Monthly Archives: July 2019

DSR Seattle Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Wash.
Aug. 2-4, 2019


Highlights:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) return as the defending event champions
  • Brown has claimed the Top Fuel Seattle Wally trophy the last three years and will attempt to become the first driver to win four consecutive Seattle trophies in any
  • NHRA Pro class at Pacific Raceways this weekend
  • Brown’s 2018 Seattle win was his 50th Top Fuel victory; Capps’ was his 60th professional win
  • Both Tommy Johnson Jr. (1993) and Capps (1995) won their first NHRA trophy in a professional category at Seattle. Both drivers won while competing in Top Fuel
    Capps and Johnson have been to the Seattle winner’s circle in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories
    Note: Leah Pritchett and her Sparkling Ice +Caffeine Top Fuel Dragster will be on-site at the Covington Safeway (17023 SE 272nd St, Covington, WA 98042), today, July 31, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT. The Meet & Greet is free and open to the public.

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 SRT Hellcat

Seattle Event Highlights:

  • Two-time event champion
    Funny Car (2015)
    Top Fuel (1993)
  • 2017 runner-up
    2018 Seattle Recap:
    Qualified seventh; Semifinal finish (defeated John Force in E1, Robert Hight in E2; defeated by Courtney Force in E3)

Last Event (Sonoma):
Qualified fifth; Semifinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1, Bob Tasca III in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)

2019 Season Statistics:
26 round wins; ranked second in points

Career Statistics:
461 races; 19 wins (two Top Fuel); 18 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:
Won his first NHRA victory in a professional category while competing in the Top Fuel class at Seattle in 1993
Has been to the Seattle winner’s circle in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories

Quotable:
“The Seattle race is one of my favorites on the tour. I’ve won it in Top Fuel, and I’ve won it in Funny Car. It’s one of those races you go to, and things seem to go well for you, so I always look forward to going to Seattle. It’s about as far as you can get from home, but things always seem to bode well for me there. I’d like to get another Funny Car win there.”


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 ORIGINAL DSR ARTICLE


DSR Sonoma Post-Race Recap

Category : DSR news

NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event 15 of 24 (Sonoma)
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
July 26-28, 2019


DSR Sonoma Elimination Highlights:

  • Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan raced to a runner-up finish on Sunday during the NHRA Sonoma Nationals
  • Antron Brown made history during round one when he became the sixth driver to reach the ‘500 Top Fuel round wins’ milestone
  • Brown and Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) recorded semifinal finishes; both drivers leave Sonoma ranked second in the championship standings
  • Johnson’s semifinal appearance was his ninth of the season

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 5 (3.886 E.T. at 324.59 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.084 E.T. at 273.72 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 3.995 E.T. at 309.98 MPH
E2: 4.031 E.T. at 318.47 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 5.622 E.T. at 129.85 MPH
E3: 4.046 E.T. at 318.54 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 4.011 E.T. at 323.19 MPH

Race Recap:
Last weekend’s winner Tommy Johnson Jr. is in the midst of a career-best season behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and in Sonoma, he was chasing his third triumph of 2019. After qualifying fifth with Friday night’s run of 3.886 seconds, he faced Cruz Pedregon in the opening round. Pedregon left early and set off the red light, handing Johnson the victory and setting up a rematch of last week’s final with Bob Tasca III in round two. Just like last weekend in Denver, Johnson again turned on the win light with a smooth run of 4.031 seconds at 318.47 mph to advance to his ninth semifinal of the season. Johnson’s consecutive round win run was halted at six when he couldn’t drive around Robert Hight, but he heads to Seattle with momentum and sitting solidly in second in the championship standings.

Quotable:
“I’m just extremely pleased with the way this Dodge Hellcat is performing. Today’s result wasn’t a win like last weekend, but that was a solid semifinal drag race with Robert Hight. We are ranked one and two in the points, and we put on a great show for the fans here today. It was a really close race, and things are going to get interesting. We are getting closer to the Countdown, and this car is performing flawlessly. We just need a little bit more. The next couple of races leading up to Indy, hopefully, we can get just a tick better. I think we are setting ourselves up for a really strong finish to this season.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1486
2t. Antron Brown – 914
2t. Clay Millican – 914
4. Brittany Force – 894
5. Doug Kalitta – 887
6. Mike Salinas – 802
7. Leah Pritchett – 749
8. Richie Crampton – 719
9t. Terry McMillen- 641
9t. Austin Prock – 641

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 1283
2. Tommy Johnson Jr – 1084
3. John Force – 1035
4. Jack Beckman – 964
5. Ron Capps – 962
6. Bob Tasca III – 924
7. J.R. Todd – 889
8. Matt Hagan – 888
9. Shawn Langdon – 786
10. Tim Wilkerson – 757


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.

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DSR Sonoma Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event 15 of 24 (Sonoma)
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
July 26-28, 2019


DSR Sonoma Saturday Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, and Tommy Johnson Jr. will start race day from the top half of the Funny Car field; Antron Brown qualified in the quick-half of the Top Fuel field
  • Leah Pritchett made two bonus point-worthy runs on Saturday, powering to the second-quickest pass of Q4 and third-quickest of Q3
  • Ron Capps picked up a bonus point after maneuvering his Funny Car to the third-quickest run of the third session and was one of only three cars to run in the three-second zone during Q3
  • With 499 Top Fuel round wins, Brown is on the verge of reaching No. 500 on Sunday and is set up to become the sixth Top Fuel pilot in NHRA history to reach that milestone

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 12 Cruz Pedregon

The Results:
Q1: 3.991 E.T. at 319.90 MPH
Q2: 3.886 E.T. at 324.59 MPH
Q3: 10.484 E.T. at 79.88 MPH
Q4: 3.979 E.T. at 318.77 MPH

Quotable:
“We’ve got a good solid car. We had an issue Q3 that wasn’t indicative of how our car is running, so we’ll come back up and set it up like we had in Q4 first round tomorrow, and go out there and see if we can’t keep this momentum rolling. We’re trying to sweep The Swing, but there’s fourteen other teams that don’t want to see that happen.”


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.

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DSR Sonoma Friday Qualifying Report

DSR Sonoma Friday Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman rocketed to the quickest pass of Funny Car Q1 and powered to the third-best pass of Q2 to earn the provisional No. 3 spot
  • Ron Capps navigated to the second-quickest E.T. of Funny Car Q1
  • Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. close out day one of qualifying sitting in the top half of the Funny Car field
  • Antron Brown’s Q2 pass propelled him to the provisional No. 4 spot

Q1: 3.991 E.T. at 319.90 MPH
Q2: 3.886 E.T. at 324.59 MPH

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 5

 


DSR Sonoma Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event 15 of 24 (Sonoma)
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
July 26-28, 2019


Highlights:

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. enters the event fresh off a win from the previous race (Denver) and is looking to capture his third victory of the season en route to ‘sweeping The Swing’
  • Ron Capps returns as the 2018 Sonoma Nationals Funny Car runner-up
  • Leah Pritchett claimed the 2017 Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier when she powered to the quickest pass in Sonoma Raceway history (3.669-seconds)
  • Johnson captured his first professional No. 1 qualifier at Sonoma in 1994 while competing in Top Fuel
  • Ahead of the race weekend, Jack Beckman will be honored with the second annual Eric Medlen Award during the 13th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night fundraising dinner on Thursday, July 25

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.669 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 SRT Hellcat

Sonoma Event Highlights:

  • 2015 runner-up
  • 1994 No. 1 qualifier
    2018 Sonoma Recap:
    Qualified seventh; Semifinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1, Jack Beckman in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)

Last Event (Denver):
Qualified second; Event champion (defeated Jeff Diehl in E1, Jack Beckman in E2, Cruz Pedregon in E3, Bob Tasca III in E4)

2019 Season Statistics:
24 round wins; ranked second in points

Career Statistics:
460 races; 19 wins (two Top Fuel); 18 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:
Enters the event fresh off of a win from the previous race (Denver) and is looking to capture his third victory of the season en route to ‘sweeping The Swing’
Captured his first professional No. 1 qualifier at Sonoma in 1994 (Top Fuel)

Quotable:
“Sonoma is a great race on the tour. Everyone always looks forward to going there, not only for the race but to enjoy wine country. Coming off the win in Denver, our team has a lot of momentum, and it’s the first time ever that I’ve had the opportunity to ‘sweep the Swing,’ and we need to keep that going and get a win in Sonoma. I know a lot of the crew chiefs are looking forward to getting out of the thin air in Denver and getting back to sea-level racing and I know we are too. Even though the car ran really well in Denver, I think we have a good car no matter the conditions so I’m looking forward to Sonoma and seeing if we can continue that momentum.”


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 ORIGINAL DSR ARTICLE


Tommy Johnson Jr. Finally Wins Mile High Nationals

Category : Competition Plus

The wait is over for Tommy Johnson Jr.

After being a bridesmaid at the Mile High Nationals in four different categories – Super Gas, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Fuel and nitro Funny Car – Johnson is finally a champion at Bandimere Speedway.

That became a reality for the former NHRA Division 5 racer when he edged Bob Tasca III in the final round.

Johnson Jr. clocked a 4.102-second elapsed time at 308.50 mph to get past Tasca’s 4.158-second lap at 302.14 mph.

“I’ve wanted to win this race so bad for so long,” Johnson Jr. said. “This race has meant so much to me. What a great day. I’m just happy for my team. This has been the best season ever and I think we are just getting started.”

Johnson Jr., who is the driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for Don Schumacher Racing, now has 19 career national event wins – 17 in Funny Car and two in Top Fuel.

This was Johnson’s second win of the season as he also won in Chicago (June 2).

“We struggled on Friday, like a lot of people, but we felt pretty confident Saturday and (in Q4) we made a great run (3.978 seconds). That was my quickest ever on the mountain,” Johnson Jr. said. “That gave us a ton of confidence. We are such a better team than we were in the past and it is good to see us grow as a team. It wasn’t easy (Sunday), Tasca was right there in the final round and we got a few breaks here and there and we finally got it done here.”

Johnson Jr. has 24 round wins this season with crew chief John Collins, and he moved into second place in the point standings behind Robert Hight. Johnson Jr.’s career-best finish in the points came in 2016 when he was second.

“The Bandimeres are such a great family,” Johnson Jr. said. “I started coming up here when I was a kid. My dad raced up here, I’m a Division 5 guy. I ran the divisional race here a lot and I just got to know the Bandimeres really well and they are a great family, so this win means a lot.”

On Sunday, Johnson’s victory parade consisted of wins over Jeff Diehl, Jack Beckman, Cruz Pedregon and Tasca. Johnson Jr. improved his career record against Tasca to 8-0 and this was the first time they met in the final round.

Tasca had the starting line advantage in the final, but Johnson Jr. caught and passed him at the eighth-mile and never looked back.

“It is tough up here on the mountain because you don’t have the downforce because the air is just not as thick,” Johnson Jr. said. “You have to really drive the car up here. I kept giving them feedback on issues I was having driving and it just keep getting better and better all weekend. I told them after second round, I had to do some driving, but the good thing is I can drive it now. It was a good team effort.”

While smiling during his victory press conference, Johnson Jr. took a trip down memory lane talking about how he lost in the 1984 Super Gas finals to Shawn Langdon’s dad, Chad.

Johnson Jr. lost on a double breakout.

“It has been a long time and Shawn (Langdon) showed me a picture this weekend of his dad holding him in the winner’s circle here (at Bandimere Speedway),” Johnson Jr. said. “He was only 2 years old at the time and I remember telling him I’ve been doing this so long I was a runner-up to your dad. It is neat to finally get it done here.”

LINK TO COMPETITION PLUS ARTICLE

Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Richard Brady Mon, 2019-07-22 08:00