NHRA: Leah Pritchett wins first all-female Top Fuel final since 1982
Leah Pritchett made history at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona on Sunday as she took her first career class win.
Her opponent was Brittany Force, making it the first all-female Top Fuel final since 1982 when Shirley Muldowny and Lucille Lee had squared off. Both Pritchett and Force had encountered issues earlier on in the night, with Pritchett’s car even catching fire in the pits.
Force defeated Shawn Langdon, Terry McMillen and Doug Kalitta en route to the final, while Pritchett had disposed of J.R. Todd, Antron Brown and Clay Millican.
Meanwhile, for the entire Don Schumacher Racing team, it was a day to forget, with none of its drivers making it through to the Semis.
Points leader Steve Torrence was knocked out in the first round by Terry McMillen, handing the points lead over to Doug Kalitta, who lost to Brittany Force in the semis.
Meanwhile in Funny Car, Tim Wilkerson broke into the top five in points with a win over John Force in the final. Force made it to the final with a win over his daughter Courtney in the semis, and had also put an end to the nights of Jack Beckman and John Hale. However, in the final he encountered mechanical issues toward the end of the run, handing the win to Wilkerson. Wilkerson had checked off Chad Head, Pomona winner Ron Capps, and Robert Hight en route to the final. Capps was able to maintain the Funny Car points lead with Force sitting just 15 markers back in second.
Jason Line claimed his first win of the 2016 season after defeating Chris McGaha, taking the points lead from Greg Anderson in doing so.
Bo Butner, Jason Line and Greg Anderson have been the top three qualifiers in the first two races of the 2016 season in a new era of the Pro Stock class. All three, along with McGaha, had made it through to the semis, with Line knocking out Anderson and McGaha eliminating Butner. Meanwhile, two-time defending Pro Stock champion Erica Enders-Stevens lost to Drew Skillman in Round 1. Enders has yet to advance to the second round in the opening two events of 2016, and currently sits outside the top 10 in points.
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