CLERMONT, Ind – It was looking like all three points leaders in the top three divisions of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series would have a great chance of winning Monday’s final eliminations in the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway.
Instead, all were bounced by the end of the second round.
Steve Torrence took over the Top Fuel points lead in the second race of the season and hasn’t given it up since. He entered the weekend with five wins in 17 races in 2018. Unfortunately, he qualified with the No. 5 position and was bounced in the second round by No. 13 Terry McMillen.
How rare was that?
Torrence hasn’t lost in the first or second round since Sonoma as Sonoma and Indy are his lone two races that he didn’t make it to at least the semifinals since Houston. Plus, McMillen had lost in the first round in each of the last five races. Here he was upsetting the most dominant driver in the series this year.
Force, has held the Funny Car points lead over the last 11 races and had just one first round loss in the last 12 races overall. But, she was knocked out by No. 3 qualifier Matt Hagan in the second round of Monday’s final eliminations.
Then there’s Greg Anderson. He’s been in the top two of the points standings since Topeka, leading it in in eight of the last 10 races too. He was beat by Jeg Coughlin Jr. in round two for his second loss in the second round over the last three races.
It wasn’t a good day to be the points leader in NHRA.