Pontiac muscle and style converge!

Large show, swap meet and race stoke Pontiac passion.Rick Sutter, Tiffin, Ohio and his brazen orange blown GTO.

NORWALK, Ohio – Looking for something a little Pro Mod and Pontiac?

How about a Pontiac Funny Car?

The 22nd Annual Ames Performance Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals sizzled into the sixes Friday, August 2, 2013 in first round qualifying in the Butler Performance Frantic Four at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Loaded race cars pound out the track action through Sunday, and fan favorite Arnie “Farmer” Beswick talks Pontiac shop with Tameless Tiger lovers.

Oh, and don't forget the pretty little Pontiacs in the two-day professionally judged car show. Sweet rides indeed! Trophies go to more than 150 winners in the car show alone!

And shop at the largest Pontiac swap meet and manufacturers' midway in the country for authentic Pontiac parts.

On Saturday the track revs into action with time trials about 9 a.m. But the Butler Performance Frantic Four assert their tough stuff attitudes about 9:30 a.m., with more runs through the day.

After one round of qualifying, Bill Mellott, Westerville, Ohio, leads the pack of six with a run of 6.914 seconds at 179 mph in his black cherry 1965 GTO.

“I've been racing about 15 years,” said Bill Mellott, a general superintendent for the Smoot Construction Co. “I raced when I was a kid, stopped racing when I had kids, and started back again.”

Bill Mellott climbed into the 1965 GTO about three years ago.

“A '65 GTO was my first car when I was 16,” Bill Mellott said, adding the 6.914-second elapsed time should dive by Saturday. “That's pretty slow for this car. I shut it off about 800 feet. It runs 4.14 in the eighth mile.”

He penciled a longer-term goal of lining up in the GTO at National Hot Rod Association events, if speed and consistency pull together.

A year ago Bill Mellott squeezed racing time between construction deadlines on a casino in Columbus, Ohio.

“I built the casino because it was such a large job and a fast-paced schedule,” Bill Mellott said. “Usually I'm over all (Smoot) projects.”

A hoped-for vacation to finesse the GTO early in the season at southern tracks never materialized.

“I just went to another job,” Bill Mellott said.

For a printable schedule for the Ames Performance Tri-Power Pontiac Nationals August 3-4, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, click on: Butler Performance Frantic Four!

For another Ames Performance Tri Power Pontiac Nationals story, click on: Pontiac legacies come in family friendly packages.

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