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Wacky weekend for Johnson and Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge highlighted for career-best speed of 332 mph in Sonoma Nationals

Category : DSR news

SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2017) – Tommy Johnson Jr. and Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car rode the proverbial roller coaster during qualifying this weekend for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals near San Francisco.

A rare rear end failure that sent Johnson and his Dodge smacking the guard wall on Friday was followed by a 3.906-second run then on the next day he lost traction early but rallied for a 3.896 that earned the team a No. 5 qualifying spot.

In Sunday’s the first round, the Make-A-Wish team was able to beat their Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps for the second week in a row when Johnson recorded a time 3.905 that was the third quickest of the round and at a career-best speed of 332.02 mph.

But in the next round, he lost tractions and began a pedalfest with Courtney Force but Force got the round win.

“The track was extremely tricky all weekend long and a lot of people were struggling with it, but I was surprised in the second round we came loose,” said Johnson, whose team is led by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds. “We ran so well first round, changed everything we thought would calm it down for second round with the hotter conditions, but just it didn’t hardly move at all without coming loose.
“We made a huge recovery from what happened on the first run Friday to come back and make two strong runs in qualifying and a have nice first round.

DSR FUNNY CARS
Event winner: J.R. Todd (Kalitta Motorsports)
No. 1 qualifier: Robert Hight (John Force Racing), 3.807 sec., 339.87 mph-world record

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: John Collins; Assistant: Rip Reynolds
QUALIFYING RESULTS
SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: JOHNSON (3.905 sec., 332.02 mph-career best) def. Ron Capps (3.941, 328,86)
Second round: Courtney Force (6.038, 287.05) def. JOHNSON (7.044, 135.02)
Qualified: No. 5
FRIDAY: no time, (Session 1); 3.908, 327.43, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 25.607, 40.78, (Session 3); 3.896, 325.85, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.837 sec. (Phoenix 2017); 332.02 mph (Sonoma 2017)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 12, lost in championship round to teammate Ron Capps
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 8, lost in first round to teammate Jack Beckman
Career at Sonoma: 0 Wins; Runners-up 1 (2015); Poles 1 (1994)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS
(Official after Sonoma; 15 of 24 events: wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. RON CAPPS (6) 1,276 —–
2. MATT HAGAN (3) 1,093 -183
4. JACK BECKMAN (2) 1,049 -227
3. Robert Hight (1) 1,035 -241
5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 982 -294
6. Courtney Force 874 -402
7. John Force (1) 821 -455
8. Tim Wilkerson 727 -549
9. J.R. Todd (1) 724 -552
10. Cruz Pedregon 570 -706

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven 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 Pizza/Mopar 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 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.

DSR has won 312 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.


Pritchett earns fifth pole of season with Papa John’s/Mopar dragster; Beckman leads DSR Dodges, Johnson faces Capps for 3rd straight event

Category : DSR news

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2017) – Leah Pritchett and the Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar team led by crew chief Todd Okuhara and assistant Joe Barlam enjoyed their best overall qualifying performance when they clinched their fifth No. 1 qualifying position of the year during the NHRA Sonoma Nationals near San Francisco.

While her teammate Jack Beckman and Terry Chandler’s Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T is the top-qualifier in a Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Chandler’s Make-A-Wish team with crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds made the biggest jump in Saturday’s last qualifying session and their second quickest run in the session enabled Johnson to jump to the No. 5 qualifying spot.

That, however, will pair Johnson against DSR’s reigning world champion and current points leader Ron Capps for the third straight event. The first was in championship round at Chicago where Capps took the title while the second was las week in Denver during the first round where Johnson beat Capps on a holeshot. On Sunday when eliminations begin at 11 a.m. (PDT), they will meet in the first round after Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team stumbled to the No. 12 seed.

“If you have to race a teammate you only want it to be in the final round, never the first round,” said Johnson, whose last run was in 3.848 seconds at 325.85 mph for second best of the final qualifying session. “This is a big chance for us to keep Ron from adding to his lead and we need to go some rounds to start moving up in the standings.”

Capps will start Sunday with a 183-point lead over DSR’s Matt Hagan and the 80th Anniversary Mopar/Express Lane Dodge. Johnson is fifth in the standings and 47 points behind Beckman, who is fourth.

For Pritchett and the Powered by Pennzoil Top Fuel team, they were the quickest in Saturday’s opening session that was their fourth consecutive session-leading performance including the last qualifying run at Denver a week ago when she won the pole and advanced to the final round but lost to DSR’s three-time and reigning world champion Antron Brown (Matco Tools), who is qualified No. 4.

Stig, left, and Antron Brown debut Sunday night in the new ‘Top Gear America’ on BBC America.

“What that says about our team is the attention to detail, going from one extreme to another,” she said. “What that says about this team is that they don’t even get a little bit lax and instead we’re ramping it up. We’re ramping up our details, we’re ramping up our strategy, we’re looking constantly to improve. The true colors of this team are showing.”

The No. 1 position is her fifth of the season in the year’s 14th event and her second straight. Her pole-winning time on Friday gave a fifth track elapsed time record that is most among Top Fuel drivers.

“We’re definitely on a roll,” she said. “It’s probably the highest confidence that we can have going into Sunday, but keep in mind that anything can happen on Sunday no matter who you’re racing. We took this track extremely seriously today, trying to get down it conditions like what we’ll see Sunday.”

The Papa John’s team earned nine bonus qualifying points that cut her gap behind Brown to four and points leader Steve Torrence to 59.

DSR TOP FUEL DRAGSTERS
No. 1 qualifier: Leah Pritchett (Don Schumacher Racing), 3.669 sec.-track record, 304.80 mph

LEAH PRITCHETT, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster
Crew chief: Todd Okuhara; Assistant: Joe Barlam
SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Terry Haddock
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 1
FRIDAY: 3.729 sec., 328.38 mph, (Session 1); 3.669-track record, 304.80, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.782, 324.51, (Session 3); 3.906, 247.61, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.658 sec.-world record (2017, Phoenix); 330.23 mph (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 1, lost in championship round to teammate Antron Brown
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 9, lost in first round to teammate Tony Schumacher
Career at Sonoma: Wins 0; Runner-up 0; Poles 0

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota Top Fuel dragster
Crew chiefs: Brian Corradi, Mark Oswald; Assistant: Brad Mason
SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Troy Buff
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 4
FRIDAY: 5.052, 138.77 mph, (Session 1); 3.705, 329.42, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 6.306, 108.69, (Session 3); 10.595, 67.97, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.667 (2017, Phoenix); 333.16 mph (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 7, won in championship round over teammate Leah Pritchett
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 2, lost in second round to eventual event winner J.R. Todd
Career at Sonoma: Wins 4 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015); Runner-up 2 (2004, 2006); Poles 2 (2008, 2015)

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster
Crew chief: Mike Green; Assistant: Phil Shuler
SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Scott Palmer
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 5
FRIDAY: 3.769 sec., 326.79 mph, (Session 1); 3.709, 328.30, (Session 2)
SATURDAY:10.360, 70.68, (Session 3); 9.893, 70.84, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.660 sec. (2017, Topeka); 332.51 mph (2016, Brainerd)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 4, lost in second round to Terry Haddock
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 8, lost in second round to Steve Torrence
Career at Sonoma: Wins 2 (2007, 2008); Runner-up 4 (1999, 2006, 2010, 2011); Poles 3 (2005, 2006, 2011)

DSR FUNNY CARS
No. 1 qualifier: Robert Hight (John Force Racing), 3.807 sec., 339.87 mph-world record

JACK BECKMAN, Terry Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: Dean Antonelli, John Medlen, Neal Strausbaugh
SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Jonnie Lindberg
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 3
FRIDAY: 8.640 sec., 80.39 mph, (Session 1); 3.854,m 328.70, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.983, 320.28, (Session 3); 3.910, 324.83, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 6, lost in second round to eventual event winner Robert Hight
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No.9, lost in second to Del Worsham
Career at Sonoma: Wins 1 (2015); Runner-up 1 (2010); Poles 2 (2010, 2015)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: John Collins; Assistant: Rip Reynolds
QUALIFYING RESULTS
SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Ron Capps
Qualified: No. 5
FRIDAY: no time, (Session 1); 3.908, 327.43, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 25.607, 40.78, (Session 3); 3.896, 325.85, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.837 sec. (Phoenix 2017); 330.80 mph (Seattle, 2016)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 12, lost in championship round to teammate Ron Capps
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 8, lost in first round to teammate Jack Beckman
Career at Sonoma: 0 Wins; Runners-up 1 (2015); Poles 1 (1994)

MATT HAGAN, 80th Anniversary Mopar/Express Lane 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: Dickie Venables; Assistant: Michael Knudsen
SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Del Worsham
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 6
FRIDAY: 3.904 sec., 330.39 mph-track record, (Session 1); 10.105, 82.71, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 9.862, 76.78, (Session 3); 6.373, 104.79, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.802 sec.-world record, (2017,Topeka); 338.85 mph-world record (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 15, lost in second round to Cruz Pedregon
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 4, lost in second round to teammate Ron Capps
Career at Sonoma: Wins 0; Runner-up 1 (2012); Poles 2 (2009, 2013)

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: Rahn Tobler; Assistant: Eric Lane
SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Tommy Johnson Jr.
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 12
FRIDAY: 4.032 sec., 306.12 mph, (Session 1); 7.001, 96.47, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.000, 321.96, (Session 3); 5.571, 126.10, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.839 sec. (2017, Phoenix); 333.58 mph (2017, Phoenix)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 5, lost in first round to teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 5, lost in championship round to John Force
Career at Sonoma: Wins 4 (1997, 2010, 2011, 2013); Runner-up 3 (2002, 2005, 2016); Poles 1 (1998)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES TOP FUEL STANDINGS
(Official after Sonoma qualifying: wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. Steve Torrence (5) 1,289
2. ANTRON BROWN (3) 1,234
3. LEAH PRITCHETT (3) 1,230
4. TONY SCHUMACHER (1) 1,008
5. Doug Kalitta 913
6. Brittany Force (1) 895
7. Clay Millican (1) 861
8. Scott Palmer 560
9. Terry McMillen 558
10. Troy Coughlin Jr. 528

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS
(Official after Sonoma qualifying: wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. RON CAPPS (6) 1,276
2. MATT HAGAN (3) 1,093
3. Robert Hight (1) 1,015
4. JACK BECKMAN (2) 1,009
5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 962
6. Courtney Force 834
7. John Force (1) 801
8. Tim Wilkerson 667
9. J.R. Todd 644
10. Cruz Pedregon 570

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven 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 Pizza/Mopar 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 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.

DSR has won 312 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

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Johnson, Make-A-Wish team hope to extend final-round streak to three but leave a winner at Sunday in NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Category : DSR news

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 26, 2017) – Tommy Johnson Jr. has driven Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to two straight final rounds and he is ready to finish the job this weekend in the 30th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals in the wine country near San Francisco.

“We’ve been happy with the way the car has been performing the last few races,” Johnson said. “The last six races have been a pretty good stretch for us. But more than anything, we’d like get a win. Going rounds is great, but winning is awfully nice.”

The Make-A-Wish team Powered by Pennzoil and led by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds advanced to the final round of competition at Chicago but came up short two weeks ago to their Don Schumacher Racing teammate and NHRA points leader Ron Capps.

Last weekend in Denver at the first race of the annual three-week Western Swing, Johnson advanced to the final round but was bested by Robert Hight of John Force Racing.

Sonoma marks the second race of the Western Swing. It is the goal of every NHRA team to “sweep” the Swing and win all three events including the last one near Seattle. Johnson and the Make-A-Wish team have a history of “breaking brooms” and stopped another driver from completing the three-race sweep the past two years at Seattle.

In 2015, Johnson’s DSR teammate Jack Beckman won Denver and Sonoma but Johnson defeated him in the semifinals. Last year, he beat John Force who had also won Denver and Sonoma.

“If we can’t sweep, we don’t want anybody else to do it,” Johnson said. “Maybe we can do a semi-sweep and be in all the finals of the Swing. I’d definitely enjoy breaking a sweep again this year. I think we’re up for the challenge of doing that again this year.

“We were runner-up in Sonoma in 2015 so we know we have a car that is capable of getting it done. We just have to put four good runs together on Sunday instead of three.”

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ W/L
2017 5th 14 1 2 5 2 4 1 0 22-13
CAREER 412 16* 26 58 100 168 15 44 358-352
Career best time, speed: 3.837 sec. (Phoenix 2017); 330.80 mph (Seattle, 2016)

SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No.
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 8, lost in first round to teammate Jack Beckman
Career at Sonoma: 0; runners-up 1 (2015); poles 1 (1994)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS
(Official after Denver; 14th of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. RON CAPPS (6) 1,244 —–
2. MATT HAGAN (3) 1,058 -186
3. Robert Hight (1) 973 -271
4. JACK BECKMAN (2) 970 -274
5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 925 -319
6. Courtney Force 793 -451
7. John Force (1) 757 -487
8. Tim Wilkerson 634 -610
9. J.R. Todd 612 -632
10. Cruz Pedregon 538 -706


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven 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 Pizza/Mopar 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 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.

DSR has won 312 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.


Make-A-Wish team advances to second straight final round but fall a little short at Bandimere in another heartbreaking loss

Category : DSR news

MORRISON, Colo. (July 23, 2017) – For the second race in a row, Tommy Johnson Jr. raced Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to the final round.

Unfortunately for Johnson, he was beat to the finish line by Robert Hight of John Force Racing at Bandimere Speedway in the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

“I really like the way the car has been performing, especially on race day and going rounds,” Johnson said.

The Make-A-Wish car entered race day qualified No. 12 as they had some issues in adjusting to the thin, Colorado air.

Throughout race day, Johnson eliminated Don Schumacher Racing teammate and reigning Funny Car champion Ron Capps then beat Jonnie Lindberg and Jim Campbell before lining up with Hight for the final.

The Make-A-Wish Dodge, tuned by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds, made four clean passes down the track on race day. Their most impressive run of the came during the semifinals when Johnson’s 3.988-second pass at 306.19 mph was best of the round.

“You know you have to peak at the right time with the Countdown (to the Championship) coming. This always seems to be when we turn the corner and start making a move. We want to get some wins but I’m not unhappy with the way we’ve been going a lot of rounds lately.”

The Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s version of the playoffs, begins after the U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis during Labor Day, a mere four events away.

“You always want a better qualifying position but I had a lot of confidence in the guys that they would get it figured out, even though last night’s last round in qualifying wasn’t as good as we wanted.

Sunday marked Johnson’s fourth career final round at Bandimere. His first came when he was 16 years old racing in Super Gas.

“We learned a lot from it and got a lot of good information and knew we that could use today. It showed. The car ran great all day. We really don’t know what happened. It wore a lot of clutch in the final and put a hole out about the middle of the track. We’ll look at that data and hopefully we can apply that here next year. Right now, we can’t be disappointed with another final for the second race in a row.”

Next week, the NHRA continues its annual Western Swing at Sonoma Raceway for the 30th annual NHRA Nationals at Sonoma.

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: John Collins; Assistant: Rip Reynolds
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: JOHNSON (4.040 sec., 311.20 mph) def. Ron Capps (4.017, 311.99)
Second round: JOHNSON (4.052, 301.87) def. Jonnie Lindberg (4.471, 210.80)
Semifinals: JOHNSON (3.988, 306.19) def. Jim Campbell (4.768, 176.35)
Final: Robert Hight (3.995, 317.57) def. JOHNSON (4.089, 297.16)
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 12
FRIDAY: 4.266 sec., 219.47 mph, (Session 1); 7.755, 81.14, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.507, 191.73, (Session 3); 4.058, 304.87, (Session 4)
DENVER BY THE NUMBERS
Last event (July 9), Joliet, Ill.: Qualified No. 9, won in championship round over Tommy Johnson Jr.
A year ago at Denver: Qualified No. 11, lost in second round to Del Worsham
Career at Denver: Wins 1 (2009); Runner-ups 3 (1988, 2007, 2017); Poles 1 (2009)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS
(Official after Denver; 14th of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. RON CAPPS (6) 1,244 —–
2. MATT HAGAN (3) 1,058 -186
3. JACK BECKMAN (2) 970 -274
4. Robert Hight (1) 973 -271
5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 925 -319
6. Courtney Force 793 -451
7. John Force (1) 757 -487
8. Tim Wilkerson 634 -610
9. J.R. Todd 612 -632
10. Cruz Pedregon 538 -706

 


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven 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 Pizza/Mopar 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 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.

DSR has won 312 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.


Johnson looks forward to Mopar Mile-High Nationals as NHRA kicks off three-race Western Swing at premier Bandimere Speedway

Category : DSR news

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 19, 2017) – After a weekend off from racing, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off the annual three-week Western Swing with the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals, and Tommy Johnson Jr. is ready to race Terry Chandler’s Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car on the mountainside of Bandimere Speedway near Denver.

“Denver can be a struggle,” Johnson said of the track’s mile-high altitude. “There are so many changes that have to be made to the car for this once-a-year event. I love the challenge of it.”

Unlike other tracks on the NHRA circuit, not are higher in the thinner air than Bandimere Speedway that sits at 5,860 feet.

“It’s just a beautiful facility and I’ve always enjoyed racing there. I’ve raced there for many, many years. The Bandimere family is a great family and they always put on such a great event. I go into the Denver race with a positive attitude. A lot of people dread going to Denver but I look forward to it. It’s one of the races that’s very unique and offers a different opportunity for success there.”

The 2017 season has been very successful for Don Schumacher Racing, especially its Funny Car program.

DSR’s Dodge Funny Cars have won 12 of 13 this season including Johnson’s win at Las Vegas.

“Being involved with Mopar starting way back in the ’90s with the Top Fuel car, and having such a long history with Mopar, it would mean a tremendous amount to win the Mopar Mile-High Nationals this year,” Johnson said.

“Especially with the way all of our Dodge Chargers have been running this year in Funny Car – winning 12 of 13 events. There’s no reason to stop now and I think the crown at Denver is the royal jewel for Mopar and Dodge to be able to win the Mopar Mile-High Nationals.”

The Mile-High Nationals kicks off 6 p.m. (MT) Thursday with the annual Mopar Block Party at Golden, Colo., when downtown is closed for a free car show, Mopar and other displays, food vendors, live music and autograph session from 6:45-7:45 featuring Johnson and DSR’s other Mopar drivers.

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ W/L
2017 5th 13 1 1 5 2 4 1 0 19-12
CAREER 411 16* 25 58 100 168 15 44 355-351
* 14 FC/2 TF
Best Time, Speed: 3.837 sec. (Phoenix 2017); 330.80 mph (Seattle, 2016)
DENVER BY THE NUMBERS
Last event (July 9), Joliet, Ill.: Qualified No.
A year ago at Denver: Qualified No. 9, lost in second round to Courtney Force
Career at Denver: Wins 0; Runner-ups 1 (1991); Poles 0

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS
(Official after Joliet, Ill.; 13th of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. RON CAPPS (6) 1,208 —–
2. MATT HAGAN (3) 1,022 -186
3. JACK BECKMAN (2) 914 -294
4. Robert Hight 853 -355
5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 833 -375
6. Courtney Force 749 -459
7. John Force (1) 718 -490
8. Tim Wilkerson 599 -609
9. J.R. Todd 559 -649
10. Cruz Pedregon 463 -745