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DSR Norwalk Post-Race Recap

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NHRA Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019


DSR Norwalk Elimination Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman advanced to the final round on Sunday to lead DSR at the 13th annual NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio
  • With his run to the final, Beckman powered to two runner-ups and two semifinal finishes over the past four consecutive events
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. recorded his fifth semifinal appearance in six events
  • Leah Pritchett snapped a four-race first-round exit streak by advancing to the Top Fuel semifinals
  • Johnson, Beckman, and No. 1 qualifier Ron Capps leave Norwalk ranked in the ‘top five’ in the Funny Car rankings
  • Antron Brown maintained his No. 4 position 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 (3.928 E.T. at 326.40 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.288 E.T. at 215.62 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 4.462 E.T. at 195.11 MPH
E2: 4.058 E.T. at 316.38 MPH defeated Ron Capps 11.144 E.T. at 75.31 MPH
E3: 6.969 E.T. at 143.34 MPH defeated by Jack Beckman 4.980 E.T. at 234.45 MPH

Race Recap:
After winning the Route 66 NHRA Nationals three weeks ago, Tommy Johnson Jr. was looking to bookend the four-race stretch with another victory behind the wheel of his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. He opened Sunday with a round win over Tim Wilkerson, extending his record to 25 – 6 over the tenured driver and set up a match with teammate Ron Capps. Against Capps, Johnson was clean from start to finish, clocking a run of 4.058 seconds to easily defeat the No. 1 qualifier who lost traction at the hit. Johnson advanced to his sixth semifinal of 2019 where he faced another teammate in Jack Beckman. Ultimately, Johnson suffered the same fate as Capps in the right lane. He lost traction early versus Beckman who also lost traction during his run, but Johnson wasn’t able to capitalize.

Quotable:
“We were hoping to have a shot at our first Norwalk win, but just overpowered the track early and couldn’t get it back under me to chase down Jack. We can’t be too disappointed in the four-race stretch. We got a win and two semifinal appearances. We’ve got a really good Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat right now. It’s been a long four-in-a-row, and everybody is looking forward to a weekend off. We’ll regroup and come back swinging in Epping.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1164
2. Doug Kalitta – 760
3. Brittany Force- 744
4. Antron Brown – 733
5. Mike Salinas – 732
6. Leah Pritchett – 651
7. Clay Millican – 649
8. Richie Crampton – 532
9. Terry McMillen- 524
10. Austin Prock – 518

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 1022
2. John Force – 869
3. Tommy Johnson Jr – 856
4. Jack Beckman – 819
5. Ron Capps – 809
6. J.R. Todd – 764
7. Bob Tasca III – 689
8. Matt Hagan – 656
9. Tim Wilkerson – 619
10. Shawn Langdon – 580


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 Norwalk Qualifying Report

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NHRA Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019


DSR Norwalk Saturday Highlights:

  • Ron Capps locked-in his first No. 1 qualifier of the season, first at Norwalk and 23rd of his career
  • Capps powered the Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to the quickest E.T. of Q2 and Q4, and second-quickest of Q1 and Q3, banking 10 out of 12 possible bonus points
  • Leah Pritchett will start from the No. 2 spot on the Top Fuel ladder for the second consecutive event
  • Antron Brown joins his Top Fuel teammate in the top-half of the field, and Funny Car pilots Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. also secured top-half qualifying positions

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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 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 9 Tim Wilkerson

The Results:
Q1: 5.345 E.T. at 134.69 MPH
Q2: 3.928 E.T. at 326.40 MPH
Q3: 6.994 E.T. at 95.85 MPH
Q4: 3.953 E.T. at 322.65 MPH

Quotable:
“I know (crew chief) John (Collins) and the Make-A-Wish guys were looking for a little more in that final qualifying run. They were trying to step it up. We are doing a little testing. We have been running really well, but you don’t stay running well if you don’t try some things. The guys have been trying some things this weekend and we are learning some stuff. I’m sure we’ll put the car back the way it normally runs tomorrow and we’ll go out there and win some rounds.”


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 Norwalk Friday Qualifying Report

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NHRA Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019


DSR Norwalk Friday Highlights:

  • Funny Car racer Ron Capps rocketed to the provisional qualifying lead
  • Capps powered to the quickest pass of the second session, and second-quickest of the first session, banking five bonus points
  • Jack Beckman also earned Funny Car bonus points by running the quickest E.T. of the opening session, and third-quickest of Q2 to secure the provisional No. 3 spot
  • Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel duo with her Q2 pass and finishes Friday in the No. 2 spot

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Q1: 5.345 E.T. at 134.69 MPH
Q2: 3.928 E.T. at 326.40 MPH

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 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 Norwalk Pre-Race Report

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NHRA Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019


Noteworthy:

  • Matt Hagan returns to Norwalk as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Jack Beckman leads the Funny Car class in number of victories (three) at the Norwalk track: 2009, 2015, 2017
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty, competing in both the Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown Series categories
  • Mark Pawuk raced to his career-first Factory Stock Showdown final round at the 2018 event
  • As a resident of Akron, Ohio, Pawuk considers Norwalk to be his home track
  • Ron Capps celebrates a birthday on June 20
    DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Funny Car, E.T.: 3.865 seconds, Matt Hagan (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

2018 Norwalk Recap:
Qualified 14th; First round exit (defeated by Matt Hagan in E1)

Last Event (Bristol):
Qualified eighth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Matt Hagan in E1; defeated by John Force in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
18 round wins; ranked third in points

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

Quotable:
“Norwalk is such a fun race for everybody. It’s a great facility and a great family that owns it. The way you end this four-in-a-row is important; you can gain a lot of momentum. You can have a great four-in-a-row or a bad one, and I think we’ve had a really good one. We started off with a win and the car has been running spectacularly lately so I’d love nothing more than to finish it with a win and really solidify ourselves in the middle of the season as one of the major contenders.”


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 Bristol Post-Race Recap

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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Event 11 of 24 (Bristol)
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tenn.
June 14-16, 2019


DSR Bristol Elimination Highlights:

  • Funny Car pilots Jack Beckman and Ron Capps recorded semifinal finishes in Thunder Valley
  • Antron Brown retained his No. 4 ranking in the Top Fuel point standings
  • Tommy Johnson Jr., Capps, and Beckman occupy the fourth, fifth and sixth spots, respectively, in the Funny Car rankings

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 8 (4.003 E.T. at 318.24 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.964 E.T. at 311.92 MPH defeated Matt Hagan 4.376 E.T. at 223.50 MPH
E2: 8.529 E.T. at 88.42 MPH defeated by John Force 4.044 E.T. at 318.32 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. earned his position in the top half of Sunday’s field by closing qualifying with an impressive run of 4.003 seconds to grab the eighth position. It marked the second time in the last five events where Johnson and Matt Hagan squared off in round one. Johnson was on the money in this race posting his best run of the weekend, a 3.964 E.T., to capture his third consecutive win over a slowing Hagan. The momentum from his first-round victory was short-lived as Johnson went up in smoke at the hit against John Force to end his chances of a second victory in three races.

Quotable:
“The track caught us off guard there in that second round run. It’s been pretty tricky all weekend, and we weren’t expecting that. We tuned for the conditions, and we’ve had a pretty good handle on it all weekend. We know we have a really fast Hellcat right now. We just need to keep doing what we are doing, and we’ll go some more rounds. I really thought with today’s conditions we had a great chance, but sometimes they’ll surprise you. We’ll get right back at it in Norwalk in a few days and see if we can end this four-race deal the same way we started it – with a victory.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1048
2. Doug Kalitta – 709
3. Mike Salinas – 691
4. Antron Brown – 676
5. Brittany Force – 663
6. Clay Millican – 611
7. Leah Pritchett – 571
8. Richie Crampton – 499
9. Austin Prock – 486
10. Terry McMillen – 470

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 990
2. John Force – 786
3. Tommy Johnson Jr – 783
4. Ron Capps – 741
5. Jack Beckman – 720
6. J.R. Todd – 711
7. Matt Hagan – 624
8. Tim Wilkerson – 587
9. Bob Tasca III – 574
10. Shawn Langdon – 528


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.

FULL DSR ARTICLE HERE