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Brewster: NHRA’s Leah Pritchett racing to the finish line

By in Press Enterprise on October 27, 2017

By Louis Brewster

A dozen NHRA competitors remain in position for coveted world championships as the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competes this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the penultimate national event of the 2017 season. The campaign will conclude Nov. 10-12 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

Two of the four professional classes, Funny Car and Pro Stock, are separated by a round, while Top Fuel has a three-round margin. Only Eddie Krawiec, in Pro Stock Motorcycle, has an opportunity to leave Las Vegas with the championship trophy as he is 107 points ahead of L.E. Tonglet, his closest competitor.

Points leaders heading into the first of two qualifying rounds today include Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, defending champion Ron Capps in Funny Car and Greg Anderson in Pro Stock. There will be two rounds of qualifying today and Saturday before the finals on Sunday.

Torrence is 57 points ahead of Brittany Force, with Doug Kalitta in third trailing by 76, while Antron Brown is fourth. Robert High is 24 behind Capps as the Funny Car scramble has been reduced to a pair of drivers. Anderson is locked in a tight battle with teammate Bo Butner and Jason Line, who are 15 and 30 points back, respectively.

San Bernardino’s Leah Pritchett, who started the Top Fuel campaign strong with wins at Pomona’s Winternationals and at Phoenix, is hoping to surge in the standings now that the circuit has returned West. She has four wins in six final round appearances in 2017. She has also been the top qualifier in six events.

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