#Vote4Courtney: Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force needs fans’ help to defend Traxxas Shootout title

BROWNSBURG, IN – 2016 Traxxas Nitro Shootout winner Courtney Force needs NHRA fans’ help to get a chance to defend her title in the special event.

The Traxxas Shootout is a non-points-paying race for Top Fuel and Funny Car held in conjunction with the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Eight drivers compete for the $100,000 first prize in each category.

The first seven winners in Top Fuel and Funny Car are automatically entered, with the eighth advancing through a fan vote and lottery drawing.

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Pritchett Takes Top Fuel Win for Mopar at NHRA Brainerd, Johnson Runner-up  in Funny Car

Brainerd, MN – Mopar-powered Leah Pritchett dominated the Top Fuel category in the 36th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, starting with a national elapsed-time record during qualifying on Friday evening and ending with a spot in the winner’s circle Sunday afternoon.

Pritchett’s victory in her Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil dragster from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) was her fourth of the season. It was also the fifth win for Mopar HEMI® power in the Top Fuel ranks in 2017, as well as the 17th victory overall for Mopar-backed Nitro vehicles from DSR on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series this year.

Pritchett’s DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. meanwhile appeared in his fourth Funny Car final round in the last five events, but again finished just short of collecting his second win of the season in the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T.

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Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Recap: Brainerd NHRA Nationals

BRAINERD, MN – Allen Johnson took his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the quarterfinals at the 36th annual NHRA Nationals this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway after earning a season-high No. 3 qualifying position.

In the first round, Johnson staged up against Mark Hogan. Johnson was awarded a bye-run and clocked in with a 6.641-second pass at 207.11 mph when Hogan suffered mechanical issues at the starting line and was unable to stage.

“I didn’t realize anything was wrong with Mark [Hogan],” Johnson admitted. “I just thought he was taking his time to stage until Mike Gittings [NHRA Chief Starter] told me I had a single.”

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Continuing to turn proverbial corner, John Force takes PEAK Chevy to Brainerd semis

BRAINERD, MN – John Force keeps saying he and his PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS are turning the proverbial corner. This weekend, they made seven strong runs and were inches from taking the car to the Funny Car final round.

After making four qualifying attempts in the 3.9-second range or better and qualifying No. 3, Force won his first two rounds in Sunday’s NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway before narrowly falling in the semifinals – by just two thousandths of a second to eventual race winner Alexis DeJoria.

Force won his opening-round matchup against Jim Campbell, running the fifth-fastest speed of his career with a pass of 3.901 seconds at 333.25 mph, while Campbell stumbled at the line.

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Milestone Win, Another Final for Army Duo Schumacher Scores 800th Career Round Win, Brown Reaches 10th Final of 2017

Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher recorded a milestone elimination round win and fellow U.S. Army driver Antron Brown reached his fifth consecutive final round and 10th of the season during Sunday’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.

Schumacher, the record eight-time Top Fuel world champion who is the winningest all-time driver in his class with 83 event titles, beat Troy Coughlin Jr., in the first round today to up his record number of elimination round wins to 800 before dropping his second-round matchup against Clay Millican.

“The Sarge” and his U.S. Army Dragster team for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) debuted an all-new racecar this weekend and it showed speed and consistency all weekend. He qualified fourth thanks to the team’s best run since mid-May on Friday evening. He then got down the track in 3.711 seconds at 324.67 mph to beat a tire-smoking Coughlin for the milestone round win that started the day. Schumacher laid down a similar run of 3.718 seconds at 327.66 mph against No. 5 qualifier Millican, but it was no match for his opponent’s stellar run of 3.658 seconds at 330.47 mph.

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DeJORIA PILOTS CAMRY TO BRAINERD FUNNY CAR WIN

BROWN ADVANCES TO FIFTH CONSECUTIVE TOP FUEL FINAL

Brainerd, MN – Alexis DeJoria drove her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry to victory over Tommy Johnson Jr. in the Funny Car final to win the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota, Sunday. The victory is the second for a Camry Funny Car in the last three races.

DeJoria defeated Tim Wilkerson and Cruz Pedregon in her opening two runs of the day, setting up a semi-final match-up with John Force.  She led the entire way in defeating Force, 3.892-3.909 to advance to her first final round of the season.  In the final, Johnson held a lead of under one-hundredth of a second through the 660-foot mark before DeJoria powered past to win by .004 seconds.

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Progress made with quarterfinal run at Brainerd for two-time champ Erica Enders

BRAINERD, MN – Although she was unable to capture her third career Brainerd win at this weekend’s 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Erica Enders says progress is being made with her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, as witnessed by her race day performance.

After qualifying with a 6.665-second quarter-mile pass at a top speed of 206.42 mph, Enders managed to improve her best time of the event twice on Sunday, first beating teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. with a 6.659 at 207.78 mph and then running a 6.648 at 207.66 mph in a close loss to Tanner Gray.

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