Title contenders Greg Anderson and Matt Smith finished the day as the leaders in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively, while Mike Salinas leads Top Fuel and Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for the Auto Club NHRA Finals, the final event of the 2021 NHRA season.
Mike Salinas took his Scrappers Racing Top Fuel dragster to the No. 1 qualifying spot with a 3.694 at 328.78 MPH. Salinas has been to the final round in three of the past four events with a win in Bristol.
Robert Hight piloted his John Force Racing Funny Car to the top of the ladder with a run of 3.894 at 330.55. He was one of seven drivers who had sub 4 second runs on Friday.
While both Hight and Salinas are out of championship contention in 2021, the next 2 divisions were lead by the point leaders.
Greg Anderson and his KB Motorsports HendrickCars.com Camaro ran a 6.566 at 210.21 MPH to take the top stop and to extend his points lead over Erica Enders. Anderson came into the event with a 32 point cushion.
Matt Smith rode his Denso Buell to a 6.779 at 201.19 MPH to lead the Pro Stock Motorcycle field after the first day of qualifying. With Smith Battling Steve Johnson and Angelle Sampey for the championship, it was vital to get a good start and some extra bonus points.
Action continues on Saturday with 2 additional rounds of qualifying for Sunday's final event of the season.
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