2019 Auto Club NHRA Finals crowns Lucas Oil sportsman champions and Summit Racing ET Series national champions at Pomona Raceway.
POMONA – The season-ending Auto Club NHRA Nationals closed out the 2019 racing season with a bang. The final three Lucas Oil champions were crowned along with the Summit Racing ET Series champions.
Vic Penrod captured the Super Stock championship after Kyle Rizzoli fell in the semifinals. Ray Miller III held off Brian Preszler for the Super Comp championship and Jeremy Mason won the Super Gas championship when Jim Rod Capp smoked a transmission in round three.
Winners on the day included Doug Lambeck (a DragChamp prerace pick to win in Comp), Jeff Dona (SS), Jeff Taylor (STK), Ryan McClanahan (SC), and Steve Williams (SG).
Summit Racing ET Series national champions included Mikey Sturgill (Super Pro), Chris Johnston (Pro), Ryan Montford (Sportsman), and Jim Werre (Bike).
2019 Auto Club NHRA Finals Champions
Doug Lambeck drove his D/SMA ’08 Sunfire to the winner’s circle after outrunning David Rampy in the final round. Lambeck managed to save his index leading up to the final. Once there, he used a -.606 under 8.324 to hold off Rampy’s quicker-leaving -.545 under 7.205 by seven feet.
Rampy’s runner-up broke a 25-year streak in which he had posted at least one national event win each year.
Jeff Dona collected his second national event victory after defeating Dan Fletcher in the final round. Dona, driving his SS/HA ’98 Firebird, won the a double-breakout final by .002 when his -.030 under 9.750 was closer to the dial than Fletcher’s -.032 under 10.088.
Fletcher, in his ’69 Camaro, was .001 at the tree to Dona’s .020. Dan was also our prerace pick to win in Super Stock. You can find more on our prerace picks here.
Multi-time NHRA world champion Jeff Taylor closed the season with a win at the Auto Club NHRA Finals for the second consecutive season. Taylor followed his 2018 event win with another victory at Pomona in 2019.
The win, his 48th overall, came against Super Stock championship runner-up Kyle Rizzoli. Rizzoli, just minutes removed from a heartbreaking semifinal loss that ended his championship dreams, soldiered on in Stock. He reached the final only to turn it -.024 red handing the victory to Taylor.
Taylor was .035 and two above in his FS/B ’15 Camaro on his victory lap.
Ryan McClanahan earned his ninth national event win after Allison McKoane broke out by -.003 in the final. McClanahan, competing in his 16th national event final, was .013 and fed Allison .035 at the stripe to win on a breakout. McKoane, appearing in her first final, was .014 at the tree but grabbed too much stripe in the loss.
Reigning Super Comp world champ Steve Williams went out in style at Pomona by winning the Super Gas title over Steve Parsons. Williams, our prerace pick to win Super Comp, left first (.025 to .031) and ran closer to the 9.90 index to take the double-breakout win 9.870 to Parsons’ quicker 9.852.
The final was Williams’ 25th in national event competition and Parsons’ fifth appearance.
2019 Summit Racing ET National Champions
Mikey Sturgill, Medway, OH, drove his dragster past the ’05 Cavalier of Dave Meziere of Escondido, CA to capture the national championship. Meziere was -.004 red in the final to hand the title to Sturgill.
Chris Johnston, Keyport, WA, took his ’98 Firebird to the winner’s circle after Brian Hughes, Diana, TX, left -.001 too soon.
Ryan Montford, Wichita, KS, claimed the national title after taking a huge holeshot over Jake Ball, Newport, TN, in the final round. Montford, driving his ’84 Grand Prix, grabbed a .016 to .078 advantage at the tree. He used the holeshot to take the double-breakout win when his -.004 under 12.096 was closer to the dial than Ball’s -.086 under 12.394.
Jim Werre, Renton, WA, captured the Pro Bike national title after Jason Clampitt, Circle Pines, MN, was -.005 red in the final round. Werre caught a huge break in the semifinals when Larry Mota ran under by -.024 after Werre slowed by over a second.
Congrats to all of the national event winners, World Champions, and National Champions!
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