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May 2012 - CANIDAE Racing Top Fuel Sand Drag Team Back in Action this Weekend at Soboba Resort & Casino

 CANIDAE Racing's top fuel sand drag team led by driver Scott Whipple and master engine tuner Amos Satterlee will be on hand competing in the Top Fuel class at the Southern California Sand Drag Association "Mayhem at Soboba Race" being held May 18-21 at the Soboba Casino Motor Complex in San Jacinto, California. Team CANIDAE currently holds the T/F world record on the dirt for ET with a 2.221 elapsed time at 172.79 miles per hour and will look to keep the momentum going coming off their recent first place finish at the SCSDA April Fuels Competition.

Mayhem at Soboba is the second race of the 2012 SCSDA season. Drivers and teams from around the Western United States will be competing in exciting side by side racing throughout the weekend. Racers will be vying for SCSDA titles in Pro Classes, Sport Classes and Youth classes over the weekend.

Team CANIDAE is generously sponsored by CANIDAE Pet Foods, Tap It Brewing, Lucas Oil, Satterlee Racing Engines, JE Pistons, WileyX and East West Clutches.


March 2012 - CANIDAE Sand Drag Team Takes the Win in Top Fuel at SCSDA April Fuels

 CANIDAE Racing's top fuel sand drag team led by driver Scott Whipple and master engine tuner Amos Satterlee raced their 6,000 horsepower nitro-burning dragster down the hundred yard long dirt track in Sunday's championship final against Shane Sanford at an astounding 2.291 second elapsed time and at over 171 miles per hour to capture the win.

The time was extremely close to the team's standing world record in the sport and earned them the title for the prestigious top fuel class at the second annual SCSDA April Fuels event. The final pass came after Whipple exploded a rear tire during his first round bye.

The SCSDA April Fuels race was held at the Soboba Resort and Casino in San Jacinto, California. Race fans were treated to the spectacle of top competitors from around the Western United States firing up their flame-throwing dragsters for side by side dirt racing.

Next up for the CANIDAE Top Fuel Sand Drag team is the May 18-20 SCSDA drag races, again to be held at the Soboba Resort and Casino.

Team CANIDAE is generously sponsored by CANIDAE Pet Foods, Tap It Brewing, Lucas Oil, Satterlee Racing Engines, JE Pistons, WileyX and East West Clutches.


March 2012 - CANIDAE Racing Top Fuel Sand Drag Team Returns to Action this Weekend in Southern California

Sand Drag TeamCANIDAE Racing's top fuel sand drag team led by driver Scott Whipple and master engine tuner Amos Satterlee will be back in action at the Southern California Sand Drag Association "2nd Annual April Fuels" race being held March 30 through April 1, at Soboba Resort and Casino in San Jacinto, California.

Whipple and the team currently hold the T/F world record on the dirt for ET with a 2.221 elapsed time at 172.79 miles per hour and will look to keep the momentum going after coming off their most recent first place finish at the Dome Valley Raceway in February.

Fans in attendance at the April Fuels race will be in for a treat as drivers and teams from around the Western United States fire up their nitro burning, flame throwing dragsters for an exciting display of side by side racing. Racers will be competing for SCSDA titles in Pro Classes, Sport Classes and Youth classes over the weekend.

LIVE BLOGGING ANNOUNCEMENT: Race fans can visit www.canidaeracing.com Friday through Sunday to follow the CANIDAE Sand Drag Team's progress with live reports and photos coming in from the field.

For more information on this weekend's April Fuels Race visit the Southern California Sand Drag Association website at www.socalsanddrags.com.

Team CANIDAE is generously sponsored by CANIDAE Pet Foods, Tap It Brewing, Lucas Oil, Satterlee Racing Engines, JE Pistons, WileyX and East West Clutches.


February 2012 - Double Duty for CANIDAE Racing – Team Set to Fire Up Trophy Truck and Top Fuel Sand Dragster Over Action Packed Weekend

Coming on the heels of two top ten finishes at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, CANIDAE Racing looks to double up on the action this week competing in the trophy truck class at the "BITD BlueWater Parker 425" race and firing up their CANIDAE Pet Foods top fuel sand dragster at the 3rd annual "AZ vs Cali Top Fuel Shootout" at Dome Valley Raceway in Welton, AZ -- both on the same weekend.

Beginning on Thursday, the team will be at the BlueWater Casino & Resort for trophy truck time trials and qualifying in the morning and then take part in the Parker "Downtown Experience" and street fair being held for fans beginning at 3:00 pm. Team sponsor CANIDAE Pet Foods will also be on hand with free samples, coupons and goodies for pet owners and fans in attendance at the event. The day will wind up with an escorted parade of race vehicles back to the main pit area.

In the evening, driver Scott Whipple, will take a two and half hour trip south to Dome Valley Raceway to meet up with members of the T/F team, including master engine tuner Amos Satterlee, for Friday qualifying at the "Top Fuel Shoot Out". Whipple and the team currently hold the T/F world record on the dirt for ET with a 2.221 elapsed time at 172.79 miles per hour set in April of 2010. After heads up qualifying races on Friday, Whipple will head back to BlueWater for the Parker 425 race.

Come Saturday morning, Whipple will climb behind the wheel of the 800 plus horsepower Geiser trophy truck and along with team manager and co-driver Scott Gailey and the rest of the crew take on the grueling 425 mile desert race and their quest for the podium in the premier class of off road racing.

At the completion of the Saturday's off road race Whipple will turn around and race back to Dome Valley for late Saturday qualifying and Sunday finals at the "Top Fuel Shootout". Fans in attendance will be in for an exhilarating treat as drivers and teams fire up 6000 horsepower plus, nitro burning, flame-belching monsters for exciting side by side drag racing over the weekend.

Race fans can follow Team CANIDAE Racing at both venues by visiting the team's Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/tdHKWZ or http://www.canidaeracing.com. Both sites will feature reports, photos, video and comments with live blogging direct from the team throughout the weekend.

For more information on both racing series fans can visit bitd.com for off road and domevalleyraceway.com for the sand drags.

Team CANIDAE would like to recognize all of their sponsors for their generous support throughout the year including: CANIDAE Pet Foods, Lucas Oil, Tap It Brewing, Magnaflow Exhaust, KC HiLites, Torco Race Fuels, JE Pistons, Fox Race Shox, Geiser Bros. Design & Development, K&N Air Filters, Racepak, CalTex Freight, McKenzie's Performance Products, Specialty Fasteners, XRP Hoses and Fittings, Norco Tires, GET Performance, RSP Shock Prep, Satterlee Racing Engines, East West Clutches.


October 2011 - CANIDAE Racing Top Fuel Sand Drag Team Takes 1st Place at SCSDA Pumpkins and Paddles Race

CANIDAE Racing's top fuel sand drag team led by driver Scott Whipple and engine tuner Amos Satterlee turned in a spectacular first place performance at the inaugural Southern California Sand Drag Association "Pumpkins and Paddles" race held last weekend near the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California.

Driver Scott Whipple and the experienced CANIDAE team turned in a stellar 2.38 elapsed time in the Top Fuel finals to beat Jeff Janoe's 2.93 time. In early qualifying rounds the world record holding CANIDAE team hazed the tires, but with the guidance of master engine tuner Satterlee, was able to take down the #1 qualifying position out of 5 T/F entry’s with a stellar 2.38 pass on a tough track. Although first round fell off, the CANIDAE sand drag crew was able to make the adjustments necessary to go on to take the top podium position.

This CANIDAE team holds the world record on the 100 yard-long sand track for the quickest elapsed time (ET) at 2.221 seconds and fastest miles per hour at a blistering 172.79 mph -- all in just 300 feet!

Pumpkins and Paddles was the first race of the 2011 sand drag season for the CANIDAE team. They took to opportunity to unveil a stunning new dragster wrap design from Rad Design for their 6,000 HP nitro-burning dragster.

Team CANIDAE is generously sponsored by CANIDAE Pet Foods, Tap It Brewing, Lucas Oil, Satterlee Racing Engines, JE Pistons, WileyX and East West Clutches.



October 2011 - World Record Holder CANIDAE Racing Top Fuel Sand Drag Team Returns to Action this Weekend!

Another World RecordCANIDAE Racing's top fuel sand drag team led by driver Scott Whipple and master engine tuner Amos Satterlee will be back in action at the Southern California Sand Drag Association "Pumpkins and Paddles" race being held October 21-23 at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California.

CANIDAE Racing comes into the weekend holding world records on the sand track for quickest elapsed time (ET) 2.221 seconds and fastest miles per hour at 166.05 mph.

Fans in attendance will be in for a treat as drivers and teams from all over the Western United States fire up their nitro burning, flame throwing dragsters and line it up for exciting, side by side racing. Racers will be competing for SCSDA titles in Pro Classes, Sport Classes and Youth classes throughout the weekend.

LIVE BLOGGING ANNOUNCEMENT: Race fans can visit www.canidaeracing.com Friday through Sunday to follow the CANIDAE Sand Drag Team's progress with live reports and photos coming in from the field.

For more information on this weekend's Pumpkins and Paddles Race race visit the Southern California Sand Drag Association website at www.socalsanddrags.com.

Team CANIDAE is generously sponsored by CANIDAE Pet Foods, Tap It Brewing, Lucas Oil, Satterlee Racing Engines, JE Pistons, WileyX and East West Clutches.


May 2010 - CANIDAE Sand Drag Team Takes Third Win in a Row at Walt's RV Summer Nationals

Capturing their third 1st place finish in a row, the CANIDAE Top Fuel Sand Drag Team laid down some blistering runs at last weekend's NSDA Walt's RV Summer Nationals at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex.

The team's fastest elapsed time was a 2.232, narrowly missing their own best time, and world record, of 2.221 by just a hair over a hundredth of a second.

Already holders of the sand drag world record for quickest elapsed time in this 100 yard race, the team was able to re-gain their title as world’s fastest by setting a new speed record of 166.05 mph which was backed up by the team's previous run of 164.03. Once again the CANIDAE crew holds ET as well as MPH record in the 100 yard dash in the sand.

Many race fans and pet owners stopped by the CANIDAE Pet Foods demo area where free samples and coupons for the complete line of Canidae Pet Foods products including Canidae for dogs, Felidae for cats and nutritionally complete Snap-Biscuit and Snap-Bits treats were available.

Next up for this outstanding team is the NSDA June 11-13 race, again to be held at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex. Team Canidae is generously sponsored by Canidae Pet Foods, Lucas Oil, Satterlee Racing Engines, EastWest Clutches, DJ Safety, Tigerflow and WileyX.


May 2010 - World Record Holding Canidae Sand Drag Team Heads to Walt's RV Summer Nationals at Lake Elsinore

Last time out, at the NSDA Canidae Pet Foods Nationals in April, Team Canidae crushed their own world record by turning in a series of 2.2 passes culminating in a 2.221 ET at 172.79 MPH in the finals for the win. At this weekend's Walt's RV Summer Nationals, the team hopes to continue their impressive performance in the Top Fuel class by shooting for another victory.

Another World RecordThe new home base for the sport of sand drag racing, the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in Southern California will again play host to this third race of the NSDA 2010 season, with qualifying runs starting this Friday, May 14th leading up to the finals on Sunday the 16th.

LIVE BLOGGING ANNOUNCEMENT: Race fans can visit www.canidaeracing.com Friday through Sunday to follow the Canidae Sand Drag Team's progress with live reports and photos coming in from the field. Don’t miss a second of the action!

Driver Scott Whipple, master engine tuner and builder "Famous" Amos Satterlee and the entire Canidae T/F racing team will defend their title and continue to promote the Canidae Pet Foods message of Responsible Pet Ownership to race fans and pet owners.

Race fans and their families are invited to stop by the Canidae Pet Foods demo area where free samples and coupons for the complete line of Canidae Pet Foods products including Canidae for dogs, Felidae for cats and nutritionally complete Snap-Biscuit and Snap-Bits treats will be available. Top quality Canidae Racing gear including tee-shirts, hats and more will also be available for purchase throughout the weekend.

More information on the NSDA Walt's RV Summer Nationals including schedule and track information can be found at the NSDA website at www.sand-drags.com. General Admission tickets are $10 per day and will be available at the gate.

After the NSDA Walt's RV Summer Nationals, both Canidae sand drag teams will prepare for the next NSDA event, again to be held at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex, this June 11-13.

Team Canidae is generously sponsored by Canidae Pet Foods, Lucas Oil, NSDA, DeNunzio Racing, EastWest Clutches, Satterlee Racing Engines, Precision Metal Finishing, DJ Safety, WileyX, and National Sand Drag News.


April 2010 - CANIDAE Top Fuel Sand Drag Team Resets Their Own World Record With Blistering 2.22 Pass!

Shattering their own Top Fuel Sand Drag world record set last year, Team CANIDAE continues to raise the bar by turning in a 2.221 ET at 172.79 MPH in Sunday's final round at the NSDA Canidae Pet Foods Nationals held at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex.

Race fans from across the Western U.S. were treated to an action packed weekend as Sand Drag racing came home to California. Sunday saw a series of 2.2 second passes with driver Scott Whipple behind the wheel and Famous Amos Satterlee coaxing every last drop of horsepower out of this nitro-burning machine. Sunday's amazing 2.221 run is the fastest in Sand Drag racing history, besting Whipple's own 2.239 ET world record from last year.

Mike DeNunzio and the CANIDAE Top Alcohol Team made strides forward and turned in some solid passes on Saturday including a 2.523 run at 140 MPH to take third qualifying position. Unfortunately, the team was unable to defeat Dan Allen in Round 2 eliminations on Sunday due to mechanical failures. Congratulations to Gary Mink for winning the Top Alcohol class.

Along with driver Scott Whipple, the Top Fuel team’s success would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the crew consisting of master engine tuner “Famous Amos” Satterlee, Carl Boley, Daran Rupp, Greg Henley, Mike Denunzio, Scott Gailey, Bill Park, Big E, Amos Satterlee Jr., and George Whipple.

Be sure to follow both CANIDAE Sand Drag teams at the NSDA Summer Nationals May 14-16, also held at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex. Race fans can visit www.canidaeracing.com that Friday through Sunday to follow the Canidae Sand Drag Teams' progress with live reports and photos coming in from the field. Don’t miss a second of the action!

Team Canidae is generously sponsored by and would like to thank: Canidae Pet Foods, Lucas Oil, Satterlee Racing Engines, DeNunzio Racing, Torco Race Fuels, EastWest Clutches, DJ Safety, National Sand Drag News, and special thanks to the NSDA for giving us all an opportunity to race.


April 2010 - Top Fuel Sand Drag Racing Comes Home to California at the NSDA Canidae Pet Foods Nationals

Canidae Pet Foods NationalsComing off of their first place victory at the NSDA Spring Nationals season opener in March, the world record holding Canidae Top Fuel Sand Drag Team will head to the new track at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in Southern California this April 16-18. Sponsored by Canidae Pet Foods, this race marks a new home base for the sport of sand drag racing.

LIVE BLOGGING: Race fans can visit www.canidaeracing.com Friday through Sunday to follow the Canidae Sand Drag Team's progress with live reports and photos coming in from the field. Don’t miss a second of the action.

The 2009 Top Fuel season champions will once again line up to defend their title and will be joined by the Canidae Top Alcohol team who together will continue to promote the Canidae Pet Foods message of Responsible Pet Ownership to race fans and pet owners.

World record holder Scott Whipple will again be behind the wheel of the Canidae Top Fuel dragster, while Mike DeNunzio takes the driver's seat for the first time this season in the Canidae Top Alcohol dragster. Expectations for both teams are high as they continue their tradition of excellence with the top fuel team in contention for their 6th championship Top Fuel title, and the top alcohol team looking to improve on their hard-fought, overall, second place points standing from last year.

Maintained by master engine tuner and builder "Famous" Amos Satterlee, the 6,000 horsepower nitromethane burning Canidae Top Fuel Sand Dragster rockets down the 300 foot track in under 2.4 seconds and at speeds in excess of 160 miles per hour. In addition to eight rounds of T/F and T/A qualifying on Friday and Saturday leading up to Sunday’s finals, race fans and families will be treated to live music throughout the weekend. General Admission tickets are $10.

Race fans and their families are invited to stop by the Canidae Pet Foods demo area, where free samples and coupons for the complete line of Canidae Pet Foods products including Canidae for dogs, Felidae for cats, and nutritionally complete Snap-Biscuit and Snap-Bits treats for dogs will be available.

More information on the NSDA Canidae Pet Food Nationals including schedule and track information can be found at the NSDA website at www.sand-drags.com.

After the NSDA Canidae Pet Foods Nationals, the sand drag teams will prepare for the NSDA Summer Nationals May 14-16, also held at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex.

Team Canidae is generously sponsored by Canidae Pet Foods, Lucas Oil, NSDA, DeNunzio Racing, EastWest Clutches, Satterlee Racing Engines, Precision Metal Finishing, DJ Safety, WileyX, and National Sand Drag News.


March 2010 - CANIDAE Racing Top Fuel Team Captures NSDA Spring Nationals Championship


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CANIDAE Racing's Top Fuel Sand Drag Team led by driver Scott Whipple and master engine tuner "Famous" Amos Satterlee successfully opened the 2010 season winning the NSDA Spring Nationals at Dome Valley Raceway in Welton, Arizona.

Coming off their season ending world record pass of 2.23 to win the 2009 championship, expectations were high going into the opening race of 2010.  Beginning with eliminations on Friday, the team posted consistently fast times in the low 2.3's including a 2.30 pass on Friday evening to establish a new track record. After a 2.39 pass on Saturday morning and another 2.30 pass in the afternoon, Team Canidae went into Sunday's finals as the #1 qualifier.

In round one eliminations on Sunday, Whipple's 2.34 against Matt "Coldwater Kid"  Ludlow's 2.58 advanced the team into the finals.  In a thrilling final round match up, Whipple blasted off a 2.33 run at 166 mph against John Cadzow's 2.44 to grab the team's first championship win of the young season.

"It was a great weekend and a great turnout of racers, family, friends and fans to start the season," said Canidae crew member Carl Boley.  "Everyone worked hard to get the dragster ready to open the year and then everything meshed together perfectly every time out!  All of us want to especially thank Ernesto Juarez and his family who graciously opened up their lands and built this beautiful track to support our Sand Drag racing community.  We really look forward to coming back here and racing again," added Boley.

Congratulations Team Canidae on the win and a tip of the hat to all of the hard working crew members and their tireless efforts in making the opening weekend a success including: Amos Satterlee, Carl Boley, Daran Rupp, Greg Henley, Mike Denunzio, Scott Gailey, Bill Park and Big E.   You can find the team's blog posts, photos and videos posted from the season opener here.

Next up for the team will be the NSDA CANIDAE Pet Foods Nationals, April 16-18, being held at the new race track being constructed at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in Lake Elsinore, CA.


March 2010 - CANIDAE Top Fuel Sand Drag Team Set to Defend Title at 2010 Spring Nationals in Arizona

CANIDAE/LUCAS OILThe world record holding CANIDAE Top Fuel Sand Drag Team will head to Dome Valley Raceway in Welton, Arizona March 19-21 for the start of the 2010 NSDA racing season with Scott Whipple again driving the team's Top Fuel Dragster. Coming off last season's number one point standing and world record 2.239 ET at 164.16 mph, expectations for the CANIDAE T/F Sand Drag Team are high as they go for their 6th championship Top Fuel title.

Scott whippleBe sure to check out the Dirt Sports magazine interview with Whipple from their March 2010 edition.

The CANIDAE Pet Foods Top Fuel Sand Dragster generates over 6,000 horsepower as it rockets down the 100 yard track in the sand, consistently reaching the finish line in under 2.4 seconds at over 160 miles per hour. There are virtually no rules in this class besides safety considerations. At night, race fans are treated to the awesome spectacle of header flames from these nitromethane burning machines as they ignite down the track.

The CANIDAE Top Fuel Sand Drag Team will continue its tradition of promoting the CANIDAE Pets Foods message of Responsible Pet Ownership throughout the racing season. After the NSDA Spring Nationals in Arizona, the CANIDAE sand drag team heads to Lake Elsinore, CA for the CANIDAE Pet Food Nationals April 16-18 at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex.

The CANIDAE Sand Drag team is generously sponsored by CANIDAE Pet Foods, Lucas Oil, NSDA, DeNunzio Racing, EastWest Clutches, Satterlee Racing Engines, Precision Metal Finishing, DJ Safety, WileyX, and National Sand Drag News.


December 2009 - NSDA 2009 Point Series Recap

The 2009 NSDA point series was quite a ride from start to finish. Several championships were won at the final race of the season. Let’s take some time to recognize the point series winners and stand out performers from the 2009 season.

Top Fuel

Championship Points
1. Scott Whipple 687
2. Geoff Gill 665
3. Shane Switzer 522
4. Jeff Janoe 388
5. Dennis Rieck 317

Most Wins – Scott Whipple (4)
Most Finals – Scott Whipple & Geoff Gill (Tie-5)
Most #1 Qualifiers – Scott Whipple (4)
Low ET – Scott Whipple 2.239*

* - New World Record



October 2009 - Team CANIDAE/LUCAS OIL Top Fuel Dragster and Driver Scott Whipple Set World Record and Take 2009 NSDA Season Championship

Records were broken this past weekend at the 2009 NSDA Dan Chittenden Fall Nationals in Primm, Nevada. After a few flat tires heading up Baker Grade on Thursday, Team CANIDAE/LUCAS OIL settled in for a full weekend of racing action. Unlike their last outing at Avenal, daytime temperatures in Primm were comfortable, registering in the 70s during much of the day.

After some great passes on Friday and Saturday, top fuel eliminations began on Sunday with #1 qualifier, Whipple and Team CANIDAE/LUCAS OIL setting a new world record ET of 2.278 at 162.75 mph on their first pass. Whipple went on to break that record in round two with a 2.273 ET defeating Jeff Janoe. Heading into the final round, Whipple and the Team CANIDAE/LUCAS OIL crew were pitted against Geoff Gill and his excellent crew. Blasting off the line, Whipple again broke his own world record for the 3rd time on the day while winning the championship with an astounding ET of 2.239 at 164.16 mph to beat Gill's performance of 2.343 ET at 148.41 mph.

Congratulations to Whipple and the rest of the top fuel crew including "Famous" Amos Satterlee, Carl Boley, Amos Satterlee Jr., Scott Gailey, Daran Rupp, Bill Parks, Greg Henley and "Big E" for a fantastic team effort!

In the Top Alcohol class, Team CANIDAE/LUCAS OIL driver Mike DeNunzio was narrowly defeated on Sunday by Nick Januik. DeNunzio ran a 2.611 ET to Januik's 2.603. DeNunzio's best ET of the weekend was a solid 2.569 during Saturday's eliminations. While a points championship was not in the cards for DeNunzio, he ran some great rounds in a tough field of competitors. Mike and the Team finished 2nd in points in this 2009 season

A big thank you to the Top Alcohol crew of Steve and Tony DeNunzio, Lee and Ron Gutierrez, Steven East, Tony Carbone, David Rice, Dennis Bartholomay, Carl Smith, and the rest of our families and friends that made it out to support both teams in 2009.

As another exciting sand drag season closes out, Team CANIDAE/LUCAS OIL would like to extend our gratitude to the NSDA and everyone else involved for their dedication, hard work and commitment putting these events together for racers and fans alike to enjoy.



September 27, 2009 - CANIDAE T/F Team Takes First at Avenal – T/A Team Falls Just Short in Final

CANIDAE® Pet Foods Top Fuel Sand Drag Team, lead by driver Scott Whipple, took down the championship this past weekend with a thrilling hole shot victory in the T/F final over Geoff Gill. With daytime temperatures climbing well above 100 degrees, Avenal California's Sand Drag Track was once again home to fierce competition across all the divisions. Whipple and the T/F team earned the #1 qualfying spot going in, and then in an extremely close final, Whipple's 2.325 edged out Gill's 2.323 with the hole shot. The margin of victory being Whipple's reaction time of 0.13457 to Gill's 0.14107 for an overall edge of just .0045! Sunday's victory puts the CANIDAE Top Fuel team unofficially back on top in the race for the overall season championship, but by a mere 1 point. The 2010 Season Championship will be up for grabs when the season closes out with the Fall Nationals at Primm in October. Congratulations to Scott and the rest of the top fuel crew including "Famous" Amos Satterlee, Carl Boley, Amos Satterlee Jr., Scott Gailey, Daran Rupp, Bill Park and "Big E" for the great team effort at Avenal. And, a tip of the hat and thanks to Geoff Gill and owner/tuner Joe Bettencourt and his crew for another challenging weekend of racing and fierce competition on the track.

In the Top Alcohol final, Mike DeNunzio earned the Hole Shot as well but "slowed" to a 2.61 from his quicker qualifying rounds which wasn't quite enough to surpass Gary Mink's 2.46 in their final round match up on Sunday. Congratulations to Gary and the team on your win. Team CANIDAE's 2nd place finish on Sunday puts the T/A Team in 2nd place in the points standings. A big thank you to the T/A crew of Steve and Tony DeNunzio, Lee Gutierrez, Steven East, David Rice, Dennis Bartholomay, and the rest of the family that made it out to support the team. Both crews turned in great performances despite the grueling heat throughout the weekend. Thanks also to the NSDA and ASDI for putting on another great weekend of racing.

The 2010 season wraps up and season championships will be awarded at the 2009 "Dan Chittenden" Fall Nationals being held at the Primm Valley Resorts, October 23-25. With Avenal results this close there’s no doubt the season finale will provide plenty of fireworks for fans and race teams. There's still time to make your plans attend. See you at the races!


Avenal Summer Nationals - Whipple T/F Qualifies #1 with a Blistering 2.266 @ 163.3 mph!

Team CANIDAE T/F and T/A Sand Dragsters headed to Avenal CA May 15th-17th for the 2009 Summer Nationals. The T/F team not only had to deal with Geoff Gill and Joe Bettencourt, but also the blistering heat which saw 120 degrees on the team's outside thermometer. The NSDA did an excellent job helping out the Avenal track, which is always fast.

Whipple and the team was able to put down one of their fastest passes ever with a ET of 2.2666 @ 163.3 MPH (2.26 pass video) enabling them to take yet another #1 qualifying position. Rookie driver Geoff Gill, backed by car owner and master tuner Joe Bettencourt, were close behind with a 2.299 ET. Dennis Rieck finally got his small block chevy back on pace and qualified with a nice 2.451 ET.

Gill/Bettencourt were able to take down Dennis Rieck who unfortunately had too much in the tank and not enough on the nose which resulted in a huge wheel stand ending in a tremendous crash. (Avenal Drags May 2009 Top fuel Crash video). Dennis was ok and thankfully did not receive any major injuries. Our heartfelt concerns go out to Dennis and the entire Hammer Down crew.

The climatic final round went to Gill/Bettencourt who ran a 2.30 to Whipple's 2.31. The entire CANIDAE Team would like to congratulate the entire Gill/Bettencourt Top Fuel Team for their tremendous accomplishment and consistent blistering elapsed times, as well as their first NSDA win as a team!




April 26, 2009 - CANIDAE Top Fuel Team
Captures NSDA Spring Nationals Championship

CANIDAE Sand Drag Top Fuel TeamPrimm, NV - The Team CANIDAE Top Fuel Team led by driver Scott Whipple defeated Geoff Gill with the fastest pass of the day at 2.320/160.43 mph to win the 2009 NSDA Spring National Championship on Sunday. The team came into Sunday's final rounds as the #1 qualifier after posting the second fastest pass in Primm history at 2.303/160.83 mph on Saturday. The win moves Team CANIDAE to within one point of current leader Gill in the quest to defend their 2008 season championship.

After qualifying #2 with a ripping 2.499 pass on Saturday, Team CANIDAE's Top Alcohol Team and driver Mike Denunzio earned a semi final finish when they lost to season point leader and eventual Spring National champion Gary Mink in a very close race running 2.532 to Mink's 2.501. Congratulations Gary on a great race weekend from all of us at Team CANIDAE. The defending 2008 season champion CANIDAE T/A team currently sits in third place in this year's race for the season point championship.

Congratulations Team CANIDAE on another successful weekend of racing in support of responsible pet ownership and local independent pet food store retailers!


February 15, 2009 - CANIDAE Top Fuel Team Opens 2009 Season with Win

Yuma, AZ - The opening race of the 2009 NSDA season is in the books and defending top fuel season champion Team CANIDAE and driver Scott Whipple successfully opened the new year capturing first place in a highly anticipated and close final race against Geoff Gill. Whipple posted a blazing 2.348 at 158 mph to capture the championship against the hard running Gill who clocked a 2.50 at 150 mph.


October 20, 2008 - CANIDAE Top Fuel Team Sets New
ET Record at Fall Nationals. T/F and T/A Teams Take
Home Overall Season Point Championships

Scott Whipple and the CANIDAE T/F sand drag team set a new ET world record at the 2008 NSDA Fall Nationals held at the Primm Valley Resorts in Nevada.  Whipple laid down a blistering 2.318 at 159 mph in the last round of qualifying on Thursday and then backed it up on Friday with a 2.338 to set the new record for Top Fuel ET.

At the conclusion of the week's racing,  both the CANIDAE Top Fuel team and the CANIDAE Top Alcohol team led by driver Mike DeNunzio took home the overall point championships for the 2008 NSDA season in their respective classes.  Congratulations to all on another successful season. Team CANIDAE would like to thank all of the race teams, participants, fans and sponsors for your tremendous support throughout the season.  It was an exciting year and we look forward to seeing everyone at the track again in 2009.

CANIDAE 2008 T/F Team: Scott Whipple, Amos Satterlee, Carl Boley, Daran Rupp, Amos Satterlee Jr., Greg Henley, Billy Kuhn, George Whipple and Bill Park

CANIDAE 2008 T/A Team: Mike Denunzio, Steve DeNunzio, Tony DeNunzio, Lee Gutierrez, Steven East, Dennis Bartholomay, Carl Smith and newest member David Rice

Please check back for more race updates and photos coming soon.


May 11, 2008 - CANIDAE Top Fuel and Top Alcohol Teams
Make it a Clean Sweep at Saboba Spring Nationals

Team CANIDAE made it a clean sweep taking down both the top fuel and top alcohol championships at the Saboba Springs Nationals held May 9-11 in San Jacinto, CA.

Driver Scott Whipple, master engine tuner "Famous Amos" Satterlee and the CANIDAE Top Fuel Team including, Carl Boley, Daran Rupp, Amos Satterlee Jr., Greg Henley, Billy Kuhn, George Whipple and Bill Park were firing on all cylinders throughout the weekend and went into Sunday's elimination rounds as the #1 qualifier with a 2.431/152.53 mph run on Saturday.

On Sunday, Whipple and Team CANIDAE earned a first round bye but chose to fire it up for the crowd anyway posting a 2.40 at 155 mph on their first pass. In the semifinals, a 2.431 was enough to get past Pete Schenk's 2.542. The final round match up pitted team Canidae against always fast Jeff Janoe with Whipple and Team CANIDAE taking down the championship with a blazing fast 156.97 mph run in the final. Winning this year's Saboba Spring Nationals is the team's fourth, 1st place championship of the year, out of 5 races, and maintains their hold on top of the T/F point leader board for the 2008 season.

Not to be outdone, driver Mike DeNunzio and the CANIDAE T/A team of Steve DeNunzio, Tony DeNunzio, Lee Gutierrez, Steven East and Dennis Bartholomay were working in sync running through Friday and Saturday qualifying at the Saboba Spring Nationals winding up in the #2 position with a 2.634 pass at 133.81 on Saturday.

On Sunday DeNunzio and the team got past Dan Allen in the first elimination round running a 2.617 at 131.90 mph. In the second round semifinals a 2.667 pass was enough to defeat Richard Montiel and set up a rematch of the Primm T/A final from a few weeks earlier against Shane Sanford. In another exciting and very close race, this time it was team Canidae's turn to take down the title ripping off a 2.631 at 135.42 mph to edge Sanford's 2.672/139.53 mph for the championship. Canidae's T/A team has now made it to the final round in all five races they have entered this season. Sunday's win solidifies their current #1 position on the T/A point leader board for 2008.

April 21, 2008 - Top Fuel Sand Team Wins NSDA Spring Nationals

In a much anticipated final round match up, Scott Whipple and the CANIDAE Pet Foods Top Fuel Sand Team ran a blistering 2.335 at 163 mph Sunday afternoon to defeat Dennis Reick and capture the 2008 NSDA Spring Nationals Championship in Primm, NV.

The T/F team went into Sunday's final round eliminations as the #1 qualifier but had their work cut out for them after throwing 2 rods through the block and oil pan and destroying the engine Saturday on the last qualifying pass of the day. Crew chief Famous Amos Satterlee, along with Carl Boley, Daran Rupp, Greg Henley, George Whipple, Bill Park and Billy Kuhn worked late into the evening putting in and test firing their backup motor in order to be ready in time to line it up again for Sunday's finals.

With the untested back up motor in place, Team CANIDAE started Sunday off running a 2.454 at 150 mph in the first elimination round defeating Pete Schenk. In round two Whipple ran a 2.433 at 152 mph to knock off Jeff Janoe and set up the championship final against Reick who had been blowing through the competition in the opposite bracket running in the 2.3's during his first 2 elimination rounds.

All of the team's hard work paid off in the final round when the CANIDAE T/F dragster blasted off the starting line running its fastest pass of the weekend at 2.335 and 163 mph giving Whipple and Team CANIDAE the NSDA Spring Nationals T/F championship.

The victory gives Team CANIDAE's T/F team three first place place finishes out of four races this season and maintains their top spot as overall season point leader going into the next race. Team CANIDAE will take to the sand track again on May 9-11 at the NSDA points race taking place at the Saboba Casino flat track located in San Jacinto, CA.