By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Top Fuel Dragster returns to Commerce, Georgia this weekend. The Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals will take place from Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th at Atlanta Dragway.
Leah Pritchett will look to be the repeat winner. She defeated Blake Alexander in the Top Fuel Dragster final round one year ago.
Pritchett went 3.874 at 322.42 mph to get the Wally. Alexander went 4.287 at 199.43 mph in the losing effort.
When Pritchett won near Atlanta, Georgia, it was her first win of the season. She had two wins overall, as she also won the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals on July 22, 2018 in Morrison, Colorado.
Pritchett will be one of 18 Top Fuel Dragsters on the property this weekend. Alexander will not be competing in Top Fuel, as he made the switch back to Funny Car this off-season.
Antron Brown will be piloting the second Don Schumacher Racing dragster this weekend. John Force Racing will have their two pilots in Brittany Force and Austin Prock competing this weekend.
Kalitta Motorsports pilots Doug Kalitta and Richie Crampton will be racing in the category, as well. Reigning Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence — who won an amazing 11 races out of 24 in 2018 — will be piloting his dragster this weekend.
Full-time pilot Scott Palmer will be there in his Magic Dry/Marck Recycling dragster. Fellow full-time pilot Terry McMillen will be there, as well. Fellow full-time pilot Clay Millican will be competing in his Parts Plus dragster that will feature a new associate sponsor in Laris Motorsports Insurance this weekend and the rest of the season.
Laris Motorsports Insurance replaces strutmasters.com, who has apparently left the team, on Millican’s dragster.
Part-timers Dominick Lagana — who works for Capco Contractors team when he’s not racing — will be piloting his dragster this weekend. Rookie pilot Jordan Vandergriff will be piloting the Bob Vandergriff Racing entry.
Pat Dakin — who competes part-time — will be back in his Top Fuel Dragster this weekend. Last weekend, Dakin invited Spencer Massey — who last competed in the category in August 2015 — to drive his Top Fuel Dragster last weekend at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.
With 18 Top Fuel Dragsters registered, there will be two, who do not make the show on Sunday. Other part-timers entered, include Luigi Novelli, Shawn Reed, Cameron Ferré, Lex Joon, and Audrey Worm, who made her 2019 season debut in Charlotte last weekend.
Brown is the active driver with the most wins. However, he is tied for the all-time lead at this facility with former driver Larry Dixon, who has been in the news lately after suing the NHRA.
Dixon had wins in 2010, 2003, 2002, and 1996. Brown had wins in 2015, 2013, 2011, and 2008.