The second race of the season will see Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team in a familiar and also new position heading to the NHRA Arizona Nationals. For the third year in a row Kalitta will head to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park as the points leader and the most recent event winner. The two go hand in hand naturally but the twist this year is no Top Fuel driver had ever won three Winternationals in a row before Kalitta secured his win two weeks ago.
“You love to start the season with a win and getting three Winternationals wins in a row is definitely special,” said Kalitta. “I love racing in Pomona and we have had a lot of success on that track. We are going to look to take this success with us to Phoenix and try and keep this winning streak going.”
In Pomona Kalitta qualified No. 5 and then took out a tough quartet of rising stars in the Top Fuel ranks. His reaction times were dead-on all day on Sunday including a .038 in the final round against 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future winner Austin Prock. In the semifinals against Brittany Force Kalitta got the jump off the line and laid down a blistering 3.675 second pass to get the win. It was the second quickest pass of the day and brought the Pomona crowd to their feet. Continue reading
CHANDLER, AZ – Coming off his second career final round appearance at the Winternationals, Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel team are eager to keep up the momentum heading into this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Following an impressive pre-season test at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Prock and his Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel dragster team continued to show they’re one to watch out for this season when they finished runner-up at the season-opening event.
After launching to a stellar 3.680-second pass at 330.72 mph in the final qualifying session, Prock locked in the No. 2 qualifying spot and continued to dominate on race day. During eliminations, the third-generation racer powered his Mike Green and Joe Barlam-tuned hot rod past Cameron Ferre before laying down a career-best elapsed time of 3.678-seconds on a solo run in the quarterfinal. He then took out veteran racer Leah Pruett in the semifinals to face Doug Kalitta in the finals where he finished runner-up for the first time.
Chandler, AZ – Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Jack Beckman enters the NHRA Arizona Nationals as the most recent winner and Funny Car point leader
Beckman is looking to extend his win streak to three consecutive victories (currently: Pomona II 2019 and Pomona I 2020)
Matt Hagan returns to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park as the defending event championHagan’s 2019 Phoenix win marked Funny Car victory No. 150 for DSR
Hagan was No. 1 qualifier at the previous event and raced to a semifinal finish
Leah Pruett’s 2019 Top Fuel runner-up was her third Phoenix final round in four years, having won in 2016 and 2017Pruett’s 2016 victory was her first in Top Fuel
All current DSR drivers have been to the Phoenix winner’s circle at least once
Funny Car stars Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. both made their professional debuts at Phoenix while competing in Top Fuel (Capps: 1995, Johnson: 1989)
Antron Brown earned his Top Fuel license in 2008 at the Phoenix track
CHANDLER, AZ – John Force and the BlueDEF Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team are gearing up for this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals, the second of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Season schedule, ready to keep up their season-opener performance as they compete for the driving legend’s 152nd event title.
With a strong ending to the 2019 season and showing at pre-season testing at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Force and the BlueDEF team brought the same energy to the season-opening Winternationals. On race day, the Hall of Fame team owner and driver blasted his way to his 256th final round appearance after sweeping Bob Bode, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Matt Hagan in the first three elimination rounds. In the final, Force faced rival Jack Beckman where he would have the starting line advantage but fall short to Beckman for his 105th runner-up finish.
“Danny Hood, Ronnie Thompson and Tim Fabrisi gave me a great hot rod in Pomona. To go to the finals, that was really good for the BlueDEF team. I’m excited to see what we can do this season,” said Force. “All of us at John Force Racing had a great weekend. Monster is back with Brittany, the Prock kid and Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist finished runner-up and Frank Tiegs brought on Flav-R-Pac. Can’t forget Robert and Auto Club. They’ve been with us for a long time. It’s just really great to be out here with all our sponsors and we’re looking forward to doing it again Phoenix.”
Returns as sponsor of 2020 NMRA Cobra/Terminator vs. GT500 Shootout events
STOW, OH – Building on a rivalry years in the making, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has again signed on as sponsor of an exclusive Ford Mustang drag race showdown, in addition to its continued support of the National Mustang Racers Association.
The NMRA Cobra/Terminator vs. GT500 Shootout class runs at two of the largest NMRA events on the schedule: the NMRA Spring Break Shootout season opener Feb. 27-March 1 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida; and the NMRA All-Ford World Finals Oct. 1-4 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
“The Mickey Thompson Cobra/Terminator vs. GT500 Shootout features some of the baddest Ford factory-produced street cars on the planet battling heads-up for national bragging rights,” said Steve Wolcott, NMRA CEO and co-founder. “There has always been a rivalry between the supercharged Cobra segment and the GT500 community, and Mickey Thompson is helping to fan the flames with prize money and bonus tires up for grabs for the winner. Fans can witness this insane battle at the Spring Break Shootout and World Finals events courtesy of Mickey Thompson.”
The Cobra/Terminator vs. GT500 Shootout is for OEM chassis (VIN-verified) 1996-2004 Cobra and 2007-’14 GT500 stock-appearing vehicles using a Ford modular 4.6L-, 5.4L- or 5.8L- V-8 (4v)-based engines only.
NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES DRIVERS OUT TO MAKE HISTORY AT NHRA GATORNATIONALS IN GRAND STYLE
GAINESVILLE, FL – History and a chance for glory at one of the most historic tracks on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit is on the line at the 51st annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15 at Gainesville Raceway.
A year after celebrating its 50th event, the Gatornationals will be just as big in 2020. With the NHRA celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pro Stock during the race, honoring legends who will be in attendance. As part of the yearlong celebration, the event will feature the Hot Rod Junction.
The thrilling NHRA Prime Time will take place during the second qualifying session on Friday, ensuring the iconic race will continue to hold its place as one of the most memorable stops during the NHRA season.
The legendary track serves as the East Coast opener and it has been a must-see event for decades. With a new racing surface installed a year ago, fans will be treated to another 11,000-horsepower thrill ride. Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are defending winners of an event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), including finals coverage on Sunday, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. (ET).
FUNNY CAR’S ALEXIS DEJORIA RETURNS IN STYLE, HEADS TO NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS WITH PLENTY OF MOMENTUM
CHANDLER, AZ – A two-year hiatus didn’t seem to bother Alexis DeJoria as she opened the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season in style in Pomona. The Funny Car standout advanced to the semifinals in her first race since 2017, setting a strong tone for the season and giving the popular driver plenty of momentum heading into this weekend’s 36th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
DeJoria’s first career Funny Car victory came at the facility in 2014, adding to the good vibes she’s currently feeling in her 11,000-horsepower ROKit/ABK Beer Toyota. DeJoria gave all the credit to a team led by standout crew chiefs Del Worsham and Nicky Boninfante for the early excitement, also giving her an impressive level of comfort that was evident in Pomona.
“That first race exceeded our expectations,” said DeJoria, who has five career Funny Car wins. “Putting a new team together so quickly was no easy task, but Del and Nicky were on it. My crew chiefs and I have a long history together. We basically picked up where we left off, except now there are no extra distractions. We’re just racing and that’s when we do our best work.”