Hello again NHRA fans. I hope all is well and you had a fun and safe Super Bowl weekend. My Super Bowl Sunday was pretty low key as I watched the game with my mom, Don and the dogs in Florida. The game was pretty boring and I honestly paid more attention to the commercials. My favorite was the Budweiser spot with the golden retriever and the horses. The halftime show was fun and other than the game it was a good four hours of television.
I always get excited for the Super Bowl because it usually means in just a few more days we’re starting the NHRA season at Pomona, Calif. It’s Tuesday and in three days at 1 p.m. (PT) we’ll kick of nitro qualifying for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello season. The weather forecast looks great with temps in the 60s and 70s and we’re excited about the new three-day format with two qualifying laps on Friday at Pomona.
I’m going to head West a little early to hang with my friends Alex and Bobby in Southern California. We may go to Disneyland, but I’m not quite sure yet, but one thing I’m sure of is that it will be fun as they’re a hoot.
All our teams have headed West for the season-opening Circle K Winternationals. The U.S. Army Top Fuel team was the last team to leave the shop this morning around 6 a.m. Most of the teams left a bit early to try and avoid any weather. TJ’s guys left Saturday and they’ll test in Las Vegas today. Our hospitality team also left on Saturday and our new 53-foot merchandise trailer hit the road on Sunday morning. We’re excited to offer a much larger inventory of trackside merchandise for the fans to choose from. If you stop by and see Kirk, tell him Megan sent you for the NHRA blog discount. LOL
The Midwest and Indy is bracing for another brutal snow storm as weather forecasters are predicting another 5-10” of snow. It’s been a rough winter for our NHRA family in Indy. I spoke to Mike Green, the U.S. Army Top Fuel crew chief, and he’s lived in Indy for 20 years and said it’s far and away the worst winter he’s experienced. Fingers crossed for on-time departures and safe flights to Pomona.
Our drivers will keep busy this weekend at Pomona, that’s for sure. There are press conferences on Wednesday and Friday at the track. On Friday morning, there’s the annual season-kickoff owners/drivers meeting, and then we’ll finally get to racing on Friday afternoon and I can’t wait.
If you’re at Pomona, please stop by and say hello and lets have a great, safe and action-packed 2014 season of NHRA racing. Have a great week and we’ll check back in after the Winternationals.