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The Quarter Pounder team was formed in 1974 by Dale VanGundy and Keith Clark. The first car they ran was a 1970 Dodge Challenger alcohol funny car that was raced in Southern California. It competed in match racing and the occasional NHRA national event. In 1979 they built a new alcohol funny car with a 1979 Challenger. They raced NHRA and AHRA national events and match races. During this time they won the AHRA Winternationals in Tucson, AZ in 1981 and the Funny Car Classic in Boise, ID in August 1981. The team has raced at many tracks across the country and was even part of NHRA’s Team USA for races in Japan in 1993 and 1994. The team continued racing alcohol with NHRA from 2001 to 2007 when the team decided to quit racing the NHRA circuit. A new body (1970 Challenger) was mounted on the chassis and the motor was converted to a nostalgia nitro car to run the NHRA Heritage Series. The car was debuted at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield in October 2009. The Quarter Pounder raced with the Heritage series from 2009-2013 and in 2014 we mounted a new body on the chassis, a 1977 Monza. Unfortunately we crashed the car on the 3rd run at the 2015 March Meet. The driver, Dale VanGundy, suffered 2 fractured vertebrae in the accident. He has retired from driving. The current driver is Geoff Monise who licensed in the car in May of 2016. He began his racing career as a road racer for the VARA association and won two championships with his MG Midget race car. He also began working as a crew member on the Quarter Pounder funny car in 2011. He has spent time working on alcohol dragsters for Jerry Darien and is a current crew member for NHRA Championship winning driver, Shane Westerfield. On September 17, 2016 the Quarter Pounder team won the Saturday Night Nitro event in Bakersfield, CA. It was Geoff’s first race and first win. During the 2019 off season, the team worked hard to build a brand-new chassis in house and mounted a 1971 Trans Am body. They completed building the entire car in 125 days and finished the build a week before the March Meet in Bakersfield. At the Boise Heritage race, the car ran a career best time of 5.71 @ 250 mph. Due to COVID-19 cancellations the team was only able to run two races, and test twice, during the 2020 season. The car runs numerous races for the Heritage series and the UNFC. The normal schedule for the team includes the March Meet and Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, UNFC races in Tucson, Spokane and Seattle, the heritage race in Boise, the Good Guys race in Seattle, and match races in Barona. The team is looking forward to continuing to run in the 2021 season.


2021 RACES

Race Name Date
Auto Parts Ignitor (Boise) April 30-May 2 
March Meet (Bakersfield) May 27-30 
Spokane (UNFC Event) June
Seattle (UNFC Event) July
Seattle (Good Guys) July 
Tucson (UNFC Event) September 
Barona (Match Race)  September
Hot Rod Reunion (Bakersfield)  October 22-24 

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