Qualified: No. 7 (3.781 E.T. at 327.19 MPH)
E1: 5.402 E.T. at 134.91 MPH E.T. defeated by Leah Pritchett 3.769 E.T. at 329.67 MPH
Antron Brown, a five-time Route 66 Raceway winner lined up opposite of his Army Racing teammate Leah Pritchett in round one. Brown had the starting line advantage but was up in smoke early into the run. Brown pedaled it in an attempt to recover but was unable to catch up with Pritchett, who made a clean, straight pass down the track and across the stripe.
“This wasn’t the way we wanted to end our weekend here in Chicago, but my Matco Tools/U.S Army/Toyota team made some good progress in qualifying. It’s not showing on race day, but it will very, very soon. We were very close to making the clean pass that we needed today and it’s clear that we are making the strides that we need to make. Out of the last nine runs, we’ve gotten down the track seven times. So, we’ve got to continue taking the positives and keep working hard to move forward. We are looking forward to getting to Virginia and getting back after it.”