Sunday
Oct042015

LEAH PRITCHETT DRIVES HER SPARKLING ICE DRAGSTER TO #2 QUALIFYING SPOT AT NHRA KEYSTONE NATIONALS  

Leah Pritchett drove the Dote Racing/Sparkling ICE® Top Fuel Dragster to the #2 qualifying position at the 31st annual NHRA Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Pritchett was one of only two dragsters speeding into the three-second zone in shortened day of drag racing due to rain.

“Today’s conditions were tricky to say the least,” said Pritchett. “Our team is known for being quick – yet conservative. Really looking at the situation of limited qualifying runs and needing to get down the race track - Rob, Doug & the crew did a phenomenal job of correctly reading our situation.”

 There are several unusual circumstances surrounding this weekend’s race in Reading, PA, the first being only one session of qualifying because of rain and cold. NHRA also chose to run a 14 car ladder for Top Fuel. This means Pritchett will take on #13 qualified Shawn Langdon in round one, in what has become déjà vu for her.

“This is the third year in a row of racing him in the first round in Reading; 2013, 2014 and now 2015. It’s another Shawn Langdon/Leah Pritchett match up, but hopefully with some different results this year.” Pritchett went on to add, “It’s been more than awesome to come out here with a Sparkling ICE® car that looks great, received so well by fans and then to put on a great show for them, showing them how strong our Dote Racing team is. We want to thank all the fans for toughing it out in this cold weather. We look forward to turning on some win lights and setting some career best runs.”

Round one of eliminations at the 2015 NHRA Keystone Nationals is scheduled to get underway at 11:00 a.m. EST Sunday morning. Fans can also watch coverage of eliminations on ESPN2 on Sunday beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

 

Sunday
Sep202015

LEAH PRITCHETT, GUMOUT “LADY IN RED” DRAGSTER RECORDS 4TH TOP FUEL QUALIFYING SPOT AT CAROLINA NATIONALS

Solid Performance in NHRA Qualifying sets up Pritchett for Sunday’s Finals


CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 19, 2015) – Top Fuel racer Leah Pritchett qualified the Gumout “Lady in Red” dragster in the fourth position entering Sunday’s final eliminations for the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Prtichett made two qualifying attempts Saturday for Dote Racing but the hot track conditions made it tough on the nitro-powered Top Fuel dragster teams. The early afternoon runs saw a track temperature of 123 degrees followed up by 117 degrees in the later afternoon attempts.

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Sunday
Sep062015

LEAH PRITCHETT SECURES HER FIRST US NATIONALS TOP FUEL POSITION BY TAKING THE GUMOUT “THE LADY IN RED” DRAGSTER TO 11th SPOT

California native goes against Morgan Lucas in 1st Round Monday in the 61st ‘BIG GO”


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 6, 2015) – Even the oppressive heat and humidity Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway didn’t discourage Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett as the 27-year-old California native qualified for her first U.S. Nationals in the Top Fuel dragster division.  

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Monday
Jul062015

LEAH PRITCHETT POSTS HER CAREER BEST SPEED SATURDAY WITH GUMOUT “SOLID GOLD” TOP FUELER AT NORWALK

Female Racer Improves to 10th in NHRA Top Fuel Qualifying

NORWALK, Ohio (July 4, 2015) – It was July 4th and the fireworks were flying on the track and in the air in the second day of qualifying at Summit Motorsports Park for Sunday’s NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.  

And those fireworks on the track included a career best top speed for female driver Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett, who piloted the Gumout “Solid Gold” machine with a speed of 324.67 miles per hour in the Saturday night action.

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Thursday
Jun182015

GUMOUT “SOLID GOLD” DRAGSTER TO BE UNVEILED AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY THIS FRIDAY AT 2:30 P.M. IN THE DOTE RACING PIT AREA

The Gumout Expert Series debuts with Pritchett and Dote Racing Dragster

Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett and her Dote Racing team will unveil a new Gumout “Solid Gold” dragster this Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

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Tuesday
May262015

LEAH PRITCHETT EXITS EARLY SUNDAY AT NHRA KANSAS NATIONALS, DESPITE A STRONG RUN BY GUMOUT/DOTE RACING TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Female Racer Records 3.78 Seconds but Loses 1st Round to Larry Dixon

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 24, 2015) – Sunday’s final eliminations in the NHRA Kansas Nationals ended much too early for female Top Fuel dragster driver Leah Pritchett.The popular 26-year-old California native had a good Saturday qualifying effort and started eighth in the first round of eliminations at Heartland Park. Unfortunately, Pritchett’s excellent qualifying performance and a strong first round showing didn’t help the driver of the Gumout Top Fuel dragster Sunday.

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Thursday
May212015

LEAH PRITCHETT COMES OFF 1ST TOP FUEL FINAL ROUND SHOWING AND HEADS TO TOPEKA WITH WINNER’S CIRCLE ON HER MIND

Gumout Top Fuel dragster driver now excited to get that next NHRA “Wally” Trophy

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20, 2015) – In NHRA Mello Yello drag racing, the goal is to capture the coveted “Wally” trophy named after NHRA founder Wally Parks. The “Wally” denotes a victory and the top honor at an NHRA national drag racing event.
 
Leah Pritchett has three pro division “Wallies” to her credit, all three in the ProMod sedan class.

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Monday
May182015

PRITCHETT RECORDS CAREER BEST TOP FUEL QUALIFYING POSITION WITH THIRD AT THE SOUTHERN NATIONALS IN GUMOUT DRAGSTER

California native produces best qualifying mark among female nitro racers

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 16, 2015) – Young female racer Leah Pritchett recorded her best career Top Fuel qualifying performance Saturday at Atlanta Dragway by taking the Gumout dragster to the third spot in the 16-driver field for Sunday’s 35th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals drag races. The 26-year-old veteran driver from Avon, Ind., drove her nitro-burning Top Fuel car to a 3.887- second at 309.91 miles per hour pass Saturday at the north Georgia drag racing facility, but the California native kept her third position in the field with the 3.792-second reading from Friday night’ qualifying round.

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Monday
Apr272015

LEAH PRITCHETT CUTS GREAT LIGHT IN FIRST ROUND SUNDAY BUT GUMOUT TOP FUELER LOSES A CYLINDER, FAILS TO ADVANCE

Female Racer Exits Early Sunday After Strong Qualifying Effort

BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 26, 2015) –  Despite a great green light start in the first round Sunday, female driver Leah Pritchett experienced a short day in the 28th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Springnationals drag races at the Royal Purple Raceway.
 
Pritchett, 26, held a nice advantage over follow female racer Brittany Force at the starting line in the opening race of the Top Fuel dragster first round action Sunday. However, a dropped cylinder in the nitro-burning Gumout/Dote Racing dragster’s engine left Leah on the sidelines early in the competition.

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Monday
Apr272015

LEAH PRITCHETT TAKES GUMOUT TOP FUEL DRAGSTER TO 3.77 SECOND RUN SATURDAY IN HOUSTON QUALIFYING

Female Pro Racer Improves to 8th position for Sunday’s Final Eliminations

BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 25, 2015) –  Young drag racer Leah Pritchett improved her Top Fuel performance Saturday in the final day of qualifications at Royal Purple Raceway in preparation for Sunday’s final eliminations for the 28th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Springnationals.
 
Pritchett, 26, recorded an impressive 3.775-second run in the middle of the day Saturday to jump to the eighth position in the 16-driver Top Fuel lineup for Sunday. Driving the Gumout dragster for Dote Racing, the California native clocked a speed of 318.77 miles per hour in Saturday’s first round action.
 
Again fighting the hot and humid air at the Baytown drag facility Saturday, Pritchett’s team made all four of its qualifying passes on Friday and Saturday without losing traction in the difficult track conditions. The Dote Racing squad attempted a couple of changes in the 10,000-horsepower engine in the final run of the day and the tough conditions held Leah’s time to a 3.904 seconds at 303.16 m.p.h.

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