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Bristol Pre-Race Report

NHRA Bristol Event Highlights: 

  • 2011 runner-up
  • 2010 No. 1 qualifier

2017 Bristol Recap:
Qualified seventh; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Pat Dakin in E1, defeated by Shawn Langdon in E2)

Last event (Richmond):
Qualified tenth; Semifinal finish (defeated by Mike Salinas in E1, Bill Litton in E2; defeated by Steve Torrence in E3)

2018 Season Statistics:
Nine round wins; ranked sixth in points

Career Statistics:
392 races; 65 wins (16 Pro Stock Motorcycle); 49 No. 1 qualifiers (11 PSM)

Notable:

  • Will face off against ‘Papa’ John Schnatter in the Papa John’s Charity Challenge race on Saturday
    • Benefits the Infinite Hero Foundation
    • Prior to Bristol, $80K has been collected for IHF so far in 2018 through the Charity Challenge series. The $100K milestone will be achieved on Saturday afternoon.

Quotable:
“It was great to reach the semis at Virginia, but we were capable of winning that race. It was a great boost to the team, no matter the outcome, though. We made quality runs and the car was doing what we wanted it to do. We figured some more stuff out and the guys just kept after it and they never quit, they never gave up. And now, we see some light at the end of the tunnel. So, going to Bristol, I guarantee everyone is going into it with a great deal of confidence. I have a great deal of confidence – always have in these guys. We just never quit. And now, this is all a positive, confidence-booster for this team. We’re going to come out of the box swinging at Bristol. And we’re going to swing harder in qualifying, shoot for No. 1. And then we can set our own fortune and luck. We’ve been fighting this fight and we learned so much through all this agony we’ve been through. That’s when you do your most learning, when you’re struggling. And I think we’ve learned enough and we’re ready to move forward and make the good times roll, again.”

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