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Pritchett becomes first No. 1 qualifier to win at Bandimere since 2009

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Matco Tools Top Fuel pilot Antron Brown was the last driver to win the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado from the No. 1 qualifier role. That was 2009 when he defeated Doug Kalitta in the final round.

Leah Pritchett broke the nine-year skid for No. 1 qualifiers on Sunday. She defeated Kalitta in the final round of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.

Leah Pritchett racing on the mountain at Bandimere Speedway (Photo by the NHRA)

Leah Pritchett racing on the mountain at Bandimere Speedway (Photo by the NHRA)

Pritchett went 3.831 at 316.45 mph to get the win. Kalitta in the losing effort went 3.852 at 319.82 mph.

“Our crew has really impressed, attitude of gratitude, as high as the altitude here,” said Pritchett following the victory. “They chipped away at it and didn’t let themselves get down earlier this year when we were in a slump and they didn’t let me get myself down in a slump either. I always have my confidence in them and they have their confidence in me and this weekend we pulled it all together.”

Prior to this final round, Kalitta held an 11-6 advance over Pritchett. Then, prior final rounds, Pritchett held a 1-0 advantage.

Kalitta got the advantage off of the starting line. Then, by the 330-foot mark, Pritchett was able to capture the lead and never trailed down the rest of the track.

Pritchett won the race by 0.0024 seconds. That’s approximately 14 inches. She now has two wins this season and seven in her career.

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