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Pre-Race Report: Houston

MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
April 12-14, 2019

Houston Event Highlights: 

  • Two-time event champion (2008, 2014)
    • Raced to his career-first Top Fuel victory in 2008
  • Three-time runner-up
    • Top Fuel (2010, 2012)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2004)
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier
    • Top Fuel (2009)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2001)

2018 Houston Recap:
Qualified fifth; First round exit (defeated by Terry McMillen in E1)

Last Event (Las Vegas I):
Qualified ninth; First-round exit (defeated by Mike Salinas, Billy Torrence in E1)

2019 Season Statistics:
Two round wins; Ranked tenth in points

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

Quotable:
“My first Top Fuel win was at Houston back in 2008, so that track always brings back great memories. I still remember racing Larry Dixon, a champion and one of the drivers I always looked up to, in the finals there. To beat him in the finals was a moment I’ll never forget. Houston is one of those tracks that’s a lot of fun to go to. Looking forward to getting down there. They’ve made some great track improvements. It’s one of those races I just feel comfortable at.”

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