DSR St. Louis Post-Race Recap

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AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Event 20 of 24 (St. Louis)
Countdown Event 2 of 6
World Wide Technology Raceway
Madison, Ill.
Sept. 27-29, 2019


DSR St. Louis Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett advanced to the semifinals to jump three spots in the Countdown to the Championship Top Fuel standings, and crack into the ‘top five’
  • Ron Capps’ quarterfinal finish helped him maintain his No. 4 Funny Car ranking
  • Jack Beckman remains in the Funny Car ‘top five’

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 7 (3.889 E.T. at 324.59 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.898 E.T. at 324.44 MPH defeated by Shawn Langdon 3.907 E.T. at 330.47 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish Foundation team have been solid throughout the majority of the 2019 season. They have captured two event wins, two runner-up’s and six semifinal finishes throughout the first 17 races, but were looking to the Midwest Nationals to help right the ship after two consecutive first-round losses at the previous events.

Johnson began his campaign for a first St. Louis trophy by qualifying in the top half of the field on the strength of his 3.889-second Q4 run to draw fellow Countdown contender Shawn Langdon in round one. Johnson powered his machine to the quickest E.T. of the session (3.898 seconds), but Langdon’s quicker reaction time caused Johnson to suffer a rare holeshot loss.

Quotable:
“These first two races of the Countdown have not gone the way we had hoped. The car had been off a little bit, and then we got the car back and then, I’m off, so we’ve all got to get on the same page and get the job done. It’s just frustrating, you never want to lose that way, but we have a strong race car again, so we’ll go back and see if we can’t finish out the year strong.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Starting Positions:
Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – 2232
2. Steve Torrence – 2230
3. Mike Salinas – 2191
4. Brittany Force – 2184
5. Leah Pritchett – 2170
6. Antron Brown – 2159
6. Richie Crampton – 2159
8. Austin Prock – 2153
9. Billy Torrence – 2152
10. Clay Millican – 2125

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 2235
2. John Force – 2222
3. Jack Beckman – 2211
4. Ron Capps – 2191
5. J.R. Todd – 2182
6. Bob Tasca III – 2156
7. Shawn Langdon – 2155
8. Tommy Johnson Jr – 2138
9. Matt Hagan – 2132
10. Tim Wilkerson – 2109


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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 St. Louis Qualifying Report

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AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Event 20 of 24 (St. Louis)
Countdown Event 2 of 6
World Wide Technology Raceway
Madison, Ill.
Sept. 27-29, 2019


DSR St. Louis Saturday Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan blasted to low E.T. of Funny Car Q3 to earn three bonus points and the No. 2 qualifying spot
  • Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. join Hagan in the top half of the Funny Car field
  • Round one of Top Fuel will feature an intramural battle between Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett
  • The DSR Dodge Challenger Drag Pak duo of Mark Pawuk and Leah Pritchett qualified in the top half of the Factory Stock Showdown field, and advanced to round two after both drivers raced to victory in round one of eliminations

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 7 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 10 Shawn Langdon

The Results:
Q1: 4.273 E.T. at 216.76 MPH
Q2: 3.938 E.T. at 326.63 MPH
Q3: 3.911 E.T. at 324.12 MPH
Q4: 3.889 E.T. at 324.59 MPH

Quotable:
“We went in the right direction every run through qualifying with a steady car, and the guys have a good handle on things. I think we’re back in the groove. I’m confident we can continue this momentum and put four good runs together tomorrow. We need to get a win and back into the championship hunt.”

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DSR St. Louis Friday Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett clocked the second-quickest run of Top Fuel Q1 to earn two bonus points
  • Antron Brown finished Friday sitting inside the Top Fuel ‘quick eight’
  • Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, and Tommy Johnson Jr. occupy the provisional No. 4, five and six qualifying spots, respectively
  • Mark Pawuk powered to the quickest E.T. during the first Factory Stock Showdown Series qualifying round, and second-quickest of Q2 to earn the provisional No. 2 spot

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 6


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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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St. Louis Pre-Race Report

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AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Event 20 of 24 (St. Louis)
Countdown Event 2 of 6
World Wide Technology Raceway
Madison, Ill.
Sept. 27-29, 2019


Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman enters the weekend as the Funny Car points leader after racing to victory at the previous event (Reading)
  • Antron Brown leads the pro classes as the winningest driver in St. Louis history having captured the crown five times: 2009, 2012 – 2015
  • Ron Capps leads the Funny Car class in most wins (four) at World Wide Technology Raceway: 1997, 2005, 2007, 2017
  • Capps’ first Funny Car event win occurred at the 1997 race
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. secured his first Funny Car No. 1 qualifier at St. Louis in 1999
  • Leah Pritchett and Mark Pawuk return to Factory Stock Showdown Series competition
  • Pritchett returns as the defending FS/XX event champion; Pawuk was the 2018 FS/XX No. 1 qualifier

    DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, speed: 332.75 mph, Leah Pritchett (2017)

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Countdown to the Championship standing: 5th

St. Louis Event Highlights:

  • Two-time runner-up (2001, 2016)
  • 1999 No. 1 qualifier
    2018 St. Louis Recap:
    Qualified fourth; Semifinal finish (defeated Del Worsham in E1, Bob Tasca III in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)

Last Event (Reading):
Qualified seventh; First round exit (defeated by J.R. Todd in E1)

2019 Season Statistics:
29 round wins; ranked fifth in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Secured his first Funny Car No. 1 qualifier at St. Louis in 1999
  • Johnson’s father captured his sole national event win at St. Louis in 1976 while competing in the Modified Eliminator category

Quotable:
“St. Louis is a special race to me because my dad won that race in 1976 and it was his only national event win. I’ve never won it, but have been runner-up a few times. Warmer weather is in the forecast for this weekend, and I think that’ll be an advantage to our team, we seem to run better in the heat.

“We didn’t start the Countdown the way wanted; we’re in a little bit of a hole. You can’t have a bad race in the Countdown, and we’ve had one, so that means we need to have five exceptional races. It’s important that we go to St. Louis and do really well. To have any shot at the championship, I think we need to go to at least to the semis, probably finals, and get some points. We’ve had two bad races in a row, and before that, we hadn’t had two bad races all season, so I expect big things from our Make-A-Wish team this weekend.”


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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 Reading Post-Race Recap

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MOPAR Express Lane NHRA Nationals
Presented by Pennzoil
Event 19 of 24 (Reading)
Countdown Event 1 of 6
Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, Pa.
Sept. 13-15, 2019


DSR Reading Elimination Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman raced to victory at the first event of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship and moved into the Funny Car points lead
  • Beckman’s triumph was his first of the season, and the 29th of his career
  • Semifinalist Ron Capps moved up one spot to fourth; Tommy Johnson Jr. rounds out the ‘top five’ in the Funny Car point standings
  • With Beckman’s Reading win, all DSR Funny Car pilots have visited the winner’s circle at least once in 2019
  • Reading marked the eighth consecutive event that DSR has contested a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in the final round
  • Antron Brown maintains his ranking inside the Top Fuel ‘top five’

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 7 (3.905 E.T. at 326.95 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.977 E.T. at 327.66 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 3.915 E.T. at 329.58 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. won his first-ever Funny Car Wally at Maple Grove Raceway back in 1999, and the two-time 2019 winner was looking to get a jumpstart on his run for a first NHRA Funny Car world championship with a long race day of going rounds. After qualifying the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car seventh, Johnson began eliminations ranked second in the season championship standings, and his first-round opponent was reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd. Johnson and Todd were nearly even at the starting line, but Johnson, a two-time Reading winner, slowly lost ground during the race to 1,000 feet. Todd’s quicker run of 3.915 seconds was enough to defeat Johnson, who posted a pass of 3.977 seconds.

Quotable:
“Today certainly wasn’t ideal. We ran decent in qualifying and coming off of such a great season so far, I had high hopes for the Countdown, but starting off with a first-round loss isn’t what we had planned. Not totally demoralized by it, but we have our work cut out for us now. We’ll have to do exceptionally well at the last five to regain our position if we want any shot at the championship. I’m sure over the next week or so we’ll reevaluate and see if we can’t turn things around in St. Louis and keep a shot at the championship.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Starting Positions:
Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – 2180
2. Brittany Force – 2147
3. Steve Torrence – 2133
4. Antron Brown – 2127
5. Richie Crampton – 2126
6. Mike Salinas – 2104
7. Austin Prock – 2094
8. Leah Pritchett – 2093
9. Clay Millican – 2092
10. Billy Torrence – 2032

Funny Car
1. Jack Beckman – 2179
2. John Force – 2160
3. Robert Hight – 2155
4. Ron Capps – 2136
5. Tommy Johnson Jr – 2105
6. Matt Hagan – 2092
7. J.R. Todd – 2089
8. Bob Tasca III – 2072
9. Tim Wilkerson – 2057
10. Shawn Langdon – 2043


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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 Reading Qualifying Report

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MOPAR Express Lane NHRA Nationals
Presented by Pennzoil
Event 19 of 24 (Reading)
Countdown Event 1 of 6
Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, Pa.
Sept. 13-15, 2019


DSR Reading Saturday Highlights:

  • Ron Capps kicked-off his 2019 Countdown campaign by capturing the Funny Car pole
  • Capps’ record-setting Q2 performance stood strong on Saturday, and he collected eight bonus points at the conclusion of qualifying after powering to the second-best pass of Q4
  • Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. join Capps with starting positions in the top half of the Funny Car field
  • Beckman blasted to the quickest run of the third qualifying session to earn three bonus points
  • Leah Pritchett made the second-quickest Top Fuel runs of three qualifying rounds to earn six bonus points and the No. 2 qualifying spot
  • Antron Brown will start from inside the ‘top five’ on the Top Fuel ladder

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 7 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 10 J.R. Todd

The Results:
Q1: 3.964 E.T. at 315.42 MPH (One point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.905 E.T. at 326.95 MPH (One point for third quickest run of the session)
Q3: 3.906 E.T. at 327.74 MPH
Q4: 5.204 E.T. at 138.50 MPH

Bonus Points: Two

Quotable:
“We’ve got a really good Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. We tried some stuff in that last qualifying session just to see if we could get away with it. Now we know that didn’t work. We’ve got a good consistent car, and that will go far tomorrow. I think conditions will be different tomorrow, and having a consistent car is what you are going to need. We’re excited about this being a MOPAR event and happy to have all the FCA executives out here with us. It worked out well for us in Denver, and we’re hoping to have the same results here tomorrow. A consistent car might be the thing you need in those conditions.”


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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 Reading Friday Highlights:

  • Ron Capps powered the NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the second-fastest pass in NHRA history (339.28 mph) en route to capturing the provisional Funny Car pole with his 3.837 E.T.
  • Capps’ history-making run reset both ends of the Maple Grove Raceway track record and were career-bests for the decorated driver
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. and Matt Hagan both provisionally qualified within the ‘top five’ of the Funny Car field, with Johnson earning bonus points for racing to the third-quickest pass of both sessions
  • In Top Fuel, Antron Brown was quickest of Q1 and Leah Pritchett was second-quickest of Q2; both drivers are provisionally qualified within the ‘top four’

Q1: 3.964 E.T. at 315.42 MPH (One point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.905 E.T. at 326.95 MPH (One point for third quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Two

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 3