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POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2022) – Brittany Drive captured her second profession world title on Sunday, wrapping up a spectacular season with a Prime Gas world championship after a first-round victory on the 57th annual Auto Membership NHRA Finals at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona.

 

Ron Capps (Humorous Automotive) and Matt Smith (Professional Inventory Bike) each clinched world championships on the twenty second and remaining occasion within the 2022 NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence season. Austin Prock (Prime Gas), Cruz Pedregon (Humorous Automotive), Greg Anderson (Professional Inventory) and Angie Smith (Professional Inventory Bike) additionally received the sixth race within the Countdown to the Championship playoffs to cap off a spectacular 2022 season.

 

Drive certified No. 1 in her 11,000-horsepower Monster Power dragster after which earned the championship together with her run of three.701-seconds at 334.90 mph within the opening spherical of eliminations. In a season that included 5 wins, 10 No. 1 qualifiers and the quickest run in Prime Gas historical past on Friday, Drive, who superior to the semifinals, picked up her second world title at her house monitor.

 

“It simply appears surreal. I can’t imagine we’re right here and it ended up this manner,” Drive mentioned. “I believed coming into at present, I used to be motivated, and we acquired the job finished. I would like everybody to recollect at the present time, right here in Pomona with this group. We now have been working at this all season lengthy after which we struggled (early) within the Countdown. However we recovered once we wanted to right here in Las Vegas and right here in Pomona.”

 

Capps earned his second straight world title – turning into the primary back-to-back Humorous Automotive world champ in 20 years – by ending because the runner-up on Sunday in his 11,000-horsepower NAPA Auto Elements Toyota GR Supra. It’s his third world championship, which was helped by a stunning second-round loss from Robert Hight on Sunday, who completed second general on the energy of eight wins. It was an exciting conclusion to Capps’ first 12 months as a group proprietor, which additionally included 5 victories and a clutch run on Saturday in qualifying to maintain his championship hopes alive. Sunday additionally marked the one time Capps led the factors all season – however it proved to be good timing.

 

“The Countdown was loopy. You consider the Humorous Vehicles that had an opportunity, it simply tells you the quantity of competitors within the subject,” Capps mentioned. “We’ve had so many wonderful folks round us and it’s like we don’t deserve it. I’ve leaned on some nice folks. Don Schumacher has been unbelievable. Individuals like (Tim) Wilkerson, (John) Drive, all these folks I race towards for a livelihood have checked on me and requested if there’s any approach they might assist me, which has been very cool. I simply didn’t suppose this was going to occur.

 

“To win a championship then change into a group proprietor and have that No. 1 on the automotive after which having to beat Robert Hight and his group, which has had phenomenal success right here at this monitor, it simply blows my thoughts that we’re right here. It’s going to sink in quickly.”

 

Smith earned his third straight world title in Professional Inventory Bike and sixth general with a victory within the first spherical on his Denso Auto Elements Buell. It’s additionally the fourth in 5 years for Smith, who has cast an unbelievable dynasty within the loaded class in recent times. The sixth championship additionally meant an amazing deal for Smith, who picked up 4 wins in 2022, because it ties him with Andrew Hines and Dave Schultz for probably the most at school historical past. It was the aim all season and Smith was proud to make it a actuality on Sunday.

 

“This Denso bike has been superior this 12 months,” Smith mentioned. “Angie’s had an amazing bike. We took my motor out from the final two races and put it in her bike as a result of we had a shout of being one and two in factors and I feel we simply missed it however hats off to her. She’s had a heck of a season going to a few finals this 12 months and profitable the final race after which I received 4 races and received the championship. To be the one Professional Inventory Bike rider who has received each Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence championship up to now is fairly wonderful.”

 

Within the Prime Gas remaining spherical, Austin Prock completed off his spectacular run within the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, profitable for the second time within the postseason by going a outstanding 3.641-seconds at 336.23 mph within the remaining spherical in his 11,000-horsepower Montana Model/Rocky Mountain Twist dragster. The career-best run despatched him previous Antron Brown and to his third profession victory, additionally vaulting him to 3rd in factors to complete off the 12 months.

 

“I’m so blissful for (crew chief) Rahn Tobler,” Prock mentioned. “I’ve had a blast working with him. He’s an absolute legend within the sport and to exit like he did tonight speaks volumes about what he’s finished for the game. That was the quickest run he’s ever made in historical past, and it was his final one. Then in the course of the semifinals (towards Brittany Drive), we have been the quickest side-by-side run (in Prime Gas historical past). I’m actually happy with Rahn and I nonetheless get butterflies once I watch him roll into the staging beams. He’s achieved a lot within the sport, and he believes in me to drive his race automotive. He got here out of retirement to return work with me and meaning lots to me. It provides me a variety of confidence and I’m glad we went out on high with him.”

 

Brown completed second in factors by advancing to the ultimate spherical for the fourth time in 2022.

 

Cruz Pedregon was dominant to shut out the 12 months in Humorous Automotive, profitable his first race of the 12 months and setting a string of career-bests alongside the best way. The topper was an excellent 3.839 at 335.65 in his 11,000-horsepower Snap-On Instruments Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat within the remaining spherical towards Capps, placing the two-time world champ on an amazing path heading into 2023. Pedregon made 4 runs of three.84 in qualifying after which was stellar all through eliminations to choose up his thirty ninth profession victory.

 

“This weekend feels surreal to me,” Pedregon mentioned. “I’ve had some actually nice vehicles I’ve been lucky to drive in my profession, however this automotive is the very best race automotive I’ve ever pushed by a protracted shot. It says lots for the group. I do wish to level out we added Lee Beard as a advisor on the automotive, however I’ve to shout out (crew chief) John Collins and the group who has been with me for 2 years now and provides them the credit score. What Lee dropped at the desk match what we have been already doing. All of it got here collectively.”

 

Greg Anderson didn’t seize a championship this 12 months in Professional Inventory, as Erica Enders rolled to her fifth title, however he did shut out 2022 with a victory in Pomona, getting previous Enders within the remaining spherical with a move of 6.516 at 210.31 in his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. It fingers Anderson his a hundred and first profession win, in addition to an ideal sendoff for departing proprietor Ken Black, who watched his remaining race on Sunday in Pomona.

 

“It was an emotional weekend for me. It’s been 20 years of glory, to be sincere,” Anderson mentioned. “It’s been a heck of a trip with (group proprietor) Ken, Judy, and your complete Black household. They’ve finished the whole lot for me. They’ve made all my hopes and goals and needs come true. I by no means dreamt in my life that I may ever obtain something like this and I couldn’t do it with out Ken Black. He completely made it occur.

 

“We had 20 nice years collectively. I really like the person, love the household. He’s like a second father to me. So, coming into the weekend in Pomona, we all know we’re not going to win a world championship this 12 months so actually the one option to give him a small thanks for all he’s finished. All of the playing cards fell proper at present. I felt nice all weekend. I felt good as a driver and had a very good weekend of driving. My race automotive was quick and the chips all fell down proper. I feel all of it got here all the way down to one of the best ways I may have written the story, identical to again at Indy. I feel these wins, once I received Indy this 12 months once I acquired No. 100 and this one to provide Ken Black his remaining trophy, most likely my two greatest wins. It’s unbelievable.”

 

Enders superior to her thirteenth remaining spherical in 2022, the ending touches on probably the most dominant seasons in Professional Inventory historical past. She ends the 12 months with a career-best 10 wins.

 

In Professional Inventory Bike, Angie Smith helped the group end the season with a victory for the third straight 12 months, knocking off Joey Gladstone with a 6.749 at 199.55 on her Denso Auto Elements Buell. Smith, who picked up her first win of the season, has now received the finale twice prior to now three years, making it an all-Smith winner’s circle for the race and championship. She set the monitor velocity report earlier within the weekend after which put collectively a string of high quality runs on Sunday, ending a career-best third in factors.

 

“I simply wanted to go on the market and qualify nicely and simply activate win lights,” A. Smith mentioned. “I feel my aim in qualifying was simply to make straight runs and each run we have been going sooner and sooner, so I knew I had a very good bike going into race day. Everyone that we race are very robust opponents. I did my job and I received it on a holeshot (within the remaining spherical). I feel I’d quite win on a holeshot over something. It’s good to outrun folks however profitable on a holeshot is fairly epic.”

 

Gladstone superior to his sixth remaining spherical of the season, ending second in factors.

 

The 2023 NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence season begins March 9-12 with the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.

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POMONA, Calif. — Ultimate end order (1-16) on the 57th annual Auto Membership NHRA Finals at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona. The race is the ultimate of twenty-two occasions within the NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence.

TOP FUEL:

1. Austin Prock; 2. Antron Brown; 3. Brittany Drive; 4. Josh Hart; 5. Leah Pruett; 6. Clay

Millican; 7. Ron August; 8. Krista Baldwin; 9. Justin Ashley; 10. Doug Kalitta; 11. Steve

Torrence; 12. Steven Chrisman; 13. Alex Laughlin; 14. Tony Schumacher; 15. Shawn Langdon; 16. Mike Salinas.

FUNNY CAR:

1. Cruz Pedregon; 2. Ron Capps; 3. Alexis DeJoria; 4. Bob Tasca III; 5. Tim Wilkerson; 6.

Steven Densham; 7. Robert Hight; 8. John Drive; 9. Chad Inexperienced; 10. Jim Campbell; 11. J.R. Todd; 12. Jason Rupert; 13. Blake Alexander; 14. Matt Hagan; 15. Paul Lee; 16. Jeff Arend.

PRO STOCK:

1. Greg Anderson; 2. Erica Enders; 3. Aaron Stanfield; 4. Fernando Cuadra; 5. Bo Butner; 6. Troy Coughlin Jr.; 7. Matt Hartford; 8. Cristian Cuadra; 9. Deric Kramer; 10. Camrie Caruso; 11. Chris McGaha; 12. Fernando Cuadra Jr.; 13. Mason McGaha; 14. Dallas Glenn; 15. Kyle Koretsky; 16. Shane Tucker.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1. Angie Smith; 2. Joey Gladstone; 3. Matt Smith; 4. Steve Johnson; 5. Angelle Sampey; 6. Jerry Savoie; 7. Karen Stoffer; 8. Marc Ingwersen; 9. Ryan Oehler; 10. Gaige Herrera; 11. Chris Bostick; 12. Hector Arana Jr; 13. Freddie Camarena; 14. Michael Phillips; 15. Kelly Clontz; 16. Katie Justice.

POMONA, Calif. — Sunday’s remaining outcomes from the 57th annual Auto Membership NHRA Finals at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona. The race is the ultimate of twenty-two within the NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence:

Prime Gas — Austin Prock, 3.641 seconds, 336.23 mph def. Antron Brown, 3.701 seconds, 320.74 mph.

Humorous Automotive — Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger, 3.839, 335.65 def. Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 3.850, 333.16.

Professional Inventory — Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.516, 210.31 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.515, 210.01.

Professional Inventory Bike — Angie Smith, EBR, 6.749, 199.55 def. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.739, 199.67.

Prime Alcohol Dragster — Taylor Vetter, 5.272, 247.25 def. Joey Severance, 5.489, 206.73.

Prime Alcohol Humorous Automotive — Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.441, 265.85 def. Doug Gordon, Camaro, 5.450, 268.17.

Competitors Eliminator — Allen Wilson, Dragster, 7.194, 182.30 def. Ryan Priddy, Chevy, 6.428, 207.27.

Tremendous Inventory — Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Pontiac Firebird, 9.717, 131.65 def. Tim Seymour, Chevy Camaro, 9.060, 140.44.

Inventory Eliminator — Ryan Mangus, Chevy Nova, 11.396, 101.68 def. Chris Corridor, Chevy Camaro, Foul – Pink Gentle.

Tremendous Comp — Jerron Settles, Dragster, 8.942, 175.57 def. Angelina Ferre, Dragster, 8.947, 172.45.

Tremendous Fuel — Bob Locke, Chevy Corvette, 9.904, 149.38 def. Brian Preszler, Corvette, 9.921, 148.51.

Prime Dragster introduced by Vortech Superchargers — Alan Kenny, Dragster, 6.137, 211.10 def. Dylan Hough, Dragster, 6.710, 197.97.

Prime Sportsman introduced by Vortech Superchargers — Lance Abbott, Chevy S-10, 6.913, 188.10 def. Vince Hoda, Chevy Camaro, 8.033, 120.18.

Junior Dragster Shootout — Mason Weaver, Halfscale, 8.042, 75.65 def. Mason Phlegar, Halfscale, 7.920, 81.12.

POMONA, Calif. — Ultimate round-by-round outcomes from the 57th annual Auto Membership NHRA Finals at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona, the ultimate of twenty-two occasions within the NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Clay Millican, 3.746, 282.84 def. Tony Schumacher, 6.873, 97.33; Josh Hart, 3.801, 320.28 def. Doug Kalitta, 4.113, 255.92; Leah Pruett, 4.959, 150.20 def. Alex Laughlin, 6.518, 121.61; Brittany Drive, 3.701, 334.90 def. Steven Chrisman, 4.794, 176.53; Krista Baldwin, 4.309, 192.88 def. Mike Salinas, 9.036, 86.20; Ron August, 3.903, 316.67 def. Steve Torrence, 4.267, 244.38; Austin Prock, 3.711, 329.34 def. Shawn Langdon, 7.377, 87.80; Antron Brown, 3.704, 333.82 def. Justin Ashley, 4.070, 290.01; QUARTERFINALS — Hart, 3.746, 314.75 def. Baldwin, 4.015, 234.78; Brown,

3.805, 318.99 def. August, 3.890, 315.56; Drive, 3.687, 334.24 def. Millican, 3.864, 283.97; Prock, 3.704, 329.18 def. Pruett, 3.721, 324.20;

SEMIFINALS — Brown, 3.725, 324.44 def. Hart, 3.717, 331.20; Prock, 3.642, 335.48 def. Drive, 3.676, 337.58;

FINAL — Prock, 3.641, 336.23 def. Brown, 3.701, 320.74.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.885, 330.63 def. Paul Lee, Dodge Charger, 8.753, 76.46; Steven Densham, Mustang, 4.170, 269.94 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 6.075, 124.87; Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.862, 333.74 def. Jason Rupert, Mustang, 5.244, 141.31; Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 3.852, 334.98 def. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 10.350, 81.52; Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.872, 330.47 def. Chad Inexperienced, Mustang, 3.914, 327.82; Alexis DeJoria, Supra, 4.014, 266.32 def. Jim Campbell,

Charger, 4.272, 235.84; John Drive, Camaro, 3.919, 317.49 def. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 5.548, 128.71; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.878, 331.12 def. J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.349, 218.27;

QUARTERFINALS — DeJoria, 3.914, 326.56 def. Densham, 4.065, 298.47; Pedregon, 3.876, 330.96 def. Drive, 6.495, 79.93; Capps, 3.865, 330.80 def. Wilkerson, 3.905, 330.55; Tasca III, 4.262, 224.96 def. Hight, 6.292, 110.92;

SEMIFINALS — Pedregon, 3.864, 331.77 def. DeJoria, 3.880, 330.15; Capps, 3.865, 334.65 def. Tasca III, 3.905, 327.11;

FINAL — Pedregon, 3.839, 335.65 def. Capps, 3.850, 333.16.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.520, 210.34 def. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.852, 208.14; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.549, 209.33 def. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.596, 209.30; Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.559, 209.20 def. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, Broke; Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.558, 209.23 def. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.548, 209.14; Fernando Cuadra, Mustang, 6.581, 209.17 def. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 21.266, 70.20; Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.552, 209.33 def. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, Foul – Pink

Gentle; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.523, 210.18 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.566, 209.56; Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.518, 210.80 def. Shane Tucker, Camaro, Foul – Centerline; QUARTERFINALS — F. Cuadra, 6.565, 209.82 def. C. Cuadra, 6.624, 209.17; Stanfield, 6.562, 208.84 def. Hartford, 6.544, 209.46; Anderson, 6.537, 209.95 def. Butner, 6.539, 210.44; Enders, 6.521, 210.11 def. Coughlin Jr., 6.542, 210.37;

SEMIFINALS — Anderson, 6.546, 210.21 def. F. Cuadra, Foul – Pink Gentle; Enders, 6.537, 209.92 def. Stanfield, 6.552, 209.72;

FINAL — Anderson, 6.516, 210.31 def. Enders, 6.515, 210.01.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.855, 196.27 def. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 7.309, 192.96; Marc Ingwersen, 6.849, 195.08 def. Gaige Herrera, Suzuki, 6.898, 193.52; Angie Smith, 6.752, 202.09 def. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 6.994, 194.41; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.828, 196.42 def. Ryan Oehler, 6.862, 197.83; Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.765, 198.29 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.971, 197.86; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.792, 198.09 def. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 6.956, 189.10; Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.829, 192.17 def. Katie Justice, Suzuki, Broke – No Present; Matt Smith, Buell, 6.770, 200.92 def. Michael Phillips, Buell, 7.037, 187.68;

QUARTERFINALS — Johnson, 7.126, 152.80 def. Sampey, Foul – Pink Gentle; A. Smith, 6.754, 202.24 def. Savoie, 6.792, 199.08; Gladstone, 6.746, 199.55 def. Stoffer, 6.882, 193.49; M. Smith, 6.915, 171.90 def. Ingwersen, Foul – Pink Gentle;

SEMIFINALS — A. Smith, 6.794, 200.26 def. Johnson, Broke; Gladstone, 6.757, 199.40 def. M. Smith, 6.757, 202.03;

FINAL — A. Smith, 6.749, 199.55 def. Gladstone, 6.739, 199.67.

POMONA, Calif. — Level standings (high 10) following the 57th annual Auto Membership NHRA Finals at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona, the ultimate of twenty-two occasions within the NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence –

Prime Gas

1. Brittany Drive, 2,596; 2. Antron Brown, 2,534; 3. Austin Prock, 2,514; 4. Justin Ashley,

2,510; 5. Mike Salinas, 2,461; 6. Steve Torrence, 2,443; 7. Josh Hart, 2,419; 8. Clay Millican, 2,348; 9. Shawn Langdon, 2,339; 10. Doug Kalitta, 2,335.

Humorous Automotive

1. Ron Capps, 2,682; 2. Robert Hight, 2,679; 3. Matt Hagan, 2,587; 4. Bob Tasca III, 2,504; 5. John Drive, 2,490; 6. Cruz Pedregon, 2,410; 7. Alexis DeJoria, 2,372; 8. J.R. Todd, 2,344; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 2,343; 10. Blake Alexander, 2,199.

Professional Inventory

1. Erica Enders, 2,823; 2. Greg Anderson, 2,581; 3. Aaron Stanfield, 2,575; 4. Troy Coughlin Jr., 2,538; 5. Kyle Koretsky, 2,459; 6. Matt Hartford, 2,397; 7. Dallas Glenn, 2,375; 8. Cristian Cuadra, 2,295; 9. Bo Butner, 2,265; 10. Deric Kramer, 2,259.

Professional Inventory Bike

1. Matt Smith, 2,610; 2. Joey Gladstone, 2,528; 3. Angie Smith, 2,519; 4. Jerry Savoie, 2,432; 5. Steve Johnson, 2,407; 6. Angelle Sampey, 2,353; 7. Eddie Krawiec, 2,306; 8. Marc Ingwersen, 2,284; 9. Karen Stoffer, 2,253; 10. Ryan Oehler, 2,229.

Video Highlights

Ron Capps

Humorous Automotive World Champion

NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Humorous Automotive

NOTE: For the primary time in 20 years, NHRA topped a back-to-back Humorous Automotive champ when Ron Capps claimed his third championship on the Auto Membership NHRA Finals. Capps picked up 5 occasion wins on the best way to his world title.

Brittany Drive

Prime Gas World Champion

Flav-R-Pac / Monster Power Chevrolet Prime Gas Dragster

NOTE: Brittany Drive secured her second NHRA Prime Gas championship on Sunday on the Auto Membership NHRA Finals. She collected 5 occasion wins this season and 10 No. 1 qualifier positions by way of the 2022 season.

Matt Smith

Professional Inventory Bike World Champion

Denso Auto Elements Buell

NOTE: Matt Smith earned his sixth NHRA championship on Sunday on the Auto Membership NHRA Finals in Pomona. Smith tallied 4 wins and 5 No. 1 qualifier positions by way of the 2022 NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence season.

Cruz Pedregon

Humorous Automotive Winner

Snap-on Dodge SRT Hellcat Humorous Automotive

3.839 seconds, 335.65 mph

NOTE: Humorous Automotive driver Cruz Pedregon closed out the 2022 season with a win at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona. Pedregon took down Ron Capps within the remaining spherical when he went 3.839 seconds at 335.65 mph on the remaining occasion of the season.

Austin Prock

Prime Gas Winner

Montana Model / Rocky Mountain Twist Dragster

3.641 seconds, 336.23 mph

NOTE: Prime Gas sophomore Austin Prock claimed his third profession race win when he took down Antron Brown in the course of the remaining spherical on the Auto Membership NHRA Finals when powered to a 3.641-second move at 336.23 mph to shut out the 2022 NHRA season.

Greg Anderson

Professional Inventory Winner

HendricksCars.com Chevrolet Camaro

6.516 seconds, 210.31 mph

NOTE: Greg Anderson closed out his reign because the Professional Inventory champion with a win on the Auto Membership NHRA Finals when he took down Erica Enders along with his 6.516-second move at 210.31 mph.

Angie Smith

Professional Inventory Bike Winner

Denso Auto Elements Buell

6.749 seconds, 199.55 mph

NOTE: Angie Smith collected her third profession NHRA race win when she defeated Joey Gladstone together with her 6.749-second move at 199.55 mph on the Auto Membership NHRA Finals in Pomona.



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