October 3, 2018
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
For a seventh and final weekend this season, Leah Pritchett will switch between her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster and Factory Stock Showdown Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, racing by a chaotic report as she attempts to explain one championship and urge her chances for a second during a NHRA FallNationals nearby Dallas, scheduled for Oct. 4-7.
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) motorist Pritchett is usually a singular indicate outward of a tip symbol in NHRA Factory Stock Showdown and sits fourth in a NHRA Top Fuel standings streamer into movement during Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown deteriorate wraps adult this weekend, while a third eventuality in a six-race NHRA Countdown to a Championship playoffs is on daub for Top Fuel.
Pritchett finished story final weekend during a NHRA stop nearby St. Louis, apropos a initial motorist in a Factory Stock Showdown category to make a pass in a seven-second operation with a 7.936-second elapsed time (ET) during qualifying. She went on to explain a eventuality win in her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, her second uninterrupted in a class, to go along with her dual eventuality wins in Top Fuel.
“More than anything, not usually am we pumped for this race, though unapproachable of a tour of both these teams (Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown) to get to a position we are in going into Ennis,” pronounced Pritchett, who is seeking her initial array championship in both classes. “Unique hardly describes a arriving weekend. Everything we’ve been operative towards comes to this weekend, in both categories.
“Obviously for Factory Stock, we have an intensely plain shot during winning a championship being usually one indicate out of initial place. Our devise is to continue doing what we’ve done, not play ladder games, usually run as quick as we can each time, and eventually a diversion devise is to win a race, that would win us a championship.
“Still in clever row in Top Fuel. Ennis is outrageous since it binds a really clever intensity to be a branch indicate in a Countdown. Same mindset, win a race. We’re entrance into Ennis with a new front-half after seeing issues in St. Louis from an incident. we consider this excites me some-more than a bulk of a race, since we know with new pipe, a organisation chiefs will have their mild prohibited rod back. That brings a new turn of certainty that we can’t wait to vitalise with in a car. At this indicate for both classes, we still can't worry about what a foe is doing, and we will sojourn focused on a possess trail to being a quickest in each way.”
Fellow DSR Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak motorist Mark Pawuk also burst a seven-second barrier, going even reduce than Pritchett with 7.929 ET to reset a category E.T. record and acquire a No. 1 subordinate symbol during St. Louis. Pawuk will be among a favorites during Dallas as he hunts for his initial Factory Stock Showdown win.
Pritchett’s Mopar-powered Top Fuel teammate, Tony Schumacher, enters Dallas third in a standings in his conflict to supplement to his 8 array crowns. In NHRA Funny Car, 2016 array champion Ron Capps binds a fifth symbol in a standings and leads a four-driver Mopar Dodge DSR squad. Tommy Johnson Jr. is sixth in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T, while two-time NHRA Funny Car champ and Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist Matt Hagan, a three-time leader this year, is seventh. Jack Beckman, owners of a 2012 NHRA Funny Car title, is ranked ninth in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
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