Amid the thunder and contrails of another NHRA Finals at Pomona there were echoes of Los Angeles County Raceway.

Jack Beckman of Corona, who began his drag racing career at LACR after his honorable discharge from the Air Force came within three points of winning his second Funny Car world championship.

Fast Jack tore off a pass of 3.27 seconds at 323.27 MPH  down the legendary quarter mile in the final round.

Another proud LACR alumna, Karen Stoffer,  finished fourth in the Pro Stock Motorcycle series won by Andrew Hines.

Steve Torrence successfully defended his Top Fuel world title, and Erica Enders won her second Pro Stock world championship.

Pomona wasn’t as kind to Valley sportsmen drag racers as it was in February.

Ryan Herem went out in the quarterfinals of Stock Eliminator. Lancaster’s Josh Lee lost in the first round in Competition Eliminator.

Scott McClay finished a remarkable 2019 season with a quarterfinals showing in Competition Eliminator.

The Tehachapi engineer finished eighth in national points, and third in NHRA Division 7.

An Emotional Candy Man Wins Second Cup Title

The usual emotions when Kyle Busch climbs from his race car are anger, apoplexy, profanity and often, violence.

And those are everybody else’s emotions.

But Sunday night at Homestead/Miami Speedway, after the Ford EcoBoost 400 decided the 2019 championship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the tears and emotions were all Busch’s.

After the sun went down  the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota came to life, enabling Busch to run down Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. for his second Cup championship.

“This has been  a very difficult year for our organization,” the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said, alluding to the death of Joe Gibbs’ son, J.D., at age 49 last January. “J.D. meant so much to all of us. He brought me to JGR.

“I know he was smiling down on us today. He was riding with all of us all season.”

Busch, 34, had not been to Victory Lane since June.

“It was a year for all of our teams to have to overcome things, from time to time during the season,” said Busch. “J.D. was there with us, every step of the way.”

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