POMONA, Calif. -- For the first time since 1982, a female has captured a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship. Brittany Force clinched the category crown in the quarterfinals of eliminations Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) also won world championships in their respective categories at the final 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event. The race winners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona were Force (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
Top Fuel World Champion Brittany Force driver of the Monster Energy dragster.
Force is the second female in Top Fuel history to win a world championship. She clinched the title on the strength of a No. 1qualifying position at the season ending event and, when she defeated Richie Crampton in the quarter finals, and Steve Torrence lost to Antron Brown, she won the tile.
Top Fuel winner Brittany Force driver of the Monster Energy dragster.
Force defeated Shawn Langdon in the final event of the season to secure her fourth Wally of the season. She defeated Terry Haddock, Richie Crampton and Antron Brown before entering the finals.
Funny Car World Champion Robert Hight driver of Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car
Hight secured his second world championship in the first round of eliminations after Tim Wilkerson smoked the tires. He later fell to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final round of the event.
Funny Car winner Tommy Johnson Jr. driver of the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.
Johnson has back-to-back victories at this event having won in 2016. He took down Bob Bode, John Force and No. 1 qualifier Jack Beckman.
Pro Stock World Champion Bo Butner driver of the Jim Butner's Auto Chevrolet Camaro.
Butner secured his first career world championship during the final round of eliminations when he defeated Tanner Gray. He captured the Auto Club NHRA Finals Wally for his first career victory at Pomona.
Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Andrew Hines rider of the Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.
Hines defeated teammate and world champion Eddie Krawiec in the final round of the event. He finished second in the points standing.
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