Kalitta wins third straight Winternationals at Pomona

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster Doug Kalitta won the first race of the season in his category on Sunday. He took home a Wally from the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California. 

He went 3.698 at 320.23 mph to claim the Wally. Austin Prock — who was in his second finals appearance — went 10.939 at 80.31 mph in the losing effort.

Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Doug Kalitta with the Wally on Sunday after winning the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com
Doug Kalitta with the Wally on Sunday after winning the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com

This is Kalitta’s third straight win at Pomona. He bookended the 2019 season with wins at the historic track.

In addition, this is Kalitta’s 48th win of his career. He is now in the Top 5 on the all-time wins list.

“It’s been an interesting day for sure,” Kalitta said. “A lot of close racing. We have people up there trying to tear the tree down on you so you’re a little nervous about all that. It worked out well though. I’m just really proud of my guys. They busted their tails today. We tore up a little bit of parts here, but it was all good. 

“The 60th is pretty special. Connie was here at the first one. I couldn’t be happier for him and the family and the legacy that’s been created out here. I’m just glad this is one of our better tracks.”

Kalitta was 2-1 against Prock in previous events. However, this was the first-time that they faced each other in a final round. 

The Michigan native was off of the starting line first, and never trailed throughout the race. This is his third straight Winternationals win. 

Prock — the second-year driver for John Force Racing — clicked it off after hazing the tires.

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