DSR Charlotte I Post-Race Recap

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NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte I)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 26-28, 2019


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DSR Charlotte I Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) raced to the final elimination quad in their respective categories on Sunday afternoon at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
  • Jack Beckman advanced to fourth (tied) in the Countdown to the Championship Funny Car standings
  • Hagan maintained his No. 2 ranking in the point standings

Driver Information
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 4 (3.938 E.T. at 320.36 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.978 E.T. at 321.35 MPH defeated Jeff Diehl 4.492 E.T. at 236.09 MPH, Terry Haddock 11.602 E.T. at 69.75 MPH
E2: 4.363 E.T. at 213.60 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.977 E.T. at 322.58 MPH, Shawn Langdon 4.311 E.T. at 248.93 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. entered the weekend seeking his first zMAX Dragway win and positioned himself well by qualifying the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat No. 4 in the field and earning the advantage of first choice of lanes in round one. He posted a 3.978 E.T., the quickest of the round, to score the victory over his competition.

In round two, Johnson found himself in a quad stacked with three former world champions. His machine was on a good pass before hazing the tires just past halftrack, allowing his lane four opponent to pull ahead and nab the win, ending Johnson’s day.

Quotable:
“Losing in the second round is not what we wanted, but we learned some things and it was still a productive day. We had a good race car but the track was really tricky. The quad we were in, only one car made a full run, the rest of us had issues. We’ll learn from this and take it to Atlanta. It’s only going to get hotter and if we can learn from this for the summertime, that’s great.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 460
2. Doug Kalitta – 426
3. Clay Millican – 394
4. Mike Salinas – 384
5. Brittany Force – 382
6. Leah Pritchett – 378
7. Antron Brown – 317
8. Terry McMillen – 309
9. Richie Crampton – 296
10. Billy Torrence – 265

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 582
2. Matt Hagan – 440
3. John Force – 417
4t. Jack Beckman – 394
4t. J.R. Todd – 394
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 371
7. Tim Wilkerson – 339
8. Shawn Langdon – 338
9. Ron Capps – 318
10. Bob Tasca III – 282


DSR Charlotte I Qualifying Report

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NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte I)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 26-28, 2019


(EXCERPT)

DSR Charlotte I Saturday Highlights:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Jack Beckman (Funny Car) lead DSR qualifying and will start race day from the No. 2 position in their respective categories
  • Leah Pritchett posted the third-best run of Q4 to secure a spot in the quick-half of the Top Fuel field
  • Beckman’s Q3 pass was second-quickest of the session and banked two bonus points
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. powered to the third-quickest pass of Q3, earning a qualifying spot in the top-half of the Funny Car field and the advantage of first choice of lanes in round one

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 4 (first choice of lane)

The Competition:
No. 5 Shawn Langdon
No. 12 Terry Haddock
No. 13 Jeff Diehl

The Results:
Q1: Session cancelled due to inclement weather
Q2: 7.978 E.T. at 89.94 MPH MPH
Q3: 3.938 E.T. at 320.36 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q4: 9.454 E.T. at 80.68 MPH

Bonus Points: One

Quotable:
“There’s definitely a difference in lanes at this track – we found that out throughout qualifying, so it helps to have lane choice going into race day. We’ll go out and try to keep earning lane choice and that should mean a good day.”


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

READ FULL DSR ARTICLE HERE


DSR Charlotte I Pre-Race Report

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NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte I)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 26-28, 2019


Noteworthy:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) enter the race weekend fresh off of final round appearances at the previous event (Houston)
  • Brown leads the Top Fuel class in most zMAX Dragway victories (five):
    • Spring: 2014, 2015
    • Fall: 2011, 2015, 2016
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty for the second time in 2018 as she continues to defend her Factory Stock Showdown Series title while chasing her first Top Fuel championship
  • Pritchett secured her career-first Factory Stock Showdown pole at the 2018 event

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2018 Charlotte I Recap:
Qualified third; Semifinal finish (defeated John Smith, Matt Hagan in E1, Robert Hight, Ron Capps in E2; defeated by Cruz Pedregon, John Force in E3)

Last Event (Houston):
Qualified 11th; First round exit (defeated by Matt Hagan in E1)

2019 Season Statistics:
Seven round wins; ranked sixth in points

Career Statistics:
451 races; 17 wins (two Top Fuel); 18 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:

  • Two-time zMAX Dragway No. 1 qualifier and runner-up:
    • Fall: 2015, 2016

Quotable:
“I’m looking forward to Charlotte. We were runner-up a few weeks ago at the Vegas Four-Wide Nationals. We came close. I’ve been to a four-wide final a few times now so hopefully we can put a win in the books this weekend. The four-wide format is an interesting challenge, but I enjoy it.

“My family lives in the Charlotte area and my mom hasn’t been doing well, so I’d love nothing more than to park our Make-A-Wish Hellcat in the winner’s circle this weekend and cheer her up a little.”


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

READ FULL DSR ARTICLE HERE

 


DSR Houston Post-Race Recap

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MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
April 12-14, 2019


DSR Houston Elimination Highlights:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) raced to runner-up finishes on Sunday afternoon
  • Brown’s final round appearance was his first of 2019 and allowed him to advance three spots in the Top Fuel rankings
  • Hagan advanced to second in the Funny Car point standings by racing to his second final of the year
  • Ron Capps drove to his first semifinal appearance of the season
  • Before eliminations got underway, Jack Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation in honor of the late Terry Chandler

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 11 (3.959 E.T. at 312.13 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.807 E.T. at 166.87 MPH defeated by Matt Hagan 3.946 E.T. at 318.62 MPH

Race Recap:
Following a runner-up finish in Las Vegas last Sunday, Tommy Johnson Jr. felt like his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car was on the verge of breaking through this weekend in Houston. After a pair of “misses” in Friday’s opening qualifying rounds, the team dialed-in their MOPAR-powered Hellcat and made a pair of consistent runs despite changing weather conditions. The Iowa driver ended up 11th on Sunday’s elimination ladder and faced teammate Matt Hagan in the first round. Johnson had a slight starting line advantage, but lost traction shortly thereafter allowing Hagan to drive away for the victory. Johnson’s run of 4.807 seconds resulted in his first first-round loss of 2019.

Quotable:
“We were just off a little bit this weekend. We never could quite find our mojo with our tune-up. It wasn’t a horrible weekend, but we are better than that. We’ll rebound and come back at Charlotte and try to regroup. Throughout the season there are going to be weekends where you just don’t do as good as you should. Hopefully this is ours and it’s out of the way.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – 367
2. Brittany Force – 349
3. Steve Torrence – 343
4. Mike Salinas – 320
5. Leah Pritchett – 303
6. Clay Millican – 302
7. Antron Brown – 278
8. Billy Torrence – 265
9. Richie Crampton – 264
10. Terry McMillen – 231

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 476
2. Matt Hagan – 366
3. J.R. Todd – 341
4. John Force – 339
5. Jack Beckman – 332
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 315
7t. Ron Capps – 286
7t. Tim Wilkerson – 286
9. Bob Tasca III – 250
10. Shawn Langdon – 223


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

LINK TO FULL DSR ARTICLE HERE


DSR Houston Qualifying Report

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MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
April 12-14, 2019


DSR Houston Saturday Highlights:

  • The MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Jack Beckman won the MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil ‘Best Appearing Car’ award
  • Ron Capps leads DSR qualifying and will start race day from the No. 2 spot after making the best run of the fourth session
  • Leah Pritchett will start race day from the No. 3 spot after powering the Pennzoil Top Fuel machine to the second quickest run of Q4
  • Beckman and Matt Hagan also qualified in the top-half of the Funny Car field

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 11

The Competition: No. 6 Matt Hagan

The Results:
Q1: 8.406 E.T. at 78.26 MPH
Q2: 4.810 E.T. at 168.43 MPH
Q3: 3.987 E.T. at 309.70 MPH
Q4: 3.959 E.T. at 312.13 MPH

Quotable:
“We haven’t been our normal selves in qualifying. We kept fighting it and I think we got back close with our Saturday runs. We’re making progress. We’re just struggling a little bit in the conditions. I’m confident this team will get it figured out tonight and we’ll be much better tomorrow. It’s just been a little bit of a bumpy weekend, but we’ll be okay tomorrow.”


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

LINK TO FULL DSR ARTICLE