Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pritchett Earns First Top Fuel Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pritchett Earns First Top Fuel Win

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Leah Pritchett raced to her first Top Fuel victory on Sunday at the NHRA Nationals in Chandler, Ariz.

Pritchett used a quicker reaction time and a performance of 3.775 seconds at 323.12 mph in her Bob Vandergriff Racing dragster to finish in front of Brittany Force's 3.774 at 321.35 in her John Force Racing dragster. It was the first all-female Top Fuel final since Shirley Muldowney defeated Lucille Lee in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio.

Pritchett outran J.R. Todd, Clay Millican and Antron Brown in the first three rounds before beating Force in the final. She is the 16th woman to win a Mello Yello Series race and the eighth to win in the Top Fuel category.

"It is the happiest day of my life, besides getting married of course," Pritchett said. "This is what dreams are made of."

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also picked up victories at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. …

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