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DSR Charlotte 1 Post Race Recap

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DSR Charlotte 1
Post Race Recap
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte 1)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 27-29, 2018


DSR Charlotte 1 Race Day Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman retains the Funny Car points lead
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. advanced to the final quad

(Excerpt)

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 3 (3.887 E.T. at 328.70 MPH)

The Results:
E1:
Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.374 E.T. at 215.00 MPH
Cruz Pedregon 4.156 E.T. at 243.55 MPH
Matt Hagan 5.145 E.T. at 127.07 MPH
John Smith 4.315 E.T. at 256.84 MPH

E2:
Ron Capps 5.233 E.T. at 140.44 MPH
Robert Hight 4.610 E.T. at 192.49 MPH
Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.007 E.T. at 314.02 MPH
Cruz Pedregon 4.055 E.T. at 309.20 MPH

E3:
Courtney Force 6.215 E.T. at 114.46 MPH
John Force 4.098 E.T. at 307.93 MPH
Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.143 E.T. at 275.39 MPH
Cruz Pedregon 4.059 E.T. at 310.84 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to a semifinal finish on Sunday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Funny Car team started race day from third after making the second-best run of Q2.

After defeating John Smith and teammate Matt Hagan in the first round of eliminations, Johnson faced tough competition in his DSR teammate Ron Capps, reigning world champion Robert Hight, and eventual race winner Cruz Pedregon in round two. Johnson navigated the Make-A-Wish machine down the track in 4.007-seconds, defeating Hight and Capps, and earning a spot in the final elimination quad.

In the finals, Johnson kept pace until just before the finish line when the tires broke loose and Pedregon was able to drive away with the race win.

Quotable:
“It’s just a challenge for everybody out here today. The change of the track prep has really thrown the crew chiefs for a curve. We saw a lot of carnage and a lot of teams struggling to get a hold of the track. We made a nice run in round two and had low E.T., and we kind of thought we had a handle on it. Then, once we got out there for the final, it was really running well but broke the tires loose. We’ll have to figure it out. We’ll see if we can’t keep chipping away.”

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Points Standing:
376 points, ranked sixth
Leads seventh ranked Ron Capps (352 points)
Trails fifth ranked Robert Hight (381 points)

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DSR Charlotte 1 Qualifying Report

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  • DSR Charlotte 1 Qualifying Report
    NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
    Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte 1)
    zMAX Dragway
    Concord, N.C.
    April 27-29, 2018

DSR Charlotte 1 Qualifying Highlights:

  • Antron Brown ran top speed of the meet (331.77-mph)
  • Tony Schumacher and Brown start race day seeded in the ‘top three’ (Top Fuel)
  • Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. also start race day from the ‘top three’ (Funny Car)

(EXCERPT)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 3

The Competition:
No. 6 Cruz Pedregon
No. 11 Matt Hagan
No. 14 John Smith

The Results:
Q1: 5.352 E.T. at 135.35 MPH
Q2: 3.887 E.T. at 328.70 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q3: 5.387 E.T. at 133.43 MPH
Q4: 4.414 E.T. at 197.39 MPH

Bonus Points: Two

Quotable:
“I think the track will come back to everyone on Sunday. Should be better track conditions than what we saw on Saturday. Good qualifying effort by the Make-A-Wish team. The car ran great when the conditions were good, but the sunny track with a little bit different prep on it is throwing everybody a curve. Hopefully tomorrow’s cool conditions will bring it back to us a little bit and we’ll make some good runs.”

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DSR Charlotte 1 Pre-Race Report

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Charlotte 1 Pre-Race Report
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte 1)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 27-29, 2018

 


Noteworthy:

  • Charlotte 1 marks Leah Pritchett’s 100th professional event
  • Ron Capps returns as defending event champion
  • All DSR Funny Car final at the 2017 event (Capps vs. Jack Beckman)
  • Tony Schumacher enters the event tied for the Top Fuel points lead (with Steve Torrence)
  • Jack Beckman enters the event as the Funny Car points leader
  • Pritchett will pull double-duty, competing in both Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown

DSR Driver Information:

(EXCERPT)

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

2017 Charlotte I Recap:
Qualified seventh; First round exit (defeated by Robert Hight, Jack Beckman in E1)

Last event (Houston):
Qualified seventh; First round exit (defeated by J.R. Todd in E1)

2018 Season Statistics:
Six round wins; Ranked sixth in points

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

Notable:
Two-time zMAX Dragway No. 1 qualifier and runner-up:
Fall: 2015, 2016

Quotable:
“I’m looking forward to Charlotte, the second Four-Wide of the year. We’ve had a little practice at the Vegas four-wide, so going into this one, it should be even smoother. We performed extremely well in Las Vegas and felt like we should’ve won that race. Looking forward to trying to get the four-wide win in Charlotte, based on how well we did at the first one this season.”

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DSR Houston Post Race Recap

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DSR Houston Post Race Recap
NHRA SpringNationals
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Royal Purple Raceway
Baytown, Texas
April 20-22, 2018


DSR Houston Race Day Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman retains the Funny Car points lead
  • Tony Schumacher tied for the Top Fuel points lead (with Steve Torrence)
  • Leah Pritchett leaves with the Royal Purple Raceway Top Fuel E.T. record (3.680-seconds)

(EXCERPT)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 7 (3.926 E.T. at 313.00 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.989 E.T. at 309.49 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 3.955 E.T. at 321.73 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr.’s first round loss against opponent J.R. Todd was the ultimate example of ‘wrong place at the wrong time.’ Johnson, who was previously 3-0 against Todd, charged out of the gate with all candles lit. Both Johnson and Todd were straight down the groove in an exciting side-by-side race. Unfortunately for Johnson, Todd edged past and was able to take the win with his 3.955-second pass vs. Johnson’s 3.989.

Johnson’s 3.989 was the fifth quickest E.T. of the session and would have beat half of the drivers who were able to advance to round two.

Quotable:
The conditions out here are so tricky and today was a perfect example of ‘wrong place at the wrong time.’ We made a nice run, fifth quickest of the round, but came up short. That’s part of the luck in racing sometimes. We have a really good race car, we went down the track when a lot of them didn’t so we’re not going to change anything. We’ll just go on to the next one, keep doing what we’re doing and it’ll come to us.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Points Standing:
298 points, ranked sixth
Leads seventh ranked Ron Capps by nine points
Trails fifth ranked Robert Hight by 28 points

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DSR Houston Qualifying Recap

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DSR Houston Qualifying Report
NHRA SpringNationals
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Royal Purple Raceway
Baytown, Texas
April 20-22, 2018

 


DSR Houston Qualifying Highlights:

  • Defending Top Fuel event champion Leah Pritchett will start race day from the No. 1 spot
  • Tony Schumacher ran ‘top three’ of the session during all four qualifying rounds
  • Pritchett ran the fastest Top Fuel speed of the weekend (326.00-mph)
  • Jack Beckman ran top Funny Car speed of the meet (317.42-mph)

(EXCERPT)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 7 (Lane Choice)

The Competition: No. 10 J.R. Todd

The Results:
Q1: 4.157 E.T. at 242.76 MPH
Q2: 8.731 E.T. at 78.73 MPH
Q3: 3.972 E.T. at 307.58 MPH
Q4: 3.926 E.T. at 313.00 MPH

Quotable:
“We’ve had a pretty good race car through qualifying, even with the difficult race track conditions. The guys have done a great job adapting and figuring it out and the performance has improved every run. I feel confident going into tomorrow. Each run we get better and better so it would be nice to do that four more times tomorrow.”

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