J.R. Todd and the DHL team fell in the first round at the AAA Midwest Nationals.
Todd and the DHL team did not get all they would have liked in qualifying, but the ended up with a solid 3.904 second pass in the final qualifying session which gave the DHL team a bonus point. They would earn the 10th starting spot and a draw of fellow Countdown competitor Courtney Force.
Todd got the jump at the starting line with the second best reaction time in the class in the first round, but was forced to pedal his DHL Toyota Camry early. Todd expertly pedaled, but Force made a clean run and picked up the round win on Todd.
Qualified: No. 10 (3.904 sec., 332.02 mph)
E1: Todd defeated by C. Force – 4.321 sec., 270.21 mph to 3.877 sec., 334.32 mph
Quotable: “It is very disappointing to lose in the first round. My DHL/WIX Filters guys are working hard, and they deserve to win. We will get back to the shop and get everything ready and make another run at them in Dallas.”
Point Standings: Eighth; leads Tim Wilkerson by 38 points for eighth; trails Tommy Johnson Jr. by 23 points for seventh
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