Sunday, Feb. 5, was the last drag race for California Dragway in Fontana, CA, in its current location. On Monday the K-rail and bleachers will be taken down for the upcoming NASCAR Auto Club 500 on the banked speedway. Track manager Dave Danish watched over the scheduled sportsman test-n-tune where Division 7 stockers, super stockers and super categories readied for the Winternationals.

According to Sr. Director of Operations Mike Yurick, he only has two weeks to prepare for the NASCAR event and currently they are working with the city and county for necessary approvals to relocate the quarter mile north of its current location to parking lots 6 and 8. The new track will be renamed Auto Club Dragway at California Speedway and is scheduled to re-open in May. (Darr Hawthorne photo) [2-6-2006]


South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, GA, will hold the Southern Nostalgia Shootout on Oct. 27-29, 2006. Patterned after the highly successful National Hot Rod Reunion and California Hot Rod Reunion, the event will feature exhibitions, racing, a swap meet, car corral, and car show.

The event is limited to pre-1976 vehicles. Headlining the event is Big Daddy Don Garlits, who will bring one of his restored fuelers to run and will also participate in a cackle event on Saturday evening.

Several racing classes are planned, including Nostalgia Comp for open wheel vehicles, Gassers, Nostalgia Super Stock, and a "Baddest of the Bad" category for ultimate bragging rights. Early participants include funny car driver Al Hofmann, Denny Fenstermaker with Roger Gates' restored front-engined fueler, Bunky Bobo with his Hemi Hurricane A/G Willys which won a Best of the Best award at the National Hot Rod Reunion last year, and David Shaffer with his seven-second altered. Al Hofmann? Alrighty then! [2-6-2006]


Although no official announcement has come out concerning the impending UPS sponsorship of Bob Vandergriff Jr’s Top Fuel team (the worst kept secret in drag racing) apparently everything is coming together as Vandergriff’s transporter came to LVMS painted with UPS livery. As of Monday (Feb. 6) the car was still being put together and hadn’t yet made a lap. However, the Agent was told that no less than eight blocks/engines arrived at Las Vegas via UPS for the team, so you have to assume Vandergriff and UPS plan to debut the team at this week's Pomona event. (James Drew photo) [2-6-2006]


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