Sunday, February 12, 2017

Leah Pritchett takes Top Fuel honors at NHRA Winternationals

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2017 TexSport Publications

POMONA, CALIFORNIA (February 12, 2017) Leah Pritchett blasted through the qualifying and eliminations rounds to take the Top Fuel title at the 57th Annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, California on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The Redlands, CA native qualified for the elimination rounds as the number one qualifier with the time of 3.672 seconds (327.9 mph). In the final against number two qualifier Doug Kalitta, she posted the winning time of 3.711 (324.98 mph) against her opponent’s 7.630 (103.85 mph). She easily took the title for her Don Schumacher Racing Team when Kalitta experienced mechanical difficulties in the left lane. The win was the second of her NHRA professional career.

In the Funny Car division, number one qualifier MattHagan (Don Schumacher Racing) blasted to a 0.026-second win over number three qualifier Courtney Force (John Force Racing). Hagan posted the time of 3.975 seconds (330.07 mph) to top Force’s time of 3.901 seconds (326.85 mph). In the Pro Stock division, number one qualifier Jason Line (KB Racing) took the title with a 6.568-second (211.10 mph) final run against number two qualifier Greg Anderson (6.658-6.579). Jay Turner was tops in the Top Fuel Harley division with a final run of 6.276 seconds (218.23 mph) over Rickey House (6.609 seconds).

Next up on the NHRA schedule is the Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona on February 24-26, 2017.

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