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Uncle Joe Benson at work & play at the 2008 NHRA Winternationals.

February 9 - 10, 2008: Something was different about the NHRA CARQUEST Winternationals Drag Races at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. As usual, J.B. was meeting folks at the KLOS Cool Patrol site right in the middle of the first big drag meet of the year. But for the first time since the Super Gas class of drag race cars was formed in 1980, they weren't racing in the Winternationals. And that meant that — for the first time since Unc and Randy Balough hooked up in 1989 — the Uncle Joe's Super Gas '63 Corvette wouldn't be competing in a Southland NHRA National event... a disconcerting turn of events indeed! But the weekend went well and Randy won the National event in Las Vegas a couple months down the road... but that's a story for another time! Rock & Roll!

(Photos by Gina Witowski & Jan Benson.)

Winternationals sign.
Wide shot of start line.
Grandstands against snow capped mountains.
Wide shot of grandstands.
Wide shot of mountains, midway.

Time for the 2008 NHRA CARQUEST Winternationals!

Hello world!

A perfect day! Now let's meet some folks before we go racing!

Lining up @KLOS booth.
Heavy line-up.
Having fun.
Good times!

Saturday morning Meet & Greet.

Randy Balough & Unc.

Who's paying for lunch — R.B. or J.B.?

Santa and his son.
Sharing a good  laugh.

Talking with Santa, sharing a laugh and a hug.

Hanging with Tony Pedregon
J.B. & Scott Kalitta.

The Winternationals are always a good time to check in with old friends like two-time NHRA Champions Tony Pedregon and Scott Kalitta.

Lining up @KLOS booth.
Sharing a laugh.
Telling stories.
Signing stuff.

Sunday morning Meet & Greet.

Cute kid on his shoulders.
Signing for the boys.

Starting 'em early.

Powerade Series wall.
Capps' Funny Car burnout against snow capped mountains.
Top Fuel burnout.

Time for some 330mph drag racing!

Supercharged gold cart.

Cars, cars, cars!

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2010 NHRA Finals

2010 Winternationals

2009 NHRA Finals

2009 Winternationals

2008 NHRA Finals

2008 Winternationals

2007 NHRA Finals

2007 Winternationals

2006 NHRA Finals

2006 Winternationals

2005 NHRA Finals

2005 Winternationals

2004 NHRA Finals

2004 Winternationals

2003 NHRA Finals

2003 Winternationals

2002 NHRA Finals

2002 Winternationals

2001 NHRA Finals

Titus Grudge Match

NHRA 50th Ann. Nationals

2001 Winternationals

2000 NHRA Finals

Pro Gas 2000

2000 NHRA Winternationals

Uncle Joe's
Nissan 600ZX

Uncle Joe's
Super Gas

On The Road

'12 Grand National Roadster Show

'11 Home Depot - Monrovia

'11 O.C. Fair

'11 O.C. Fair
Pat Benatar

'11 Blood

'11 O.C. Fair
Paul Rodgers

'11 O.C. Fair
Steve Miller &
Duff Goldman

'11 O.C. Barrett-Jackson

'11 Ridemakerz

Alex Xydias Center

'11 Jethro Tull

Home Depot - Orange

Performance Bicycle

BBQ @Shannon's

Home Depot - Marina Del Rey

'11 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 400

Pep Boys
Speed Shop

'11 NHRA

Monster Trucks!

Larry's Pick-Up Truck

'11 Grand National
Roadster Show

Ozzy Osbourne

'10 NHRA Finals

in Torrance

Pepsi 400

La Mirada
Home Depot

'10 L.A. Fair
Bad Company

John Bonham

Steve Miller
Kids Rock Free

'10 L.A. Fair
Monster Trucks
& C.C.R.

Axes & Axles
Hot Rod Show

BBQ @Kevin's


'10 O.C. Fair
Styx/ZZ Top

'10 Blood Drive

in Walnut

Steve Miller/
Greek Theatre

5th of July

Rush's Star

Fathers Day

'10 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 500

'10 NHRA

'10 Grand National
Roadster Show


'09 NHRA Finals

Steve Miller/

Pepsi 500

'09 L.A. Fair
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Abbey Road

'09 Blood Drive

'09 Kentucky Derby

'09 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 500

'09 NHRA

'09 Grand National
Roadster Show

'08 NHRA Finals

Pepsi 500

Carl Edwards

'08 Jethro Tull

All-Star Party

'08 Long Beach
Grand Prix

'08 Super Chevy

'08 Goodguys
Costa Mesa

Auto Club 500

'08 NHRA

'08 Grand Nat.
Roadster Show

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