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Feburary 6,2016

Rob and the Atchison Racing Team are pleased to welcome back NGK Spark Plugs back as product sponsor again for 2016 racing season. "NGK Spark Plugs have been an intregal part of us winning our 3 IHRA Funny Car Championships and our Ulimate Showdown Pro Mod Championship and we are proud to be part of the NGK team, " states Rob Atchison. We highly recommend NGK Plugs to all our machine shop customers because of their high quality standards, performance and reliability.

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December 22, 2015

The 2016 schedule for the NAPA/Autopro Pro Mod Ultimate Showns has been announced today with the series expanding to 5 races for 2016. Rob and Crew will begin to defend their 2015 Champions Title May 21 at Toronto motorsports Park. For the rest of the schedule see our schedule page or visit

October 2, 2015

Rob and Crew officially have been announced as Ultimate Showdown Pro Mod Champions. They qualified number # 1 at Thunder by the Beach and set quickest time 5.93 (career best) and top speed of 241.74 . After capturing two wins and qualifying number one at Grand Bend Labour day in the three Ultimate Showdown events. Rob Atchison from London, Ontario becomes our first NAPA AUTOPRO ULTIMATE SHOWDOWNS Pro Modified Champion for 2015.

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September 10, 2015

Rob and Crew qualified # 1 as they managed the only 5 second pass to set the bar Atchison Machine, Mattress Depot Westcoast Transportation 63 Vette Pro Mod at the Thunder by the Beach at Grand Bend Motorplex. In round one of eliminations Atchison laid down low et and top speed of the event with a 5.935 elapsed time at 241.74 mph while defeating Sal Cammisuli’s Corvette. In round two, Atchison was paired up with number four qualifier, Bruce Boland and his A & A Auto Parts sponsored 1941 Willys coupe. Boland had laid down a 5.969 elapsed time in round one, while defeating Al Martorino’s Mustang. Both drivers were definitely “up” for this race, as they knew that the car in the opposite lane had the potential to end their race day, if they weren’t “on their game”. When the ambers flashed on the pro tree, Atchison moved first but left too early by six thousandths of a second. Boland sped to a 6.008 at 230.23 mph for the win.

On the other side of the Pro Modified ladder Derek Hawker’s ’68 Firebird, running for Hawker Construction and Empey Tire. Picked up a first round win over Gary Mater’s twin turbocharged Mustang with a 6.069. Then eliminated Sam Andreacchi in the Wolf Electric ’69 Camaro in round two with a 6.079. After qualifying second at each race this season, it felt like Derek Hawker was due for a win during the final race of our NAPA Ultimate Showdowns season.
In the Pro Modified final, with both drivers “pumped up” to try to capture the win and the $7000 top prize overhead. Both Derek Hawker and Bruce Boland staged carefully but at the hit, Hawker’s Firebird moved too early resulting in a red light start.
Both drivers drove it out the back door. In a side by side drag race, with Boland running 6.045 at 237.15 mph for the win in the A &A Willys. A strong 6.023 at 238.60 mph for Hawker’s Firebird, after his red-light start.

August 20, 2015

Rob and Crew will be again sponsored by Mattress Depot for the Thunder by the Beach at Grand Bend Motorplex where they will again join with Atchison Machine and Westcoast Transportation as sponsors. This race marks the return of the Mattress Depot Cop Car that will be throwing out limited edition event tee shirts to the crown. Circle your calendars race fans for September 7-9 for the final race in the Autopro/Napa Ultimate Showdown where Rob and crew will try to clinch the series title and their 3rd straight victory.

August 13, 2015

Rob and Crew raced this past weekend at the Stratford Spectacular at Grand Bend Motorplex and the second race of Autopro/Napa Ultimate Showdown. Rob and crew managed to qualifying # 3 with a 5.963 and following it up with consistent passes throughout elinations. Round 1 Rob defeated Chris Brohman setting up a race with # 2 qualifier Corbyville Ontario's # 2 qualifier Derek Hawker. Hawker was unable to make the call as his Hemi-Powered Pontiac suffered catastophic engine damage in round 1. Rob tried to hop the car up in the bye run going for lane choice against # 1 qualifier Bruce Boland who had defeated Al Marterino in the semis. The car starter to veer toward the centre line so Rob clicked it off early. The final was set with Rob racing Brue Boland in the final with Boland having lane choice as both cars left together. Rob got the lead early that he never relinquished on his way to victory with a 5.97 to Boland's off pace 6.30 with clutch problems. Next race for the team will be Labour Day Weekend at the Thunder By The Beach at Grand Bend Motorplex in the final race of the Autopro/Napa Ultimate Showdown

July 13, 2015

Rob and Crew captured the inaugural Autopro/Napa Ultimate Showdown qualifying # 3 with a 5.951 and following it up with consistent passes throughout elinations. Round 1 Rob dispatched Al Marterino with a 6.01 before facing Corbyville Ontario's # 2 qualifier Derek Hawker where Rob's 5.97 pass bested Hawker's 6.12 pass. The final was set with Rob racing Gen Musto who got in as an alternate and made it to the final. Gen tried hard but his car wouldn't fire handing the victory to Rob and Crew. Not to disappoint Rob unleashed the quickest round of the eliminations with a 5.95 244 mph pass.

May 17, 2015

Rob and the crew capped off the weekend by winning the Victria day weekend NDRA Funny Car race at Toronto Motorsports Park. Rob and crew put the Atchison Machine/Westcoast Transportation Monte Carlo on the pole qualifying 3 1 and defeated Tyler Scott in the final with a 5.75 252 mph pass. Next race will be the inaugural Auropro/Napa Ultimate Pro Mod Showdon and Toronto Motorsports Park

Dec 3, 2014

New Canadian drag series for 2015

A new drag racing series, featuring the region’s quickest and fastest drag race cars, has been formed, and will see action at two tracks in 2015.

The “ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN” presented by NAPA Auto Parts / Ideal Supply, will be presenting two classes: Pro Modified and Top Sportsman/Top Dragster

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster entries will compete in a 32-car qualified field. The two styles of racecars will compete individually with the winning dragster racing the winning door car for some of the highest payouts ever.

The three race series begins in July at Toronto Motorsports Park as part of the “Canadian Nitro Nationals”. In August the series goes to Grand Bend Motorplex for the “Stratford Spectacular – Hot August Nationals”, and returns in September for the Labour Day weekend “Thunder by the Beach” event.

Each “ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN” race will pay $10,000 to the winner of the Top Sportsman vs. Top Dragster final. Round money is paid out from the second round, with a current minimum of $24,000 being paid out at
each event, including qualifying bonuses, and contingencies.

The “ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN” Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Class also offers a Championship points program, for drivers who wish to compete for a season-end title with $10,000 going to the Series Champion, plus cash and contingencies going to the top five finishers in the points program.


June 16, 2012

Rob and the crew will be running the Atchison Machine/ West Coast Transportation Funny Car at the this weekend's Nitro Nationals at Toronto Motorsports Park at Cayuga Ontario. The team will make its debut in the newly formed NDRA Alcohol Funny Car series. Rob and the team missed the first race of the series while attending the PMRA opener at Toronto Motorsports Park where they took the Corvette to the semi-finals in their first race of the season. Rob and crew will be debuting the new car on Canadian soil after it sat out the 2011 season after making 3 shakedown racing passes at the 2010 Division 7 fall race in Las Vegas racing under the Team Ace banner.

May 12,2012

The BBQ and Fundraiser at M & M Meats Dundas and Clarke Road Location in London was a great success and it was awesome to meet up with old friends and fans.Former London Knights Captain Michael D'Orazio stopped by to lend his support. Thanks to all of our friends and fans who helped support this event. Rob and the team will be racing at Toronto Motorsports Park this weekend in the PMRA race.

March 30-2012

Atchison Racing is pleased to announce the 2012 Racing Schedule. The team will race both the Funny Car and the Pro Mod at select races at both Grand Bend Motorplex and Toronto Motorsports Park. The Funny Car car will also be on display at the M & M Meats on May 12th to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. The time of the display is from 10 am to 4pm and we hope to see our friends and fans to support this worthy cause.