DSR Atlanta Qualifying Report

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Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 3-5, 2019

DSR Atlanta Saturday Highlights:

  • Defending Top Fuel event champion Leah Pritchett leads DSR qualifying and will start race day from the No. 4 position
  • Antron Brown piloted his machine to the second-quickest pass of Top Fuel Q3, collecting two more bonus points
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. will start race day from the top-half of the Funny Car field and will have lane choice over teammate Matt Hagan

Note: Saturday’s second qualifying session (Q4) was cancelled due to persistent rain


Driver Information:
Funny Car

Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 7 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 10 Matt Hagan

The Results:
Q1: 4.040 E.T. at 316.30 MPH (One point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 12.477 E.T. at 66.06 MPH
Q3: 4.031 E.T. at 313.66 MPH

Bonus Points: One

“I think lane choice will play a bigger factor tomorrow than it has all year. Thankfully, we’re top-half of the field so we’ll have lane choice for first round. Weather conditions should be similar to what we encountered today and the car performed well in both of the qualifying runs in the heat. Looks like we’ve got a good bracket car for the heat and we’ll see what we can do with it.”

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.

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