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DSR Pomona II Post-Race Recap

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DSR POMONA II POST-RACE RECAP
Auto Club NHRA Finals
Event 24 of 24 (Pomona II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 6 of 6
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, California

November 9-11, 2018


DSR Pomona II Elimination Highlights:

  • Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) race to runner-up finishes at the final event of the 2018 season
  • Schumacher visited the final round for the 153rd time in his career
  • Schumacher closes out a nearly 20-year partnership with the U.S. Army ranked second in the Top Fuel standings
  • Johnson moved to third in the standings and as the highest ranking DSR Funny Car driver, earns a Dodge Charger Hellcat to drive for a year
  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) also finish ranked in the top five

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

Qualified: No. 3 (3.867 E.T. at 326.40 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.905 E.T. at 327.59 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 4.034 E.T. at 281.36 MPH
E2: 3.913 E.T. at 324.90 MPH defeated Courtney Force 3.942 E.T. at 321.50 MPH
E3: 3.913 E.T. at 325.06 MPH defeated Jack Beckman 3.919 E.T. at 322.42 MPH
E4: 3.889 E.T. at 327.51 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 3.872 E.T. at 329.10 MPH

Race Recap:
Coming off three consecutive No. 1 spots, Tommy Johnson Jr. started third after holding the provisional pole and earning 14 bonus points during qualifying. The two-time defending event champion at the season-ending Pomona race posted a 3.905-second E.T. at 327.59-mph in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, second quickest of the first round, to beat Cruz Pedregon. Johnson survived a scare in the second round against Courtney Force when his engine initially would not fire up, but once his engine turned over, he lit up the board with a winning 3.913 E.T. that was quickest of the round.

Next up was an all-DSR Mopar Dodge semifinals battle with fellow ‘giving car’ pilot Jack Beckman. Johnson matched his quarterfinals E.T. of 3.913, paired with a speed of 325.06-mph, to outrun his teammate and advance to his fourth straight final round at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, third of the year and 48th of his career. Johnson left nothing on the table against newly-crowned Funny Car champion J.R. Todd, posting his quickest run of race day with a 3.889 at 327.51-mph, but it couldn’t match Todd’s winning 3.872-second pass. With his runner-up finish, Johnson moved to third in the final standings to lead all DSR Funny Car drivers and win the opportunity to drive a Dodge Hellcat for the year.

Quotable:
“It was a great weekend, we just came up a little bit short. I’m proud of my guys; we have such a strong race car. To come out here and finish the season on a competitive note, finish third in points, it’s hard to be ashamed of finishing third so, I’m extremely happy. You always want a better year, unless you’re No. 1, but all in all, not a bad year. I thank Dodge and Mopar for putting the Hellcat on the line for the highest finishing driver. That certainly was in the back of our mind and we’ll put it to good use this year.”

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DSR Pomona II Qualifying Report

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Auto Club NHRA Finals
Event 24 of 24 (Pomona II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 6 of 6
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, California
November 9-11, 2018

 


DSR Pomona II Saturday Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) qualify No. 1 for the final race of the 2018 season
  • Pritchett reset the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Top Fuel speed record (332.84-mph), and her 3.631 Q4 E.T. ties for the second quickest pass in NHRA history
  • All seven Don Schumacher Racing entries will start race day from the top half of the field
  • Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. qualify No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, giving DSR a sweep of the top three spots
  • Pritchett ran quickest of the session during three out of four qualifying sessions
  • Johnson ran low E.T. during the first three Funny Car qualifying rounds; and third low E.T. of Q4, collecting 14 out of a possible 16 bonus points

    DSR Domination Continues on Saturday at Auto Club NHRA Finals

    POMONA, California (November 10, 2018) – Leah Pritchett and Ron Capps swept the top qualifying spots in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, at the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, California.

    Pritchett’s No. 1 qualifier was her fourth of the year and the 11th of her career. Capps earned his first No. 1 spot of 2018, and 22nd of his career.

    Behind the wheel of her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster, Pritchett was dominant, pocketing all eight possible points during Friday qualifying to earn the preliminary pole on a 3.649-second at 329.34-mph pass heading into Saturday. In the final pair of the last Top Fuel qualifying session of the 2018 season, Pritchett unleashed a monster 3.631-second at 332.84-mph run that tied for second quickest in the history of NHRA, reset the Auto Club Raceway Top Fuel track speed record and cemented the pole. Pritchett also collected 12 of 16 possible bonus points during qualifying. She’ll face Bill Litton in round one.

    “It was like a whole different level of fast tonight,” said Pritchett of her record-breaking Q4 pass. “I’ve been 334-miles per hour before, but this, at night, at Pomona; it’s incredible. Finally, for my crew chiefs, the car is communicating in a proper way, and it’s doing everything they’re throwing at it. (Crew chief) Todd (Okuhara) knows he’s finally got his race car back.

    “It feels like home,” added the Indiana resident of her native Redlands, California roots. “Here in Pomona, the fans give me that sense of home. For us to chase history on this track makes me feel like our team is very well on its way to earning a spot in history which is what we’re working towards.”

    Capps, third in the Funny Car points standings, improved steadily from the second session onward, ending his qualifying efforts with a 3.848-second at 331.53-mph pass to stake his claim to the No. 1 spot. While the driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T has collected three wins over the course of the 2018 season, Saturday’s No. 1 qualifier was his first of the year.

    “I was joking around saying ‘man, you’d think I’d never gotten one of these green hats before’ because I was acting so giddy down there at the top end, but yeah, it’s been a while,” remarked Capps. “These No. 1s are a feather in the cap.

    “When they came on the radio after Q4 and told me what we’d run, I couldn’t believe it, but I’m so happy for (crew chief) Rahn Tobler. In Charlotte, we really showed that not only are we strong in the heat, but we’ve got the performance with the five-disc in cool conditions. We ran great, won the race, and we said we were so happy that we ran like that in those conditions because we were certain Pomona would be like that, and it is.”

    Capps locked in a date with No. 16 qualifier Ray Martin in the opening round.

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

Qualified: No. 3 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 14 Cruz Pedregon

The Results:
Q1: 3.960 E.T. at 317.42 MPH (Four bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.881 E.T. at 328.54 MPH (Four bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q3: 3.899 E.T. at 326.40 MPH (Four bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.867 E.T. at 326.40 MPH (Two bonus points for third quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: 14

Quotable:
“We came in here trying to do what we wanted – to be as best as we can every single run. To be the worst of third in one session is pretty outstanding. Maybe that means No. 1 we haven’t been able to have success with so we’ll go out here tomorrow to see if we can’t turn number three into a win.”


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 Pomona II Friday Qualifying Report

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Auto Club NHRA Finals
Event 24 of 24 (Pomona II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 6 of 6
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, California
November 9-11, 2018

 


DSR Pomona II Friday Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) occupy the provisional No. 1 spots after day one of qualifying
  • Pritchett and Johnson swept Friday qualifying, running low E.T. of both Q1 and Q2 in their respective categories
  • Antron Brown holds the provisional No. 3 Top Fuel spot going into Saturday
  • Jack Beckman (No. 2) and Ron Capps (No. 5) join Johnson in the top half of the Funny Car field

    DSR Dominates Friday Qualifying at Auto Club NHRA Finals

    POMONA, California (November 9, 2018) – Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) lead the nitro classes after day one of the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. The Mopar-powered teammates swept Friday qualifying, launching to session-best passes during both sessions.

    (EXCERPT)

    In Funny Car, Johnson is seeking his fourth consecutive No. 1 qualifier of 2018 and is well on his way to accomplishing that goal after the John Collins/Rip Reynolds tuning duo dialed the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to a 3.960 at 317.42-mph pass during round one, and then backed it up with a stout 3.881 at 328.54 to hold on to the top spot in round two.

    “We’ve had three No. 1’s in a row, and we come here, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t do that again,” said Johnson of his impeccably consistent Dodge Funny Car. “Tonight, I’m in the car and I’m listening to what the other teams ran before us and thought ‘okay we should be able to go 88’ and John said I’m going to try and get it to go 281 (mph) at half-track, that speed should get us to where we need to be. Sure enough, it ran 281 at half-track and went 3.88.”

    Johnson, who raced to the No. 1 qualifying position at Dallas, Charlotte II, and Las Vegas II, hopes to retain his top-of-the-pack standing going into Sunday as he attempts to capture the Auto Club NHRA Finals Wally for the third year in a row.

    “We came in here so confident,” said Johnson who captured the event win in 2016 and 2017 and finished as the runner-up in 2015. “When you’ve had that much success at one track, it’s hard to beat it because you’re not beating yourself. I feel comfortable here. I’ve been fortunate here; I wish more of them were like this.”


DSR Pomona II Pre-Race Report

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Auto Club NHRA Finals
Event 24 of 24 (Pomona II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 6 of 6
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, California
November 9-11, 2018

 


Noteworthy:

  • Ron Capps remains mathematically in the hunt for the 2018 Funny Car title entering the final race of the season (165 points out of first)
  • Tony Schumacher will fly the U.S. Army colors on his Top Fuel dragster for the final time, closing out a partnership that dates back to the 2000 NHRA U.S. Nationals and includes:
    Seven Top Fuel world championships
    80 event wins
    86 No. 1 qualifiers
    745 round wins
  • Jack Beckman will reach the ‘300 events’ milestone this weekend at his home track
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Johnson has been to the Pomona II final round the past three years in a row, winning in 2016 and 2017, and finishing as the runner-up in 2015
  • Johnson has earned the pole at the previous three NHRA events (Dallas, Charlotte II, Las Vegas II)
  • Beckman has qualified No. 1 at the NHRA Finals for the past two years
  • Matt Hagan returns as the most recent Pomona Funny Car winner, having raced to victory from the No. 1 spot at the 2018 season-opener
  • Schumacher leads the Top Fuel class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (10) at Pomona:
    Spring: 2005 – 2007, 2013
    Fall: 2003, 2005, 2007 – 2010
  • Schumacher is tied with Don Garlits for most TF wins (six) at Pomona:
    Spring: 2004, 2008
    Fall: 2004 – 2007
  • Antron Brown has been successful in earning victories in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at the Pomona II event
  • Beckman, Capps and Leah Pritchett consider Pomona to be a hometown track.
  • Beckman resides in Norco; Capps resides in Carlsbad; Pritchett grew up in nearby Redlands

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car

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

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: No. 5

Pomona II Event Highlights:
Two-time event champion (2016, 2017)
Two-time runner-up (2002, 2015)

2017 Pomona II Recap:
Qualified fourth; Event champion (defeated Bob Bode in E1, Alexis DeJoria in E2, Jack Beckman in E3, Robert Hight in E4)

Last event (Las Vegas II):
Qualified No. 1; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jeff Arend in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

2018 Season Statistics:
26 round wins; ranked fifth in points

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

Noteworthy:
– Returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
– Johnson has been to the Pomona II final round the past three years in a row, winning in 2016 and 2017, and finishing as the runner-up in 2015
– Has earned the pole at the previous three NHRA events (Dallas, Charlotte II, Las Vegas II)

Quotable:
“Looking forward to Pomona. Going to the final the past three years in a row, and winning it the last two years, it gives you a lot of confidence and it’s a great way to finish the season strong. We’re excited about our chances there. Unfortunately, 2018 wasn’t the championship year we were looking for, but we’re still looking to go out, finish strong and see if we can’t keep things going with a fourth No. 1 qualifier in a row, and a third consecutive NHRA Finals event win.”


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.

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DSR Las Vegas II Post-Race Recap

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NHRA Toyota Nationals
Event 23 of 24 (Las Vegas II)
NHRA Countdown, Event 5 of 6
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 26-28, 2018


DSR Las Vegas II Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett and Matt Hagan raced their chrome Pennzoil machines to runner-up finishes in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. claimed his career 400th round win on Sunday morning
  • Tony Schumacher and Jack Beckman raced to semifinal finishes
  • All four DSR Funny Cars advanced to the quarterfinals

Driver Information
Funny Car

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

Qualified: No. 1 (3.879 E.T. at 327.82 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.938 E.T. at 326.08 MPH defeated Jeff Arend 7.197 E.T. at 92.39 MPH
E2: Foul (Red Light) defeated by Matt Hagan 3.919 E.T. at 326.08 MPH

Race Recap:
After securing his third No. 1 qualifier in a row, Tommy Johnson Jr. kicked off race day by driving to his career 400th round win when he defeated Jeff Arend in round one.

Round two found Johnson squaring off against teammate Matt Hagan, who had just laid down a stout 3.908 in the first session. Johnson was amped up, knowing he had stiff competition in his teammate. The DSR Dodges staged, and it was immediate heartbreak for the driver of the Make-A-Wish Dodge as he stood on the throttle early and activated the red light, allowing Hagan the automatic round win.

Quotable:
“It’s just frustrating and one of these days we’ll get it all put together on a Sunday. (Matt) Hagan ran really well first round and we know what he’s capable of and I knew I had to push and pushed a little too hard. We’ll regroup and go to Pomona for the Finals where we’ve had great success winning the last two years and try to finish this thing off with a win.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points Standings:
Funny Car
1. J.R. Todd – 2553
2. Robert Hight – 2479
3. Ron Capps – 2388
4. Tim Wilkerson – 2367
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 2362
6. Courtney Force – 2324
7. Matt Hagan – 2321
8. Jack Beckman – 2283
9. John Force – 2277
10. Shawn Langdon – 2204


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.