Field of Funny Cars will scorch the strip this weekend in Mission

Canadian National Open will feature close to 30 nitro machines

  • Jul. 16, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Local funny car driver Tim Nemeth has the quickest ET so far in 2013 with an unbelievable 5.63 at over 249 mph.

Canadian National Open will attract many of the quickest Funny Cars in North America.


If your favorite type of race car is a funny car this weekend’s Lucas Oil Canadian National Open presented by Jet Equipment Canada at Mission Raceway Park is a must-watch event. Close to 30 of the ground-pounding machines will be competing.

The Nitro Funny Car class is the one that could set records this weekend. Eight of the best in North America are entered, including the national record holder and the 2011 and 2012 National Champion Jason Rupert. The top three in the 2013 point standings are also going to be here. They include Tim Boychuk, Dan Horan and Mark Sanders. Local driver Tim Nemeth has the quickest ET so far in 2013 with an unbelievable 5.63 at over 247 mph. +That run was only his fourth full pass with his new car. He also set the track record (5.75) in his win at Edmonton two weeks ago at the Rocky Mountain Nationals, so you know that car will be tough as well. Add in Kris Krabill, arguably the best driver in the class, driving the Austin and O’Brien Funny Car, Cameron Ferre in Twig Ziegler’s Satellite  and Washington’s Mark Hengtes, and you have a field only the biggest California races see.

The Rocky Mountain Funny Car Association and the North West BB/ Funny Car assoc will have around 20 Funny Cars competing side by side in a USA vs. Canada match-up Saturday evening.

All the action starts Friday with testing and then the teams qualify Saturday evening around 6 p.m. Get there early though, as the stands will start to fill up in the middle of the afternoon. An autograph session is planned in the mid-afternoon Saturday.

Eliminations will be run on Sunday starting at noon. Also running will be NHRA sportsman classes racing for the National Open points and a Wally trophy, and the CPSA running Pro Street, Hot Street and Open Comp.

Admission prices are: $15 Friday $25 for Saturday and Sunday. $55 for three day pass. Kids under 12 are free with paid adult.

Go to Mission for more info.

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