Leah Pritchett won her first Top Fuel title in last year’s second event, but her team closed a few races later and left her without a job.
The 28-year-old Southern California native who lives near Indianapolis in Avon found find ways to compete in the next few races before Don Schumacher Racing created a new team for her during the summer with help from Ron Thames and the FireAde 2000 Personal Fire Suppression System.
Papa John’s Pizza came on board later in the year to help her team led by crew chief Todd Okuhara and assistant Joe Barlam finish seventh in points despite missing one race before joining DSR.
With Papa John’s on board to start her first full year with DSR, she made history in Top Fuel by winning the first two events from the No. 1 qualifying position.
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