Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), veteran John Force (Funny Car), and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) started off the NHRA season with wins on Sunday at the season-opening O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries in Pomona, Calif.
Massey topped Antron Brown in the Top Fuel final, while Force beat Mike Neff for the Funny Car crown, and Anderson outran Jeg Coughlin for the win in Pro Stock. The event was Coughlin's first action after taking off the 2011 season.
In the semifinal round of Top Fuel, Massey ran a 3.75 ET at 328.62 mph. The ET was a track record and the speed is a national record.
Force, 62, claimed his sixth win at this event and 15th at this track with a performance of 4.080 seconds at 315.64 mph in his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. Runner-up Neff finished in 4.036 at 316.82 in his Castrol GTX Mustang.
In her much-publicized debut, Force’s 23-year-old daughter Courtney lost in the second round to Neff, while the elder Force defeated his daughter’s rookie rival, Alexis DeJoria, in a close first-round meeting. Force also beat Tim Wilkerson, and Gary Densham to reach the final round.
Massey, who finished second in the points standings last year, opened the new season in first place by outrunning Brown in the final round to take his seventh career Top Fuel victory and first at Pomona. Massey posted a 3.750 at 325.77 in his FRAM/Prestone dragster to hold off Brown, which trailed with a 3.794 at 320.43.
In Pro Stock, Anderson raced to his 71st career victory and fifth at the Winternationals, by powering his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac to a 6.549 at 210.87 to hold Coughlin’s JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger, which trailed with a 6.586 at 209.62.
Anderson raced past Larry Morgan, Allen Johnson and teammate and defending world champ Jason Line to advance to the final.