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Feb. 19-22Originally opened as a way to encourage street racers to compete safely, Pomona Raceway was built with the combined efforts of the Pomona Valley Timing Association, Pomona Police Chief Ralph Parker and the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. Through fund raisers, 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. Pomona Raceway built 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, Pomona Raceway entered the final phase of the $4.5-million modernization project, which included the installation of permanent grandstand seats, with 20,000 of them having seat backs.
In 2001, Pomona Raceways entire 1,320-foot racing surface was repaved to extend the concrete launchpad from 330 to 660 feet. Prior to the 2003 Auto Club NHRA Finals, the return road was repaved with a 25-foot stretch of pavement from the track turnout to the grandstands. The project included a fresh slurry coat on the staging lanes and walkways under the main grandstands.
Prior to the 2004 season, a new television compound will be added and LED lights will be installed in the scoreboards, making them the easiest scoreboards to read on the NHRA circuit.
MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 5555, Glendora, CA 91740
SHIPPING ADDRESS: 2780 Fairplex Drive, Pomona, CA 91768
ELEVATION: 1,100 feet
TICKET INFORMATION: (800) 884-6472; (213) 480-3232
HOW TO GET THERE: The track is about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. From Interstate 10 east, exit Fairplex Drive or White Avenue and go north to the track. From I-10 west, exit Fairplex Drive and go north. The track is about one mile north of the interstate. Arrow Highway provides access from the north
VISITOR INFORMATION: La Verne Chamber of Commerce, (909) 593-5265; Pomona Chamber of Commerce, (909) 622-8484
POMONA RACEWAY RECOMMENDS PLACES TO STAY: Headquarters hotel: Sheraton Suites Fairplex, Pomona, (909) 622-2220 Chino: Motel 6, (909) 591-3877 Claremont: Claremont Inn Hotel & Conference Center, (909) 626-2411 Howard Johnson, (909) 626-2431 Ramada Inn, (909) 621-4831 Corona: Motel 6, (909) 735-6408 Covina: Embassy Suites, (626) 915-3441 Diamond Bar: Best Western, (909) 860-3700 Holiday Inn Select, (909) 860-5440 Ontario: Best Western, (909) 937-6800 Comfort Inn, (909) 986-3556 Country Inn, (909) 923-1887 Country Side Suites, (909) 937-9700 Days Inn, (909) 983-7411 Hilton Ontario Airport, (909) 980-0400 Holiday Inn, (909) 466-9600 Red Roof Inn, (909) 988-8466 Pomona: Motel 6, (909) 591-1871 Shilo Inn, (909) 598-7666 Riverside: Motel 6, (909) 351-0764 San Dimas: Comfort Suites, (909) 592-0500 Motel 6, (909) 592-5631 Red Roof Inn, (909) 599-2362 San Dimas Inn, (909) 599-2362
CAMPING: East Shore RV Park, (909) 599-8355 Fairplex RV Park, (909) 593-8915 Fairplex Trailer Park, (909) 622-8577