Charlotte II Pre-Race Report

Charlotte II Pre-Race Report

September 15, 2021

NHRA Carolina Nationals
Event 15 of 20
Countdown Event 2 of 7
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C. 
Sept. 17 - 19, 2021

Driver of the Okuma Top Fuel Dragster

Leah Pruett

Countdown to the Championship standing: 5th

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

2019 Charlotte II Recap:
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Chris Karamesines in E1; defeated by Doug Kalitta in E2)

Last Event (Reading):
Qualified eighth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Antron Brown in E1; defeated by Brittany Force in E2)

Career Statistics:
166 races; nine wins; 12 No. 1 Qualifiers 

From Leah:
The Okuma car has some unfinished business, as it last saw the track in the final round of Sonoma. As much as we focus on ourselves and our own program, this is the time of the season where you find yourself checking the pulse of the class in ways you weren’t necessarily before. Internally rooting for or against someone based on what is best for your team’s situation. I truly believe qualifying points will play an even larger part of the Countdown, with us having an extra race this year. We’re feeling good about heading into Charlotte in fifth, but know there is no room for error. We are focusing on keeping it simple - getting down the track every single time, and I have to leave first. If we can do that on a clean eight (cylinders) with traction, it’ll be a fast pass. Those two simple things equate to success on Sunday.

Source: Don Schumacher Racing