Brainerd Pre-Race Report

Alexis Brainerd

Driver of the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Brainerd Event Highlights:

  • 2017 event champion

2021 Brainerd Recap:
Qualified ninth; First round exit (defeated by Blake Alexander in E1)

Last Event (Topeka):
Qualified seventh; Quarterfinal finish (defeated J.R. Todd in E1; defeated by Robert Hight in E2)Career Statistics:
186 races; six wins; six No. 1 qualifiers


  • With two races remaining before Countdown positions are set, DeJoria is looking to make a move this weekend in Brainerd. She currently sits in eighth and is six points behind the No. 7 ranked driver, and less than two rounds behind J.R. Todd, who occupies the No. 6 position
  • During the 2014 event, DeJoria became the first Funny Car pilot to clock a sub-four second run on the BIR track (3.998 E.T. during round two of eliminations)

“I’ve been in Brainerd since Tuesday, and got to spend a much needed rest-and-relaxation day with my team out on the lake yesterday. It’s been a grind lately, especially for my guys. We went straight from the Western Swing to Norwalk, got that big Night Under Fire win, and from there, it was off to Topeka and then we were headed north to Minnesota. We all desperately needed a day off yesterday, and now we’re feeling refreshed and recharged and ready for the race weekend.
“Brainerd has been kind to me over the years. We won the race in 2017, and in 2014, I was actually the first Funny Car pilot to clock a sub-four-second run at BIR. We know that when the conditions are right, this track can hold big numbers, so hopefully the weather will hold up this weekend and we’ll be able to put on a good show for the fans. Our Bandero Toyota Supra team is currently sitting eighth in points but we’re only six points behind Cruz (Pedregon), and less than two rounds behind our Toyota teammate, J.R. Todd, who’s in sixth. The goal is to start the Countdown ranked as high as possible, so we need a good showing this weekend to put some more points on the board and put us in striking distance.”