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2014 NHRA: Patron Xo Cafe Team Roars Into Thunder Valley Looking For Third Win
Posted by: newsla on Jun 12, 2014 - 07:05 AM
2014 NHRA: Patron Xo Cafe Team Roars Into Thunder Valley Looking For Third Win

Alexis DeJoria, the quickest woman in NHRA Funny Car history, returns to Bristol Dragway this week, where she will compete in the 14th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for the third time in her professional Funny Car career.


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It was at the scenic Tennessee track during the 2012 Thunder Valley Nationals where DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry team raced to their first ever final round- a great achievement for the then rookie driver and team. They’ve come a long way since that time.

The Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry has become one of the fastest and most consistent hot rods of the 2014 season, and the team has held on to their position in the ‘Top Three’ since February- quite the accomplishment for the ultra-competitive Funny Car class.

In the two years since that first final round appearance, the Patrón team has accumulated an impressive list of career highlights which include two national event wins, a history making run, a number one qualifier, and a track record. They plan to add to that list this weekend.

With Bristol being the first in a grueling stretch of four back-to-back races, the XO Cafe team looks to the Thunder Valley Nationals to set the tone for the next month. According to crew chief Tommy DeLago, “We didn’t do as well as we wanted to on the last three race swing, but we didn’t do terrible either. The car is running well, and we’ve all had a week off from racing to regroup and rejuvenate.

The team is hoping history will repeat itself this weekend and they’ll find themselves yet again, pulling up to the line for the final round of the Thunder Valley Nationals, only this time, they plan to race their 10,000-horsepower Camry all the way to the Winner’s Circle.

“The vibe is really positive right now, and I’m a firm believe that positivity breeds success- just as it did when we won our first two races in the beginning of the season. Going into this four race swing, we definitely plan on winning one or two of these things, if not all four,” added DeLago.

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