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Aug
19

Pritchett resets her world time record in DSR's Papa John's Pizza Top Fueler at Brainerd

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 18, 2016) - Leah Pritchett and Don Schumacher Racing's Papa John's Pizza Top Fuel dragster Powered by Pennzoil and led by crew chief Todd Okuhara and...


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Jul
05

Drag Racing: Some different names on top of NHRA points standings

As the National Hot Rod Association kicks off the second half of its season this weekend at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, there’s ...


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Jun
29

'Papa John' gunning for Pritchett in third round of Charity Challenge

  Round three of the Charity Challenge, a "grudge race" between "Papa John" Schnatter and Don Schumacher Racing’s Top Fuel Leah Pritchett, who drives the Papa John's Pizza Top...


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Jun
26

New Papa John's Pizza Ad Features Underdog Story of 330-mph Dragster Driver Leah Pritchett

LOUISVILLE, KY. (June 26, 2017) ­ Last year Leah Pritchett lost her dragster when her team owner retired. Through a relentless persistence to remain in the top 10 of points earn...


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Jun
25

NHRA experience is for everyone — by everyone

Everyone has either heard or used the figure of speech, 'It's not for everyone.' And on the outside looking in, drag racing is viewed as a niche sport targeted toward a specific...


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Jun
21

Leah Pritchett determined to take back the points lead in Norwalk

Leah Pritchett won three of the five NHRA Top Fuel events to open the 2017 season, but has yet to add another Wally to her trophy collection since. The performance of her Papa J...


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Jun
18

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA, PRITCHETT RETURN TO DSR GOLD DRAGSTER, ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND, MOVE UP TO NO. 2 IN POINTS

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 18, 2017) - Leah Pritchett is a fierce competitor and she carries a demonic manner when racing her gold Papa John's Pizza Top Fuel dragster on the 24-race ...


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Jun
17

Pritchett staying cool in Top Fuel feud with Torrence

Leah Pritchett smiled Friday when asked about her ongoing verbal war with Top Fuel rival Steve Torrence. “He’s better at it than I am, but he’s had more time since he’s older...


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Jun
17

Pritchett No. 3 seed heading to Sunday's NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol

A very hot racetrack early Sunday afternoon at Bristol, Tenn., contributed to very few cars in Top Fuel dragster or Funny Car categories crossing the finish line under power, bu...


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Jun
06

NHRA releases 24-race Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule for 2018 season

NHRA officials have announced the 24-race 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, which will again feature intense racing action at tracks across the country. NHRA an...


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Jun
03

Leah Pritchett tops NHRA New England Nationals Qualifying

Leah Pritchett secured the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier Saturday evening at the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.  Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Tanner ...


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Jun
02

Leah Pritchett is a rising star on NHRA drag strips

NHRA Top Fuel points leader Leah Pritchett has enjoyed her rise to drag racing prominence, but she had some humble beginnings. Something of a child prodigy, starting at 8 years ...


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May
30

Pritchett to Honor 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon with Special Dragster this Weekend in New England Nationals

Leah Pritchett will be driving a Mopar HEMI®-powered Demon this weekend in the NHRA New England Nationals, but it won't one of the coveted 840-horsepower, 21st century muscle ca...


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May
23

How Leah overcame season of turmoil to jump-start her career

For the past six years, whenever top fuel driver Leah Pritchett drove down Bruton Smith Boulevard toward zMax Dragway, the memory came rushing back. It was here in 2011 that Pri...


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May
19

Warm couch at Pritchett home reflects wins for two sides in Top Fuel

The couch is always an option for sleeping through the night at the Pritchett home. Married life can get that tense for a couple who compete on rival crews in the Top Fuel divis...


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May
18

Pritchett won't be in Topeka grandstands this year as Top Fuel leader looks for season's fourth NHRA win with Papa John's Pizza dragster

Leah Pritchett spent last her visit to Heartland Park Topeka as a spectator and will be anything but that this weekend during the NHRA Heartland Nationals west of Kansas City. L...


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May
07

From worldwide news to semifinals finish in Southern Nationals, Pritchett, Papa John’s team adds track record, keeps points lead

Leah Pritchett had a few goals for Sunday in the NHRA Southern Nationals near Atlanta, and she was able to reach a very important one and one that wasn’t in her plans. The drive...


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May
03

Pritchett to be featured on HLN “Morning Express with Robin Meade”

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel points leader Leah Pritchett is scheduled to appear as a live guest on the HLN network’s program Morning Express with Robin Meade on May ...


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Apr
28

Leah Pritchett ‘more comfortable’ despite pressure of being the early points leader

“It’s a different type of pressure and one I’m more comfortable with now,” admits Leah Pritchett as she gets ready for this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragwa...


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Apr
24

Pritchett, Capps, Butner capture victories at SpringNationals

BAYTOWN, Texas - Leah Pritchett piloted her Papa John’s dragster to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. Ron Capps (Funny...


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Apr
02

DSR Gets 300th NHRA Event Title

Lady Luck smiled on Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) Sunday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. With Brown and Johnson’s w...


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Apr
01

Leah Pritchett back on top of drag racing world

Last year at this time, Leah Pritchett was almost on top of the drag racing world. And then, just as quickly, she was almost at the bottom. Through no fault of her own. She woul...


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Mar
22

The Rematch: Papa John vs Leah Pritchett

Race car drivers are often charitable, but drag racer Leah Pritchett really knows how to have some fun with it. The NHRA Top Fuel driver for Don Schumacher Racing set out with ...


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Mar
17

Success finally catching up with Leah Pritchett

Leah Pritchett has graciously done one interview after another through the years, always willing to promote her sport while hoping the exposure would help attract the sponsorshi...


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Mar
11

PRITCHETT CHASING HISTORY

Leah Pritchett is on pace to do something no one in the history of the Top Fuel division has been able to accomplish: win three straight races to start off a season. After besti...


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Feb
27

Watch Leah's 3rd Career Win

Watch as Leah Pritchett and Brittany Force battle for the Wally in Chandler, AZ.


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Feb
26

Leah Pritchett Starts 2017 With Back-to-Back Wins

Leah Pritchett repeated as the Top Fuel winner at the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. For the second consecutive year Pritchett...


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Feb
24

Leah Pritchett breaks NHRA Top Fuel time mark in Arizona

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) – Leah Pritchett broke the Top Fuel national time record with a 3.658-second pass at 329.34 mph Friday in the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Coming off a victory i...


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Feb
22

PRITCHETT RETURNS TO SITE OF FIRST NITRO WIN, QUICKEST PASS EVER AFTER WINNING NHRA OPENER

Chandler, AZ- Leah Pritchett has been eagerly awaiting her return to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park since she left the Arizona track a year ago with her first Top Fuel title i...


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Feb
20

Females to Win Top Fuel at the Winternationals

POMONA, Calif.- At the season-opening event in Pomona, Leah Pritchett outlasted the field in Top Fuel to take home her second career Wally in the class. The victory put Pritchet...


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Feb
13

Leah Pritchett takes her second career Top Fuel win in Pomona

POMONA, Calif.- Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) have got their 2017 championship campaigns off on the right foot with wins at the s...


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Feb
12

Leah Pritchett wins season-opening NHRA Winternationals

POMONA, Calif. -- Leah Pritchett won the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway for her second career Top Fuel victory. From Redlands, Pritc...


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Feb
05

LEAH PRITCHETT IS WORLD’S QUICKEST DRAG RACER

Chandler, AZ- Leah Pritchett and her Todd Okuhara/Joe Barlam-orchestrated Papa John’s Dragster crew rather liked having the NHRA Top Fuel bragging rights Friday at Nitro Spring ...


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Feb
03

Pritchett, Force Shine at Nitro Spring Training

Chandler, AZ- Leah Pritchett and Courtney Force showed the boys how it’s done on the second day of Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, setting the pace in...


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Nov
13

Pritchett eager to begin testing with DSR team for 2017 after FireAde team finishes No. 7 in points despite late start

POMONA, Calif. - Leah Pritchett's whirlwind season ended sooner than the Southern California native wanted, but it was the close of a remarkable year for the first-year Don Schu...


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Oct
16

Pritchett, team continue to progress in Countdown at Texas Motorplex as Papa John's Pizza Top Fueler qualifies No. 2, goes to quarterfinals

ENNIS, Texas - With only two races remaining in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Leah Pritchett and her Papa John's Pizza team remain in contention to win the Top...


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Oct
12

First Top Fuel pole, semifinals finish at last race followed by visit with Dallas Cowboys further motivates Pritchett, Papa John's team

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Leah Pritchett never lacks for motivation and this weekend won't be any different for the Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel driver when she begins racing Friday ...


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Sep
05

Pritchett disappointed with early NHRA U.S. Nationals loss but ecstatic to advance to Countdown playoff by one point

  BROWNSBURG, Ind. - A 10th-place qualifying position is never pleasing to Leah Pritchett. That was until Monday in the 62nd annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park...


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Aug
05

Papa John’s Pizza delivers support to DSR’s Leah Pritchett for her run to NHRA Countdown playoff, Top Fuel championship

SEATTLE (Aug. 5, 2016) – Top Fuel racer Leah Pritchett received an extra-large boost today when Papa John’s International Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) announced it will sponsor her Don ...


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Jul
21

Mopar and Pennzoil® Announce Sponsorship of Leah Pritchett-piloted NHRA Top Fuel Dragster

Mopar/Pennzoil NHRA Top Fuel Dragster will debut at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, race at select remaining 2016 events Rising star and Don Schumacher Racing driver Leah Pr...


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Jul
14

Leah Pritchett heads to the mountaintop in 4th DSR dragster for first nitro run in Mopar Mile-High Nationals near Denver

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 14, 2016) - The last time Leah Pritchett raced in a dragster on "the mountain" it was powered by a five-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine in a chass...


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Jul
06

1 of 13 Print all In new window Leah Pritchett Route 66 NHRA Nationals Event Preview

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 6, 2016) - Chicago area resident Dave Albrecht and his Albrecht's Fast Track motorcycle repair and service reached a last-minute agreement Friday with Don...


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Jun
15

FireAde, Pritchett to visit Bristol Central Fire Station Thursday as tune-up for this weekend's NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 15, 2016) - Leah Pritchett will start her racing weekend in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway a day early to spend an afternoon with Am...


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Jun
08

Phoenix Top Fuel winner Leah Pritchett to drive second race for DSR this weekend in Summernationals at Englishtown

  BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 8, 2016) - Leah Pritchett will compete in her second race with Don Schumacher Racing this weekend in the 47th annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge...


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May
04

DSR to introduce fourth Top Fueler at upcoming Atlanta race with FireAde supporting 2016 Mello Yello winner Leah Pritchett

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 4, 2016) – Leah Pritchett will compete in the next NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in 10 days near Atlanta as the fourth woman to drive for Don S...


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Apr
20

Leah Pritchett lands a one-off NHRA Top Fuel ride to race in Charlotte

Leah Pritchett is a fighter.After losing what was her first full-time ride in drag racing on April 11, the Avon, Ind.-based driver vowed with every bit of her inner strength she...


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Apr
19

LEAH PRITCHETT TO COMPETE AT NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

Avon, IN (April 19, 2015) - Leah Pritchett will continue compete in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series driving the Nitro Ninja Top Fuel Dragster owned by the Lagana family ...


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Apr
04

Female drivers set record with wins in last three NHRA events

Alexis DeJoria's Funny Car win at Sunday’s Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals marked the first time in the sport’s history that three different female racers have won in nitro cat...


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Mar
19

NHRA's Leah Pritchett trying to prove 1st win was no fluke

Leah Pritchett hustled through her garage stall Saturday, bouncing from her dragster to her hauler and back again.She helped tear down the engine, packed the parachute and did a...


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Mar
03

MOTOR SPORTS NOTES: Redlands' Pritchett shifts her drag racing career into high gear

Last Sunday Redlands native Leah Pritchett and Yorba Linda’s Brittany Force became the first all-woman, NHRA Nitro Top Fuel event final in 34 years. Not since Shirley Muldowney ...


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