James Stevens didn’t qualify for the tough Pomona Top Alcohol Dragster field but got in as an alternate and went the distance for his first national event victory. Given a second chance, he made his way past Shawn Cowie, Shane Conway, and Garrett Bateman. Steadily improving his performance throughout the event, Stevens faced Norway’s Julie Nataas in the final and won by a 5.28 to 5.40 count. Despite the loss, Nataas was able to hold on for a top-10 finish while Stevens ended the season in the No. 11 spot.