for your iPhone
for your iPad
NHRA

NHRA Links
 2018 Schedule 
 
2018 Results  

NHRA Point Standings
Through Las Vegas

TOP FUEL
Pos Driver Points
1 Steve Torrence 2718
2 Clay Millican 2487
3 Tony Schumacher 2454
4 Leah Pritchett 2394
5 Brittany Force 2302
6 Antron Brown 2291
7 Mike Salinas 2259
8 Doug Kalitta 2259
9 Terry McMillen 2253
10 Scott Palmer 2182

FUNNY CAR
1 JR Todd 2553
2 Robert Hight 2479
3 Ron Capps 2388
4 Tim Wilkerson 2367
5 Tommy Johnson 2362
6 Courtney Force 2324
7 Matt Hagan 2321
8 Jack Beckman 2283
9 John Force 2277
10 Shawn Langdon 2204

PRO STOCK
1 Tanner Gray 2583
2 Jeg Coughlin 2443
3 Erica Enders 2434
4 Drew Skillman 2413
5 Vincent Nobile 2404
6 Jason Line 2350
7 Greg Anderson 2334
8 Bo Butner 2300
9 Deric Kramer 2220
10 Chris McGaha 2135

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
1 Matt Smith 2479
2 Eddie Krawiec 2475
3 LE Tonglet 2418
4 Hector Arana Jr. 2415
5 Jerry Savoie 2378
6 Andrew Hines 2366
7 Angelle Sampey 2268
8 Angie Smith 2255
9 Steve Johnson 2242
10 Scotty Pollacheck 2209
Torrence, Hagan, Coughlin, Jr., M. Smith #1 at Pomona

Auto Club NHRA Finals
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Advertisement

Steve Torrence
Defending world champ and Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence made an impressive statement during the final qualifying session on Saturday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, vaulting to the No. 1 spot at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
 
Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are all No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the last of six races in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. The race also serves as the finale of the 24-race 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
 
After struggling on Friday, Torrence unleashed an outstanding run to close out qualifying on Saturday, jumping to the top with a run of 3.686-seconds at 329.99 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster. Looking to win his second straight world title, Torrence earned his fifth No. 1 qualifier this year and 24th in his career and will face Cameron Ferre to open eliminations. He takes a 22-point lead over Brittany Force into raceday, and the past two world champs could meet in the second round. Force qualified eighth with a 3.726 at 331.69 and races Antron Brown in the first round. If Torrence and Force both win, they would face off in the second round.
 
"It's a little bit disturbing how relaxed I've been coming into this weekend," said Torrence, who has nine wins in 2019. "I've been in this situation before and come here with the lead, and it didn't pan out the way we wanted it to. We came here last year and were already the champs, but you just have to step back and look at what we're doing here. It's the final race of the year and you need to go four rounds. Tomorrow, it's going to be sudden death. You've got Brittany and I, and we'll try to keep Doug (Kalitta) from jumping on us, and try to keep my dad from getting there, too."
 
Leah Pritchett qualified second with a 3.694 at 322.88 and Clay Millican is third after going 3.699 at 328.30. Doug Kalitta, who is 63 points behind Torrence, sits sixth with a 3.717 at 324.28, while Billy Torrence is 89 points back of his son heading into raceday.
 
Matt Hagan
Hagan continued to impress on Saturday with a pair of solid runs, taking the No. 1 spot on the strength of his 3.872 at 333.58 mph from Friday in his MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. He earned his second No. 1 qualifier this season and 36th in his career, matching up with Jonnie Lindberg in the opening round. Thanks to his performance in qualifying, he'll head into eliminations 44 points back of leader Robert Hight, who qualified fifth with a 3.895 at 330.55.
 
"We've had a great racecar for a while and now it's really shining," Hagan said. "I'm feeling really good about things and you can't ask for too much more. I'm excited and we're hungry for it. We all live to be in this position to have the opportunity to win world championships, and we're just going to keep doing what we've been doing to get here. I feel no pressure right now, but that's why you race on Sunday. I'm really excited about it and I feel really confident in my guys. They're going to put a great racecar underneath me, and I'm going to drive my butt off and see what happens."
 
Jack Beckman shot up to the second position on his final run, going 3.876 at 332.43. He'll start Sunday 38 points back of Hight. Tim Wilkerson took the third spot with his 3.876 at 327.43. John Force trails Hight by 76 points going into eliminations.
 
Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
Coughlin's 6.533 at 210.70 in his JEGS.com Chevrolet Camaro from Friday gave him his third No. 1 qualifier in 2019. The five-time champ impressed on Saturday, making the quickest qualifying run of the final qualifying session, getting within 81 points of leader and Elite Motorsports teammate Erica Enders heading into eliminations on Sunday. Coughlin faces off with Joey Grose to open raceday, while Enders, who qualified second for the third straight race with a 6.538 at 210.93, meets No. 15 qualifier Greg Anderson in the first round. Enders is seeking her third world title.
 
"We're just trying to make good quality runs tomorrow," said Coughlin, who has 32 career No. 1 qualifiers. "Erica's had a good season and a great Countdown. We're working hard to get every point we can and see if we can parlay this into something exceptional, which would be a Pro Stock championship or at least the top two in points. There's a lot of racing left. Pomona is a fun place to be and I like where I'm sitting. Sunday is going to be a fun day."
 
Jason Line qualified third with a 6.544 at 210.01. He is 110 points behind Enders, while Bo Butner qualified fourth with a 6.557 at 210.83, sitting 111 behind Enders. Should Enders knock off Anderson on Sunday, everyone but Coughlin would be eliminated. From there, Coughlin would need to win the race and Enders would have to lose in the second round to slip past her.
 
Matt Smith
Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ Smith earned his third straight No. 1 qualifier on his Denso Auto Parts/Stockseth/MSR EBR thanks to his 6.815 at 197.33 from Friday. It's his seventh top spot this year and 38th in his career, and he'll head into eliminations 106 points behind leader Andrew Hines knowing he'll need something incredible to happen to defend his championship.
 
"I feel good about tomorrow," Smith said. "We were basically low of every round but one and we've been good all weekend long. I'm just going out there to run my race and try to turn on a win light each round. If I get lucky enough and turn four of them on, and Andrew loses in the first round then we become the champion. I'm really just going to go do my job and see what happens."
 
Karen Stoffer qualified second with a 6.834 at 195.00, and Jerry Savoie, who trails Hines by 116 points, will start from third after going 6.837 at 193.35. Hines can clinch his sixth world championship by simply winning in the first round tomorrow. He'll meet Jianna Salinas to open eliminations after qualifying fourth with a 6.845 at 196.22.
Eliminations at the Auto Club NHRA Finals begin at 11:00 a.m. PT on Sunday.
 
Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the final of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
 
Top Fuel -- 1. Steve Torrence, 3.686 seconds, 329.99 mph vs. 16. Cameron Ferre, 3.955, 301.81; 2. Leah Pritchett, 3.694, 322.88 vs. 15. Scott Palmer, 3.775, 328.14; 3. Clay Millican, 3.699, 328.30 vs. 14. Justin Ashley, 3.763, 318.32; 4. Mike Salinas, 3.699, 327.11 vs. 13. Richie Crampton, 3.751, 325.45; 5. Billy Torrence, 3.701, 327.51 vs. 12. Shawn Reed, 3.746, 327.98; 6. Doug Kalitta, 3.717, 324.28 vs. 11. Terry McMillen, 3.739, 323.43; 7. Jordan Vandergriff, 3.719, 327.90 vs. 10. Austin Prock, 3.733, 328.22; 8. Brittany Force, 3.726, 331.69 vs. 9. Antron Brown, 3.729, 330.07. 
 
Did Not Qualify: 17. Jim Maroney, 3.971, 308.85; 18. Cory McClenathan, 4.009, 300.13; 19. Steven Chrisman, 5.004, 150.25. 
 
Funny Car -- 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.872, 333.58 vs. 16. Jonnie Lindberg, Ford Mustang, 4.394, 304.12; 2. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.876, 332.43 vs. 15. John Hale, Chevy Impala, 4.345, 221.05; 3. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.876, 327.43 vs. 14. Steven Densham, Mustang, 4.129, 289.57; 4. Shawn Langdon, Toyota Camry, 3.893, 330.80 vs. 13. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.099, 278.69; 5. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.895, 330.55 vs. 12. John Force, Camaro, 4.039, 319.22; 6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.902, 327.43 vs. 11. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 3.998, 317.19; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.918, 323.97 vs. 10. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.972, 324.20; 8. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.940, 328.06 vs. 9. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.967, 320.28. 
 
Did Not Qualify: 17. Paul Lee, 4.491, 185.64; 18. Terry Haddock, 5.074, 151.32; 19. Jim Campbell, 5.167, 147.10. 
 
Pro Stock -- 1. Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.533, 210.70 vs. 16. Joey Grose, Camaro, 6.649, 207.56; 2. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.538, 210.93 vs. 15. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.646, 187.73; 3. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.544, 210.01 vs. 14. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.628, 209.07; 4. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.557, 210.83 vs. 13. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.615, 209.59; 5. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.565, 210.70 vs. 12. Steve Graham, Camaro, 6.595, 209.43; 6. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.565, 208.68 vs. 11. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.585, 210.44; 7. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.569, 209.52 vs. 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.582, 209.43; 8. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.576, 210.47 vs. 9. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.576, 209.85. 
 
Did Not Qualify: 17. Richie Stevens, 6.651, 207.62; 18. Cristian Cuadra, 6.653, 208.68; 19. Fernando Cuadra Jr., 6.808, 205.63. 
 
Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Matt Smith, EBR, 6.815, 197.33 vs. 16. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 7.022, 191.13; 2. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.834, 195.00 vs. 15. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 7.005, 189.92; 3. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.837, 193.35 vs. 14. Angie Smith, EBR, 6.978, 194.60; 4. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.845, 196.22 vs. 13. Jianna Salinas, Suzuki, 6.972, 186.74; 5. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.850, 194.86 vs. 12. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 6.965, 194.24; 6. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.867, 196.36 vs. 11. Hector Arana, EBR, 6.913, 196.47; 7. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.871, 196.27 vs. 10. Angelle Sampey, Harley-Davidson, 6.882, 194.02; 8. Scotty Pollacheck, EBR, 6.873, 196.39 vs. 9. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.879, 196.96. 
 
Did Not Qualify: 17. Michael Ray, 7.023, 191.02; 18. Andie Rawlings, 9.463, 93.70.

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article