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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

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 CarThe Results: 

Q1: 4.023 E.T. at 319.45 MPH 
Q2: 3.979 E.T. at 286.98 MPH
Q3: 4.924 E.T. at 158.63 MPH
Q4: 4.051 E.T. at 304.53 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 11 Alexis DeJoria vs No. 6 Tim Wilkerson (Lane Choice)

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Its been sort of a test session this weekend. We've been trying some new things during qualifying so we didn't have the best runs, but we are gaining information that will help us in the long term.

We're not starting from high up in the ranks tomorrow, but we're qualified and that's all that matters. My guys always give me something good on Sunday. 

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