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DSR Phoenix Post Race Recap

Category : DSR news

DSR Phoenix Post Race Recap
NHRA Arizona Nationals
Event 2 of 24 (Phoenix)
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 23-25, 2018

 


DSR Phoenix Race Day Highlights:

  • Tony Schumacher ran his 1200th round of NHRA competition during E1
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. races to a runner-up finish in Funny Car
  • Matt Hagan leaves Phoenix as the Funny Car points leader
  • Johnson propels from tenth to fifth in points

(Excerpt)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T

Qualified: No. 6 (3.879 E.T. at 328.62 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.715 E.T. at 225.60 MPH defeated Robert Hight 4.806 E.T. at 273.44 MPH
E2: 4.454 E.T. at 244.74 MPH defeated Richard Townsend 5.174 E.T. at 144.52 MPH
E3: 3.916 E.T. at 328.46 MPH defeated Shawn Langdon 3.958 E.T. at 325.77 MPH
E4: 6.814 E.T. at 101.57 MPH defeated by Courtney Force 3.834 E.T. at 337.16 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. entered the Phoenix event without a 2018 round win and sitting in a three-way tie for the No. 10 ranking. Not only did he set off his first win light of the season, but Johnson raced Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T all the way to the Arizona Nationals final round on Sunday.

Along the way to round four, Johnson defeated Robert Hight, Richard Townsend and Shawn Langdon. In the finals, Johnson had the reaction time advantage over opponent Courtney Force, but he hazed the tires early into the run. Despite his best efforts, Force was able to power to the win with her 3.834-sec pass.

A runner-up finish propelled Johnson, and Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish team from tenth to fifth in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points standings.

Quotable:
“The car out of the box was good. Then, we had the problems on Saturday with blowing it up big, but the guys rebounded and came back strong today. We had maybe a little luck the first two rounds but everyone was smoking the tires. We kept working hard and got those round wins and laid down a nice, solid run in the semis so I was confident going into the finals. I thought we had something for Courtney. But I’m just happy that the performance of the car is kind of coming back to us. We’re still new to the six-disc [clutch] and learning it. I think the guys made big strides this weekend.”

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Points Standing:
128 points, ranked No. 5
Leads sixth ranked Jack Beckman by six points
Trails fourth ranked Robert Hight by five points

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DSR Phoenix Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

DSR Phoenix Qualifying Report
NHRA Arizona Nationals
Event 2 of 24 (Phoenix)
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 23-25, 2018

 


DSR Phoenix Qualifying Highlights:

  • Tony Schumacher earns his 85th No. 1 qualifier at the NHRA Arizona Nationals
  • Schumacher becomes the fastest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history with his 336.57-mph run
  • Schumacher resets both ends of the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Top Fuel track records: E.T.: 3.649-seconds Speed: 336.57 MPH
  • Six out of seven DSR teams earned bonus point-worthy runs and will start from the top half of the field

(Excerpt)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T

Qualified: No. 6 (E1 lane choice)

The Competition: No. 11 Robert Hight

The Results:
Q1: 3.879 E.T. at 328.62 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 8.907 E.T. at 79.57 MPH
Q3: 3.929 E.T. at 296.96 MPH
Q4: 3.921 E.T. at 329.91 MPH

Bonus Points: Two

Quotable:
“I think the car is making good progress. We ran well on Friday. We’ve been having trouble with the cool conditions, but we learned something Friday night. Big explosion Q3, the car was going to run a high 80 again. It’s getting better, the progress looks good. It seems like when you have your toughest qualifying weekends, Sunday goes well. Going into tomorrow, we’re confident that things will get better and we’ll go some rounds.”

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DSR Phoenix Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

Phoenix Pre-Race Report
NHRA Arizona Nationals
Event 2 of 24 (Phoenix)
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 23-25, 2018

 


Noteworthy:

  • DSR doubled-up at the 2017 Phoenix race (Leah Pritchett-Top Fuel event champion/Matt Hagan-Funny Car event champion)
  • Leah Pritchett is looking for her third consecutive Phoenix event win in 2018
  • Matt Hagan enters the 2018 event as the most recent Funny Car winner, having won the 2018 NHRA season-opener, and the defending event champion
  • Leah Pritchett became the unofficial fastest Top Fuel pilot in NHRA history during the 2018 Phoenix pre-season test session (334.73-mph)
  • 2017 Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier: Leah Pritchett
  • 2017 Funny Car No. 1 qualifier: Tommy Johnson Jr.
  • All DSR Funny Car final in 2017 (Matt Hagan vs. Ron Capps)
  • All current DSR drivers have been to the Phoenix winner’s circle at least once
  • Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel class in number of wins at Phoenix (five): 2000, 2002, 2005, 2013, 2015
  • Tony Schumacher leads the class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (five) at Phoenix: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2015
  • Leah Pritchett won her first Top Fuel title at the 2016 Phoenix event

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.658-secs, Leah Pritchett (2017)
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.837-secs, Tommy Johnson Jr. (2017)
Funny Car, speed: 333.58-mph, Ron Capps (2017)

Funny Car
TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation
Dodge Charger R/T

NHRA Arizona Nationals Event Highlights:
2017 Funny Car No. 1 qualifier
Reset the track Funny Car E.T. record in 2017:
E.T.: 3.837-secs
Career-best
2006 Funny Car event winner

2017 Phoenix Recap:
Qualified No. 1; Defeated Phil Burkhart in E1, Robert Hight in E2; defeated by Matt Hagan in E3)

Last event (Pomona I):
Qualified ninth; First round exit (defeated by Cruz Pedregon in E1)

2018 Season Statistics:
Ranked 10th in points (three-way tie)

Career Statistics:
423 races; 17 wins (two Top Fuel); 15 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:
Made his NHRA debut at the 1989 Phoenix event

Quotable:
“Looking forward to getting back to Phoenix. We qualified No. 1 there last year and ran really well.

“We made some really good test runs during the Phoenix pre-season test session; we just stumbled at Pomona. We’re looking forward to getting back on track this weekend. Pomona wasn’t how we wanted to do it, so we’ll see if we can’t build off of what we did in Phoenix during testing.”


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/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger/Sandvik Coromant R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 319 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.


 


DSR Pomona 1 Post Race Recap

Category : DSR news

NHRA Winternationals
Event 1 of 24 (Pomona I)
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 9-11, 2018

 


(excerpt)
DSR Pomona I Race Day Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan claimed the first Funny Car victory of 2018
  • Tony Schumacher posted a runner-up finish
  • Hagan became the first driver to win the season-opener from the No. 1 seed for two consecutive years since Don Prudhomme in 1976/1977

Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T

Qualified:
No. 9 (3.932 E.T. at 320.36 MPH)

Results:
E1: 4.504 E.T. at 267.69 MPH defeated by Cruz Pedregon 4.363 E.T. at 246.17 MPH

Race Recap:
The Make-A-Wish Funny Car pilot entered the NHRA Winternationals as the most recent Pomona Funny Car winner, having won the 2017 NHRA Finals. He was hoping to pick up his fourth Auto Club Raceway at Pomona event win on Sunday.

Johnson encountered troubles, going up in smoke early in the first round. His opponent Cruz Pedregon also hazed the tires. The veteran Funny Car drivers both pedaled, but Pedregon was already too far down track and is able to get the round win, ending Johnson and the Make-A-Wish team’s chances at starting the 2018 season with a Wally.

Quotable:
“It wasn’t what we expected coming into the first race of the season. We tested well. We’re still kind of in a test mode, because of the (new) six-disc (clutch). We’re trying stuff to make us better later in the season, and just never quite got it together this weekend. We’ll learn from it and go into Phoenix a lot stronger. We ran good there in testing, and have a lot more data there. The more data we can get, the better we’ll run.”

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Points Standing:
32 points, ranked 10th (three-way tie)
Trails ninth ranked Courtney Force by four points

Photos courtesy of Auto Imagery. Hi res available upon request.

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