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   Lombardo to make national event debut in NAPA TAFC
      ohn Lombardo Jr., son of          Funny Car
  JNHRA national event debutnotable be making
      driver “Lil’ John” Lombardo, will
                                at the NHRA
                                                                  “All the equipment we have is proven; it’s just a
                                                               matter of me getting up to speed with the car,”
                                                               said Lombardo. “The road racing I used to do was
                                                                                                                        want to do this,” said Lombardo. “We talk about it
                                                                                                                        everyday, though, and he is involved in some of
                                                                                                                        our projects. I was looking back at the ladder when
  Northwest Nationals in Seattle. The former                   more of a finesse kind of thing while these cars         my dad won the 1985 U.S. Nationals driving the
  Formula 2000 Series driver has made the switch               are just animals with a tremendous amount of             Blue Max fuel Funny Car. He ran 5.70s all day to
  from road racing to follow the footsteps of his              power and acceleration. I committed to making            win that race; now, modern alcohol cars are
  father. The younger Lombardo, 42, owns Jackson’s             myself comfortable in the car before lining up next      running 5.70s, 5.60s, and even 5.50s to be
  Auto Supply and a NAPA Auto Parts store in Brea,             to anybody. We got up to speed fairly quickly in         competitive. It’s interesting how similar they are in
  Calif., and has his Chevy Camaro decked out in               that process, so now I’m looking forward to getting      terms of performance and what it takes to run
  NAPA colors.                                                 out there and racing.”                                   them 25 years later.”
     The methodical driver has spent the last couple              Lombardo will enter the event with three
  of years attending several events, talking to several        races and several testing laps under his belt.
  teams, looking at options, and getting hands-on              He drove Randy Goodwin’s entry at the
  experience before purchasing Ron Meer’s entire               Division 6 event at Pacific Raceways last
  operation, which finished No. 3 in the 2007 NHRA             season and brought his own ride to the two
  Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series top 10 with Sean                most recent Division 6 events this season.
  Bellemeur at the helm. Under the watchful eye of             Lombardo’s tentative schedule after Seattle
  veteran alcohol crew chief Bob DeVour, who ran               includes running the remainder of the
  the operation with Meer, Lombardo spent the                  LODRS races and national events in the
  winter restocking the trailer and preparing for              Division 7 area.
  action with help from individuals like Ken Smith,               “My dad would never push me into
  Dustin Yoho, Scott DiFrancisco, and Jim Adolph.              something like this because you really have to

Results: The NHRA Hot Rod                     (Nostalgia Hot Rod), Clay Kossuth           Racing Association (SCEDA) held               defeated former Million Dollar Race
Heritage Racing Series made its               (Nostalgia Super Stock), Steve Walczak      one of its doubleheader weekends July 4-5     winner Troy Williams Jr. in the final.
annual Midwest stop at Illinois’ Cordova      (Pro Comp 1), David Shaffer (Pro Comp       at Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club             The semifinal finishers were Ken
Dragway Park (CDP) for NostalgiaFest          II), Pay Sywassink (Pro Comp III), Brett    Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Andrew            Sullivan and Jeff Hefler. Earlier in the
presented by K&E Auto June 26-27. This        Edwards (Nostalgia Comp), Dale Riha         Madrid and Dave Meziere were the              weekend, Lynch also scored a $2,500
year’s event marked two anniversaries:        (Nostalgia Gas), and Steve Marquis          winners in Meziere Enterprises                victory in the Bonus Box race and took
It was the 10th year of nostalgia racing      (Nostalgia Hot Rod).                        Electronics, and Dick Krieger and Scott       runner-up honors to Mike Bloomfield in
at CDP and the 40th anniversary                                                           Joines also earned victories. Madrid won      the 32-car American Race Cars Shootout.
reunion of the Chi-Town Hustler and the       Staying                                     Saturday’s final round after Tom Bayer
Hawaiian Funny Cars. Legendary                busy: While she                             Sr. fouled. By winning the event, Madrid      Farewell: Sig Erson, a noted
owner/tuner Roland Leong served as            continues to plan her                       qualified to take part in the Pacific H
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