Pomponi Prevails in Season Opener
Updated: Dec 12, 2021
2021 marks the 40th racing season for the All Star Racing Association and action kicked off on Saturday, May 22nd at New England Dragway. 50 cars were in attendance on a cool day that featured a few periods of downtime due to rain. The delays resulted in racing action continued into the evening to get the event complete.
After the track was dried out after some rain drops, third round action started with Bob Vogel grabbing a big starting line advantage in his ‘81 Malibu as he eliminated Woody Pagano in is B/SA ‘70 Big Block Nova. Tom Boucher took his scheduled single in his GT/GA 454 Powered ’87 Camaro. A red light start for Peter Foster ended his day in his F/SA ’67 Camaro allowing Billy Pires to advance in his 305 powered ’83 Malibu Wagon. Bill Pomponi driving his G/SA ’69 Camaro was the benefactor of a red light from Corey Menard in his super clean 327 powered ’65 Chevelle. There were a few no shows allowing Paul Sutherland in his beautiful ’66 Nova Wagon and Ed Bednaz in his stick shift ’69 Nova.
In the quarterfinals, Boucher grabbed a slight starting line advantage against Pires but Boucher’s 9.644 (9.61 dial) wasn’t enough as Pires tightened it up at the finish line to take the stripe by .002 running 12.627 (12.60 dial). Sutherland used a .01 advantage at tree and a dial matching 10.246 to get past Bednaz’s breakout 10.315 (10.35 dial). Bill Pomponi wound up with a competition single while Bob Vogel had the laddered by for the round.
Down to 4 cars, Pomponi earned his way to the final in a double breakout affair with Vogel. Only .005 separated then at the start and Vogel took the stripe by 0.01 buy broke out more doing so running 11.711 (11.73 dial) to Pomponi’s 11.396 (11.41 dial). In the other semi-final pairing, Pires used a solid 4 hundredths package to get by Sutherland who was a little behind on the tree and a little further off his dial. The stage was set for the two Bills to square of in the Final. Pomponi parlayed a 0.018 light with an 11.405 (11.39 dial) to package out Pires who ran a very competitive race with a 12.64 (12.62 dial). Congratulations to Bill Pomponi on his win as he got to celebrate with his wife, two sons, and niece in the winner’s circle!
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