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DSR Las Vegas II Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

NHRA Toyota Nationals
Event 23 of 24 (Las Vegas II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 5 of 6
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 26-28, 2018


DSR Las Vegas II Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan raced their chrome Pennzoil machines to runner-up finishes in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. claimed his career 400th round win on Sunday morning
  • Tony Schumacher and Jack Beckman raced to semifinal finishes
  • All four DSR Funny Cars advanced to the quarterfinals

Driver Information
Funny Car

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

Qualified: No. 1 (3.879 E.T. at 327.82 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.938 E.T. at 326.08 MPH defeated Jeff Arend 7.197 E.T. at 92.39 MPH
E2: Foul (Red Light) defeated by Matt Hagan 3.919 E.T. at 326.08 MPH

Race Recap:
After securing his third No. 1 qualifier in a row, Tommy Johnson Jr. kicked off race day by driving to his career 400th round win when he defeated Jeff Arend in round one.

Round two found Johnson squaring off against teammate Matt Hagan, who had just laid down a stout 3.908 in the first session. Johnson was amped up, knowing he had stiff competition in his teammate. The DSR Dodges staged, and it was immediate heartbreak for the driver of the Make-A-Wish Dodge as he stood on the throttle early and activated the red light, allowing Hagan the automatic round win.

Quotable:
“It’s just frustrating and one of these days we’ll get it all put together on a Sunday. (Matt) Hagan ran really well first round and we know what he’s capable of and I knew I had to push and pushed a little too hard. We’ll regroup and go to Pomona for the Finals where we’ve had great success winning the last two years and try to finish this thing off with a win.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car
1. J.R. Todd – 2553
2. Robert Hight – 2479
3. Ron Capps – 2388
4. Tim Wilkerson – 2367
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 2362
6. Courtney Force – 2324
7. Matt Hagan – 2321
8. Jack Beckman – 2283
9. John Force – 2277
10. Shawn Langdon – 2204


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 333 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships.

 


DSR Las Vegas II Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Toyota Nationals
Event 23 of 24 (Las Vegas II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 5 of 6
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 26-28, 2018


DSR Las Vegas II Saturday Highlights:

  • Funny Car racer Tommy Johnson Jr. clinches the No. 1 qualifying spot for the third race in a row
  • Johnson made the best run of the round in both Q3 and Q4 and ran the second quickest pass of Q2
  • Top Fuel pilots Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett will start race day from the quick half of the field
  • Jack Beckman joins his Funny Car teammate with a solid qualifying position, beginning race day from the No. 3 spot
  • Brown and Pritchett earn bonus points for each making a ‘top three’ pass on SaturdayTommy Johnson Jr. Clinches Third Consecutive No. 1 Qualifying Position

    LAS VEGAS (October 27, 2018) – Tommy Johnson Jr. captured his third consecutive No. 1 qualifying position on Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    The exceedingly consistent Johnson drove his Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T to a pass of 3.879-seconds at 327.82-mph during the final round of qualifying to clinch the pole. It is the first time in the veteran driver’s career that he has captured back-to-back-to-back No. 1 qualifiers.

    “Our car has been running so well as of late,” said Johnson, who has qualified in the top half of the Funny Car field for the past 11 events, dating back to the Epping race in July. “To come out here and run a 94, 92 an 89 and an 87, you go into race day with a ton of confidence.”

    While Johnson’s string of success includes a semifinal finish or better at six of the last eight events and three No. 1 qualifiers in five Countdown races, the Make-A-Wish team has come up short on race day, having been unable to finish the weekend in the winner’s circle as of yet in 2018. Johnson feels confident that his John Collins/Rip Reynolds-led team will fare better on Sunday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals and is ready to parlay their current No. 1 starting position into a Las Vegas winner’s circle celebration.

    “We came out today and John said, ‘there’s more there; I know where to fix it, I think it can run an 89,’ and then to go out there and run an 89 in the warm conditions was just outstanding. Then John said we’re going to run an 87 the next run, and it did. That’s just how good of a handle the guys have on our Make-A-Wish Dodge right now. John can make a change and tell you what it will run. Our car is so happy and performing so well and is so predictable. He can almost dial-in what he wants, and it’ll go out there and run it.”

    While Johnson no longer has 2018 championship aspirations, his sights are set on finishing as high as possible in the Funny Car standings – and outranking his team members, an achievement that would reward him with a Dodge Hellcat to use as his daily driver for a year.

    “It’s not about finishing first anymore, that’s pretty much out of reach, but we won’t quit, and we’ll continue to try. All we can do is to try and win this one, win the next one and run the best we’ve ever run every round, and see if we can get as high in the points as we can. There’s a Dodge Hellcat on the line at DSR. The highest finishing Funny Car driver gets a Hellcat to drive for a year, so that’s even more motivation.

    “The season isn’t over yet. I’m excited about tomorrow. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to sleep tonight, I just want to get to first round. Let’s go, let’s do this.”

    Johnson will begin his campaign for his 18th career win, and the 150th Funny Car event win by a DSR entry, with a first-round matchup against No. 16 qualifier Jeff Arend. Round one of eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. PST.

    Qualified: No. 1

The Competition: No. 16 Jeff Arend

The Results:
Q1: 3.947 E.T. at 321.65 MPH
Q2: 3.928 E.T. at 324.28 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q3: 3.899 E.T. at 324.98 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.879 E.T. at 327.82 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Eight


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 333 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships.


DSR Las Vegas II Friday Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Toyota Nationals
Event 23 of 24 (Las Vegas II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 5 of 6
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 26-28, 2018


DSR Las Vegas II Friday Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman raced to the provisional top spot in Funny Car
  • The DSR Top Fuel trio of Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, and Tony Schumacher occupy spots in the quick half of the field
  • Brown posted low E.T. of Q1 and collected three bonus points
  • Pritchett and Tommy Johnson Jr. also earned bonus points for solid qualifying runs
  • Pritchett and Matt Hagan unveiled Las Vegas-esque chromed out Pennzoil liveries ahead of Q1

(Excerpt)

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

Q1: 3.947 E.T. at 321.65 MPH
Q2: 3.928 E.T. at 324.28 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Two

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 4

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DSR Las Vegas II Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Toyota Nationals
Event 23 of 24 (Las Vegas II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 5 of 6
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 26-28, 2018


Noteworthy:

  • Ron Capps enters the race weekend as the most recent Funny Car winner on the NHRA tour (Charlotte II), putting him back in championship contention
  • Matt Hagan returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. has earned the pole at the previous two NHRA events (Dallas, Charlotte II)
  • DSR dominated qualifying at the 2017 event with Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Jack Beckman (Funny Car) earning the pole in their respective categories
  • Beckman has started from the No. 1 position the past two years in a row
  • Schumacher earned the No. 1 qualifying spot at the 2018 Spring Las Vegas event
  • Schumacher leads the Top Fuel category in number of victories (eight) at The Strip:
    Spring: 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014
    Fall: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Schumacher leads the class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (ten) at The Strip:
    Spring: 2003, 2006 – 2008, 2012, 2013, 2018
    Fall: 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Fans should be on the lookout for a special ‘Vegas inspired’ Pennzoil livery reveal when Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett pull up to the starting line for Q1
  • Antron Brown will pilot a one-race-only Matco Tools Maximus 3.0 paint scheme in support of Matco’s launch of their newest diagnostic tool, the Maximus 3.0

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. 5

Las Vegas II Event Highlights:
2006 runner-up
2015 No. 1 qualifier

2017 Las Vegas II Recap:
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jonnie Lindberg in E1; defeated by Jack Beckman in E2)

Last event (Charlotte II):
Qualified No. 1; First round exit (defeated by Dave Richards in E1)

2018 Season Statistics:
25 round wins; ranked fifth in points

Career Statistics:
443 races; 17 wins (two Top Fuel); 16 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:
Has started from the pole at the past two events (Dallas, Charlotte II)

Quotable:
“Vegas is one of my favorite tracks, we always seem to have success there. I’m especially looking forward to getting back there after the four-wide event earlier in the season. We felt like we let one get away from us because we should’ve won that race, so we definitely want redemption.

“Now that we’re pretty much out of the championship hunt, the pressure is off. I think we have a car that’s capable of winning races, and we’re going to go out there and try and screw it up for another team by winning the last two.”


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 333 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships.

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DSR Charlotte II Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

NHRA Carolina Nationals
Event 22 of 24 (Charlotte II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 4 of 6
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
October 12-14, 2018


DSR Charlotte II Elimination Highlights:

  • Ron Capps raced to a milestone 60th Funny Car victory, his third of the season
    Capps advanced three spots to third in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff standings
  • Tony Schumacher reached the Top Fuel semifinals for the third time in the first four Countdown events
  • Capps’ victory marked 333 event wins for Don Schumacher Racing

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 1 (3.873 E.T. at 329.10 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 7.265 E.T. at 112.70 MPH defeated by Dave Richards 4.283 E.T. at 279.27 MPH

Race Recap:
After securing his second consecutive No. 1 qualifier, Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish team drew part-time racer Dave Richards in the opening round. Johnson was first to hit the throttle but was up in smoke right at the step and Richards was able to claim the upset win.

Quotable:
“It’s certainly disappointing and frustrating. You’re right in the middle of a championship chase, and to have a first round loss like that puts a huge dent in that chance. We’ll just keep swinging. Our Make-A-Wish Dodge is running so well. Didn’t expect that by any means. It’s frustrating but we’ll keep coming at them.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 2445
2. J.R. Todd – 2434
3. Ron Capps – 2336
4. Tim Wilkerson – 2334
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 2296
6. Courtney Force – 2264
7. John Force – 2241
8. Matt Hagan – 2229
9. Jack Beckman – 2204
10. Shawn Langdon – 2152


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 333 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships.

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