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Top Fuel Pilot performs best in Dodge Power Brokers Dragster

Dodge Power Brokers dragster Leah Pruett

The Dodge Power Brokers dragster, driven by Leah Pruett, not only puts out a ton of power, but also reaches a staggering 327.98 mph in 3,776 seconds.

Supercars, hypercars and muscle cars all look slow compared to the world of Top Fuel dragsters. In fact, Tony Stewart Racing’s Leah Pruett looks insanely fast in her cleverness Power brokers dragster. Interestingly enough, Pruett proves: she is one of the best Top Fuel dragster pilots by going as far as the semifinals of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Summit Racing Equipment Nationals near Norwalk, Ohio.

Flying through the first and second rounds

Pruett and her 11,000 horsepower Dodge//SRT HEMI-powered insanely fast Top Fuel dragster was actually #2 on the ladder after four qualifying runs (3,862 seconds at 313.58 mph). This pitted her against #2 qualifier Justin Ashley, who deemed her lap progress nearly impossible. However, she managed to upset Ashley by posting a reaction time of 0.058 seconds and crossing the finish line in 3.776 seconds at 327.98 mph, which was her fastest pass of the weekend. Ashley had a faster reaction time (0.050 seconds), but finished in 3.852 seconds at 317.49 mph.


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On the second lap, Pruett was slightly slower with a reaction time of 0.062 seconds, finishing in 3.798 seconds at 325.61 mph. However, this was fast enough to beat No. 7 qualifier Steve Torrence who recorded a reaction time of 0.075 seconds and a finish time of 3.802 seconds at 327.51 mph. This win catapulted Pruett’s advance to the semifinals of the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Ohio.

Pruett’s upset run ends in semifinal

Pruett was looking forward to another surprise in the semi-finals when she took on No. 3 qualifier Mike Salinas, one of the leaders in the Top Fuel class. Salinas’ performance this round was slower than her times in previous rounds. He recorded a reaction time of 0.063 seconds and completed the pass in 3.822 seconds at 296.89 mph. But still he was faster than Pruett on this lap.


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Immediately after he hit the accelerator, Pruett’s Dodge Power Brokers dragster lost traction. Her reaction time was a dismal 0.076 seconds, but her completion time was worse at 6.062 seconds at 135.36 mph. Still, the results of her performance at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals were enough to put her at number 10 in the Top Fuel class with 417 points.

Pruett moves to top 10 ranking

Pruett’s outstanding performance at the 10th of 22 Camping World Drag Racing Series events this season should provide enough momentum for the first of three western swing events in July, starting with the Dodge Power Brokers Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway .


Source: Stellantis