Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Sampey red-lights in first round
Sampey laid down low elapsed time for the first round (6.959-seconds), but she posted a red light foul (-.004-seconds) at the start against 13th-place qualifier Chris Rivas, and her day was instantly over.
"I really can't believe it," said a visibly dejected Sampey. "It's extremely frustrating to throw away such an incredible pass. I really have to stop making mistakes at the start if I want to win another world championship."
It was Sampey's fourth red light foul of the season in final eliminations. With that said, she still has a reserved spot in the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship.
While Sampey will definitely be contending for the world title, Brown's chances of making the Countdown took a serious hit after he was beaten in the first round by sixth-place qualifier, Matt Smith.
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