While the racing season winds down and most of the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster teams are done for the year, Julie Nataas and the Randy Meyer Racing Team will be competing at the final National event of the 2018 season in Pomona, California this weekend. Last year, Julie claimed the no. 1 qualifying position with the third quickest pass in class history, 5.11 seconds in the quarter-mile, and completed the weekend with a runner-up finish.
This year, Julie and Randy’s team are fresh off a runner-up finish at the NHRA Las Vegas Toyota Nationals and hope to carry that momentum into California, “I have high hopes for Pomona considering what we did here last year and how we finished in Vegas two weeks ago,” said Julie “We have had some bad luck here as well but I am hopeful we have the luck on our side this weekend so that we can bring home my first Wally.”
Julie will switch cockpits this weekend and can be seen in the team’s second A/Fuel Dragster sporting the NGK Spark Plugs livery, “I have been driving both cars quit a lot and I’m comfortable in both of them. The NGK Spark Plugs Dragster fits me better as it’s a little bit smaller, but we have a good seat in the other car as well. I will still have the same routine in this car, so I don’t think it will make a difference on how I perform as a driver.”
“This weekend is extra special to me as I have both my dad and brother here. My dad comes over to the United States a few times a year, but I haven’t seen my brother since Christmas last year. Another reason why Pomona is my favorite racetrack is all the people who come from Norway and Europe to support me and the other European racers. I know I will see some Norwegian flags in the grandstands this weekend cheering me on.”
Julie will get her first qualifying session for the 16-car field on Thursday, followed by two sessions on Friday. Round one of eliminations will be held Saturday morning and elimination rounds will conclude on Sunday. Catch the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series on Fox Sports 2, Thursday, November 22 9-10pm ET. The race will be broadcasted multiple times on FS1 and FS2 through the end of the month.