Monthly Archives: August 2018

DSR Indianapolis Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Indianapolis, Indiana
August 31-September 3, 2018


Noteworthy:

  • DSR celebrates a milestone 20th anniversary at the 2018 Indianapolis event
  • The Indy race marks Antron Brown’s 400th professional event
  • Jack Beckman enters the race weekend as the most recent Funny Car winner on tour
  • Brown is seeking his third consecutive final round appearance of 2018
  • Ron Capps raced to the Indy Funny Car final in 2017
  • Matt Hagan reset the track speed and Funny Car E.T. record en route to claiming the 2017 Funny Car pole
  • Leah Pritchett and Mark Pawuk return to Factory Stock Showdown competition
  • Tony Schumacher is the winningest NHRA driver in Indianapolis history having won the event an unprecedented 10 times
  • Schumacher leads the Top Fuel class in the number of final round appearances (12) at a single event, occurring at Indy
  • Brown has both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle victories at Indianapolis
  • Hagan made his NHRA Funny Car debut at the 2008 U.S. Nationals
  • Team patriarch Don Schumacher raced his Funny Car to the Winners Circle at the 1970 event
  • Hometown event for DSR which is headquartered two miles away from the famed Indy dragstrip
  • Home track for Brown, Johnson, and Pritchett who all reside in the greater Indianapolis area
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, speed: 330.31-mph, Tony Schumacher (2016)
    Funny Car, E.T.: 3.799 seconds, Matt Hagan (2017)
    Funny Car, speed: 338.77-mph, Hagan (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Riley Dodge Charger R/T

NHRA Indianapolis Event Highlights:
2002 event runner-up
Two-time No. 1 qualifier (1999, 2000)

2017 Indianapolis Recap:
Qualified 12th; First round exit (defeated by Jack Beckman in E1)

Last event (Brainerd):
Qualified fifth; Event runner-up (defeated Del Worsham in E1, Tim Wilkerson in E2, J.R. Todd in E3; defeated by Jack Beckman in E4)

2018 Season Statistics:
20 round wins; ranked sixth in points (tied)

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

Noteworthy:
Since 2014, the Doug and Terry Chandler-funded Make-A-Wish Dodge has donned a special Riley livery once a year at the Indy event as a way to bring exposure to the Indianapolis-based Riley Hospital for Children
Hometown track (resides in nearby Avon, Ind.)

Quotable:
“Indy is the biggest drag race of the year, and with the way our car is running right now, I’m going into Indy as confident as ever. We had a great test session last week, ran really well, and with two semifinals and a final the last three races, I think the momentum is starting to swing our way. It would be great to go out there and put the Riley car in the winner’s circle. It’s always fun to run the Riley car living here in the Indianapolis area and that being the local children’s hospital. Going to visit the kids during the week and representing them on the track and raising awareness for what a great hospital we have here in Indy, it would just be great to put that car in the winner’s circle and hopefully have a bunch of Riley Kids right there with us.”


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 SRT Hellcat, 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 329 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 Brainerd Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Nationals at Brainerd
Event 17 of 24
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 17-19, 2018


Noteworthy:

  • Leah Pritchett returns as the defending Top Fuel event champion
  • All-DSR Top Fuel final in 2017 (Pritchett vs. Antron Brown)
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. finished as the Funny Car runner-up in 2017
  • Pritchett secured the 2017 No. 1 qualifier while also resetting the Brainerd International Raceway track record (3.640)
  • Brown is seeking his third consecutive Brainerd final round
  • Brown and Ron Capps enter the weekend as the most recent Top Fuel and Funny Car event winners (Seattle)
  • Capps looks to continue his final round streak at BIR with his fourth consecutive final of 2018 (Denver, Sonoma, Seattle)
  • Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel class in No. 1 qualifiers at BIR (six)
  • Brown has been victorious in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at BIR
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.640-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 Brainerd Event Highlights:
2006 event champion
Four-time runner-up
2015, 2017 (Funny Car)
1993, 1995 (Top Fuel)

2017 Brainerd Recap:
Qualified fifth; Event runner-up (defeated Jonnie Lindberg in E1, Courtney Force in E2, Robert Hight in E3; defeated by Alexis DeJoria in E4)

Last event (Seattle):
Qualified seventh; Semifinal finish (defeated John Force in E1, Robert Hight in E2; defeated by Courtney Force in E3)

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

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

Noteworthy:
Returns as the 2017 Funny Car event runner-up

Quotable:
“Looking forward to Brainerd, especially with the way our car has been running lately, with two semifinals over the last few races and being runner-up at Brainerd last season. I think we’re at a time right now where our Make-A-Wish Dodge has really turned the corner. We’re due for a win and we’d love nothing more than to build some momentum right before Indy.”


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 SRT Hellcat, 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 328 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 Seattle Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
August 3-5, 2018

 


DSR Seattle Elimination Highlights:

  • DSR ‘doubles-up’ for the second time in 2018
  • Antron Brown and Ron Capps achieve milestone victories
  • Brown, 50th Top Fuel win
  • Capps, 60th professional win
  • Brown claimed his third consecutive Seattle Top Fuel victory
  • All-DSR Top Fuel final between Brown and Leah Pritchett
  • Capps reached the final round for the third straight event

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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 (3.977 E.T. at 321.35 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.177 E.T. at 301.74 MPH defeated John Force 5.598 E.T. at 138.27 MPH
E2: 4.074 E.T. at 318.09 MPH defeated Robert Hight 4.551 E.T. at 215.37 MPH
E3: 4.062 E.T. at 316.08 MPH defeated by Courtney Force 4.011 E.T. at 320.20 MPH

Race Recap:
It was an all-John Force Racing day for Tommy Johnson Jr., who picked off John Force and Robert Hight, before succumbing to Courtney Force in the semifinals.

Johnson was quick on the throttle and had the starting line advantage against the elder Force. Both drivers had issues – Force lost traction and Johnson had a hole out, but Johnson charged on in the Make-A-Wish Dodge and crossed the stripe first.

In the quarterfinals, Johnson defeated the reigning world champion with a 4.074 versus Hight’s 4.551. Johnson, who has wins in both Top Fuel (career first) and Funny Car at Pacific Raceways, had the better reaction time versus C. Force, but Force was able to pull ahead before the 330-foot mark and drive away with the win, ending Johnson’s chances for a second consecutive Northwest Nationals final round appearance.

Quotable:
“Sure, we would’ve liked to win, but two semis on ‘the swing’ is not bad. It’s important right now to get the points. The Countdown is coming, and the Make-A-Wish Dodge is improving every race, and we’re doing better every race, so if you’re going to peak, it’s getting close to the right time to peak.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:

Funny Car
1. Courtney Force – 1300*
2. Ron Capps – 1146*
3. Robert Hight – 1085*
4. Matt Hagan – 1064*
5. Jack Beckman – 999
6. J.R. Todd – 914
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 892
8. John Force – 824
9. Shawn Langdon – 736
10. Bob Tasca III – 691

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

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DSR Seattle Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
August 3-5, 2018

 


DSR Seattle Qualifying Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan locks-in his 34th No. 1 qualifier; fourth of the season
  • The DSR dragster trio qualifies in the top-half of the field
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. joins Hagan with a top-half Funny Car starting position
  • Antron Brown powered to the best pass of Top Fuel Q4
  • Tony Schumacher made a ‘top three’ run in three out of four sessions
  • Ron Capps closed out qualifying by making the second-quickest pass of Q4

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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 John Force

The Results:
Q1: 4.027 E.T. at 318.92 MPH
Q2: 3.977 E.T. at 321.35 MPH
Q3: 4.214 E.T. at 233.24 MPH
Q4: 4.284 E.T. at 225.07 MPH

Quotable:
“We ran good on Friday but struggled on Saturday, so we’re going to have to figure out the hot weather tune-up because it’s going to be hot again tomorrow. The guys will look at all of the data tonight, learn from what we didn’t do today, and hopefully we’ll do it 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 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 Seattle Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
August 3-5, 2018


Noteworthy:

  • Antron Brown returns as the defending Top Fuel event champion and No. 1 qualifier
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to a runner-up finish at Seattle in 2017
  • Ron Capps enters the event fresh off of two consecutive runner-up finishes (Denver, Sonoma)
  • Brown has claimed the past two Top Fuel Seattle Wallys and is seeking his third consecutive Pacific Raceways win
  • Both Johnson (1993) and Capps (1995) captured their first NHRA victories in a professional category at Seattle (both in Top Fuel)
  • Both Capps and Johnson have been to the Seattle winners circle in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories
  • Tony Schumacher leads the TF class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (four) at Pacific Raceways: 2004, 2008, 2014, 2016
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.685-seconds, Antron Brown (2016)
    Funny Car, speed: 334.15-mph, Jack Beckman (2016)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

NHRA Seattle Event Highlights:
Two-time event champion
1993 (Top Fuel, first professional event win)
2015 (Funny Car)
2017 runner-up

2017 Seattle Recap:
Qualified third; Event runner-up (defeated Jim Campbell in E1, Ron Capps in E2, Matt Hagan in E3; defeated by Robert Hight in E4)

Last event (Sonoma):
Qualified seventh; Semifinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1, Jack Beckman in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)

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

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

Noteworthy:
Captured his first NHRA victory in a professional category at Seattle (1993, Top Fuel)
Has been to the Seattle winner’s circle in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories

Quotable:
“Seattle has always been one of my favorite tracks, I got my first Top Fuel win there and was able to come back and win in a Funny Car there as well. There’s just certain tracks that you seem to do better at than others and Seattle is one of mine so I look forward to it every season. Coming out of Sonoma, the way the car ran, I feel pretty confident that this might be our first win of the season.”


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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