By Anthony Caruso III| Publisher
Mopar-sponsored Leah Pritchett is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. She also set the track speed record.
This is her third No. 1 qualifier of the season. Pritchett went 3.799 at 327.19 mph to pick up her second straight No. 1 qualifier in her Mopar Dodge 1320 dragster.
Pritchett picked up her tenth No. 1 qualifier on the Mountain in Colorado. She was also the No. 1 qualifier at this event last year.
“We were putting the coals to it for sure, licking our chops,” she said. “We are on the mountain and this is our sponsor’s race, and we are giving it everything we got. We got a new front half on our dragster and I’m sure glad we did. About half-track, I wasn’t sure if the front wheels were on the ground that thing was dancing, dancing, and dancing. I knew we were cooking it and getting it.”
She’ll face Terry Totten in the first-round of eliminations. Totten went 4.449 at 216.13 mph.
Reigning Top Fuel Champion Brittany Force — who is sporting a new design with Carquest, Monster Energy, and Advance Auto Parts – is the No. 2 qualifier with her 3.808 at 321.50 mph. She’ll face Jim Maroney in the first-round of eliminations after he went 4.295 at 261.88 mph.
Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence is the provisional No. 3 qualifier with his 3.811 at 325.45 mph pass. He’ll face Worsham Racing’s Bill Litton, who went 4.283 at 218.65 mph.
Parts Plus/Great Clips-sponsored Clay Millican was the No. 4 qualifier after he went 3.814 at 326.71 mph. He’ll face Greg Carrillo, who is tuned by former Kalitta Motorsports crew chief Tommy DeLago, after he went 4.129 at 307.65 mph.
Kalitta Air/DHL-sponsored Richie Crampton is the No. 5 qualifier following his 3.822 at 318.09 mph pass. Crampton will face Amalie Oil-sponsored Terry McMillen in the first-round of eliminations after McMillen went 3.995 at 301.67 mph.