Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Johnson, Make-A-Wish Dodge win to pay tribute to Terry Chandler on anniversary of last time she joined her team in a winner’s circle

Category : DSR news

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2017) – Tommy Johnson Jr. with Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish team couldn’t have picked a better time to defend the title they won a year ago in the NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif.

“Our entire team has had a lot of family deaths this year, three guys on my team lost a family member and it’s just been a rough year for us but we kept fighting,” Johnson said.

“We wanted to win this for Terry and that’s why I said, ‘This win is for Terry!'”

The team’s only other Wally Trophy was won at Las Vegas in April but their mentor and friend, the late Terry Chandler, wasn’t able to attend that race. The following week, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost her valiant battle on July 4.

The last time she joined her team in a winner’s circle was a year ago at Pomona, and Sunday was the team’s first win since her passing.

“We’ve tried several times to win another one for her, and I knew this was our last time this year,” said Johnson, who raced in the final round of the season three straight years.

“She was a great lady, and we miss her.”

Johnson defeated Robert Hight in the final round after Hight won the world championship earlier in the day.

Johnson and the Make-A-Wish team might not have been able to finish the season had her husband, Doug, not decided to continue funding the team to finish this season and committed to funding both the Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero teams for at least three years.

The Make-A-Wish team will finish the season in sixth place after being the championship runner-up last year and third the two previous years.

FUNNY CAR
2017 NHRA world champion: Robert Hight (John Force Racing)
Event winner: Tommy Johnson Jr. (Don Schumacher Racing)
No. 1 qualifier: Jack Beckman (Don Schumacher Racing) 3.835 sec., 334.98 mph

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: John Collins; Assistant: Rip Reynolds
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: JOHNSON (4.047 sec., 283.79 mph) def. Bob Bode (36.217, no speed)
Second round: JOHNSON (3.911, 329.34) def. Alexis DeJoria (3.944, 327.90)
Semifinals: JOHNSON (3.890, 329.10) def. Jack Beckman (3.914, 327.74)
Final: JOHNSON (3.920, 329.10) def. Robert Hight (6.827, 103.71)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 4
FRIDAY: 3.887 sec., 314.31 mph, (Session 1); 8.146, 86.30, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 5.276, 132.06, (Session 3); 3.916, 324.67, (Session 4)

FUNNY CAR
1. Robert Hight-CHAMPION (4) 2686 —–
2. RON CAPPS (8) 2588 -98
3. Courtney Force 2543 -143
4. JACK BECKMAN (2) 2519 -167
5. MATT HAGAN (4) 2470 -216
6. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (2) 2452 -234
7. John Force (1) 2388 -298
8. Tim Wilkerson 2296 -390
9. J.R. Todd (2) 2282 -404
10. Cruz Pedregon 2178 -508


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Johnson, Make-A-Wish Dodge win to pay tribute to Terry Chandler

Category : DSR news

Johnson, Make-A-Wish Dodge win to pay tribute to Terry Chandler, soften blow to DSR after Capps, NAPA lose chance to repeat

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2017) – Tommy Johnson Jr. with Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish team defending its title at the NHRA Finals was the only accomplishment that could have salvaged an otherwise disappointing race day for Don Schumacher Racing.

Johnson and the team led by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds defeated new Mello Yello world champion Robert Hight in the final round at Pomona.

The team’s only other Wally Trophy was won at Las Vegas in April but their mentor and friend, the late Terry Chandler, wasn’t able to attend that race. The following week, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost her valiant battle on July 4.

The last time she joined her team in a winner’s circle was a year ago, and Sunday was the team’s first win since her passing.

“We’ve tried several times to win another one for her, and I knew this was our last time this year,” said Johnson, who raced in the final round of the season three straight years.

“She was a great lady, and we miss her.”

Johnson and the Make-A-Wish team might not have been able to finish the season had her husband, Doug, not decided to continue funding the team to finish this season and committed to funding both the Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero teams for at least three years.

While DSR continues to feel the loss of its biggest fan, Collins’ tuning and Johnson’s driving certainly softened the blow.

The first disappointment came Saturday when DSR’s Antron Brown and the Matco Tools team watched their two-year run as world champions end.

And on Sunday, reigning world champion Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T started the day trailing Robert Hight of John Force Racing by eight points but Capps’ goal of being the first Funny Car driver to repeat as champion since 2001 was thwarted when he lost traction in the opening round. He had to win one round more than Hight to repeat.

In the opening round, Capps was paired against longtime friend Del Worsham but Capps’ Dodge went into tire smoke and despite a near perfect effort at regaining traction was enough for his 4.177-second run at 316.52 mph to catch Worsham’s subpar run (4.045 at 306.19) to the finish line.

“It rattled and I gave it a pedal,” said Capps, who is runner-up for the championship fifth time. “I saw Del out there. I love racing him, I get up to race him.

“Just I guess it wasn’t meant to be. We had a great season with (Crew chief) Rahn Tobler, Eric Lane and our NAPA AutoCare guys. To end anything, win or lose here in Pomona is special with all these fans and our NAPA Auto Parts, Dodge, Mopar, Pennzoil and USA Compression family here.”

Capps had a remarkable season by winning six of 18 events in the Mello Yello regular season and two of six in the Countdown to the Championship playoff.

Ironically, Steve Torrence dominated the season with eight event titles but his championship hopes were dashed when two-time reigning world champion Antron Brown in DSR’s Matco Tools dragster beat Torrence in the second round in one of the day’s best races. Brown’s 3.691 at 328.30 edged Torrence’s 3.695 at 328.46.

“Stevie and I are best friends but he knows we all have to race to win,” said Brown, who lost in the semifinals to new world champion Brittany Force.

Despite winning 25 Mello Yello titles this year, it marks the first time DSR has not won a world championship in the past four years and only the third time in the past seven seasons when it did not have a champion crowned.

TOP FUEL
2017 NHRA world champion: Brittany Force (John Force Racing)
Event winner: B. Force
No. 1 qualifier: B. Force, 3.667 sec.-track record, 330.31 mph

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools
Crew chiefs: Brian Corradi, Mark Oswald; Assistant: Brad Mason
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: BROWN (3.710 sec., 329.91 mph) def. Mike Salinas (3.795, 324.90)
Second round: BROWN (3.691, 328.30) def. Steve Torrence (3.695, 328.46)
Semifinals: Brittany Force (3.674, 326.63) def. BROWN (3.677, 329.34)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 4
FRIDAY:6.302 sec., 105.999 mph, (Session 1); 3.696, 326.00, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.740, 3.708, 326.87, (Session 3); 3.708, 326.87, (Session 4)

LEAH PRITCHETT, Papa John’s Pizza
Crew chief: Todd Okuhara; Assistant: Joe Barlam
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: PRITCHETT (3.712 sec., 329.50 mph) def. Scott Palmer (7.901, 104.87)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 3
FRIDAY: 3.712 sec., 326.32 mph (Session 1); 7.775, 85.31, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.674, 325.61, (Session 3); 5.134, 129.89, (Session 4)

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army
Crew chief: Mike Green; Assistant: Phil Shuler
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: Shawn Langdon (3.725 sec., 326.16 mph) def. SCHUMACHER (3.724, 328.38)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 6
FRIDAY: 5.987 sec.,111.74 mph, (Session 1); 6.119, 117.35, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.757, 326.00, (Session 3); 3.721, 328.54, (Session 4)

FUNNY CAR
2017 NHRA world champion: Robert Hight (John Force Racing)
Event winner: Tommy Johnson Jr. (Don Schumacher Racing)
No. 1 qualifier: Jack Beckman (Don Schumacher Racing) 3.835 sec., 334.98 mph

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: John Collins; Assistant: Rip Reynolds
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: JOHNSON (4.047 sec., 283.79 mph) def. Bob Bode (36.217, no speed)
Second round: JOHNSON (3.911, 329.34) def. Alexis DeJoria (3.944, 327.90)
Semifinals: JOHNSON (3.890, 329.10) def. Jack Beckman (3.914, 327.74)
Final: JOHNSON (3.920, 329.10) def. Robert Hight (6.827, 103.71)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 4
FRIDAY: 3.887 sec., 314.31 mph, (Session 1); 8.146, 86.30, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 5.276, 132.06, (Session 3); 3.916, 324.67, (Session 4)

JACK BECKMAN, Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: Dean Antonelli, John Medlen, Neal Strausbaugh
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN (3.837 sec., 333.74 mph) def. Jeff Arend (10.678, 85.73)
Second round: BECKMAN (3.851, 332.51) def. John Force (3.932, 310.98)
Semifinals: Tommy Johnson Jr. (3.890, 329.10) def. BECKMAN (3.914, 327.74)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 1
FRIDAY: 6.825 sec., 95.35 mph, (Session 1); 3.835, 334.98, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.249, 320.40, (Session 3); 3.859, 332.34, (Session 4)

MATT HAGAN, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: Dickie Venables; Assistant: Michael Knudsen
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: HAGAN (3.872 sec., 332.59 mph) def. Gary Densham (no time)
Second round: Robert Hight (3.851, 334.32) def. HAGAN (3.875, 332.18)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 7
FRIDAY: 7.606 sec., 91.30 mph, (Session 1); 7.947, 79.68, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.933, 328.62, (Session 3); 3.898, 333.08, (Session 4)

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: Rahn Tobler; Assistant: Eric Lane
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: Del Worsham (4.045 sec., 306.19 mph) def. CAPPS (4.177, 316.52)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 6
FRIDAY: 6.107 sec., 113.64 mph, (Session 1); 3.956, 322.19, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.897, 328.22, (Session 3); 3.917, 323.66, (Session 4)

COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – FINAL
(Official standings after 24th of 24 events; DSR drivers in CAPS)

TOP FUEL
1. Brittany Force-CHAMPION (5) 2690 —–
2. Steve Torrence (8) 2609 -81
3. Doug Kalitta (1) 2553 -137
4. ANTRON BROWN (4) 2508 -182
5. LEAH PRITCHETT (4) 2452 -238
6. Clay Millican (1) 2419 -271
7. Shawn Langdon 2406 -284
8. TONY SCHUMACHER (1) 2395 -295
9. Terry McMillen (1) 2310 -380
10. Scott Palmer 2218 -472

FUNNY CAR
1. Robert Hight-CHAMPION (4) 2686 —–
2. RON CAPPS (8) 2588 -98
3. Courtney Force 2543 -143
4. JACK BECKMAN (2) 2519 -167
5. MATT HAGAN (4) 2470 -216
6. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (2) 2452 -234
7. John Force (1) 2388 -298
8. Tim Wilkerson 2296 -390
9. J.R. Todd (2) 2282 -404
10. Cruz Pedregon 2178 -508


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NHRA: Johnson Jr. Victorious at Auto Club NHRA Finals

Category : DSR news

B. FORCE, HIGHT, BUTNER WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS; B. FORCE, JOHNSON JR., BUTNER AND HINES VICTORIOUS AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS

POMONA, Calif. — For the first time since 1982, a female has captured a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship. Brittany Force clinched the category crown in the quarterfinals of eliminations Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) also won world championships in their respective categories at the final 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event. The race winners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona were Force (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Force, daughter of 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, became just the second female to win a Top Fuel world championship by piloting her Monster Energy dragster to a 3.679-second pass at 328.22 mph defeating Richie Crampton and his 3.757 pass at 323.81 in the quarterfinals. The other female to win a championship in the category was legendary racer Shirley Muldowney. Steve Torrence, who entered the race as the Top Fuel points leader, fell to 2016 world champion Antron Brown’s 3.691 pass at 323.81 to guarantee the title crown to Force.

“I can’t believe we are here, it seems like a dream,” Force said. “The reason we are here is because of that Monster team and all the support I have and all the sponsors. Everyone at JFR and that is the reason we are here. We struggled, we had our ups and downs, but we pulled it together when it mattered most. I give all of it up to my crew chiefs, Alan Johnson and Brian Husen, they are the ones that made this possible. They always had my back and they kept pushing me that is what my Monster team did, they never gave up on me, pushing and fighting and never gave up. I can’t believe we are here. I have to thank my dad, my family, they always had my back no matter what. This is a very proud moment. I can’t believe we are here. It is the support system you have around you and that is why we are here.”

Force, who was also the No. 1 qualifier, raced to victory at the season ending event by defeating Shawn Langdon with a 3.668 pass at 330.07 when he smoked the tires in the final round. She finishes the season with four race wins, the first coming at the New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. Force went on to win three events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals and this weekend’s season ending event. She has two runner-up finishes and two No. 1 qualifiers.

Hight secured his second NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car world championship in the first round of eliminations Sunday.

Hight powered his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to a 3.839-second pass at 332.51 mph to defeat Tim Wilkerson who smoked the tires at the starting line. Ron Capps, who was Hight’s nearest championship contender, smoked the tires and lost to Del Worsham ensuring Hight the world title.

“Everybody worked their tail off and was quiet and knew they had a job to do,” Hight said. “This is just huge for John Force Racing. For a couple of years, we have struggled but it is such a great group. We signed a long-term deal with Auto Club and they deserve better than what we were giving them. Jimmy Prock, Chris Cunningham (co-crew chief) they got us back in the game. It’s been a long time and you want it so bad.”

Hight’s championship season had four race victories including two wins in the famed Western Swing and two victories during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. He earned eight No. 1 qualifiers and had two runner-up finishes. At the event in Brainerd, Minn. Hight set the Funny Car national elapsed-time record with a 3.793 pass and in Sonoma, Calif. Hight went on to set the national speed record with a pass at 339.87. Hight closed out his 2017 season with a runner-up finish falling to Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final round.

Butner claimed his first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world championship by winning the event.

Butner drove his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevrolet Camaro to a 6.594 pass at 210.70 mph to defeat Tanner Gray’s 6.653 run at 208.62 in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Butner earned his first career victory at the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston earlier this year and ends the season with five event wins and six runner-up finishes.

“Just never give up. I have a great crew; it’s amazing,” Butner said. “They don’t give up on me. But the KB team, what does that say about them? Honestly, I rent a car and a motor and they put me in a championship. It’s just unbelievable. Thank the Lord for everything; He shined on me.”
Butner took fate into his own hands when he defeated teammate Greg Anderson in the semifinals with a 6.551 pass at 210.05. Had Butner lost in the finals, Anderson would have won the world championship.

In Funny Car, Johnson Jr. raced to a 3.920 pass at 329.10 in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T while Hight had trouble off the starting line. It was Jonson Jr.’s second win of the season, 17th of his career and second consecutive at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

“It has been a very emotional year, we’ve had a tough year with the loss of Terry Chandler,” Johnson Jr. said. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her. She gave me the opportunity to drive after sitting out for five years. I was determined to get this win for Terry to close out the season. Just a great day. It wasn’t an easy win. The guys did a great job.”

Johnson Jr.’s path to victory included wins against Bob Bode, the retiring Alexis DeJoria and teammate and No. 1 qualifier Jack Beckman. Hight took out Tim Wilkerson, Matt Hagan and teammate Courtney Force and won the world championship before falling to Johnson Jr. in the finals.

Hines won the Pro Stock Motorcycle portion of the race to continue his streak of 14 consecutive seasons with at least one victory. He defeated teammate and newly crowned 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Eddie Krawiec with a 6.856 pass at 196.02 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson. Krawiec rode to a 6.930 run at 177.58.

“It was a long season for my side of the team, but we found a way to get better throughout the season to get back to the level we expect ourselves to perform at,” Hines said. “There were plenty of long hours from the Vance & Hines team this year, and it’s really special to have a team of guys like I do that make sure we’re heading down the right path as we continue to push forward going into next year.”

Hines rode past Ryan Oehler, Joey Gladstone and LE Tonglet before facing his Harley-Davidson teammate. With the victory, Hines finishes the season second in points. Krawiec defeated Lance Bonham, 2016 world champ Jerry Savoie and Matt Smith before falling in the finals.

The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will kick off with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com Feb. 8-11 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

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POMONA, Calif. — Final finish order (1-16) at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The race is the final of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:
1. Brittany Force; 2. Shawn Langdon; 3. Antron Brown; 4. Doug Kalitta; 5. Steve Torrence; 6. Clay Millican; 7. Leah Pritchett; 8. Richie Crampton; 9. Tony Schumacher; 10. Terry McMillen; 11. Wayne Newby; 12. Mike Salinas; 13. Troy Buff; 14. Scott Palmer; 15. Terry Haddock; 16. Shawn Reed.

FUNNY CAR:
1. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 2. Robert Hight; 3. Jack Beckman; 4. Courtney Force; 5. Matt Hagan; 6. John Force; 7. Alexis DeJoria; 8. Del Worsham; 9. Ron Capps; 10. J.R. Todd; 11. Tim Wilkerson; 12. Jeff Arend; 13. Jeff Diehl; 14. Bob Bode; 15. Jim Campbell; 16. Gary Densham.

PRO STOCK:
1. Bo Butner; 2. Tanner Gray; 3. Jason Line; 4. Greg Anderson; 5. Drew Skillman; 6. Jeg Coughlin; 7. Erica Enders; 8. Brian Self; 9. Chris McGaha; 10. Alex Laughlin; 11. Matt Hartford; 12. Alan Prusiensky; 13. Shane Gray; 14. Allen Johnson; 15. Deric Kramer; 16. Kenny Delco.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Andrew Hines; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. Matt Smith; 4. LE Tonglet; 5. Scotty Pollacheck; 6. Chip Ellis; 7. Jerry Savoie; 8. Joey Gladstone; 9. Angie Smith; 10. Steve Johnson; 11. Katie Sullivan; 12. Ryan Oehler; 13. Lance Bonham; 14. Freddie Camarena; 15. Karen Stoffer; 16. Hector Arana Jr.

 

POMONA, Calif. — Sunday’s final results from the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The race is the final of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Brittany Force, 3.668 seconds, 330.07 mph def. Shawn Langdon, 9.818 seconds, 89.10 mph.

Funny Car — Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 3.920, 329.10 def. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 6.827, 103.71.

Pro Stock — Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.554, 210.70 def. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.653, 208.62.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.856, 196.02 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.930, 177.58.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Shawn Cowie, 5.272, 274.72 def. Julie Nataas, 5.481, 272.50.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — John Lombardo Jr., Chevy Camaro, 5.420, 271.41 def. Annie Whiteley, Camaro, 5.417, 273.22.

Competition Eliminator — Dan Fletcher, Chevy Cobalt, 8.022, 168.11 def. Tom Mettler, Dodge Dakota, 7.399, 183.34.

Super Stock — Robert Cruzen, Chevy Cobalt, 9.344, 142.81 def. Jimmy DeFrank, Cobalt, 8.825, 151.70.

Stock Eliminator — Austin Williams, Plymouth Duster, 11.080, 109.61 def. Chris Stephenson, Pontiac Firebird, 10.620, 122.56.

Super Comp — Bobby Dye Jr., Dragster, 8.904, 167.51 def. Tanner Theobald, Dragster, 8.884, 167.45.

Super Gas — Steve Parsons, Chevy Chevy Corvette, 9.895, 171.62 def. Mike Wiblishouser, Corvette, Foul – Red Light.

Summit Super Pro — Todd Martin, Undercover, 7.610, 174.89 def. Dale Green, American, 8.886, 173.99.

Summit Pro — Jason Patterson, Chevy Camaro, 9.598, 135.82 def. Butch Weinreich, Dodge Dart, 11.018, 120.84.

Summit Sportsman — Troy Johnston, Plymouth Duster, 12.005, 111.00 def. Jake Howard, Chevy S-10, 11.974, 108.98.

Summit Pro Bike — Riley Toth, Kawasaki, 8.605, 144.09 def. Curt Spraklin, Kawasaki, 8.614, 145.88.

 

POMONA, Calif. — Final round-by-round results from the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the final of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Richie Crampton, 3.724, 328.62 def. Terry McMillen, 3.769, 324.36; Clay Millican, 4.941, 266.16 def. Shawn Reed, 10.318, 83.93; Leah Pritchett, 3.712, 329.50 def. Scott Palmer, 7.901, 104.87; Antron Brown, 3.710, 329.91 def. Mike Salinas, 3.795, 324.90; Brittany Force, 3.688, 329.75 def. Terry Haddock, 7.913, 70.79; Steve Torrence, 3.708, 325.30 def. Troy Buff, 3.818, 316.01; Shawn Langdon, 3.725, 326.16 def. Tony Schumacher, 3.724, 328.38; Doug Kalitta, 3.684, 332.59 def. Wayne Newby, 3.786, 324.05;
QUARTERFINALS — Langdon, 3.683, 321.81 def. Pritchett, 3.714, 320.20; Brown, 3.691, 328.30 def. Torrence, 3.695, 328.46; Force, 3.679, 328.22 def. Crampton, 3.757, 323.81; Kalitta, 3.687, 330.96 def. Millican, 3.698, 328.38;
SEMIFINALS — Langdon, 3.718, 318.54 def. Kalitta, 3.703, 331.04; Force, 3.674, 326.63 def. Brown, 3.677, 329.34;
FINAL — Force, 3.668, 330.07 def. Langdon, 9.818, 89.10.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.839, 332.51 def. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 9.851, 79.25; Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger, 4.047, 283.79 def. Bob Bode, Charger, 36.217, no speed; Courtney Force, Camaro, 4.157, 228.23 def. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 11.132, 84.82; Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.837, 333.74 def. Jeff Arend, Chevy Monte Carlo, 10.678, 85.73; Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 3.932, 331.45 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, Broke; Del Worsham, Camry, 4.045, 306.19 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.177, 316.52; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.872, 332.59 def. Gary Densham, Mustang, Broke – No Show; John Force, Camaro, 4.178, 232.39 def. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.203, 310.05;
QUARTERFINALS — C. Force, 3.842, 331.12 def. Worsham, Broke; Hight, 3.851, 334.32 def. Hagan, 3.875, 332.18; Beckman, 3.851, 332.51 def. J. Force, 3.932, 310.98; Johnson Jr., 3.911, 329.34 def. DeJoria, 3.944, 327.90;
SEMIFINALS — Johnson Jr., 3.890, 329.18 def. Beckman, 3.914, 327.74; Hight, 3.867, 326.48 def. C. Force, 6.229, 120.75;
FINAL — Johnson Jr., 3.920, 329.10 def. Hight, 6.827, 103.71.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Brian Self, Chevy Camaro, 6.607, 209.36 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.554, 209.82 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.979, 153.25; Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.555, 210.70 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.599, 208.42; Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.581, 210.57 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.808, 207.53; Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.542, 211.26 def. Kenny Delco, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.550, 210.97 def. Deric Kramer, Dart, 9.378, 99.57; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.567, 209.36 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.639, 207.72; Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.612, 208.23 def. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.600, 210.67;
QUARTERFINALS — Butner, 6.567, 210.08 def. Coughlin, 6.630, 209.59; Anderson, 6.567, 209.75 def. Self, 11.832, 76.23; Line, 6.561, 210.44 def. Enders, 8.367, 116.80; T. Gray, 6.559, 210.37 def. Skillman, 6.554, 211.53;
SEMIFINALS — Butner, 6.551, 210.05 def. Anderson, 6.564, 209.92; T. Gray, 6.555, 210.87 def. Line, Foul – Red Light;
FINAL — Butner, 6.554, 210.70 def. T. Gray, 6.653, 208.62.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.902, 191.81 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.912, 192.99; Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.926, 192.71 def. Angie Smith, Buell, Foul – Red Light; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.867, 195.22 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.962, 123.62; Matt Smith, 6.996, 192.85 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, Broke; Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.831, 196.07 def. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki, 7.197, 184.88; Chip Ellis, Harley-Davidson, 6.830, 197.02 def. Katie Sullivan, Suzuki, 6.962, 191.78; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.871, 197.25 def. Lance Bonham, Buell, 7.163, 182.28; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.820, 197.42 def. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 7.065, 190.30;
QUARTERFINALS — Krawiec, 6.828, 196.42 def. Savoie, 6.921, 188.62; M. Smith, 6.858, 193.74 def. Pollacheck, 6.841, 194.21; Tonglet, 6.893, 195.31 def. Ellis, 6.867, 194.41; Hines, 6.824, 196.47 def. Gladstone, 6.991, 192.33;
SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.803, 196.56 def. M. Smith, 6.855, 195.36; Hines, 6.817, 196.02 def. Tonglet, 6.886, 195.39;
FINAL — Hines, 6.856, 196.02 def. Krawiec, 6.930, 177.58.

 

POMONA, Calif. — Point standings (top 10) following the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the final of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel

1. Brittany Force, 2,690; 2. Steve Torrence, 2,609; 3. Doug Kalitta, 2,553; 4. Antron Brown, 2,508; 5. Leah Pritchett, 2,452; 6. Clay Millican, 2,419; 7. Shawn Langdon, 2,406; 8. Tony Schumacher, 2,395; 9. Terry McMillen, 2,310; 10. Scott Palmer, 2,218.

Funny Car

1. Robert Hight, 2,686; 2. Ron Capps, 2,588; 3. Courtney Force, 2,543; 4. Jack Beckman, 2,519; 5. Matt Hagan, 2,470; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 2,452; 7. John Force, 2,388; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 2,296; 9. J.R. Todd, 2,282; 10. Cruz Pedregon, 2,178.

Pro Stock

1. Bo Butner, 2,731; 2. Greg Anderson, 2,724; 3. Jason Line, 2,644; 4. Tanner Gray, 2,558; 5. Drew Skillman, 2,476; 6. Erica Enders, 2,367; 7. Jeg Coughlin, 2,318; 8. Allen Johnson, 2,284; 9. Chris McGaha, 2,257; 10. Vincent Nobile, 2,052.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Eddie Krawiec, 2,783; 2. Andrew Hines, 2,614; 3. LE Tonglet, 2,591; 4. Scotty Pollacheck, 2,492; 5. Jerry Savoie, 2,472; 6. Matt Smith, 2,454; 7. Hector Arana Jr, 2,453; 8. Karen Stoffer, 2,301; 9. Joey Gladstone, 2,280; 10. Angie Smith, 2,258.


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Make-A-Wish team to apply knowledge gained from Las Vegas testing with plan to defend NHRA title Johnson won a year ago in season-finale at Pomona

Category : DSR news

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Nov. 8, 2017) – As the 2017 season closes, Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Funny Car team have begun preparing for the next season.

“We stayed to test after the Las Vegas race and worked with a six-disc clutch set-up that showed a ton of potential,” said Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr.

Johnson and the team led by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds are ready for this weekend’s season-finale at Pomona, Calif., knowing they have been mathematically eliminated from championship contention heading to the last of 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.

“The Countdown (to the Championship) hasn’t been what we were expecting or what we were hoping,” Johnson said of being ranked seventh with one event title. “But I’m very enthused about what we learned during testing. We’re going to stick to the six-disc going into the last race of the year and try to get a head start on next year.”

Team Make-A-Wish has not had the playoff showing they have become accustomed to after finishing third in 2014 and 2015 then second last year.

Johnson and the Make-A-Wish team now set their sights on defending their title won a year ago in the NHRA Finals.

“It’s always great to finish as the winner of the last race of the year. You get two and a half months to relish in it so it would be a big boost for our team to go out and win this last one.”

When Johnson and the Make-A-Wish team won in Pomona a year ago, the late Terry Chandler celebrated with them.

“The last winner’s circle she was in was with us in Pomona a year ago,” Johnson said. “We took goofy pictures and had a lot fun. It’s one of the things I miss the most about her is the good times we had like that. If we win, she’ll be in the winner’s circle with us.”

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chief: John Collins; Assistant: Rip Reynolds
Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ W/L
2017 7th 23 1 4 5 6 7 1 0 32-22
CAREER 421 16* 28 58 103 171 15 44 368-361
*14 FC/2 TF
Career best time, speed: 3.837 sec. (Phoenix 2017); 332.02 mph (Sonoma 2017)

BY THE NUMBERS
Last event, Oct. 29, Las Vegas: Qualified No. 9, lost in second round to Jack Beckman
A year ago at Pomona 2: Qualified No. 3, won in championship round over John Force
In February at Pomona 1: Qualified No. 10, lost in second round to John Force
Career at Pomona 2: Wins 1 (2016), Runner-ups 1 (2015), Poles 0
Career at Pomona: Wins 2 (2005, 2016), Runner-ups 1 (2015), Poles 1 (2001)

FUNNY CAR
1. Robert Hight (4) 2548 —-
2. RON CAPPS (8) 2533 -15
3. Courtney Force 2423 -125
4. JACK BECKMAN (2) 2396 -152
5. MATT HAGAN (4) 2387 -161
x-6. John Force (1) 2306 -242
x-7. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 2276 -272
x-8. Tim Wilkerson 2237 -311
x-9. J.R. Todd (2) 2233 -315
x-10. Cruz Pedregon 2163 -345
x=eliminated from championship contention


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 317 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

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