eight race seires. He collects the RJ Enterprises #1 qualifying cash
19 cars are trying for the 8.70 minimum So fay all are in except Curtis Sankey who is 14/1000's away from making the field. The huge associaition BBQ was a hit with close to 150 racers and fans onhand for all the Steaks ribs chicken ptoatoes and good times. THanks to Stefanie and Captains Cabin Pub, RJ Enterprises (Jan you are the best), Southhill Electric and Token Fiberglass for their support in the BBQ. We raised between 300-400 dollars for the association. One more qualifying session on Sunday morning, with eliminations going at noon. Check back Sunday night for all the results.
June 26, 2004 Race #3. presented by "Pro Stock Performance" (Edmonton)
The big event of the year so far is on tap this weekend at Mission Raceway. Close to 20 cars are expected to compete in Race #3 sponsored by Pro Stock Performance.
Check back Saturday night for the first three rounds of qualifying.
Results from Race #2 at Mission Raceway Park June 5-6, 2004
The second event of the season, presented by TCS Performance Products did not get off to an very good start on the Saturday in what was slated to be: "The special Variety Club" weekend at MRP. This major fund raising event at Mission was to include a car show, midway and music, but unfortunately all were washed out. Included in the washout was qualifying Saturday for the 'doorslammers' and the other classes in attendance. So the hope was that Sunday would dawn better despite the forecast.
Sunday did not start off very good but by 11:00 we were ready for an abbreviated program. Two qualifying sessions and into elimination's by 2:00 were the order of the day. After the first round, race #1 low qualifier Bob Marshall continued his run with a first hit 7.48 183 to sit in the top spot ahead of Joe Mellof and Terry Spargo. 11 car made the first attempt and all made the 8.70 cut including the first ever pass by Rob Murphy in his new 57 Pick-up with the wild paint job. It is along the same lines as the Daytona he competed in for the last five years, but is much more detailed and absolutely incredible. In round two, Marshall improved to a 7.40/184 to hold onto #1 and recieve the 'Lucas Oil' "TOP" qualifier $100 bonus. He had to wait until the last car, Duane Grosarts' six second 55 Chevy made his lone attempt, but Duane broke the wheelie bar on the burnout of all things (probably a good place to break it and not on a hard launch). #2 qualifier was Joe Mellof with a 7.61 and Ray Kirton was #3 after a 7.69 best. This race featured the first "Best Burnout Blast" sponsored by RJ Enterprises. It came down to two guys smoking them side by side, Ray Kirton and Layne Wooley. Wooley's was a smokey two hundred footer that he had to bail on when the car started to go sideways. Ray in the other lane smoked em long and hard, as he went well past the 330 foot mark and he came to rest at half track. It came down to a crowd tie breaker, as judges Wally D. and Sara B. were split on the decision. The fans voted Ray's as the best! Ray's was judged to be the winner based on the length and the huge billows of smoke from under the 34.5 inch Hoosiers and the sprector cheers.
Here is the field after the two session on Sunday:
Elimination's started one hour after qualifying and with the odd car ladder Bob Marshall got the first round bye run. Mike Bedsworth was slated to run Joe Mellof in round one, but had an oil pressure issue and elected not to run, giving the "Sharkman " a single. Layne Wooley took out Dave Warren 7.93 to an 8.05, Terry Spargo defeated Ray Kirton 7.77 to 7.73 (Terry's .055 light was a tick better than Ray's .089. Bob Marshall had the bye but lined up against Ron Beaudoin when Beaudoin's opponent John Collett had Transmission/Converter woes. In the final 1st round pairing, Rob Charlton defeated Rob Murphy with what turned out to be the best package of the day, a .004 activated 7.862 on a 7.82 dial in. The .046 package got him a $100.00 gift certificate courtesy of Mopac Auto Supply. In round two, Spargo drilled the tree with a .014 light and defeated 1st race r/u Rob Charlton, 7.86 to a losing 7.87, Bob Marshall got his second single as Joe Mellof wounded his big 632 powerplant, and Layne Wooley got an easy one when Ron Beaudoin deep staged. In the semi finals, Layne got the odd car bye into the final and just coasted the car down track, to keep it cool due to the hot lapping the class was forced to run because of the earlier weather woes. In the other semi final, Spargo again nailed the tree, proving that age does not matter. He went a .018 this time, as he took on the the "other old guy", Bob Marshall who spun the tires real hard just off the starting line, giving Terry an easy win.
The final round pitted two Chevy's against each other, one an early Camaro driven by the "early model driver, "Terry Spargo". In the other lane, a mid range 1986 Old Cutlass driven by the youthful Layne Wooley. Experience ruled the final round, as Terry was again sharp on the tree with a .035 light to Layne's .060, but Layne got real loose just past the tree and had to lift, giving Terry a 7.84 win on his 7.81 dial-in. A pretty good weekend in the end after a real lousy start to it on Saturday.
I would like to take the time to thank the "event" sponsor TCS Products, for their continued support to the doorslammer series, and all the sponsors for the 2004 season including the tile sponsor, "Lucas Oil". I would also like to mention, we have added another series sponsor to the series and that is 'Ron Parr Racing Engines" and "'Parr Patriot Connecting Rods". He will anti up in the season ending point race as well as presenting the series winner with a set of "PARR Patriot Aluminum Connecting Rods". Thanks Ron. Check out his web site to see if he can do the engine work you require on your high performance engine. His work includes Balancing, Dyno Work, and of course the manufacturing of Canada's first "High Performance Connecting Rods" installed in The #1 qualifier's engine, Bob Marshall.
A few photo highlights:
Race one results are here
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