Monthly Archives: September 2018

DSR Indianapolis Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

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

 


DSR Indianapolis Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett earned her first Factory Stock Showdown Series victory in an all-DSR FSXX final (vs. Mark Pawuk)
  • Pritchett’s FSXX triumph notched DSR’s win count total to 330 overall, and 16th at the prestigious Indianapolis event
  • Matt Hagan raced to a runner-up finish and moved to second in the Funny Car standings

(EXCERPT)

Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 4 (3.948 E.T. at 320.36 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.105 E.T. at 255.58 MPH defeated Ron Capps 4.894 E.T. at 170.77 MPH
E2: 4.085 E.T. at 295.34 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 4.115 E.T. at 305.08 MPH
E3: 4.130 E.T. at 278.98 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 4.045 E.T. at 312.21 MPH

Race Recap:
Armed with the confidence boost of a runner-up finish at the most recent event and an impressive performance throughout all three days of qualifying for the NHRA U.S. Nationals, Tommy Johnson Jr. looked prime for a long day of going rounds on Monday.

Behind the wheel of the Riley Dodge Charger R/T, Johnson earned a No. 4 qualifying position to start race day and drew teammate Ron Capps in the opening round of eliminations. Johnson moved first and led the entirety of the 1,000-foot stretch, despite dropping cylinders down track.

The quarterfinal round found Johnson with lane choice over Tim Wilkerson. Once again, Johnson prevailed, earning the win in the Riley car, a once-a-year tribute to the local children’s hospital at DSR’s hometown event. Johnson’s quick reflexes coupled with a stout 4.085 second pass, which held up to be low E.T. of the session, provided the advantage of lane choice going into the semifinals.

Against defending Indy Funny Car champion J.R. Todd, Johnson held on to the initial lead until just before halftrack when Todd pulled ahead and took the win, ending Johnson’s day at the semis. While the day didn’t end with the Riley car in the winner’s circle, Johnson and the team still count the weekend a success. The Doug and Terry Chandler funded giving car once again showcased Riley on a national platform, and a bigger victory was won earlier in the race weekend when DSR successfully raised more than $86,000 for Riley Hospital for Children at the team’s annual Open House event presented by Pennzoil.

Johnson will start the NHRA Countdown to the Championship ranked seventh.

Quotable:
“We had a really good car; a really good showing at Indy. We came up a round and a half short, but we’re really pleased with the way our car is running. We’re continuing the performance we’ve had the last few races and it’s a really great way to go into the Countdown. We’ll be a car to contend with. Would’ve loved to win Indy for Riley and all of the kids, but now we’re going to focus on winning the championship.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car
1. Courtney Force – 1457
2. Matt Hagan – 1247
3. Robert Hight – 1231
4. Ron Capps – 1227
5. J.R. Todd – 1174
6. Jack Beckman – 1161
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 1107
8. Shawn Langdon – 907
9. John Force – 904
10. Tim Wilkerson – 831


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.

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DSR Indianapolis Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

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


DSR Indianapolis Sunday Highlights:

  • The DSR Top Fuel contingent will start race day from the top half of the field
  • Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. will begin their Funny Car U.S. Nationals title chase from top half starting positions
  • Leah Pritchett, Jack Beckman, Hagan and Johnson earn bonus points for running ‘top four’ qualifying passes
  • Johnson made the quickest run of the fourth qualifying session
  • Pritchett and Mark Pawuk retained their No. 1 and 2 qualifying positions going into round one of the Factory Stock Showdown Series
  • Pritchett earned a round one FSXX victory

(EXCERPT)

Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Riley Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 4 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 13 Ron Capps

The Results:
Q1: 3.948 E.T. at 320.36 MPH (One bonus point for fourth quickest run of the session)
Q2: 9.028 E.T. at 79.30 MPH
Q3: 3.974 E.T. at 319.60 MPH (Three bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.977 E.T. at 319.07 MPH (Four bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q5: 4.218 E.T. at 226.51 MPH

Bonus Points: Eight

Quotable:
“We had a really, really good car in qualifying. We made three three-second runs, and we were the only car out there to do that so we’re super confident going into race day. The heat is going to be a factor and in the heat is where we ran our best. Looking forward to going some rounds tomorrow and hopefully we’ll put that Riley car in the winner’s circle.”


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 Indianapolis Saturday Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

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

 


DSR Indianapolis Saturday Highlights:

  • The DSR Top Fuel trio of Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher remain in the top-half of the field going into Sunday’s final two qualifying sessions
    Funny Car pilots Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. are provisional top-half qualifiers
  • Ron Capps and Johnson powered to bonus point-worthy passes
  • Pritchett and Mark Pawuk lead the Factory Stock Showdown Series field after three rounds of qualifying, sitting No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, in their Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks
  • Pritchett made the quickest and fastest pass in the history of the FSXX class during Q1 (8.002 E.T. at 172.56 MPH); ran low E.T. of the round during all three qualifying sessions

(EXCERPT)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Riley Dodge Charger R/T
Q1: 3.948 E.T. at 320.36 MPH (One bonus point for fourth quickest run of the session)
Q2: 9.028 E.T. at 79.30 MPH
Q3: 3.974 E.T. at 319.60 MPH (Three bonus points for second quickest run of the session)

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 4

Bonus Points: Four