THE AUTO CLUB FINALS NEVER DISAPPOINTS
The Auto Club Finals Never Disappoints
LOWER THE CURTAIN ON YET ANOTHER MEMORABLE NHRA SEASON. OF ALL THE ELIMINATORS, THE LOUDEST APPLAUSE AGAIN GOES TO THE FUNNY CAR CATEGORY.
/RON CAPPS finally sealed the deal after four world champ RUs. He secured the crown on Saturday, amassing sufficient points to surpass DSR teammate Matt Hagan. Capps was dominant for most of the season. In a seven-race span he scored three wins, two RUs and one semi appearance. He totaled five wins to ring up a career total of 50. This marked crew chief Rahn Tobler’s fourth championship.
/ABOVE. ANTRON BROWN continued his dominance of T/F, securing a third championship in five years (two back to back) at the Las Vegas Toyota race prior to Pomona. The DSR star won seven national events, three of which were during the countdown.
/TOP. THE PRO MOD title was decided at the Vegas Toyota event. Perennial “retiree” Rickie Smith secured his third championship over last year’s titleholder, Troy Coughlin. Smith proved the big motor/nitrous combo is still viable in doing battle with his turbo and blower competitors.
/RIGHT. YET ANOTHER WOMAN claims an NHRA world title! Mia Tedesco became the first woman Super Gas champ, claiming the honor at the fall Div. 7 Vegas event. In addition to the Super Gas national title, she also won the Div. 3 S/G championship and the North Central Region Top Alky Dragster title.
/ JEFF STRICKLAND became just the second driver in NHRA history to win two national championships in the same season. Piloting a COPO Camaro for the Gray Motorsports team, he captured Stock Eliminator Saturday at the finals, adding it to the Top Dragster title he secured seven days prior in Vegas (near lane).