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February 17, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Courtney Force made it a banner day for women in U.S. motor racing Sunday by winning the funny car division of the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. Hours after Danica Patrick made history by capturing the pole position for NASCAR's Daytona 500, Force defeated Ron Capps of Carlsbad in the funny car final eliminations at Auto Club Raceway. Force's winning run was 4.025 seconds down the 1,000-foot drag strip at a top speed of 317.12 mph. It was the second win for Force, the 24-year-old daughter of 15-time funny car champion John Force of Yorba Linda.
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February 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Tony Schumacher not only is the most successful top-fuel drag racer in NHRA history, he's also a huge hockey fan. So he was thrilled to drop the ceremonial opening puck at the Kings' game Thursday night at Staples Center, where they snapped a four-game losing streak. Now Schumacher hopes to end a drought of his own. After winning a remarkable six consecutive top-fuel championships from 2004 through 2009, giving him a record seven overall, Schumacher hasn't won a title since then.
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June 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Turns out Shawn Langdon's win at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona was just the start of a breakout year for the drag racer from Mira Loma. Langdon, 30, drives in the premier top-fuel class of the National Hot Rod Assn.'s Mello Yello Series, and he's won the last two races: In Topeka, Kan., and last weekend in Englishtown, N.J. That's vaulted Langdon into the lead of the championship standings by a slim four points over seven-time champion Tony Schumacher as the series heads to Bristol, Tenn., this weekend for the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals.
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January 14, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Qualifying for the two elite classes of NHRA drag racing will be shortened to two days from three at this year's Circle K Winternationals in Pomona next month. The sport's so-called nitro classes -- top fuel and funny cars, the 300-mph dragsters that use nitromethane fuel -- will have qualifying Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at Auto Club Raceway. Each day will feature two rounds of qualifying runs for top fuel and funny cars, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The qualifying rounds determine the 16 cars in each class that race in the final eliminations Feb. 9 to determine the event winners.
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November 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A rewarding part of Shawn Langdon's return to his home track in Pomona this past week was mingling with teenage drivers in the amateur drag-racing classes. "They say, 'Hey, I want to race top fuel some day,'" said Langdon, a 31-year-old Mira Loma native who tagged along with his racing father, Chad, to Pomona and came up through the sport's junior circuit. "I tell them, 'I was just like you 15 or 20 years ago.' I didn't have much more than a dream to drive a top-fuel car. " Langdon capped a dream season, one in which he clinched his first top-fuel world championship and the $500,000 bonus that goes with it on Saturday, with four wins in Sunday's Auto Club NHRA Finals, including a title-run victory over Doug Kalitta of Ypsilanti, Mich.
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November 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It wasn't the blazing ride into the sunset Shawn Langdon envisioned. With dusk settling on the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on Saturday, the top-fuel drag racer smoked his tires on his final qualifying run of the NHRA Finals, sputtering down the 1,000-foot strip in 4.869 seconds, his worst pass of the meet. But top challenger Antron Brown did the same thing in the lane next door, smoking his tires on a 6.083-second run, and that allowed Langdon to clinch his first top-fuel world championship and a $500,000 bonus at the track the 31-year-old Mira Loma native practically grew up at. "It wasn't a spectacular run to win a championship, but it was the job we did prior to this that allowed us to win the title," said Langdon, who has won six events this year.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda. John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch to a new chassis on his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang vaulted him toward his 16th title, which he clinched in Las Vegas two weeks ago. He followed that up Friday by leading the funny-car qualifying at...
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January 14, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Qualifying for the two elite classes of NHRA drag racing will be shortened to two days from three at this year's Circle K Winternationals in Pomona next month. The sport's so-called nitro classes -- top fuel and funny cars, the 300-mph dragsters that use nitromethane fuel -- will have qualifying Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at Auto Club Raceway. Each day will feature two rounds of qualifying runs for top fuel and funny cars, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The qualifying rounds determine the 16 cars in each class that race in the final eliminations Feb. 9 to determine the event winners.
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November 4, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at Jimmie Johnson's win at Texas, NASCAR's title Chase and other motor racing over the weekend, five things come to mind: --Johnson hasn't won his sixth title yet. It's down to Johnson and Matt Kenseth for the championship, with Johnson holding a seven-point edge with two races left, at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. But remember what happened last year? Johnson arrived in Phoenix with an identical seven-point lead, crashed and lost the title to Brad Keselowski. It likely will go down to the wire.
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February 28, 2011 | By Larry Stewart
The last time elite drag racers John Force and Larry Dixon competed at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, at the National Hot Rod Assn. Finals in November, they wrapped up series championships in their respective divisions. On Sunday at the NHRA Winternationals, the first stop of 22 on the Full Throttle Series, which concludes in Pomona this November, neither fared too well. Force lost in the second round of funny car eliminations after Dixon lost in the first round of top fuel.
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November 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A rewarding part of Shawn Langdon's return to his home track in Pomona this past week was mingling with teenage drivers in the amateur drag-racing classes. "They say, 'Hey, I want to race top fuel some day,'" said Langdon, a 31-year-old Mira Loma native who tagged along with his racing father, Chad, to Pomona and came up through the sport's junior circuit. "I tell them, 'I was just like you 15 or 20 years ago.' I didn't have much more than a dream to drive a top-fuel car. " Langdon capped a dream season, one in which he clinched his first top-fuel world championship and the $500,000 bonus that goes with it on Saturday, with four wins in Sunday's Auto Club NHRA Finals, including a title-run victory over Doug Kalitta of Ypsilanti, Mich.
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November 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It wasn't the blazing ride into the sunset Shawn Langdon envisioned. With dusk settling on the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on Saturday, the top-fuel drag racer smoked his tires on his final qualifying run of the NHRA Finals, sputtering down the 1,000-foot strip in 4.869 seconds, his worst pass of the meet. But top challenger Antron Brown did the same thing in the lane next door, smoking his tires on a 6.083-second run, and that allowed Langdon to clinch his first top-fuel world championship and a $500,000 bonus at the track the 31-year-old Mira Loma native practically grew up at. "It wasn't a spectacular run to win a championship, but it was the job we did prior to this that allowed us to win the title," said Langdon, who has won six events this year.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The last time Antron Brown played Pomona, he wound up in a sand trap, which would have been fine if he'd been driving a ball at the Mountain Meadows Golf Course across the street and not a 320-mph dragster at the Auto Club Raceway. Brown, 37, has had two crashes in 16 years on the National Hot Rod Assn. circuit. One came last February at the Winternationals in Pomona, where his 8,000-horsepower top-fuel engine exploded as he crossed the finish line ahead of David Grubnic. Brown's car careened into Grubnic's lane, flipped upside down and disintegrated as it drifted down the strip, coming to rest in the safety sand trap at the end of the track.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It's been a challenging, rewarding and revealing year for America's first family of drag racing, the Forces of Yorba Linda. John Force, the 64-year-old patriarch, was in fifth place in the Mello Yello Series funny-car standings in July before a switch to a new chassis on his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang vaulted him toward his 16th title, which he clinched in Las Vegas two weeks ago. He followed that up Friday by leading the funny-car qualifying at...
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November 4, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at Jimmie Johnson's win at Texas, NASCAR's title Chase and other motor racing over the weekend, five things come to mind: --Johnson hasn't won his sixth title yet. It's down to Johnson and Matt Kenseth for the championship, with Johnson holding a seven-point edge with two races left, at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. But remember what happened last year? Johnson arrived in Phoenix with an identical seven-point lead, crashed and lost the title to Brad Keselowski. It likely will go down to the wire.
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June 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Turns out Shawn Langdon's win at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona was just the start of a breakout year for the drag racer from Mira Loma. Langdon, 30, drives in the premier top-fuel class of the National Hot Rod Assn.'s Mello Yello Series, and he's won the last two races: In Topeka, Kan., and last weekend in Englishtown, N.J. That's vaulted Langdon into the lead of the championship standings by a slim four points over seven-time champion Tony Schumacher as the series heads to Bristol, Tenn., this weekend for the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals.
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