J.R. Todd Reaches NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Final Round

JR Todd, Bristol 2024

J.R. Todd, DHL Funny Car

Finals Broadcast Replay: 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2024 on FS2

Qualifying: J.R. Todd was the No. 11 qualifier at the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley nationals. During the Friday night session, Todd made his best pass of qualifying at 4.092 seconds and 268.92 mph.

Eliminations: Todd and the DHL Toyota team beat Terry Haddock, Ron Capps and John Force before reaching the final round and coming up short to Austin Prock in the finals. Todd would leave the starting line first but crossed the finish line in 4.022 seconds at 313.66 mph to be bettered by Prock’s 3.989 at 312.42.

Todd has now reached at least the semifinals seven times in the first eight races of the NHRA season. It was his second final round of the season, first runner-up finish.

When Todd advanced to the semifinals, he earned a spot in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge in two weeks in Richmond Virginia. During Saturday’s qualifying sessions in Richmond, the drivers who reached the semifinals in Bristol will re-run the semifinals and final earning additional purse and championship bonus points.

Unofficial Point Standings: Todd leaves Bristol in third place in the NHRA Funny Car point standings. He has a 12-point lead on reigning world champion Matt Hagan in fourth and is 45 points behind John Force in second.

Todd on Bristol: “It was definitely a good way to rebound after qualifying. After qualifying, our ladder was not ideal. Kind of got your back up against the wall and don’t have lane choice in the first round. But it didn’t seem to really matter the way the weather changed today compared to the way it was all weekend. Really proud of these DHL Toyota guys for digging deep, giving me a consistent car. I was just a tick behind those guys all day long. We had some struggles spinning down track and dropping cylinders and what have you. It did it again in the finals. Came up a little short in the final round against those guys (Austin Prock). They have the best car out here right now. But we’re going to the later rounds every week and that’s what you need to do to stay in the hunt.”