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DSR Norwalk Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24, 2018


DSR Norwalk Elimination Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan locks in his second Funny Car win of the season
  • Hagan’s victory was his first at Norwalk, and 28th of his career
  • Hagan advanced from sixth up to a second place tie with Jack Beckman in the Funny Car points standings
  • Leah Pritchett raced to a semifinal finish
  • Hometown Factory Stock Showdown series racer Mark Pawuk advances to the final round at his second FSXX event

(EXCERPT)
Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 14 (4.209 E.T. at 245.81 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.990 E.T. at 323.27 MPH defeated by Matt Hagan 3.994 E.T. at 327.19 MPH

Race Recap:
Beginning eliminations from the No. 14 position, Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. faced off in an intra-squad battle with fellow DSR stablemate Matt Hagan. Johnson overcame his teammate’s slight edge off the starting line (a 0.071-second reaction time to Johnson’s 0.075) to put the nose of his Mopar Dodge out front at the 660-foot mark, but Hagan surged ahead to beat Johnson’s quicker 3.990-second effort to the finish by a razor-thin margin of about five inches.

Quotable:
“It’s a frustrating loss. To run so well and lose by less than one-thousandth of a second, all you can say is it was a great drag race. It was really, really close and I was happy with the way the car ran, it was just qualifying that bit us. Only having two runs and not getting a good qualifying run in on those two. The guys did a great job of hitting the tune-up on Sunday, it was just nine-thousandths of a second too short.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car

1. Courtney Force – 1038
2. Jack Beckman – 788
2. Matt Hagan – 788
4. Robert Hight – 771
5. J.R. Todd – 767
6. Ron Capps – 755
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 637
8. John Force – 577
9. Shawn Langdon – 537
10. Bob Tasca III – 532


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 324 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.

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DSR Norwalk Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24, 2018


Note: Friday and Saturday’s second qualifying sessions (Q2 and Q4) were cancelled due to inclement weather.

DSR Norwalk Qualifying Highlights:

  • The DSR Top Fuel contingent qualifies all entries in the top half of the field
  • Ron Capps and Matt Hagan make the quickest and second-quickest runs of Saturday, earning bonus points
  • Capps and Hagan will start Sunday from the ‘top three’ on the Funny Car ladder
  • In the Factory Stock Showdown series, Leah Pritchett and hometown racer Mark Pawuk advance to the quarterfinals

(EXCERPT)

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 14

The Competition: No. 3 Matt Hagan

The Results:
Q1: 6.489 E.T. at 101.17 MPH
Q3: 4.209 E.T. at 245.81 MPH

Quotable:
“It’s been a long weekend with only making two runs down the track. We’re getting closer on this tune-up each time we get an opportunity on the track and I think we’ll be fine for first round tomorrow.”


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 323 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.

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DSR Norwalk Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

Norwalk Pre-Race Report
NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio June 22-24, 2018

 


Noteworthy:

  • Jack Beckman returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Beckman leads the Funny Car class in number of victories (three) at Norwalk
  • Matt Hagan claimed the Funny Car pole in 2017
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty, competing in both Top Fuel and the Factory Stock Showdown series for the fourth time in 2018
  • Tony Schumacher and Ron Capps enter Norwalk as the most recent event winners on tourDSR-Owned Track Records:
    Funny Car, E.T.: 3.865-seconds, Matt Hagan (2017)

(Excerpt)

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car

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

2017 Norwalk Recap:
Qualified fifth; Semifinal finish (defeated J.R. Todd in E1, Ron Capps in E2; defeated by Jack Beckman in E3)

Last event (Bristol):
Qualified eighth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Matt Hagan in E1; defeated by Courtney Force in E2)

2018 Season Statistics:
11 round wins; Ranked seventh in points

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

Quotable:
“Norwalk is one of my favorite tracks on tour, and after last weekend when we ran pretty well with the new conditions, I’m excited about our chances. I think we’re pretty close to turning the corner, and Norwalk would be a great place to kick that off. The Baders are a great family, they’ve got a great facility, and I look forward to an entertaining weekend there.”


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 323 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.

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DSR Bristol Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Event 11 of 24 (Bristol)
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tennessee
June 15-17, 2018


DSR Bristol Elimination Highlights:

  • Don Schumacher Racing ‘doubles up’ in Bristol
  • Tony Schumacher – Top Fuel (84th career win)
  • Ron Capps – Funny Car (59th career win, 58th Funny Car win)
  • DSR extends overall win tally to 323
  • Capps’ victory was a milestone 300th nitro event Wally for DSR
  • Capps becomes the fifth straight DSR Mopar Dodge Bristol Funny Car champion
    2018, 2017 Capps
    2016 Tommy Johnson Jr.
    2015 Matt Hagan
    2014 Johnson
  • Schumacher moves to third in Top Fuel points standings; Capps advances to fifth in Funny Car
  • Jack Beckman remains ranked second (Funny Car)
  • DSR ‘Doubles Up’ in Bristol
  • Schumacher and Capps Race to Victory

(Excerpt)

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 8 (4.167 E.T. at 303.03 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.253 E.T. at 291.26 MPH defeated Matt Hagan 5.381 E.T. at 142.06 MPH
E2: 5.139 E.T. at 158.45 MPH defeated by Courtney Force 4.197 E.T. at 298.14 MPH

Race Recap:
Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. banked four bonus points during qualifying, earning a berth in the top half of the field in the No. 8 spot. The Ottumwa, Iowa, native entered Sunday gunning for his third win in the last five years at Bristol and was matched up in round one against Matt Hagan in a battle of Mopar-powered DSR Funny Cars. Johnson trailed slightly at the start but sailed solidly down the strip to collect the round win after Hagan smoked the tires.

Hoping for another even-year Bristol victory (his previous wins at the venue came in 2014 and 2016), Johnson lacked lane choice in the quarterfinals against pole-sitter Courtney Force. He put a cylinder out shortly after launch and encountered more trouble before shutting it down, as Force pulled away for the win.

Quotable:
“I thought we were running really well this weekend and had a car that would go down the racetrack, so I felt good about our chances. It’s unfortunate, we had a piston break at the hit of the throttle in the second round that cost us. But with the warm track conditions, I thought we had a really good setup. If the conditions are anywhere similar in Norwalk, I think we have a good shot at getting ourselves a win. We’re doing everything right to put ourselves in position to go rounds on Sunday, so I’m looking forward to it.”


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 323 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.

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NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car

1. Courtney Force – 937
2. Jack Beckman – 736
3. Robert Hight – 717
4. J.R. Todd – 694
5. Ron Capps – 693
6. Matt Hagan – 669
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 606
8. Cruz Pedregon – 508
9. John Force – 502
10. Bob Tasca III – 500


DSR Bristol Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

  • NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
    Event 11 of 24 (Bristol)
    Bristol Dragway
    Bristol, Tennessee
    June 15-17, 2018

DSR Bristol Qualifying Highlights:

  • Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher qualify inside of the Top Fuel ‘top three’
  • Leah Pritchett makes the second quickest run of Q4, earning two bonus points
  • The entire DSR Top Fuel trio earned bonus points over the course of Bristol qualifying
  • Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. will start race day from the top half of the field
  • Ron Capps and Johnson run ‘top three’ during Saturday’s two qualifying rounds
  • Matt Hagan made the quickest pass of Funny Car Q4
  • Pritchett advances beyond E1 in the Factory Stock Showdown series
  • ‘Papa John’ Schnatter extended his lead to 3-0 over Antron Brown during the Papa John’s Charity Challenge. $20K was awarded to the Infinite Hero Foundation

(Excerpt)

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 8 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 9 Matt Hagan

The Results:
Q1: 4.167 E.T. at 303.03 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.221 E.T. at 296.63 MPH
Q3: 4.263 E.T. at 291.63 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q4: 4.216 E.T. at 283.49 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Four

Quotable:
“We had a really consistent car during qualifying. Our Make-A-Wish Dodge made it down all four runs, and I don’t know anyone else that did. We had a really good car for four sessions and we’re starting to get a handle on this new car and the setup so it’ll be interesting tomorrow because it’ll be similar conditions. Performance isn’t going to win the race; it’ll be whoever can best deal with the conditions.”


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 321 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.

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