The 2nd Annual Lucas Oil NMCA WEST Coast Shootout was held at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. This was a rare opportunity for sportsman drag racers to make passes on what is arguably the most hallowed 1,320 feet of asphalt in all of drag racing, as well as the second stop on the Flowmaster NMCA WEST Street Car Series. The event was jam-packed with both participants and spectators who braved the heat and put on an incredible show.
In Garrett Turbochargers Pro Street, John Scialpi, the chassis builder out of Phelan, CA, piloted his ’57 Bel Air to the number one qualifier spot with a 4.14 at 173 mph in the eighth-mile. Scialpi found himself in the final round, facing Joe Lepone, Jr. Scialpi led from stripe to stripe, taking the win with a 4.056 – the quickest pass of the weekend.
Mickey Thompson True Ten-Five saw Al Jimenez take the top spot in his ’72 Camaro, carding a 4.77 at over 157 miles per hour in qualifying. Jimenez cut through the field as the only car in the four-second-zone until he ran into Rick Snavely in the final round. There, Snavely was the first person to put up a four-second effort against Jimenez, but Jimenez was quicker, taking the win, 4.88 to 4.97.
Artis Houston led the ProCharger 275 Drag Radial field in qualifying with a 5.09 at 179 mph. Once again, the number one qualifier made it to the final round, where Houston met Kevin Young. The pair left with killer reaction times, and down track, Young pulled ahead, turning on the win light with a 5.01 to Houston’s 5.07.
In Amp/McCleod NA 10.5 action, Daniel Bott II led qualifying with a stout 5.320 at over 161 miles per hour. Bott sliced through the field to make it to the final round, where he found Tony Anelan waiting for him. As the final pair rocketed down the track, the scoreboards lit up with identical 5.342 ets for the pair, with the win light going to Anelan thanks to his .012 reaction time.
ARP Outlaw 8.5 was the Washington show as Cedric Washington took the top spot, even after tagging the wall, with a 5.35 at well over 137 miles per hour. As eliminations progressed Washington cut through one side of the ladder, while the other side was dominated by another Washington – Mark Washington. It was an all-Washington final round with Mark taking a holeshot victory over Cederic.
Hedman Hedders Nostalgia Street Car had a very large field, with Jeff Gatten taking the top spot in qualifying. In the final round, it was Mike Nordahl and Steve Cox. In a surprising twist, a perfect 6.510 on a 6.51 index by Cox was beaten by a 6.689 on a 6.97 thanks to Nordahl’s better reaction time.
B&M Open Comp had 47 entries in Pomona, and leading the pack was Steve Mundy with a .003 reaction time. In the final, it was Dustin Lee and Brandon Moreno. In a double-breakout situation, Lee was the lesser offender and earned took home the Wally.
Granatelli Motorsports Mustang Madness had a 29-car field, led by Steven Porcho. Porcho found himself in the final facing 5.0 Mustang Magazine Technical Editor KJ Jones. Jones drilled the tree with an .016 light (after cutting a perfect light earlier in eliminations) and was followed with a red light from Porcho, turning on Jones’ win light.
Fastest Street Car Magazine Super Quick had 63 entries and Tony Jardino led the field with a 4.37 at over 161 miles per hour. As the field dwindled to two, it was Ryan Mangus and Mark Simonian left to duke it out. Simonian put together a stellar .012 package, pushing Mangus to take too much stripe and break out.
The largest class of the weekend was, without question, Calvert Racing Quick Street, fielding 115 entries. Leading the enormous field after two qualifiers was Augustine Herrera with a 4.87 at 147 blast down the eighth-mile. In the final it was Mark Whynaught and Rod McGregor battling. Whynaught put together a solid run on both ends of the track, taking the win.
In Tremec True Street action, Ed Crowe took the overall win with animpressive 9.822-second three-pass average, while Bill Fowler runnered-up with a 9.915-second average. Brian Rock took the 10-second class-win, Mike Woodcock took the “W” in the 11-second category, and Arthur Wolfe topped the 13-second field. Adam Tomps won in the 14-second division, and Dennis Nowicki took home the 15-second trophy.
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