2016 NHRA Season Begins With Lots Of Newness
The new-look Pro Stock cars made their debut on Friday at the Circle K Winternationals in Pomona.
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
NHRA’s revised Pro Stock rules package gave Greg Anderson a new perspective on his “Factory Hot Rod” the first time he rolled into the staging lanes during preseason testing for the 2016 season.
“I said to myself, ‘Did they move the ‘Christmas Tree’ back 20 feet at the track? Is somebody playing a joke on me?’^” the four-time world champion joked. “Then it hit me that I wasn’t looking around the hood scoop.’’
Removal of the iconic hood scoop from all Pro Stock cars is among multiple rules changes instituted by NHRA officials for the 2016 season, which began Friday with a pair of qualifying sessions for the 56th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway.
Bo Butner (Pro Stock), Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Robert Hight (Funny Car) raced to provisional qualifying leads at Pomona, Calif., site of the first of 24 events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Anderson stood fifth on the ladder, admittedly still adjusting to the new look and feel of his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro SS. Read the full story »