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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                      

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

The Results: 
Q1: 3.943 E.T. at 318.77 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 7.132 E.T. at 91.09 MPH
Q3: 4.043 E.T. at 320.13 MPH
Q4: 4.057 E.T. at 315.93 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 7 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 10 Del Worsham 

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We made three decent runs this weekend here in Norwalk, so we're pretty excited about that. First round tomorrow is against my former teammate, Del Worsham. We've got lane choice, and we're going to give it our all and see what happens. We really need to go rounds tomorrow. It's getting down to the wire; we've got to make something happen and it's got to happen now.

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

Qualified:
No. 7 (3.998 E.T. at 295.08 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.246 E.T. at 278.75 MPH defeated by Ron Capps 4.104 E.T. at 315.34 MPH 

Race Recap:
Despite struggling to get down the track in the first three qualifying sessions, Alexis DeJoria and the Tequila Patrón team ended qualifying strong at the Thunder Valley Nationals. As one of just seven drivers to dip into the 3-second range on the hot Bristol track surface and one of only three in Q4, DeJoria claimed a bonus point and the advantage of lane choice heading into the first round of eliminations.

Defending Funny Car champion Ron Capps was the first draw. DeJoria's Toyota Camry dropped a cylinder early in the run which allowed Capps to cross the finish line first and claim the round victory. 

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
I feel like I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but it was another rough weekend for our Patrón racing team. We've been really struggling through qualifying. Its been hot and nasty up here. First round, we had a matchup against Ron Capps. I was hoping it was going to go in our favor, it didn't. We lost out at the top end. Our belt came off and that was it. We've got another race next weekend. We're chipping away right now. We've been testing a lot of new stuff and we're starting to figure things out. Hopefully we will have another hot weekend in Norwalk because we've got a hot weather setup. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
327 points, ranked 14th 
70 points out of 10th 
Leads 15th ranked Jeff Diehl by 121 points
Trails 13th ranked Jim Campbell by 51 points                      

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

The Results: 
Q1: 6.543 E.T. at 99.89 MPH
Q2: 4.074 E.T. at 290.19 MPH
Q3: 7.359 E.T. at 89.48 MPH
Q4: 3.998 E.T. at 295.08 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)

The Competition: 
No. 7 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 10 Ron Capps

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Man, its been a really tough weekend in qualifying for all of the teams, not just ourselves. There are only sixteen cars here, but you still want to do your best and get towards the top of the ladder. Fortunately, we did get a bonus point after all was said and done, and made a good run in the last session. We've got a first round matchup with Ron Capps. Hopefully we've got something for him this time and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's race.

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