NHRA Sportsman at the Gatornationals

NHRA Gatornationals Sportsman Classes

Duane Shields and Dan Pomponio took home wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals March 13-16 at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Fla., and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Duane Shields  (Steve Gruenwald photo)

Shields, Boulder City, Nev., faced off with defending event champion Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., who was first off the line before losing cylinders as Shields raced by with a 5.335-second, 266.74-mph winning pass. 

Shields scored not once, but twice this weekend as he beat Mike Strasburg in the rain delayed Houston NHRA South Central Division alcohol dragster final that was run on Friday during national event qualifying.

“The car is now responding very well to our tuning and we are able to hop it up when needed and tune it to the track conditions. The car is running good which also gives us a chance to learn more,” explained Shields, driver of the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster. 

Dan Pomponio (far lane) got the TAFC win over Dale Brand.  (Adam Cranmer photo)

Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., defended his title from a year ago beating Dale Brand in his final round match up with a run of 5.662, 258.52 as Brand, Sully, Iowa, left early with a foul start. Pomponio ran consistent 5.6’s throughout eliminations taking out Andy Bohl, No. 1 qualifier Ulf Leanders, and Steve Harker on his way to the final.