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The latest update as of June 29, 2010
Misc. Bits and Bytes
One more correction to make to a quick blurb on here over the weekend: Tony Pontieri of Bolton, Ontario only suffered a broken bone in his neck, not a broken neck. The distinction may seem somewhat of a fine point but the difference in severity is huge. Thankfully, Pontieri is resting comfortably at home and is expected to make a full recovery soon.
That's all the mistakes I can think of at the moment, so let's move on to other things. After wondering how TSN, or TSN-2 were going to broadcast the ESPN coverage from last weekend's Norwalk event, with Wimbledon tennis dominating their broadcast schedule for the next two weeks, I think I've finally found the answer. They won't be broadcasting it.
While NHRA still lists tomorrow (10 am pacfic, 1pm eastern) as the airdate, the TSN schedule on their website and my local cable provider's on-screen schedule both list tennis in that timeslot. Just to be on the safe side though I will set the PVR to record it and then ditch it as soon as I see one of those little white balls being knocked around by some people wearing shorts and wielding flyswatters. Again, drag racing comes out on the short end. Next drag racing broadcast on the TSN sked is the Seattle Northwest Nationals in mid-July. Unless they can find a tennis match, dog show, or mud wrestling repeat to show instead.
And speaking of Seattle, I'm still waiting to hear if I've got credentials to attend the event for the first time in a few years. Checking the archives shows "a few years" can be defined as five, as in I was last there in 2005. My how time flies when real life gets in the way of a good time at the drags. If we're not at Seattle, then the next event for us will be the Canadian National Open at Mission Raceway on July 24 - 25. (Yes, I'm tempted to go up to Ashcroft if I'm not at Seattle next weekend, but I'd rather save my Eagle Motorplex expedition for the mid-August AHRA Reunion Tour event).
It should be quite a show at the Mission National Open this year with a heavy emphasis on funny cars. Not one, not two, but three separate fields of cars will be competing: the nitro nostalgia guys, the blown alky cars of the Rocky Mountain Funny Car Association and the Northwest BB/FC Association. Throw in some nitro harleys, the Pacific Northwest Street Car guys - with some seriously, like 6-second fast - cars and trucks and all the other local hot rods and it should be a dynamite show. Under the lights action too possibly. We'll have lots more to say/write about it as the date gets nearer and the details get clearer.
Now it's back to the photoshop salt mines to pick away at that rich vein of images from Edmonton's Rocky Mountain Nationals. Next update here will be later today and we hope to be able to report that we've made some serious progress at completing the Edmonton coverage. Stay tuned.
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