Denver Pre-Race Report

Denver Pre-Race Report

July 14, 2021

Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Presented by Pennzoil

Event No. 8 of 20
Bandimere Speedway
Morrison, Colo.
July 16-18, 2021

Driver of the Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster

Leah Pruett

Denver Event Highlights: 

  • 2018 event champion 
  • 2017 runner-up  
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2017, 2018)

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

2019 Denver Recap:
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Terry Totten in E1; defeated by Clay Millican in E2)

Last Event (Norwalk):
Qualified eighth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Doug Foley in E1; defeated by Steve Torrence in E2)

Career Statistics:
159 races; eight wins; 12 No. 1 Qualifiers 


  • Seeks to wheel the Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel dragster to a repeat of her 2018 performance where she won her sponsor’s event from the pole

From Leah:
Hollywood is known for making movie magic, and this team has been known for making some of the greatest horsepower out of the thinnest Bandimere air, aka magic. We’ve had a challenging start to the season gaining the proper momentum, but believe our undeniable capabilities paired with our nose to the grindstone in the shop, and training work ethic, will produce not only the results we expect, but our Mopar fans do as well.

"The Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals has always been my most enjoyable event to compete at for a variety of reasons. Being surrounded by dedicated like-minded Dodge//SRT and Mopar enthusiasts really brings the ultimate vibe. Winning doesn’t happen overnight. What happens in the dark, always comes to light, and I believe it’s time to put the shine on. I am personally looking forward to our season taking a major turn for the competitive best, and believe the Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals is the perfect place to do it. I definitely wish we had our standard four qualifying sessions to prepare for the race and to help dial in our hot rod, and take a stab at the tree. Because we don't, I believe our off-the-trailer numbers on Friday night will be very instrumental in the qualifying order, which means nothing is more important than being prepared for that run. That is what we have been spending our last two weeks doing; preparing for the quantity of runs for the entire Swing, and micro-scoping quality.

Driver of the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

Leah Pruett FSXX

2020 Denver Recap:
N/A (Denver is a new addition to the Factory Stock Showdown Series in 2021)

Last Event (Norwalk):

FSS Career Statistics:
26 races; three wins; one runner-up; two No. 1 qualifiers

From Leah:
With this being the first year for Factory Stock Showdown to compete in Denver, there are many unknowns. But what we do know is that our Mopar parts are ready to take on the challenges as (crew chief) Kevin Helms deciphers a brand-new tune-up on the mountain. Four qualifying runs will definitely help, but the mountain is ruthless, and has the capability of finding new weaknesses. I have confidence in my Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak and believe that we can take on the competition through planned attrition.

Source: Don Schumacher Racing