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DSR Epping Post-Race Recap

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NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, N.H.
July 6-8, 2018


DSR Epping Elimination Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan wins Epping for the second consecutive year
  • Hagan’s dominance from Norwalk continued, as he picked up his second consecutive 2018 victory; third of the season
  • Antron Brown raced to his 87th Top Fuel final round; first of the season
  • All seven DSR drivers advanced to the quarterfinals; all three Top Fuel cars advanced to the semifinals

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 8 (4.023 E.T. at 322.58 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.131 E.T. at 297.94 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 4.408 E.T. at 215.20 MPH
E2: 4.741 E.T. at 179.23 MPH defeated by Matt Hagan 4.237 E.T. at 245.90 MPH

Race Recap:
Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T driver Tommy Johnson Jr., a Funny Car runner-up twice at Epping, qualified in the top half of the field and defeated Cruz Pedregon in round one.

Johnson trailed slightly at the start but closed the gap and pulled away for the round win with a 4.131-second at 297.94-mph mark. Johnson’s hopes to advance ended quickly in the quarterfinals against teammate Hagan after he smoked the tires early.

Quotable:
“It’s showing promise, going a couple of rounds here in Epping. I really thought maybe we had a car for today. It’s frustrating. The track changes so much between first and second (round) and the conditions are so variable. We have to guess better and figure out what it’s going to take to get down these tracks. It’s frustrating right at this moment trying to figure out the tune-up to get down there without spinning the tires. Maybe lane choice would have helped, but who knows.”

Funny Car

1. Courtney Force – 1069
2. Matt Hagan – 914
3. Jack Beckman – 847
4. Ron Capps – 834
5. Robert Hight – 829
6. J.R. Todd – 800
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 692
8. John Force – 652
9. Shawn Langdon – 594
10. Bob Tasca III – 564


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 R/T, 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 325 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.

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DSR Epping Qualifying Report

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NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, N.H.
July 6-8, 2018


DSR Epping Qualifying Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan clinch the No. 1 Top Fuel and Funny Car qualifying spots
  • Antron Brown and Pritchett ran the quickest and second quickest of Top Fuel Q3
  • Pritchett made a ‘top three’ run in three out of four qualifying sessions
  • Pritchett earned her second consecutive New England Dragway No. 1 qualifier
  • Hagan, the most recent Funny Car winner on tour, looks to defend his 2017 New England Dragway Funny Car title
  • All four DSR Funny Cars secure starting positions in the ‘quick half’ of the field
  • The DSR Dodges charged to the four best runs of the final Funny Car qualifying session (in order: Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr., Ron Capps, Jack Beckman)
  • Every DSR driver earned bonus points during Epping qualifying

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 8 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 9 Cruz Pedregon

The Results:
Q1: 4.026 E.T. at 316.82 MPH
Q2: 4.023 E.T. at 322.58 MPH
Q3: 4.222 E.T. at 238.68 MPH
Q4: 4.036 E.T. at 317.49 MPH (Two bonus points for second best of the session)

Bonus Points: Two

Quotable:
“I think with race day conditions predicted to be similar to what we had here in the last session, (Q4 was) a good run. We were second-best of the session to end qualifying, that should be pretty good. If we can continue our consistency on race day, two 4.02s and a 4.03, that should win some rounds.”

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DSR Epping Pre-Race Report

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NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, New Hampshire

July 6-8, 2018


Noteworthy:

  • Matt Hagan returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Hagan enters the New England event fresh off of his second win of the season (Norwalk)
  • Leah Pritchett claimed the 2017 Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier when she powered to the quickest pass in New England Dragway history (3.673-seconds)
  • Antron Brown has been to the final round at Epping the past two years, winning in 2016 and finishing as the runner-up in 2017
  • Tony Schumacher and Ron Capps lead their classes in number of victories at New England Dragway, both with two Epping wins
  • Brown leads the Top Fuel class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (two) at Epping
  • Capps’ Dodge Charger R/T will feature a patriotic NAPA Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund livery
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.673-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 R/T

NHRA Epping Event Highlights:
Two-time runner-up (2015, 2016)
2015 No. 1 Qualifier

2017 Epping Recap:
Qualified ninth; Semifinal finish (defeated J.R. Todd in E1, Mike Smith in E2; defeated by Matt Hagan in E3)

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

2018 Season Statistics:
11 round wins; Ranked seventh in points

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

Quotable:
“I’m looking forward to going to Epping. It’s one of my favorite races on the tour. I can’t wait to see all of the fans. Epping has a old-school feel, and there’s something really cool about racing there. We’ve done well at Epping the past few years so I’m looking forward to getting back up to the northeast, and I think it’s going to be a great event.”


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 R/T, 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 324 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.

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DSR Norwalk Post-Race Recap

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NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24, 2018


DSR Norwalk Elimination Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan locks in his second Funny Car win of the season
  • Hagan’s victory was his first at Norwalk, and 28th of his career
  • Hagan advanced from sixth up to a second place tie with Jack Beckman in the Funny Car points standings
  • Leah Pritchett raced to a semifinal finish
  • Hometown Factory Stock Showdown series racer Mark Pawuk advances to the final round at his second FSXX event

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 14 (4.209 E.T. at 245.81 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.990 E.T. at 323.27 MPH defeated by Matt Hagan 3.994 E.T. at 327.19 MPH

Race Recap:
Beginning eliminations from the No. 14 position, Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. faced off in an intra-squad battle with fellow DSR stablemate Matt Hagan. Johnson overcame his teammate’s slight edge off the starting line (a 0.071-second reaction time to Johnson’s 0.075) to put the nose of his Mopar Dodge out front at the 660-foot mark, but Hagan surged ahead to beat Johnson’s quicker 3.990-second effort to the finish by a razor-thin margin of about five inches.

Quotable:
“It’s a frustrating loss. To run so well and lose by less than one-thousandth of a second, all you can say is it was a great drag race. It was really, really close and I was happy with the way the car ran, it was just qualifying that bit us. Only having two runs and not getting a good qualifying run in on those two. The guys did a great job of hitting the tune-up on Sunday, it was just nine-thousandths of a second too short.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car

1. Courtney Force – 1038
2. Jack Beckman – 788
2. Matt Hagan – 788
4. Robert Hight – 771
5. J.R. Todd – 767
6. Ron Capps – 755
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 637
8. John Force – 577
9. Shawn Langdon – 537
10. Bob Tasca III – 532


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 R/T, 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 324 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.

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DSR Norwalk Qualifying Report

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NHRA Norwalk Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 22-24, 2018


Note: Friday and Saturday’s second qualifying sessions (Q2 and Q4) were cancelled due to inclement weather.

DSR Norwalk Qualifying Highlights:

  • The DSR Top Fuel contingent qualifies all entries in the top half of the field
  • Ron Capps and Matt Hagan make the quickest and second-quickest runs of Saturday, earning bonus points
  • Capps and Hagan will start Sunday from the ‘top three’ on the Funny Car ladder
  • In the Factory Stock Showdown series, Leah Pritchett and hometown racer Mark Pawuk advance to the quarterfinals

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 14

The Competition: No. 3 Matt Hagan

The Results:
Q1: 6.489 E.T. at 101.17 MPH
Q3: 4.209 E.T. at 245.81 MPH

Quotable:
“It’s been a long weekend with only making two runs down the track. We’re getting closer on this tune-up each time we get an opportunity on the track and I think we’ll be fine for first round tomorrow.”


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 R/T, 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 323 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.

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