Written by Larry Crum, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2017-11-13 18:00
Bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth of the World Series with two outs. Lining up for a game-winning field goal with two seconds left in the Super Bowl. Hitting that perfect putt on the 18th green at the Masters.
It is a scenario that sports fans - and competitors - dream about having the opportunity to witness. To say they were there to see the improbable.
Cruz Pedregon said that as his self-described “challenging year” winds to a perhaps-merciful close, he has heard some fanciful rumors, especially after he hinted he would make an announcement Friday. He maybe only half-jokingly said, “A lot of people were wondering what the announcement was about. Was I going to join the circus? Or am I going to join the World of Outlaw sprint car racing? That’ll come down the road, but for now I still have a lot of good years in me.”
Snap-on Tools must think so, too, for the two-time champion revealed his primary sponsor has extended its partnership with him for the next three years, through 2020.
As Ashley Sanford made her final appearance in the Top Alcohol Dragster class this weekend, she had more than her usual Southern California family and friends in her cheering section at Auto Club Raceway.
The aspiring fulltime Top Fuel racer from nearby Fullerton hosted Girl Scouts from the San Gorgonio Council.
The Redlands-headquartered council guides more than 12,000 young ladies, preparing them – in their words – “to empower themselves and the world,” practicing “a lifetime of leadership G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Risk taker, Innovator, Leader) experiences and connections . . . and take action to make a difference in the world.”
Written by Larry Crum, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2017-11-13 12:00
This one is for Terry Chandler.
That was the declaration made by Funny Car veteran Tommy Johnson Jr. moments after earning his second victory of 2017 and first since the passing of his longtime sponsor, supporter and friend Sunday at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Written by Susan Wade, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2017-11-13 07:00
Terry Vance, co-owner of the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson operation, said before the Pro Stock Motorcycle final round between Andrew Hines and newly minted class champion Eddie Krawiec, “I think Eddie’s just got destiny going with him.”
Vance was partially right. Krawiec came into race day Sunday as the lone Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown contender to have clinched a championship. That happened to him Saturday. Then Krawiec, the No. 1 qualifier with a meet-best 6.781-second elapsed time, knocked out Lance Bonham in the first round. He followed by dismissing the outgoing champion, Jerry Savoie, and later two-time champion Matt Smith to reach his ninth final round this season.
NHRA Communications, photos by Roger Richards, Jeff Burghardt, Mike Burghardt and Dave Kommel Sun, 2017-11-12 22:00
For the first time since 1982, a female has captured a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship. Brittany Force clinched the category crown in the quarterfinals of eliminations Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) also won world championships in their respective categories at the final 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event. The race winners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona were Force (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).