Kalitta, Hight and Buttner win rain-delayed Pomona finals
The season-opening occasion of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Sequence concluded Monday on the 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals offered by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona. Doug Kalitta (Prime Gasoline), Robert Hight (Humorous Automobile) and Bo Butner (Professional Inventory, pictured above) had been victorious of their respective classes
Kalitta took residence the Prime Gasoline victory with a 4.014-second move at 269.29 mph in his Mac Instruments dragster to defeat defending world champion Steve Torrence within the remaining spherical. Kalitta defends his Winternationals crown after profitable the season-opening occasion final season as he now will increase his profession win whole to 45.
“This place has at all times been very particular for me,” Kalitta said. “To have success right here is greater than you would think about for me. We had been lucky to get by the Capco guys however we’re going to maintain at it. We’re actually hungry, and we’ve received Rob (Flynn, crew chief) and Troy (Fasching, crew chief) doing simply an superior job. I’m simply actually pleased with them.”
After qualifying within the seventh place, Kalitta took down Scott Palmer, Billy Torrence and Terry McMillen on the street to victory.
S. Torrence was the No. 1 qualifier for the occasion and defeated Steve Faria and Mike Salinas as he recorded his seventh consecutive remaining 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 have a look at the Humorous Automobile class and I believe its harder this 12 months than final,” Hight mentioned. “To return out right here and be the No. 1 qualifier and win the race, that’s fairly an accomplishment for this staff. We’re going to should be on our recreation all 12 months lengthy.”
Hight sat atop of the class following qualifying and took down Terry Haddock, Bob Tasca III and staff proprietor John Drive en path to his 46th profession win.
Beckman reached his first remaining spherical since Brainerd final season, after besting Phil Burkhart Jr., Cruz Pedregon and teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.
In Professional inventory, this was a rematch of the 2018 Winternationals. Butner defended his occasion title in opposition to teammate Jason Line after driving to a 6.522 at 211.59 run in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevrolet Camaro. He locked in his eighth profession victory.
“We had been actually struggling throughout qualifying,” Butner said. “I positively really feel like we had the most effective automobile all 4 rounds right this moment. I really feel like we’ve an awesome automobile and staff this 12 months and I’m wanting ahead to maintain going. We’re going to attempt to win them and the KB Racing staff is as sturdy as ever.”
Butner entered eliminations third in qualifying earlier than taking down Alan Prusiensky, Chris McGaha and two-time world champion Erica Enders.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Sequence season continues with Magic Dry Natural Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Cross Motorsports Park Feb. 22-24.