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Pre-Race Report: Charlotte I

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte I)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 26-28, 2019

Charlotte I Event Highlights: 

  • Two-time event champion (2014, 2015)
  • 2016 runner-up

2018 Charlotte I Recap:
Qualified third; First round exit (defeated by Doug Kalitta, Mike Salinas in E1)

Last Event (Houston):
Qualified 11th; Event runner-up (defeated Mike Salinas in E1, Leah Pritchett in E2, Steve Torrence in E3; defeated by Brittany Force in E4)

2019 Season Statistics:
Five round wins; Ranked seventh in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Raced to a runner-up finish at the most recent event on the NHRA tour (Houston)
  • Leads the Top Fuel class in most zMAX Dragway victories (five):
    • Spring: 2014, 2015
    • Fall: 2011, 2015, 2016

Quotable:
“Charlotte has always been a really special place for our Matco Tools Toyota team. The city has such a rich race history, from NASCAR to bringing NHRA there for the Four-Wide Nationals, one of our biggest races of the year. Every time you go to Charlotte, you always want to show out and stake your claim to a little bit of history in one of the meccas of racing. There’s no secret that you want to bring your ‘A game.’

“We’ve won there five times, but you don’t really think about that – the focus is on winning the next Charlotte event. Going into this year’s Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals, our mindset is to go there with our heads down and pedal down, and hopefully at the end of the day, we’re sitting on the top of the mountain. We’ve had a lot of success there because we’ve had a mindset of one team, one mind, and one focus to go there and compete at a high level.”

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