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Leah Pritchett gets first Factory Stock win

by Patrick Rall on

This past weekend, the NHRA headed to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis for the Chevrolet US Nationals. While Chevrolet was the title sponsor, the Factory Stock class was dominated by Dodge Challenger Drag Pak racers, with Mopar Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett getting her first class win in her first class final.


The Dodge Challenger Drag Pak teams were beasts in qualifying, with Leah Pritchett grabbing the top spot with a run of 8.002 at 172 miles per hour. Mark Pawuk put his Challenger in the second spot for eliminations and Allen Johnson sat fourth going into the real racing action, with Mopars claiming three of the top four spots.

It should also be noted that  Pritchett’s 8.002 is the quickest qualifying time ever for Factory Stock and with several 7-second runs, the Challenger Drag Pak are the clear leaders in the Factory Stock class right now – leading the COPO Camaro and the Mustang Cobra Jet when it comes to all-out speed. At the same time, with a roster including Pritchett, Pawuk and Johnson, Team Mopar has the upper hand in terms of drivers in the class, and that showed in Indy.


In the elimination rounds, Leah Pritchett continued to be the top dog in Factory Stock. She turned the quickest time in the first three rounds, running an 8.111, an 8.077 and an 8.119 to advance to the final round, where she faced off with fellow Mopar racer Mark Pawuk.

In the finals, Leah once again turned the quickest time in the class, running an 8.108 at 170.26 to Pawuk’s 8.191 at 167.51, giving Pritchett her first ever Factory Stock win. She was the quickest in qualifying and the quickest in every single round of eliminations, so it makes sense that her gorgeous Demon-themed Drag Pak took the win at the US Nationals.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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