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BECKMAN PUTS ON A SHOW IN NHRA FINALS WIN; HIGHT LOCKS UP FUNNY CAR TITLE

Typically, missing out on a world championship by the narrowest of margins after doing all you can to come out on top would leave a driver feeling down and out.

That would be most people. But not Jack Beckman.

ELITE RULES THE DAY; COUGHLIN TAKES WIN, ENDERS CLAIMS PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP

You couldn’t have asked for a better day for the Elite Motorsports bunch.

Entering the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway one-two in the championship standings, the elite Pro Stock team walked away securing that one-two finish in points while adding a win as Jeg Coughlin picked up his second win of the 2019 season and Erica Enders earned her third championship to cap a strong season for the organization.

SALINAS TAKES SURPRISE CAREER-FIRST PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE VICTORY

In less than 24 hours at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pro Stock Motorcycle rookie Jianna Salinas went from fighting to qualify for the field of 16 at the NHRA Finals to holding her first Wally trophy.

The emotional 22-year-old from San Jose celebrated her winning 7.464-second, 180.81-mph victory Sunday on the fabled quarter-mile California dragstrip, saying, “I never would have thought that I would be able to pull this off. I came into today saying, 'you know, whatever happens, happens. Win or lose, I get to end the season on a high note. But just to be here right now in this moment . . . it's just, it's not something I ever thought would happen too soon."  

UPDATED: TEMPERS FLARE IN FIRST ROUND AT POMONA

Tensions were high headed into the final day of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and after a first-round matchup in Top Fuel, tempers flared.

Usually, the No. 1 versus No. 16 qualifier doesn't create much controversy, but on Sunday at the AAA NHRA Finals, the action got physical in the shutdown area between defending series champion Steve Torrence and Cameron Ferre.

VANDERGRIFF OPTIMISTIC ABOUT 2020

It's full steam ahead for Jordan Vandergriff. Or, at least that's how he sees it.

The loss of his primary sponsor for 2020 isn't a good enough reason for the rookie Top Fuel driver to shelve his anticipation of racing next year.

"We don't have anything right now," Vandergriff said. "Of course, I plan to run next year. So, hopefully, we can find the right partner for next year and possibly even get a full deal next year, so that's what my plan is.

"But I do want to thank D-A for giving me a shot. They got a rookie out here for his rookie year, and they gave me a chance to go to three semifinals and a final. So, I do thank them. I thank them for what they did, and they helped me start my career, so I'm very thankful for that."

HIGHT, S. TORRENCE, ENDERS, HINES CROWNED CHAMPS; KALITTA, BECKMAN, COUGHLIN, J. SALINAS WIN FINALS

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2019 NHRA AAA FINALS

Final round-by-round results from the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the final of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

 

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2019 AAA FINALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the final of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

TORRENCE PUTS TRASH TALK ASIDE, ROCKETS TO TOP SPOT

 

Steve Torrence didn’t need any additional motivation entering this weekend’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season finale.

With a chance to earn his second Top Fuel world championship and put a period on one of the most dominating seasons in the history of the NHRA, Torrence is already set to kill this weekend. Add in a few choice comments from his closest competitor following the completion of the most recent race in Las Vegas, and Torrence is ready to let his team do the talking this weekend.

COUGHLIN KEEPS SLIM CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES ALIVE WITH NO. 1 QUALIFIER AT NHRA FINALS

Jeg Coughlin knew that his championship hopes were slim coming into this weekend’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season finale at Auto Club Raceway.

But he also knew what he had to do to keep himself alive in the hunt for a seventh Pro Stock world championship.

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