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Tommy Johnson Jr. Four-Wide Nationals Race Report: First Round

Category : DSR news

Johnson, Chandler’s Make-A-Wish team will test Monday after first-round loss in NHRA Four-Wide Nationals near Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (April 30, 2017) – Unfortunately for the second weekend in a row, the Sunday ended too early for Terry’s Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Funny Car team.

Driver Tommy Johnson Jr. lost in the opening round last week at Houston and in the first round Sunday in the unique eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals near Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Johnson said. “The last thing we expected was to go out there and shake in the first round.

“We felt pretty confident coming into race day. We had a really consistent car, so that was the last thing on our mind that was going to happen.”

Johnson and the Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T team, led by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds, entered race day as the No. 7 qualifier a time of 3.922 seconds at 319.52 mph.

The Four-Wide Nationals is the only race on the NHRA tour where up four nitro cars are line up for competition with the top two in each quad advancing. On Sunday, Johnson lined up in a quad consisting of Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation car, also sponsored by Terry Chandler, Robert Hight of John Force Racing and Jim Campbell of Jim Dunn Racing.

Johnson left the starting line first of the four with his reaction time of .053 seconds but his car went into tire shake and slowed to a 4.288-second lap at 314.31 mph while Hight and Beckman advanced to round two.

“We pedaled the throttle and tried to catch them. We just need figure out what’s wrong with the car. We’re going to test (Monday) so we can be ready for Atlanta next week.”

FUNNY CAR
Event winner:
No. 1 qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing) 3.851 sec.-track record, 323.27 mph
(The two drivers advancing to next round are underlined.)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 7
SUNDAY
First round: Robert Hight (3.884 sec., 327.66 mph), Jack Beckman (4.025, 316.23), JOHNSON (4.288, 314.31), Jim Campbell (6.712, 98.34)
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.993 sec., 312.86 mph, (Session 1); 3.922, 319.52, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.994, 311.05, (Session 3); 3.952, 316.52, (Session 4)

1. RON CAPPS (2) 518 —–
2. MATT HAGAN (2) 475 -43
3. John Force (1) 433 -85
4. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 390 -125
5. JACK BECKMAN 375 -143
6. Robert Hight 365 -153
7. Courtney Force 343 -175
8. J.R. Todd 295 -223
9. Jonnie Lindberg 286 -232
10. Jim Campbell 242 -276


ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John’s Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.


DSR has won 302 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368
Leah Vaughn (vaughnl@shoeracing.com), 618.516.1988


Shoe’s News salute to DSR’s 300 with new video

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The road to 300 video

300th Mello Yello titles for DSR
Don Schumacher overwhelmed by remarkable milestone

Don Schumacher Racing entered 2017 with 293 NHRA event titles and it seemed inevitable to happen sometime this year in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

But not even the most optimistic at DSR expected it to happen in the fourth race of the 24-event Mello Yello Series season.

That’s what happened Sunday in Las Vegas, when Tommy Johnson Jr. and Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T team won its first Funny Car title of the year for DSR’s 299th that was followed by an all-DSR final in which three-time and reigning Top Fuel champion Antron Brown and the Matco Tool team beat
teammate Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army team for No. 300.

The 68th double-up of nitro titles by DSR at the same race since 2003 was also the third time in four NHRA races this year when DSR won both Top Fuel and Funny Car titles.

Coincidentally, the same teams earned DSR its 199th and 200th wins; Johnny Gray was in what is now the Make-A-Wish Funny Car sponsored by his sister, Terry Chandler, and Brown was at the wheel of the Matco dragster.

The first win by DSR was when team owner Don Schumacher drove and owned a Funny Car in 1970 and the joy has not diminished after 299 more.

“I never imagined I’d win my first Wally let alone 300,” he said during a joyful celebration in the winner’s circle with Johnson and Brown.

“It’s not because of Don Schumacher, it’s because we have the best drivers and crew chiefs in the business and winning contributions from everyone at DSR from the fabrication and machine shops to our management, hospitality, marketing, public relations and social media teams.”

DSR leaves Las Vegas with the top three spots in Top Fuel but a switch was made at the top with eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher passing teammate Leah Pritchett with Brown in third. Each of the DSR drivers have won at least one title this year.

The organization’s first NHRA title came at the 1970 U.S. Nationals when he beat Leroy Goldstein for the Funny Car trophy. Schumacher was a Funny Car pioneer and safety innovative, and has shown a talent for pairing the right driver with the right crew chief.

He left drag racing in 1974 to focus on his family’s Schumacher Electric Corp., which has become the world leader in the manufacturer of battery chargers. He returned in 1997 when son Tony decided to pursue a career in professional drag racing and that has produced eight world championships and nearly every Top Fuel record.

Schumacher shared some thoughts after Johnson and Brown produced wins No. 299 and 300:

“A lot of years, a lot of things, have gone past all of us.

“We fight our battles. We try to come out here and do the best we can, for not only our sponsors and teams, but also for the sport. And No. 1, really, are the fans. Without the fans, none of us would be here. So we have to thank them.

“I would never have been able to do it without Schumacher Electric support. We have 2,000 employees there and another 150 with the race team. …

“I just keep chasing after John Force and Alan Johnson and Connie Kalitta and the people who have really taken this sport (forward); Joe Amato, Don Garlits, Kenny Bernstein . . . It just goes on and on. I’m just kind of following after those guys and trying to emulate what they did out here.

“I’m blessed with the people I have around me, to say the least. We’ve accomplished some incredible things, nothing that I imagined I’d ever do. I never imagined winning Indy in 1970, no less my 300th NHRA Wally.

“It’s been an incredible ride. …

“(This sports has) “helped me become a businessman. It helped me learn how to manage people. And hopefully it’s helped me learn how to handle people – I make mistakes all the time. I get with my people, and I’m sure I say things they wish I hadn’t have said. And I push them in directions that I probably didn’t want to. We’ve accomplished what we’ve accomplished because of them, not because of me. I’m blessed to be able to ride along with this thing. At 72 years old, I can only be thrilled. …

Don Schumacher has jousted with the sanctioning body on several occasions and with fellow influential team owner John Force. They’ve had heated words with and about each other, and Don Schumacher even has received an unsolicited kiss from Force. They swap personnel and grouse about it.

“I love the people. I love everybody who’s out here. I’d just as soon roll onto the starting line and fight with John Force and beat him every time we pull up to the starting line. But I love him. I love every competitor out here.

“It’s an incredible sport. “It creates a family out here. There isn’t another business that you can feel like they’re family even though they’re competitors.

“Back in the ’60s and ’70s, I raced the NHRA races to get notoriety and get recognized. Today, this is the only place to race. If you’re competing, this is where you have to compete. This is the pinnacle of drag racing, and to come out here and accomplish things, you’re doing the best you can possibly do.”

– 300 –

The Mello Yello Series is off for two weeks
before returning for the NHRA SpringNationals
on April 21-23 at Houston.

FULL ARTICLE with stats


Tommy Johnson Jr. Four-Wide Nationals Qualifying Report: No. 7

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Wish granted by Terry Chandler during Four-Wide Saturday emotional highlight for Johnson, Make-A-Wish and DSR

CONCORD, N.C. (April 29, 2017) – Anytime the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series rolls into zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, Tommy Johnson Jr. looks forward to taking Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Funny Car down the track.

But Saturday was special to the team for a different reason.

Like every weekend, the Make-A-Wish team welcomed Wish Families to the track to be with Johnson and his team in the Don Schumacher Racing camp.

This weekend at the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Johnson and the team welcomed a Wish Kid by the name of Christopher Michaelson, 9, of Bellingham, Wash. Christopher suffers from Batten’s Disease and wished to be a Pro Stock Motorcycle Racer. Christopher’s wish was granted with help of three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion and former DSR rider Angelle Sampey of Team Liberty Racing

“Christopher was just a cool kid and to be part of granting his wish was an honor,” Johnson said. “I can’t thank the NHRA community of racers enough and for Angelle helping out to grant his wish of being a Pro Stock Motorcycle racer and everyone who helped make it all happen and to Terry for all she does for Make-A-Wish and the kids.

“It was a very touching day and it definitely puts everything in prospective. Each time we’re part of granting a wish, it reminds you how lucky you are.”
Chandler provided Christopher with a full leather riding suit and full-face helmet. Sampey and Team Liberty Racing helped him aboard a stationary 190-mph Victory Magnum motorcycle then started it with Sampey helping him control the throttle.

The Wish was granted by Terry Chandler who funds the Make-A-Wish car as well as DSR’s Infinite Hero Foundation car driven by Jack Beckman.
Johnson finished qualifying as the zMAX Dragway in the No. 7 spot with his time of 3.922 seconds at 319.52 mph. Tomorrow he will race in a quad that includes No. 2 qualifier Robert Hight, No. 10 Beckman and No. 15 Jim Campbell.

“It’s going to be a tough race day,” Johnson said. “We had a really consistent car in qualifying but we need to pick up about 4 or 5 hundredths of a second. We’re consistent but we’re just not quick enough. We’re very close so we know we can do that. If were off in left field, I’d be nervous going into tomorrow but as solid and consistent as we’ve been and all the data we have from going down the track all four runs, I’m confident the guys will pick it up tomorrow when it counts.”

FUNNY CAR
No. 1 qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing) 3.851 sec.-track record, 323.27 mph

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 7
SUNDAY
First round: JOHNSON, Jack Beckman, Robert Hight, Jim Campbell
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.993 sec., 312.86 mph, (Session 1); 3.922, 319.52, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.994, 311.05, (Session 3); 3.952, 316.52, (Session 4)

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John’s Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 302 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368
Leah Vaughn (vaughnl@shoeracing.com), 618.516.1988


Granted wish (see video) by Chandler, Charity Challenge highlights for DSR during Four-Wide qualifying

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Share this inspiring DSR Video about a wish granted by Terry Chandler

DSR Top Fuelers during a Four-Wide qualifying session

Chandler grants wish Christopher, Charity Challenge nets $20,000
for Infinite Hero for DSR highlights of NHRA Four-Wide qualifying

CONCORD, N.C. (April 29, 2017) – Don Schumacher Racing enjoyed one of its best days in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Saturday, and it had nothing to with elapsed times during qualifying sessions.

In Mello Yello qualifying, Antron Brown and the Matco Tools team leads DSR by qualifying third for Sunday’s championship eliminations in the unique NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Points leader Matt Hagan and the Mopar Express Lane 2017 Dodge Charger R/T Powered by Pennzoil qualified fourth as the highest seeded DSR Funny Car.

The Four-Wide Nationals is contested on the world’s only four-lane dragstrip that pits up to four nitro cars abreast. Each team receive one chance to run in each lane during qualifying. In Sunday’s championship eliminations, which are scheduled to start at noon (EDT), the first two to the finish line advance to the next round. The event winner will only need to be the first to the finish line in the last of three rounds to earn the Wally Trophy.

The Four-Wide is the first of six Mello Yello events this year when DSR did not have one of its seven teams qualify higher than No. 3.

But DSR’s day far more successful and memorable than any day when it ended with a No. 1 pole position.

DSR’s two highlights on the second day of the event started with Terry Chandler granting a “wish” for 9-year-old Christopher who had told the Make-A-Wish Foundation his dream was to ride a Pro Stock Motorcycle.

His wish came to fruition thanks to Chandler, a philanthropist who funds the Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Cars for DSR, and Angelle Sampey, a former world champion and rider for DSR. And it happened on #WorldWishDay. Christopher has suffered from Juvenile Batten Disease since he was 6 and is virtually blind.

Chandler provided Christopher with a full leather riding suit and full-face helmet. Sampey and Team Liberty Racing helped him aboard a stationary 190-mph Victory Magnum motorcycle then started it with Sampey helping him control the throttle.

A few hours later, the second round of the Charity Challenge, a “grudge race” between “Papa John” Schnatter and DSR’s Top Fuel points leader Leah Pritchett, who drives the Papa John’s Pizza Top Fuel dragster, raised $20,000 for the Infinite Hero Foundation with DSR owner Don Schumacher and Schnatter each contributing $10,000.

Pritchett used a supercharged Gen III HEMI in a 2017 Dodge Challenger configured for drag racing to beat Schnatter’s prized 1971 Camaro Z28, the same car he bought for $1,600 when he was 15 years old from money he made washing dishes at Rocky’s Sub Pub in his hometown of Jeffersonville, Ind., and later sold to help his father’s tavern survive bankruptcy.

Pritchett won with a time of 9.86 seconds at 153.35 mph. Schnatter slowed to a 12.331 (112.42) when his Camaro developed a minor problem.

The Charity Challenge has raised $40,000 this year to help Infinite Hero. The next Challenge will be July 8 at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.

TOP FUEL
No. 1 qualifier: Clay Millican (Stringer Performance), 3.716 sec., 325.77 mph

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tool/U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster
Qualified: No. 3
SUNDAY
First round: BROWN, Ike Maier, Tony Schumacher, Pat Dakin
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.720 sec., 328.06 mph, (Session 1); 6.698, 103.80, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.803, 319.22, (Session 3); 3.814, 314.90, (Session 4)

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster
Qualified: No. 8
SUNDAY
First round: SCHUMACHER, Antron Brown, Ike Maier, Pat Dakin
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.778 sec., 324.51 mph, (Session 1); 3.740, 323.81, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.,789, 319.45, (Session 3); 6.772, 98.95, (Session 4)

LEAH PRITCHETT, Papa John’s Pizza Top Fuel dragster
Qualified: No. 9
SUNDAY
First round: PRITCHETT, Shawn Langdon, Clay Millican, Terry Haddock
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.770 sec., 322.73 mph, (Session 1); 3.770, 320.51, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 6.491, 91.84, (Session 3); 3.785, 320.13, (Session 4)

FUNNY CAR
No. 1 qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing) 3.851 sec.-track record, 323.27 mph

MATT HAGAN, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 4
SUNDAY
First round: HAGAN, Bob Bode, Tim Wilkerson, Cruz Pedregon
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.593 sec., 184.80 mph, (Session 1); 3.898, 331.38, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.088, 313.73, (Session 3); 5.086, 151.94, (Session 4)

RON CAPPS, NAPA BRAKES Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 6
SUNDAY
First round: CAPPS, John Force, Chad Head, Del Worsham
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.905 sec., 321.12 mph, (Session 1); 3.904, 324.12, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.964, 320.89, (Session 3); 3.920, 321.88, (Session 4)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 7
SUNDAY
First round: JOHNSON, Jack Beckman, Robert Hight, Jim Campbell
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.993 sec., 312.86 mph, (Session 1); 3.922, 319.52, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.994, 311.05, (Session 3); 3.952, 316.52, (Session 4)

JACK BECKMAN, Terry Chandler’s Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 10
SUNDAY
First round: BECKMAN, Tommy Johnson Jr., Robert Hight, Jim Campbell
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.970 sec., 323.12 mph, (Session 1); 4.379, 203.28, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.725, 173.01, (Session 3); 4.384, 205.04, (Session 4)

ABOUT DON SCHUMACHER RACING
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered near Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional teams in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher, the three-time and reigning world champion Matco Tools dragster driven by Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett in the Papa John’s Pizza dragster.
In 2017 Dodge Chargers R/T Funny Cars, two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.
DSR has won 302 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368
Leah Vaughn (vaughnl@shoeracing.com), 618.516.1988


Tommy Johnson Jr. Four-Wide Nationals Event Preview

Category : DSR news

Make-A-Wish team hopes to bounce back after early Houston loss at unique Four-Wide race near Charlotte before Johnson’s family

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 26, 2017) – NHRA drivers have a love/hate relationship with the Four-Wide Nationals near Charlotte, N.C., and Tommy Johnson Jr., driver of Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Funny Car, loves the Four-Wide.

“We’re headed to the Four-Wide and I actually enjoy it but a lot of people hate it,” Johnson said of the unique format of the Four-Wide Nationals.

For 23 events a season, teams line up in pairs to face their competition. But in the spring at zMAX Dragway, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series lines up nitro cars in quads for a sensory overload of 44,000 horsepower.

“I enjoy it. It’s different and I enjoy the challenge of it,” he said. “It’s definitely harder than racing two-wide just from a concentration level.”

There is an added level of difficulty to the Four-Wide because not only are drivers matched against three competitors, the staging process is different and has a history of giving drivers fits.

“I’m pretty confident about Charlotte. We didn’t run bad, we just didn’t run great in Houston. You’ll have a bad race every now and again,” Johnson said of his initial first-round loss of 2017 last weekend at the NHRA SpringNationals.

“I’ve done pretty well in Charlotte in the past and I’m looking forward to going their again and see if we can’t follow up from what we did there in the fall when we were runner-up so we’ll see if we can make that a little better.”

Last fall at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, the Make-A-Wish team led by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds entered race day as the No. 1 qualifying team and advanced to the final round before losing to John Force.

Johnson says that any time the NHRA travels to Charlotte it’s a bit of a homecoming for him as many of his family now lives in the area.

“It’s always fun to have the family there. I’ve been involved in racing with my family for years and it’s always nice to have my family and now my nephews coming out. It’s nice to have everybody out there supporting and coming out for the weekend.”

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ W/L
2017 4th 5 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 9-4
CAREER 403 16 24 55 99 165 15 44 345-343­

Best Time, Speed: 3.837 sec. (Phoenix 2017); 330.80 mph (Seattle, 2016)
Best Time, Speed: 3.658 sec.-world record ((Phoenix 2017); 329.75 (2016, Indy)
Last event (April 21-23, Houston): Qualified No. 7, lost in first round to Jonnie Lundberg
2016 at Four-Wide: Qualified No. 11, lost in second quad
2016 Fall at Charlotte: Qualified No. 1, lost in finals to John Force
Career at Four-Wide: Wins 0; Runner-ups 0; Poles 0
Career at zMAX: Wins 0; Runner-ups 2 (2012-13): Poles 2 (2015-16)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS
(Official after Houston; 5 of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
Funny Car
1. MATT HAGAN (2) 400 —–
2. RON CAPPS (1) 398 -2
3.John Force (1) 371 -29
4.TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 357 -43
5. Robert Hight 301 -99
5. Courtney Force 301 -99
7. JACK BECKMAN 282 -118
8. Jonnie Lindberg 235 -165
9. J.R. Todd 222 -178
10. Jim Campbell 211 -189


ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the Papa John’s Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.


DSR has won 302 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368
Leah Vaughn (vaughnl@shoeracing.com), 618.516.1988