Todd and DHL Toyota Camry Looking to Start Texas Two Step with Win
Ennis, TX – J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car team will be looking to join an elite list with a win at the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals this weekend. A Funny Car win would add Todd’s name to an exclusive list of Top Fuel and Funny Car winners at the historic Fall NHRA national event at the Texas Motorplex. Pairing a Funny Car win with his 2008 Top Fuel victory would add Todd’s name to a list that includes Kenny Bernstein, Don Prudhomme, Ed MCulloch, and Mike Dunn.
“You look at the guys that have won both Top Fuel and Funny Car at the FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex and those guys are all Hall of Famers and Legends,” said Todd. “I remember that Top Fuel win in 2008 and I know how close I came to getting that Funny Car win in 2018. I would love to see four win lights this coming Sunday.”
Todd was also a runner-up in Top Fuel in 2014 to go along with two No. 1 qualifiers (2007 and 2014) in Top Fuel.
“I like racing at the Motorplex because Billy Meyer was a racer and built a race track for racers,” said Todd. “It has a lot of cool upgrades for fans but really the track is awesome for the teams. We should have good weather so we could see some record setting times on Sunday morning during that first round. The key will be to have two good qualifying runs on Saturday.”
Todd and the DHL Camry Funny Car are sitting in 6th place in the point standings just seven points behind Tim Wilkerson in 5th. A strong performance at the FallNationals could move Todd up to 4th and with two more races he has a chance to chase down the top three drivers. It will be a tough challenge but one the 2018 Funny Car champion is up for.
“We know we need to perform at these last three races. The top three teams have a pretty big gap but until they tell me the math doesn’t work I am going to do everything I can to get that championship. I have a whole team of DHL crew guys plus Crew Chief Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer behind me,” added Todd.
Last Event Recap (2020 NHRA Midwest Nationals): Qual. No. 7; Beat Tim Wilkerson; Lost to Alexis DeJoria
2019 NHRA FallNationals Recap: Qual. No. 3; Beat Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt Hagan
Quotable: J.R. Todd on finishing season strong: “We have three races over the next three weeks. It will be a sprint to the finish. I like our chances. We have been in this situation before and I know we can buckle down and get the job done. This DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car can rips off three wins and we will see where that puts us.”
Career Stats: 232 events, 224 starts, 247 round wins, 18 wins, 35 finals, 12 No. 1 qualifiers; in Funny Car 80 events, 80 starts, 9 wins, 15 finals, 99 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