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Chicago Pre-Race Report

Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Event 9 of 24 (Chicago)
Route 66 Raceway
Joliet, Ill.
May 31 – June 2, 2019

Chicago Event Highlights: 

  • Five-time event champion
    • Top Fuel (2012, 2014, 2016)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2000, 2001)
  • Three-time runner-up:
    • Top Fuel (2009, 2017)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2002)
  • Two-time Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier (2009, 2015)

2018 Chicago Recap:
Qualified seventh; First round exit (defeated by Leah Pritchett in E1)

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

2019 Season Statistics:
Nine round wins; Ranked sixth in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Has wins in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at Route 66 Raceway
  • 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:
“Chicago is the hometown track for the bossman, Don Schumacher, and I have a feeling that all of our DSR cars are going to show out there. We’ve had a lot of success in Chicago. I think we’re on the cusp of some great things and Chicago would be a great place to kick it off. We just need to keep our heads down and keep improving. I’ve got a fire in me right now because I want to win so bad.”

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