Todd Leaves Phoenix In First Place

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Finals Broadcast Replay: 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 on FS2

Qualifying: J.R. Todd was the No. 5 qualifier at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. During the first round of qualifying Friday afternoon, Todd made his best qualifying run – a 3.923-second effort at 320.58 mph. It was his best qualifying effort of the season.

Eliminations: Todd defeated Cruz Pedregon and John Force before losing to Austin Prock in the semifinals – it was a rematch of the Gainesville final round Todd won. In the Phoenix semifinal, Todd left the starting line first, but Prock won the race by two thousandths of a second. Todd now has a win and two semifinals in the season’s first three races.

When Todd advanced to the quarterfinals, he earned a spot in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge at next week’s NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas. During Saturday’s qualifying sessions, the drivers who reached the quarterfinals in Phoenix will re-run the quarterfinals in the 4-Wide format with the four winners advancing to the “finals” earning additional purse and championship bonus points.

Unofficial Point Standings: Todd leaves Phoenix in first place in the NHRA Funny Car point standings. He leads second-place Austin Prock by two points.

Todd on Phoenix: “All in all, it was a good weekend for the DHL Toyota team. We qualified well and put ourselves in a good position for race day. We went down the race track every time so clearly the consistency is coming around which is good. We got some bonus points which is good, and we’re in the Mission Foods deal again at Las Vegas. In the semis, I’m mad at myself for not being better on the starting line. When you lose by two thousandths and then see the reaction time, you definitely know you can make that up, but all in all, it was a good day for DHL, Revchem, SealMaster and our crew guys who busted their butts all weekend – I’m really proud of those guys.”