NHRA BREAKOUT BOX WHAT: Winston Finals. WHEN: Thursday-Sunday. WHERE: Pomona Raceway, Pomona, Calif. PRO QUALIFYING: 1:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. FINAL ELIMINATIONS: 10:30 a.m. (PST) ...
NHRA BREAKOUT BOX
WHAT: Winston Finals.
WHERE: Pomona Raceway, Pomona, Calif.
PRO QUALIFYING: 1:30 p.m. (PST) Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS: 10:30 a.m. (PST) Sunday.
BUDWEISER CLASSIC: 11:30 a.m. (PST) Saturday.
TV: Live first round, 10:30 a.m. (PST) Sunday, TNN; live final round, 4 p.m. (PST) Sunday, TNN; live Budweiser Classic, 4 p.m. (PST) Saturday, TNN.
POINT LEADERS: Gary Scelzi (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Jim Yates (Pro Stock), Matt Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
1996 WINNERS: Joe Amato (Top Fuel), Force (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock), John Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle), Scott Kalitta (Budweiser Classic).
FAST FACTS: Scelzi only needs to make one qualifying attempt to become the first rookie in NHRA history to clinch the Winston Top Fuel championship. Force, Yates and Hines already clinched in their respective categories ... Cory McClenathan would become the first Top Fuel driver in NHRA history to win seven races in one season with a victory at this season-ending event ... Amato is the No. 1 seed for the Budweiser Classic, a special event for the eight drivers who earned the most points during qualifying this season. The winner earns $100,000. Amato has won the Classic six times, a record ... Any driver who wins the Budweiser Classic and the Winston Finals will earn $200,000, as NHRA will double the Winston Finals winner's check with a $50,000 bonus ... Two-time NHRA Winston Top Fuel champion Kalitta is retiring after this event to concentrate on his air-cargo business. Kalitta, 35, won the Budweiser Classic last year ... Car owner Joe Gibbs landed Hot Rod magazine and Interstate Batteries as sponsors next year for his Funny Car driven by 1992 NHRA Winston champion Cruz Pedregon ... Yates is trying to become just the second Pro Stock driver in NHRA history to win 10 national events in one season. Darrell Alderman won 11 in 1991.