Brian McClanahan claimed his third National Event NHRA Wally at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.
POMONA– Stock Eliminator racer Brian McClanahan raced his way to his third national event win of his NHRA career at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA. In a heads-up final, McClanahan defeated Robert Pond for the trophy.
Brian qualified in the No. 36 position after two rounds of qualifying. He took his AA/SA Chevy Camaro to -.809 under his index, which turned out to be a 9.891 on a 10.70 index.
In the first round of eliminations, McClanahan had the starting line advantage, .010 to .038, against Chris Hall. Even though Hall ran dead on his dial-in, 10.244 on a 10.24, McClanahan earned the win going two above the dial-in 9.714 on a 9.69 due to his killer reaction time.
McClanahan squared up with Jon Irving in the second round of eliminations, but was given the easy win after Irving turned it -.025 red. Brian was .023 and ran a 9.691 on a 9.71 dial-in.
Brian won on a foul start for the second straight round after third round opponent Joe Sorensen left -.013 too soon. McClanahan posted an .049 reaction time and lifted to run a 9.870 on his 9.72 dial-in. The win earned McClanahan a round four bye run advancing him to the semifinals.
McClanahan lined up against Jeff Lane in the fifth round of eliminations and was victorious once again. With the starting line advantage, .026 to .067, he ran dead on his dial-in while Lane’s 9.052 was .028 under his 9.08 dial.
The win set up a titanic AA/SA heads-up battle with Robert Pond in the final. Pond had the advantage based on qualifying results but that meant very little on Sunday afternoon. In the classic Ford versus Chevy match up, McClanahan grabbed a .033 to .063 lead off the line and pulled away for the win. Brian and his ’69 Camaro never trailed after posting a 9.721 to Pond’s 9.795.
Congrats to Brian McClanahan and his family on their win. Sunday was Brian’s son Ryan’s birthday and all he wanted was a Wally, and dad delivered! Happy birthday Ryan!
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