Chevy Sportsman at Pomona

from Volume III, Issue 2

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Chevy Sportsmen at Pomona

Chevy doorcars and Chevy-powered cars dominated the Lucas Oil Sportsman classes at the 49th annual NHRA Winternationals. In the Alcohol Funny Car class perennial champ Frank Manzo won the money in an all-Monte Carlo final round. Manzo got his 72nd careernational-event victory with his defeat of Brian Hough 5.558/260.26 to Hough’s 5.779/250.27. The 11-time Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series champion was making his 96th career final-round appearance.

"We worked hard all winter," Manzo said. "We've missed a total of maybe five days of working on the car since we raced in Atlanta last season. For Sportsman racers with full-time jobs, that's saying something. We've worked Saturdays and Sundays, and it's starting to pay."

Eight of the top ten qualifiers in Alky Funny Car had Chevy body styles.

Comp Eliminator featured a Chevy at the top of the qualifying list and in the winners circle.


Jim Cowan drove his Chevy Cobalt to an 8.188, 148.67 win over Sportsman racing star Dan Fletcher whose Cobalt turned in a 9.196, 109.60. Cowan also was named Best Engineered Car. (Tim Marshall photo)

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In qualifying Jay Payne’s ’68 Camaro became the first NHRA legal Pro Mod to qualify number one with a 6.05 on a 6.75 index. (Tim Marshall photo)

Lou Ficco Jr’s  B/Altered powerglide-equipped '04 Cavalier  was the third qualifier with a  7.307  on a 7.98 index and  Dan Fletcher in a C/EA ’07 Cobalt nailed down the fifth spot with a 8.072  pass on his  8.72 index.

In the always fan popular, wheels-up Super Stock division Dan Fletcher driving his SS/AS ’69 Camaro redeemed his final round loss in Comp recording a  9.352, 134.56 lap on a 9.90 index to take the measure of Brad Rounds, Chevy S-10, 9.335, 142.60 on a 10.25 index.

Brad Rounds  (Tim Marshall photo)

Other notable Chevy qualifiers at Pomona included two of the top three: 2. SS/BM Ryan McClanahan, Alta Loma, CA, '08 Cobalt 8.411  9.65  -1.239; 3. SS/CM Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, CA, '08 Cobalt  8.725  9.95  -1.225.

In Stock Eliminator action Chevys didn’t make the top of the qualifying list but when it counted in the final round it was an all-bowtie battle. Toby Lang who finished third in World Championship points in 2007 lined his ’81 Malibu up against Jim DeFrank’s ’68 Camaro B/SA car. Lang ran an 11.630, 108.76 on a 13.15 index to defeat DeFrank, who ran a 10.502, 125.71 on his 11.55 index.

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In the Super Comp class, Ed DeSaute’s ’62 Vette did not qualify, nor did Bonnie Comstock’s 555-powered’57  Chevy. But they sure looked good.  (James Drew photos)


The ’69 Camaro A/SA of Doug Holder was eliminated in the first round.  (James Drew photo)


The A Stock Automatic ’69 Nova of Clark Holroyd.  (Tim Marshall photo)


The SS/BS ’08 Cobalt of Hancock & Lane, driven by Jeff Lane. He was eliminated in the third round by Brad Rounds who got the win by .0085 second – approximately 23 inches. (Tim Marshall photo)


Angelo DeCarlo came all the way from Schaumburg, IL, to race his
SS/JA Corvette.  (Tim Marshall photo) 

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