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Johnny Ahten – 51st Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals Wrap-Up
Pomona, CA – Johnny Ahten and the Island Renovations / Combust Filters Dragster advanced to the second round at the 51st Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals last weekend at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. After qualifying with a 5.338 /265.48, Ahten entered the final race of the year in the number twelve position, won their first round match-up with 2014 World Champion Chris Demke, and finished the year in the number five position in Regional points.
“I feel good that we qualified and got a round win over the champ,” said Ahten. “The new chassis turned us into detectives, and now we have to follow the clues. We will go over the car, look at the data, and prepare for a strong campaign in 2016.”
Thursday qualifying started out with a 5.338 /265.48 which put Ahten in the number six position for the day. Friday’s qualifying session started off well, with the Stump Puller launching well off the starting line. Tire shake then reared its ugly head and Johnny wisely ended the run. Saturday morning’s final qualifying session was a repeat of that performance. At the conclusion of qualifying, Ahten was slotted in the number twelve slot. That paired him against fellow CleanBoost Oil racer Chris Demke in round one.
In Saturday’s first round of eliminations, Johnny had to pedal the car due to tire shake but got the 5.441/264.44 win over Demke's 9.775/84.67, as both drivers had issues. The Island Renovations / Combust Filters dragster was then paired against David Sheetz in round 2 Sunday.
Occasional rain showers delayed the running of the Top Alcohol Dragster class until after the second round of the professional classes. At the hit, Ahten got the advantage, and began to thunder down the track. Sheetz was right there with Ahten until the Stump Puller lost fire in a cylinder, and raw fuel began to pour out. Sheets crossed the line first with a 5.410/269.83 to Ahten’s 5.587/259.41.
As the crew drove down to pick Johnny up, a gentle rain began to fall. Ahten Racing must now weather the off-season and prepare to go racing in the second week of February. To stay informed with the latest please visit: www.facebook.com/JohnnyAhtenRacing
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