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DSR Sonoma Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event 15 of 24 (Sonoma)
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, California
July 27-29, 2018


DSR Sonoma Elimination Highlights:

  • Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) raced to runner-up finishes at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals
  • Capps’ final round appearance was his second in two races
  • Four DSR drivers clinched berths in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs:
    Top Fuel: Leah Pritchett, Tony Schumacher
    Funny Car: Ron Capps, Matt Hagan
  • By clinching a spot in the Countdown to the Championship, Schumacher has set himself up to finish in the ‘top 10’ for the 20th consecutive year
  • Schumacher and Capps advanced to second in points in their respective categories
  • Capps reached a milestone round win, setting off his 700th professional win light during round two
  • All four DSR Funny Cars advanced to the quarterfinals

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 7 (3.988 E.T. at 322.04 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.012 E.T. at 321.58 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 4.103 E.T. at 306.40 MPH
E2: 4.016 E.T. at 323.35 MPH defeated Jack Beckman 4.013 E.T. at 314.83 MPH
E3: 3.990 E.T. at 323.81 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.956 E.T. at 322.04 MPH

Race Recap:
At the scene of his career-first No. 1 qualifier, Tommy Johnson Jr. earned a position in the top-half of the Funny Car field to start race day in Sonoma. Against first round opponent Cruz Pedregon, Johnson navigated the Make-A-Wish Dodge down the stretch in 4.012-seconds, earning the round win and a spot in the quarterfinals.

Johnson lined up opposite teammate Jack Beckman in round two. Johnson had the starting line advantage against Beckman and was able to use his quick reaction time to snag the holeshot win over Beckman and advance to the semifinals.

The John Collins-led team tuned Johnson to a solid 3.990-second at 323.81-mph pass, but the Make-A-Wish car was narrowly defeated by Robert Hight’s 3.956-second run, ending their day at the semifinals.

Quotable:
“It’s been a tough season. We’ve struggled and have not been as consistent as we’d like, but we’re starting to gain some traction and we’re starting to get the car real consistent and become really competitive. We went to the semis and would have liked to have gone further, but really happy with how the car is starting to come around. I think that’s super important because there’s just three races left before the Countdown and it’s the right time to start making some headway. So, I’m really happy and look forward to going to Seattle and continuing.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car
1. Courtney Force – 1197*
2. Ron Capps – 1032*
3. Robert Hight – 1024*
4. Matt Hagan – 1001*
5. Jack Beckman – 967
6. J.R. Todd – 863
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 819
8. John Force – 807
9. Shawn Langdon – 680
10. Bob Tasca III – 656

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

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DSR Sonoma Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event 15 of 24 (Sonoma)
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, California
July 27-29, 2018


DSR Sonoma Qualifying Highlights:

  • Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) ran ‘best of session’ during both of Saturday’s qualifying rounds, collecting six bonus points each
  • All DSR entries qualify in the ‘top half’ of their fields and will start race day with the advantage of lane choice
  • Leah Pritchett and Jack Beckman also earn bonus points on Saturday

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 7 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 10 Cruz Pedregon

The Results:
Q1: 5.176 E.T. at 141.28 MPH
Q2: 3.988 E.T. at 322.04 MPH
Q3: 4.089 E.T. at 314.53 MPH
Q4: 4.149 E.T. at 257.28 MPH

Quotable:
“Q4 was actually a much better run than that 4.14. It had an issue there on the top end, but this Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge is a good, strong race car. We ran in the threes (second zone) during qualifying. We had a good car during both runs today in the heat so I think it’ll be a good day tomorrow.”

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DSR Sonoma Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event 15 of 24 (Sonoma)
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, California
July 27-29, 2018

 


Noteworthy:

  • Antron Brown returns as the Top Fuel event runner-up
  • Leah Pritchett enters the event fresh off of a win from the previous race (Denver) and is looking to capture her third win of the season en route to ‘sweeping the swing’
  • Pritchett claimed the 2017 TF No. 1 qualifier when she powered to the quickest pass in Sonoma Raceway history (3.669-seconds)
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. captured his first professional No. 1 qualifier at Sonoma in 1994 (Top Fuel)
  • Ahead of the race weekend, Ron Capps will be honored with the inaugural Eric Medlen Spirit Award during the annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night fundraising dinner on Thursday, July 26
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.669-seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

NHRA Sonoma Event Highlights:
2015 runner-up
1994 No. 1 qualifier (Top Fuel)

2017 Sonoma Recap:
Qualified fifth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Ron Capps in E1; defeated by Courtney Force in E2)

Last event (Denver):
Qualified sixth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Bob Tasca III in E1; defeated by Robert Hight in E2)

2018 Season Statistics:
13 round wins; ranked seventh in points

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

Noteworthy:
Captured his first professional No. 1 qualifier at Sonoma in 1994 (Top Fuel)
Ran his career-best speed during the 2017 event (332.02-mph)

Quotable:
“Looking forward to Sonoma. We were the runner-up there two years ago and always have a great time in wine country. I got engaged there last year at this race so I’m looking forward to going back and reliving those great memories. We have a really good race car right now that was pretty competitive in Denver. That was our best race in quite a while so we’ll see if we can build on that momentum and keep it going. Main thing is to win the race and stop anybody from getting a sweep.”


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 326 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 Denver Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Event 14 of 24 (Denver)
Bandimere Speedway
Morrison, Colorado
July 20-22, 2018

 


Noteworthy:

  • Antron Brown returns as the defending Top Fuel event champion
  • Leah Pritchett claimed the 2017 Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier when she powered to the quickest pass in Bandimere Speedway history (3.733-seconds)
  • Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) return as the 2017 event runners-up
  • Matt Hagan seeks his third consecutive 2018 Funny Car victory (wins at Norwalk, Epping)
  • Both Brown (2009) and Tony Schumacher (2008) have ‘swept The Swing’ (winning the Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle trio of races)
  • Brown has been to the final round at Denver the past two years, winning in 2017 and recording a runner-up finish in 2016
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.733-seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

NHRA Denver Event Highlights:
Two-time runner-up (1991, 2017)

2017 Denver Recap:
Qualified 12th; Event runner-up (defeated Ron Capps in E1, Jonnie Lindberg in E2, Jim Campbell in E3; defeated by Robert Hight in E4)

Last event (Epping):
Qualified eighth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

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

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

Quotable:
“Looking forward to Denver after getting a runner-up there last year. I’ve come close, but I’ve never won Denver. I’ve been runner-up in every class I’ve ever raced at that track, so one of these days I’d like to get the win, especially at the Dodge/Mopar race. I’d like to put our Mopar-powered Dodge in the winner’s circle and get that victory. Bandimere is a great track, it’s a great event, great people that run it. I always love going to Denver, and eventually it’s going to be a race I’m going to win.”


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 325 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 Epping Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, N.H.
July 6-8, 2018


DSR Epping Elimination Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan wins Epping for the second consecutive year
  • Hagan’s dominance from Norwalk continued, as he picked up his second consecutive 2018 victory; third of the season
  • Antron Brown raced to his 87th Top Fuel final round; first of the season
  • All seven DSR drivers advanced to the quarterfinals; all three Top Fuel cars advanced to the semifinals

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 8 (4.023 E.T. at 322.58 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.131 E.T. at 297.94 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 4.408 E.T. at 215.20 MPH
E2: 4.741 E.T. at 179.23 MPH defeated by Matt Hagan 4.237 E.T. at 245.90 MPH

Race Recap:
Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T driver Tommy Johnson Jr., a Funny Car runner-up twice at Epping, qualified in the top half of the field and defeated Cruz Pedregon in round one.

Johnson trailed slightly at the start but closed the gap and pulled away for the round win with a 4.131-second at 297.94-mph mark. Johnson’s hopes to advance ended quickly in the quarterfinals against teammate Hagan after he smoked the tires early.

Quotable:
“It’s showing promise, going a couple of rounds here in Epping. I really thought maybe we had a car for today. It’s frustrating. The track changes so much between first and second (round) and the conditions are so variable. We have to guess better and figure out what it’s going to take to get down these tracks. It’s frustrating right at this moment trying to figure out the tune-up to get down there without spinning the tires. Maybe lane choice would have helped, but who knows.”

Funny Car

1. Courtney Force – 1069
2. Matt Hagan – 914
3. Jack Beckman – 847
4. Ron Capps – 834
5. Robert Hight – 829
6. J.R. Todd – 800
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 692
8. John Force – 652
9. Shawn Langdon – 594
10. Bob Tasca III – 564


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 325 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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