Pomona raceway is an enigma; it's a raceway that sees very little racing. The big sign out front may say "drag strip," but the burnout box and control tower are unfortunate enough to be located in the noise-intolerant city of La Verne. Opened in '61, the classic track existed long before most of the houses in the area. That doesn't keep residents from complaining about the noise and insisting on draconian noise abatement rules.
Even if you lost a finger back in high school shop class, you could still most likely count the number of professional races held here each year. Regular street-legal racing was banned long ago, so the best track in Southern California sits silent for most of the year. It's no wonder when the Super Chevy Show hits town hundreds of cars show up for a rare shot to drive on the best track around. After all, with only 15 days of activity a year, the opportunity to run there is rarer than an editor paying for his own drinks.
This year racing ran from March 31 through April 2, with Friday used for registration and a few time trials. The real action started on Saturday with racers getting dialed-in for their bracket classes and the Nitro Coupes gearing up for some high-speed runs. It does rain here in Southern California and Saturday morning was one of those rare times. By noon though, the rain had passed and the crew went to work drying off the track and laying down gallons of VHT in preparation for the tire-roasting festivities. With the asphalt dry, the racers began getting tech'd in, gassed up and the sound of engines rumbling to life soon filled the area. The noise police in La Verne even extended the curfew until 6 p.m. since the day started so late. Hey, we'll take what we can get.Sunday came and the rain was a distant memory under the blue skies. Many of the Nitro Coupe teams spent the night tearing down their rides in preparation for what promised to be a great day. Noise ordinances mean that racing doesn't start until around 10 a.m., but when it does, the track hooks hard. With the exception of a few of the faster cars kissing the barriers, everything ran well.
Randy Alder in his black '57 Bel Air nitro coupe had the quickest ET in qualifying, but was taken out of the competition when his rear axle failed, causing the left rear wheel to separate from the car and sending him hard into the barrier. Randy was airlifted to a local hospital, but came out of it with only a mild concussion. One the other hand, his car was totaled. A new car is in the works and he should only miss the next race at Memphis. With Randy out of action, there was nobody left to challenge Trevor Lowe and his team of Canadian racers who managed a best run of 6.350 at a scorching 225.00 mph in a newly built '68 Camaro.
The bracket racing progressed through six rounds for a chance at over $190,000 in contingency money. If you're running the right parts, and have your product stickers placed accordingly, you can end up going home with a good chunk of change. The racing ended just in time for the noise curfew at 5 p.m. Once again, the historic raceway descended into sad silence. We can't wait for next year...
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|NITRO COUPES |
|Trevor Lowe||British Columbia||'68 Camaro||Champion||6.350||225.00 |
|Dan Nickelson||La Verne, CA||'03 Vette||Runner-Up||7.455||166.56 |
|Randy Alder||Tinley Park, IL||'57 Bel Air||#1 Qualifier||6.249||216.72 |
|Bracket 1 |
|Mike Blodgett||Long Beach, CA||'72 Vega||Champion||11.485||123.70 |
|Scott Hudson||Yorba Linda, CA||'66 Chevy||Runner-Up||10.659||131.81 |
|Bracket 2 |
|Bob Chagnon||Temecula, CA||'88 Barreta||Champion||10.564||114.64 |
|Robert Smith||Valinda, CA||'80 Stepside||Runner-Up||12.581||110.61 |
|Gary Hairfield||San Diego, CA||'05 GTO||Champion||12.818||106.32 |
|Sam Robinson||Ontario, CA||'57 Chevy||Runner-Up||13.438||96.62 |
|SUPER CHEVY EVENT SCHEDULE |
|June 23, 24, 25||Bristol Dragway||Bristol, TN |
|July 14, 15, 16||Indianapolis Raceway||Indianapolis, IN |
|July 20, 21, 22, 23||Maple Grove Raceway||Reading, PA |
|July 28, 29, 30||New England Dragway||Epping, NH |
|Aug. 11, 12, 13||Route 66 Raceway||Chicago-Joliet, IL |
|Aug. 18, 19, 20||Bandimere Speedway||Denver, CO |
|Sep. 8, 9, 10||Milan Dragway||Milan, MI |
|Sep. 15, 16, 17||National Trail Raceway||Columbus, OH |
|Sep. 29, 30 Oct. 1||San Antonio||San Antonio, TX |
|Oct. 20, 21, 22||Gainesville Raceway||Gainesville, FL |
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