Back-to-back Top Alcohol Dragster champ Joey Severance collected his sixth national event win of the season at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. Severance, who locked up his second straight Top Alcohol Dragster championship weeks ago, ended the season on a high note when he drove the J&A Service dragster to a 5.21 in the final round on a single run after his scheduled opponent, Cody Perkins, was unable to answer the call. At Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, 5.2-second runs were the norm in the quick field, and Severance made four of them during eliminations in his wins over Shawn Cowie, Derik Milanesio, and Rich McPhillips.
Severance’s Pomona win helped boost his final score to a near-perfect mark. Severance finished the season by scoring 829 points out of a possible 850, with the only blemish on an otherwise perfect scorecard being a runner-up finish at the Houston national event in May.