On Saturday night, after securing the top qualifying time at the Circle K National Hot Rod Assn. Winternationals, Leah Pritchett made it abundantly clear how much a title at Pomona would mean to her.
“This would probably, for me, rank above a U.S. nationals,” Pritchett said. “To be able to get up on a stage someday here would be incredible. But again, that’s tomorrow, 24 hours from now.”
A day later, the Southern California racer realized her dream with her second career top-fuel victory, defeating second-seeded Doug Kalitta.
“If I’m tongue-tied, it’s because what just happened is the best thing that has ever happened to me professionally in my career,” Pritchett said....