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Brainerd Pre-Race Report

NHRA Brainerd Event Highlights: 

  • Five-time event champion
    • Top Fuel (2011)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2000, 2001, 2003, 2006)
  • Three-time runner-up (2012, 2016, 2017)
  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier
    • TF (2014, 2016)
    • PSM (2001, 2004)

2017 Brainerd Recap:
Qualified seventh; Event runner-up (defeated Shawn Langdon in E1, Brittany Force in E2, Steve Torrence in E3; defeated by Leah Pritchett in E4)

Last event (Seattle):
Qualified fifth; Event champion (defeated Shawn Reed in E1, Tony Schumacher in E2, Steve Torrence in E3, Leah Pritchett in E4)

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

Career Statistics:
398 races; 66 wins (16 Pro Stock Motorcycle); 49 No. 1 qualifiers (11 PSM)

Noteworthy:

  • Claimed his 50th Top Fuel win at the previous event (Seattle)
  • Has raced to the Brainerd Top Fuel final round for the past two years (2016, 2017)
  • Owns BIR victories in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle

Quotable:
“We got everything in a groove and we’ve been doing it one run at a time. Our main focus was always to get better every race and learn this new combination and make it work. All the media, all the fans, they’ve kept telling us all year that it was going to be OK. I knew it was going to be OK, this is just drag racing. You just have to stay with it and it will get better.”

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