Bristol Pre-Race Report

Alexis Dejoria

Driver of the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car
Bristol Event Highlights:

  • 2021 event champion and No. 1 qualifier
  • 2012 event runner-up

2021 Bristol Recap:
No. 1 Qualifier; Event champion (defeated Paul Lee in E1, BYE in E2, Robert Hight in E3, J.R. Todd in E4)
Last Event (Epping):
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Tim Wilkerson in E1; defeated by Robert Hight in E2)Career Statistics:
180 races; six wins; six No. 1 qualifiersNoteworthy:

  • Returns as the defending Funny Car event champion, which she won from the pole position
  • DeJoria’s 2021 Bristol triumph was her first since returning to NHRA competition in 2020
  • DeJoria’s career-first final round occurred during the 2012 Bristol event with crew chief and DC Motorsports co-owner Del Worsham making the tuning calls; 2021 marked the first time DeJoria and Worsham had competed together at Bristol Dragway since that 2012 runner-up finish, and with their 2021 victory, the duo are now seeking their third consecutive Thunder Valley Nationals final round
  • The six-time Funny Car winner is vying to become the first of three Toyota GR Supra Funny Car pilots to win a Wally trophy aboard a Supra

Fan Events:

  • DeJoria will join several of her Camping World Series competitors at the ‘Thunder Valley Nationals Fan Fest in the Pits’ autograph session on Saturday evening. The event will begin approx. 30 minutes post-nitro qualifying, and will be located in the pro pits

“I’m really excited about heading back to Bristol. It’s always been one of my favorite tracks. Every round counts and we’ve had some bad luck the last few races. We’re just building right now and hoping we can come on strong. (Bristol) was my first final, so there’s just a good vibe there. I love the track, the fans there, the acoustics, and just everything about it. A lot of good things have happened at Bristol in my career, so it has a special place in my heart.”