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Pomona Notes and Quotes


The weather played a large role in the action once again as rain shortened qualifying sessions at the NHRA season ending Auto Club of Southern California Finals and forced the Bud Shootout final round to be postponed until next year.

Kenny Bernstein, who has had a frustrating year in the Bud King dragster, scored big in the first round of the Shootout defeating the Larry Dixon-driven Miller Lite dragster. Bernstein clocked a winning 4.744/295.46 to Dixon's 4.769/292/08. Because of a stringent curfew, it was impossible to run the final two rounds of the Bud Shootout. It will be completed at the 2001 season opener in February.

Scelzi Repeats
The Top Fuel final pitted number one Gary Scelzi against number two Tony Schumacher. Last year Schumacher stole the show, but this time Scelzi held his ground, turning a 4.547/319.75 to the Sarge's 4.676/310.27. The win topped off an almost perfect year for Scelzi giving him his tenth win of the season, the Winston World Championship, and another year with that number 1 on the side of his dragster.

Yankee Team Progresses
Mike Dunn, driver for the Gwynn/Steinbrenner/Yankee dragster summed up their season saying, "Each race we competed in, we went one round further than before. Each round win for us was another opportunity to gain valuable information that we can use in the off-season as we prepare for the 2001 season. I think we made a statement. We've made 13 runs in national event races and the Yankee dragster now holds the three quickest runs under the 90-percent nitromethane rule. It's a credit to Ken (Veney) and Todd (Smith) and the entire crew who have worked their butts off trying to get us in this position."

The team was low qualifier at the event at 4.522/325.69.

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