By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Tequila Patrόn Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria picked up her first win of the season. She defeated Don Schumacher Racing’s Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final around at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn.
This is DeJoria’s fifth win of her career and the 250th women’s victory in NHRA history. She went 3.906 at 330.96 mph in her Toyota Camry to best Johnson Jr.’s 3.933 at 324.44 mph in his Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T.
“The last two years have been really difficult,” she said. “Lots of ups and downs, injuries, no wins, we just couldn’t get up to speed with everybody else. We were fighting so hard out there and you start to lose yourself in it. You start to forget the love that you had in the beginning. It’s times like those that make this so much better. You really appreciate every moment. This is a huge win for us.”
Johnson Jr. is just 1-3 this season in the final rounds. He’s now 16-28 in his career in final rounds.
However, he’s just 14-25 in his Funny Car final round win-loss record.
DeJoria is now 5-3 in final rounds in her career.
Prior to this final round appearance, Johnson Jr. held a 10-5 advantage in previous rounds. This was the first-time that they faced each other in the final round.
DeJoria won the race by two feet. She won by approx. 0.0047.
This win now moves her into 10th place in the points standings. She’ll have one race left to contend to stay in the final spot for the Countdown to the Championship.
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