NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
April 1-3, 2022
Leah Pruett, driver of the Code 3 Associates Top Fuel Dragster:
Earned No. 3 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (3.772 ET at 328.06 mph). Scored one bonus point for third-quickest run of the session.
Earned No. 1 qualifying position in Q2 on Friday (3.741 ET at 326.79 mph).
Scored three bonus points for quickest run of the session.
Earned No. 2 qualifying position in Q3 on Saturday (3.752 ET at 326.32 mph).
Scored two bonus points for second-quickest run of the session.
Secured No. 3 qualifying position based off Q2 run on Friday. In Q4 on Saturday, Pruett ran a 3.766 ET at 321.27 mph.
Advanced to Round 2 on Sunday:
Round 1: 3.740 ET at 327.27 mph, defeated Doug Kalitta (4.100 ET at 227.80 mph) and Rob Passey (13.101 ET at 63.28 mph). Shawn Langdon also advanced to Round 2 (3.853 ET at 316.01 mph).
Round 2: 3.745 ET at 325.69 mph, lost to Brittany Force (3.725 ET at 329.58 mph) and Steve Torrence (3.744 ET at 328.46 mph). Shawn Langdon (3.884 ET, 294.31 mph) was also defeated by Force and Torrence.
Currently 14th in the championship standings, 167 points behind Top Fuel leader Steve Torrence.
By running a 3.741 ET at 326.79 mph during Friday’s Q1 session, Pruett drove her Code 3 Associates Top Fuel Dragster to the provisional No. 1 qualifier spot for the first time in 2022.
Pruett had her quickest reaction time of the season during Round 1 of eliminations on Sunday (.042).
What a monumental weekend for the Code 3 Associates Dodge//SRT Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster. The points at the end of the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals may not represent that, but anybody that was here, or watched the FS1 broadcast or looked at the times and saw that we made six full, clean, healthy, passes that were fast and qualified us No. 3, knows that we are coming. We just needed a little bit of momentum and we’ve found it. We’re extremely happy with the way our car is running. The attitude of these team members is great. We knew in the off-season that we had the potential. We were the only ones that really knew and believed in our performance. This past weekend, our competition now knows that we’re coming and that’s exciting.
I’ve really worked hard on finding my love and passion again for drag racing, being eager to be at the line to cut down the Christmas tree, and actually race and enjoy racing. It’s been a long time since I really enjoyed that. I attribute it to the positive-minded people that I have around me, including Nan Stuart from Code 3 Associates, Kevin Rudeen (Race Rudeen Foundation), and Tony Stewart leading this group and charging hard. We’re coming. Our competition knows that. I’m more excited at this moment than I have been all season because our potential is showing itself. We’ve got one foot out that opening door right now and we’re going to take that other step and people will know that we’re coming.
There was tough competition today. Four-wides are always interesting and require maximum focus on all parts. NHRA did a fantastic job of keeping all four lanes equal and prepped and primed for us to lay it down. We were within just a couple, one to two hundredths of the top competitors in our field, and for the pace of our progress, which has been very fast, it’s inspiring. It’s encouraging. It’s what makes me more excited than I’ve ever been to get back in the car and race at Houston coming up.
Source: True Speed Communication on behalf of Tony Stewart Racing
Contact: Ashley Wilson, (303) 594-8147, Ashley.Wilson@TrueSpeedCommunication.com