Leah Pritchett will be bidding for Wally trophies in both the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown at the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida this weekend (March 15-18, 2018).
In addition to her Mopar® Dodge Top Fuel dragster, Pritchett will also drive her recently tested and tuned 354-cubic-inch HEMI® engine-powered Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown category.
“The double-duty aspect, I had a taste of it last year and, honestly, I think it makes me a better racer overall,” said Pritchett. “To have a three-time World Champion Sportsman racer like Kevin Helms (as crew chief) is definitely an ace in my pocket… I never experienced a crew chief that was a driver and tuner before, so the dynamic is very exciting and compelling to me.”
Pritchett will be joined in the fierce, competitive field of 30-plus entries in the Factory Stock Showdown by 2012 NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Allen Johnson, as well as Geoff Turk, who became the first driver in the series to break into the seven-second range with a 7.996-second elapsed time at 170.10 mph during qualifying last weekend at Bradenton.
In other Mopar Dodge//SRT® Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) news, Matt Hagan will lead the DSR squad into the NHRA Gatornationals as the current points leader in the NHRA Funny Car class.
Going to Gatornationals? Check out the nearly 5,000-square-foot Mopar Dodge//SRT display featuring Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators, an elevated VIP viewing area atop the Dodge rig section, chances to win prizes, and opportunities to learn more about Mopar Parts and Accessories. You can also meet NHRA legend and iconic Mopar Dodge drag racer “Big Daddy” Don Garlits at the Mopar Dodge//SRT autograph session, scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 17.