NHRA’s Sizzling Season Summit!

Del Worsham (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) enjoyed their finest hours yet with dominating and winning season-ending performances at Pomona California to claim very coveted NHRA Full Throttle World Championship crowns…..

EVENT ESSENTIALS:   47th AAA Auto Club NHRA Finals –  Nov. 10-14th, 2011 – Pomona CA       

Chuck and Del Worsham celebrate the enormity of victory at Pomona!


TOP FUEL Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Del Worsham 3.796 318.02 33rd
R/UP: Tony Schumacher 3.799 321.50  
Low ET: Del Worsham 3.773    
Top Speed: Tony Schumacher   325.53  
Bump Spot:   3.956    
FUNNY CAR Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Matt Hagan 4.009 317.79 5th
R/UP: Robert Hight 4.031 318.92  
Low ET: Matt Hagan 4.009    
Top Speed: Robert Hight   318.92  
Bump Spot:   4.165    
PRO STOCK Name ET MPH Career Win
Winner: Greg Stanfield 6.597 209.59 5th
R/UP: Kurt Johnson 19.88   44.02  
Low ET: Mike Edwards 6.520    
Top Speed: Greg Anderson   211.66  
Bump Spot:   6.595    
Winner: Andrew Hines 6.814 196.39 25th
R/UP: Eddie Krawiec 6.819 197.80  
Low ET: Andrew Hines 6.814    
Top Speed: Eddie Krawiec   198.12  
Bump Spot:   6.955    
LUCAS OIL        
Sportsman Class Winners: Name ET MPH  
TA Dragster Jim Whiteley 5.300 269.62  
TA Funny Car Jay Payne 5.575 259.36  
Competition Scott McClay 7.306 180.02  
Super Stock Jody Lang 11.47  91.14  
Stock Michael Iacono 11.12 115.02  
Super Comp Val Torres 8.903 169.36  
Super Gas Peter Biondo 9.915 163.10  


Matt Hagan shrugged off last year's disappointment with a crushing win in FC to take the NHRA World Championship

Del Worsham and Matt Hagan clinched their first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championship titles and also earned race victories Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.

Veteran driver Worsham captured the Top Fuel season crown while Hagan avenged last season’s runner-up performance by taking the Funny Car title. Eddie Krawiec claimed his second Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. Pro Stock champ Jason Line secured his title two weeks ago inLas Vegas.

Greg Stanfield (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the season-ending race in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship at historic Auto Club Raceway atPomona.

Longtime Funny Car racer Worsham, 41, claimed the Top Fuel championship in dramatic fashion by edging series challenger Spencer Massey at the finish line in the winner-take-all semifinal round. He went on to claim his eighth victory of the season and 33rd of his career by outrunning Tony Schumacher in the final round. Worsham powered his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.796 second run at 318.02 mph to finish just in front of Schumacher’s U.S. Army machine, which posted a 3.799 at 321.50 and went winless for the season for the first time since the 2001 season.

The 2011 Top Fuel title was determined in round three when Del Worsham edged out Spencer Massey - 3.800 to 3.808 secs!

“The semifinal round was the biggest of my 21 year career as far as what was at stake,” Worsham said. “Spencer Massey is a great competitor. It was so close, I didn’t know if I had won. When I saw the ESPN cameras coming over to me it was like, wow, I was speechless after that round.”

The $500,000 Full Throttle championship is the second consecutive and 10th overall in Top Fuel for Worsham’s team manager, Alan Johnson.

“Alan Johnson’s abilities are unmatched, he’s unbelievable and a great motivator,” Worsham said. “(Team owner) Sheikh Khalid put this team together with Alan, and Brian Husen did great in his first season as a crew chief. I was really down after (the race in)Reading  (Pa.), and we weren’t very good inPhoenix. Alan called me and Brian into his trailer afterPhoenixand said we’re going to roll out a new chassis. This new car has been great for us.”

In Funny Car, Virginia cattle rancher Hagan, 28, avenged his painful loss to John Force last year by powering past teammate Jack Beckman in the quarterfinals and then outrunning two-time champ Cruz Pedregon in the semifinals to score his first world championship. He then claimed his second win of the season and fifth of his career by posting a track record performance of 4.009 at 317.79 in his DieHard Dodge Charger to hold off final round opponent Robert Hight in the quickest side-by-side race in Funny Car history. Hight trailed with a 4.031 at 318.92 in his Auto Club Ford Mustang.

2011 NHRA Full Throttle FC Champion - Matt Hagan

“You come in expecting the worst and hoping for the best,” Hagan said. “It really is truly amazing this weekend to win the championship and win the race. It’s a testimony to all of my guys who have worked so hard on this DieHard team. They were so relaxed today. Being in that situation last year with John Force really helped us. I hate the phrase you’ve gotta lose one to win one, but in this case it’s sort of true. Last year we were trying so hard to make everything happen that we kind of chased it away I think, and this year we just let it all come to us.”

Hagan earned $500,000 for the championship title, which is the first for crew chief Tommy DeLago and the second Funny Car title for team owner Don Schumacher, who also won in 2005 with Gary Scelzi.

“I am really happy for DieHard and all the associates on the car,” Hagan said. “These Funny Car trophies are so hard to come by. When you can win it all, you have truly accomplished something.”

Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider Krawiec took his second Pro Stock Motorcycle title by winning the second round, which closed out his lone championship challenger Hector Arana Jr.

“This has been my championship all year long,” Krawiec said. “This championship validates the championship I won in 2008 when I didn’t win any races. For Andrew and I to go to the final two races and be winner and runner-up is amazing. Plus to have the opportunity to race with such great competitors, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

The Screamin' Eagle Harley Davidsons ridden by Matt Hines & Eddie Krawiec dominated Pro Stock Bike eliminator

Hines earned his second win of the season in Pro Stock Motorcycle, outrunning newly crowned champ Krawiec in the final. Hines took his 25th career victory with a 6.814 at 196.39 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, while Krawiec fouled at the start on his Harley-Davidson.

“Pomona has always been on my list and it’s been a thorn in my side,” Hines said. “I’ve been racing here for ten years and it’s been a long road. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs at this track. Today, our guys did an outstanding job. Communication doesn’t need to happen in our pit area because everyone knows what to do. It’s amazing to see our whole team perform. We put both of our V-Rods in the final at the last two races this year and luckily, I was able to get the last win of the year. It’ doesn’t get any better than that.”

In Pro Stock, Stanfield scored his first win of the season and fifth of his career when he defeated Kurt Johnson in the final round. Stanfield finished in 6.597 at 209.59 in his Nitro Fish Pontiac GXP, while Johnson’s GXP broke on the starting line.

Greg Stanfield utilized some slick driving technique to upset the Pro Stock field

“Any time that you win the last race of the season, it makes the winter time a lot better,” Stanfield said. “We’ve been a bit behind in this game for a while, we’re a little bit off, the car has got a lot of runs, and we’ll be hoping to get a new car for next year. It takes a lot of people to put a program like this together. And I have to thank J.D. Coffman of Coffman Trucking and Kenny Koretsky of NitroFish for their help. We’re a small team so we try to run everything really tight. We use our equipment probably longer than we need to. But for them guys, it’s special to give them a win.”

Colorado's Jim Whiteley was one of the 11 event Sportsman winners - taking the TAD title

Summit Racing Equipment presented the annual ET Finals during the event which featured the best Bracket Racers in North America competition for World Championship title.  Emerging victorious were: Mark Horton (Super Pro), Brandon Schmall (Pro), Edmond Richardson (Sportsman) and Tom Klemm (Bike).

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season will now take approximately 87 days off before beginning it 2012 campaign right back at Auot Club Raceway Pomona on Feb. 9-12 with the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries.

Posted by:  NHRA Media Relations

Photos by:  Bruce Biegler

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