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DEJORIA ENDS WINLESS DROUGHT WITH BRAINERD VICTORY

The winless drought is over for nitro Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria.

DeJoria, who last won in April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, found the winner’s circle again with her victory Sunday at the Lucas Oil Nationals Sunday at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.

PRITCHETT'S DREAM SEASON ROLLS ON AS SHE CLAIMS FOURTH VICTORY OF 2017

Top Fuel standout Leah Pritchett ran the table in a big way this weekend at Minnesota's Brainerd International Raceway, establishing a new national elapsed time record of 3.640-seconds at 330.63 mph during qualifying to become the quickest driver in the history of the NHRA.

With her momentum on overdrive, Pritchett rolled through eliminations Sunday by taking out Rob Passey, Scott Palmer and Clay Millican before lining up beside Don Schumacher Racing teammate and defending class champion Antron Brown in the final.

JERRY SAVOIE PREVAILS IN BATTLE OF WHITE ALLIGATOR RACING TEAMMATES

Not bad for a guy who's goal in drag racing was to win one race.

Now, with a Pro Stock Motorcycle championship already on his resume, Jerry Savoie raced to his second win of the 2017 season and the eighth of his career when he defeated teammate and points leader LE Tonglet in the final round Sunday at the Lucas Oil Nationals at Minnesota's Brainerd International Raceway.

TANNER GRAY WINS PRO STOCK TITLE AT BRAINERD

Tanner Gray may be only 19 years old, but he’s making competing in NHRA’s Pro Stock class look like second nature.

Gray, a rookie, has now won four national events this season, his latest coming when he captured the title at the Lucas Oil Nationals Sunday at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.

SHANE GRAY FINDS A NEW WAY TO SHAVE TIRES

Second-generation Pro Stock driver Shane Gray rapped the throttle in his Gray Motorsports Camaro a few times and then unleashed a burnout which stopped shy of the eighth-mile timing blocks at Brainerd International Raceway during the final qualifying session at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

As the car coasted to a stop with smoke trailing behind, a number of fans clapped and screamed in approval, a few even stood in ovation. 

And just to think, all it took was a driver who was more concerned about breaking in tires than getting to the finish line in record time. 

PRITCHETT, DEJORIA, T. GRAY AND SAVOIE SECURE VICTORIES AT LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS

Leah Pritchett piloted her dragster to her fourth Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victors at the 17th of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

THE SECOND TIME AROUND IS BETTER FOR HIGHT AND PROCK

Sometimes even the best pairings get lost along the way.

Now, in their reunion some four years later, Robert Hight and Jimmy Prock are hotter than ever. 

Friday in Brainerd, Hight with an aggressive tune-up in his Auto Club Camaro Funny Car became the quickest Funny Car driver in the world with a 3.793 elapsed time. 

TAD ROOKIE MARINA ANDERSON MAKES NHRA NATIONAL EVENT DEBUT

 

Rookie Top Alcohol Dragster driver Marina Anderson, of Lombard, IL., made her NHRA debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, and in qualifying became the 38th female to do in the history of the series. 

Anderson qualified 14th on the strength of a 5.549 elapsed time at 229.74 miles per hour. She earned her license during the  Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Regional race at Route 66 Raceway in June of 2017.

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM LUCAS OIL NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the 17th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

POINT STANDINGS AFTER 2017 LUCAS OIL NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the 17th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

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