Racing in Pomona: 2018 season opener

Hi everyone,

We’re back! This weeks race took us to Pomona, California for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, the first race of the year and it did not disappoint. There were explosions, record numbers and an unfortunate crash. And on that note, I would like to wish Brittany Force a speedy recovery.

Starting with Top Fuel, and with 14 cars, the ladder looked like this; #1 Clay Millican set the new national ET record with a 3.628 and he faced #14 Steve Chrisman (8.06). #2 Brittany Force (3.67) vs #13 Terry Haddock (4.13), #3 Steve Torrence (3.67) vs #12 Steve Faria (4.08), #4 Leah Pritchett (3.68) vs #11 Scott Palmer (3.79), #5 Doug Kalitta (3.70) vs #10 Richie Crampton (3.78), #6 Antron Brown (3.71) vs #9 Mike Salinas (3.74) and #7 Terry McMillen (3.72) vs #8 Tony Schumacher (3.73). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Clay Millican (3.70), Scott Palmer (6.48) and Doug Kalitta (4.12), Terry Haddock (6.01) and Tony Schumacher (3.69) and Steve Torrence (3.71) and Antron Brown (4.33). The semifinals were Clay Millican (9.97) vs Doug Kalitta (3.76) and Tony Schumacher (3.71) vs Antron Brown (3.75). The finals featured Doug Kalitta (3.86) and the MAC Tools team and Tony Schumacher (3.71) and the US Army team. With the winner being Doug Kalitta (3.77).

Next we have Funny Car, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Matt Hagan (3.82) vs #16 Jim Campbell (4.05), #2 Robert Hight (3.85) vs #15 Jeff Diehl (4.05), #3 Jack Beckman (3.86) vs #14 Bob Tasca (3.98), #4 Courtney Force (3.87) vs #13 Jonnie Lindberg (3.95), #5 Ron Capps (3.88) vs #12 Shawn Langdon (3.94), #6 Tim Wilkerson (3.88) vs #11 Del Worsham (3.94), #7 JR Todd (3.90) vs #10 John Force (3.93) and #8 Cruz Pedregon (3.92) vs #9 Tommy Johnson Jr (3.93). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Matt Hagan (3.90) and Cruz Pedregon (4.36), Jonnie Lindberg (4.43) and Ron Capps (4.83), Robert Hight (3.86) and J.R. Todd (3.99) and Jack Beckman (3.90) and Tim Wilkerson (4.03). The semifinals were Matt Hagan (3.95) vs Ron Capps (4.00) and Robert Hight (3.93) vs Jack Beckman (3.90). The finals featured Matt Hagan (3.93) and the MOPAR team and Robert Hight (3.89) and the AAA team. With the winner being Matt Hagan (3.82). This was also the quickest side by side race in Funny Car history.

And finally we have Pro Stock, where the ladder looked like this; #1 Vincent Nobile (6.52) vs #16 Alan Prusiensky (6.73), #2 Drew Skillman (6.54) vs #15 Joey Grose (6.69), #3 Greg Anderson (6.55) vs #14 Val Smeland (6.69), #4 Jason Line (6.55) vs #13 Kenny Delco (6.62), #5 Alex Laughlin (6.55) vs #12 Steve Graham (6.62), #6 Bo Butner (6.56) vs #11 Tanner Gray (6.59), #7 Erica Enders (6.57) vs #10 Jeg Coughlin (6.59) and #8 Deric Kramer (6.58) vs #9 Chris McGaha (6.58). The winners and who they would face in the second round were Vincent Nobile (6.58) and Deric Kramer (6.56), Jason Line (6.54) and Alex Laughlin (6.57), Drew Skillman (6.56) and Erica Enders (6.59) and Greg Anderson (6.56) and Bo Butner (6.55). The semifinals were Deric Kramer (6.58) vs Jason Line (6.58) and Erica Enders (6.59) vs Bo Butner (6.56). The finals featured Jason Line (16.79) and the Summit Racing Equipment team and Bo Butner (6.59) and the Jim Butner Auto team. With the winner being Bo Butner (6.54). The reigning champ is off to a great start defending his title.

The next race will be the NHRA Arizona Nationals, February 23-25 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Until next time, congrats to all the winners and I can’t wait for the next race :).

-K

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