DSR Las Vegas II Pre-Race Report

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Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 23 of 24 (Las Vegas II)
Countdown Event 5 of 6
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
November 1-3, 2019


Highlights:

  • Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan drove to victory at the most recent race on the NHRA tour (Dallas)
  • Sitting second in the Funny Car points, Jack Beckman leads DSR in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship standings
  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Hagan raced to runner-up finishes at the 2018 Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. was the Funny Car No. 1 qualifier at the 2018 event

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.854 seconds, Jack Beckman (2017)
Funny Car, speed: 335.57 mph, Jack Beckman (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: 8th

Las Vegas II Event Highlights:

  • 2006 runner-up
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2015, 2018)
    2018 Las Vegas II Recap:
    Qualified No. 1; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jeff Arend in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

Last Event (Dallas):
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Paul Lee in E1; defeated by John Force in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
31 round wins; ranked eighth in points

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

Noteworthy:
No. 1 qualifier at the 2018 event

Quotable:
“I’m excited about going to Vegas; it’s one of my better race tracks. The way we’ve been struggling lately, I can’t wait to get to a track that’s been good to me in the past and finish the season strong. I know we have a good race car again, and it’s coming back to us. I’ve won at Vegas before and would love to get this thing turned around and put our car back in the winner’s circle and finish off the season on a high note. We know we can still finish in the top five, and that’s our main goal.”


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.

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DSR Dallas Post-Race Recap

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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Event 22 of 24 (Dallas)
Countdown Event 4 of 6
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
Oct. 18-20, 2019


DSR Dallas Elimination Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan raced to victory at the fourth event of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship and moved from seventh to fourth in the Funny Car point standings
  • Hagan’s triumph was his third of the season, 32nd of his career, and third at Texas Motorplex
  • Dallas marked the tenth time in 11 consecutive events that DSR has contested a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in the final round
  • Jack Beckman maintains his No. 2 ranking in the Funny Car Countdown standings
  • Leah Pritchett heads to Countdown race No. 5 of six ranked inside the Top Fuel top five
  • In Factory Stock Showdown competition, Pritchett raced to her first FSXX final of 2019, while Mark Pawuk also enjoyed a long race day of going rounds by advancing to the semifinals

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 9 (3.920 E.T. at 324.44 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.932 E.T. at 324.05 MPH defeated Paul Lee 3.957 E.T. at 323.97 MPH
E2: 3.919 E.T. at 320.20 MPH defeated by John Force 3.937 E.T. at 327.98 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. entered the second half of the Countdown looking to regain his regular-season form that included two wins, four final-round appearances, and 29 round wins in the first 18 races. With just one round win in the first three Countdown races, Johnson was looking for a breakout performance behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at the Texas Motorplex. He started race day by recording a 3.932-second pass to defeat opponent Paul Lee in the first round.

In the quarterfinals, Johnson faced John Force. Johnson piloted his Dodge Hellcat to his best run of the weekend – 3.919 seconds – but lost in a close race to Force who clocked a 3.932 E.T. In true Force fashion, the veteran driver deep staged to allow for a better-appearing reaction time, and the win was recorded as a holeshot.

Quotable:
“I should have rolled it in further, that’s what (John) Force does. It makes you look bad on paper, but in actuality, we ran about the same. It makes me happy that our car is coming back around. We struggled for a few races, but the car is back. I’m excited that we can go to Vegas and be very competitive.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Starting Positions:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 2394
2. Doug Kalitta – 2361
3. Brittany Force – 2348
4. Billy Torrence – 2323
5. Leah Pritchett – 2290
6. Austin Prock – 2278
7. Mike Salinas – 2266
8. Antron Brown – 2247
9. Richie Crampton – 2228
10. Clay Millican – 2210

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 2437
2. Jack Beckman – 2367
3. John Force – 2363
4. Matt Hagan – 2325
5. Bob Tasca III – 2315
6. Ron Capps – 2302
7. J.R. Todd – 2274
8. Tommy Johnson Jr – 2243
9. Shawn Langdon – 2239
10. Tim Wilkerson – 2188


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.

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DSR Dallas Qualifying Report

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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Event 22 of 24 (Dallas)
Countdown Event 4 of 6
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
Oct. 18-20, 2019


DSR Dallas Saturday Highlights:

  • Starting from second on the Top Fuel ladder, Leah Pritchett leads DSR heading into Sunday’s elimination rounds
  • Antron Brown will also start from the ‘quick half’ of the Top Fuel field
  • In Funny Car, Ron Capps and Matt Hagan earned top-half starting positions
  • Round one will feature an intramural battle between Capps and Jack Beckman
  • The DSR Dodge Challenger Drag Pak duo of Pritchett and Mark Pawuk earned round-one victories, and both drivers will advance to Sunday’s quarterfinal round

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 9

The Competition: No. 8 Paul Lee

The Results:
Q1: 4.179 E.T. at 224.28 MPH
Q2: 3.920 E.T. at 324.44 MPH
Q3: 3.993 E.T. at 319.22 MPH
Q4: 3.936 E.T. at 316.60 MPH

Quotable:
“We definitely have a ‘hot weather’ kind of car, so if we can get those conditions tomorrow, I’ll feel very confident. Our Make-A-Wish Dodge is consistent when it’s cool out, but even more so when it’s hot.”


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.

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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Event 22 of 24 (Dallas)
Countdown Event 4 of 6
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
Oct. 18-20, 2019


Highlights:

  • After racing to victory at Reading, and powering to a runner-up finish in Charlotte, Jack Beckman occupies the No. 2 spot in the Funny Car standings, sitting 44 points out of first
  • Antron Brown will campaign a special one-race-only ‘Tools for the Cause’ Breast Cancer Awareness car to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Brown’s first national event win occurred at the Texas Motorplex in 1999 while he was competing in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. clinched the Funny Car No. 1 qualifier position during the 2018 event
  • Final Factory Stock Showdown Series event of 2019
  • Leah Pritchett is once again pulling double-duty, competing in both Factory Stock and Top Fuel
  • Pritchett was crowned the 2018 FSXX world champion at last year’s event en route to capturing the FSXX FallNationals event trophy
  • Mark Pawuk enters Dallas with momentum after capturing the No. 1 qualifying position in Indianapolis, and No. 2 qualifying position in St. LouisDSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, speed: 330.55-mph, Antron Brown (2016)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Countdown to the Championship standing: 8th

Dallas Event Highlights:

  • 1999 runner-up
  • 2018 No. 1 qualifier
    2018 Dallas Recap:
    Qualified No. 1; Semifinal finish (defeated Terry Haddock in E1, Cruz Pedregon in E2; defeated by J.R. Todd in E3)

Last Event (Charlotte II):
Qualified eighth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1; defeated by Jack Beckman in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
30 round wins; ranked eighth in points

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

Noteworthy:
Powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead during the 2018 Dallas event
One of three consecutive poles for Johnson during the 2018 Countdown

Quotable:
“I’ve been going to Dallas a long time and have been to the final round there, but I’ve never won that race. It’s unfortunate we’ve struggled in the Countdown, but we can still go back out there and finish strong and try to bring home another win and get us a cowboy hat. The Make-A-Wish Dodge is starting to come back around. Things haven’t gone our way lately, and it’s time to turn it around in Dallas.”


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.

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DSR Charlotte II Post-Race Recap

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NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
Event 21 of 24 (Charlotte II)
Countdown Event 3 of 6
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
Oct. 11-13, 2019


DSR Charlotte II Elimination Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman raced to a runner-up finish, marking his second final round appearance in the first three events of the Countdown, and moved into the No. 2 spot in the championship point standings
  • Beckman powered his machine to the quickest Funny Car E.T. (3.864 seconds) of the NHRA Carolina Nationals
  • Three DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars advanced to the semifinals
    Semifinalist Ron Capps maintains his No. 4 ranking in the Countdown to the Championship standings
  • Leah Pritchett moved from fifth up to fourth in the Top Fuel standings

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 8 (3.950 E.T. at 321.65 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.916 E.T. at 322.04 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 7.183 E.T. at 90.97 MPH
E2: 6.911 E.T. at 102.45 MPH defeated by Jack Beckman 3.932 E.T. at 323.27 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. made his best qualifying run during the final opportunity Saturday afternoon, clocking a pass of 3.950 seconds to qualify eighth and earn a top-half starting positing for 17th time in 2019. In round one, Johnson powered the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to his quickest pass of the weekend (3.916 seconds) to earn the win against his tire-smoking opponent, Cruz Pedregon.

Johnson’s win set up a seventh 2019 meeting of the DSR ‘giving cars’ with Johnson squaring off against Jack Beckman. Johnson was first on the throttle but started to haze the tires early into the run. He pedaled it and was able to get his machine to recover, but Beckman was already too far ahead and powered to the win.

Quotable:
“After having such a good season and now having a very disappointing Countdown, we thought we were going to right the ship here in Charlotte. We didn’t expect the car to come loose early second round, but we’ll go into Dallas with a car that’s running a bit better than it had been and see if we can’t be a spoiler from here on out and make this Countdown as exciting as we can.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Starting Positions:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 2356
2. Doug Kalitta – 2326
3. Brittany Force – 2264
4. Leah Pritchett – 2231
5. Mike Salinas – 2227
6. Billy Torrence – 2206
7. Austin Prock – 2204
8. Richie Crampton – 2196
9. Antron Brown – 2194
10. Clay Millican – 2178

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 2358
2. Jack Beckman – 2314
3. John Force – 2279
4. Ron Capps – 2268
5. Bob Tasca III – 2215
6. J.R. Todd – 2214
7. Matt Hagan – 2211
8. Tommy Johnson Jr – 2191
9. Shawn Langdon – 2187
10. Tim Wilkerson – 2152


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.

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