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The latest stop of my '00 Nostalgia Tour, took me back to Parker Ave. and Pomona Raceway for the Goodguys 5th Annual Hot Rod Happening. Sadly though, this would be the last time that I, or anyone else, would witness front engine fuelers, gassers, and an assortment of other nostalgia machinery, compete for glory down this famed quarter mile. It's not because Southern California is losing another race track mind you, it's just that the Goodguys have been asked to move on...due to city codes and probably to make way for another modern day version event. In any case, before the event came to a close, racers, fans and event officials were treated to classic side-by-side racing, great weather, and a gathering of legends with stories unfolding by the minute.  With any luck, the Goodguys will find a new home for this event next season. The following will take you on a photo recap of the event. Enjoy! -Dawn

Jack "The Sheriff" Harris qualified his "Nitro Thunder" entry in the 8th spot of the Top Fuel "A" field, with a 6.40/220. effort. "The Sheriff" disposed of Lee Jennings, "Wild Bill" Alexander and Larry Gotelli, enroute to his first Goodguys event win.

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Dawn Mazi Photo

If Larry Ofria lost any sleep the night before eliminations, he certainly made up for it on Sunday. Ofria, who qualified fifth in A/GAS, lasted until the second round when he handed A/GAS points leader, Mark Mahood, the round win. Ofria's 7.555 was much quicker than Mahood's 7.719, but the .873 light Ofria cut was no match for Mahood's .483.

Butch Blair qualified his pretty "Fugowie" T/F entry in the sixth spot of the "A" field, with a 6.303/212.11 effort. Blair put a "holeshot" on"Wild Bill" Alexander in the opening round, but was scalped on the top end, as Alexander ripped off a 6.146/223 to Blair's very game 6.35/218 .

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Dawn Mazi Photo

Steve Castelli qualified his "Hot Rod Willys" entry on top of the A/GAS field, with a 7.576. Castelli worked his way to the final round to meet Chris Abbey, and despite a great leave lost a "close one" on the top end. Abbey used a 7.655/180 effort, to reel in Castelli's 7.752/177.
Rance McDaniel qualified the "Champion Speed Shop" entry in the third slot of the T/F "A" field, with a 6.241/217.75. McDaniel disposed of Howard Haight in the opening round, but lost to eventual R/U Larry Gotelli Jr. in the second round.

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Dawn Mazi Photo

A/GAS points leader Mark Mahood, qualified his '69 Camaro in the third spot of the program with a 7.622. Mahood appeared to be on his way to his second final round appearance of the season, however, semi final round opponent Steve Castelli put an end to those thoughts. Castelli used a .488 light/7.704 e.t. package, to defeat Mahood's .557/7.748.
Lee Jennings qualified his "California Trucker" T/F entry in the fourth spot of the "A" field, with a 6.243/226.01. Jennings met Jack Harris in the opening round, but was shipped home early, as Harris stepped up with a special delivery 6.218/228.77, against Jennings' 6.275/228.94.

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Dawn Mazi Photo

Chris Abbey qualified his gorgeous '57 Chevy in the second spot of the tough A/GAS program, with a 7.611. Abbey marched through eliminations in fine fashion, winning the A/GAS title against final round opponent, Steve Castelli, with a 7.655/180 effort against Castelli's 7.752/177.
Steve San Paolo qualified his A/FUEL entry on top of the field, with a 6.714/191.61. San Paolo ran strong throughout eliminations, combining great reaction times and blistering e.t.s. (How about an opening round 6.588/206.51 blast!) San Paolo's day came to an end in the final round though, when he cut the 'tree too hard and handed first time finalist, Sean Bellemeur, the A/FUEL title. I'd also like to note that Bellemeur was no slouch on his side of the ladder too, as the teenager ran consistent 6.80s and nailed the 'tree with great .420 lights during eliminations!

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Dawn Mazi Photo

Jim Pace, who always treats his fans to lengthy burnouts, qualified his '47 Anglia in the fourth spot of the A/GAS field, with a 7.709. Pace lasted until the second round, when he was defeated by eventual A/GAS winner, Chris Abbey.
Famed chassis builder, Dave Uyehara, returned to active competition in Top Fuel, after having spent nearly two decades away from the driver's seat. Uyehara's first Goodguys appearance was complimented by a 6.459/211.51 shot, good for the number two spot in the "B" field, and a runner-up finish against Bill Dunlap.

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Dawn Mazi Photo

Jeff Lirones drives this gorgeous Willys in the B/GAS category. Lirones missed making the tough program, as his 8.96 fell short of the 8.77 bump spot.
Bill Dunlap qualified Mike Fuller's entry into the number two spot of the "B" Top Fuel show, with a 6.559/206.42. The Dunlap/Fuller team, who have struggled with tire hazing problems this season, turned their program around and smoked the "B" field to win their first Goodguys event of the season.

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Dawn Mazi Photo

Pro Supercharged stalwart, Steve Woods, qualified his Prefect in the number one spot with a superb 7.00/196, inspite of the unforgiving heat. Woods looked to be the odds on favorite to win the event, based off of the consistent 7.00s he was running during eliminations, however, the win eluded him as his BAE powered entry slowed to a 7.21, against Ronnie Nunes stout 7.02 in the final round.
Top Fuel rookie and Nostalgia Eliminator regular, Brendan Murry, competed with only one of his rides during the weekend. Murry launched his way into the second round of Nostalgia Eliminator, but a redlight leave (again!!!) put an early end to his weekend.

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Dawn Mazi Photo

1999 Goodguys Top Fuel Champion, Jim Murphy, qualified the "WW2" entry in the fifth spot of the "A" program, with a 6.301/222.55. Murphy met Larry Gotelli Jr. in the opening round, but Murphy's launch literally mirrored this burnout shot, as he clicked her off and had to watch Gotelli streak to a 6.14 win.
Rich Roberts qualified his beautiful 'Vette in the eighth spot of the Pro Supercharged field, with an 8.36. Despite stepping up in the opening round, Roberts' 7.588/183.29 effort was no match against opponent Dale Boomgargen's 7.187/193.50.

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Dawn Mazi Photo

Recent March Meet winner, Rick McGee, qualified fourth in the Top Fuel "B" field, with a 6.53. McGee met Kent "Thrash Biscuit" Terry in the first round, but fell short of second final round appearance, as Terry used a "smooth as gravy" 6.54 to take out McGee's 6.738.
Tom Schiffilea qualified his stunning '40 Willys fifth in the B/GAS category, with an 8.684. Schiffilea consistently dominated the B/GAS field on Sunday, as he went on to defeat Ed Cooper in the final round, using an 8.65 to Cooper's 8.88.

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Dawn Mazi Photo

Chip Beverett campaigns this pretty altered in the Nostalgia Eliminator category. Beverett lasted until the second round, where he was defeated by eventual runner-up, Todd Miller.

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