Pretty Gumout “Solid Car” Dragster Named Best Appearing Car Sunday at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 21, 2015) – Female racer Leah Pritchett was seeking a “golden moment” Sunday by scoring her first Top Fuel trophy in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
And Pritchett looked to be on her way with an upset win over Spencer Massey in the first round of eliminations in her new Gumout “Solid Gold” dragster for Dote Racing. The California native posted a 3.837-second clocking over Massey’s 3.843. It marked Leah’s first win over the Texas driver in five heads-up attempts.
The Bristol weekend had been a busy one for Pritchett and her racing crew after unveiling the shiny “gold” dragster Friday in a promotion for the Gumout Expert Series at AutoZone stores. The 27-year-old drag racing veteran had big crowds around the Dote Racing pit area to see the ‘Solid Gold” machine up-close.
The Gumout ‘Solid Gold” dragster was named Best Appearing Car of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals this weekend.
“The new “Solid Gold” car really attracted a lot of attention this weekend,” said Pritchett. “And we thought that would happen once everyone saw the new paint scheme up-close. Then we wanted to show that the new Gumout branding could be quick too and advance to the finals.” Pritchett’s upset of Massey in the opening round meant that the Cal State University communications graduate was matched up against three-time NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon in the quarter-finals in hot and humid conditions.
When the two drivers took to the starting line, the track surface temperature at Bristol Dragway was a sizzling 125 degrees. That meant traction was at a premium and Pritchett had advanced to the final round at the Southern Nationals last month in similar conditions.
However, this time Dixon’s car was able to get the rear tires to the ground and Pritchett’s “Solid Gold” machine was not. Leah’s car hazed the tires at half-track while Dixon recorded a 3.931–second pass. Pritchett clocked 4.244 seconds in the quarter-finals.
“I thought the car left the starting line pretty well against Larry,” said Leah. “But the tires started to break loose and I didn’t have a chance after that. It was great to defeat Spencer this weekend and I felt the car was going to advance well after that opening round victory. Unfortunately, we didn’t this time but our crew learned much more information for the hot conditions as we go on to Norwalk (Ohio on July 3-5)”