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Atlanta Pre-Race Report

NHRA Southern Nationals
Event No. 3 of 22
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 1-2, 2021

Matco’s Tools for the Cause to benefit the Fisher House Foundation

Atlanta Event Highlights: 

  • Six-time event champion
    • Top Fuel (2008, 2011, 2013, 2015)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2001, 2006)
  • 2003 Pro Stock Motorcycle runner-up
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier
    • Top Fuel (2015)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2006)

2020 Atlanta Recap:
N/A (canceled due to COVID-19)

2019 Atlanta Recap:
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Clay Millican in E1; defeated by Brittany Force in E2)

Last Event (Las Vegas 1):
Qualified eighth; Semifinal finish (defeated Justin Ashley, Bye in E1, Brittany Force, Billy Torrence in E2; defeated by Steve Torrence, Doug Kalitta in E3)

Career Statistics:
443 races; 67 wins (16 Pro Stock Motorcycle); 49 No. 1 Qualifiers (11 PSM)

Noteworthy:

  • Raced to the final quad at the previous event (NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas)
  • In a two-way tie for winningest Top Fuel driver at Atlanta Dragway with four Southern Nationals event wins:
    • 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015 (tied with Larry Dixon)
  • Has wins and No. 1 qualifier awards in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at Atlanta Dragway
  • 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 2021
    • 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 ones during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important—the healing process
    • Families served by Fisher House Foundation: More than 413,000 families since inception in 1990
    • There are 91 Fisher House facilities in operation
    • Fisher House Foundation has provided over 10 million days of lodging, representing over $525 million in savings

Quotable:
“Looking forward to getting back to Atlanta. ATL always has some special moments for our Matco Tools/Toyota/SiriusXM race team and we’re looking to go there and do well. I won my first Pro Stock Motorcycle race there in Prostar, another in NHRA, and I’ve won several Top Fuel races there as well so that track is really special to me. I’m looking to get out there and do what we do. The weather is looking good, and I’m excited to kick off the third NHRA Camping World Series event of the season.”

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