O’Brien Earns First IHRA Victory


Lakeshore’s Larry O’Brien won his first race ever in IHRA on Sunday at Grand Bend. He rolled his Dodge Hemi over the quarter mile in just 6.543 seconds.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(GRAND BEND, ON) – It is great how a story comes together. That story has been in the making for 22 years as Lakeshore’s Larry O’Brien notched his first IHRA victory Sunday at the Grand Ben Motorplex.

The Prostock finals saw JR Carr, of Pasco, WA, and O’Brien go head to head on the quarter mile drag strip. O’Brien ran the route at 232.97 mph, edging Carr by less than half a second at 6.543.

“If there was ever ever an event I would like to win, it was this one,” he said after the race. “Gone to the finals before, gone to the semi finals, but never won one.”


Bob Malloy dominated the Grand Bend weekend taking the Nitro Harley competition. Riders wear Kevlar vests under their fire suits just to protect themselves in the event of an explosion.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

O’Brien said he and his crew had been having a few smaller problems with the car during the weekend, but nothing the other teams weren’t also dealing with. They sorted them out and took away the perfect storm of races.

“It’s a real honour to here in Canada, at a Mopar sponsored event, with a Dodge,” he said. “Just the perfect place to do it.”

The next event on the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule is the San Antonio Nationals Fuelled by Sunoco Racing on September 25 – 26. The race marks the second to the last event on the schedule and will be detrimental in determining the IHRA World Champions.

Click here for the round-by-round results from the Mopar Nationals presented by Williams Racing.


Popping a wheelie allowed the orange car to speed off and win the heat. Short weekend at Grand Bend Motorplex.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata