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Car Show: Circle K NHRA Winternationals

Circle K NHRA Winternationals

Pomona, CA
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Photos by: Roger Rohrdanz

The drag racing season kicks off every year at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals, held at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA. Feb. 9 - 12, 2017, the premier NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series began its 24 event season with the Winternationals.  Competitors come from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to make this an international event. Racers came from the 7 NHRA divisions in the United States to participate.

The weekend weather included a brief rain Saturday morning; other than that, the temperatures were in the mid 70’s. The track was ready for some good times. The wheel-standing Stock Eliminators and Super Stocks were, as usual, very entertaining. Top Fuel Harleys were an interesting addition. Last year’s Pro Stock champion, Jason Line, made it two in a row by outrunning his Summit Racing teammate Greg Anderson. In Funny Cars, Matt Hagan’s 3.875et and 330.07mph Dodge Charger R/T edged out Courtney Force and her Chevy Camaro. In Top Fuel, #1 qualifier Leah Pritchett and the Papa John’s Pizza dragster left Doug Kalitta and his Mac Tools dragster struggling at the start.

In the pits, a classic car show, celebrity autographs, Nito Alley and food vendors were packed in with families enjoying the show.

There are 23 more races to go in the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series!

Thanks for the show!

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