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Pre-Race Report: Topeka

Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals
presented by Minties

Event 10 of 24 (Topeka)
Heartland Motorsports Park
Topeka, Kan.
June 7-9, 2019

Topeka Event Highlights: 

  • 2017 event champion
  • 2016 event runner-up
  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier (2009, 2010, 2012, 2015)

2018 Topeka Recap:
Qualified 12th; First round exit (defeated by Leah Pritchett in E1)

Last Event (Chicago):
Qualified second; Semifinal finish (defeated Brittany Force in E1, Jordan Vandergriff in E2; defeated by Steve Torrence in E3)

2019 Season Statistics:
11 round wins; Ranked fifth in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Leads the Top Fuel class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (4) at Heartland Motorsports Park: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015

Quotable:
“We’re going into Topeka with our heads up. I always love going to that track, especially pulling up on Gary Ormsby Drive. Gary’s one of my heroes and someone I’ve always looked up to in the Top Fuel class.

“Our Matco Tools/Toyota/Hangsterfers/Pennzoil team has been on the rise. I definitely think we have a car that could’ve won the race at these past few events. The team is performing at a high level right now; our car is quick, we’ve been getting great qualifying bonus points, now we just need some things to go our way. We need to get into that winner’s circle. We’re going to go out there, have fun, race hard and see where the chips fall.”

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