Southern California rain postpones season opener

Ask anyone in Southern California about rain and they would gladly ask you what that really is as the recent drought in the past years as been a topic of concern. However, a storm blew into the area, bringing cooler temperatures and lots of the...

Ask anyone in Southern California about rain and they would gladly ask you what that really is as the recent drought in the past years as been a topic of concern. However, a storm blew into the area, bringing cooler temperatures and lots of the wet stuff. The National Hot Rod Association had one day of qualifying for the 44th annual K&N Filters Winternationals season opener at Pomona.

On Thursday, the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series held qualifying attempts, Friday rain canceled the second day of qualifying and today offered the same. NHRA officials checked the weather outlook and felt the best option was to postpone the event to next weekend - an excellent call as the storm is to last through Tuesday, February 24.

The Pomona event will resume on Friday, February 27 with the first round at 2:30 pm (PT). Two qualifying round attempts will be held on Saturday and the final eliminations have been scheduled for Sunday starting at 11:00 am (PT).

NHRA Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, Graham Light explained the reason, "Every weather service shows rain for tomorrow. Since this is the first race of the 2004 season, I didn't want to start it out that way.

"We decided to pull the plug. It's very disappointing as it is very expensive for the teams and an inconvenience for the fans."

Thursday qualifying times will carry over to next weekend.

Top Fuel is led by Tony Schumacher followed by Darrell Russell and Doug Kalitta. Rookie Eric Medlen leads the Funny Car competition followed by Cory Lee and Gary Densham. Greg Anderson had the best time in Pro Stock, Larry Morgan and Warren Johnson were close behind on Thursday's runs.

One racer not bothered by the decision is the 2003 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon, "On Monday, I'm going to decal the special-edition Miller Lite dragster that we'll run at Phoenix that ties in the 'Great Moments In Miller Racing' theme."

Dixon who grew up in the Van Nuys area plans to spend time with family and friends, "The rainout doesn't bother me," Dixon added. "If you're going to get upset about the weather, you're going to be upset a lot. You just wait and race. I didn't have any plans for next weekend and now I do."

Thursday qualifying results

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Warren Johnson , Tony Schumacher , Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Gary Densham , Cory Lee , Eric Medlen