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DSR Atlanta Post Race Recap

Category : DSR news

DSR Atlanta Post Race Recap
NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 4-6, 2018


DSR Atlanta Race Day Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett raced to her first win of the season at Atlanta Dragway, sixth overall of her career (Top Fuel)
  • Matt Hagan powered to a runner-up finish, his third final round of the season (Funny Car)
  • Hagan and Jack Beckman put two DSR Dodge Funny Car machines in the semifinals

(Excerpt)
TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 3 (3.968 E.T. at 316.97 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.169 E.T. at 247.11 MPH defeated Jim Campbell 6.098 E.T. at 111.29 MPH
E2: 4.794 E.T. at 178.99 MPH defeated by Matt Hagan 4.200 E.T. at 290.26 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish Dodge Funny Car team were solid during qualifying, earning the No. 3 spot to start race day.

Johnson drew No. 14 qualifier Jim Campbell in the first round of eliminations. The two had squared off in competition four times prior, with Johnson victorious at each meeting. The 15-time Funny Car winner had the immediate lead off of the starting line and never trailed for the win over Campbell’s tire-smoking effort.

In the quarterfinals, Johnson lined up against Matt Hagan. The DSR teammates were nearly identical leaving the starting line with the Make-A-Wish Dodge leading at the 60-foot cone. Johnson started to pull away but lost traction just before the 330-foot mark, and Hagan was able to power past for the round win, ending Johnson’s chances for his first Southern Nationals Wally.

Quotable:
“We had a really good race car and I felt confident going into the day. This has been a really hard track to navigate. There are bumps out there and they’re experimenting with track prep. We seemed to have been adapting pretty well, but unfortunately a bump got us in the second round. The Make-A-Wish Dodge was in the lead and pulling away, then it hits the bump and comes loose. It’s aggravating, but we’ll keep learning and see if we can’t make what we learned today, work for us down the road and make us better.”

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Points Standing:
436 points, ranked fourth
Leads fifth ranked J.R. Todd (428 points)
Trails third ranked Matt Hagan (487 points)

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DSR Atlanta Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 4-6, 2018

 


DSR Atlanta Qualifying Highlights:

  • Tony Schumacher will make his 350th consecutive race day start on Sunday
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. qualified in the ‘top three’ and earned bonus points in Q2 and Q3
  • Leah Pritchett made bonus point-worthy runs in three out of four qualifying sessions
  • All three DSR Top Fuel dragsters qualified in the top half of the field
  • Tony Schumacher’s Qualifying Streak Reaches 350 in Atlanta
  • U.S. Army Driver adds ‘Longest Consecutive Qualifying Streak in Top Fuel History’ to List of Accomplishments

    COMMERCE, Ga. (May 5, 2018) – With Sunday’s field set for the 38th annual NHRA Southern Nationals, Tony Schumacher has officially inked another major milestone in the record books by qualifying for his 350th consecutive event.

    The most successful driver in Top Fuel history has a long and impressive resumé chocked full of career highlights, including leading the class in:

    NHRA Mello Yello Series championships: Eight (1999, 2004-2009, 2014)
    Consecutive Mello Yello Series championships: Six (2004-2009)
    Event wins: 83
    Event wins in a single season: 15 (2008)
    Consecutive victories in a single season: Seven (2008)
    Round wins: 814
    Round wins in a single season: 76 in 2008
    Consecutive round wins in a single season: 31 (2008)
    Final rounds in a single season: 18 (2008)
    Consecutive final rounds: 11 (2008)
    No. 1 qualifiers: 86
    No. 1 qualifiers in a single season: 13 (2006)
    Consecutive No. 1 qualifiers: Six (2005)
    Qualifying streaks: 350 (beginning with Topeka 2003)

    “That’s a big number,” said the U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot. “You think about an awful lot of moments that were absolute pressure cooker situations where we weren’t in (the show going into) the last run. There are a lot of races in those 350 where we went up for Q4 and we weren’t qualified, including Indy a few years back. We’re good at big pressure moments. We’re good at just getting it done. And when most people would choke under the pressure, we get it done in those situations. Those are the most fun.”

    350 consecutive race day starts is the longest qualifying streak in Top Fuel history and ranks third among active drivers. Currently, Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson leads the pack with 354 consecutive race day starts. The longest qualifying streak in NHRA history belongs to Funny Car’s John Force with 395, ending in 2007.

    While the ‘350 streak’ has been 15 years in the making, perhaps just as impressive is the fact that Schumacher has qualified for 452 out of his past 453 attempts, only missing the mark at Englishtown in 2003. Prior, Schumacher had successfully qualified for 102 consecutive events beginning with Reading in 1998 through Atlanta in 2003. Following the Englishtown shutout, he began his current streak at the next event in Topeka.

    “That Englishtown DNQ was a huge part of my career,” continued Schumacher. “In reality, Englishtown is the reason (former Army crew chief) Alan Johnson came to DSR. Englishtown is the reason we set all those records and won championship after championship. That DNQ is a blessing in every way.”

    It’s only fitting that Schumacher achieved this major milestone at Atlanta Dragway. The Commerce, Ga. track is the only venue on the NHRA tour where Schumacher has not visited the winner’s circle. In 21 attempts, Schumacher has raced to a runner-up finish five times.

    “The problem with Atlanta is that the track’s too long,” joked the two-time Atlanta Dragway No. 1 qualifier. “I was winning many times and the other guy passed me. We’ve had some great opportunities to win Atlanta. I’ve made it to a lot of finals. We have to figure out how to finish the mission. It’s time.”

    On his chances at finally sealing the deal on Sunday at the Southern Nationals, Schumacher said, “We are in a good spot on the ladder. We have a U.S. Army car that goes down the track. According to the weather, it’s going to be hot tomorrow and when it’s all said and done, we are going to go out and try to win this race. We are in the field and I have a car that is as race-able as we’ve ever had.”

    Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 12 Bill Litton

The Results:
Q1: 4.219 E.T. at 212.26 MPH
Q2: 4.994 E.T. at 141.08 MPH
Q3: 3.794 E.T. at 327.82 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.848 E.T. at 313.44 MPH

Bonus Points: One

(Excerpt)

Driver Information:
Funny Car

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

The Competition: No. 14 Jim Campbell

The Results:
Q1: 5.910 E.T. at 114.82 MPH
Q2: 3.974 E.T. at 319.90 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q3: 3.968 E.T. at 316.97 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q4: 5.403 E.T. at 127.07 MPH

Bonus Points: Four

Quotable:
“It has been a tough track to navigate this weekend, but the guys have done a great job. We were pushing it on that last pass to see how far we could go and we didn’t get away with it. We did make a great run in the heat during Q3, so we know what to do tomorrow. I feel really good going into race day knowing it’s going to be a really tough track and the guys have a good handle on what to do.


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 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 also campaigns two Sportsman teams. The two-car Factory Stock Showdown duo is piloted by Pritchett and veteran Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk. Both drivers compete in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks.

DSR has won 320 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.


DSR Atlanta Friday Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 4-6, 2018

 

 


DSR Atlanta Friday Qualifying Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett ran second quickest during Q1 and Q2 (Top Fuel)
  • Pritchett raced to the provisional No. 2 qualifying spot
  • Pritchett was one of only two drivers to make a three second run during both qualifying sessions
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. made the third quickest Funny Car pass of Q2 and will start Saturday sitting in the ‘top three’

(Excerpt)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Q1: 5.910 E.T. at 114.82 MPH
Q2: 3.974 E.T. at 319.90 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 3

Bonus Points: One


DSR Atlanta Pre-Race Report

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Atlanta Pre-Race Report
NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 4-6, 2018

 


Noteworthy:

Ron Capps returns as defending Funny Car event champion
Tony Schumacher qualified No. 1 and raced to a runner-up finish during the 2017 event
Jack Beckman enters the event as the Funny Car points leader
Atlanta Dragway is the only venue on the current NHRA tour where Schumacher has gone winless
Leah Pritchett made her first professional final round appearance at the 2015 event
Antron Brown has raced to victory in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at Atlanta Dragway
Brown will wheel a special Matco’s ‘Tools for the Cause’ livery to benefit the Fisher House Foundation

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.699-seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)
Top Fuel, speed: 329.91-mph, Antron Brown (2017)
Funny Car, speed: 329.02-mph, Matt Hagan (2016)

(Excerpt)

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car

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

2017 Atlanta Recap:
Qualified third; First round exit (defeated by Jack Beckman in E1)

Last event (Charlotte I):
Qualified third; Semifinal finish (defeated Matt Hagan, John Smith in E1, Ron Capps, Robert Hight in E2; defeated by Cruz Pedregon in E3)

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

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

Quotable:
“Atlanta hasn’t always been my best track, but the way we are running lately, and coming off of a final round at the four-wide, I’m pretty excited to see what this year at Atlanta has in store for us. Hopefully, this will be the year that I turn it around in Atlanta and win it, and overcome all of the obstacles I’ve had along the way at that track.”

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