HOUSTON, Texas — official team release — NHRA photo —
Leah Pritchett is getting the band back together for one more race.
Pritchett will reunite with the staff and crew of her Bob Vandergriff Racing team to compete in this weekend’s NHRA SpringNationals at Texas’ Royal Purple Raceway, April 29-May 1.
The move comes after Pritchett won her first NHRA Top Fuel event earlier this year at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Arizona, and was then left without a ride when team owner Bob Vandergriff Jr. made the shocking decision to shut down his two-car NHRA Top Fuel team three weeks later.
Now, alongside primary sponsor Quaker State, Pritchett has one more chance to continue the surge of momentum that has put her in early contention to make the NHRA Countdown to the Championship later this fall and compete for a World Championship.
“I’m so grateful to have growing relationships with sponsors like Quaker State and FireAde that stand behind us, share common goals, and work hard with me to keep in the game,” said Pritchett, whose team will be led at Houston by the return of veteran crew chiefs Mike Guger and Joe Barlam, who guided her to the Phoenix title. “I’m also beyond stoked to have my crew back together for Houston. There is a unique, seamlessly misfit, yet professional bond among us that I love.”
“To be reunited, even if it is for just this one race. I’m pumped to the max to hunt down that SpringNationals Top Fuel Wally together.”
Pritchett is currently ranked 10th in Mello Yello championship points.
“Right now I’m focusing at a pace quicker than my 320-mph dragster on locking in one race at a time. That is the immediate goal.”
Pritchett aligned herself with Lagana Racing last weekend, racing in the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway and qualifying for the unique four-lane event.
“Competing at back-to-back races while finding and creating proper funding has undoubtedly brought an elevated level of difficulty to the mix, but a shout out of thanks is in order to all of the business professionals in our drag racing community that have shown support and been open to exploring opportunities with my partners to keep me on the track.”
“It has definitely been an interesting turn of events this last month, but a journey I am embracing and growing from. For now, this BVR-owned and supported operation is hitting the road and we’re headed for Houston.”
CREDIT: Leah Pritchett Racing