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NHRA

Sep 28 - 2020
Read Time 4 Min

Three Toyotas Advance to Second Round at NHRA Gatornationals

Sunday, September 27, 2020, Shawn Langdon followed his U.S. Nationals victory with a quarterfinal finish in Gainesville.Three Toyotas Advance to Second Round at NHRA Gatornationals

Alexis DeJoria advanced to the second round in Funny Car, while Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon did the same in Top Fuel to lead Toyota at today’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

After matching a season-best fifth in qualifying on Saturday, DeJoria drove her ROKiT Toyota Camry to a first-round win over Jim Campbell with a solid 4.051-second pass. In round two, she matched up against Ron Capps and registered another solid run, but fell just short, losing 3.968-4.014.

Sunday, September 27, 2020, Alexis DeJoria won her first round at Gainesville.

“I love racing here in Gainesville,” said DeJoria. “This used to be my home track. I love the fans and was so happy that we got to have them here. Qualifying went alright, we placed fifth. The first round was good. We won and ran a full pass with good numbers - nice and straight with no issues. (In round two) I need to work on my light. I staged a little too quick and got caught waiting at the tree and that’s not a good place to be. Overall, we made some good progress and gained some good momentum here. The guys gave me a pretty good ROKiT Camry. We’re not running in the 3.90s just yet, but we will. It’s our first year and we’re definitely happier with our results leaving Gainesville than we were leaving Indianapolis. We get to race again in another week. St. Louis is a great track. We’ve done some testing there. They’ve got a really good racing surface. I’m excited to get there and redeem myself from this weekend.”

Alexis Dejoria
In Top Fuel, Brown qualified third and then defeated Cameron Ferre in the first round with his best pass of the weekend with a 3.821. In the second round against Terry McMillen, Brown had an .019 advantage at the tree, but was up in smoke early with McMillen taking the win.
Sunday, September 27, 2020, Antron Brown scored a round win in Gainesville.

“We were trying to step in up in the second round and the track just didn’t hold what we were trying to put down,” said Brown. “We’re just going to learn from this and go to St. Louis next weekend with our heads down and go in on mean. St. Louis has always been a great track for us and we have our sights set on a solid weekend at Gateway.”

Antron Brown
Langdon, coming off a win at the U.S. Nationals, opened his day with a first-round win over Justin Ashley to set up a match-up with Billy Torrence in round two. Langdon left .034 quicker, but Torrence made that up by the 300-foot mark and went on to win with a margin of victory of .035 seconds.

“That was a just a tough race,” said Langdon. “That was our quickest run of the weekend with this DHL Toyota dragster and we came up a little short. I felt good going into that race. We won a tough first round race and had some momentum. This dragster had won the past two Gatornationals and we wanted to make it three in a row. There is a lot of history at this track and I was looking for my first Gatornationals win. It would have been great to get a U.S. Nationals win and Gatornationals win back to back but it wasn’t meant to be. We will get our focus on St. Louis. This is a tough, tough class.”

Shawn Langdon

Three Toyota drivers fell in Sunday’s opening round.

Doug Kalitta had a starting line advantage against Terry McMillen in his opening run, but then dropped a cylinder, giving McMillen the win, while fellow Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher took an early lead against Steve Torrence, but was up in smoke by 300 feet and clicked it off.

In an opening round match-up between drivers that entered the weekend third and fourth in points Funny Car points, J.R. Todd narrowly lost to Tommy Johnson.

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to World Wide Technology Raceway in suburban St. Louis next weekend for the NHRA Midwest Nationals, October 3-4.