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2022 Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Top Fuel Dragster preview

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NHRA kicks off its 2022 season this weekend. Teams will be competing at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California.

Many of these Nitro teams were just competing in the Nitro pre-season testing last weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

AB Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster driver Antron Brown does a burnout before he makes a pass at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park during the Nitro spring training
Antron Brown does a burnout before he makes a pass at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park during the Nitro spring training (Photo by Antron Brown/Instagram)

Four-time Champion Steve Torrence had one of the most dominant seasons last year. He captured 11 wins on the season. He won the final two races of the season.

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He will look to keep that momentum going this weekend in the first of 22 events for the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Torrence will be one of the competitors this weekend.

Torrence is on a dominant streak that was once seen by Tony Schumacher. The eight-time Top Fuel Champion will make his full-time return this season.

He will be the lone driver for Don Schumacher Racing.

2017 Top Fuel Champion Brittany Force and her teammate Austin Prock will be competing. Prock will be competing for the first time on a full-time basis since the 2019 season.

He competed briefly during the 2020 season before missing the rest of the season, as John Force Racing shut down. Without sponsor support in 2021, Prock was a crew member for Robert Hight’s Funny Car team.

Last year, he had to get special permission to fill in for Clay Millican when he could not compete.

AB Motorsports owner Antron Brown will be making his first appearance since starting his own team. He will be in an alliance with Davis Motorsports LLC driver Justin Ashley.

Kalitta Motorsports will field their two drivers in Shawn Langdon and Doug Kalitta. Tony Stewart Racing will make its debut with Leah Pruett driving their lone dragster.

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Parts Plus sponsored driver Clay Millican will be competing. R+L Carriers and Technet sponsored driver Josh Hart will also be in attendance.

Vertex Roofing sponsored Buddy Hull will be making his first appearance since he bought Tim Wilkerson’s Top Fuel Dragster operation. Arizona native James Maroney brought his American Flowtech operation to California to compete in the season-opener.

Scrappers Racing driver Mike Salinas will also be there. Protechs sponsored driver Doug Foley, Ron August Jr., and Scott Farley will also be competing for the 16 elimination spots for Sunday’s show.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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