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Mopar-sponsored Pritchett leads Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals has a Mopar-sponsored driver as the No. 1 qualifier. Mopar, Papa Johns and Don Schumacher Racing-backed Leah Pritchett is the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.

She set an elapsed time record with a 3.733 at 326.24 mph pass. Pritchett picked up the top spot on her fourth and final qualifying pass.

Leah Pritchett (Photo by the NHRA)

Leah Pritchett (Photo by the NHRA)

This is her fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season. This is also her fifth No. 1 qualifier in her second full-time season.

“We were definitely swinging for the fence and definitely did not expect a 3.733 but we stayed centered and we were able to get it right,” she said. “We know what works for this card, and we just need to stay consistent like we were earlier this season.”

She’ll face No. 16 qualifier Troy Coughlin Jr. in the first-round of eliminations. Coughlin Jr. in the SealMaster Dragster went 5.695 at 115.26 mph.

Coughlin Jr.’s Kalitta Motorsports teammate Doug Kalitta is the No. 2 qualifier. The Mac Tools pilot went 3.767 at 324.28 mph and will face Greg Carrilio after he went 5.248 at 143.00 mph.

Capco Contractors pilot Steve Torrence, who has dominated over the past five races, including three wins, is presently the No. 3 qualifier. He went 3.775 at 325.30 mph and will face Rob Passey in eliminations, who went 4.950 at 158.91 mph.

Eight-time World Champion and three-time winner of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Tony Schumacher is the No. 4 qualifier. He went 3.776 at 326.63 in his U.S. Army Dragster and will face Steven Chrisman on Sunday after he went 4.811 at 169.76 mph.

Global Electronic Technology pilot Shawn Langdon rounded out the Top 5 with a 3.781 at 322.96 mph pass. He’ll face Terry Haddock, as the Texan went 4.224 at 275.56 mph.

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