NMCA West Pomona 2014 Same Day Coverage

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 As we make our way to the second race in the NMCA WEST event series, we find ourselves at the world famous Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Stay tuned all day Saturday and Sunday for same day race results.

Special thanks to our event coverage sponsor COMP Cams. Check out their fine line of performance products at www.compcams.com.

Eliminations Round 1 and 2 Results

In bracket-like fashion, Scott Oksas took out Snavely with a round ET low 6.09 at 248.3 mph, then took the second round bye into the semi-finals. The closest race of first round was between Greg Seth-Hunter and John Sciapli, where the top end power from Seth-Hunter’s turbo Mustang was able to take out the Roots-blown ’57 Chevy – a 6.16 at 236.71 mph to a 6.26 at 225.56 mph.

The two turbo Mustangs of Seth-Hunter and Mihovetz would face off in the semis, where Mihovetz would take the easy win against a red-lit Seth-Hunter. The nail biter of the semis went to Lepone and Berry where Berry's turbo Camaro BARELY nudged out Lepone with a 6.126 at 242.32 mph to Lepone's 6.130 at 237.88 mph run.

Despite being the number one qualifier in TT5 with a 6.78, Roger Holder has been having a hard time getting down the track during eliminations. He narrowly missed defeat in round one as he took out Crain with an off-pace 8.29. Spinning off the line during the second round, Holder lucked out again against Coleman by winning on a 8.329 at 196.73 mph run to Coleman’s close 8.335 at 198.96 mph run.

After Mark Luton took out a spinning Kephart and Cook taking out Heck, the MMR teammates would race each other in the second round, where Luton took the expected win with a 6.88 at 215.20 mph to Cook's 7.31 at 199.46 mph.

Project BlownZ dealt with traction woes throughout qualifying, though when it came time for eliminations, Lawrence was able to get the Camaro down track to take the first round win against Kevin Young – a 7.46 at a round-fastest 199.67 mph, to Young’s lifting 7.884 at 186.90 mph. Though during the second round match up against Toaster, the Camaro unexpectedly shut off just as the tree came down, handing the win to Ryan Jones.

Armen Maghdessian would grab the easy win as Kevin Young red lit, though would get defeated in round two against number one qualifier Eric Gustafson - a 7.23 at 193.85 mph to Armen's 7.60 at 182.18 mph run.

Looking at the left rear tire in this shot, it was a good thing that number one qualifier Tony Aneian was on on bye run during the first round of NA 10.5. Aneian’s luck was renewed in the second round as his competitor Keurjikian went red, pushing Aneian into the finals.

Randy Jones narrowly escaped being passed by Shippy at the top end of track when it appeared that Jone's suffered from transmission or converter issues at around 1,100 feet. Jones continued into the semis and took down Cobbett with a 8.18 at 166.35 mph to Cobbett's 8.46 at 163.16 mph run.

George Raygoza has been a small tire monster this weekend, navigating the tricky Pomona race track with precision. Raygoza took down Kevin Brain in the first round matchup and then Erick Aldrich in the semi-final second round – a 5.22 at 141.28 to a 7.12 at 77.06 mph.

On the latter side of the ladder, Dan Hale would win against no-show Brian Greenberg, to face off against Erik Carlstedt who took out Eric Outland (a lot of Erics in Outlaw 8.5) - a 5.43 at 132.29 mph to a 5.66 at 126.80 mph. Dan Hale continues to the final round as he won against Erik Carlstedt - a 5.34 at 139.16 mph to a slower 5.50 at 134.04 mph pass.

Final Round

It was a lucky draw for Mark Lutton in the final round of TT5 where Roger Holder was quick to pull and went red, handing the win to second place qualifier Lutton.


Number one qualifier Tony Aniean had the consistency and naturally aspirated horsepower needed to take the final round win against Randy Jones – a 8.17 at 167.12 mph run to Jones’ 8.27 at 165.62 mph.

Mr. Consistency - Andrew Berry has run in the 6.teens virtually every run this weekend. It was the consistency along with being good on the tree, that got him the win this weekend in Pro Mod. In the final round against John Mihovetz, Berry's .060 reaction time to Mihovetz's .115 would allow him to pick up the holeshot win - a 6.09 to Berry's slower 6.13. Margin of victory - .015.

Just as we were talking about the consistency of George Raygoza, the win in Outlaw 8.5 went to Dan Hale, partially due to Raygoza’s spin at the line, but also a stout 5.341 at 139.70 mph pass.


The unstoppable Eric Gustafson has been two to three tenths ahead of the Street Outlaw class all weekend and ended up with the win against Ryan “Toster” Jones with a 7.26 at 194.91 to Jones’ foul start.

Final Sheets

About the author

Mark Gearhart

In 1995 Mark started photographing drag races at his once local track, Bradenton Motorsports Park. He became hooked and shot virtually every series at the track until 2007 until he moved to California and began working as a writer for Power Automedia. He was the founding editor for its first online magazines, and transitioned into the role of editorial director role in 2014. Retiring from the company in 2016, Mark continues to expand his career as a car builder, automotive enthusiast, and freelance journalist to provide featured content and technical expertise.
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