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DSR St. Louis Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Event 20 of 24 (St. Louis)
NHRA Countdown, Event 2 of 6
Gateway Motorsports Park
Madison, Illinois
September 21-23, 2018


DSR St. Louis Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett made it two-in-a-row, picking up her second consecutive Factory Stock Showdown Series event win
  • Pritchett moved into second place in the FSXX driver standings
  • The DSR Top Fuel trio of Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher sit in the top five of the Countdown to the Championship rankings
  • Ron Capps is ranked in the top half of the Funny Car Countdown standings
  • Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) raced to semifinal finishes
  • Leah Pritchett Continues Factory Stock Showdown Series Dominance with St. Louis Triumph

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Driver Information:
Funny Car

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

Qualified: No. 4 (3.896 E.T. at 327.11 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.925 E.T. at 325.22 MPH defeated Del Worsham 4.003 E.T. at 321.50 MPH
E2: 3.950 E.T. at 323.50 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 9.014 E.T. at 82.83 MPH
E3: 4.008 E.T. at 320.13 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.945 E.T. at 323.04 MPH

Race Recap:
Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T driver Tommy Johnson Jr. came to Gateway Motorsports Park seeking his first victory at the track where his father earned his only national event win. The fan-favorite qualified No. 4 and started eliminations against No. 13 Del Worsham with a perfect run straight down the groove for the win.

Johnson faced Bob Tasca III in the quarterfinals and recorded a textbook 3.950 run, quickest of the round, for the win. Johnson would come up short in the semifinals against No. 1 qualifier and eventual race winner Robert Hight, his solid 4.008 at 320.13-mph pass not enough to beat Hight’s 3.945-second effort to the stripe.

Quotable:
“We had a really good car. We’re doing really well in the Countdown, it’s just that Robert Hight is becoming a real pain, but that’s a good motivator. I feel the four best cars in the Countdown were in the semis and I’m glad we’re one of them. We just need to pick it up one more notch and I think we’ll be the car to beat.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 2270
2. J.R. Todd – 2240
3. Courtney Force – 2200
4. Tim Wilkerson – 2196
5. Ron Capps – 2182
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 2166
7. Matt Hagan – 2144
8. John Force – 2116
9. Jack Beckman – 2113
10. Shawn Langdon – 2086


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 331 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

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DSR St. Louis Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Event 20 of 24 (St. Louis)
NHRA Countdown, Event 2 of 6
Gateway Motorsports Park
Madison, Illinois
September 21-23, 2018


DSR St. Louis Saturday Highlights:

  • The DSR Top Fuel contingent will start race day from the top half of the field
  • Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. will begin their St. Louis Funny Car title chase from top half starting positions
  • Capps and Johnson earn bonus points for making ‘top three’ passes on Saturday
  • Capps earned bonus points during all four qualifying rounds
  • Leah Pritchett made the first official seven-second Factory Stock Showdown Series pass (7.936) to claim the No. 2 starting position
  • Mark Pawuk made the second official sub-eight second FSXX run, resetting the class
  • E.T. record to earn the No. 1 qualifying spot (7.929)
  • Pawuk and Pritchett earned round one FSXX victories

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Driver Information:
Funny Car

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 4 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 13 Del Worsham

The Results:
Q1: 4.033 E.T. at 313.07 MPH
Q2: 3.918 E.T. at 326.40 MPH
Q3: 3.956 E.T. at 324.44 MPH
Q4: 3.896 E.T. at 327.11 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: One

Quotable:
On his wild Q4 pass:
“I tell you what, that might be about as close as I ever got to lifting. It picked the front end up and I knew it was trucking, and I thought ‘oh man, just please stay over here.’ It went a little left, I turned the wheel, when it sat it down it shot me right back in the groove. Great job by the guys. That was awesome. (Crew chief) John (Collins) said if it makes it, it won’t run a 91, and he was right.”


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 330 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

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DSR St. Louis Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Event 20 of 24 (St. Louis)
NHRA Countdown, Event 2 of 6
Gateway Motorsports Park
Madison, Illinois
September 21-23, 2018


Noteworthy:

  • Tony Schumacher will reach the ‘500 events’ milestone this weekend at the NHRA Midwest Nationals
  • Ron Capps returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Antron Brown leads the professional classes as the most victorious driver in Gateway Motorsports Park NHRA history, having won five events
  • Brown has won four of the last six St. Louis events
  • Capps leads the Funny Car category in most wins (four) at Gateway
  • DSR has been victorious, picking up a win in at least one category every year since the reintroduction of the St. Louis race in 2012
  • Capps’ first Funny Car event win occurred at the 1997 event
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. secured his first Funny Car No. 1 qualifier at the 1999 event
  • Leah Pritchett and Mark Pawuk return to Factory Stock Showdown Series competition since racing to an event win and runner-up finish, respectively, at the previous FSXX race
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, speed: 332.75-mph, 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

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: No. 7

St. Louis Event Highlights:
Two-time runner-up (2001, 2016)
1999 No. 1 qualifier

2017 St. Louis Recap:
Qualified ninth; First round exit (defeated by Matt Hagan in E1)

Last event (Reading):
Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jim Campbell in E1; defeated by Robert Hight in E2)

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

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

Noteworthy:
Secured his first Funny Car No. 1 qualifier at the 1999 event

Quotable:
“Always love racing in St. Louis. It’s kind of where I grew up. My dad got his only national event win there so one of these days, I’d like to get a win there as well. We’ve got a great car right now. Unfortunately, we lost a close race second round (at Reading), but we’re still in the hunt. Funny Car points are about as tight as they could be right now. With the momentum, and the way we’ve been running lately, I think it’s just a matter of time. Hopefully this is the year we get that St. Louis 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 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 330 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

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DSR Reading Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

Dodge NHRA Nationals
Event 19 of 24 (Reading)
NHRA Countdown, Event 1 of 6
Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, Pennsylvania
September 14-16, 2018

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DSR Reading Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

Dodge NHRA Nationals
Event 19 of 24 (Reading)
NHRA Countdown, Event 1 of 6
Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, Pennsylvania
September 14-16, 2018


Noteworthy:

  • Ron Capps returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Capps has been to the final round at Reading the past two years, winning in 2017 and finishing as the runner-up in 2016
  • DSR has ‘doubled up’ at Reading three out of the last four years
  • Tony Schumacher leads the class in number of Top Fuel victories (five) at Maple Grove Raceway
  • Schumacher has been the Reading No. 1 qualifier seven times- the most of any Top Fuel driver at a single event
  • Tommy Johnson Jr.’s first Funny Car event win occurred at the 1999 Reading race
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.688 seconds, Antron Brown (2016)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car

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

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: No. 7

NHRA Reading Event Highlights:
Two-time event champion (1999, 2016)
2014 event runner-up
2006 No. 1 qualifier

2017 Reading Recap:
Qualified 11th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Alexis DeJoria in E1; defeated by Ron Capps in E2)

Last event (Indianapolis):
Qualified fourth; Semifinal finish (defeated Ron Capps in E1, Tim Wilkerson in E2; defeated by J.R. Todd in E3)

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

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

Noteworthy:
First Funny Car event win occurred at Reading at the 1999 race

Quotable:
“Excited to get to Reading and start the Countdown. It’s a track where I’ve done well these past few years, not so much last year, but I won it the year before and was runner-up in 2014. So, I’m looking forward to getting back there. To have Dodge sponsor the race, and the Mopar Block Party beforehand, it’s turned into one of the premiere events. Looking to start the Countdown off on the right foot and hopefully we can continue the momentum we’ve had lately and move ourselves up quickly in the points and be a real contender for the championship.”


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 330 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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