Some E.T. Enormity
At the season-ending NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona there is a race-within-a-race to crown Summit Racing Equipment World Champions for the four most common and popular ET brackets. In 2017, that elite invitation-only eliminator featured top-rated drivers from all over North America, and one of the winners was Texan Jason Patterson. Racing a ’79 Camaro owned by Brian Gallagher (the owner of Houston Truck Parts), Patterson used some great-looking wheelstands all weekend to steal both fan approval as well as the Summit Pro ET season championship. Patterson’s season trek to the title included first winning the track championship at his home strip—Royal Purple Raceway in Houston—then clinching his Pomona Finals entry with a win at the NHRA Division 4 ET Finals event at Dallas. The second-gen Camaro uses 10.5 Hoosier tires, an ATI Turbo 400 transmission, and a 431ci Chevy engine from the Wop Shop (South Houston). In addition to Jason and Brian, the team includes crewmember Dennis Clark.