49th Auto Club NHRA FinalsPomona, California
Sunday, November 10, 2013
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!!