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NHRA Toyota Nationals press conference advisory

TO: Editors/Producers/Program Directors
FROM: Jenn Goethel, NHRA Media Relations Manager
RE: 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals   

WHAT?: NHRA will host Mello Yello Drag Racing Series drivers at Del Frisco's Restaurant prior to the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas, Oct. 25-28.
WHEN?:  12 PM | Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

WHERE?:  Del Frisco's | 3925 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169

WHO?:   NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series drivers:



Antron Brown, driver of Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster: Brown enters the NHRA Toyota Nationals as a three-time Top Fuel world champion and is chasing his fourth title. The three-time world champion is currently fifth in the points and is seeking to go rounds at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With one event victory and two runner-up finishes under his belt this season, Brown is ready to add another Wally to his collection.


Steve Torrence, driver of Capco Contractors / Torrence Racing dragster: Torrence has currently swept the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship winning in Reading, St. Louis and Dallas. The Texas native is blazing a new trail to secure his first Top Fuel world championship. He currently has eight victories on the season and is looking to sweep at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway having won at the four-wide race earlier this season.


J.R. Todd, driver of DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: Todd, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, has found his stride this season and is not preparing to slow down anytime soon. He won the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals for the second straight year and secured a victory at Reading. Todd is currently 50-points behind defending world champion and points leader, Robert Hight. Having won at Las Vegas earlier this season, Todd is hoping for the same success.



Jeg Coughlin Jr., driver of the Performance Chevrolet Camaro: Five-time world champion, Coughlin Jr., is chasing his sixth championship and isn't letting up on the gas. He has three victories on the season, two consecutive No. 1 qualifying positions during the Countdown to the Championship and is currently seeded in the No. 3 spot overall. Coughlin Jr. has seven career final rounds at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and is looking to add another final-round and Wally to his impressive resume.


Matt Smith, rider of the Elite Motorsports DENSO Auto Parts EBR: After not qualifying at the first race of the 2018 season, Smith has since powered his way to two wins, one runner-up appearance and four No. 1 qualifiers. He won the Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma and is currently seeded No. 3 in the points. The two-time world champion is chasing his third title and is seeking to go rounds at Las Vegas like he has done in previous years.

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