The 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will come to a dramatic finish Nov. 8-11 at the 48th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Race fans will flock to historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to witness the season finale of the Full Throttle Series and be a part of the glorious crowning of the 2012 world champions in all four categories -- Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
The event wraps up the points battles as the final of six playoff races in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship and promises to bring sensory-filled 8,000-horsepower action to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The race will be televised on ESPN2HD.
Last year at this event, Del Worsham (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) raced to their first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships and earned race victories on the dramatic final day of the 2011 season, and Greg Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won last year’s season-ending race. Veteran drivers Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) joined Worsham and Hagan as 2011 NHRA world champions.
The sport’s favorite stars as well as new contenders will be competing at the season’s final race, including Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown, teammate Spencer Massey, and seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher and Funny Car leader Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, and the John Force Racing team – 15-time Funny Car world champ John Force, Robert Hight, Mike Neff, and rookie sensation Courtney Force. Pro Stock title contenders include Allen Johnson, Line, and Erica Enders, and in Pro Stock Motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson duo of Krawiec and Andrew Hines will battle.
Brown is hoping to bring home his first Top Fuel world championship for the Don Schumacher Racing team. So far, he has earned a career-record six wins and five runner-up finishes. He also made NHRA history by setting a national elapsed time record with a 3.701-second pass in Reading.
“We have to keep attacking," Brown said. "We've got to go in there and just keep digging and digging, and hopefully we can be there at the end and contend and try to bring this championship home.”
Three drivers with ties to Southern California will be battling for the Funny Car world championship: Norco’s Beckman, Carlsbad’s Capps, and Hemet native Neff. Beckman is leading the standings over playoff top seed Capps.
In Pro Stock, Team Mopar driver Johnson also has big dreams of capturing his first world title. The veteran driver is the points leader and has scored a career-best six wins and four runner-up finishes this season.
“You know, it's been our dream for a long time, my dad's dream when I was just a little kid, to race Pro Stock," said Johnson, a Greeneville, Tenn., native. "But ever since then, we have gone out there and dug tooth and nail with our Mopar stuff, and hopefully this year it's going to pay off. Things can change on a dime, and you've just got to take one round at a time, whether it be qualifying or racing.”
In observance of Veterans Day, on Sunday, Nov. 11, active and retired military can save $10 per Sunday ticket by showing military ID. A special Veterans Day Track Walk with Schumacher and Brown will be held on Sunday morning. Free for all Sunday ticket holders, the popular Track Walk gives fans the opportunity to walk down the legendary dragstrip alongside some of NHRA’s biggest stars.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful motorsports attraction on the planet. While strolling through the pits and the Manufacturers Midway, fans will want to check out NHRA’s Rumble in the Junction Car Corral, featuring dozens of nostalgic dragsters, race cars, and hot rods on display. The Rumble in the Junction also will showcase several NHRA-exclusive Cacklefests throughout the weekend.
As part of the Nitro Generation theme of the season, NHRA is offering free general admission for kids 12 and younger with a paying adult. For tickets, log on to NHRATix.com or call the NHRA Ticket Sales Center, 800-884-NHRA (6472).
SCHEDULE: NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualifying sessions are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.
TICKETS: For tickets, log on to NHRATix.com or call the NHRA Ticket Sales Center, 800-884-NHRA (6472).
TELEVISION: ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise an hour and a half of qualifying coverage at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 10. On Sunday, Nov. 11, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET. ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will re-air eliminations at 3:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 14.