Toyota Gazoo Racing North America NHRA Bristol Post-Qualifying Report – 06.08.2

Repeat wins at Bristol on the table in both Top Fuel and Funny Car

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 8, 2024) – Going into Sunday’s eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, Toyota is well-positioned to be victorious in both Top Fuel and Funny Car at the Tennessee dragstrip. Points leader, Justin Ashley, along with Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon lead the Toyota Top Fuel dragsters, qualifying second, third and fourth, respectively, after laying down fast times in the Friday night session.

Ashley enters tomorrow seeking his third consecutive Top Fuel victory at Bristol Dragway and his third victory of the 2024 season. Langdon also seeks his third triumph of the year, while Brown looks to couple his Chicago win from a few weeks ago.

In Funny Car, Alexis DeJoria was the lead GR Supra Funny Car, earning the second overall qualifying position, missing out on the No. 1 spot by just 0.015 seconds. Ron Capps closely followed in the third position, and J.R. Todd will be the No. 11 seed to begin tomorrow. Like Ashley, Capps is also seeking a threepeat at Bristol Dragway and Toyota seeks four in a row in Funny Car with DeJoria capturing victory here in 2021.

Tomorrow’s eliminations have been moved up due to impending weather with the first round now beginning at 10 a.m. EST. Television coverage of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals eliminations will be on FS1 tomorrow at 7 p.m. EST.

Toyota Post-Qualifying Recap
NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Bristol Dragway
Race 8 of 20


NameCarQualifying PositionFirst Round Opponent
Clay MillicanParts Plus Top Fuel Dragster1st*C. Ferré
Justin AshleySCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel Dragster2ndB. Force
Antron BrownMatco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster3rdD. Kalitta
Shawn LangdonKalitta Air Careers Toyota Top Fuel Dragster4thS. Reed
Steve TorrenceCAPCO Contractors Toyota Top Fuel Dragster6thC. Krohn
Billy TorrenceCAPCO Contractors Toyota Top Fuel Dragster7thJ. Hart
Doug KalittaMark III Employee Benefits Toyota Top Fuel Dragster14thA. Brown


NameCarQualifying PositionFirst Round Opponent
Austin ProckCornwell Tools Chevrolet Funny Car1st*J. Smith
Alexis DeJoriaBandero Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car2ndD. Richards
Ron CappsNAPA Auto Care Toyota GR Supra Funny Car3rdB. Hull
J.R. ToddDHL Toyota GR Supra Funny Car11thT. Haddock


JUSTIN ASHLEY, SCAG Power Equipment Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, SCAG Racing

TF Qualifying Result: 2nd

What are your expectations for tomorrow’s eliminations?

“Yeah, I think for the most part, we accomplished our goal in qualifying. For this kind of race, the person who wins and the team that wins is going to be the team that goes up and down the race track more so than the others. It’s definitely a tricky track to navigate, but we accomplished a lot during qualifying. We’ll have to see what the conditions look like tomorrow. I think they’ll be a little bit better than what we anticipated, should be kind of overcast, at least earlier in the day. Think for our SCAG Power Equipment Toyota team, I think that means good things. I think as long as we can make the power, we’ll give ourselves a good opportunity to win and hopefully it’ll be a long race day.”

ALEXIS DEJORIA, Bandero Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car, DC Motorsports

FC Qualifying Result: 2nd

How would you describe your weekend so far and your outlook for tomorrow?

“Well, it feels great to be back at a track I feel we have a really good handle on. In qualifying, we made some good passes. Last night’s Q2 at a 3.973 elapsed time gave us that No. 2 spot, which is incredible and that’s where we need to be, that’s where we are. That’s what we’re capable of. We’re so close! It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a Wally (Trophy) and going rounds tomorrow is going to be key. Being consistent. Who knows what the weather is going to hold for us. They’ve moved us up two hours so we can get some (runs) in before the rain, hopefully. So, we’ll just have to see. But, you know, this seems to be our track. I’ve been to so many finals here, qualifying No. 1 and won.”

About Toyota

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Toyota directly employs more than 49,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of more than 34 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 28 electrified options.

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