NHRA Honors Champions During Annual Banquet | Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, Erica Enders and Andrew Hines were crowned NHRA Mello Yello world champions in their respective classes during Monday ni

NHRA Honors Champions During Annual Banquet

NHRA Honors Champions During Annual Banquet

NHRA Honors Champions During Annual Banquet

NHRA Honors Champions During Annual Banquet

NHRA Honors Champions During Annual Banquet

NHRA Honors Champions During Annual Banquet
NHRA Honors Champions During Annual Banquet
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, Erica Enders and Andrew Hines were crowned NHRA Mello Yello world champions in their respective classes during Monday night’s awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

All four drivers were awarded checks and trophies to celebrate season-long achievements that culminated in winning 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship titles during the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs.

Torrence captured his second consecutive Top Fuel world championship title after a thrilling weekend at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, taking home the title following the third round of eliminations at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. En route to the championship, Torrence raced to nine wins during the season, eight of which came during a nine race streak.

In the Funny Car class, Hight raced to his third world championship title. Hight clinched the championship in dramatic fashion during the final round at the Auto Club NHRA finals at Pomona after a thrilling half-track burnout. Hight raced to a career best six victories during the 2019 season, holding the points lead for 23 of 24 races on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series calendar.

Clinching her third world championship, Enders took home the Pro Stock championship title following an intense on-track battle with Chris McGaha in the second round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Enders becomes just the third female in NHRA history to secure three championship titles, joining the likes of Shirley Muldowney and Angelle Sampey.

Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hines captured the sixth world championship title of his career after a long day at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. The winningest rider in class history dominated the season with a career best eight wins, giving him 56 total career victories and 10 final round appearances during the 2019 season.

Top Fuel rookie Austin Prock took home the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award, along with a $20,000 prize check. The award recognizes one of the top performing rookies during the season. Prock competed in all 24 events on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello calendar, taking home his first win by defeating 2018 Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence. Prock claimed his first career win at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle.

He also raced to five semi-final appearances and qualified a career high, third position, at the Heartland Nationals and Midwest Nationals. Other candidates up for the award were Cristian Cuadra (Pro Stock), Fernando Cuadra Jr. (Pro Stock), Cameron Ferre (Top Fuel), Lex Joon (Top Fuel), Jianna Salinas (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Jordan Vandergriff (Top Fuel).

Chevrolet was honored during the event as the 2019 Manufacturers Cup winner. The season long battle was captured due to the success of 16-time Funny Car champion John Force and teammate Robert Hight. The Pro Stock class was represented by two-time world champion Erica Enders, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Jason Line, Greg Anderson, Bo Butner, Deric Kramer, Chris McGaha, Alex Laughlin, Matt Hartford, Kenny Delco, Fernando Cuadra, Val Smeland, Steve Graham, Wally Stroup, Joey Grose, Shane Grey, Shane Tucker, Roger Brogdon, and Fernando Cuadra Jr. This marks the 24th time Chevrolet has won the award and the third consecutive year for the manufacturer.

The NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary crew chief Austin Coil. For 24 years Coil served as crew chief to John Force, helping to bring home 15 championship titles and 132 event wins, making the duo the winningest driver-crew chief combination in NHRA history.

Drivers from 10 categories in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series were also recognized as world champions: Megan Meyer (Top Alcohol Dragster), Sean Bellemeur (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Frank Aragona Jr. (Competition Eliminator), Vic Penrod (Super Stock), Allison Doll (Stock), Ray Miller lll (Super Comp), Jeremy Mason (Super Gas), Danny Nelson (Top Dragster), Sandy Wilkins (Top Sportsman), Drew Skillman (SAM Factory Stock).

10 Events On VIR’s Spectator Schedule

10 Events On VIR’s Spectator Schedule

ALTON, Va. – Virginia Int’l Raceway officials have revealed the track’s lineup of events for the upcoming season, with 10 events schedule for April through November.

The season features several returning fan-favorite races, including the NASA Mid-Atlantic HyperFest, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Heacock Classic Gold Cup and more.

The season begins with the Hoosier Tire SCCA Super Tour taking place April 10-12, where drivers of multiple classes racing towards the SCCA championship will get to test their skills. In May, VIR’s schedule is stacked with the MotoAmerica Championship of Virginia followed by HyperFest.

Known as an “Automotive Amusement Park,” HyperFest is an annual motorsports festival featuring road racing, drifting, karting, live music performances and much more. The family-friendly weekend also gives racing fans the chance to put their own cars to the test on VIR’s 3.27-mile road course.

August brings one of VIR’s biggest races of the year – the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Aug. 21-23. The weekend features non-stop action, family-friendly entertainment and high-speed racing, including the headlining Michelin GT Challenge race, where drivers reach top speeds close to 190 mph.

Just a few weeks later, vintage cars and sportscar legends will take over the track during the Heacock Classic Gold Cup weekend Sept. 24-27, which includes the SVRA Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am race.

“We are thrilled to announce yet another exhilarating race schedule this year at VIRginia Int’l Raceway,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR. “Fans are in for an action-packed lineup of high-energy races, including events they know and love like the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and HyperFest. We’re looking forward to a great season on the track and can’t wait for the fans to experience all VIR has to offer.”

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Truck Series Name Gets A Small Adjustment

Truck Series Name Gets A Small Adjustment

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s Truck Series will have a slightly different name next season.

NASCAR officials announced Tuesday that the series will be known as the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series beginning with the 2020 season.

Gander Outdoors became the title sponsor of the series in 2019 when Marcus Lemonis, the owner of previous series sponsor Camping World, decided to change which brand was featured as the series’ title sponsor.

Lemonis acquired the Gander brand, then known as Gander Mountain, via a bankruptcy auction in May of 2017. He has since rebranded and relaunched the business, which include the company becoming title sponsor of the Truck Series last year.

The Truck Series has gone through a handful of name changes since it launched in 1995. It was originally known as the NASCAR SuperTruck Series, followed by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series from 1996 to 2008.

Lemonis’ company Camping World became title sponsor of the series in 2009 and remained through the 2018 season.

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