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Pizza Papa to race Pritchett

Leah Pritchett NHRA image

By Lee Elder
JOLIET, Ill. (June 1, 2018) — Talk about Pizza Wars!

Top Fuel racer Leah Pritchett will race a MOPAR Dodger Challenger Drag Pak against John Schnatter, the original Papa John, in a special match race at Route 66 Raceway as part of the NHRA Jegs Route 66 Nationals Saturday.

The exhibition race raises money for the Infinite Hero Foundation.

“So many aspects about this race to love that I’m looking forward to,” Pritchett said. “From nitro pipes under the lights, to not only one, but two Charity Challenge races. I’m feeling good to be back in a Mopar against ‘Papa’ John, in a familiar car.”

Schnatter will drive his 1971 Chevrolet Camaro in the match race. He owned the car years ago and sold it. He tracked it down two years ago and converted it to a race car. He has raced Pritchett several times.

Pritchett said, “”A major thank you of appreciation goes out (for) not just getting the gold car back on track, but fully embracing the race with the Charity Challenges, doubling the amount of money raised for the Infinite Hero Foundation.

Professional qualifications continue Saturday. Eliminations are scheduled for Sunday.




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