NHRA Winternationals Doesn’t Disappoint
Despite the California weather putting an early halt to Sunday’s eliminations, Winternationals at Pomona produced some great racing this past weekend! The first race of the 2019 Mello Yello Drag Racing series has set the stage for another exciting year at the tracks. Us race fans here at TMS were there to witness all the burning rubber as the series got underway.
The 2019 Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California concluded on Monday crowning Mello Yello winners Bo Butner, Robert Hight, and Doug Kalitta. Doug Kalitta becomes the second Top Fuel driver to land back-to-back victories at the Winternationals, Bo Butner takes home the top title for Pro Stock for the second year in a row, and Robert Hight snags a fourth victory in Pomona for Funny Car (after defeating team owner John Force in the Semifinals!).
Austin Prock looked like no rookie when he made quite the showing with his Top Fuel debut, defeating Brittany Force in his elimination pass. We were loving the look of Leah Pritchett’s sleek Sparkling Ice dragster. She started out hot with a win over teammate Antron Brown but fell to Terry McMillen in the quarterfinals after trouble with her car. We are looking forward to seeing what Leah brings over the rest of the season. She and Prock stand at No. 6 in the Mello Yellow standings after this first race.
Pritchett and Brown’s teammates Tommy Johnson Jr and Matt Hagan qualified Number 3 and 4 respectively in Funny Car. Hagan was unfortunately defeated in the first round of eliminations while TJJ hung on until round three. Hagan currently sits in the 9th position, and Johnson in the 3rd position in overall standings.
The series goes to Phoenix for the Arizona Nationals next. Catch the action February 22-24, 2019.
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