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Denver Pre-Race Report

Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Presented by Pennzoil

Event 14 of 24 (Denver)
Bandimere Speedway
Morrisson, Colo.
July 19-21, 2019

Denver Event Highlights: 

  • Three-time event champion (2009, 2012, 2017)
  • Five-time runner-up:
    • Top Fuel (2008, 2016)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (1999, 2001, 2005)
  • Three-time No. 1 qualifier:
    • Top Fuel (2009, 2010)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2001)

2018 Denver Recap:
Qualified eighth; First round exit (defeated by Scott Palmer in E1)

Last Event (Epping):
Qualified fourth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Cameron Ferre in E1; defeated by Scott Palmer in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
16 round wins; Ranked third in points

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

Noteworthy:

‘Swept The Swing’ (winning the Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle trio of races) in 2009

Quotable:
“Bandimere Speedway is always one of my favorite tracks to go to because of the challenges that come with racing at a mile-high. The oxygen levels are thin, and it’s a big feat for the crew chiefs to get the cars to make good power. It’s also a big challenge for the drivers to be able to stay focused because when you go up there, you push your endurance to higher levels. Racing at a mile-high is definitely a challenge, but it’s one that I know myself and our Matco Tools Toyota team looks forward to each year. We’ve won there before, and it’s kind of like you’re the ‘king of the mountain’ if it doesn’t beat you up. When you get the job done, it makes it that much more rewarding to hoist a Wally on top of the mountain.”

 

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