Austin Prock, Cruz Pedregon, Greg Anderson & Angie Smith Take NHRA Finals Wins At Pomona

Story By: NHRA – POMONA, CA – Austin Prock (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angie Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won the sixth race in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs at the 57th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to cap off a spectacular 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.

In the Top Fuel final round, Prock finished off his impressive run in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, winning for the second time in the postseason by going a remarkable 3.641-seconds at 336.23 mph in the final round in his 11,000-horsepower Montana Brand/Rocky Mountain Twist dragster. The career-best run sent him past Antron Brown and to his third career victory, also vaulting him to third in points to finish off the year.

“I’m so happy for (crew chief) Rahn Tobler,” Prock said. “I’ve had a blast working with him. He’s an absolute legend in the sport and to go out like he did tonight speaks volumes about what he’s done for the sport. That was the quickest run he’s ever made in history, and it was his last one. Then during the semifinals (against Brittany Force), we were the quickest side-by-side run (in Top Fuel history). I’m really proud of Rahn and I still get butterflies when I watch him roll into the staging beams. He’s accomplished so much in the sport, and he believes in me to drive his race car. He came out of retirement to come work with me and that means a lot to me. It gives me a lot of confidence and I’m glad we went out on top with him.”

Brown finished second in points by advancing to the final round for the fourth time in 2022.

Cruz Pedregon was dominant to close out the year in Funny Car, winning his first race of the year and setting a string of career-bests along the way. The topper was an outstanding 3.839 at 335.65 in his 11,000-horsepower Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in the final round against Capps, putting the two-time world champ on a great path heading into 2023. Pedregon made four runs of 3.84 in qualifying and then was stellar throughout eliminations to pick up his 39th career victory.

“This weekend feels surreal to me,” Pedregon said. “I’ve had some really great cars I’ve been fortunate to drive in my career, but this car is the best race car I’ve ever driven by a long shot. It says a lot for the team. I do want to point out we added Lee Beard as a consultant on the car, but I have to shout out (crew chief) John Collins and the team who has been with me for two years now and give them the credit. What Lee brought to the table fit what we were already doing. It all came together.”

Greg Anderson didn’t grab a championship this year in Pro Stock, as Erica Enders rolled to her fifth title, but he did close out 2022 with a victory in Pomona, getting past Enders in the final round with a pass of 6.516 at 210.31 in his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. It hands Anderson his 101st career win, as well as a perfect sendoff for departing owner Ken Black, who watched his final race on Sunday in Pomona.

“It was an emotional weekend for me. It’s been 20 years of glory, to be honest,” Anderson said. “It’s been a heck of a ride with (team owner) Ken, Judy, and the entire Black family. They’ve done everything for me. They’ve made all my hopes and dreams and wishes come true. I never dreamt in my life that I could ever achieve anything like this and I couldn’t do it without Ken Black. He absolutely made it happen.

“We had 20 great years together. I love the man, love the family. He’s like a second father to me. So, coming into the weekend in Pomona, we know we’re not going to win a world championship this year so really the only way to give him a small thank you for all he’s done. All the cards fell right today. I felt great all weekend. I felt good as a driver and had a good weekend of driving. My race car was fast and the chips all fell down right. I think it all came down to the best way I could have written the story, just like back at Indy. I think these wins, when I won Indy this year when I got No. 100 and this one to give Ken Black his final trophy, probably my two biggest wins. It’s incredible.”

Enders advanced to her 13th final round in 2022, the finishing touches on one of the most dominant seasons in Pro Stock history. She ends the year with a career-best 10 wins.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Angie Smith helped the team finish the season with a victory for the third straight year, knocking off Joey Gladstone with a 6.749 at 199.55 on her Denso Auto Parts Buell. Smith, who picked up her first win of the season, has now won the finale twice in the past three years, making it an all-Smith winner’s circle for the race and championship. She set the track speed record earlier in the weekend and then put together a string of quality runs on Sunday, finishing a career-best third in points.

“I just needed to go out there and qualify well and just turn on win lights,” A. Smith said. “I think my goal in qualifying was just to make straight runs and every run we were going faster and faster, so I knew I had a good bike going into race day. Everybody that we race are very tough competitors. I did my job and I won it on a holeshot (in the final round). I think I’d rather win on a holeshot over anything. It’s nice to outrun people but winning on a holeshot is pretty epic.”

Gladstone advanced to his sixth final round of the season, finishing second in points.

The 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season begins March 9-12 with the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.

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POMONA, Calif. — Final finish order (1-16) at the 57th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The race is the final of 22 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1. Austin Prock; 2. Antron Brown; 3. Brittany Force; 4. Josh Hart; 5. Leah Pruett; 6. Clay

Millican; 7. Ron August; 8. Krista Baldwin; 9. Justin Ashley; 10. Doug Kalitta; 11. Steve

Torrence; 12. Steven Chrisman; 13. Alex Laughlin; 14. Tony Schumacher; 15. Shawn Langdon; 16. Mike Salinas.

FUNNY CAR:

1. Cruz Pedregon; 2. Ron Capps; 3. Alexis DeJoria; 4. Bob Tasca III; 5. Tim Wilkerson; 6.

Steven Densham; 7. Robert Hight; 8. John Force; 9. Chad Green; 10. Jim Campbell; 11. J.R. Todd; 12. Jason Rupert; 13. Blake Alexander; 14. Matt Hagan; 15. Paul Lee; 16. Jeff Arend.

PRO STOCK:

1. Greg Anderson; 2. Erica Enders; 3. Aaron Stanfield; 4. Fernando Cuadra; 5. Bo Butner; 6. Troy Coughlin Jr.; 7. Matt Hartford; 8. Cristian Cuadra; 9. Deric Kramer; 10. Camrie Caruso; 11. Chris McGaha; 12. Fernando Cuadra Jr.; 13. Mason McGaha; 14. Dallas Glenn; 15. Kyle Koretsky; 16. Shane Tucker.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1. Angie Smith; 2. Joey Gladstone; 3. Matt Smith; 4. Steve Johnson; 5. Angelle Sampey; 6. Jerry Savoie; 7. Karen Stoffer; 8. Marc Ingwersen; 9. Ryan Oehler; 10. Gaige Herrera; 11. Chris Bostick; 12. Hector Arana Jr; 13. Freddie Camarena; 14. Michael Phillips; 15. Kelly Clontz; 16. Katie Justice.

POMONA, Calif. — Sunday’s final results from the 57th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The race is the final of 22 in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Austin Prock, 3.641 seconds, 336.23 mph def. Antron Brown, 3.701 seconds, 320.74 mph.

Funny Car — Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger, 3.839, 335.65 def. Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 3.850, 333.16.

Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.516, 210.31 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.515, 210.01.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Angie Smith, EBR, 6.749, 199.55 def. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.739, 199.67.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Taylor Vetter, 5.272, 247.25 def. Joey Severance, 5.489, 206.73.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.441, 265.85 def. Doug Gordon, Camaro, 5.450, 268.17.

Competition Eliminator — Allen Wilson, Dragster, 7.194, 182.30 def. Ryan Priddy, Chevy, 6.428, 207.27.

Super Stock — Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Pontiac Firebird, 9.717, 131.65 def. Tim Seymour, Chevy Camaro, 9.060, 140.44.

Stock Eliminator — Ryan Mangus, Chevy Nova, 11.396, 101.68 def. Chris Hall, Chevy Camaro, Foul – Red Light.

Super Comp — Jerron Settles, Dragster, 8.942, 175.57 def. Angelina Ferre, Dragster, 8.947, 172.45.

Super Gas — Bob Locke, Chevy Corvette, 9.904, 149.38 def. Brian Preszler, Corvette, 9.921, 148.51.

Top Dragster presented by Vortech Superchargers — Alan Kenny, Dragster, 6.137, 211.10 def. Dylan Hough, Dragster, 6.710, 197.97.

Top Sportsman presented by Vortech Superchargers — Lance Abbott, Chevy S-10, 6.913, 188.10 def. Vince Hoda, Chevy Camaro, 8.033, 120.18.

Junior Dragster Shootout — Mason Weaver, Halfscale, 8.042, 75.65 def. Mason Phlegar, Halfscale, 7.920, 81.12.

POMONA, Calif. — Final round-by-round results from the 57th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the final of 22 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Clay Millican, 3.746, 282.84 def. Tony Schumacher, 6.873, 97.33; Josh Hart, 3.801, 320.28 def. Doug Kalitta, 4.113, 255.92; Leah Pruett, 4.959, 150.20 def. Alex Laughlin, 6.518, 121.61; Brittany Force, 3.701, 334.90 def. Steven Chrisman, 4.794, 176.53; Krista Baldwin, 4.309, 192.88 def. Mike Salinas, 9.036, 86.20; Ron August, 3.903, 316.67 def. Steve Torrence, 4.267, 244.38; Austin Prock, 3.711, 329.34 def. Shawn Langdon, 7.377, 87.80; Antron Brown, 3.704, 333.82 def. Justin Ashley, 4.070, 290.01; QUARTERFINALS — Hart, 3.746, 314.75 def. Baldwin, 4.015, 234.78; Brown,

3.805, 318.99 def. August, 3.890, 315.56; Force, 3.687, 334.24 def. Millican, 3.864, 283.97; Prock, 3.704, 329.18 def. Pruett, 3.721, 324.20;

SEMIFINALS — Brown, 3.725, 324.44 def. Hart, 3.717, 331.20; Prock, 3.642, 335.48 def. Force, 3.676, 337.58;

FINAL — Prock, 3.641, 336.23 def. Brown, 3.701, 320.74.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.885, 330.63 def. Paul Lee, Dodge Charger, 8.753, 76.46; Steven Densham, Mustang, 4.170, 269.94 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 6.075, 124.87; Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.862, 333.74 def. Jason Rupert, Mustang, 5.244, 141.31; Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 3.852, 334.98 def. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 10.350, 81.52; Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.872, 330.47 def. Chad Green, Mustang, 3.914, 327.82; Alexis DeJoria, Supra, 4.014, 266.32 def. Jim Campbell,

Charger, 4.272, 235.84; John Force, Camaro, 3.919, 317.49 def. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 5.548, 128.71; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.878, 331.12 def. J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.349, 218.27;

QUARTERFINALS — DeJoria, 3.914, 326.56 def. Densham, 4.065, 298.47; Pedregon, 3.876, 330.96 def. Force, 6.495, 79.93; Capps, 3.865, 330.80 def. Wilkerson, 3.905, 330.55; Tasca III, 4.262, 224.96 def. Hight, 6.292, 110.92;

SEMIFINALS — Pedregon, 3.864, 331.77 def. DeJoria, 3.880, 330.15; Capps, 3.865, 334.65 def. Tasca III, 3.905, 327.11;

FINAL — Pedregon, 3.839, 335.65 def. Capps, 3.850, 333.16.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Erica Enders, Chevy Camaro, 6.520, 210.34 def. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.852, 208.14; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.549, 209.33 def. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.596, 209.30; Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.559, 209.20 def. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, Broke; Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.558, 209.23 def. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.548, 209.14; Fernando Cuadra, Mustang, 6.581, 209.17 def. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 21.266, 70.20; Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.552, 209.33 def. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, Foul – Red

Light; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.523, 210.18 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.566, 209.56; Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.518, 210.80 def. Shane Tucker, Camaro, Foul – Centerline; QUARTERFINALS — F. Cuadra, 6.565, 209.82 def. C. Cuadra, 6.624, 209.17; Stanfield, 6.562, 208.84 def. Hartford, 6.544, 209.46; Anderson, 6.537, 209.95 def. Butner, 6.539, 210.44; Enders, 6.521, 210.11 def. Coughlin Jr., 6.542, 210.37;

SEMIFINALS — Anderson, 6.546, 210.21 def. F. Cuadra, Foul – Red Light; Enders, 6.537, 209.92 def. Stanfield, 6.552, 209.72;

FINAL — Anderson, 6.516, 210.31 def. Enders, 6.515, 210.01.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.855, 196.27 def. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 7.309, 192.96; Marc Ingwersen, 6.849, 195.08 def. Gaige Herrera, Suzuki, 6.898, 193.52; Angie Smith, 6.752, 202.09 def. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 6.994, 194.41; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.828, 196.42 def. Ryan Oehler, 6.862, 197.83; Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.765, 198.29 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.971, 197.86; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.792, 198.09 def. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 6.956, 189.10; Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 6.829, 192.17 def. Katie Justice, Suzuki, Broke – No Show; Matt Smith, Buell, 6.770, 200.92 def. Michael Phillips, Buell, 7.037, 187.68;

QUARTERFINALS — Johnson, 7.126, 152.80 def. Sampey, Foul – Red Light; A. Smith, 6.754, 202.24 def. Savoie, 6.792, 199.08; Gladstone, 6.746, 199.55 def. Stoffer, 6.882, 193.49; M. Smith, 6.915, 171.90 def. Ingwersen, Foul – Red Light;

SEMIFINALS — A. Smith, 6.794, 200.26 def. Johnson, Broke; Gladstone, 6.757, 199.40 def. M. Smith, 6.757, 202.03;

FINAL — A. Smith, 6.749, 199.55 def. Gladstone, 6.739, 199.67.

POMONA, Calif. — Point standings (top 10) following the 57th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the final of 22 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel

1. Brittany Force, 2,596; 2. Antron Brown, 2,534; 3. Austin Prock, 2,514; 4. Justin Ashley,

2,510; 5. Mike Salinas, 2,461; 6. Steve Torrence, 2,443; 7. Josh Hart, 2,419; 8. Clay Millican, 2,348; 9. Shawn Langdon, 2,339; 10. Doug Kalitta, 2,335.

Funny Car

1. Ron Capps, 2,682; 2. Robert Hight, 2,679; 3. Matt Hagan, 2,587; 4. Bob Tasca III, 2,504; 5. John Force, 2,490; 6. Cruz Pedregon, 2,410; 7. Alexis DeJoria, 2,372; 8. J.R. Todd, 2,344; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 2,343; 10. Blake Alexander, 2,199.

Pro Stock

1. Erica Enders, 2,823; 2. Greg Anderson, 2,581; 3. Aaron Stanfield, 2,575; 4. Troy Coughlin Jr., 2,538; 5. Kyle Koretsky, 2,459; 6. Matt Hartford, 2,397; 7. Dallas Glenn, 2,375; 8. Cristian Cuadra, 2,295; 9. Bo Butner, 2,265; 10. Deric Kramer, 2,259.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Matt Smith, 2,610; 2. Joey Gladstone, 2,528; 3. Angie Smith, 2,519; 4. Jerry Savoie, 2,432; 5. Steve Johnson, 2,407; 6. Angelle Sampey, 2,353; 7. Eddie Krawiec, 2,306; 8. Marc Ingwersen, 2,284; 9. Karen Stoffer, 2,253; 10. Ryan Oehler, 2,229.

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