While Leah Pritchett drove her HEMI®-fueled Pennzoil Dodge Top Fuel Dragster to a quarterfinals appearance at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals near Dallas, Texas, she also double-duty for the final time this year in the NHRA SamTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) Series.
Pritchett qualified her Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in the No. 2 position with an impressive pass of 8.017 seconds @ 170.11 mph. Even though Pritchett was not in contention for the FSS champion for the second straight year, she went into Texas being the defending event winner.
Leah defeated David Barton in the first-round in the pair’s first-ever meeting in eliminations. She followed that with a triumph over David Janac in the second-round and knocked off No. 8 qualifier Randy Taylor to reach her second consecutive Dallas FSS final. In the final Pritchett came up short versus Chris Holbrook, but her three-round wins in Texas were the most she has had in a single event all season.
Fellow DSR FSS racer Mark Pawuk qualified the DSR Empaco Equipment Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak No. 9 and despite losing the starting line advantage in his first-round race with Doug Doll, Jr. he grabbed the lead by the 100-foot mark and drove away to advance to round two. Pawuk came up short of making it an all-DSR final when he fell to Holbrook to close his 2019 campaign.