Race Reports

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Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 11 (4.010 E.T. at 322.65 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.056 E.T. at 316.90 MPH defeated by Jack Beckman 4.027 E.T. at 320.20 MPH

Race Recap:
Team Patrón started off the weekend in the Mile High City with a solid 4.010 run, but struggled with the challenges that come with racing 6,000-feet above sea level throughout the remainder of qualifying.
 
The Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago-lead team qualified 11th for race day, pitting Alexis DeJoria against Jack Beckman in round one of eliminations. The Patrón Camry ran a competitive 4.056, but despite outrunning 11 of the 16 first round contenders, came up short against Beckman’s 4.027. 

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Not a great start to the Western Swing, but there’s still two races left to make up some points on this three-race stretch. We did make two good runs up here on the mountain, considering the high elevation and the heat, so we can walk away pleased with that. Obviously, we wanted to win, but it didn’t happen today. We’re all looking forward to our next race in Sonoma. NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
469 points, ranked 14th 
69 points out of 10th 
Trails 13th ranked Del Worsham by 20 points    

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Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

The Results: 

Q1: 4.010 E.T. at 322.65 MPH 
Q2: 13.980 E.T. at 77.49 MPH
Q3: 6.591 E.T. at 100.07 MPH
Q4: 7.375 E.T. at 88.91 MPH

The Competition: 

No. 11 Alexis DeJoria vs No. 6 Jack Beckman

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Qualifying has been trying this weekend here in Denver. The first run we made got us up there and in the show, which was good. We were just trying to chase it after that but it never worked out. As I've said before, when it comes to race days, my team has always got something in the works. I'm not concerned whatsoever. I've got total faith in the guys and I think it's anybody's race tomorrow.   

Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 5 (3.913 E.T. at 327.98 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 3.974 E.T. at 322.81 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 4.024 E.T. at 321.88 MPH 
E2: 4.399 E.T. at 210.67 MPH defeated by Matt Hagan 4.006 E.T. at 319.60 MPH

Race Recap:
The Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team proved to have one of the strongest cars on the property at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals. Alexis DeJoria was the only Funny Car pilot to power her 10,000-horsepower race car to three sub-four second qualifying passes, and one of only two drivers to run in the three second zone during Q3. The team’s strong performance awarded DeJoria two valuable bonus points and the No. 5 qualifying spot, her best starting position of 2017.
 
DeJoria went into race day facing Cruz Pedregon in a crucial first round matchup. Pedregon currently holds the No. 10 spot in the NHRA Funny Car rankings and had a 50-point lead on DeJoria entering the race weekend. It was imperative for Team Patrón to not only earn round win-points, but also prevent Pedregon from gaining any additional points on DeJoria. Their first round tune-up proved to be a force to be reckoned with, as DeJoria not only easily defeated Pedregon but also posted the lowest elapsed time of the session.
 
Team Patrón went into round two with the quickest car of race day and the advantage of lane choice versus Matt Hagan. Unfortunately, their day would be cut short as the Patrón Camry dropped a cylinder early in the run and Hagan was able to get the round win.

With the first round win, bonus points and top half qualifying effort, DeJoria was able to narrow the points gap from 50 to a mere 26 points out of the Top 10. She finds herself in a fierce five-way battle for the coveted tenth spot entering the last five races of NHRA’s regular season. 

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Tough break on the second round, but we got some much needed points this weekend in qualifying and in the first round against Cruz. That really helped us; it put us in a good position towards our goal of making the Top 10. We can make up those points; we’re 26 out. The Western Swing is coming up next and we’ve done well at those events in the past. I have a lot of faith in my team and I think we’re on the right track right now. We’re making headway and I think we’ve got a shot at this. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
437 points, ranked 14th 
26 points out of 10th 
Trails 13th ranked Del Worsham by 20 points                      

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Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

The Results: 
Q1: 3.978 E.T. at 319.14 MPH
Q2: 3.913 E.T. at 327.98 MPH
Q3: 3.996 E.T. at 317.49 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q4: 9.666 E.T. at 81.10 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 5 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 8 Cruz Pedregon

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Qualifying went well. We finished in our highest qualifying spot of the year. It's only fifth, but hey, it's still good and in the top half. Tomorrow's race is extremely crucial for our Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry team. We've got to win first round. Winning will put us in the perfect position to come very close, if not in the Top 10, by the time we leave Route 66 Raceway.

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Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 7 (3.943 E.T. at 318.77 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 3.972 E.T. at 324.75 MPH defeated Del Worsham 7.528 E.T. at 98.54 MPH 
E2: 4.741 E.T. at 180.16 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.978 E.T. at 321.73 MPH

Race Recap:
For the second week in a row, the Patrón team earned a spot in the top half of the qualifying field, starting Sunday seeded seventh. Three solid qualifying passes not only yielded the advantage of lane choice going into the first round of eliminations, but also a bonus point.
 
DeJoria’s first round matchup found her squaring off against former teammate and crew chief, Del Worsham. DeJoria had no trouble racing her way into round two, as her 3.972-second pass easily defeated Worsham’s tire smoking effort.
 
Unfortunately, DeJoria’s day would end at the quarterfinals. The Patrón Toyota Camry overpowered the track before the 660-foot cone, and her opponent Robert Hight was able to cross the finish line first and advance to the semifinals.
 
Despite the early exit, DeJoria was successful in gaining ground on the Top 10 points rankings, closing the margin from 70 to 50 points. 

Quotable:
Not great, but not too bad. We narrowed the gap in points, which is good. We qualified in the middle of the pack again, but hey, we got in the show and got a first round win. We’re going to stay and test tomorrow and make as many runs as we can; we’re hoping for five. We're going to keep working on the setup we have right now and get ready for Chicago. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
381 points, ranked 14th 
50 points out of 10th 
Leads 15th ranked Jeff Diehl by 144 points
Trails 13th ranked Jim Campbell by 28 points