NHRA kicks off 2019 with Winternationals at Auto Club Speedway

Drag racing go back to Car Club Raceway this week as the NHRA opens its season with the conventional Winternationals. Unlike previous seasons, the championships are apparently broad open.

The pros will require to the track Friday for the very first 2 of four certifying runs. The finals are set for 11 a.m. Sunday.

There are plenty of questions ahead of the brand-new season. Although the 2018 period ended much less than 90 days ago, there have actually been lots of modifications executed by the approving body, none larger than the decrease of the Pro Supply routine.

While Leading Fuel dragsters as well as Funny Automobiles will complete 24 times across the country, the Pro Supply class will certainly have simply 17 nationwide occasions in 2019. The approving body is attempting to cut costs and maintain interest in the course when referred to as the auto industry’s racers.

The shortened schedule isn’t the only change in the class. Tanner Gray, a third-generation vehicle driver, won the title in 2018 but chosen to leave the sport, as did Courtney Pressure, the youngest child of 16-time Funny Automobile champ John Force.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) as well as J.R. Todd (Funny Car) return as NHRA protecting course champions. At the 2018 Winternationals, Doug Kalitta (Top Gas), Matt Hagan (Funny Cars And Truck) and Bo Butner (Pro Supply) won the season opener.

Leading Gas

Torrence closed out the field by sweeping the Countdown. He ended up the season by winning 24 successive rounds of competition. If he extends his touch at Pomona as well as two weeks later on in Arizona, Torrence will damage Tony Schumacher’s record of 31 rounds.

Schumacher is just one of three former champs in the field, joining Brittany Pressure and also Antron Brown. Brittany Force will debut Dave Grubnic as her staff principal after he left Clay Millican.

Doug Kalitta and also Leah Pritchett will likewise be strong competitors.

Funny Auto

Todd won the crown in simply his second season in the course. However, he’ll have plenty of competitors as there are six various other vehicle drivers who have formerly finished initially.
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Along with the 70-year-old John Pressure, other ex-champs include colleague Robert Hight; Don Schumacher Competing colleagues Ron Capps, Jack Beckham as well as Matt Hagan; and Cruz Pedregon.

Various other contenders will be Tommy Johnson Jr., that has actually been 2nd when as well as third two times, veteran Tim Wilkerson and also Shawn Langdon, who is relocating over from Top Fuel.

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