Kalitta, Hight, Butner win NHRA Winternationals at Pomona



Kalitta took house the Prime Gas victory with a four.014-second move at 269.29 mph in his Mac Instruments dragster to defeat defending champion Steve Torrence within the ultimate spherical. Kalitta thus defends his Winternationals crown and brings his profession win complete to 45. 

“This place has all the time been very particular for me,” Kalitta said. “To have success right here is greater than you may think about for me. We have been lucky to get by the Capco guys however we’re going to maintain at it.

“We’re actually hungry, and we’ve obtained Rob [Flynn, crew chief] and Troy [Fasching, crew chief] doing an superior job. I’m simply actually happy with them.” 

After qualifying within the seventh place, Kalitta took down Scott Palmer, Billy Torrence and Terry McMillen on the highway to victory. Torrence was the No. 1 qualifier for the occasion and defeated Steve Faria and Mike Salinas as he recorded his seventh consecutive ultimate spherical look and 15th of his profession. 


Hight powered to the win with a run of three.881 at 329.75 in his Auto Membership of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS to take down Jack Beckman. After ending because the runner-up on the 2018 Winternationals, Hight emerged victorious on the season-opening occasion for the fourth time in his profession. 

“You take a look at the Humorous Automobile class and I feel it’s more durable this 12 months than final,” Hight mentioned. “To come back out right here and be the No. 1 qualifier and win the race, that’s fairly an accomplishment for this workforce. We’re going to must be on our sport all 12 months lengthy.” 

Hight took down Terry Haddock, Bob Tasca III and workforce proprietor John Power en path to his 46th profession win, whereas Beckman beat Phil Burkhart Jr., Cruz Pedregon and Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. 


In a rematch of the 2018 Winternationals, Butner defended his occasion title towards teammate Jason Line after driving to a 6.522 at 211.59 run in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevrolet Camaro, and snatching his eighth profession victory.

“We have been actually struggling throughout qualifying,” Butner said, “[but] I positively really feel like we had the perfect automotive all 4 rounds immediately. I really feel like we have now an ideal automotive and workforce this 12 months and I’m trying ahead to maintain going. We’re going to attempt to win them and the KB Racing workforce is as robust as ever.” 

Butner entered eliminations third in qualifying earlier than taking down Alan Prusiensky, Chris McGaha and two-time champion Erica Enders.

Outcomes at Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals offered by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona

TOP FUEL: 1. Doug Kalitta; 2. Steve Torrence; three. Mike Salinas; four. Terry McMillen; 5. Billy Torrence; 6. Austin Prock; 7. Leah Pritchett; eight. Antron Brown; 9. Richie Crampton; 10. Clay Millican; 11. Steve Faria; 12. Brittany Power; 13. Cameron Ferre; 14. Scott Palmer. 
Remaining: Doug Kalitta, four.014 seconds, 269.29 mph def. Steve Torrence, four.008 seconds, 240.25 mph. 

FUNNY CAR: 1. Robert Hight; 2. Jack Beckman; three. John Power; four. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 5. Bob Tasca III; 6. Cruz Pedregon; 7. Shawn Langdon; eight. Ron Capps; 9. Matt Hagan; 10. Terry Haddock; 11. Tim Wilkerson; 12. Frank Pedregon; 13. J.R. Todd; 14. Gary Densham; 15. Jim Campbell; 16. Phil Burkart. 
Remaining: Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, three.881, 329.75 def. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, three.880, 329.42. 

PRO STOCK: 1. Bo Butner; 2. Jason Line; three. Alex Laughlin; four. Erica Enders; 5. Matt Hartford; 6. Steve Graham; 7. Val Smeland; eight. Chris McGaha; 9. Kenny Delco; 10. Alan Prusiensky; 11. Deric Kramer; 12. Greg Anderson; 13. Fernando Cuadra; 14. Jeg Coughlin; 15. Jeff Isbell; 16. Rodger Brogdon. 
Remaining: Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.522, 211.59 def. Jason Line, Camaro, 7.160, 148.58. 

Level standings after 1 of 24 occasions in 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Collection 

TOP FUEL: 1. Doug Kalitta, 117; 2. Steve Torrence, 106; three. Terry McMillen, 72; four. Mike Salinas, 70; 5. Billy Torrence, 56; 6. (tie) Leah Pritchett, 52; Austin Prock, 52; eight. Antron Brown, 37; 9. (tie) Richie Crampton, 35; Scott Palmer, 35.

FUNNY CAR: 1. Robert Hight, 121; 2. Jack Beckman, 100; three. Tommy Johnson Jr., 81; four. John Power, 71; 5. Shawn Langdon, 58; 6. Ron Capps, 57; 7. Bob Tasca III, 55; eight. Cruz Pedregon, 54; 9. Matt Hagan, 37; 10. (tie) Jim Campbell, 32; Gary Densham, 32; Frank Pedregon, 32; J.R. Todd, 32; Tim Wilkerson, 32.

PRO STOCK: 1. Bo Butner, 120; 2. Jason Line, 97; three. Erica Enders, 80; four. Alex Laughlin, 76; 5. (tie) Matt Hartford, 52; Chris McGaha, 52; 7. (tie) Steve Graham, 51; Val Smeland, 51; 9. Rodger Brogdon, 44; 10. Deric Kramer, 37.