Pritchett, Hagan and Enders finish NHRA Spring Training on top

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Pritchett, Hagan and Enders finish NHRA Spring Training on top
David Malsher
By: David Malsher
Feb 4, 2018, 2:42 AM

The third and final day of NHRA Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix saw Leah Pritchett, Matt Hagan and Erica Enders at the top of the speed charts in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, respectively.

Matt Hagan
Brittany Force
Robert Hight
Doug Kalitta
Tony Schumacher
Antron Brown

Don Schumacher Racing’s Pritchett piloted her Mopar/Papa John’s dragster to a pass of 3.664-seconds at 334.73 mph on a track where last season, she set the track record at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. 

“We struggled a little bit when we first came out of the box,” Pritchett said. “It took us all the way to the fourth day to get to the finish line and put down that pass.

“What was crazy about that run was how smooth it was. It was awesome. I was smiling ear to ear.” 

Nearest rival was current Top Fuel champion Brittany Force whose John Force Racing Monster Energy dragster ran a 3.692 at 327.43, while Mike Salinas rounded out the top three with a 3.733/325.53.

Matt Hagan, who also led Funny Car’s first day at Spring Training, resumed his place at the top with a pass of 3.843 at 332.84 in his DSR Mopar Express Dodge Charger R/T. As in Top Fuel, the Funny Car reigning champion was second fastest, as JFR’s Robert Hight ran a pass of 3.880 at 332.02 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS.

In Pro Stock, Enders ran a 6.572 at 208.97 in her Melling Performance / Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, while the similar machine of Greg Anderson was next up on a 6.595 / 209.20 in his Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro.

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins next week with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.

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