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Alexis Dejoria Wins in Phoenix at Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals

Red Line driver captures first Funny Car win while two Red Line equipped cars lead the Top Fuel points race.

CHANDLER, Ariz.  – Alexis DeJoria raced to her first career Funny Car victory Sunday at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside Phoenix. DeJoria powered her Red Line Oil equipped Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry to a winning performance of 4.043 seconds at 309.63 mph to defeat Robert Hight, whose Auto Club Ford Mustang lost traction. DeJoria raced past Jeff Arend, teammate Del Worsham and John Force to advance to the final.

DeJoria, in her third season at the controls of an 8,000-horsepower Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports, becomes the fourth female to win an NHRA Funny Car race and the 14th female in history to win a Mello Yello Series race. 

“When we won the finals, I couldn’t believe it," said DeJoria, daughter of famed entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria and wife of noted television personality Jesse James.  "Actually, I can because I know we can do it, but it’s such a shock at the same time. It’s surreal. It’s really amazing. I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep." DeJoria’s win gave the Phoenix crowd a chance to see the well-known Kalitta Motorsports mosh pit celebration. DeJoria pointed out that the support of the whole organization made the win much more rewarding.

“I can’t wait to see the video of the Kalitta guys on the starting line,” DeJoria said. “I don’t care what anybody says; that’s badass. We all root for each other, and it’s really a team effort over there." Force now leads Hight by 66 points and DeJoria moves to third overall with the win, 69 points back.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, began the race in the No. 1 qualifying position two weeks after he led the way in time trials at the season-opening event in Pomona. The Ypsilanti based driver took his Red Line equipped dragster all the way to the semifinals, locking in the Top Fuel series points lead, 26 ahead of Khalid alBalooshi, who won the Winternationals in his Red Line equipped Al-Anabi Top Fuel dragster. This puts Red Line cars 1-2 in Top Fuel Points with DeJoria running third in Funny Car. Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues in Gainesville, Fla. with the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals, March 13-16. The event will feature the season debut of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.  

2014 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS
(Following the second of 24 events; Season victories in parentheses)

TOP FUEL

Place Driver Points
1. Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., Mac Tools dragster 191
2. Khalid alBalooshi, Los Angeles, Al-Anabi Racing dragster (1) 165
3. Antron Brown, Indianapolis, Matco Tools dragster (1) 156
4. Steve Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, Capco Contactors dragster 155
5t.
Brittany Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Castrol Edge dragster 127
5t. Spencer Massey, Fort Worth, Texas, Battery Extender dragster 127
7. Shawn Langdon, Indianapolis, Al-Anabi Racing dragster 124
8. Tony Schumacher, Chicago, U.S. Army dragster 92
9t. Richie Crampton, Indianapolis, GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster 84
9t. David Grubnic, Ennis, Mont., Optima Batteries/Kalitta Air dragster 84

FUNNY CAR

Place Driver Points
1. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang (1) 225
2. Robert Hight, Yorba Linda, Calif., Auto Club Ford Mustang 159
3. Alexis DeJoria, Austin, Texas, Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry (1) 156
4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Indianapolis, Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger 136
5. Del Worsham, Chino Hills, Calif., DHL Toyota Camry 132
6. Matt Hagan, Christiansburg, Va., Mopar/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger 129
7. Bob Tasca III, Hope, R.I., Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang 124
8. Jack Beckman, Norco, Calif., Valvoline Max Life/MTS Dodge Charger 92
9. Ron Capps, Carlsbad, Calif., NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger 88
10. Tim Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang 84