DINWIDDIE, VA – Defending Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) world champions Jim Halsey, Johnny Pluchino and Wes Distefano reigned supreme at the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment PDRA ProStars race Saturday night at Virginia Motorsports Park’s Night of Fire. The specialty race featuring the top 8 drivers in ProStars points paid out over $50,000 to the winners in the professional and sportsman classes. All pairings were determined by a random chip draw.
Halsey was the winner of a special 16-car shootout pitting the top Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous drivers against the top Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction drivers. Pluchino won in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition and Distefano was victorious in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632.
Larry Roberts won in an all-dragster final in the MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja vs. Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster shootout. Stacy Hall earned the win in the MagnaFuel Top Sportsman vs. Lucas Oil Top Dragster race.
POMONA, CA – Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac team earned their third consecutive No.1 qualifying position Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro continued their consistency to end up No. 2 while John Force and the PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy will work from the No. 12 position.
Brittany Force and her David Grubnic and Mac Savage tuned Flav-R-Pac dragster made drastic improvements on their final qualifying try on Saturday. There were problems early for Force’s Flav-R-Pac dragster on their second qualifying attempt Saturday afternoon. The dragster staged but an issue with their automatic shut-off caused them to lose power at the hit. They would crawl to a 19.266-second pass. In the third session, under the lights and in cooler conditions, Force handled her hot rod to a stellar 3.714-second run at 330.72 mph for her fifth No. 1 of the season, 25th of her career, third at Auto Club Raceway and second at the Winternationals.
“This weekend has been tough for us. In Q2 we didn’t even leave the starting line, and in Q1 we didn’t make it down. That last run was the first pass we made it down the racetrack. It was a great run for the Flav-R-Pac / Monster Energy team,” said Force who will have a bye first round. “Race day is going to be tough though, we’re in the best position possible but we’ve only gotten down the track in the cool temperatures and under the best conditions and now we’re going into the heat tomorrow so it’s going to be tricky. But With David Grubnic, Mac Savage and all the Flav-R-Pac guys, I always put my confidence in them. We’re ready for a win, it’s been too long and we’re looking to win this thing.”
POMONA, CA – Shawn Langdon qualified his DHL Toyota dragster fifth in Top Fuel, with Alexis DeJoria earning the sixth spot in her Bandero Camry Funny Car to lead Toyota into Sunday’s Lucas Oil NHRA WinterNationals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
The fifth marks Langdon’s best qualifying effort of the season. He will begin Sunday’s eliminations against Jim Maroney. Langdon enters race day fourth in the Top Fuel point standings.
Just one spot and .001 seconds behind Langdon was Kalitta Motorsports teammate Doug Kalitta, who will face Clay Millican after placing sixth. Antron Brown will start from the 11th seed and will take on point leader Steve Torrence in round one to complete the Toyota Top Fuel contingent.
POMONA, CA – Ron Capps powered to the top in Funny Car qualifying on Saturday, earning his second straight No. 1 qualifier during the 61st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also qualified No. 1 in their respective categories at the 10th race of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season and the final event of the famed three-race NHRA Western Swing.
In the final qualifying session of the day, Capps went 3.941-seconds at 321.35 mph under the lights in Pomona in his 11,000-horsepower NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, racing to his fourth No. 1 qualifier this season and 29th in his career. The former world champ is also after his first win of the 2021 campaign and he will open eliminations against Bobby Bode looking to grab some momentum to close out the Western Swing on a winning note.
POMONA, CA – Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce that CMR Construction & Roofing has joined the multi-time world championship-winning team in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series as an official partner. The strategic marketing partnership will begin this weekend at the 61st NHRA Winternationals in Pomona and extend throughout the rest of the 2021 NHRA season. All three Kalitta Motorsports race cars will feature CMR branding for the rest of the season. CMR will also be the primary sponsor on one of the Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster entries at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals in October.
“We are looking forward to introducing the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series to CMR and their corporate partners and guests,” said Chad Head, Kalitta Motorsports General Manager. “We offer a unique race track experience as well as a very active business to business program for all our partners. CMR is a perfect fit with Kalitta Motorsports, and we are looking forward to a long and successful relationship.”
POMONA, CA – Fresh off of a runner-up finish from the most recent event on the NHRA tour, Leah Pruett took the Sparkling Ice Spiked Top Fuel dragster to the top of the leaderboard on Friday night during the rescheduled NHRA Winternationals, powering her 11,000-horsepower machine to a 3.780 E.T. at 321.88 mph under the lights to earn the provisional No. 1 qualifying position.
Pruett, a native of nearby Redlands, entered Auto Club Raceway of Pomona following what could be considered a ‘get healthy’ weekend in Sonoma. After an uncharacteristic string of race weekend struggles, Pruett and the Sparkling Ice Spiked team found themselves back in familiar territory when they battled through the Top Fuel field to advance to the final round at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the second stop on the three-race Western Swing.
“Based on the last race and tonight’s provisional No. 1 qualifier, I feel like our team is a bit like Benjamin Button,” said Pruett, an eight-time Top Fuel winner. “Our season is going the other way, and is headed in the right direction, which is what we’ve been working towards. The glimpses of glee I felt from pulling the parachutes and turning off the race track, we’re inching towards our own expectations. It’s been a while since I felt that and our team has felt that, and it’s not by accident, it’s by diligence.”
POMONA, CA – Currently in the No. 2 qualifying spot Robert Hight and Automobile Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro picked up right where they left off Friday night at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Brittany Force and the Flav-R-Pac team are sitting No. 6 while John Force has the PEAK / BlueDEF PLATINUM Chevy in No. 10.
Coming of a consistent weekend that resulted in the 53rd victory of his career, Hight and the Auto Club Camaro rolled into the postponed Winternationals and laid down a 3.962-second pass at 327.11 mph. The run put the three-time championship team in the No. 2 spot heading with two sessions left on Saturday.
“It was a good run. The track is tricky, but Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham have this Auto Club Chevy running just how they want,” Hight said. “Now tomorrow, earlier in the day, warmer conditions, we’ll hopefully learn some things for and early Sunday race day. It’s not going to be an easy weekend. It’s hot and the track has been touched since February 2020. I have confidence in these Auto Club boys though.”