Hot Rod Heritage event at Fontana

he nostalgia racers had not just themselves to battle but they also had to fight Mother Nature as each day brought different racing conditions for the teams at the 2nd Annual NHRA Heritage Series event at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif.

The wind was consistently strong, but the temperature was different every day. Friday’s test and tune was greeted by cold track conditions as a storm was blowing through southern California and the track never got above 60 degrees, causing most of the racers to spin their tires upon leaving the starting line.

There was a noticeably low turnout of participants at this year’s race. Whether it was because of the iffy weather, the weakened economy or competing events (a Super Chevy Show was held at the track just a week before, the NHRA National event was held the same weekend in Las Vegas along with another Super Chevy Show event in Arizona), fewer than two hundred cars attended the event.

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Hot Rod eliminator had the largest turn out of racers with 44, and in the final round, the last two standing would be the new points leaders.

William Teague in his candy apple red ‘67 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport left the line first with a .044 R.T. to Gene Chandler’s .083 light. Chandler’s Mustang chased down Teague but both broke out as William 11.692 e.t. was the least under his dial in 11.71 and Chandler ran a 10.557 e.t. on a 10.60 dial. So Teague from Peeley, Ca. Took home the trophy and the cash.

D/Gas, the 10.60 index class for door cars, had a total of twelve cars compete. In the final the ‘09 March Meet race winner, Mike Williams in his Gil’s Transmission 1971 Vega from Bakersfield, Calif., matched up against Ed Carey in his 1971 Camaro from La Jolla, Calif.

The race was won on the starting line as Williams cut a great .034 light and never saw Carey, who cut a .113 light and broke out trying to catch the little red Vega, running a 10.578 e.t. at 124.67 mph to Mike’s winning 10.660 at only 119.31 mph. Mike Williams is the points leader with two wins so far this year.