Post-Race Pomona J.R. Todd, DHL Funny Car

Qualifying: J.R. Todd was the No. 13 qualifier at the Lucas Oil Winternationals. With weather reducing qualifying to just two rounds, Todd’s best qualifying effort came during the rain-delayed Saturday round when the DHL GR Supra was on an excellent pass before slowing to a 4.207-second run at 223.80 mph.

Eliminations: Todd and the DHL Toyota team defeated Cruz Pedregon and Paul Lee before losing to Matt Hagan in the semifinals. Todd won the first six eliminations rounds of the season before the Pomona semifinal loss.

When Todd advanced to the semifinals, he earned a spot in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge at the next race near Phoenix. During Saturday’s qualifying sessions, the drivers who reached the semifinals in Pomona will re-run the semifinals and final earning additional purse and championship bonus points.

Unofficial Point Standings: Todd leaves Pomona in first place in the NHRA Funny Car point standings. The final round of eliminations was postponed by rain and will be run at the next race in Phoenix. With the incomplete race, Todd will either lead Matt Hagan by nine points or John Force by 29 points depending on who wins the weather-delayed final round.

Todd on Pomona: “I think our lucky streak finally ran out in the semis, but all-in-all, I’m really proud of my guys for working hard for DHL, Revchem, SealMaster and never giving up. I can’t really complain about the weekend going to the semifinals. The weather made track conditions a little tricky for our GR Supra, but everybody was in the same boat. We made some good runs out there, and it’s nice to leave Pomona with the points lead.”