Robert Hight tops Funny Car qualifying in NHRA opener


(AP) ‘ Robert Hight topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the season-opening Lucas ‘ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports .

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Robert Hight topped Funny Car qualifying in the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona

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Hight had a 3.871-second run at 329.67 mph on Friday night in a Chevrolet Camaro that stood through Saturday’s sessions.

“We are here to show these guys we know what we’re doing,” Hight said. “The guys worked hard over the winter and found some things we did wrong during the Countdown. Testing went well and we’ve won here quite a few times and been No. 1 qualifier here before so we normally are able to shine when it counts.”

Steve Torrence took the top spot in Top Fuel, and Rodger Brogdon was the fastest in Pro Stock. Torrence had a 3.657 at 331.61 in his final pass, and Brogdon ran a 6.522 at 212.03 in a Chevrolet in the opening session of the day.

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NHRA Winternationals Entry List At A Glance

POMONA, Calif. ‘ With eight-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher and Funny Car contender Courtney Force both out of action for this weekend’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series opener at Auto Club Raceway, many have been wondering: Who will be racing at Pomona?

The current entry lists provided by the NHRA, show full fields in two of the three professional classes, with Top Fuel falling a single entry short of a field of 16.

The class will be headlined by four teams entering two cars each. Reigning champions Capco Racing will field machines for Steve and Billy Torrence. Kalitta Motorsports (Doug Kalitta and Richie Crampton), John Force Racing (Brittany Force and Austin Prock) and Don Schumacher Racing (Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett) also have two cars entered.

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  • Publisher: SPEED SPORT
  • Date: 2019-02-06T15:30:47-05:00
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Sponsorship Woes Park Schumacher For Winternationals

Lack of sponsorship will prevent eight-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher from competing in this weekend’s prestigious 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. The event at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California is the 2019 season-opener for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Schumacher, the 49-year-old son of team-owner Don Schumacher, announced the shocking decision Monday on his Facebook page. Schumacher is the winningest driver in Top Fuel history with 84 national event victories, 87 pole positions and a qualifying streak of 367 races dating to Heartland Park Topeka in 2003.

Steve Torrence plans to pick up where he left off at Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

The last time Steve Torrence was at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, he was wrapping up an unprecedented run to his first world title. The Top Fuel star finished off his history-making run in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship with a victory in Pomona, becoming the first driver in NHRA history to win all six playoff races.

He heads back to the track full of good vibes this weekend for the NHRA’s annual iconic opener, the tradition-rich 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, but Torrence remains just as motivated. He won 11 races a year ago in his 10,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster and insists the drive that paved the way for his first world title hasn’t waned one bit.

Automakers Attracted To NHRA, Signaling Sanction’s Upward Arc

Steve Beahm, who bears the impossibly long job title of head of Parts and Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ‘ North America, offered a creative description of Don Schumacher Racing.

‘Your fingers are different sizes, and they’re different lengths. That’s what makes a good team, and that’s what Don has in his racing team,’ Beahm said.

Hand in hand with that interpretation is the robust participation in drag racing from Chevrolet, Ford, Mopar/Dodge and Toyota ‘ each with its own special interests and sense of what brings the most return on its investment. It’s debatable which chicken-and-egg scenario has the sequence in the right order, but that variety either reflects the NHRA’s upward trajectory in a static motorsports landscape or is the cause of it.

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  • Publisher: Dragzine
  • Date: 2019-01-21T14:20:34+00:00
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