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Dallas Pre-Race Report

AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Event 21 of 24 (Dallas)
NHRA Countdown, Event 3 of 6
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
October 5-7, 2018

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: No. 5

Dallas Event Highlights: 

  • Three-time event champion
    • Top Fuel (2012, 2016)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (1999, discontinued Spring event)
  • 2016 No. 1 qualifier

2017 Dallas Recap:
Qualified third; Semifinal finish (defeated Shawn Reed in E1, Leah Pritchett in E2; defeated by Shawn Langdon in E3)

Last event (St. Louis):
Qualified seventh; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Doug Kalitta in E1; defeated by Clay Millican in E2)

2018 Season Statistics:
25 round wins; ranked fifth in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Has won in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at Texas Motorplex
  • First NHRA event win occurred at the 1999 Dallas I event (PSM)
  • Matco is running the ‘Tools for the Cause’ campaign throughout the month of October in which 15% of the purchase price of ‘Tools for the Cause’ merchandise will be donated directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
    • Since ‘Tools for the Cause’ began in 2012, Matco has donated over $828,000 to breast cancer research


Quotable:
“I look forward to going to Dallas. It’s always a good race for us – our Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota team has won a couple of times out there and it’s been a race that’s helped us lock down the Countdown a couple of times, too (2016 and 2012). This closes out the first half of the Countdown, so it’s another key race. We need to get our minds right and just go out there and try to go rounds and try to win the race. Back in 1999, the first national event Wally I ever held up was in Dallas in Pro Stock Motorcycles, so it’s always been a very special place for me.”

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