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2021 NHRA Season Wrap-Up: Anderson, Torrence, Capps & Smith Take Home Season Points Championships

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The smoke has cleared around Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, and we have a new set of NHRA World Champions. While some winners may have been decided early, other classes went down to the wire. So let’s get to our recap of the final race of this season in our last NHRA Wrap-Up of 2021!

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2021 Auto Club NHRA Finals Pro Stock Results

It was a season to remember for Greg Anderson. In addition to surpassing NHRA legend Warren Johnson in the all-time Pro Stock win column earlier this year, he grabbed his 99th Pro Stock victory and his fifth NHRA World Championship this past weekend. But it wasn’t easy. Nope, he had to dispatch teammate Kyle Koretsky, himself sitting at number four in the points standings. But thanks to a quick light, Anderson ripped off a 6.574-second, 208.23 mph run to slip past Koretsky’s 6.567/209.56 pass to lift the Wally, secure the Championship, and put the wraps on an unforgettable 2021 NHRA season.

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2021 Auto Club NHRA Finals Top Fuel Results

In Top Fuel for 2021, Steve Torrence was, in a word, dominant. He’d won in over half the Top Fuel events this season, and was on an even hotter streak rolling into Pomona. In fact, by the end of the first round, Torrence had locked-up the championship. But, shocker, he didn’t let up in the last race of the season—facing Antron Brown in the final, Torrence crossed the beams with a 3.759-second, 317.12 mph blast to grab the Wally over Brown’s 3.803/312.21 run. A fitting cap to his 2021 Top Fuel campaign.

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2021 Auto Club NHRA Finals Funny Car Results

Speaking of cap, errr, Capps. He comes home from Pomona a World Champion too. In what was an exciting juggling match all season, the Funny Car points standings seemed to be shaken up ever week. But it was Capps who edged by teammate Matt Hagan in the points standings to nab the second World Championship of his career. Though in a fitting end to a madcap season, neither Capps or Hagan made it to the finals in Pomona. Instead it was Bob Tasca III who got the win with a 3.955-second, 321.65 effort, besting Alexis DeJoria’s 3.974/322.58.

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2021 Auto Club NHRA Finals Pro Stock Motorcycle Results

Matt Smith has been a strong presence in Pro Stock Motorcycle all season long, so seeing him ride away from Pomona a World Champion is no major surprise if you’ve been following PSM racing this year. And he kept up plenty of momentum all weekend—despite securing the championships in the quarters, Smith went on to win the whole darn event with a 6.817-second, 200.74 mph run past Karen Stoffer’s 6.766/198.47.

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The 2022 NHRA Season Kicks off with the WinterNationals February 17 – 20, 2022 at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona California.

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Unofficial Final 2021 NHRA Championship Points Standings

Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 2752
  2. Erica Enders, 2645
  3. Dallas Glenn, 2575
  4. Kyle Koretsky, 2532
  5. Aaron Stanfield, 2415
  6. Troy Coughlin Jr., 2393
  7. Mason McGaha, 2378
  8. Chris McGaha, 2361
  9. Matt Hartford, 2353
  10. Deric Kramer, 2311

Top Fuel

  1. Steve Torrence, 2873
  2. Brittany Force, 2637
  3. Mike Salinas, 2614
  4. Justin Ashley, 2556
  5. Billy Torrence, 2498
  6. Antron Brown, 2427
  7. Leah Pruett, 2401
  8. Clay Millican, 2384
  9. Shawn Langdon, 2310
  10. Doug Kalitta, 2290

Funny Car

  1. Ron Capps, 2676
  2. Matt Hagan, 2639
  3. Bob Tasca III, 2586
  4. Cruz Pedregon, 2555
  5. John Force, 2543
  6. Alexis DeJoria, 2526
  7. J.R. Todd, 2498
  8. Robert Hight, 2478
  9. Tim Wilkerson, 2361
  10. Blake Alexander, 2184

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Matt Smith, 2721
  2. Angelle Sampey, 2590
  3. Steve Johnson, 2586
  4. Eddie Krawiec, 2511
  5. Karen Stoffer, 2499
  6. Scotty Pollacheck, 2407
  7. Angie Smith, 2327
  8. Joey Gladstone, 2267
  9. Andrew Hines, 2259
  10. Ryan Oehler, 2230

Congratulations to all the NHRA Racers this year, and we look forward to the new season beginning in February 2022!

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