The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series began in dramatic fashion this past weekend with over one million viewers witnessing the intense racing action on the FOX broadcast network channels.
During the broadcast, 1,224,000 viewers watched as Leah Pritchett secured her second career Top Fuel win during the three-hour live broadcast of the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. This marked it as the most watched broadcast in its 57-year history.
Courtney Force, the winningest female Funny Car drag racer in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history, will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
The highly competitive NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will go four-wide racing for the first time in class history at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, which takes place April 28-30 at the state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway.
The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presents one of the biggest spectacles in motorsports as four cars power down zMAX Dragway at once. The growing NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will now get to experience the one-of-a-kind race for the first time, as four cars will go down the track at more than 250 mph at once, providing another surreal viewing opportunity for fans at the unique race.
Leah Pritchett spent the 2016 season pressing to hold her drag racing dreams together. Sunday, at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, she paid it all off by winning in Top Fuel at the season-opening NHRA Circle K Winternationals.
Joey Severance won his family’s second victory in the NHRA’s Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway and Justin Lamb won his second victory at the venerable facility as the 2017 drag racing season kicked off.
Kalitta, Hagan And Anderson Lead Qualifying Friday At The Circle K Winterationals
POMONA, Calif. - Doug Kalitta ran his career best elapsed time to lead Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the 57th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Due to weather, only Pro Stock was able to run both rounds of qualifying. Rain began halfway through the Funny Car second session before NHRA officials concluded racing activities.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) were also qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the season opening event of the 24-race 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
The last time Ron Capps was at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, he was celebrating his first career Funny Car world championship with a fan turnout the longtime standout will always remember. It was the perfect finish to an incredible 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season that also started with a victory at the historic track.
Three-time Top Fuel champion Antron Brown, who has won the past two prestigious NHRA titles, and the Matco Tools team enter the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season-opening NHRA Winternationals on Friday with plans to step up to a whole new level.
Matt Hagan has his sights set on a big year for himself and the Mopar Express Lane 2017 Dodge Charger R/T team. The two-time Funny Car champion and Virginia cattle farmer is embracing all aspects of life after the unexpected death of his younger brother, Kyle Hagan, last month.
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