Canada Heads Up – Streetcar Shootout Series – Race 1

Race 1 – July 24-26, 2020


Race Review

To call this past race weekend a success is an understatement. The Pits at ST. Thomas Dragway were so full, we had racers pitting on the East side of the track.  As far as entries go, how about 341 entries for our 3 day event!?!?!?! Add in at least another 200 Friday night test and tune entries, that at time near crimpled the return road, and this was a race for the history books as it was clearly the most entries we’ve ever had at a Ian Hill Racing Productions event.

Canada Heads Up – powered by Maxima Racing Oil race weekend #1 was set o be a hot one. Track prep gurus Corey Herman (GBM) and Mike Vanni (TMP) came together to help us make the best of the track in temperatures that peaked at 146 degrees! Friday’s test session was well attended and as usual, by mid-day the track started to come around. While many of the Super Street and EZ Street competitors were killing he tire at the 20-70 foot mark, some of the 235Outlaws guys were showing that the starting line was right where they needed it to be get down on the smallest head up tire size on property! Traction was at a premium for race promoter Ian Hill’s Grey Area as he drove under a huge wheelie, lifting all 4 tires off the track at about the 105ft mark. Friday at 5 the test session was over, the bbq’s were lit and the TnT entries started to trickle in! All the race teams got back to the trailer to service their hot rods for Saturdays start to race 1!

By early Saturday morning we could see that we had ourselves on serious race on our hands. Not only were the Sportsman pits looking like they may well over flow, the bike pit area was wrapping around the East side of the track! The Heads-Up classes were highlighted by the rumor that 12 Super Street legal cars were on the property. Early reports from Canada Heads Up tech guy – Greg Miller confirmed “their were a ton of Super Street Cars!”… By the time Q1 (first qualifier) was called the rumors were confirmed – 12 Super Street cars had shown up to join our 2020 points series! There was every horse power  combination from a Naturally Aspirated x-Pro Stock, big inch nitrous, big block Procharger, Roots Super Charger and Twin Turbo combos for a full rounded out field.

Race Day brought to you by Speedwire

Super Street –12 entries showed up for qualifying, the first time in 15 years the class has seen double digit entries! Nick Agostino set a new Canada Heads Up record in route to the #1 qualifier position @ 4.38 et (Nick uses Maxima Racing Oil)! Nick went all the way to the finals to win the event against ex-pro stock racer Tony Pontiere in a wicked close finish! The two cars in the finals couldn’t be more different in their combos; Nick running heavy in his 69 camaro (regularly races Pro275)with an extremely large Small Block (4.600 bore space) twin turbos and a 2 speed transmission, while in the other lane Tony’s x-pro stock (regularly ran Outlaw10.5) Cavalier runs ultra light with a 572 cubic inch naturally aspirated/ liberty 5 speed combination.

Our Street Bike class was dominated ET wise once again by Randy Hope running a string of low 9 second runs, however it was Nick Kempers that took the win!

EZ Street’s Anthony Daversa met up with Matt Glassford for the third straight final round. This time it was Anthony Daversa that took the win! Great to note was to see regular No Time competitor Nick Kokkas come step it up to run in EZ Street and make his first run in the 4 second zone.

235Outlaws star Corrado Lentinello and his trusted blue fox body Mustang nailed the number 1 spot again, and lowered the current record while on his way there! The previous record was smashed, from 5.28 down to 5.19. This only because he didn’t back up his 5.10 et run! Corrado took out Dean Carmine in the finals.

The rest of our winners were:

Street275 – EJ Gouveir

Wicked 6.50 Craig Degouw

Extreme 8.80 Bike – Karen Hope

Saturdays Sportsman class winners:

Pro – Drew Buchner

Super Pro – Joe Passero

Bikes and Sleds – Landon Swain

Jr Drgaster – Kami Scott

                (Consi – Kate Gingerich)



Pro – Cliff Knechtel

Super Pro – Wyatt Henderson

Bikes and Sleds – Murray Lonsbury

Jr Dragster – Arnold Fox

                (Consi – Austin Vermeulen)


End of year – Agostino/ Zarcone bonus – $500 goes to each of the quickest ET over the 3 race series. So far your current low et holders are:

EZ- Boost: Canadian Dave 5.23

EZ Nitrous: Anthony Daversa 4.95

SS- Boost: Nick Agostino 4.38

SS-Nitrous: Pano Moros 4.55


Records were set, from the amount of entries to the performance on the track! For our first event being run with the new management of St Thomas Dragway we believe the weekend was a big hit and we cant wait to head back there for race 2 of the Canada Heads Up – Street Car Shootout Series powered by Maxima Racing Oil Aug 14-16, 2020!


Thank you, again for all your support in 2020!

Ian Hill

Director – Canada Heads Up

Read More

Performance Tire and Service Center – Cesario Motorsports returns as series supporter for 2020


June 30, 2020

Canada Heads Up once again welcomes Performance Tire and Service Center/ Cesario Motorsports as a supporter of the Canada Heads Up Street Car Shootout series. 

Give Frank or Marc Anthony a call the next time you are in need!!!!



Canada Heads Up is a street car based series that features everything from the fastest street style doorslammers in heads up action to sportsman racing. Come check us out at St. Thomas Dragway July 25/26 2020 for our first event!

Visit our site
Read More

Canada Heads Up aligns with new X275 ruling AND goes digital……

As the 2020 racing season hangs in limbo, Canadian simulator giant VRX Simulator has partnered with iRacing to bring drag racing to the level of international play the likes of NASCAR and Sportscar/ Touring car and F1 have only seen. Rumors started months ago when promoters Donald Long, Jay Payso and Canad’s own Ian Hill discussed the potential of losing the 2020 drag racing season. “Once we agreed that RvW, Pro275, X275 and N/T28s were the 4 most popular classes in all of drag racing we contacted Iracing and begun plans to bring our brand of drag racing to the front!

In the mean time, having the top promoters in one chat session gave chance to discuss the long overdue rule changes that will help drive home the permanent stake of small tire racing as the leading wave of the drag racing events. With discussion leaning towards a 28″ tire revolution it was decided that “LDR would forever be dropped and in place X275 would see an increase in hp potential to try to allow the X275 to creep into the 4.1 zone” – said Canadian Promoter Ian Hill.

Canadian Radial tire racer Adam Basterache is the first known Canadian racer to step up to the updated X275 class rules. After he hurt his engine late last season at the Import vs the World event, Adam watched closely as the new rule set fell into place and is now ready for the new season with his twin turbo combination fresh from Canada Heads Up series supporter Bulls Eye Power Turbochargers and as such will have free entry into all of our Friday test Sessions this season! Adam is also considering running Maxima Racing Oil provided by RM Racing Lubricants so once the local EZ Street rules are updated to align to the newest changes of X275 he looks forward to his plans of going for the EZ Street Championship in 2020 and taking the bonus Champions payouts that RM has posted for the class! All this with  the added bonus of $1000 for the quickest ET in EZ Street provided by Rob Zarcone and Nick Agostino, Adam has his sights set on a big win at the year end banquet!!!

“the 2020 season may well be delayed, or even cancelled all together, but with the plans of IRacing to include the small tire class racing we love, we will all have something to look forward to whether by adding a simulator to our basement entertainment area or watching the weekly feed” – Ian Hill Canada Heads Up Director.

Read More

IHRP hopes to finishes off Golf Cart raffle at Motorama 2020 this weekend!

Motorama 2020 is finally upon us! Come check out our booth #1318 in the back end of Hall 1 (in the same spot we were last year!). We will have some serious horsepower on display this year showing off a wide spectrum of what our focus is on this year! Representation this year with include – Super Street, EZ Street, Bikes, Street275, Limited28s and Jr Dragster classes! 


We will also be promoting a couple of our fund raisers at this event. We are raffeling off an EZ GO custom golf cart (customized by RCR Performance Golf Catrs), only 210 tickets are being sold and the ticket sales can be tracked on our Facebook pages. We will also be kicking off our Miller Welding Equipment  tig welder draw this weekend. Information will be available at our booth! Or check it out on our site GOLF CART!

Read More

Ian Hill Racing Productions adds some new “stick-um” to the mix…..

Mar 4, 2020 from the asphalt glue department of the super secret hide out of the OGW

Ian Hill Racing Productions (IHRP) is proud to welcome Mike Vanni to our racing Team. Mike will be continuing with his on track knowledge and continuing to bring his best track-traction efforts to the table during all of our Canada Heads Up and OGW race weekends.

“When we saw that Mike’s previous employer couldnt put a deal together for him for 2020 we took notice. We touched based with Mike at that point and hoped he would end up applying the skills he developed in 2020 to our facility of choice for 2020 – St. Thomas Dragway (STT). We are excited to bring Mike onto our team for 2020 and hope that the combination of having Mike as the lead Prep guru on track, the new racing surface and concrete barriers at STT come together to prove once again, IHRP’s focus is on building the greatest racing weekends for our customers… you, the racer!” – Ian Hill

We look forward to seeing everyone in a week at the Motorama Car Show – please note our Drivers Meeting is at 2pm on Saturday, March 14th!

Read More

Ian Hill Racing Productions (IHRP) to display at Motorama 2020

February 25, 2020 from the car wash area of the OGW super secret hide out


Ian Hill Racing Productions (IHRP) will once again be headlining a display at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsport Expo this year! The Ontario Grudge Wars and Canada heads Up – Street Car Shootout Series will be well represented with a number of cars on display as well a schedule information and swag available at the booth in the Center Hall (same location as 2019). 

Our annual drivers meeting will be held at the show @ 2pm Saturday afternoon just before the Drag Race Night of Champions hits the stage where a number of our champions will be receiving their Champions recognition!


We look forward to see you all there, keep an eye on our FB pages for updates as we get closer to the date!

Read More

PSP Paul Silva Performance signs as returning marketing partner for 2020

February 5, 2020

We are proud to announce the return of supporting sponsor PSP Paul Silva Performance to our roster for 2020. PSP Paul Silva Performance has become a staple at our events with the entourage of customer’s race cars and their bold black and yellow t-shirt design!

PSP Paul Silva Performance specializes in Mustang high performance repair and upgrades. From mild to wild, from street to full out race PSP has the knowledge to make your ideas and designs come to life! PSP shop owner Paul Silva can be found right at the starting line most weekends of the summer as he ensures all of his customer and family based race team is lined up properly and has the knowledge required to make safe passes down the strip!

PSP Paul Silva Performance has a rich history within the street car drag racing scene of Ontario which includes attendance at early OCSA (Ontario Street Car Association) events, Drag Syndicate events, PTRA East vs West and ofcourse our own Canada Heads UP and Smackdown events!

Next time you are in Scarborough drop in and check out what PSP Paul Silva Perfomance can do for you!

Read More

January 27, 2020 – From the whistle shop at the super secret hideout of the OGW!

In what has turned in an amazing day following our weekend’s points series banquet – leading the news releases is IHRP announcement that Bullseye Power Turbochargers are once again on board in a big way!

This year ANY entry powered by Bullseye Turbos receive free entry into any and all Friday test sessions that we book before our weekend events, including the RPM Magazine Smackdown4 powered by Maxima Racing Oil!

“Depending on how popular our test sessions become this could lead to about $400 of saving for those of our racers that would be attending the test sessions.” – Ian Hill, Series promoter. “We are very fortunate to have such great marketing partners, this being year two of our partnership Wild Bill took me aside and said he’d love to give back to the customers that support his business while also supporting the series! What an amazing idea to partner up and present the Bullseye Power Turbocharger Test Sessions for 2020!

Read More

Quebec Grudge Wars and Ontario Grudge Wars gather forces to bring Nitrous to the front…

January 2, 2020 – from the dirty south end of the parking lot at the super secret location of OGW.

This just in… No Clock Small Block is coming to Canada!

Quebec Grudge Wars and Ontario Grudge Wars have always maintained a similar rule set between each other and this time is no different. With the ever growing popularity of the Limited28s class and the low ets it continuously sees we realized the separation of the combos needs a fix! The combo that seems to be being left in the et department is the Small Block Nitrous combo. So to fill the gap between the Street Class and the 235Outlaws class we felt the Nitrous Small Block combo was a good place to start!



“Once Lights Out Promoter Donald Duck Long announced the rule set for his 11th running of the popular event at South Georgia Motorsports Park we checked his rules out and realised they fit what we are all about – simple, easy to tech and basic! Steve (QGW) and I am very excited to see where this exciting class leads us and what support we get from the racers” – IHRP front man Ian Hill. 

Read More

Dragstar Racing Components to award ISP pour in seat for 2020

Dec 24, 2019

From the adult toy manufacturing facility, North of ummm… Port Colborne!


We are very excited to announce the addition of our newest Marketing partner for 2020! Dragstar Racing Components will be awarding a custom ISP Pour In Seat for the racer that ends up with the most points 2020 total! All Super Street and EZ Street 2020 points members are eligible as long as they have joined our points program before March 15, 2020. Marc of Dragstar has done seats for many quick door cars including Frankie Taylor, Nick Agostino, Josh Klugger and Ian Hill. Marc’s Pour In Seats offer crash and fire protection as well offer comfort like no other seat on the market as they are form fit to your body!


We are humbled that Dragstar has stepped up in such an awesome way to support our racers and our series! Marc has come up with a great prize and a way to give it out that truely supports our push for membership! How it works is this…. sign up for EZ STreet or Super Street on or before Motorama 2020 and you are eligible. Then between the 2 classes whom ever tallies the most Championship points overall, will be awarded with the prize! 

follow on IG @dragstarmarc or call directly to get a quote to have your own Pour In Seat done soon! 519-897-2422


Read More