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Alexis DeJoria Races to Semifinals at NHRA Carolina Nationals


dc motorsports CHARLOTTE (September 20, 2021) – Alexis DeJoria and the Bandero Premium Tequila/ROKiT took full advantage of great racing conditions to race to the semifinals at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals. Through three qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday that saw the five-time Funny Car winner post consistently quick elapsed times, the team moved into race day as the No. 7 qualifier.

“This weekend really felt like it was our weekend to win,” said DeJoria. “We qualified seventh, which wasn’t the best, but no matter what we’re making good consistent runs in qualifying. We had a good run in the first round against a tough opponent in Blake Alexander. In the second round against Terry Haddock we made a really good run and I had a good light. My reaction times kept getting better each round.”

DeJoria took care of business in the first round with a wire-to-wire win over Blake Alexander. The Bandero Tequila Toyota Camry Funny Car was first off the line and got to the finish line first with a winning 3.913 second pass at 324.98 mph. It was the team’s second quickest run of the weekend but a strong run in the heat of the day.Alexis DeJoriaIn the quarterfinals DeJoria was facing veteran Terry Haddock who upset Robert Hight in the first round. Once again DeJoria was on her game with a reaction time advantage, and she advanced to the semifinals on the strength of a 3.960 second run. The team tested after the Reading Nationals the extra runs paid off with win lights on race day.

Racing against two-time Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon in the semifinal DeJoria was geared up for victory. She continued her assault on the Christmas Tree with a stellar .047 reaction time to give her Toyota Camry Funny Car a huge advantage. In a surprising turn of events for the first time in recent memory her race car over-powered the racetrack and smoked the tires very early in the run. DeJoria attempted to pedal her 11,000 horsepower Funny Car but realized there was no chance to reel in her opponent who was on a smooth run.

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Alexis DeJoria

“Going into the semifinals against Cruz, who’s been really, really fast,” said DeJoria. “I was ready and had an .047 light against him and our car just did something that it never does – it smoked the tires right at the hit – and I just watched him go all the way down the track. We were ready. It couldn’t have been a better set-up all day long and then we smoked the tires right at the hit. Luckily, our next race is at St. Louis, we’ve had some good luck there, but we’ve also had some problems. It’s a good track and we’re excited to get back on it. We’re closing the gap and the finals will be here before you know it and, hopefully, we can get a win before the end of the season.”

With six races in the Countdown playoff DeJoria and her Bandero ROKiT Camry Funny Car team are building momentum at the perfect time. Over the last six races the team has reached a final round and three more semifinals including today’s strong performance.

Qualifying Results
Q1: 3.907 sec, 328.62 mph; Qual. 6
Q2: 4.045 sec, 279.61mph; Qual. 6
Q3: 3.926 sec, 294.98 mph; Qual. 7
Bonus Points: 0

Race Results

First Round
Driver Qual R/T ET MPH
Alexis DeJoria 7 .086 3.913 324.98 (W)
Blake Alexander 10 .088 4.317 298.27

Second Round
Driver Qual R/T ET MPH
Alexis DeJoria 7 .071 3.960 318.32 (W)
Terry Haddock 15 .135 10.239 91.63

Semifinal Round
Driver Qual R/T ET MPH
Alexis DeJoria 7 .047 11.519 68.13
Cruz Pedregon 3 .091 3.959 326.24 (W)nhra camping world topCamping World Funny Car Countdown Top Ten

1. Ron Capps 2233
2. Matt Hagan 2228
3. John Force 2208
4. J.R. Todd 2187
. Cruz Pedregon 2181
. Robert Hight 2161
6. Tim Wilkerson 2161
8. Alexis DeJoria 2136
9. Bob Tasca III 2130
10. Blake Alexander 2064

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