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

Qualified:
No. 7 (3.926 E.T. at 331.20 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 3.950 E.T. at 309.84 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 3.953 E.T. at 326.08 MPH

Race Recap:
For the fourth time in the past five events, Alexis DeJoria raced her way to a top-half qualifying spot this weekend at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
 
As the No. 7 qualifier, DeJoria was positioned to race her 10th qualified teammate, J.R. Todd, in the first round of eliminations on race day.
 
In the battle of the Kalitta Motorsports Toyota Camrys, both cars made respectable runs in the three-second zone, but unfortunately, Todd was able to power his Camry across the finish line first, ending DeJoria’s day.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
497 points, ranked 14th 
73 points out of 10th                        

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

The Results: 
Q1: 4.038 E.T. at 278.86 MPH 
Q2: 3.926 E.T. at 331.20 MPH
Q3: 4.122 E.T. at 306.05 MPH
Q4: 4.000 E.T. at 307.23 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 7 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 10 J.R. Todd

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We're in the show, seventh place, which is our usual spot lately. We do have lane choice tomorrow, but unfortunately, it's against our teammate J.R. We really need this round win. We usually do pretty well out here in Sonoma so we're hoping we get the same luck and go some rounds.

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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    

Alexis DeJoria Denver

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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