Car Show: 49th Auto Club NHRA Finals

49th Auto Club NHRA Finals

Pomona, California
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Photos by: Roger Rohrdanz

Story and Photographs by Roger Rohrdanz

On November 7 thru 10, 2013 the 49th Annual NHRA Finals were contested at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, CA. This event will see Champions crowned in 11 classes including the 4 “Pro” classes of the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series, 6 classes of the 2013 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series an 4 classes of the Summit Racing Series. Over 500 racers came from 7 geographical divisions around the United States. They represented the best in 14 classes competing not only for a “Finals” event win, but also for the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Championship. The weather was perfect, temperatures in the mid to high 70’s with evenings cooling off to mid 60’s producing a very fast track.

Pro qualifying concluded with Brandon Bernstein quickest in Top Fuel Dragster class, John Force went 3.995et to be the quickest in Top Fuel Funny Car, the quickest Pro Stock was Mike Edwards, and Hector Arana Jr. qualified #1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

“Nitro Alley” was packed with rows and rows of vendors showing their wares. Rows and rows of stands served all kinds of food. In the pits was a vintage corral full of 30+ restored historic front engined dragsters and beautiful nostalgia funny cars that all did a “Cacklefest” twice a day. As though that wasn’t enough to satisfy your “Gearhead” needs, the pits are always open and had hundreds of amazing racecars to check out. You could also pick up some great souvenirs or get the autograph of your favorite driver.

Thanks for the Show!!

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The quickest Pro Stock was Mike Edwards.
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John Force went 3.995et to be the quickest in Top Fuel Funny Car.
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John Force went 3.995et to be the quickest in Top Fuel Funny Car.
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Brandon Bernstein quickest in the Top Fuel Dragster class.
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After qualifying #1, Shawn Langdon took home the trophy and then some!
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After qualifying #1, Shawn Langdon took home the trophy and then some!
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After qualifying #1, Shawn Langdon took home the trophy and then some!
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Jeg Coughlin took the 2013 Pro Stock Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Championship.
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Matt Smith had the Pro Stock Motorcycle Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Championship wrapped up in Las Vegas.
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*Top Fuel – Shawn Langdon, 3.784et & 323.58mph defeated Doug Kalitta’s 3.808et & 323.04mph.
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*Top Fuel – Shawn Langdon, 3.784et & 323.58mph defeated Doug Kalitta’s 3.808et & 323.04mph.
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*Top Fuel – Shawn Langdon, 3.784et & 323.58mph defeated Doug Kalitta’s 3.808et & 323.04mph.
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*Funny Car – Matt Hagan, 4.018et & 320.66mph beat John Force’s 4.057et & 317.94mph
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*Funny Car – Matt Hagan, 4.018et & 320.66mph beat John Force’s 4.057et & 317.94mph
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Pro Stock – Rickie Jones, 6.584et & 210.28mph defeated Allen Johnson’s 6.581et & 211.03mph.
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Pro Stock – Rickie Jones, 6.584et & 210.28mph defeated Allen Johnson’s 6.581et & 211.03mph.
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Pro Stock Motorcycle – Eddie Krawiec, (far lane) 6.918et & 198mph beat Scotty Pollacheck’s (near lane) 6.963et & 193.57mph.
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Pro Stock Motorcycle – Eddie Krawiec, (far lane) 6.918et & 198mph beat Scotty Pollacheck’s (near lane) 6.963et & 193.57mph.
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Top Alcohol Dragster – Johnny Athen (shown blue & white) 5.428et & 259.86mph beats, Jim Whiteley’s, 8.590et & 95.5mph.
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Top Alcohol Dragster – Johnny Athen (shown blue & white) 5.428et & 259.86mph beats, Jim Whiteley’s, 8.590et & 95.5mph.
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Top Alcohol Funny Car – Frank Manzo(shown) 5.531et & 265.06mph defeated Clint Thompson’s 6.758et & 161.59mph.
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Comp Eliminator – Jeff Lane(gold car) 9.863et & 95.90mph beat Doug Lambeck who fouled.
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Comp Eliminator – Jeff Lane(gold car) 9.863et & 95.90mph beat Doug Lambeck who fouled.
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Super Comp – Bobby Dye Jr (dragster), 8.915et, defeated Andrew Madrid’s(pictured) dragster at 8.938et.
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Super Stock – Jeff Adkinson, 8.722et defeated Don Keen(pictured) fouled.
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Super Stock – Jeff Adkinson, 8.722et defeated Don Keen(pictured) fouled.
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Stock Eliminator – Bo Butner (black car), 9.951et defeated Peter Biondo’s 10.393et.
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Stock Eliminator – Bo Butner (black car), 9.951et defeated Peter Biondo’s 10.393et.
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Super Gas – Pete Zak,’27 Ford (pictured), 9.881et defeated, Dave Kelly’s (Firebird) at 9.877et.
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The title sponsor for the racing series.
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Legends Tom McEwen & Don Prudhomme are the co-Grand Marshals.
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Auto Club NHRA Finals track board.
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The fans are ready!
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l-r, Wally Parks NHRA Museum Director Larry Fisher with Steve Gibbs.
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Drag racing legend Roland Leong (R) talks with fan.
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Lots of nostalgia race cars including these Top Fuel Dragsters in Cackle Corral.
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Lots of nostalgia race cars including these Top Fuel Dragsters in Cackle Corral.
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The Pits are open to the public and very interesting.
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The Pits are open to the public and very interesting.
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The Pits are open to the public and very interesting.

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