(Photos by Wes Allison) – It is the beginning of the end of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season with the kick off of the 2018 NHRA Auto Club World finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. It was the traditional “hardcore Thursday” that sportsman racers own yesterday and boy did they own it. Every class in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series has been decided save for one, Super Comp. It’ll be a horse race right down to the end on Sunday we hope as the championship hangs in the balance.
The photos you’ll see below capture some of the neatest cars on the ground hanging the hoops as they leave a starting line that had bite for days. Stockers and super stockers primarily make up this gallery but there are some nice little surprises in there as well. While qualifying is fun and relatively low key in many respects, the action heats up hard on Friday with sportsman eliminations and professional qualifying kicking off as well.
The weather is going to be great, the cars will be fast and the NHRA season will draw to a close on Sunday afternoon. If you are around SoCal this weekend BE HERE! Enjoy these photos to get your weekend started.