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Pomona Results: Robert Hight wins for fourth time at Pomona; Doug Kalitta, Bo Butner win back-to-back Winternationals

Robert Hight (Funny Car), Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) all opened the season with wins at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Winners
Robert Hight claimed his fourth win at Auto Club Raceway to kick off the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series the right way. He defeated Jack Beckman with a 3.881-second, 329.75 mph holeshot run to leave the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals with…
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Winternationals photo gallery: Meet the winners

Photos and moments from the final day of the 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by PotectTheHarvest.com.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Pomona
Photos and moments from the final day of the 50th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by PotectTheHarvest.com.   Top Fuel’s Mike Salinas has to be happy with his new team chemistry as Brian Husen and Alan…
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Pomona Top Fuel Monday results: Final round

Doug Kalitta put an end to Steve Torrence’s long win streak, winning a thrilling back and forth final-round battle with his third straight holeshot win to claim his second straight Winternationals Top Fuel title.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta put an end to Steve Torrence’s long win streak, winning a thrilling back and forth final-round battle with his third straight holeshot win to claim his second straight Winternationals Top Fuel title. The win, the 45th of Kalitta’s…
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Pomona Funny Car Monday Results: Final

Robert Hight earned his fourth win at Auto Club Raceway by taking down Jack Beckman at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight earned his fourth win at Auto Club Raceway, defeating Jack Beckman by .007 second. He did it with a holeshot as he left on Beckman by .008. His Auto Club Funny Car was slower by .001, but he managed to get his 46th win anyway. Hight…
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Pomona Monday Pro Stock results: Final round

Bo Butner collected his second straight Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Pro Stock crown, defeating KB Racing teammate Jason Line again in a rematch of last year’s final.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Bo Butner
Bo Butner collected his second straight Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Pro Stock crown, defeating KB Racing teammate Jason Line again in a rematch of last year’s final. Butner powered to the win, the 23rd of his career, with a 6.52 at 211.59,…
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Pomona Pro Stock Monday Results: Semifinals

Bo Butner and Jason Line will face off in the first Pro Stock final round of the year at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Bo Butner
Bo Butner got away with a .041 reaction time to take down Erica Enders and advance to the final round of Pro Stock at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. He will battle teammate Jason Line and have lane choice thanks to his 6.518-second pass. Enders…
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Pomona Funny Car Monday Results: Semifinals

Jack Beckman, who has two Winternationals victories to his credit – both in Super Comp – will get the chance to add a Pomona Funny Car Wally to his collection when he takes on Robert Hight in the final round.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman, who has two Winternationals victories to his credit – both in Super Comp – will get the chance to add a Pomona Funny Car Wally to his collection when he takes on Robert Hight in the final round. Beckman, whose Super Comp wins came…
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Pomona Top Fuel Monday Results: Semifinals

Both semifinal Top Fuel races at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals were decided on a holeshot, with Steve Torrence eking past Mike Salinas and Doug Kalitta defeating Terry McMillen.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Both semifinal Top Fuel races at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals were decided on a holeshot, with Steve Torrence eking past Mike Salinas and Doug Kalitta defeating Terry McMillen. The victory for Torrence extended his unbeaten streak to 27…
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Pomona Pro Stock Monday Results: E2

Erica Enders posted the best time of the second round, booking a matchup with Bo Butner in the semifinals at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders enters the semifinals with the Camaro to beat. She unleashed a .014 reaction time on Matt Hartford and posted the best elapsed time (6.51) to boot. She will race 2017 Pro Stock world champion Bo Butner, who slowed to a 6.526. That was…
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Pomona Funny Car Monday Results: E2

Robert Hight set low e.t. of the meet with 3.856 in beating Bob Tasca III and will take on teammate John Force in the semifinals.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Robert Hight set low e.t. of the meet with 3.856 in beating Bob Tasca III and will take on teammate John Force in the semifinals. Force joined Hight in the final by stopping Ron Capps in the 99th meeting of their respective careers. Force…
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Pomona Top Fuel Monday Results: E2

Doug Kalitta, one of the best drivers in Top Fuel history, showcased those skills with a huge holeshot victory over Billy Torrence in round two of Top Fuel at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta, one of the best drivers in Top Fuel history, showcased those skills with a huge holeshot victory over Billy Torrence in round two of Top Fuel at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. Kalitta’s .048 reaction time and 3.716 edged Torrence’…
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Pomona Pro Stock Monday Results: E1

Steve Graham earned his first round win while 2017 Pro Stock champ Bo Butner went low at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Steve Graham
Steve Graham earned his first round win when Deric Kramer posted a 6.907-second elapsed time in the opening Pro Stock round. Graham didn’t light the world on fire (6.607), but those three-tenths of a second made all the difference in the world and…
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Pomona Funny Car Monday Results: E1

Seven-time Winternationals champ John Force and new crew chief Brian Corradi blasted to low e.t. of the first round of Funny Car at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, roaring to a 3.890 in his Peak Camaro.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
John Force
Seven-time Winternationals champ John Force and new crew chief Brian Corradi blasted to low e.t. of the first round of Funny Car at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, roaring to a 3.890 in his Peak Camaro. It was Force’s 1,900 round of racing and…
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Pomona Top Fuel Monday Results: E1

Rookie Austin Prock beat teammate Brittany Force to score his first round-win in his debut, and Steve Torrence continued his unbeaten streak as eliminations kicked off.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Austin Prock
Showing no signs of being a rookie, Austin Prock left on his John Force Racing teammate, former world champ Brittany Force, then expertly pedaled his Montana Brand dragster after it shook the tires, then raced to his first round-win to highlight a…
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Pomona Eliminations Preview: Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals to wrap up Monday

Rain postponed the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, but the season-opener of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season will conclude Monday in Pomona.
11 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Pomona
Let's try that again. Welcome to the (actual) final day of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. The (re)start of final eliminations for all three Professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock) is…
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Weather claims Winternationals Sunday; race will resume on Monday morning

NHRA officials postponed eliminations for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway until Monday, Feb. 11, following a day of lengthy rain delays.
10 Feb 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
Pomona
NHRA officials postponed eliminations for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway until Monday, Feb. 11, following a day of lengthy rain delays. Officials worked during the course of the day to dry…
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Pomona Sunday Photo Gallery

It was a short day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona as rain ended the action early at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, but there was still a lot going on.
10 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Rain
    The start of Sunday’s final eliminations was delayed by morning rain, but thanks to the hard work of the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA, racing was able to begin at 11:15 a.m. …
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Matt Hartford chasing greatness by running opposite his Elite Motorsports teammate

Matt Hartford earned his first win in 2018, and he wants more in 2019 as he kicks off his first full tour at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
10 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hartford
Matt Hartford believes he can beat Elite Motorsports by joining them. He leases engines from the Richard Freeman-owned outfit, but the similarities between his car and Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s machine end there. Not all team cars clone setups, they’re not…
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Pomona Funny Car Saturday recap: Q4

Jack Beckman’s Infinite Hero Dodge was the only Funny Car to make a full run in the final qualifying session, blasting to a 3.900 that raced him all the way to the No. 2 spot behind Robert Hight.
09 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman’s Infinite Hero Dodge was the only Funny Car to make a full run in the final qualifying session, blasting to a 3.900 that raced him all the way to the No. 2 spot behind Robert Hight, whose Friday 3.871 stayed atop the pack.  The…
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Pomona Top Fuel Saturday Results: Q4

Steve Torrence started the 2019 Top Fuel season on the right foot, earning the No. 1 qualifier at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals to begin his title defense.
09 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Here comes the champ. Steve Torrence lowered the boom in the final session, making a 3.657-second pass, and pushing his dad, Billy Torrence, right off his perch. The Torrence boys took over the top two spots, and their good friend, Antron Brown,…
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Photo Gallery: Around Auto Club Raceway

There's a lot going on at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, and not all of it is happening on the racetrack. 
09 Feb 2019
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Race coverage
champs
There's a lot going on at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, and not all of it is happening on the racetrack.  Snow-capped mountains behind Auto Club Raceway at Pomona are giving the…
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Pomona Pro Stock Saturday Results: Q4

Rodger Brogdon secured his second-ever No. 1 qualifier on the back of his pass from the third qualifying session at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
09 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Rodger Brogdon
Rodger Brogdon secured his second-ever No. 1 qualifier and his first since 2011 by standing on his run from the third qualifying session, a 6.522. His fourth-session run was his worst of the weekend, a 6.563, but it was representative of the session…
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Pomona Qualifying Results: Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, Rodger Brogdon take poles

Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence, former Funny Car champ Robert Hight, and returning Pro Stock racer Rodger Brogdon snagged pole position at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
09 Feb 2019
Race coverage
Steve Torrence
Steve Torrence started the 2019 season a lot like he ended the 2018 season: on top. He earned the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier and will race Steve Faria to start race day at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.…
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Pomona Funny Car Saturday Results: Q3

Tommy Johnson Jr. and his DSR teammate Matt Hagan were the stars of the third Funny Car qualifying session but neither could get around Friday leader Robert Hight.
09 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. and his DSR teammate Matt Hagan were the stars of the third Funny Car qualifying session but neither could get around Friday leader Robert Hight. Johnson’s John Collins-tuned Make-A-Wish Dodge Hellcat blasted to a 3.904 in the…
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Pomona Top Fuel Saturday Results: Q3

Brittany Force took over the Top Fuel pole in the third session of action at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in a great side-by-side run with Steve Torrence
09 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force and David Grubnic made a statement run in the third qualifying session, a 3.696, to take over the top spot in Top Fuel at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. She did it side-by-side the 2018 Top Fuel…
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Pomona Pro Stock Saturday Results: Q3

Rodger Brogdon took over the Pro Stock qualifying lead at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona from Elite Motorsports teammate Erica Enders.
09 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Rodger Brogdon
Welcome back to Pro Stock, Rodger Brogdon. The Elite Motorsports driver made his third terrific run of the weekend to take over the top spot from teammate Erica Enders by .006-second with a 6.522-second pass. He’s averaging a 6.542 through three…
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Erica Enders’ message is simple: Bring it on

Two-time Pro Stock champion comes into 2019 season refreshed and ready to chase title
09 Feb 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders plans to build two shelves. One for all the Wallys she will collect this season en route to a third Pro Stock championship. Revenge, in her mind, is a dish best served to anyone who gets in her way. “It was a tough year for me both…
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Pomona Saturday Preview: Final qualifying on tap at Lucas Oil Winternationals

Welcome to Day 2 of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Two sessions of qualifying in all three Professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock) are scheduled today, beginning at noon Pacific, to set the fields for Sunday's final eliminations.
09 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Pomona
Welcome to Day 2 of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Two sessions of qualifying in all three Professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock) are scheduled today, beginning at noon Pacific, to set…
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Pomona Top Fuel Friday Results: Q2

Scott Palmer surged to the top half of the Top Fuel field, and Austin Prock continued his strong debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
08 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Scott Palmer
How about Scott Palmer? The Missouri native made a 3.72-second pass to leap all the way to the No. 3 spot in the qualifying order, right behind Steve Torrence and Doug Kalitta. He trails the two racers by .004-second after stepping up by nearly a…
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Pomona Funny Car Friday Results: Q2

Four more three-second passes went into the books in the second qualifying session, led by two-time world champ Robert Hight’s 3.915 that took over the No. 1 spot from Ron Capps.
08 Feb 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Robert Hight
Four more three-second passes went into the books in the second qualifying session, led by two-time world champ Robert Hight’s 3.915 that took over the No. 1 spot from Ron Capps, who was among many that didn’t make it down the track on a second try…
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