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WILD WEST HAS ALL THE BEST
Nov 6, 2008
Author: Bobby Martin

Have you seen the totally sick entry list for the NHRA Finals in Pomona? This race will be an alky-fest of unprecedented proportions!

Back in the early days of NHRA, like pre-1973, the World Championship was decided at just one race. No season-long points battles, just a shootout at the Finals in Pomona. The winner of TA/FC at this year's Finals may not be the official champion, but bragging rights are certainly in order. Dig this.

  • 32 cars entered for the 16 car field
  • 9 of the current Top Ten teams
  • 6 of 7 Division points leaders (some have clinched Division championships) are entered
  • All 8 Divisions (yes 8) represented. Division 8 is anywhere outside of North America. There is an entry from Sweden.

Here's the entry list. It looks like an all-star who's who of the class.

Top Alcohol Funny Car
#

Cls

Driver

Hometown

Make

Eng

Entry

2

TAFC

Jay Payne

Claremont CA

'07 Camaro

BAE 525

THUNDERSLUG/VALVOLINE

3

TAFC

Sean Bellemeur

Tustin CA

'07 Monte Carlo

BAE 526

SYNOIL

5

TAFC

Steve Harker

Gainesville GA

'06 Monte Carlo

BAE 526

STEVE HARKER

6

TAFC

Mickey Ferro

Stamford CT

'06 Monte Carlo

BAE 520

RYCO HYDRAULICS

7

TAFC

Brian Hough

Junction City OR

'06 Monte Carlo

BAE 522

BRIAN HOUGH RACING

8

TAFC

Von Smith

Oak Ridge TN

'08 Mustang

BAE 521

JACKSON RACING

23

TAFC

Keeter Ray

Newport Beach CA

'08 Mustang

BNR 526

FRANK HAWLEYS NHRA DRAG RACN

32

TAFC

Mick Snyder

Demotte IN

'08 Mustang

BAE 470

POWERSOURCE TRANSPORTATION

33

TAFC

Marty Nothstein

Orefield PA

'08 Impala SS

BAE 526

PERMATEX / TEXAS ROADHOUSE

45

TAFC

Steve Burck

Corpus Christi TX

'02 Camaro

Chry 521

ARC SPECIATIES

51

TAFC

Paul Anderson

Firestone CO

'07 Charger

BAE 526

DENVER STEAKS.COM

53

TAFC

Roger Bateman

Calgary AB

'08 Mustang

BAE 521

NOBEL BIOCARE

62

TAFC

Hank Coolidge

Sunburst MT

'02 Firebird

Font 526

PRO-AUTOMOTIVE

63

TAFC

Clint Thompson

Klamath Falls OR

'06 Chevrolet

Font 526

CASCADE CHEVROLET

64

TAFC

John Evanchuk

Edmonton AB

'02 Firebird

BAE 528

BIG EAGLE SERVICES

74

TAFC

Dennis Taylor

Anaheim Hills CA

'07 2002

AJ 523

PLUMBING CONCEPTS

75

TAFC

Doug Gordon

Paso Robles CA

'07 Monte Carlo

Font 528

MORRO BAY CABINETS RACING

365

TAFC

Bobby Martin

Beaver Falls PA

'08 Charger

Dodg 526

PARKERTECH LANE AUTO CAP

484

TAFC

Kebin Kinsley

Kennedale TX

'03 Camaro

BAE 526

KINSLEY RACE CARS & MARINE

551

TAFC

Vern Moats

Des Moines IA

'04 Camaro

BAE 526

KENDALL/DEE ZEE

727

TAFC

Ron August Jr

Pleasanton CA

'04 Camaro

BAE 525

CALIFORNIA AIR, INC.

756

TAFC

Don Hudson

Stockton CA

'02 Camaro

BAE 523

REDLINE OIL VORNHAGEN BP

765

TAFC

Bernie Harrington

Apple Valley CA

'06 2000

BAE 526

HARRINGTON MTRSPRT/CRTFD II

777

TAFC

John Patton

Peoria AZ

'03 1999

BAE 521

FOOLISH MONEY RACING

779

TAFC

Daniel Oliver

Whittier CA

'07 Monte Carlo

BAE 512

RANDY GOODWIN RACING

828

TAFC

Leif Andreasson

Sweden

'04 Dodge RT

BAE 526

ESAB

6464

TAFC

Russ Parker

Salem OR

'05 Firebird

BAE 520

BELLEMEUR RACING/LUCAS OIL

710D

TAFC

Alexis De Joria

Venice CA

'07 Charger

BAE 524

TEQUILA PATRON

7238

TAFC

Bret Williamson

Cambell CA

'01 Corvette

Font 526

TEAM EAGLE/BEAMS AUTOMOTIVE

7338

TAFC

Brian Smith

Fullerton CA

'07 Camaro

BAE 522

CRAINCO INC.

7384

TAFC

Sean O'Bannon

Ontario CA

'07 Charger

BAE 521

PATRON TEQUILA

7735

TAFC

Steve Gasparrelli

West Covina CA

'07 Ford

Font 526

GASPARRELLI RACING

As I write, Papa Dan Parker is already headin' west with the mighty Parkertech/Lane Automotive/CAP Charger in tow. Frank, Dan, Jennifer, and Rachel Parker along with Tom McVey have gone through every component, every nut and bolt, to prepare for this race. Frank and Dan found some electrical issues that were preventing the car from performing to its potential. The first qualifying shot will be critical, as then we'll truly know where we stand. At the same time, we wouldn't be traveling all the way out to sunny California if Frank and Dan weren't confident the car is ready.

We're very excited about this race for a lot of reasons. First, it's Pomona. Southern California is the birthplace of hot rodding and Funny Car racing in particular. The list of legends that come from there is, well, legendary. And check out that entry list and look at all those Golden State warriors on there. Obviously Funny Car racing is alive and well out west. The Division 7 battles that take place every year are notorious. How about 20 cars for an 8-car show? Other names like Force, Prudhomme, McCullough, Littlefield, Leong, and McEwen all come from the left coast. Pomona is the home of the Winternationals and the World Finals. It's the beginning and the end of the drag racing season. But this region was also home to Orange County, Bakersfield, Irwindale, and Lions. As a drag racing fan and Funny Car guy, I'm just in awe of the heritage and history associated with Southern California. The Parkers have been there, but it's been a very long time. I've never set foot on the hallowed grounds of Pomona. This is a special event for our team. We wouldn't even be going if it weren't for the kind of season we enjoyed so much this year. We want to end a very special year in a special way, and try to build some momentum to take us into 2009.

On Wednesday, November 12th, Dan and I will have the honor of participating in the Career Opportunities Fair. Nearly 3000 high school students will be on hand along with NHRA stars like Tony Schumacher and Steve Johnson. Cerritos College, one of CAP's crown jewel programs, will be our event sponsor for this race. We'll even have a hot new 2009 Ram Quad Cab in sinister Black as our support vehicle. Thanks to Ken Benson and Chrysler's Denver and West Business Centers for making that happen. We look forward to making a lot of great new friends out in "Californy." But then, after all the pre-race hand shaking, and breathing in all the great heritage and history of this event, we've got to suck it up and get down to business. With the amazing field entered for this race, just qualifying will be tough. Then every round will be a slugfest. You can follow the action at nhra.com and dragracecentral.com. Then you can see who survived the carnage when the ESPN2 broadcast airs on Sunday, November 23rd from noon to one. We're hoping to "go Hollywood" one more time before this great season comes to a close. Thanks for reading.



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