|NHRA Las Vegas I Event Highlights:
- Two-time event winner (2001, 2017)
2017 Las Vegas I Recap:
Qualified sixth; Event champion (Defeated Jim Campbell in E1, Robert Hight in E2, John Force in E3, Jonnie Lindberg in E4)
Last event (Gainesville):
Qualified fifth; Quarterfinal finish (Defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1; defeated by Shawn Langdon in E2)
2018 Season Statistics:
Four round wins; Ranked sixth in points
425 races; 17 wins (two Top Fuel); 15 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)
- Returns as the defending event champion
- Celebrates a birthday on Friday, April 6
“It’s neat to be part of a first event like this, and it’s going to be really cool. This will be a unique one. I’ve heard from a lot of fans on the West Coast at the first two races who are excited to see four-wide racing for the first time.
“It definitely takes a lot more thinking as a driver, because there’s a lot more going on. You have to have your act together and be aware of what’s going on. Me, personally, I like it. It adds a new level of difficulty, but if you can overcome that and excel at it, it gives you an advantage. There’s certain things you have to add to your routine just because of this event. It’s just another level of having to remind yourself. You can easily fall back into habits that can really bite you.
“I’m looking forward to going back to Vegas after winning there last season. It has always been one of my favorite tracks, and I’ve always done really well there. It’ll be a bit different this time around, running ‘four wide’ instead of the normal two, but I don’t mind four-wide racing at all. I feel sometimes it gives certain people an advantage so I enjoy that. We’ll see if we can’t go back and repeat and kick the wins off this season. We’ll just do it four at a time instead of two.”
Don Schumacher Racing PR