Pomponio sets up final round against Burkhart Jr.

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Atco, N.J. — Local racer Dan Pomponio will be appearing in the final round at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Atco Dragway. Pomponio will be looking to win two races in a row.

Pomponio defeated Frederick Tigges in the semifinal on Saturday night. The Berlin, New Jersey native went 5.647 at 260.56 mph.

Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Phil Burkhart Jr. racing at Atco Dragway

Phil Burkhart Jr. with the competition bye (Photo by Anthony Caruso III)

Tigges went 5.883 at 223.17 mph.

Pomponio will face Permatex/Follow A Dream Top Alcohol driver Phil Burkhart Jr. in the final round. The final round is expected to begin around 8:30 pm EST.

For the second-time in eliminations, Burkhart Jr. received the competition bye. Burkhart Jr. went 6.332 at 168.20 and did not make a full pass, as he shut off the car near the finish line.

Burkhart Jr. is looking to win his second straight race at Atco Dragway. Last year, Burkhart Jr. defeated Aryan Rochan, who was making his debut at Atco Dragway, in the final round to get the Wally last year.

Pomponio won the last NHRA Northeast Division Top Alcohol Funny Car race at Lebanon Valley Dragway on July 1st, 2018 in West Lebanon, New York. He defeated Burkhart Jr. in the final round, as Pomponio went 5.829 at 253.52 mph to the New York native’s 5.992 at 236.67 mph.

Something will have to give in this matchup as we will either have a back-to-back winner at Atco Dragway or a back-to-back winner in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in the Northeast Division in the Top Alcohol Funny Car category.

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