By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pro Stock returns to the staging lanes this weekend at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. They are the lone professional class that does not use nitromethane this weekend.
The Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com will start on Friday and run through Sunday with eliminations. Bo Butner won the season-opener in 2018.
The Pomona win in February was Butner’s first before winning on Oct. 28 in Las Vegas.
Butner retired from the sport last November. After the NHRA made the announcement to go from a 24-race schedule to an 18-race schedule, along with a conversation with his grandmother, he elected to come back to the sport.
The 2017 World Champion is the last champion, who will be competing in this sport. Tanner Gray, who became the youngest Pro Stock champion ever last November, elected to leave the NHRA and focus on a career in NASCAR.
There are presently 18 Pro Stock cars entered into the race. Of those 18 cars, only 16 will make the eliminations on Sunday.
Shane Tucker will be racing a full season this season. In addition, Rodger Brogdon will also be racing a full schedule with Elite Performance. Alex Laughlin will be back full-time with Speed Society as his sponsor.
Outside of the regulars, Deric Kramer, Alan Prusiensky, Kenny Delco, Matthew Hartford, Joey Grose, Steve Graham, Val Smeland, Jeffrey Isbell, and Fernando Cuadra will be competing at this event.
Greg Anderson is the active driver with the most wins at this event with 12. In addition, he is tied with the late Bob Glidden with 12 wins.
On Friday, Pro Stock will kick off qualifying for the Pro classes at 3 pm EST/noon PST. Their second qualifying session of the first day of the season will be at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST.
Qualifying session No. 3 will begin at 3 pm EST/noon PST on Saturday. Their final qualifying session of the weekend will come at 6:30 pm EST/3:30 pm PST.
Sunday eliminations will begin at 2 pm EST/11 am PST.
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