DeJoria walks away from second straight event explosion

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In the second pairing of Funny Cars, Alexis DeJoria had a bad explosion at the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals on Sunday at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. She defeated Gary Densham in the pass.

DeJoria won the pairing with a 4.089 at 273.22 mph, according to Drag Race Central. Densham – who has been racing since 1974 – went 4.699 at 186.61 mph.

ROKiT Phones Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria had a huge fire after her first-round win at the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Alexis DeJoria had a huge fire after her first-round win at the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Photo by Mark Rebilas Photography)

The ROKiT Phones/ABK Beer had a huge fireball to deal with, as the engine let go after the finish line. Following the fire, DeJoria – the veteran driver who came back this year after not competing for several seasons – was able to get the car to a stop.

The Texas native was able to walk away from the car after the incident. Due to the explosion, DeJoria was hit with an oil down penalty by the NHRA.

This is her third oil down penalty of this season. She has now lost 15 points due to the latest oil down.

DeJoria may use the team’s backup car in the second round against Ron Capps.

This is the second straight event that DeJoria has had an incident. She had an explosion at the ninth annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois.

Despite the explosion at Gateway, DeJoria did not use the team’s backup car when she defeated J.R. Todd in the second round. She lost to Matt Hagan in the semifinals.

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