NHRA: Ready for Dramatic Conclusion to 2018 Season

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Dramatic Conclusion to 2018 Season

Dramatic Conclusion to 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Season Coming to Auto Club NHRA Finals

With world championships on the line, the intense action of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will come to a thrilling, must-see conclusion at the birthplace of NHRA drag racing, the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 8-11, at historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

The race is the final event of the year and the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, bringing the exciting championship showdowns with them. The top stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will look to etch their names in history and everyone will leave it all on the line as they chase championship glory in the fastest motorsport on the planet.

The race will be high on action and drama, as the Auto Club NHRA Finals have an increased amount of points in play via the point-and-a-half system. The winner earns 150 points and can earn up to 191 points at the race, setting the stage for what will be incredible on-track performances.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the race that will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), including live finals coverage starting at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader has shuffled at the end of the first four Countdown events, meaning the hotly-contested title will come down to who performs best under pressure at Pomona. Matt Smith won the most recent event in Charlotte, N.C. and LE Tonglet has also had success in the Countdown. Smith has a 41 point lead over Tonglet while defending world champ Eddie Krawiec is third, 56 behind the points leader. Others still in contention for the title include Hector Arana Jr., 2016 world champ Jerry Savoie, and defending event winner Andrew Hines.

The Auto Club NHRA Finals will also feature thrilling competition in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the future stars of the sport earn their racing stripes. After Nitro qualifying, stick around to see the spectacular Cacklefests during the weekend.

As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 12:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.


Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com