“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan

Why am I not in Pomona??

Ever since the beginning of the year, I’ve received this question. Whether it’s from new fans or old ones, it never fails that I get asked why I don’t attend every race. I hope this blog helps those who don’t fully understand how the Sportsman points system works in NHRA, and why racers don’t visit every race on the NHRA schedules.

According to the NHRA rulebook in Section 3 page 2-4:

“Contestants in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories (Super Street is division only) compete for NHRA Sportsman championship titles on the basis of total points earned at NHRA national, regional, and divisional events.

“Each Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car driver is eligible to compete for points at five regional and 10 national events. When a driver has competed in those five regionals and 10 national events, or the season ends at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, his or her best three regional and best seven national finishes will constitute the driver’s NHRA Sportsman championship points total.


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