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									                           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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