Erson was a founding member of SEMA (Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association, now Specialty Equipment Market Association) and was an avid drag racer, motorcycle-trials participant, and off-road racer, competing in the Baja 500 and 1,000 many times.
Bits from the Pits presented by Lombardo to make national event debut in NAPA TAFC ohn Lombardo Jr., son of Funny Car JNHRA national event debutnotable be making his 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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