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Uncle Joe Benson at work & play at the 2004 NHRA Winternationals.

February 12 - 13, 2005: Even though the first big NHRA drag meet of the year was met with torrential downpours, defending NHRA Division 7 Super Gas Champion Randy Balough, driver of the Uncle Joe's Racing Super Gas Corvette, came within 2/100 of a second of winning the NHRA CARQUEST Winternationals Drag Races! Of course there were Uncle Joe Meet & Greet sessions on a rainy Saturday and sunny Sunday at the ARROW 93 booth, as well as several hundred other people racing at the at the Fairplex in Pomona. But Randy started the season even bigger than he finished last year!

(Photos by Jim Sleeper and Jan Benson.)

Joe & Randy staging.
Trav giving advice.

Working his way through six rounds of competition,
NHRA Division 7 Super Gas Champion Randy Balough
received assistance from his son/crew chief Travis,
and encouragement from Uncle Joe.

Randy & Joe enjoy the moment.

Longtime friends and racing partners enjoying the moment.

Saturday crowd shot.
Happy with autograph.
The ARROW booth1.
Thumbs up!

Right where we belong on a rainy Saturday —
in the middle of the whole show!

Car roof/Booth.
Jazzed with poster.
Telling stories!
Sunday handshake.

An extended family gathering.

Blue skies & snow-capped peaks.

A cool, crisp, sunny Sunday — perfect for racing!

Looking at Z/booth.
Another big line.
Sunday action.

With Randy on board,
it's an official Uncle Joe's Racing Meet & Greet!

Sunday Z/booth.
Large line indeed!
w/Randy's friend.
Kinda excited.

An extended-family gathering.

Hanging with Torch.
Traffic dude w/Unc's cap.

Hanging with the iconic Torch in a place
where even the traffic directors wear cool caps!

Flaming Frank Pedregon's rod.

Looks like Joe's next ride!

Earplugs help with those stories!

Evidently the earplugs really help
when he starts telling stories.


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