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AUTO CLUB RACEWAY IN POMONA: Inaugural for The Roush Drag Team

AmeriGas and the Roush Drag Team’s propane-powered Mustangs

On May 17, 2013 the AmeriGas / Metro Lawn Sponsored Roush Drag Team were a big hit with fans, competitors and AmeriGas customers for the first ever west coast visit to the historic Pomona Raceway. Both Susan Roush McClenaghan’s father Jack Roush and Donnie Bowles’ father Big Don Bowles legendary drag racers had both raced in Pomona, making it a special event for everyone.

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Direct TV, using Roush Clean Tech Ford Vans powered by propane came in force. Their families along with the many AmeriGas families mingled together to enjoy the drag racing which was a great venue in building customer relations and most important showing propane autogas as a fuel for the future.

More about the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona (from
The Historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the oldest venue on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit, has been home to NHRA’s season opener, the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals, since 1961 and to the season closer, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, since 1984.

Originally opened as a way to encourage street racers to compete safely, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona was built with the combined efforts of the Pomona Valley Timing Association, Pomona Police Chief Ralph Parker, and the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. Through fundraisers, these three entities opened the track that began as a dirt parking lot with an asphalt strip down the middle. Bleachers that held no more than 300 spectators were in place next to a timing tower that was merely scaffolding with a roof on top. The facility had its first permanent timing tower in 1968, and it was a meager three-story building that housed race control, the track office, and a small media room.

The small three-story tower that stood for more than 25 years gave way to a 14,600-square-foot tower complete with corporate suites and a modern press center. In 1992, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona entered the final phases of the $4.5-million modernization project, which included the installation of permanent grandstand seats, half of which have seat backs.

In 2001, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona’s entire 1,320-foot racing surface was repaved to extend the concrete launchpad from 330 to 660 feet. In 2006, luxury VIP box suites were built atop the east-side grandstands.

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