The Boss Bird gets some attention at the starting line prior to making a pass. The blast-t
Last month, High Performance Pontiac brought you Part 1: Car Show and Celebrities, detailing the high-intensity action and excitement of the Ames Performance Tri Power Pontiac Nationals, which was held August 5-8, 2011, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
This month we conclude our extensive coverage of the Pontiac Nationals with a look at the Pontiacs that populated the pits and tore up the tarmac on their way to over $24,000 in total cash prizes and the chance to become the 2011 Chief of the Pontiacs. “There were 461 race cars in attendance for our 20th anniversary,” says Super Duty Promotions’ Pete Woodruff. “The count was up from the previous year.”
Racing began on Friday with Hammer Time Racing Test & Tune, which ran from noon to 8 p.m. The time slot was also allocated to two bonus races (each required a separate entry fee of $20 and a guaranteed payout of $500 to the winner/$250 to the runner-up), and the first qualifying round for the Butler Performance Frantic Four and the K&M MR-1 Heads Up races.
Legendary NHRA drag racer Arnie Beswick performs an equally legendary burnout in his Tamel
Saturday morning roared with the sound of Pontiac thunder as race cars from six decades began time trials in four bracket classes: All Pontiac.com Super Pro, Pypes Performance Pro, Tin Indian Performance Street, and Super Duty Promotions FWD. The morning action included the second qualifying round for the Butler Performance Frantic Four and the K&M MR-1 Heads-Up races, and the first qualifying round for the Kauffman Racing Equipment Quick 16.
Saturday afternoon led off with the Pontiac Nationals’ opening ceremonies, in which Merle and Mike Greene (Merle is the owner of the Knafel Tin Indian ’66 GTO) introduced 2010 1A Auto Chief of the Pontiacs Chris Yates (’00 Grand Prix) to the audience, and awarded him a custom leather jacket.
After a crowd-pleasing exhibition show—which included Nostalgia Superstockers, the debut of the re-creation of the nitro-fuel-burning ’71 Boss Bird funny car, and Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick’s Tameless Tiger II ’64 GTO—the third qualifiers for the Frantic Four and K&M MR-1 Heads Up races heated up the track. Afterwards, eliminations for the four bracket classes kept the strip bustling with burnouts and timeslips well past sunset, until rain stopped the roar of the engines, and the racers who had not been eliminated split the cash payout.
Roger Ibbotson’s ’68 GTO is an example of one of the wilder race cars that compete for cas
Sunday saw one time trial for bracket classes, the third qualifier for the KRE Quick 16, the Firehawk/Comp TA race program, the exhibition show, and bracket-class eliminations. After the four bracket class winners were announced, each of them ran in final eliminations against each other to determine the new Chief of the Pontiacs.
Throughout the weekend, the dragstrip starting line was also the site of numerous ceremonies, including Editor’s Choice awards (see our last issue for the winners), Inland Empire GTO Club John DeLorean awards, and PHS Automotive Services’ Jim Mattison presenting a special trophy to Super Duty Promotions in congratulations of the Pontiac Nationals’ 20th anniversary.
No wonder Chris Shenuk’s ’72 Firebird is called “Bad Bird.”
Nostalgia Super Stock continues to be one of the Pontiac Nationals’ popular exhibition cla
This LS- powered Fourth-Gen Trans Am owned by Rob Whitney competed against traditional Pon
Walt Miller’s Nostalgia Superstock “Tomahawker” ’63 Catalina goes heads up against Gerry G
In the Super Stock pit area, Larry Quinn’s “Blast from the Past” ’62 Catalina, Ernie Keppl
With his wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Arianna, cheering his success, HPP Pavement Pounders
Starter Sam Lance douses Ciregna with an ice cooler filled with cold water, while Super Du
John LaFever’s ’89 Firebird cut a 0.000 light, and ran 9.58 on a 9.32 dial-in to win Sunda
A ’98 Grand Prix GTP owned by Bob Johnson took the class win in Pontiacs Super Duty Promot