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Watch highlights from the Auto Club NHRA Finals

Champions were crowned, Wallys were handed out and tempers flared at the final race of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series season.
18 Nov 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
No one left Auto Club Raceway disappointed on Sunday following a thrilling day of racing at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. We've got the highlights you need to see, including the crowning of champions, the winning runs and, yes, that moment…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Sunday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss, Marc Gewertz, and Randy Anderson were all over Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on the final day of the Auto Club NHRA Finals to capture the action on and off the track.
17 Nov 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
The championship crowning began early with the acknowledgement of many of the Lucas Oil champs, who joined NHRA's Glen Cromwell and Lucas Oil's Tom Bogner on stage during the pre-race ceremony. NHRA…
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Jianna Salinas scores first win in incredible Pro Stock Motorcycle season finale

In a day filled with upsets, Jianna Salinas caps off her rookie season with emotional Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals.
17 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
salinas
Jianna Salinas admits that she’s learned a lot during her rookie season in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class and on Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, she learned a thing or two about good old-fashioned racing luck. Salinas has made steady progress…
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Doug Kalitta bookends 2019 season with second Pomona victory, second place

Doug Kalitta may have lost his chance to win his long-overdue first championship, but it didn’t stop Top Fuel’s all-time leader in race starts from ending the season the way he began at the Winternationals, with a victory.
17 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta may have lost his chance to win his long-overdue –- and, frankly, long-deserved -– first championship, but it didn’t stop Top Fuel’s all-time leader in race starts from going for the gold on the final day of the season to end the season…
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Jack Beckman rides his Charger to wild final Funny Car victory of the season

Jack Beckman didn’t win the ultimate prize – a second NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championship – falling eight points shy of Robert Hight’s final total, but he’ll walk off into the Pomona sunset with the final Wally of the Funny Car season after a truly weird final round.
17 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman didn’t win the ultimate prize – a second NHRA Mello Yello Funny car championship – falling eight points shy of Robert Hight’s final total, but he’ll walk off into the Pomona sunset with the final Wally of the Funny Car season after a…
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. caps 2019 season with Pomona victory

Jeg Coughlin Jr. ends 2019 Pro Stock campaign on a high note at the Auto Club NHRA Finals
17 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. won his second race of the 2019 season by outlasting Fernando Cuadra Sr. by .033-second. He came up short in his quest for a seventh championship but enters the offseason with a good taste in his mouth by earning a win his fourth…
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Andrew Hines wraps up record-tying sixth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship

It what was easily the most bizarre day in the history of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, Andrew Hines survived a rare round-one loss to claim the NHRA Mello Yello championship.
17 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Andrew Hines
It what was easily the most bizarre day in the history of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, Andrew Hines survived a rare round one loss to claim the  NHRA Mello Yello championship. The second-generation racer is now in exclusive company with six…
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Robert Hight drives Camaro to third Funny Car championship in Pomona

Robert Hight wins his second championship in three years at Auto Club NHRA Finals
17 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight took care of business at the Auto Club NHRA Finals to win his third Funny Car championship. The veteran racer reached his ninth final of the 2019 season by defeating rival Matt Hagan and locked up the championship against Jack Beckman.…
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Steve Torrence wins second straight NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship

Steve Torrence clinched his second straight Top Fuel championship Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, locking it up in the semifinals of the final day of the season at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
17 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence clinched his second straight Top Fuel championship Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, locking it up in the semifinals of the final day of the season at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Torrence came into the event with a slim lead…
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Steve Torrence, Cameron Ferre get heated after first-round Top Fuel battle

Tempers boiled over in the first round of Top Fuel at the Auto Club NHRA Finals when points leader Steve Torrence took exception to the staging technique of opponent Cameron Ferre.
17 Nov 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Cameron Ferre
Tempers boiled over in the first round of Top Fuel at the Auto Club NHRA Finals when points leader Steve Torrence took exception to the staging technique of opponent Cameron Ferre. Torrence won the round but clearly was distracted by Ferre deep-…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Sunday preview

Get all the information on the start of the final race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona
17 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Auto Club NHRA Finals
The final race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship concludes at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. All four titles will be decided at the Auto Club NHRA Finals and you can read up on all of the scenarios below. …
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Matt Hagan remains No. 1 in Funny Car as four-way title fight looms Sunday

Matt Hagan held onto his Friday No. 1 in Funny Car as teams mostly put away their hero tune-ups in favor of getting ready for a warmer Sunday as the four-way championship battle heads into Sunday's final eliminations.
16 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
Matt Hagan held onto his Friday No. 1 in Funny Car as teams mostly put away their hero tune-ups in favor of getting ready for a warmer Sunday. Jack Beckman was the only one who got a real good swing at Hagan’s field-leading 3.872 with a 3.876 in the…
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Steve Torrence makes a statement run to qualify No. 1 heading into final day

Just as all of the cards that fell their way last season began to look like they were turning against them, Steve Torrence and “them Capco boys” look like they’re back into the driver’s seat after qualifying No. 1 with a last-ditch 3.686.
16 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Just as all of the cards that fell their way last season began to look like they were turning against them, Steve Torrence and “them Capco boys” look like they’re back into the driver’s seat after qualifying No. 1 with a last-ditch 3.686.…
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Matt Smith takes top qualifying spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle for the seventh time this season

Matt Smith keeps his slim championship hopes alive after riding his Denso EBR to the No. 1 qualifying spot for the seventh time this season at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
16 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
smith
When it comes to qualifying, few drivers in any class have been more reliable than reigning Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith who put his Denso EBR into the top spot for the seventh time this season. Smith’s 6.815 pass from Friday…
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Jeg Coughlin qualifies No. 1; Greg Anderson draws Erica Enders in championship fight

Jeg Coughlin Jr. will begin his final pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship from the No. 1 qualifying spot after his 6.533 from Friday’s opening session held through both of Saturday’s qualifying runs at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
16 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
jeggie
Jeg Coughlin Jr. will begin his final pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship from the No. 1 qualifying spot after his 6.533 from Friday’s opening session held through both of Saturday’s qualifying runs at the Auto Club NHRA…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Saturday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Marc Gewertz were all over Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on the third day of the Auto Club NHRA Finals to capture the action on and off the track.
16 Nov 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
Terry McMillen and his Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster are in the thick of the fight in Pomona. The former Indy champ is qualified No. 11 and will face championship contender Doug Kalitta in round one.…
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Championship scenarios set for race day at Auto Club NHRA Finals

Find out how Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle champions will be crowned in Pomona.
16 Nov 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
The championship scenarios have been set for all four Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series categories following qualifying at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. Below are the scenarios for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle…
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Lucas Oil Series Super Comp and Super Gas championships decided on Saturday in Pomona

Ray Miller III (Super Comp) and Jeremy Mason (Super Gas) lock up first Lucas Oil Series sportsman world championships at the Auto Club NHRA Finals; Super Stock title will be decided on Sunday.
16 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
miller
On the penultimate day of the 2019 NHRA drag racing season, Ray Miller III and Jeremy Mason joined the roster of sportsman racers who have been crowned Lucas Oil Series world champions. Miller, who has been a top ten finisher on multiple occasions…
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Matt Hartford’s 2019 season has been (almost) everything he’d hoped it would be

16 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
hartford
Matt Hartford is still mathematically in the running for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock championship, but he also acknowledges that his chances of actually winning the title ended two weeks ago at the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. Hartford…
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Matt Smith: “I plan to win the race and see what happens with the points”

Matt Smith's strategy to possibly win a fourth NHRA Mello Yello series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship is simple. Win the race and let the chips fall where they may.
16 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
smith
Last year, Matt Smith won his third NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship following a winner-take-all final round match against Eddie Krawiec. This time around, Smith’s road to a possible fourth championship is much more difficult.…
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Matt Hagan and Jeg Coughlin Jr. tighten up championship scenarios in Pomona

Check out unofficial points and updated championship scenarios for all four professional categories at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
16 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
We have a better sense of where the points lie after the first day of qualifying at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. Matt Hagan and Jeg Coughlin Jr. posted perfect days in Funny Car and Pro Stock, respectively, to assert themselves in their…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Saturday preview

Get all the information on the start of the final race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona
16 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Auto Club NHRA Finals
The final race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship continues at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. All four titles are still up for grabs in at the Auto Club NHRA Finals and you can read up on all of the scenarios below.…
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Leah Pritchett continues to hold the hot qualifying hand in Top Fuel field

Leah Pritchett, who qualified No. 1 two weeks ago in Las Vegas but had also qualified No. 2 at three of four events prior to that, is the qualifying leader in Top Fuel after two sessions.
15 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Leah Pritchett
Look out, Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett may be a bit of a longshot for the Top Fuel championship, but she’s become the field’s worst nightmare. She’s on pace for her second straight pole position after racing to the Friday lead in Pomona with a 3.694.…
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Jeg Coughlin’s JEG’S Camaro leads the way in Friday’s Pro Stock qualifying in Pomona

Five-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. made the two best runs of the day one Friday in his JEGS.com Camaro with a 6.533 and a 6.537 to lead the way at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals.
15 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
jeg
Five-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. made the two best runs of the day one Friday in his JEGS.com Camaro with a 6.533 and a 6.537 to lead the way at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals. “We made two really nice run today…
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Matt Hagan's Dodge scoops up maximum qualifying bonus points on opening day

Matt Hagan accomplished everything he could possibly do on the opening day on qualifying, earning the maximum of eight qualifying bonus points by powering his Dickie Venables-tuned Dodge Charger to low e.t. of both sessions, culminating with a 3.872.
15 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
Matt Hagan accomplished everything he could possibly do on the opening day on qualifying, earning the maximum of eight qualifying bonus points by powering his Dickie Venables-tuned Dodge Charger to low e.t. of both sessions, culminating with a 3.872…
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Fresh off Las Vegas win, Matt Smith leads the way in Pomona on day one

Facing a triple-digit deficit, Matt Smith knows he’s a longshot to defend his 2018 Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship so he figures the best he can do is qualify No. 1 and win the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals.
15 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
matt smith
Facing a triple-digit deficit, Matt Smith knows he’s a longshot to defend his 2018 Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle championship so he figures the best he can do is qualify No. 1 and win the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals. So far, Smith is on…
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Greg Anderson set to employ all or nothing Pro Stock qualifying strategy

If Greg Anderson’s 187-mph top speed on his first qualifying runs wasn’t enough to raise suspicion, his comments afterward certainly removed all doubt; Anderson is deliberately attempting to force a round one meeting with points leader Erica Enders.
15 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
anderson
If Greg Anderson’s 187-mph top speed on his first qualifying runs wasn’t enough to raise suspicion, his comments afterward certainly removed all doubt; Anderson is deliberately attempting to qualify in the bottom half of the Pomona Pro Stock field…
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Friday photo gallery

NHRA National Dragster photographers Jerry Foss and Marc Gewertz were all over Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on the second day of the Auto Club NHRA Finals to capture the action on and off the track.
15 Nov 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Photo Gallery
  As part of its 60th-anniversary celebration, past and present staff members of NHRA National Dragster magazine -- the official publication of the NHRA -- staged a panel discussion in the Top Eliminator Club, hosted by…
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What the teams said ahead of the Auto Club NHRA Finals:

“Doesn’t take a math whiz to figure out that this race is on deck to be the most meaningful of the season. The potential for greatness is there for the taking, and we are ready to grab it."--Leah Pritchett
15 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Leah Pritchett
The Auto Club NHRA Finals mark the last race of the 2019 season and all four Mello Yello championships will be decided on Sunday. Hear what the teams are saying as we prepare to wrap up one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. …
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Auto Club NHRA Finals Friday preview

Get all the information on the start of the final race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona
15 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Auto Club NHRA Finals
The final race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship begins at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. All four titles are still up for grabs in at the Auto Club NHRA Finals and you can read up on all of the scenarios below.…
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