Event 20 of 20
Countdown Event 7 of 7
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
November 12-14, 2021
Qualified: No. 9 (3.769 E.T. at 314.61 MPH)
Qualified: No. 3 (3.706 E.T. at 327.59 MPH)
E1: 5.053 E.T. at 189.71 MPH defeated by Cameron Ferre 3.796 E.T. at 319.75 MPH
Redlands, Calif. native Leah Pruett’s solid qualifying performance put the Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster No. 3 on the eliminations ladder with a 3.706 second pass at 327.59 mph in the final session. That afforded the HEMI-powered machine lane choice over No. 14 seed Cameron Ferre for the opening round of the final event of the season. After a quick start, Pruett was chasing down her opponent when a malfunction prior to half-track hampered her efforts and brought her race day to an early end.
Pruett closes out her season ranked seventh in the Top Fuel standings to earn her sixth consecutive Top 10 finish since joining Don Schumacher Racing in 2016.
The level of confidence heading into the final race here at Pomona was extremely high – higher than it’s been in some time. The attitudes were positive. The takeaway from the first round loss is a straight mechanical malfunction. The clutch did not move. It wasn’t a tuning or personnel issue. Therefore, we had no power. It mixed up cylinders immediately. A couple pedal jobs and a weird sensation in the car when you’re not going anywhere, but also not smoking the tires. Sometimes it’s just necessary for a very hard reset. This entire team has a heart of gold. We represent the ‘never lift’ campaign for Dodge and we are a testament for that and sometimes when you never lift, a part does. We’re looking forward to next season. We couldn’t be more thankful to DSR, Dodge, Mopar, Pennzoil, all of our great partners at Don Schumacher Racing, and everyone at DSR for some amazing seasons.
Source: Don Schumacher Racing