Veteran racer Steve Williams visited the winner’s circle once again after winning Super Gas at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, California.
POMONA, CA- Super Gas racer Steve Williams added another Wally to his collection after defeating Steve Parsons in the final at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Prior to his latest victory, Williams won the 2018 NHRA Super Comp National Championship last season. During driver interview’s in Pomona, he passed on the #1 sticker to this year’s winner, Ray Miller III.
In the first round of eliminations, Williams used a .010 to .017 advantage at the tree to score the breakout win over Terry Keddington. Terry grabbed a big chunk of stripe to go -.028 under the index while Williams scuffed the brakes to stay .023 above for the win.
Pro Stock racer Bo Butner squared off against Williams in the second round of eliminations. Williams left first, .005 to .012, and found the win light after both posted identical 9.913’s. His .007 advantage at the tree proved to be the difference as Williams continued his march towards the winner’s circle.
For the third consecutive round, Williams used a holeshot to take the win over Mark Fenton. His .031 light and 9.969 easily covered Fenton who was dead late.
In the fourth round, Williams and Brad Pierce left together, .018 to .019, but Pierce took too much stripe to breakout by -.006. Williams stayed above the index with a 9.928 for the win.
In the semifinals, Williams was given the automatic win after Ken Mostowich turned it -.016 red. The foul start was timely as Williams was -.009 red right behind him. This sent Williams to his 25th career final round.
It was Steve vs. Steve in the final round as Steve Parsons squared off against Williams.
Parsons earned a spot in his fifth national event final on the strength of solid reaction times and back-to-back 9.90x laps in rounds four and five. He advanced past Brian Preszler, John Parrino, Linzi Meserve, Robert Nabor, and Ted Seipel leading up to the final round.
As he had done throughout eliminations, Williams left first, .025 to .031, which propelled him to the double-breakout win. Parsons took .012 stripe to post a 9.852 against Williams’ closer to the index 9.870. The win sent Steve Williams to yet another Pomona winner’s circle.
Congratulations to Steve Williams and his family on their latest victory!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.