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NHRA Autoclub Finals at Pomona Friday

by Andrew Paul Bettridge

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Full stands and fast cars are perfect combination for a championship weekend. Sportsmanship and comp eliminator started the day yet again and the day continued on into the alcohol funny car and top alcohol dragster. As the pro mod motorcycle rolled in every run was close. Pro mod car came through with some great tire shaking runs that killed qualifying times for most teams. Shane Gray rolled up to the line for his qualifying run and got through his burn out on to the line, when something in his car just let go at the line causing him to back out for this qualifying run. To start off the first set of nitro qualifying for Saturday funny car rolled in with Courtney Force in her Traxxas Ford Mustang for a clean run. But as the round continued nearly every run pair had at least one car that ran into problems, with tire shaking down track or dropping cylinders. With nearly identical track temps between Robert Height and John Force runs, Robert Height pulled off a 4.028 at 317.49. And John Force ran a 4.039 at 314.02.  Top fuel came rolling into the track and in the first run, Todd Patton blew with a large flame trail coming off the back of his car leaving the next cars in a long hot wait for their runs. The next run after the oil clean up from Todd Patton ran a 3.825, and smoked the tires at the 60 foot. Steven Torrance seemed to have proven the right lane good with another win at 3.835. At 321.65,

Tony Schumacher ran the left lane proving the previous 2 good runs wrong, smoking the tires halfway down and sets him to enter the final qualifying session not yet qualified.

Pro stock motorcycle enters for its final qualifying session just after 2:30 pm on Saturday for the “get down or go home” qualifying session, to stay in the chase for a win this weekend.  The nitro cars rolled into the lanes starting with Tony Pedregon dropping off right at the beginning and coasting down the track. Followed by Cruz Pedregon dropping cylinders down the track n smoke and fuel cloud after the finish line

During this second round of Saturday qualifying for nitro funny car John force ran for a 3.995 sec at 319.37 mph. Followed up by nitro top fuel, bringing the close to the night with most who have already qualified, shutting down half way to save their cars for the big day of racing.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
NHRA Autoclub Finals at Pomona Friday