NHRA Charlotte 2 Pre-Race Report

2023 Pep Boys NHRA Nationals

Driver of the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: 6th

NHRA Carolina Nationals Event Highlights:

  • 2022 runner-up
  • 2014 No. 1 qualifier

Overall zMAX Dragway stats:

  • Two-time runner-up (Spring 2023, Fall 2022)
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (Fall 2014, Spring 2016)

2022 NHRA Carolina Nationals Event Recap: 
Qualified ninth; Event runner-up (defeated J.R. Todd in E1, Robert Hight in E2, Matt Hagan in E3; defeated by Ron Capps in E4)

Last Event (Reading):
Qualified eighth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Blake Alexander in E1; defeated by Bob Tasca III in E2)

2023 Statistics:
16 races; three runner-up finishes

Career Statistics:
210 races; six wins, six No. 1 qualifiers


  • DeJoria will celebrate a birthday on Sunday, Sept. 24
  • Seeking her third consecutive final round appearance at zMAX Dragway after powering to runner-up finishes at the 2023 Spring race and 2022 Fall event
  • Started the Countdown to the Championship ranked sixth in points and maintained that ranking after a quarterfinal finish in Reading, Pa. at the first of six playoff events

Fan Events:

  • Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Team Toyota autograph session at Toyota midway display

“The first race of the Countdown could have been a lot better for us, but we got past first round and got some good points. We ran really good first round (in Reading, Pa.) with that 3.87. It’s unfortunate we didn’t go beyond round two and make some moves in the standings, but we didn’t drop any positions either. We’ve still got five events to go and we’re looking forward to getting back to zMAX this weekend and hurting some feelings. We tend to do well in Charlotte. The last two times we raced there, we made it to the final round, so looking forward to doing one better this weekend and hopefully picking up that first win of the season.”