NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Pre-Race Report

Alexis DeJoria

Driver of the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Event Note:
Due to persistent rain, last weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals from Epping, N.H. were postponed following Saturday qualifying. Eliminations will be contested this weekend during qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals as follows:
Bristol Q2/Epping E1
Bristol Q3/Epping E2
Epping E3 (#2Fast2Tasty E1)
Bristol Q4/Epping finals (#2Fast2Tasty E2)DeJoria will start from the No. 10 seed and will face Robert Hight in E1
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Event Highlights:

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

2022 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Event Recap:
Qualified 12th; Semifinal finish (defeated Bob Tasca in E1, Matt Hagan in E2; defeated by Ron Capps in E3)
Last Event (Epping):
Qualified 10th; Eliminations to be contested in Bristol
2023 Statistics:
Six races (does not include Epping); one runner-up finish
Career Statistics:
200 races (does not include Epping); six wins, six No. 1 qualifiers

  • DeJoria’s career-first final round occurred during the 2012 Bristol event
    • Del Worsham, DeJoria’s crew chief and DC Motorsports co-owner, also served as the lead tuner during her 2012 runner-up
  • 2023 will mark the fourth time that DeJoria and Worsham have raced together at Bristol as a driver/tuner duo. In addition to their 2012 success, the two were also successful in capturing the 2021 Bristol trophy. In 2022, they advanced to the semifinals

Fan Events:
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – noon, Team Toyota autograph session – Toyota midway display
“Very unfortunate that we couldn’t get the race completed up in Epping. Having to race while qualifying for another event this weekend is going to be very tricky. Definitely not something I’ve ever done before, but Bristol is a great track and one of my favorites so I’m excited. We’ve always done well there, and would love nothing more than to put our Bandero GR Supra in the winner’s circle. There are a lot of points up for grabs this weekend, so a good Bristol outing is very important. The goal is to get ourselves back up into the top three in points.”