POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 3) -- As the days get shorter and the temperature starts to drop throughout the majority of the country, the competition among the National Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class continues to boil with excitement as they...
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 3) -- As the days get shorter and the temperature starts to drop throughout the majority of the country, the competition among the National Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class continues to boil with excitement as they head to Southern California for their final race of the season. The 35th Annual Southern California Auto Club NHRA Finals is scheduled for next weekend at the historic Pomona Raceway at the Fairplex, the oldest venue on the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series tour.
Team Pennzoil's Pro Stock drivers, Bruce Allen and Mike Thomas, are both coming off a successful runs in Houston and are looking to end the year with a Pennzoil car in victory lane.
Allen, driver of the Outlaw Fuel Additives Pontiac Firebird, captured the number one qualifying spot last weekend and hopes to keep his momentum going not only in the qualifying rounds at Pomona but through the elimination rounds as well.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't have the chance to take advantage of running so fast at Houston," said Allen. "We just need more experience in dealing with changing weather and track conditions. Our cars are always so close to being on the edge that the slightest change will throw the set-up off.
"I feel good about going into Pomona, it isn't my favorite track, but we have been running well and we are in a lot better shape now then we were in the beginning of the year. When you are a marginal team, which we were in February, everything has to be perfect to make a show. But if you have been running well and have a good program, you can afford to make few mistakes and still make the field. Now, with that said we'll have to see if my theory works in California."
Thomas, driver of the Pennzoil Pontiac Firebird, also had a good weekend in Houston making it to the semi-finals before getting beat by the eventual winner. Thomas is hoping to end the season with a good race in order to move into the top ten in points.
"I feel like we finally have things back in order," said Thomas. "Rick (Hickman) is back permanently with me and our performance level has helped to build my confidence level up. We have always run fairly well at Pomona, so with a little luck we should a good shot at the event win. To have both Pennzoil cars running against each other in the final round would be a good ending to our seasons with Pennzoil."
The Southern California Auto Club NHRA Finals is scheduled for November 11-14. For more information on times and ticket prices call the track at (800) 884-6472.