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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Papa Johns Top Fuel Dragster Leah Pritchett is the No. 1 qualifier at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. She set the quickest pass in Top Fuel NHRA history on Friday night to get the top spot.

She went 3.640 at 330.63 mph in her second pass at night during Friday’s qualifying. This is her seventh No. 1 qualifier in her career with her sixth this season.

Leah Pritchett (Photo by the NHRA)

Leah Pritchett (Photo by the NHRA)

In the first-round of eliminations on Sunday, she’ll face Rob Passey.

“Brainerd is the epitome of throw down central so that’s what we did last night,” she said. “[Saturday] was about getting ready for Sunday. Obviously, our national record gave us, delivered us, blessed us with a great hat, but Q4 (final qualifying session) was looking pretty good for us. We threw down last night and today was just about race day.”

Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster pilot Brittany Force is the second qualified car after she went 3.685 at 333.16 mph. She’ll face Steven Chrisman, who went 4.845 at 156.88 mph.

Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster pilot Doug Kalitta qualified third with a 3.694 at 330.31 mph pass. He’ll face Texan Terry Haddock, who went 4.581 at 182.87 mph.

Eight-time World Champion and U.S. Army Dragster pilot Tony Schumacher qualified fourth with a 3.695 at 329.42 mph run. He’ll face rookie and SealMaster Top Fuel dragster pilot Troy Coughlin Jr., who went 4.359 at 179.44 mph.

Clay Millican, who is the Great Clips/Parts Plus Top Fuel Dragster pilot, who won his first career race in June, qualified fifth with a 3.706 at 326.48 mph run. He’ll face “The Greek” Chris Karamesines in the first-round after the senior went 4.261 at 264.80 mph.

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