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Leah Pritchett wins at Brainerd to end 26-event drought

August 19, 2019
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In this photo provided by the NHRA, Top Fuel’s Leah Pritchett competes in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Pritchett won over Mike Salinas in the final round at the raceway with her 3.732 second run at 321.04 mph to conclude the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. (Marc Gewertz/NHRA via AP)
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In this photo provided by the NHRA, Top Fuel’s Leah Pritchett competes in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Pritchett won over Mike Salinas in the final round at the raceway with her 3.732 second run at 321.04 mph to conclude the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. (Marc Gewertz/NHRA via AP)

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Leah Pritchett ended a 26-event winless streak Sunday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Pritchett beat Mike Salinas in the final with a 4.066-second run at 235.72 mph for her eighth-career Top Fuel title.

“I was great to see the win light, especially for Don Schumacher Racing,” Pritchett said.

Ron Capps gave Don Schumacher Racing the Funny Car victory, topping beating Tommy Johnson Jr. with a 3.946 to 3.947 in a Dodge Charger. Capps has three wins this year and 63 overall.

Minnesota driver Jason Line won in Pro Stock. He beat Erica Enders with a 6.597 to 6.604 in a Chevrolet Camaro.

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