In addition to the drama of four Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championships being decided at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, the last three world champions in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series also will be decided at the event.
The championships in Super Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas remain undecided entering the event and will be settled at Auto Club raceway at Pomona, where the scenarios are easily defined. In each case, the only way that the current points leader will not be the champion is if the second-place driver wins the event.
Vic Penrod is the current leader in Super Stock, but Kyle Rizzoli could pass him with a win. The same is true in Super Comp where Brian Preszler could pass leader Ray Miller III, and in Super Gas where Jim Capp can use a victory to springboard past leader Jeremy Mason.
Allison Doll in Stock eliminator and Sandy Wilkins in Top Sportsman presented by Racing RVs are the latest drivers to clinch 2019 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championships.
Doll, who was a perfect five-for-five in Division 1 events in her B.SA ’98 Firebird, amassed a total of 689 points and, although she was not in attendance, clinched her championship after the conclusion of the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil after her closest challengers were not able to gain enough points at the event to extend the championship race. Doll, of Douglas, Mass., is the first woman to win an NHRA world championship in Stock.
Wilkins, who is based out of Mount Ulla, N.C., became the fifth different Top Sportsman champion in the five years of points-crowning competition. Wilkins scored an even 600 points with his ’69 Camaro fueled by a crucial victory at the Division 2 event in Rockingham, N.C. Doug Crumlich had a chance to pass him with a victory at the final Lucas Oil Series event of the season, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but was defeated in the quarterfinals.
That duo joins previously crowned champions Megan Meyer (Top Alcohol Dragster), Sean Bellemeur (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Frank Aragona Jr. (Comp), and Danny Nelson (Top Dragster).