NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES WORLD TITLES ON THE LINE AS EXCITING CONCLUSION NEARS AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
POMONA, CA – With points-and-a-half in play and world championships on the line, fans can count on the most intense racing action of the season as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series closes out its thrilling 2019 season with the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 14-17 at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
It is the last of six races in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs and the final event of the 24-race season. It’s a definite must-see conclusion at the birthplace of NHRA drag racing, as title contenders will put it all on the line to seek championship glory and put their stamp on history in the fastest motorsport on the planet.
There will be exciting championship showdowns in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, and an increased amount of points in play with the points-and-a-half system. The Auto Club NHRA Finals winners will earn 150 points and can earn up to 191 points at the race, setting the stage for plenty of memorable performances.
MILLINGTON, TN – Hundreds of International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries track champions, along with Summit Team Finals divisional champions from around the United States and Canada gathered at Memphis International Raceway Oct. 18-19 for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals.
With nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned tracks represented, drivers traveled from the United States and Canada coming from nearly 4,000-miles away in Palmer, Alaska to the largest and most prestigious bracket racing championship in drag racing.
The IHRA Summit SuperSeries champions were crowned Saturday in Top (Box), Mod (No Box), Sportsman and Junior Dragster. The $200,000 program is the championship competition for IHRA member Sportsman racers and more than 8,000 racers compete in the program annually.
Keith Cleveland from Cheektowaya, N.Y., representing Lancaster Dragway won the Top World Championship. Dustin Avondet from Pierce City, Mo., representing Mo-Kan Dragway captured the Mod World Championship. Dustin Carroll from Olar, S.C., captured Sportsman World Championship. Kaden Harrill representing Knoxville Dragstrip won the Junior Dragster crown.
Matt Hagan Scores First Charger Hellcat Widebody Victory for Dodge//SRT at AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Ennis, TX – Two-time NHRA Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan enhanced his love for Texas Sunday by scoring the first NHRA win by a 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Hellcat Funny Car. Hagan’s triumph in the 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals was the 32nd of his career and third at the Texas Motorplex located outside of Dallas. It rekindled his chances for the 2019 Funny Car points championship.
Hagan knocked out three Countdown to the Championship playoff contenders behind the wheel of the Western Technical College Mopar CAP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR). The win marked the ninth time in 22 races this season where a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car came out victorious. With his first win in the Countdown, Hagan jumps from seventh to fourth in the championship standings with two races remaining.
“We were carrying the Western Tech and Mopar CAP colors on this Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car this weekend,” said Hagan. “We had a message for a lot of students Friday morning. Any time we can reach young kids it is a great thing. I have a few guys on my car that went through Western Tech, so to see the program come full circle is really awesome. I did my job today and my guys did their jobs today and that’s what happens when you put a good group of people together.”
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ENNIS, TX – Top 10 Funny Car contender Matt Hagan entered the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals ranked seventh in the Countdown to the Championship point standings and well-aware that his performance at the Texas Motorplex could have a make-or-break effect on his 2019 championship hopes.
Hagan’s plan to put himself solidly back into contention came together perfectly from behind the wheel of the Western Technical College/MOPAR CAP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody when he knocked out three Countdown competitors to win the 34th running of the Ennis, Texas event.
Hagan’s triumph was the 32nd of his career, third of the year, and third at the facility located outside of Dallas.
With his first win in the Countdown, Hagan jumped from seventh to fourth in the championship standings with two races remaining, including the points-and-a-half format at the season-finale in Pomona, Calif.
ENNIS, TX – It was a Texas-sized celebration for Billy Torrence on Sunday at Texas Motorplex, as the Top Fuel Texan powered to the victory at his home track during the 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in their respective categories at the fourth of six races during the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. It is also the 22nd of 24 events in during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Torrence claimed his second victory in the playoffs, going 3.775-seconds at 319.67 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster to beat first-time finalist Jordan Vandergriff in the final round. Torrence, whose son Steve is the points leader and defending world champ, earned his fourth victory this season and fifth in his career, winning for the first time at his home track. He pulled to within 71 points of his son, who lost in the opening round on Sunday, picking up wins against Terry McMillen, Shawn Reed and No. 1 qualifier Brittany Force to reach the final round. Vandergriff was quicker off the line, but hazed the tires and Torrence chased him down for the biggest win in his career, also giving the Torrence family their third straight win in the playoffs and second consecutive in Dallas.
ENNIS, TX — The quad of John Force Racing nitro breathing hot rods stampeded their way to semifinal appearances at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex outside of Dallas. Robert Hight and the AAA Texas Chevrolet Camaro extended their points lead to 70 while John Force and the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF Camaro sit only four points back from second. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force put the Advance Auto Parts team within 46 points of the lead and Austin Prock did some damage to move into sixth.
After a blistering 3.651-second pass at 331.28 mph Friday night took Brittany Force to the No. 1 spot, she opened race day with a first-round victory over Cameron Ferre. The pilot of the Advance Auto Parts machine blasted past Ferre to light the scoreboard with a stellar 3.694-second pass at 330.31 mph defeating Ferre’s 3.984 at 269.19. In the quarterfinal, Force competed against longtime rival and three-time world champion Antron Brown where she made a 3.815-second pass at 319.60 mph upsetting Brown’s 4.113 at 230.72 after he smoked the tires. Facing eventual winner Billy Torrence in the semifinal, Force dropped a cylinder to run 3.793-seconds at 318.32 mph giving Torrence and his 3.747 at 328.38 a trip to the finals.
DALLAS – Prior to this weekend’s 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. admitted he needed things to fall his way in the final three races of the 2019 season for his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro team to have a chance at a sixth world title.
Ranked No. 6 for the third consecutive race at the start of the event, Coughlin ended up making his own breaks at the Texas Motorplex, earning the No. 1 qualifying spot and advancing to his 109th career final to rocket up to third place, just 65 points out of first. It’s a remarkable move this late in the campaign, but Coughlin took full advantage of the drivers ahead of him getting beat early, making up 46 points in one day.
“When you look over the weekend we only left 21 points on the table, the 20 we could have added had we won and one extra point we didn’t earn in qualifying at the front of every qualifying session,” Coughlin said. “So all-in-all we’ve had a great weekend and a very fortuitous race day and we couldn’t be happier.