Recap: Pomona NHRA Finals

Recap: Pomona NHRA Finals

November 14, 2022

Nevada NHRA FallNationals
Auto Club Raceway
Pomona, CA
November 11-13, 2022

Leah Pruett, driver of the Dodge Power Brokers Top Fuel Dragster:

Leah Pruett, driver of the Dodge Power Brokers Top Fuel Dragster:

●  Earned No. 16 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (9.948 ET at 69.35 mph).

●  Earned No. 3 provisional qualifying position in Q2 on Friday (3.669 ET at 329.67 mph).

●  Scored two bonus points for third-quickest run of the session.

●  Maintained No. 3 provisional qualifying position in Q3 on Saturday (3.739 ET at 323.12 mph).  

●  Secured No. 4 qualifying position based off Friday’s Q2 run. In Q4 on Saturday, Pruett ran a 3.692 ET at 324.59 mph.

●  Advanced to Round 2 on Sunday:

    ●  Round 1: 4.959 ET at 150.20 mph, defeated Alex Laughlin (6.518 ET at 121.61 mph).

    ●  Round 2: 3.721 ET at 324.20 mph, lost to Austin Prock (3.704 ET at 329.18 mph). 

●  Finished 11th in the Top Fuel championship standings, 301 points behind champion Brittany Force.

Leah Pruett NHRA Finals - Pomona

Leah Pruett NHRA Finals - Pomona

Leah Pruett NHRA Finals - Pomona
Leah Pruett NHRA Finals - Pomona

From Leah:

Our raceday with the Dodge Power Brokers dragster was the epitome of hard work and execution, and it embodied the team’s competitive spirit and skill. During round one, we needed to get down the track against (Alex) Laughlin, who is a fierce contender. Just like many other competitors today, we had some challenges and smoked the tires. Engines don’t love when you pedal the car. Cylinders get mixed up and bad things happen. We had a huge explosion from top to bottom – from the injector down to the oil pan. We had to replace every part of the engine. Our turnaround and recovery for the second round of eliminations is what is the most impressive. We had zero problems in warmup, made our call on time and ran a very competitive .72. We didn’t believe a 3.70 was out there to be had on the track, so that’s not what we pushed for. We are very proud to be able to hang our hat on quality turnarounds and having the right parts available to piece on the car when you have the worse situation available and to be able to do it where you’re only seven-thousandths away from a win light. Personally, getting a holeshot on (Austin) Prock is a highlight for me this season. I’ve been working really hard on consistency and I have my own notebook of what I do when I’m able to get it right like that and that’s got to last you four months in the offseason. We finished strong and we have everything to be proud of. The recovery we had for the second round of eliminations is a reflection of our rebound this season and looking toward 2023 is going to be even more impressive.

Contact: Ashley Wilson, (303) 594-8147,