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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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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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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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Watch the highlights from the 2019 Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil

04 Nov 2019
NHRA National Dragster staff
Race coverage
Brittany Force
Brittany Force set a new speed record and narrowed Steve Torrence's lead in Top Fuel -- and that's just the start of an incredible weekend in Las Vegas. Catch up on all the great moments with these amazing highlights. …
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Brittany Force scores clutch victory, races to second place in Top Fuel points

Brittany Force's second win of the season could not have come at a better time as she lowered the boom on points leader Steve Torrence in the final round to close to within one round's worth of points heading to the season finale in Pomona.
03 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
There was so much on the line in the Top Fuel final round at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. A battle between the last two world champs and a chance for the points leader to expand his lead heading into the season finale or a chance…
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With second straight win, Matt Hagan's Mopar Dodge climbs to third in points

Matt Hagan and tuner Dickie Venables have come alive and inserted themselves right back into the points battle with his second straight win, capping their day at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil by defeating Jonnie Lindberg in the final.
03 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Matt Hagan
After stumbling in the first two races of the Countdown to the Championship, winning just one round, the Mopar team of driver Matt Hagan and tuner Dickie Venables have come alive and inserted themselves right back into the points battle with his…
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Erica Enders gets 200th victory for Camaro in Pro Stock; 150th female NHRA win 

Erica Enders solidifies championship hopes, claims multiple milestones by defeating Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Las Vegas
03 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Erica Enders
Erica Enders just took a huge step toward her third Pro Stock world championship. She earned the 150th win for women in the National Hot Rod Association and extended her lead to 92 points over teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. by beating him in the final at…
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Matt Smith sweeps Dodge NHRA Nationals for second win of 2019

Matt Smith saved his best performance for the last run of the Dodge NHRA Nationals. That worked out just fine. Smith took down rival Steve Johnson to win for the second time in 2019 as he went wire-to-wire, combining pole position with a Wally.
03 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Matt Smith saved his best performance for the last run of the Dodge NHRA Nationals. That worked out just fine. Smith took down rival Steve Johnson to win for the second time in 2019 as he went wire-to-wire, combining pole position with a Wally after…
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Second-place racers Karen Stoffer, Matt Hartford sent home in first round at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Matt Hartford, Karen Stoffer suffer blows to championship hopes 
03 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Karen Stoffer
A pair of racers looking for thier first titles suffered huge blows in the first round at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Matt Hartford and Karen Stoffer both lost in the first round, putting their championship hopes on ice.…
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Dodge NHRA Nationals Sunday preview

Get all the information on the conclusion of the penultimate race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.
03 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Vegas
The penultimate race of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship concludes at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Dodge NHRA Nationals. Just this race and the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona remain for racers to earn…
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Jack Beckman's Dodge steals the top spot in Funny Car with track-record dash

Jack Beckman used some last-minute heroics and a track-record 3.835 to collect his third No. 1 qualifying spot of the season
02 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman used some last-minute heroics and a track-record 3.835 to collect his third No. 1 qualifying spot of the season, bumping John Force from the No. 1 spot he had grabbed earlier in the day with a surprising 3.853. Beckman, who held both…
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Leah Pritchett races to the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel with track-record final pass

Leah Pritchett, crew chief Todd Okuhara, and their Mopar/Pennzoil team put it all together to knock Brittany Force from the top spot with a 3.654 on their final qualifying run.
02 Nov 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
Race coverage
Leah Pritchett
After Brittany Force set a track record 3.659 Friday night, few doubted that it would hold through Saturday. Don’t tell that to Leah Pritchett, crew chief Todd Okuhara, and their Mopar/Pennzoil team. After having the third-best runs of Q1 and Q2,…
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Matt Smith locks up sixth pole position at Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil

02 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Matt Smith
Matt Smith locked up his sixth pole position of the 2019 season and second in as many races at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Smith ran a 6.840-second pass at 194.18-mph in the final qualifying session, improving on his 6.842 from…
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Greg Anderson earns second pole of 2019 as championship chase intensifies

Greg Anderson will chase down his second-straight victory at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
02 Nov 2019
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
Race coverage
Greg Anderson
Greg Anderson secured his second pole position of the 2019 season and will attempt to earn his fourth victory of the campaign at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil after running a 6.584-second pass at 207.91-mph. The former world…
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Mike Finnegan edges Jarrad Scott in “Gass-o-Ween” Gasser match race

By a final count of 2-1, Mike Finnegan was declared the winner over rival Jarrad Scott in the “Gass-o-ween” match race held during this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
02 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Mike Finnegan
By a final count of 2-1, Mike Finnegan was declared the winner over rival Jarrad Scott in the “Gass-o-Ween” match race held during this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. After a decisive win on Friday, Finnegan won the second…
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Mike Finnegan and Jarrad Scott Prepare for day two of “Gass-o-ween” battle

On Friday at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Mike Finnegan sprinted out to a 1-0 lead over rival Jarrad Scott in the much anticipated “Gass-o-Ween” match race being held during this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
02 Nov 2019
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
scott finnegan
On Friday at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Mike Finnegan sprinted out to a 1-0 lead over rival Jarrad Scott in the much anticipated “Gass-o-Ween” match race being held during this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.…
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