The 2018 Factory Stock Showdown crown was the fourth title for Pritchett, who previously captured the 2000 and 2001 Jr. Dragster division 7 championships, and the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series championship in the Nostalgia Funny Car class. By securing the Factory Stock title, Pritchett was the only professional driver to contend for two world titles during the 2018 NHRA season.
Behind the wheel of her Top Fuel dragster, Pritchett raced to the final round five times in 2018, twice emerging victorious. She qualified for her third consecutive NHRA Countdown to the championship playoff appearance and finished the season fourth, her best Mello Yello Series points finish to date. At the final event of the season, Pritchett unleashed a monster 3.631-second pass, which tied for the second quickest run in the history of the sport and cemented Pritchett’s position as the quickest female in NHRA history.
Pritchett’s tenure with DSR began in 2016. She started the year driving for Bob Vandergriff Racing with the promise of her first full-time season competing in the Top Fuel category. After winning her first Mello Yello Top Fuel title in the season’s second event, the organization folded just two races later when the team’s primary sponsor died unexpectedly at a young age.
The Southern California native who lives in the Indianapolis suburb of Avon worked to find ways to compete in the next few races to keep her dream alive of qualifying for the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs at the end of the year.