The Canadian Motorsport Halls of Fame have recently announced their latest inductees, and there are some notable names on the list. Fifteen individuals were entered into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, including the late John Massingberd, who was a beloved broadcaster. Known as “Big Bird,” Massingberd was a talented interviewer on TV and Raceline Radio before his passing. John Waldie, a longtime friend, was also honored for his dedication to drag racing, specifically the Pro Mod class. James Hinchcliffe, a talented driver and entertainer, was another deserving inductee.
The Sprongl name has long been associated with rallying, often seen with the “P1” moniker. Mark Dilley, with his impressive credentials, was a deserving addition to the Hall of Fame.
The Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame (CDRHF) also had their own list of inductees. Wayne Huber, a longtime friend who sadly passed away, was recognized for his contributions as the Head Mechanic/Performance Advisor at the Central Chev High Performance Center. Bob and Rob Atchison, who have been involved in racing since the early 1960s, were also honored. Bruce Mehlenbacher and his son, Junior, received well-deserved recognition, as did Neale Armstrong, the former Cayuga Track Manager and Jet Car pilot.
Other notable inductees include Don Henderson, a skilled Ford mechanic, and Farmer Dismuke, the NHRA National Tech Director. Doug Box, a successful competitor in the CanAm Stock/Super Stock series, was also recognized. Barry and Todd Paton, who should have been inducted earlier, were finally given their rightful place in the Hall of Fame. Sharon Fletcher, a pivotal figure behind the scenes, was also recognized for her contributions. Tim Miller and Chris Biro, two esteemed writers who have covered the sport for many years, were among the inductees.
The Awards Gala for the CDRHF was held at the Power Palace, owned by founder John Scotti, a first-class venue for a first-class group of inductees.
In other news, two top-ranked Canadians, Treyten Lapcevich and Cole Butcher, are set to compete in the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola. The upcoming Formula One race in Las Vegas is raising concerns about tire performance due to the cold weather. It’s surprising that the organizers didn’t anticipate this issue, given the substantial investment in the racecourse.
Turning to NHRA, the In-N-Out NHRA Finals took place at Pomona Raceway. Austin Prock secured the number one spot in Top Fuel, with Canadian drivers Dan Mercier and Spencer Hyde qualifying well in the field. Robert Hight claimed the top spot in Funny Car, while Greg Anderson dominated in Pro Stock. Gaige Herrera emerged as the top qualifier in Pro Stock Bike, and Shawn Cowie led in Top Alcohol Dragster.
In the finals, Doug Kalitta emerged as the winner in Top Fuel, defeating Leah Pruett. Chad Green secured the victory in Funny Car, and Matt Hartford took the win in Pro Stock. Gaige Herrera continued his dominance in Pro Stock Bike, claiming the championship.
With these results, Kalitta became the 2023 Top Fuel Champion, Hagan won the Funny Car Championship, Erica Enders became the Pro Stock Champion, and Herrera took the Pro Stock Bike Championship.
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