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Las Vegas, NV (March 30, 2014) - Coming into her third full-time season in Funny Car, DeJoria had only appeared in one career final. The 2014 season has changed the fortunes for her Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry team when she outpaced Robert Hight with a 4.026-second pass at 309.98 mph. It’s the second win of her career following her breakthrough victory in Phoenix earlier this season, coincidentally also over Hight.
“This was definitely a grudge match [with Hight] coming off our win in Phoenix,” DeJoria said. “I was just in shock when we won there. It was gratifying and intense. Today my team gave me a good car and got me down the track first. I really appreciate them so much and all they give up to help this team go racing.”
DeJoria defeated Matt Hagan, Tony Pedregon, and Cruz Pedregon to reach her first final in Las Vegas, the home headquarters of her primary sponsor.
“It was a good day at the office, especially with the Patron Spirits company located right here in Las Vegas,” DeJoria said.
Hight, appearing in his third final to start the season, piloted his Auto Club Ford Mustang to the final with victories over Jeff Arend, Paul Lee, and Ron Capps. Hight’s second-round win over Lee was especially surprising. Many had expected Hight and 16-time Funny Car world champ John Force to face off, but Force was ousted by Lee.
DeJoria departs Las Vegas third in points and holds the most wins so far during the season. Despite losing in the final, Hight takes over the points lead.