Leah Pruett Scores First Win for Tony Stewart Racing

  • Pruett went 3.884-seconds at 316.38 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Dodge Energy Brokers dragster to knock off Shawn Langdon within the closing spherical of the Prime Gasoline class
  • Robert Hight’s win in Humorous Automotive was his second straight win, fifth this season and 58th in his profession, and his fifth victory in Denver.
  • Hartford used a .004 response time after which a robust run of 6.967 at 196.36 in his Complete Seal Camaro to knock off No. 1 qualifier Aaron Stanfield within the Professional Inventory finals.

    Leah Pruett delivered the primary Prime Gasoline win for Tony Stewart Racing, powering to the victory on Sunday on the forty second annual Dodge Energy Brokers NHRA Mile-Excessive Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

    Robert Hight (Humorous Automotive), Matt Hartford (Professional Inventory) and Matt Smith (Professional Inventory Bike) additionally gained on the eleventh of twenty-two races throughout the 2022 NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence season. The cease in Denver marks the primary occasion within the three-race NHRA Western Swing.

    Prime Gasoline

    Pruett, who can also be married to Stewart, went 3.884-seconds at 316.38 mph in her 11,000-horsepower Dodge Energy Brokers dragster to knock off Shawn Langdon within the closing spherical. It provides Pruett her first win of the season and tenth in her profession, in addition to her second victory in Denver.

    She reached the ultimate spherical by taking down Antron Brown, Clay Millican and Justin Ashley, making a sequence of constant runs that was her trademark this weekend in Denver. Pruett made one other sturdy run within the championship spherical to shut out one of many extra significant weekends in her profession at her sponsor’s race.

    Getting the primary Prime Gasoline win for the TSR group was additionally huge for one of many sport’s hottest drivers.

    “Of all of the locations we go to on the circuit, Denver is the one she circles on the calendar.”

    “That is completely every thing,” mentioned Pruett. “Now we have the most effective followers in your entire nation. That is my favourite monitor. I’ve been making an attempt to be impassive all day simply to do my job, however that is for (crew chiefs) Neal Strausbaugh, Mike Domagala, Ryan McGilvry, and my total crew that has flawless all weekend. I instructed you guys a very long time in the past it was coming and couldn’t be prouder than to do it at a spot like this. Thanks, Bandimere.”

    Added Stewart: “Of all of the locations we go to on the circuit, Denver is the one she circles on the calendar. Denver is the one she loves probably the most and the factor she talks about probably the most. It’s the assist of the followers right here meaning probably the most to her. For her to win her first race with this group and this group right here, it means the world to her.”

    Robert Hight topped the Humorous Automotive class at Bandimere.

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    Humorous Automotive

    In a Humorous Automotive finals rematch of the newest race in Norwalk, Hight delivered the identical consequence in opposition to Bob Tasca III, persevering with his unbelievable season by going 4.065 at 311.92 in his 11,000-horsepower Auto Membership Chevrolet Camaro SS.

    That provides the factors chief his second straight win, fifth this season and 58th in his profession, and his fifth victory in Denver. Hight, who certified second, reached the ultimate spherical for the seventh time this yr in what’s been a dominant stretch by defeating Terry Haddock, J.R. Todd, and teammate John Drive. He powered previous Tasca to win for the third time in 5 races and open up the potential of sweeping the Western Swing.

    “Issues are going our method proper now, however there’s a number of good groups on the market,” Hight mentioned. “I give all of the credit score to our group. Final yr was most likely the worst race we’ve ever had on the mountain. This yr, we made high quality runs and went down the monitor each time. We made a number of good runs, and I used to be assured my guys had it found out. We simply raced actually sensible, made it go down the monitor and I attempted to do my job. To have 5 wins at this level within the season, it’s surreal. All the pieces is working from prime to backside and we’re simply going to attempt to keep centered and preserve working. It’s been an excellent first half of the season, however these subsequent 11 are going to be even more durable.”

    Tasca reached the finals for the second straight race and twenty third time in his profession by knocking off Chad Inexperienced, defending world champ Ron Capps and Jack Wyatt, who upset No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan within the opening spherical. Hight additionally prolonged his factors result in 95 factors over Hagan.

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    Matt Hartford’s win in Professional Inventory was the fifth of his profession.

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    Professional Inventory

    Hartford was terrific on the beginning line when it counted, utilizing a .004 response time after which a robust run of 6.967 at 196.36 in his Complete Seal Camaro to knock off No. 1 qualifier Aaron Stanfield within the finals. It provides Hartford his first win of the season and fifth in his profession, and likewise some redemption at Bandimere Speedway after ending because the runner-up to Greg Anderson in 2019.

    That was the final time Professional Inventory raced on Thunder Mountain earlier than this weekend, and Hartford made probably the most of it by knocking off Deric Kramer, Mason McGaha, and Cristian Cuadra. He left little doubt in opposition to Stanfield, leaving the beginning line first and rolling to a giant win.

    “I like Bandimere, nevertheless it’s a tough facility to race at,” Hartford mentioned. “Since Epping we’ve turned our program round and are available raceday I do know we’re going to have a prime automotive. It might eat me up each time I watched the finals versus Greg in ’19. It’s a tough capsule to swallow understanding if I’d have pushed higher, I might have gained that race. However to have this redemption it’s nice for this group. Arising right here, it’s an equalizer and anybody can win on raceday, however I used to be relaxed, and I knew I had an excellent automotive.”

    Stanfield reached his fourth straight closing spherical, sixth this season and twelfth in his profession after knocking off Bo Butner and Troy Coughlin Jr. He additionally closed inside 35 factors of chief Erica Enders, who fell within the first spherical.

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    Matt Smith was tops in Professional Inventory Bike.

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    Professional Inventory Bike

    Smith capped off a dominant weekend in Professional Inventory Bike by going 7.097 at 190.22 on his Denso Auto Elements Buell to knock off Joey Gladstone and win for the second straight time in Denver, additionally setting the monitor velocity document en path to his thirty fourth profession win and second this season.

    It was a becoming end to an occasion that included monitor information all weekend, together with a pair on Sunday. He turned the primary rider to succeed in the 7.00s in qualifying after which turned the primary within the class to go 190 mph on Thunder Mountain, doing so in his semifinal win in opposition to Angelle Sampey. Within the closing spherical, Smith went occasion quicker and almost equaled his qualifying run of seven.090, as he remained a transparent step forward of everybody in Denver.

    “That is the bike that gained this race final yr and it paid off,” Smith mentioned. “We certified No. 1, gained the race, and set each ends of monitor document. I can’t ask for far more than that. I actually want I’d have run Angie within the closing, however one thing occurred to her bike within the (semifinals). Her bike slowed up, however Denso took the win and that’s most essential.”

    Gladstone reached his second straight closing because of wins in opposition to Ryan Oehler, Eddie Krawiec and Angie Smith. Steve Johnson stayed within the factors lead and now holds only a 10-point benefit over Angelle Sampey and 19 over M. Smith.

    NHRA Mile-Excessive Nationals



    Prime Gasoline — Leah Pruett, 3.884 seconds, 316.38 mph def. Shawn Langdon, Broke.

    Humorous Automotive — Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 4.065, 311.92 def. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.263, 272.89.

    Professional Inventory — Matt Hartford, Chevy Camaro, 6.967, 196.36 def. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 7.054, 172.61.

    Professional Inventory Bike — Matt Smith, EBR, 7.097, 190.22 def. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 7.163, 185.43.

    Tremendous Inventory — Tyler Wudarczyk, Chevy Camaro, 11.242, 118.93 def. Invoice Jenkins, Chevy Cavalier, Foul – Crimson Mild.

    Inventory Eliminator — John Brimer, Ford Mustang, 9.558, 136.95 def. Jay Storey, Chevy Camaro, 9.820, 134.40.

    Tremendous Comp — Marty Simpson, Dragster, 9.524, 161.85 def. Todd McCann, Dragster, 9.539, 170.90.

    Tremendous Fuel — Kris Whitfield, ’27-T Ford, 10.482, 145.75 def. Ray Schoneman, Nova, 10.475, 141.92.

    Prime Dragster introduced by Vortech Superchargers — Chandler Thyssen, Dragster, 7.414, 178.61 def. Daria Vang, Dragster, Broke.

    Prime Sportsman introduced by Vortech Superchargers — David Scutt, Olds Calais, 7.738, 178.92 def. Wade Kiefer, Chevy Corvette, 7.310, 189.63.



    ROUND ONE — Shawn Langdon, 3.891, 312.57 def. Greg Carrillo, 5.367, 136.19; Clay Millican, 3.906, 282.54 def. Tony Schumacher, 4.124, 244.21; Brittany Drive, 3.800, 327.27 def. Terry Totten, 4.059, 282.54; Justin Ashley, 3.920, 319.22 def. Cameron Ferre, 4.366, 264.86; Leah Pruett, 3.910, 308.50 def. Antron Brown, 4.189, 231.79; Mike Salinas, 3.898, 321.19 def. Alex Laughlin, 4.087, 266.37; Austin Prock, 3.929, 299.53 def. Steve Torrence, 3.869, 316.75; Josh Hart, 3.999, 314.46 def. Doug Kalitta, 4.003, 285.59;

    QUARTERFINALS Pruett, 4.059, 251.77 def. Millican, 4.192, 236.17; Hart, 3.907, 318.32 def. Drive, 4.096, 229.08; Langdon, 3.871, 315.49 def. Salinas, 3.901, 303.84; Ashley, 4.144, 291.63 def. Prock, 4.721, 194.60;

    SEMIFINALS — Pruett, 3.879, 317.94 def. Ashley, 4.091, 303.64; Langdon, 3.900, 313.95 def. Hart, 3.935, 313.44;

    FINAL — Pruett, 3.884, 316.38 def. Langdon, Broke.


    ROUND ONE — Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 4.418, 210.41 def. Paul Lee, Dodge Charger, 6.868, 93.97; John Drive, Chevy Camaro, 3.977, 324.59 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.234, 299.20; Robert Hight, Camaro, 4.035, 319.07 def. Terry Haddock, Ford Mustang, 4.394, 229.98; Jack Wyatt, Charger, 4.182, 279.73 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.913, 210.97; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.994, 315.71 def. Chad Inexperienced, Mustang, 4.138, 302.96; J.R. Todd, Supra, 4.014, 317.87 def. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 4.351, 226.09; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.031, 323.27 def. Alexis DeJoria, Supra, Foul – Crimson Mild;

    QUARTERFINALS — Hight, 4.253, 260.76 def. Wilkerson, Foul – Centerline; Drive, 4.065, 317.57 def. Todd, 4.273, 239.95; Tasca III, 4.220, 268.38 def. Capps, 4.572, 200.56; Wyatt, 10.384, 94.54 was unopposed;

    SEMIFINALS — Tasca III, 4.034, 318.09 def. Wyatt, 4.752, 199.02; Hight, 4.041, 315.56 def. Drive, 4.033, 322.96;

    FINAL — Hight, 4.065, 311.92 def. Tasca III, 4.263, 272.89.


    ROUND ONE — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 7.015, 195.87 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 7.847, 133.59; Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.980, 196.27 def. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 7.028, 195.51; Fernando Cuadra Jr., Ford Mustang, 7.002, 196.04 def. Camrie Caruso, Camaro, Foul – Crimson Mild; Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.987, 196.79 def. Kyle Koretsky, Camaro, 7.005, 195.14; Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.990, 195.03 def. Fernando Cuadra, Mustang, Foul – Crimson Mild; Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.986, 195.42 def. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.983, 195.48; Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 14.357, 59.51 was unopposed; Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.965, 196.59 def. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.951, 197.02;

    QUARTERFINALS — Stanfield, 6.995, 195.93 def. Butner, 7.011, 195.11; Coughlin Jr., 6.988, 196.33 def. C. McGaha, 21.052, 37.01; C. Cuadra, 6.987, 195.00 def. Cuadra Jr., 7.017, 194.88; Hartford, 6.991, 196.24 def. M. McGaha, 6.981, 196.10;

    SEMIFINALS — Stanfield, 6.986, 196.59 def. Coughlin Jr., 6.998, 196.90; Hartford, 6.973, 196.73 def. C. Cuadra, Foul – Crimson Mild;

    FINAL — Hartford, 6.967, 196.36 def. Stanfield, 7.054, 172.61.


    ROUND ONE — Marc Ingwersen, 7.241, 185.03 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.216, 185.74; Angie Smith, 7.166, 187.99 def. Jianna Evaristo, Suzuki, 7.371, 179.61; Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 7.173, 186.23 def. Ryan Oehler, Foul – Crimson Mild; Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 7.163, 187.23 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, Foul – Crimson Mild; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 7.198, 185.43 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.173, 185.46; Eddie Krawiec, Suzuki, 7.148, 187.50 def. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 7.399, 179.76; Matt Smith, 7.115, 181.79 was unopposed;

    QUARTERFINALS — A. Smith, 7.186, 188.57 was unopposed; Sampey, 7.181, 186.90 def. Savoie, Foul – Crimson Mild; Gladstone, 7.155, 185.08 def. Krawiec, 7.181, 186.30; M. Smith, 7.103, 189.87 def. Ingwersen, 7.190, 185.28;

    SEMIFINALS — Gladstone, 7.194, 185.56 def. A. Smith, 7.216, 186.82; M. Smith, 7.121, 190.03 def. Sampey, 7.253, 170.15;

    FINAL — M. Smith, 7.097, 190.22 def. Gladstone, 7.163, 185.43.

    Up to date Factors Standings

    Prime Gasoline

    1. Mike Salinas, 877; 2. Brittany Drive, 867; 3. Justin Ashley, 785; 4. Steve Torrence, 744; 5. Josh Hart, 582; 6. Leah Pruett, 540; 7. Austin Prock, 538; 8. Shawn Langdon, 529; 9. Clay Millican, 519; 10. Doug Kalitta, 492.

    Humorous Automotive

    1. Robert Hight, 1,050; 2. Matt Hagan, 955; 3. Ron Capps, 884; 4. John Drive, 736; 5. Bob Tasca III, 615; 6. Cruz Pedregon, 593; 7. J.R. Todd, 563; 8. Alexis DeJoria, 523; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 488; 10. Chad Inexperienced, 440.

    Professional Inventory

    1. Erica Enders, 853; 2. Aaron Stanfield, 818; 3. Kyle Koretsky, 594; 4. Dallas Glenn, 507; 5. Greg Anderson, 491; 6. Mason McGaha, 486; 7. Matt Hartford, 457; 8. Camrie Caruso, 455; 9. Deric Kramer, 408; 10. Troy Coughlin Jr., 393.

    Professional Inventory Bike

    1. Steve Johnson, 525; 2. Angelle Sampey, 515; 3. Matt Smith, 506; 4. Joey Gladstone, 479; 5. Angie Smith, 467; 6. Karen Stoffer, 466; 7. Eddie Krawiec, 434; 8. Jerry Savoie, 395; 9. Marc Ingwersen, 346; 10. Jim Underdahl, 291.

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