Leah Pritchett delivers fastest unofficial ET in NHRA history, 3.654 seconds

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On Friday, Courtney Force set the unofficial fastest pass in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car history during the Nitro Spring Training test at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

And on Saturday, Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett did one better – just dropping the unofficial fastest pass in NHRA series history.

Pritchett metaphorically lit the drag strip on fire in her Papa John’s dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, with a new fastest pass at 3.654 seconds over the 1,000-foot distance, at a speed of 331.85 mph. Even more impressive was the fact it came in the heat of the afternoon, with track temperatures north of 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

The official Top Fuel ET record in competition is a 3.671-second pass, which Steve Torrence set July 31, 2016 at Sonoma.

Pritchett instead opted to thank her crew for tuning her dragster to this scorching time.

“I have to be totally honest, we didn’t come out here to be the quickest,” Pritchett said, via the official NHRA website.

“That wasn’t the goal. The goal was to get the power that we created in the offseason to the track. We exceeded our expectations yesterday and today we did the same. For it to blast off at .65 on a warmer day today, man I’m stoked for (my team), that’s a lot of hard work and they just put it on the track.”

Pritchett endured a roller coaster 2016 season with a change of team but an eventual Countdown appearance.

More from Saturday’s runs are linked here, via the NHRA website.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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