Leah Pritchett NEWS
PRITCHETT RECORDS CAREER BEST TOP FUEL QUALIFYING POSITION WITH THIRD AT THE SOUTHERN NATIONALS IN GUMOUT DRAGSTER
California native produces best qualifying mark among female nitro racers
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 16, 2015) – Young female racer Leah Pritchett recorded her best career Top Fuel qualifying performance Saturday at Atlanta Dragway by taking the Gumout dragster to the third spot in the 16-driver field for Sunday’s 35th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals drag races.
The 26-year-old veteran driver from Avon, Ind., drove her nitro-burning Top Fuel car to a 3.887- second at 309.91 miles per hour pass Saturday at the north Georgia drag racing facility, but the California native kept her third position in the field with the 3.792-second reading from Friday night’ qualifying round.
Pritchett’s third starting spot in Sunday’s final eliminations trailed only former NHRA Mello Yello Series champions Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher in the 16-driver Top Fuel division. Brown notched the No. 1 spot at 3.758 seconds followed by Schumacher’s 3.767 and Pritchett’s 3.792.
In addition, Pritchett’s third qualifying position was best of the female drivers in the nitro classes at Atlanta Dragway which included Brittany Force (10th) in Top Fuel and Alexis DeJoria (8th) and Courtney Force (10th) in Funny Car.
“Again the track conditions are tricky here at Atlanta Dragway,” said Pritchett, who’ll take on drag racing legend Chris Karamesines in the first round of eliminations Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. “it was difficult to get all of the horsepower to the pavement Saturday but we still ran a 3.88. And that was one of the best passes of Saturday. Now, we’ll concentrate on winning rounds in eliminations. Looks like almost anyone could get to the final round on Sunday. I want to be in that position on Sunday afternoon with a chance to win the race.”
Pritchett’s three qualifying runs at Atlanta Dragway of 3.792, 3.809 and 3.887 were among the most consistent in the four rounds in Friday and Saturday qualifications. Pritchett, in her third season in the Top Fuel class, has captured three NHRA national events previously in the ProMod division.
The Cal State University communications graduate is seeking her first Top Fuel national event title this weekend at Atlanta Dragway. ESPN2 will televise the final eliminations of the 35th NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday.