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Denver Pre-Race Report

NHRA Denver Event Highlights: 

  • Three-time event champion (2009, 2012, 2017)
  • Five-time runner-up
    • 2008, 2016
    • 1999, 2001, 2005 (Pro Stock Motorcycle)
  • Three-time No. 1 qualifier
    • 2009, 2010
    • 2001 (PSM)

2017 Denver Recap:
Qualified seventh; Event champion (defeated Scott Palmer in E1, Doug Kalitta in E2, Brittany Force in E3, Leah Pritchett in E4)

Last event (Epping):
Qualified 12th; Event runner-up (defeated Clay Millican in E1, Brittany Force in E2, Leah Pritchett in E3; defeated by Steve Torrence in E4)

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

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

Notable:

  • ‘Swept The Swing’ (winning the Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle trio of races) in 2009
  • Has been to the final round at Denver the past two years, winning in 2017 and recording a runner-up finish in 2016

Quotable:
“Denver is different than any other place we race. You’re a mile high, so the air is thin and there’s not much oxygen. The temperatures will go up during the day and that makes some difficult conditions for the race cars to make good power and run hard there.  It’s the same thing for all the crew members on the human body. When you go there, it’s definitely a test of conditioning and going out there and making it happen. The trick in going to Denver is that you have to be mentally strong, emotionally tough and use all of your physical strength to make it happen when you don’t think you have anything left in the tank.  We’ve had success there, though. We were the last ones to sweep the Western Swing in 2009 and came close last year after winning in Denver and Seattle.”

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