Drag Racing fans in Las Vegas got to witness the Lamont based ASB racing team finish 1-2 at the 17th Annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
Mike Pelrine is from Fort Saskatchewan and races a 2011 Harley in the Top Fuel Harley Class. Pelrine reached the top speed at 225.97 mph, lowest ET in 6.362 seconds and made the final.
Pelrine compares hitting 225.97 mph to getting shot out of a cannon.
"We did really well, the bike ran really consistent," Pelrine noted, "we just had a fuel line come off in the final and were forced to shut down at the start line. It was a win in our books with an all ASB final."
Pelrine's uncle, Craig Pelrine (from Redwater and also with ASB) defeated the event's number one qualifier American Len Darnell. He then won the final with a time of 6.716 seconds at 201.49 mph.
"We had really good competition with guys coming from as far as Kansas," Pelrine added, "they were all really good riders with good equipment so we had to be on our game to stay on top of everybody."
"We've been running the NHRA circuit for the past five years, we just recently put a pro charger on of our top fuel bikes last year and starting running it competitively this year."
Originally from Nova Scotia, Pelrine and his family lived in Bruderheim for many years before moving to Fort Saskatchewan.