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DSR Charlotte II Post-Race Recap

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NHRA Carolina Nationals
Event 22 of 24 (Charlotte II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 4 of 6
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
October 12-14, 2018


DSR Charlotte II Elimination Highlights:

  • Ron Capps raced to a milestone 60th Funny Car victory, his third of the season
    Capps advanced three spots to third in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff standings
  • Tony Schumacher reached the Top Fuel semifinals for the third time in the first four Countdown events
  • Capps’ victory marked 333 event wins for Don Schumacher Racing

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T

Qualified: No. 1 (3.873 E.T. at 329.10 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 7.265 E.T. at 112.70 MPH defeated by Dave Richards 4.283 E.T. at 279.27 MPH

Race Recap:
After securing his second consecutive No. 1 qualifier, Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish team drew part-time racer Dave Richards in the opening round. Johnson was first to hit the throttle but was up in smoke right at the step and Richards was able to claim the upset win.

Quotable:
“It’s certainly disappointing and frustrating. You’re right in the middle of a championship chase, and to have a first round loss like that puts a huge dent in that chance. We’ll just keep swinging. Our Make-A-Wish Dodge is running so well. Didn’t expect that by any means. It’s frustrating but we’ll keep coming at them.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 2445
2. J.R. Todd – 2434
3. Ron Capps – 2336
4. Tim Wilkerson – 2334
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 2296
6. Courtney Force – 2264
7. John Force – 2241
8. Matt Hagan – 2229
9. Jack Beckman – 2204
10. Shawn Langdon – 2152


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR also campaigns two Sportsman teams. The two-car Factory Stock Showdown duo is piloted by Pritchett and veteran Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk. Both drivers compete in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks.

DSR has won 333 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships.

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


DSR Charlotte II Qualifying Report

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NHRA Carolina Nationals
Event 22 of 24 (Charlotte II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 4 of 6
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
October 12-14, 2018

 


DSR Charlotte II Saturday Highlights:

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. qualified No. 1 for the second consecutive weekend
  • Johnson advanced to third in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Funny Car standings
  • Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher will start Sunday from the top half of the Top Fuel field
  • Ron Capps and Matt Hagan join Johnson in the Funny Car ‘top eight’
  • In the third session, Schumacher ran quickest and Johnson ran third quickest of their respective categories
  • Johnson leads the Funny Car category in number of bonus points earned (seven) throughout the weekend
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. Qualifies No. 1 for Second Consecutive Weekend

(Excerpt)

CONCORD, North Carolina (October 13, 2018) – Tommy Johnson Jr. locked down the No. 1 Funny Car spot to start race day at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C. Johnson nabbed the pole for the second consecutive weekend, marking the first time in his career that he has qualified No. 1 at back-to-back events.

Johnson claimed the top spot when he powered the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T down the zMAX Dragway strip in 3.873-seconds at 329.26-mph during Q4. At the start of the final qualifying session, Johnson was positioned fourth, standing on his Q1 run of 3.901-seconds, which was the quickest time of the opening session.

“We’ve got a really, really good race car,” said Johnson, who has raced to the semifinals or better at six of the last seven events. “The guys are doing such a great job and you can see their confidence. You can just see it in the way they walk and carry themselves.

“It’s kind of ironic. Last weekend we had No. 1, it got taken away from us and then we came back in the last session and took it back. This weekend we had No. 1 for a while, it got taken away from us and we came back last session and took it back.”

Johnson entered the race weekend ranked fourth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Funny Car point standings, but his strong qualifying performance moved him up to third to start race day. While his team has enjoyed a steady improvement in performance, including two No. 1 qualifiers in the first four Countdown events, they have yet to reach the winner’s circle in 2018. Johnson knows that turning on four Sunday win lights will be key to keeping their 2018 championship hopes alive.

“I’d say the only thing we have to change is the semifinals. We have to fix that this weekend. We’ve had a really good car the last six or seven races and we just keep building on it. John Collins is a very methodical crew chief that likes to pick at it, and once he’s close, it gets easy because we’ve picked at it for so long, we know right where we’re at. It’s just small changes and it allows us to be able to step it up when you need to.

“I think John was mad after (the semifinals in) Dallas. We were aggressive, but not aggressive enough. We came back this weekend and to run a 91, 90, 92 and an 87, I think it shows he’s got a great handle on it and he knows when he can be aggressive, and how he can be aggressive.

Going back-to-back and running quickest of the session twice during the weekend would’ve been sweet enough for the three-time Carolina Nationals No. 1 qualifier, but the cherry on top was to be able to do it in front of family, including Johnson’s mother who has been sidelined with an illness for the better part of the summer.

“It’s pretty special. My mom has been in the hospital a whole lot this summer. Her goal was to get well enough to come out to the races this weekend, and she’s here, so she’s pretty happy right now. It’s really special to me to have her out here. We grew up racing as a family and so to have my mom, my dad, my nephews out here, it’s special. I’m proud of it, but she’s probably even prouder.”

Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team will begin race day with a first round matchup versus No. 16 qualifier Dave Richards.

Qualified: No. 1 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 16 Dave Richards

The Results:
Q1: 3.917 E.T. at 327.98 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.901 E.T. at 329.26 MPH
Q3: 3.924 E.T. at 327.03 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.873 E.T. at 329.10 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Seven


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR also campaigns two Sportsman teams. The two-car Factory Stock Showdown duo is piloted by Pritchett and veteran Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk. Both drivers compete in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks.

DSR has won 332 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships.

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DSR Charlotte II Pre-Race Report

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NHRA Carolina Nationals
Event 22 of 24 (Charlotte II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 4 of 6
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
October 12-14, 2018


Noteworthy:

  • Following her Factory Stock Showdown Series title clinch at the previous event, Leah Pritchett will attempt to make NHRA history by becoming the first woman to secure titles in two different categories within the same season as she works towards a Top Fuel championship
  • Most recent Funny Car No. 1 qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr. has raced to the semifinals or better at six of the last seven events
  • Antron Brown leads the Top Fuel class in most victories (five) at zMAX Dragway:
    Spring: 2014, 2015
    Fall: 2011, 2015, 2016
  • Since the Fall event’s commencement in 2008, DSR’s current roster of drivers have earned nine wins in the past 10 yearsDSR Driver Information:
    Funny Car

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: No. 4

Charlotte II Event Highlights:
Two-time runner-up (2015, 2016)
Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2015, 2016)

2017 Charlotte II Recap:
Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Dave Richards in E1; defeated by Robert Hight in E2)

Last event (Dallas):
Qualified No. 1; Semifinal finish (defeated Terry Haddock in E1, Cruz Pedregon in E2; defeated by J.R. Todd in E3)

2018 Season Statistics:
25 round wins; ranked fourth in points

Career Statistics:
442 races; 17 wins (two Top Fuel); 15 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:
Has raced to the semifinals or better at six of the last seven events
Coming off of a No. 1 qualifier at the previous event in Dallas

Quotable:
“I’m excited for Charlotte after coming off of a No. 1 qualifier last race and another semifinal appearance. We just continue to be strong and go rounds. We need to just pick it up one notch. Charlotte’s been good to us in the past in the Countdown, so if we can get to the finals and maybe have a little luck with a couple of guys in front of us going out, we can make up some ground where we’re really in the running for the championship. We’ve still got a good shot at it so we need to focus on maintaining that.”


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR also campaigns two Sportsman teams. The two-car Factory Stock Showdown duo is piloted by Pritchett and veteran Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk. Both drivers compete in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks.

DSR has won 332 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships.

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DSR Dallas Post-Race Recap

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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Event 21 of 24 (Dallas)
NHRA Countdown, Event 3 of 6
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
October 5-7, 2018


DSR Dallas Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett wins the 2018 NHRA SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown Series world championship en route to winning the final FSXX event of the season
  • Pritchett’s banner day earned event win No. 332 for Don Schumacher Racing, the winningest team in NHRA history, and championship title No. 17
  • Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) raced to semifinal finishes
  • Johnson cracked into the ‘top five’ in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship standings
  • The DSR dragster trio (Antron Brown, Pritchett, Schumacher) remain in the Top Fuel ‘top five’

(Excerpt)

Driver Information:
Funny Car

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T

Qualified: No. 1 (3.918 E.T. at 321.73 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.981 E.T. at 324.44 MPH defeated Terry Haddock 5.079 E.T. at 150.15 MPH
E2: 3.937 E.T. at 322.65 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 4.036 E.T. at 303.78 MPH
E3: 3.964 E.T. at 321.58 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 3.952 E.T. at 320.89 MPH

Race Recap:
Tommy Johnson Jr. unleashed a 3.918-second run in the fourth and final qualifying session in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to claim the sixteenth No. 1 qualifier spot of his career, his first of 2018 and first at Texas Motorplex. Johnson had a big advantage off the starting line in scoring a round one defeat of Terry Haddock with his 3.981-second pass, the third lowest E.T. of the session.

In round two, the John Collins-tuned Dodge posted another stellar E.T., a 3.937-second pass — the quickest of the quarterfinals — to take out Cruz Pedregon.

During Johnson’s sixth semifinal appearance of the last seven events, he recorded a clean, solid 3.964-second at 321.58-mph run but was behind from the start against opponent J.R. Todd and was unable to make up any ground, ending his day. Johnson moved up to fourth in the Countdown playoff standings with his Dallas performance.

Quotable:
“We’ve got a really good race car now it’s just a matter of putting it all together on Sundays. The continuous improvement is great and hopefully we can keep doing that and have a little luck go our way. We feel really good. If a few of the top cars stumble, we’re right there. We’re in the hunt and not out of this championship yet.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 2387
2. J.R. Todd – 2337
3. Tim Wilkerson – 2254
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 2251
5. Courtney Force – 2232
6. Ron Capps – 2215
7. Matt Hagan – 2175
8. Jack Beckman – 2172
9. John Force – 2168
10. Shawn Langdon – 2120


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

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DSR Dallas Qualifying Report

Category : DSR news

AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Event 21 of 24 (Dallas)
NHRA Countdown, Event 3 of 6
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
October 5-7, 2018


DSR Dallas Saturday Highlights:

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. clinched his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season
  • Johnson amassed another three bonus points during Q4 after powering to the best Funny Car pass of the weekend
  • Tony Schumacher will start from the top half of the Top Fuel field
  • Jack Beckman and Ron Capps qualified in the top half of the Funny Car field
  • Schumacher and Beckman both claimed bonus points during Q4 for running the second quickest passes of their sessions
  • The Factory Stock Showdown Series’ first elimination round was rescheduled for Sunday morning due to inclement weather

(Excerpt)

Tommy Johnson Jr. Qualifies No. 1 for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

ENNIS, Texas (October 6, 2018) – Tommy Johnson Jr. will start race day at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals from the No. 1 spot after powering the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to a 3.918-second at 321.73-mph pass in the fourth and final qualifying session.

The No. 1 qualifier is the sixteenth of Johnson’s career, first of 2018 and first at Texas Motorplex. He finished Friday night as the provisional No. 1 qualifier after running a 3.958 E.T. in Q2 but watched as his top-seeded run was ousted from the No. 1 spot by Bob Tasca III’s 3.950-second pass during the third qualifying session on Saturday. Johnson and the Make-A-Wish Foundation team fired back by posting a blistering 3.918 E.T. in the sweltering Texas heat during Q4 to reclaim the pole position.

“In the car driving, I could tell it was a good run, it felt really good,” said Johnson who claimed seven out of 12 possible bonus points over the course of the weekend. “With the conditions out here, I thought we could squeak a 94 out of it, maybe a high 93 but a 91 is pretty impressive. I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it went 91. John (Collins, crew chief) seemed awful confident on the starting line and now I know why. Obviously, he had full intentions of taking (the No. 1 spot) back.”

After a solid Friday/Saturday outing, Johnson feels confident in his team’s abilities to make it a long Sunday of going rounds, noting that the Make-A-Wish team had the advantage of using Q3 and Q4 as a means to gather information.

“Q3 was an experiment to try something and see what we could get away with, and it made it easy to address the issue. With the little bit of cloud cover here and there, it was still pretty warm during Q4 so I didn’t know if there was a 91 out there. John mentioned he was trying to run a low 90 last night and didn’t get that, so I think he went back and worked on last night’s Q2 run for Q4, and it did what he told it to.

“My boys are pretty happy. Starting from No. 1 helps boost morale. You’re in the fight to try and win this championship. The better you do, the more confidence you have, and you seem to do better and better with the more confidence you get. For me, going up there knowing you have a really good car, it takes some pressure off. I know I can just go up there and race.”

The Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team will start race day by taking on No. 16 qualifier Terry Haddock in round one as they seek their first victory of the season.

Qualified: No. 1 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 16 Terry Haddock

The Results:
Q1: 4.062 E.T. at 312.64 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.958 E.T. at 323.66 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q3: 4.750 E.T. at 167.76 MPH
Q4: 3.918 E.T. at 321.73 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Seven


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR also campaigns two Sportsman teams. The two-car Factory Stock Showdown duo is piloted by Pritchett and veteran Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk. Both drivers compete in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks.

DSR has won 331 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

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