EVENT ESSENTIALS:      NHRA Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals – Pomona, CA

(Feb.  24-28th, 2011)



POMONA, Calif. – Morgan Lucas defeated Shawn Langdon in a matchup of former high school classmates in the Top Fuel final Sunday at the season-opening Kragen Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

The other winners of the first of 22 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series were Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock).

Lucas powered to a performance of 3.835 seconds at 316.38 mph in his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster and was too much for Langdon, whose Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster lost traction for a moment and slowed to a 4.047 at 313.73. The two Lucas Oil Racing teammates graduated in 2001 from Jurupa Valley High School in nearby Mira Loma, Calif.

In Funny Car, Hight used a quicker reaction time to defeat 2010 Full Throttle Series runner-up Matt Hagan in a close final round. Hight powered his Auto Club Ford Mustang to a 4.056 at 312.71 to edge Hagan’s DieHard Dodge Charger at the finish line, which posted a quicker, but losing performance of 4.023 at 310.20. It is Hight’s 19th career win and his third Winternationals victory. 

FC Winner Robert Hight

To get the victory, Hight’s Auto Club Mustang got progressively quicker in each round, starting with a 4.121 to outrun Bob Tasca in the first round and then finishing with the 4.056 to hold off Hagan in the final.

In Pro Stock, Line defeated Greg Stanfield to win for the 22nd time in his career and second time at this race. Line claimed his second win at this event with a run of 6.529 at 211.89 in his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP, while Stanfield trailed with a 6.595 at 210.70 in his Safety Sentry GXP.

Line, who qualified 11th, advanced to the final by beating V. Gaines, Vincent Nobile and teammate Greg Anderson in the first three rounds.
The NHRA Full Throttle Series continues March 10-13, in Gainesville, Fla. with the 42nd running of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

TOP FUEL Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Morgan Lucas 3.835 316.38 4th
R/UP: Shawn Langdon 4.043 313.73
Low ET: Larry Dixon 3.770**
Top Speed: Tony Schumacher 327.03
Bump Spot: 3.931
** National Record
FUNNY CAR Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Robert Hight 4.056 312.71 19th
R/UP: Matt Hagan 4.023 310.20
Low ET: Cruz Pedregon 4.015
Top Speed: Jack Beckman 313.58
Bump Spot: 4.191
PRO STOCK Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Jason Line 6.529 211.89 22nd
R/UP: Greg Stanfield 6.595 210.70
Low ET: Jason Line 6.529
Top Speed: Erica Enders 211.69
Bump Spot: 6.640

Sportsman Class Winners: Name ET MPH
Top Alcohol Dragster Duane Shields 5.277 274,05
Top Alcohol FC Tony Bartone 5.452 264.70
Competition Rob Harrison 7.610 177.56
Super Stock Ryan McClanahan 8.555 161.32
Stock Jody Lang 12.34 97.12
Super Comp Jim Glenn 8.915 169.04
Super Gas Tony Broussard 9.902 155.92


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It was Lucas Oil Racing teammates Morgan Lucas and Shawn Langdon who faced off for Winternationals Top Fuel glory