When Pomona Raceway’s Street Legal Drags program closed down in 2001, the average street car guy was essentially denied the privilege of racing at this iconic facility with the exception of one-off events that happened every few years. Due to residential complaints, racing at Pomona was restricted to NHRA events only and for someone with a street car Pomona’s quarter-mile might as well have been located in Turkey. So when we heard that the NMCA was coming to SoCal with a new West Coast series and Pomona was one of the stops, we had to be there.
A place where both nostalgic and modern drag heroes battled it out over the years, there’s something about this track that makes fans and racers proud to do what they do. A gathering of some of the coolest drag cars converged at Pomona the weekend of August 17-19, 2012, and we were there to cover the drag racing action. Editor Henry De Los Santos also competed in the NMCA’s True Street category with his road-hugging C5 Corvette, “Twitch”.
Chevys ruled in the heads-up categories that weekend; in Garrett Turbo Pro Street John Scialpi from Phelan, California, made Chevy fans proud when he was able to take down Joe Lepone Jr. with his supercharged Bel Air. Another Chevy winner, Al Jimenez, got past Rick Snavely’s Mustang in the finals with a wicked 4.88 eighth-mile pass. Kevin Young in his third-gen Camaro got by Artis Houston’s Nova in Drag Radial, 5.01 to 5.07. In the naturally aspirated heads-up class, N/A 10.5, Tony Aneian’s big-block Chevy-powered Camaro bested the Ford of Don Bott. Mike Nordahl entered his Nova in three different classes and ended up winning in Hedman Hedders Nostalgia Street Car, beating Steve Cox in the final round. The other index classes were won by non-Chevys, but Bow Ties had a strong showing as a whole at this event. In the following pages, we show you some of the coolest Chevys we collected from the 2nd Annual Lucas Oil NMCA West Coast Shootout in Pomona.