Following the lead of his father, Tim, and brother, Bryan, who won Super Stock titles this season in Norwalk and Charlotte, respectively, Byron Worner completed the family trifecta with a season-ending victory at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Coming off a win at the Division 7 Lucas Oil event in Las Vegas a week prior, Grossi extended his winning streak to 13 consecutive rounds before losing a close double-breakout final against Worner.
SUPER STOCK — 44th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 6-9, Pomona Worner claims final 2008 victory out West Byron Worner (left) joined his father, Tim, and brother, Bryan, as 2008 NHRA national event champions. (Above) Worner, near lane, won the double-breakout final over Frank Grossi, who was in his second final round in as many weeks. “I’ve had a lot of disappointments this year; I lost was nearly perfect off the starting line. At the finish, a lot of close races, and I missed the top 10 by less Worner turned on the win light with a 9.884 on his than one round, but this all makes up for that. I 9.90 dial, eclipsing Grossi’s (-.020) breakout. enjoyed racing in Pomona so much that we left our “I knew that Frank had a .009 in the semifinals, truck and trailer out here so we could come back so I knew I needed a good light,” said Worner. “The and race in the Winternationals.” car ran a little quicker than I thought it would, but I Although he had never been to Pomona, Worner believe we were both flat out. At least, I know I was. was familiar with most of the competitors he faced at I haven’t won a national event since 2002, so this is by Kevin McKenna the season finale, having raced alongside many really a great confidence booster.” Division 7 competitors at events such as the Jegs F ollowing the lead of his father, Tim, and brother, Bryan, who won Super Stock titles this season in Norwalk and Charlotte, respectively, Byron Worner Allstars in Chicago and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. After a championship-deciding win over Jimmy DeFrank in round three, Worner got a free pass completed the family trifecta with a season-ending when Super Gas pioneer Ted Seipel fouled and then victory at the Automobile Club of Southern earned a bye into the final after Jack Bystrom California NHRA Finals. Worner, who lives in missed the Tree in the quarterfinals. Duncannon, Pa., made a last-minute decision to join Paired with Frank Grossi in the final run of the friends Michael Iacono and Dave Layer on a West season, Worner picked an opportune time to have Coast road trip through Las Vegas and Pomona, and his best reaction time of the weekend with a .010, after claiming his second win, he’s glad he did. but he was six-thousandths slower than Grossi, who “I honestly can’t tell you why I decided to come out here,” said Worner. “We were in Charlotte in September, and Michael [Iacono] asked me about it. I hadn’t thought too much about it before then, but it sounded like fun, so we decided to go for it. About the winning car D ave Kelsey of KTS Race Cars built Byron Worner’s SS/IA ’96 Camaro. Gary Wisecarver helped build and tune the suspension, and Richard Doane worked on the front-end setup. The car is powered by a 350-cid Chevy that was built by Brian Tilburg and is fitted with a TCI fuel-injection unit. Additional product support comes from Arnie Martel Racing, Speedco, Jegs Mail Order, Mickey Thompson Tires, Trabuco Transport, CV Products, and Valvoline. Worner thanked his parents, Tim and Suzy; brother, Bryan; his girlfriend, Heather Dill, and her family; Michael Iacono; Lincoln Morehead; Dave and Dede Layer; Bob and Carolyn Howald; Bob Cupp; Billy Leber; Grossi, who was joined by his family and friends (inset), cut a .009 light and posted a 9.31 on his 9.30 dial in the Cheryl Shaw; Byron Setters; John Stover; and Bob semifinals to defeat Mike Crutchfield, who was driving Lee Sharp’s SS/CM Cavalier. Although he lost the round, Sharpe. Crutchfield earned enough points for a top 10 finish. 64 ✦ National DRAGSTER Super Stock Qualifying (Top 16 of 72 qualifiers) 1. Bob Dennis, Shorter, Ala. (GT/MA ’91 Calais). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.710 (-1.340) 2. Mike Crutchfield, Montgomery, Ala. (SS/CM ’05 Cavalier) . . . . . . . 8.511 (-1.289) 3. Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif. (SS/BS ’08 Cobalt). . . . . . . . . . 8.734 (-1.216) 4. Fred Moreno, La Verne, Calif. (SS/GA ’69 Mustang). . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.707 (-1.143) 5. John Rains, Santa Paula, Calif. (SS/AH ’68 Dart) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.619 (-1.131) 6. Shane Studley, Bellflower, Calif. (GT/TB ’99 Dakota). . . . . . . . . . . 10.028 (-1.122) 7. Darren
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