Todd defeated early in the Windy City

J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team suffered a rare holeshot loss in the first round of eliminations today at the JEGS Route 66 Nationals.

The DHL/WIX Filters Camry had a strong qualifying effort with three clean passes out of four attempts. Saturday was particularly solid for the YellaFellas, as Todd recorded low elapsed time of the third qualifying session and then the team hit their best pass of the weekend in the final effort. Todd ended up ninth overall and a first round draw of Bob Tasca III.

Todd and Tasca were the final pair of the first round and both ran stellar passes down the track. However, Tasca left first and that proved to be the difference at the finish line.

Qualified: No. 9 (4.007 sec., 322.88 mph) 

E1: Todd defeated by Tasca  – 4.011 sec., 322.50 mph to 4.024 sec., 317.42 mph

Quotable: “Disappointed in myself. There is no excuse for that. Great run for the DHL/WIX Filters guys; I feel bad for letting them down.”

Point Standings: Fifth; leads Ron Capps by four points by sixth; trails Matt Hagan by 62 points for fourth.

Kalitta Motorsports PR/Photo Credit Gary Nastase Photography

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