HIGH DRAMA AT POMONA
AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS: CHAMPS CROWNED, SURPRISES ABOUND
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.