J.R. Todd and DHL Camry Ready for Season Finale in Las Vegas
Las Vegas – J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny car team have done it all at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last year they won their second consecutive Four-Wide Nationals in the spring and at the end of 2018 their victory at the fall Las Vegas Nationals all but wrapped up their Funny Car championship. Todd also raced to three Top Fuel final rounds in 2016, 2014 and 2006. That kind of winning experience could come in handy this weekend at the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series wraps up a wild 2020 season.
“This season has been a marathon for sure,” said Todd. “We got off of a slow start at the first two races and then we had the break in the middle. Once we got going again in Indianapolis we made some strides getting to back to back final rounds including the finals of the U.S. Nationals in Indy.”
Throughout the season Todd has stayed on the heels of the point leading Funny Cars. A strong finish at the Las Vegas Nationals could easily see him finishing in the Top Five and a fourth place finish would be a lofty goal. Either position would be his second highest point finish since his move to Funny Car in 2017.
“This class is so tough and we have been working to break through,” said Todd. “Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer along with these Yella Fellas on the crew are grinding it out. We have tested and mad some really quick runs. We know this Camry Funny Car can put up good numbers. We just need to string them together on race day.”
The performance of the DHL Toyota Funny Car has been strong in qualifying even with the majority of the events only giving the team two shots at the race track. Since the restart of the season Todd has qualified in the top half of the field at every race and with his best qualifying performance coming last weekend at Houston’s Springnationals, a start from the No. 3 qualifying spot.
“We will have point and a half in Las Vegas plus some extra points in qualifying. Some quick runs on Saturday could set us up for a great race day. I really want to finish the season on a high note for DHL, Toyota, Wix Filters, Mobil 1, NGK Spark Plugs and all the people that stuck with us this season,” added Todd.
Last Event Recap (2020 NHRA Springnationals): Qual. No. 3; Beat Terry Haddock; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.
2019 NHRA Las Vegas Nationals Recap: Qual. No. 4; Lost to Jonnie Lindberg
Quotable: J.R. Todd on final race of season: “We definitely want to end the season with a win. We have had success at The Strip so we will be ready to go some rounds on Sunday.”
Career Stats: 234 events, 226 starts, 249 round wins, 18 wins, 35 finals, 12 No. 1 qualifiers; in Funny Car 82 events, 82 starts, 9 wins, 15 finals, 101 round wins, 3 No. 1 qualifiers
Winternationals: Qual. No. 8; Lost to Time Wilkerson
Arizona Nationals: Qual. No. 9; Lost to Ron Capps
Indy1 NHRA Nationals: Qual. No. 4; Beat Alex Miladinovich, Alexis DeJoria; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.
Indy2 NHRA Nationals: Qual. No. 5; Beat Jim Campbell; Lost to Matt Hagan
Indy3 NHRA Nationals: Qual. No. 5; RUNNER-UP; Beat Mike McIntire, Cruz Pedregon, Paul Lee; Lost to Ron Capps
U.S. Nationals: Qual. No. 8; RUNNER-UP; Beat Blake Alexander, Dale Creasy Jr., and Matt Hagan; Lost to Jack Beckman
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 7; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.
Midwest Nationals: Qual. No. 7; Beat Tim Wilkerson; Lost to Alexis DeJoria
FallNationals: Qual. No. 8; Beat Paul Lee; Lost to Matt Hagan
Springnationals: Qual. No. 3; Beat Terry Haddock; Lost to Tommy Johnson Jr.