Pomona II: Angelle Savoie Saturday rain summary

Starting 2nd in Pomona, Angelle is more than ready to race. After tying Shawn Gann for the quickest elapsed time during the first qualifying session of the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Angelle Savoie and the Mohegan Sun Racing...

Starting 2nd in Pomona, Angelle is more than ready to race.

After tying Shawn Gann for the quickest elapsed time during the first qualifying session of the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Angelle Savoie and the Mohegan Sun Racing team looked to use one of their three remaining attempts to claim the No. 1 position for themselves.

However, for the next two days, all on-track activities were washed out by a storm that dropped several inches of rain on the Los Angeles area. After considering any and all options, NHRA officials decided to set Sunday's field based on Thursday's single attempt. Although Angelle had matched Gann's 7.183-second elapsed time and 185.87 mph top speed, her rival was awarded the No. 1 position under the NHRA rule for this situation, which breaks the tie in favor of whichever competitor posts the elapsed time first.

This sets the stage for a first round encounter with No. 15 qualifier Scott Lewis, as Angelle and the Star Racing team look to repeat their winning performance at this event from a year ago. Ironically, the three-time champion was less upset at losing the No.1 position on a tie-breaker than she was at being deprived of riding her Mohegan Sun Suzuki for two days.

"The main reason I am here is that I love to ride my Mohegan Sun Suzuki, and I've had to sit here for two days being able to do nothing more than think about it. It's what we come here for, and it's what the fans come out to see. Even though I know it is no one's fault, and there is nothing anyone could do about Mother Nature, it's still frustrating. Hopefully, tomorrow, we'll finally get some sunshine, and we'll be able to do what we came here for."

-msr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shawn Gann , Lewis Scott