Great weather and the keys to the legendary Pomona Raceway quarter mile made for some close, door to door racing over the weekend for the third edition of NMCA’s West Coast Shootout. Joe Lepone Jr. took home the Wally in the Pro Street class.
Lepone had issues in the first round of qualifying when the car was pushed back off of the starting line with fuel system problems but then, in round two, nailed the quick time of qualifying with his 6.233, 234.41-mph blast. However, while going through lights, the hood scoop on Lepone’s ’70 Duster launched into the air with a puff of smoke, hanging the throttle wide open and putting the engine on the limiter.
Lepone’s team sat on their time as the final qualifier was drastically shortened due to Fairplex sound curfew regulations. Lepone would run on raceway without the hood scoop on his Pat Musi-built, 903 cubic-inch, nitrous fed engine.
Mike Bowman’s ’68 Chevelle was the quickest in Friday’s Test-N-Tune with his 5.974/253.04, but qualified sixth with a 6.702 ET. Bowman made it to the final round, finding a match up with Lepone. Lepone carded another 6.23 to Bowman’s 6.61 and a trip to the winner’s circle.
See the complete race report at http://www.dragracingonline.com/raceresults/2013/xv_5-nmca-1.html. ((Darr Hawthorne photo)