HIGH DRAMA AT POMONA

AUTO CLUB NHRA FI­NALS: CHAMPS CROWNED, SUR­PRISES ABOUND

Drag Racer - - Contents - Text by Pete Ward Pho­tos by Ron Lewis and Auto Im­agery

Auto Club NHRA Fi­nals: Champs Crowned, Sur­prises Abound

Brit­tany Force, NHRA Top Fuel World Champ: she’s the first woman to claim that ti­tle since Shirley Mul­downey’s third cham­pi­onship in 1982.

THERE ARE RACES AND THEN THERE ARE RACES. The Auto Club Fi­nals was one of those Races, with an added shot of adrenalin, just for good mea­sure. It’s gonna be dif­fi­cult for the NHRA to top this one.

The pro com­po­nent of the 2017 sea­son was dom­i­nated by Funny Car. Blaz­ing speeds and mind-numb­ing ETs dom­i­nated the head­lines.

But at Pomona, Top Fuel stole the show. Brit­tany

Force pro­gressed steadily through­out the reg­u­lar sea­son, scor­ing one event win, and be­gan the count­down in sixth place. Once the play­offs started, she re­ally showed her met­tle, win­ning three races. Go­ing into elim­i­na­tions, she trailed Steve Tor­rence by only nine points.

Tor­rence was hav­ing a mon­ster year, hav­ing won eight races out of 11 fi­nal­round ap­pear­ances, but once the count­down be­gins, all bets are off. Both rac­ers ad­vanced to the sec­ond round, but there Tor­rence’s sea­son went side­ways.

Force won her match, while Tor­rence fell to An­tron

Brown, giv­ing her the Top Fuel cham­pi­onship. Adding in­sult to in­jury, Force went on to win the race.

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