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Straight Line Spotlight

Bruce Biegler Apr 20, 2016
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Solid (Rocky Mountain) Reputation

Chris Hall, from Brigham City, Utah, is continuing a very positive conversion for his 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. After originally acquiring it (a rusty body back in 1995 for $400) Chris has since invested a lot of additional funds and energy into the car. First making it into a hot performer for the street and then a bracket racer. During 2013, he took the appropriate steps to make the Camaro legal for Stock Eliminator. Today, it competes in B/SA featuring an engine program (375hp, 402ci engine) built by reputed Stock Eliminator icon Cal Method. Prior to that, as an ET bracket car, Chris garnered a strong racing reputation, including winning the IHRA’s non-electronics World Championship title back in 2010, the 2011 Grand Champion at the Halloween Classic (Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho) to go with multiple track championship titles at his home dragstrip, Rocky Mountain Raceways, West Valley, Utah. His sponsors include Poulsen Trailer Sales, Paul Jones Trucking, Kellerstrass Oil, and Sunoco Fuels. His crew includes wife, Robin; kids Ashleigh and Oakleigh; and father, Gary Hall. Chris’ team dedicates their racing ventures to the memory of (Mom) Tamra Hall who recently passed.

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Prince of Pomona

Put simply, Jimmy DeFrank owns Pomona! The prolific Sportsman racer who has been both a fixture and feared within West Coast NHRA drag racing for many seasons, lived up to his reputation again when he guided his SS/CM 2010 Chevy Cobalt to a huge Super Stock win during NHRA’s Winternationals last February. For DeFrank (Thousand Oaks, California) that was his 19th career win at the national event level but also the fifth time he has won at the prestigious season-opening Winternationals—more than any other racer. At Pomona, DeFrank was racing his car with a creative and high-tech GM 316ci engine program. Ultimately, he bested 67 other class entries after qualifying somewhat conservatively mid-pack. The DeFrank & Sons Racing Chevrolet Cobalt is branded by primary sponsors California Car Cover, California Car Duster, and Golden Shine Car Care, and supported by associates K&N Filters, Red Line Oil, Phoenix Race Tires, Race Ramps, Jegs, Biondo Racing Products, Racers for Christ, and Jim Butner Auto.

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Back to the Mainland

Jim Keating, from Antelope Acres, California, campaigns a well-refined 1967 Camaro index car that has a pretty unique history. After being originally built in Ohio, this Camaro was raced for a number of seasons in the Hawaiian Islands before Keating bought it from its previous owner in Maui and brought it back to California. Then, Jim along with his family—James, Jimmy, and Jocelyn—spent many a man hour updating the combination to its present form for both Super Gas (9.90) and Super Street (10.90) competition. The team uses a 565ci Chevy engine built by Texas Racing Engines, with their objective to develop a higher level of consistency for the relatively new circuit entry. Keating cites valued support from James Galante (RaceTrans.com) Jeff Paradise (Dice Performance Converters) Ronnie Combs, and everyone at SoCal Super Street and SoCal Super Gas, Calvert Racing, Jake Hodges (Race-Crafters.com), Gary Brandt Racing, the Blodgette Family, Steve Parsons, and the Walker Family (Mom, Mary, Lyle, Andy, Kaitlyn, Jakr, and Jack).

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New-Era Notoriety

A new age for NHRA’s Pro Stock class racing was unveiled during the 2016 season-opening Winternationals held in Pomona, California, in February. That was the first event within NHRA’s new mandated rules for the category, which are now centered around more modern and fan-relevant EFI technology. The annals of drag racing history will forever show that this first-ever event in this format (no carburetors) was dominated by the Chevrolet brand. Chevy Camaro cars collected seven of the top eight qualifying positions, and the final round was a battle between two teammate Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored Camaros with Greg Anderson beating Jason Line on a holeshot 6.617 at 207.85 mph to 6.609 at 209.82 mph. The two finalists gathered in the event’s overall top performance marks, too, with Anderson setting low elapsed time of the event with a 6.582 and Line’s event-best terminal top end speed of 210.34 mph.



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