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Feb

10

It’s Racing Season!

The racing season kicked off with a bang this weekend in Pomona, California with John Force and Austin Prock advancing to the final round in the NHRA Winternationals.  Check out all the race highlights below.

NHRA

John Force and Austin Prock each had runner-up finishes Sunday at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California.  Number one qualifier in Top Fuel, Brittany Force, exited in the semifinal round while Robert Hight had a second-round exit.

In Funny Car, John Force defeated Bob Bode, Tommy Johnson Jr., and Matt Hagan to advance to the final round.  Making the 256th final round appearance of his career, Force would fall short to longtime rival Jack Beckman after a close side-by-side drag race. Force crossed the finish line with a solid 3.897-second pass while Beckman ran 3.837.  Reigning and three-time world champion Robert Hight, defeated Terry Haddock in the opening round but smoked the tires in round two, coming up short to Alexis DeJoria.

In Top Fuel, Austin Prock opened race day with a round one win over Cameron Ferre, had a solo run in the second round, and defeated Leah Pruett in the semi’s to advance to the finals.  After having a consistent car throughout race day, Prock overpowered the track giving Doug Kalitta the Final round win with a 3.698-second run.  Brittany Force started race day with a solo run, defeated Clay Millican in the second round, and faced event winner, Doug Kalitta, in the semifinals, coming up short.

The NHRA teams head to Phoenix for the Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, February 21-23.

NASCAR

The NASCAR season kicked off Sunday in Daytona with the Busch Clash non-points race. JGR driver Erik Jones took the win with help from teammate Denny Hamlin on the last lap.

Jones sustained heavy damage during a wreck on Lap 66 but was good enough to survive for the win. Hamlin was also in the Lap 66 wreck, losing two laps on pit road but was still running at the finish and was there to push Jones past Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, and PEAK’s Clint Bowyer on the last lap.  Dillon came home second, 0.697 seconds behind Jones with Bowyer in third, followed by Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman rounding out the top five.

Thursday evening the teams will race the Twin 150-mile qualifying races to set the field for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES

The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series season will begin on March 28th in Queretaro.

FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Pre-season testing begins February 19th for the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship which will begin with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15th in Melbourne, Australia.

Luke Jago

February 10, 2020

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