It seems like forever since the Langley Loafers Nostalgia race at Ashcroft's Eagle Motorplex - actually, just four weeks - but the clock keeps ticking and the calendar keeps advancing and now here we are in Edmonton for the 12th annual IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals. And that's just the start of what's shaping up to be a very busy late summer - fall series of races for Northern Thunder.
As mentioned on SpeedZone recently, I've mapped out a VERY ambitious schedule that was to start with the 61st annual (yes, older than Indy!) World Series of Drag Racing in Cordova, Illinois on August 22nd - 24th, followed by the 60th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indy on Labour Day weekend. After that, my first visit to a doorslammer extravaganza with the PDRA's Rockingham (North Carolina) race, then over to Charlotte for the NHRA Carolina Nationals, on to Dallas for the NHRA Texas FallNationals, and finally up to St. Louis for the NHRA Midwest Nationals.
After six races on consecutive weekends, I'll take a two week break, drive up to Toronto to connect with my girlfriend and visit her relatives in Ontario before we spend a week in New York. Our first - but hopefully not our last - trip to the Big Apple. That interlude will end with a blitzkrieg trip across America - five days from New York to Bakersfield - as I make my annual pilgrimage to the California Hot Rod Reunion at Famoso Raceway.
At least that was the plan... then Mission Raceway ran into some "technical difficulties" with their new full quarter-mile concrete racing surface and their entire schedule was turned on its head. Now their biggest race of the season falls on the weekend when I should be in Cordova, and since I absolutely have to be in Indy for the first rounds of sportsman qualifying on Wednesday morning, August 27th.... it's going to be quite a challenge to make it fit. At the moment I'm leaning towards attending the first two days of the Mission Raceway National Open - Smoke and Thunder Show, then hightailing it to Indy just in time for the start of that race, and unfortunately having to skip the Cordova event.
At least that's the plan. At this time. And for all the news, reports, and photos from the IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals, stay tuned to SpeedZone Magazine.
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