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Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals

Pomona, CA – Kalitta Looks To Extend Winternationals Streak…Doug Kalitta will be looking to extend his Winternationals winning streak to four this weekend. In addition to winning in 2020 (over Austin Prock), 2019 (over Steve Torrence) and 2018 (over Tony Schumacher), Kalitta also was the event runner-up in both 2016 and 2017, giving him an 18-2 round win-loss record at one of the sport’s biggest events over the past five years. In addition, Kalitta won the 2019 NHRA Finals, giving him three straight overall wins at the Auto Club Raceway. Should he win the Winternationals, the Mac Tools Toyota driver would become just the fifth driver in history to register 50 career Top Fuel wins. Along with the 50-win milestone, a win would put Kalitta just two victories away from tying Antron Brown and Joe Amato for third all-time.

SoCal Connection Looking For Hometown Success…After advancing to the Funny Car semifinals or finals in each of the last three races, Alexis DeJoria and the Orange, California-based DC Motorsports team will look to score their first victory since opening shop for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season at their home track. The Winternationals were the very first drag racing event DeJoria ever attended at age 16 as a Venice Beach native. Team owner and two-time world champion Del Worsham elected to keep the team in his hometown, making it the last full-time NHRA team based in the area. Both DeJoria and Worsham will be looking for their first Winternationals victory. In addition to advancing to four semis or beyond in the last six races, their Bandero ROKiT Toyota Camry has qualified in the top two in five of nine races this season.

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Toyota Drivers DeJoria, Brown Advance To Semis At NHRA Sonoma Nationals

SONOMA, CA – Alexis DeJoria drove her Bandero ROKiT Toyota Camry to the semifinals in n Funny Car, while Antron Brown did the same in his Matco Tools Toyota in Top Fuel as the top finishing Toyotas at Sunday’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

DeJoria opened the day with Cruz Pedregon in round one. Pedregon had a lead off the tree, but DeJoria took the lead at the 330’ mark and then pulled away for the victory in running an outstanding 3.942. In round two, she would race Tim Wilkerson. DeJoria had a solid starting line advantage on the way to a decisive win to send her to her fourth semifinal in the last six races.

In the semifinals, DeJoria would square off with Matt Hagan, who she faced in the final round last weekend in Denver. The two ran similar times through the 660-foot mark, but DeJoria would drop a cylinder as Hagan pulled away for the victory.

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DeJoria’s Camry Rockets to Second In Funny Car;  Brown Third in Top Fuel In NHRA Sonoma Qualifying

SONOMA, CA – Alexis DeJoria continued her amazing qualifying run in Funny Car with a 3.898-second pass at 325.61 mph to qualify second in her Bandero Toyota Camry, while Antron Brown registered a 3.724-second pass at 326.71 to earn the third seed in Top Fuel  as the top qualifying Toyota drivers for Sunday’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

DeJoria has now qualified in the top two in five of nine races this season and been in the top five in 12 of the last 14 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events.  After advancing to the finals last weekend in Denver, she is will be looking for her first victory since coming out of retirement in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. DeJoria will face Cruz Pedregon in the opening round on Sunday.

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TOYOTA NHRA: Sonoma Nationals Preview

Sonoma, CA – DeJoria Looks To Take Next Step In Sonoma…After advancing to the semifinals in Norwalk, followed by a runner-up finish in Denver, Alexis DeJoria is looking to take the next step into Winner’s Circle this weekend in Sonoma. After some early season struggles, the Bandero Toyota driver has earned the third-highest point total in the Funny Car ranks over the last five races – trailing only John Force and Matt Hagan (by one point). If she can claim the Wally this weekend, it would be her first victory since coming out of retirement in last year’s shortened season. In addition to advancing to the semis or beyond in three of the last five races, DeJoria has qualified in the top two in four of the season’s first eight races.

Brown Hoping To Get Back On Track…After a first-round exit in Denver, Antron Brown is hoping to get back on track in northern California this weekend. The long-time Toyota driver has notched four previous Sonoma wins and should he win this weekend, he would tie Doug Kalitta’s track record at five. Brown’s enjoyed immense success on the Western Swing during his career, earning 11 Top Fuel wins.  He enters this weekend’s action second in the points and has advanced to the semifinals or beyond in six of the last nine races. A victory at Sonoma would put him in position to clinch his berth in the Countdown at Pomona next week.

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DeJoria Drives Camry to Final Round At NHRA Mile-High Nationals

DENVER, CO – Alexis DeJoria drove her Bandero Toyota Camry to the final round in Funny Car before falling to Matt Hagan in a match-up of the two top qualifiers to lead Toyota at Sunday’s NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in the first leg of the NHRA’s Western Swing.

DeJoria opened the day with a first-round victory over Jack Wyatt, where she took the lead by the 60’ mark and led the whole way with a stellar 4.042-second run, matching the second quickest time of the round. Up next was Funny Car point leader Bob Tasca. The two left the starting line side-by-side, but DeJoria pulled out to a healthy lead by 330’ on the way to running a 4.070 for the win.

In advancing to the semis for the second week in a row, DeJoria would square off with Tim Wilkerson. She had the starting line advantage and went straight down the groove for the win with her best pass of the day – a 4.034 at 313.22. With the win, she advanced to her first final round since coming out a two-year retirement in 2018-2019.

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DeJoria Drives Camry to Final Round At NHRA Mile-High Nationals

DENVER, CO – Alexis DeJoria drove her Bandero Toyota Camry to the final round in Funny Car before falling to Matt Hagan in a match-up of the two top qualifiers to lead Toyota at Sunday’s NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in the first leg of the NHRA’s Western Swing.

DeJoria opened the day with a first-round victory over Jack Wyatt, where she took the lead by the 60’ mark and led the whole way with a stellar 4.042-second run, matching the second quickest time of the round. Up next was Funny Car point leader Bob Tasca. The two left the starting line side-by-side, but DeJoria pulled out to a healthy lead by 330’ on the way to running a 4.070 for the win.

In advancing to the semis for the second week in a row, DeJoria would square off with Tim Wilkerson. She had the starting line advantage and went straight down the groove for the win with her best pass of the day – a 4.034 at 313.22. With the win, she advanced to her first final round since coming out a two-year retirement in 2018-2019.

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DeJoria Top Toyota In NHRA Denver Qualifying

DENVER, CO – Alexis DeJoria registered a 3.982-second pass at 323.50 mph in her Bandero Toyota Camry to qualify second as the top Toyota in preparation for Sunday’s NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway .

DeJoria has now qualified in the top two in four of eight races this season and been in the top five in 11 of the last 13 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events.  She will enter Sunday having advanced to the semifinals in two of the last four races.  DeJoria will face Jack Wyatt in round one on Sunday.

J.R. Todd qualified seventh in his DHL Camry and will open eliminations with point leader Bob Tasca.

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