POMONA, Calif. (February 10, 2017) The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is officially underway in Southern California. It’s been 88 days since we last saw cars go down the legendary drag strip at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Just removed from pre-season testing in Phoenix a week ago, it’s clear to see that quick times that were run at Wild Horse Pass weren’t just a fluke.
Due to rainy conditions, the dragster category only got to make one qualifying attempt on Friday. The top three provisional spots went to Kalitta Motorsports, John Force Racing, and Don Schumacher Racing respectively. The session was led by Doug Kalitta, who made a career best 3.697 second pass at 325.69 mph. Brittany Force was a little under a tenth behind with a 3.706 second run at 322.42 mph. Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army crew made a decent 3.729 second lap at 325.06 mph. Troy Coughlin Jr., Antron Brown, Terry McMillen, Scott Palmer, and Troy Buff, make up the top 8.
The weather also halted the Funny Car class, which was unable to finish their second session before the rain set in. Don Schumacher Racing’s Matt Hagan got to the top spot with a blistering 3.840 second pass at 330.15 mph. Courtney Force made a 3.849 second pass at 330.23 mph, proving that she and her sister, Brittany, can hold down the fort for John Force Racing during Friday qualifying. Funny Car veteran, Tim Wilkerson went down the track with a 3.857 second run at 322.65 mph. Alexis Dejoria, J.R. Todd, Del Worsham, Bob Bode, and Jack Beckman round out the top half of the field.
2016 NHRA Finals winner, Greg Anderson flexed his muscles during qualifying today and ran a 6.557 second pass at 210.60 mph during the first session to set the town for the rest of the field. His teammate, Jason Line, wasn’t far behind with a 6.563 second pass at 210.93 mph. The switch from Mopar back to Chevy has already proved to be a good one for Elite Motorsport’s Erica Enders. She flew down the track in 6.567 seconds at 210.60 mph. Bo Butner, Shane Gray, Jeg Coughlin Jr. Vincent Nobile, and Chris McGaha help fill out the top 8 drivers.