By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Leah Pritchett is the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier for the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. This is her second straight No. 1 qualifier for the first two races of the season.
None of the Top Fuel pilots could surpass Pritchett’s 3.658 at 329.34 pass on Friday in her Papa John’s Pizza dragster. This is her third career No. 1 qualifier. The other came at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. in Oct. 2016.
“We are still figuring this race car out,” she said. “It seems like we have it under control from the numbers that we lay down. But we’re starting to get outside that box a little bit to see how big our window is.
“My main focus as a driver has been to be 100% dead straight, dead square because if this car washes out, I’m not going to be able to steer it or get it down the track.”
Pritchett won the first race of the season two weeks ago at the 57th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. She won her first career Wally at this facility one year ago.
Antron Brown, the Matco Tools and U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot and three-time champion, qualified second. He had a 3.667 at 328.78 mph pass. His teammate, Tony Schumacher, an eight-time champion, qualified third in his U.S. Army dragster at 3.667 at 328.30 mph.
|Top Fuel match-ups|
|1. Leah Pritchett||vs.||16. BYE|
|2. Antron Brown||vs.||15. Steven Chrisman|
|3. Tony Schumacher||vs.||14. Terry Haddock|
|4. Steve Torrence||vs.||13. Steve Faria|
|5. Doug Kalitta||vs.||12. Shawn Reed|
|6. Troy Coughlin Jr. (Rookie)||vs.||11. Scott Palmer|
|7. Brittany Force||vs.||10. Terry McMillen|
|8. Clay Millican||vs.||9. Troy Buff|
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