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Richmond Pre-Race Report

NHRA Virginia Nationals
Event 8 of 24 (Richmond)
Virginia Motorsports Park
North Dinwiddie, Va.
May 17-19, 2019

Richmond Event Highlights: 

  • 2009 event runner-up

2018 Richmond Recap:
Qualified tenth; Semifinal finish (defeated Mike Salinas in E1, Bill Litton in E2; defeated by Steve Torrence in E3)

Last Event (Atlanta):
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Clay Millican in E1; defeated by Brittany Force in E2)

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

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

Noteworthy:

  • Driving a special Matco’s Tools for the Cause livery to benefit the Fisher House Foundation
    • Starting May 1, Matco will donate 15% of net sales of Tools for the Cause items to the Fisher House Foundation through the end of 2019
    • For nearly 30 years, the Fisher House program has provided “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes offer free, temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families, allowing them to be close to their loved one during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important—the healing process
    • Families served by Fisher House Foundation: More than 368,000 families since inception in 1990

Quotable:
“The car is there and now we’re getting our bearings right. We had a new combination starting in Pomona and the more laps we get, the more we figure it out. We’ve learned a lot and to see the way the team has gelled together has been amazing. We’re getting things worked out and it’s shown a lot of potential.

“The Richmond track is super smooth and the Franklin family does an incredible job. We’re going to go out and hit it hard, and it’s going to be nice. We felt Atlanta was our race to win, so we’re ready to race in Richmond right now. When you’re on the verge of something and it’s there, you want to race right now.”

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