Sonoma Pre-Race Report

Sonoma Pre-Race Report

July 21, 2021

NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event No. 9 of 20
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
July 23-25, 2021

Driver of the Okuma Top Fuel Dragster

Sonoma Event Highlights: 

  • 2017 No. 1 qualifier

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

2019 Sonoma Recap:
Qualified 11th; First round exit (defeated by Austin Prock in E1)

Last Event (Denver):
Qualified 11th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Doug Kalitta in E1; defeated by Joey Haas in E2)

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


  • Leah Pruett owns the Sonoma Raceway E.T. record, achieved when she powered to a 3.669 E.T. during qualifying in 2017

From Leah:
Drag racing is a sport of ebbs and flows. This is certainly not where we wanted to be at this point in the season, but the trick is to not let it get you down or get inside your own head. All of the biggest names in our industry have gone through spells where they’ve had their struggles and they’ve always rebounded. My DSR teammates are a perfect example of overcoming adversity and bouncing back. Matt Hagan won the championship in 2011 and then didn’t even make the Countdown the year after. He’s since gone on to win two more championships. Ron Capps is one of the most decorated drivers in our sport, and he had to wait 20 years before winning a championship. Antron Brown, a three-time world champ, recently experienced a 42-race winless streak and has since won two races in the last nine events and appears to be back in championship-form. As Antron always says, ‘you have to beat resistance with persistence,’ and that is what we will continue to do.

Source: Don Schumacher Racing