POMONA — As hard as it might be to digest, Greg Anderson, the most dominant NHRA Pro Stockdriver in recent memory, has not won a championship since 2010. He enters this weekend’s Auto Club Finals locked in a tight race with KB Racing teammates Bo Butner and Jason Line.
The three-day season-finale of the 23-race Mello Yello Drag Racing Series opens Friday at Auto Club Raceway on the L.A. County Fairgrounds, with the first of two qualifying session scheduled for noon. NHRA will follow the same schedule Saturday with the final eliminations set to start at 11 a.m. on Sunday. All four professional class titles are in question, although Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec is on the threshold of his fourth championship.
In the Top Fuel dragster category, the battle is between Steve Torrence and Brittany Force, neither of whom have a championship and are separated by 20 points. Doug Kalitta is third, trailing by 84, in his quest for his first driving title. Defending Funny Car champion Ron Capps is locked in a duel with Robert Hight and enters the final weekend 15 points behind. Courtney Force is in third with 125.
Anderson is 40 points ahead of Butner going into the last national event of the season, and 76 ahead of Line.The trio have won 10 events this season, including four of the five Countown races.
In 2016, Line finished three points ahead of Anderson in the closest Pro Stock championship points race in recent memory.
“This is a dream come true for us, but now we have to go out there and settle it amongst ourselves” said Anderson, who has won the event six times in his career dating back to 2003. ” It’s great to have that 40-point lead, but still, each round will be worth 30 points. This isn’t over yet. As great of a weekend we had in Las Vegas, to only come out 40 points ahead, you’ll probably have to go to Pomona and win the race if you’re going to be world champ.
“That’s the way it should be, though. You have to earn every inch of…