Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback.
Here's some more info in case anyone is interested.
The Clarenville Dragway is a 1/4 mile strip that runs every other weekend during the summer and early fall. It uses a 3,900 foot long, 75 foot wide, operational airstrip (C-CZ3) that is closed to all but emergency traffic during the weekend Meets. If there is an emergency, there's a mad dash by everyone (drivers and crew) to remove the cones and timing devices so that the aircraft can land. It happened once for a Medivac flight during the meet that I photographed; albiet outside racing hours.
You can easily see the track in Google Earth. The start line is at these coordinates: 48.27221N 53.92981W (WGS84). The track (and Newfoundland) is not as far north as some people think it is. In fact, the track is 32 miles further south than Bellingham, WA, in the U.S.
The racing chute shots are soft because the track has no safety barriers and I had to be far away. For that shot, I was 0.5 Km down the track from the finish line and about 0.3 Km from the car's location. My longest lens is a Canon 300 f/2.8 IS so I had stacked a 1.4x TC and a 2x TC for that shot. This alone makes for a soft image and then the heat off the track was causing lots of waves in the atmosphere, so that didn't help. On the other hand, I figured a soft shot of the chutes was better than no shot of the chutes.
The Ski-Doo run shown in image
http://www.JustPhotos.ca/galleries/spor ... 025689.jpg
was 9.7 seconds for the quarter mile, hitting 137 mph at the finish.