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Robert Hight, Steve Torrence, Erica Enders and Andrew Hines are the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions, but Doug Kalitta, Jack Beckman, Jeg Couglin Jr. and Jianna Salinas scored the final wins of the season at Pomona.
Brittany Force won Top Fuel during the 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 151st win for females in NHRA history, just moments after Pro Stock’s Erica Enders claimed the 150th. Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were the other winners.
Tanner Gray grew up in the world of drag racing but has never wavered in his desire to be a NASCAR driver.
Billy Torrence won at his home track, the Texas Motorplex, as Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in their respective categories.
Former NHRA champion Tanner Gray’s next NASCAR venture will take him to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
An all-Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car final round saw Shawn Langdon beat J.R. Todd in the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway as Billy Torrence, Erica Enders and Karen Stoffer conquered their categories.
Maple Grove Raceway saw Jack Beckman score his first Funny Car win in over a year, while Richie Crampton captured Top Fuel, Jason Line conquered Pro Stock and Jerry Savoie took Pro Stock Motorcycle honors.
John Force, 16-time Funny Car champion John Force took his fifth Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis, as Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won their respective categories.
Leah Pritchett, Ron Capps and Jason Line were the winners at Brainerd, MN, with Line winning a race for the 16th straight season – a new NHRA record.
John Force says that waiting 25 races for his 150th NHRA Funny Car triumph was a monkey on his back which “drives you nuts”, after clinching his landmark triumph at Pacific Raceways on Sunday.
Robert Hight finished off a standout weekend by racing to his 50th career Funny Car win at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, as Billy Torrence won Top Fuel, Greg Anderson took Pro Stock honors and Andrew Hines prevailed in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
The first race in NHRA’s ‘Western Swing’ at Bandimere Speedway, CO., in the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil saw Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) win their classes.
Bob Tasca III beat Jack Beckman to score his second straight Funny Car win, as Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won the NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Defending Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence secured his second consecutive victory at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, as Ron Capps (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also clinched wins.
Ron Capps scored his first victory of the year at the 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, as Steve Torrence and Andrew Hines clinched wins in Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle respectively.
Shawn Langdon picked up his first Funny Car win at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway to become the 17th driver in history to secure victories in both categories. Steve Torrence and Andrew Hines were the other winners in Charlotte.
Brittany Force and Robert Hight delivered John Force Racing the Top Fuel and Funny Car wins in the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway, fifth round of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Mike Salinas picked up his first career NHRA victory at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were the other winners.