(All Photos by: Dicken Wear)
POMONA, Calif. – Leah Pritchett, a Redlands, Calif. native, earned the second Top Fuel victory of her career at the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, her home track.
“This definitely is taking delivery from the momentum from last year,” Pritchett said. “What just happen is the best thing that has ever happened for me professionally in my career. In my opinion, right now, we have the perfect group of people, partners, sponsors, a car that is reacting. This thing is ‘A+’, Grade A, perfect kid in school type of situation and we’re taking advantage of it right now.”
Pritchett defeated Steve Torrence and eight-time champion Tony Schumacher en route to the finals. Kalitta, who was in his third consecutive final at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, bettered Terry McMillen and three-time and reigning world champion Antron Brown.
Leah Prichett’s sponsor, “Papa Johns” was named the Official Pizza of the NHRA on Wed.
POMONA, Calif. Sunday 2-12-17: Final finish order (1-16) at the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The race is the first of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
1. Leah Pritchett; 2. Doug Kalitta; 3. Antron Brown; 4. Tony Schumacher; 5. Troy Coughlin Jr.; 6. Steve Torrence; 7. Terry McMillen; 8. Brittany Force; 9. Shawn Reed; 10. Scott Palmer; 11. Clay Millican; 12. Steve Faria; 13. Terry Haddock; 14. Troy Buff; 15. Steven Chrisman.
1. Matt Hagan; 2. Courtney Force; 3. John Force; 4. Ron Capps; 5. Jack Beckman; 6. J.R. Todd; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 8. Del Worsham; 9. Alexis DeJoria; 10. Robert Hight; 11. Tim Wilkerson; 12. Bob Bode; 13. Phil Burkart; 14. Jeff Diehl; 15. Cruz Pedregon; 16. Jim Campbell.
Jason Line; 2. Greg Anderson; 3. Bo Butner; 4. Erica Enders; 5. Shane Gray; 6. Jeg Coughlin; 7. Tanner Gray; 8. Vincent Nobile; 9. Drew Skillman; 10. Chris McGaha; 11. Matt Hartford; 12. Alan Prusiensky; 13. Kenny Delco; 14. Deric Kramer; 15. Allen Johnson; 16. Val Smeland.
Sunday's final results from the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The race is the first of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel -- Leah Pritchett, 3.711 seconds, 324.98 mph def. Doug Kalitta, 7.630 seconds, 103.85 mph.
Funny Car -- Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.875, 330.07 def. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.901, 326.95.
Pro Stock -- Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.568, 211.10 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.579, 211.56.
Top Alcohol Dragster -- Joey Severance, 5.214, 275.51 def. Garrett Bateman, 5.486, 263.10.
Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Shane Westerfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.652, 127.19 def. Jonnie Lindberg, Camaro, Foul - Red Light.
Competition Eliminator -- Doug Lambeck, Pontiac Sunfire, 8.351, 156.97 def. Clint Neff, Bantam Roadster, 7.655, 156.48.
Super Stock -- Justin Lamb, Chevy Cobalt, 8.638, 153.23 def. Timothy Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 10.375, 120.43.
Stock Eliminator -- Jerry Emmons, Chevy Camaro, 10.170, 119.87 def. Justin Jerome, Plymouth Duster, 10.985, 119.38.
Super Comp -- Steve Williams, Dragster, 8.903, 185.38 def. Dave Alves, Dragster, 8.891, 184.77.
Super Gas -- Ed Olpin, Chevy Corvette, 9.886, 168.98 def. Robert Naber, Corvette, 9.882, 163.06.
Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com -- Mike Coughlin, Dragster, 6.093, 212.73 def. Andy Spiegel, Dragster, 6.662, 199.85.
Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com -- Ed Olpin, Chevy Camaro, 6.978, 198.26 def. Jeff Gillette, Pontiac GTO, 6.939, 193.24.
Top Fuel Harley -- Jay Turner, Dixie, 6.276, 218.23 def. Rickey House, VTS, Foul - Red Light.
(Story and Results courtesy the NHRA).