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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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Sometimes the worst-looking crashes don’t do as much damage to the racer as do the less violent-looking ones. So it was with Alexis DeJoria, a top NHRA Funny Car driver for Kalitta Motorsports. She walked away from a devastating crash at Englishtown in 2009, but at Sonoma in 2016 broke her pelvis in a less spectacular incident where she smacked the left-side wall.

In Part 1 of our interview with DeJoria, we covered her decision to become a drag-racer, being a mother, her treatment by male drag racers and more. Here, we discuss her big 2009 accident, her billionaire father John Paul’s feelings about her racing, how she handles fear and what the NHRA needs to do to become more mainstream.

Jim Clash: You have driven your Tequila Patron Toyota as fast as 332.18 mph. What does that feel like?

Alexis DeJoria: Absolute heaven! Sometimes the faster runs are the easier ones, honestly. They hook up straight in the middle and ride on a rail. You just know that it's fast - you can feel it.

Clash: How can NHRA make this sport more mainstream?

DeJoria: I honestly think they need to do commercials, better commercials. NASCAR has these great commercials. Some of them are hilarious and with good music. We need to spend a little more money on that. We don't have the backing that NASCAR does, which is unfortunate because ours is such an incredible sport. Once people come and witness it in person, they are hooked for life.

Clash: Is your dad supportive of what you do? Read Full Story

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

Qualified:
No. 11 (3.979 E.T. at 286.98 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.048 E.T. at 316.82 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 4.242 E.T. at 228.58 MPH
E2: 4.225 E.T. at 267.69 MPH defeated by Ron Capps 4.231 E.T. at 271.19 MPH (DQ)

Race Recap:
Teams experienced some of the hottest weather conditions of the season on race day, and co-crew chiefs Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago were prepared. DeJoria easily drove to a first round win in her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry while her opponent, Tim Wilkerson, struggled to get down the hot track. Unfortunately, Team Patrón was unable to turn on another win light in the second round against reigning Funny Car world champion Ron Capps. Her car dropped a cylinder, forcing her Camry over the center line, resulting in a disqualification. Despite the tough loss, DeJoria was able to gain on her goal of returning to the Top 10, as she cut the margin to 79 points. 

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
I don't really have a lot to say right now. In fact, I'm trying not to say too much. Unfortunate way to lose second round. We could have gone to the semifinals today but it just didn't work out that way. 

We're a good team; I'm a good driver. We've got this, and we're looking forward to the next race. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
293 points, ranked 14th 
79 points out of 10th 
Trails 13th ranked Jim Campbell by 54 points
Leads 15th ranked Bob Tasca III by 94 points                      

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