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FireAde, Pritchett to visit Bristol Central Fire Station Thursday as tune-up for this weekend's NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals | Leah Pritchett

FireAde, Pritchett to visit Bristol Central Fire Station Thursday as tune-up for this weekend's NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

POSTED BY: Leah Pritchett in NEWS

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 15, 2016) - Leah Pritchett will start her racing weekend in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway a day early to spend an afternoon with American heroes at the Bristol Central Fire Station.

Her visit coordinated by sponsor FireAde 2000 Personal Fire Suppression System and The Ronnie Thames Foundation will be to show appreciation for the fire and rescue personnel at the firehouse (211 Bluff City Highway in Bristol) and to honor retired Capt. Fred Ryan, a 30-year veteran of the department.

The Ronnie Thames Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization (RonnieThamesFoundation.org)., is dedicated to community involvement by developing a 1st through 3rd grade program with local fire departments to teach children about fire prevention. One element of the program is to honor firefighters who believe in the spirit of community service and dedication by shining the spotlight on these silent heroes.

Ryan will be recognized for his service to Bristol and be introduced as the FireAde Honorary Crew Chief for Pritchett and the FireAde team during this weekend's NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event that begins Friday.

"I'm thankful that FireAde is supporting our Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel dragster this weekend and there's no better way to show that appreciation than by representing FireAde and The Ronnie Thames Foundation with a visit to station," said Pritchett, who won the second NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title of the year and is ranked 10th in the Top Fuel standings.

"This weekend is more than just racing, it's opportunity to expand the outreach and message of The Ronnie Thames Foundation."

The 28-year-old graduate of Cal State San Bernardino will compete in her third race with DSR at Bristol.

The FireAde team led by crew chiefs Mike Guger and Joe Barlam have made monumental strides since DSR committed to add a fourth Top Fuel dragster in addition to its four Funny Cars. In less than six weeks, DSR has added two 18-wheel transporters to increase its race weekend fleet to 20 rigs. That has required countless hours for Guger and Barlam with help from other DSR crew chiefs and staff to get the team ready to compete at the mid-May race at Atlanta and then last weekend at Englishtown, N.J.

"Our FireAde team has moved light years since we were able to get to Atlanta and qualify our car," said Pritchett, a veteran of 20 years of drag racing that includes her first 10 in the NHRA Jr. Dragster youth program.

"We just wanted to get to Atlanta and qualify, and do our best to represent FireAde and DSR. We made big strides last weekend and made our best run in the first round," she said of a loss to three-time event winner and current points leader Doug Kalitta.

"Now it's time for us to turn it up. We have our new-car issues sorted out and our crew is doing great working together.

"I'm proud to be part of this effort and everything this team and so many at DSR have accomplished. We know we're eight races behind all the other teams, but we'll have a racecar at Bristol that will be very competitive."

Last event (June 12), Englishtown, N.J.: Qualified No. 12, lost in first round to Doug Kalitta
A year ago at Bristol: Qualified No. 3, lost in second round to Richie Crampton
Career at Bristol: Wins 0, Runner-ups 0, Poles 0

Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ W/L
2016 10th 9 1 0 1 2 5 0 0 8-8
CAREER 56 1 1 4 8 36 0 6 23-49
Best Time, Speed: 3.736 sec. (2015, Englishtown), 329.19 mph (2016, Houston), (both with Bob Vandergriff Racing)

(Official through Englishtown, N.J., after 10 of 24 events, wins in parenthesis; DSR DRIVERS IN CAPS)
1. Doug Kalitta (3) 847 ----
2. ANTRON BROWN (2) 798 -49
3. Steve Torrence (2) 782 -65
4. Brittany Force (2) 693 -154
6. J.R. Todd 528 -319
7. Clay Millican 507 -340
8. Richie Crampton 483 -364
9. SHAWN LANGDON 478 -369
10. LEAH PRITCHETT (1) 377 -470

Fire Service Plus Inc. was established in 1998 by Ron Thames, president and chief executive officer. Since 1984, Thames' products continue to revolutionize and change the firefighting industry. He has been awarded domestic and international patents and served on the U.S. President's small business council in an advisory capacity.

Fire Service Plus is a recognized global leader that consistently surpasses industry standards by manufacturing the most advanced, innovative and environmental friendly firefighting, tank cleaning and dust control products. These groundbreaking products have 30 years of pioneering research and development combined.

Our products, under strict quality controls are manufactured at the corporate facilities located in Fayetteville, Ga. Fire Service Plus utilizes cutting-edge chemistry including trademarked Green Agent Technology™ to deliver superior results. Fire Service Plus is a family owned company that provides personal attention to our worldwide customers.
Fire Service Plus supports a worldwide network of dealers with our state-of-the art-offices and manufacturing facility. This advanced 22,000-square-foot facility is capable of producing more than 24,000 gallons of finished pro¬duct daily. The storage capacity and inventory is in excess of 100,000 gallons. This inventory coupled with a 24-hour emergency response guarantees 100% customer support.

Don't fight fires ... extinguish them!

Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered near Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the 2012 and 2015 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by Antron Brown, the Red Fuel/Sandvik Coromant dragster driven by 2013 world champion Shawn Langdon and the FireAde dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Rocky Boots/Mopar Express Lane 2016 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 274 NHRA national event titles and 14 world championships.
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Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368

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