in the pits... AND First Round
Normally we don't
cover any of the NHRA Big Show and there is one reason for that.
Because we cover our history and not current Big Show events, the
kid at NHRA Media won't recognize WDIFL as a "legitimate
media" . This is a from a guy who wasn't even a thought
the last time a front engine Top Fuel dragster competed at a
NHRA national event. Be that as it may, we will fill a void here
with some great shots by John Ewald and Bob Brown who were forced
to shoot from the stands.
photog Bob Brown and The Vipe.
In a role reversal,
Nostalgia Top Fuel standout Brad Thompson (behind left rear tire)
was out helping his tuner, Steve Faria who was driving a Big
Show Top Fuel car. Faria, who just got his license upgraded to
TF lost first round.
Up in the stands,
hoping to finally see some racing on Sunday, was the The Steve
and Gordy Gibbs clan.
Baldwin, Katie Capps (Lil John Buttera's granddaughter) and Krista
Baldwin (the Greek's granddaughter).
Capps, John Ewald and Paula Karamesines Baldwin. What's wrong
with this picture?
Doug Kalitta's first round fireball was one of the biggest and
arguably the longest (intentionally under power) in history.
Between Bob Brown in the bottom end stands and John Ewald in
the top end stands they came up with the entire run -- quite
spectacular to say the least.
Some of the
After 6 days
of rain they fianlly got sunshine. John Ewald lives a mere 20
miles from Pomona Raceway so he had nothing better to do on a
Tuesday than go to the digs and snap a few shots. Here they are.
Among the shots
are Anton banging the blower and releasing his chute...Ashley
being very late and Head very near the wall...Fast Jack being
too fast...some very close runs...just some flavor of the day.
With most of
the sportsman racers and first round losers gone, the pits were
a good seat was NO problem.
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