DSR Brainerd Qualifying Report

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NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019

DSR Brainerd Saturday Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan will start from the top of the Funny Car field for the 35th time of his career
  • The entire DSR Funny Car contingent earned top-half qualifying positions, with defending event champion Jack Beckman occupying the No. 2 spot
  • Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel duo and will start race day from fourth
  • Antron Brown and Hagan’s qualifying performances helped them to clinch berths into the NHRA Countdown to the Championship


Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 12 Tim Wilkerson

The Results:
Q1: 3.995 E.T. at 316.52 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.041 E.T. at 295.34 MPH
Q3: 3.956 E.T. at 320.43 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.926 E.T. at 318.54 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Seven

“We had a brand-new car coming into this race. Too bad we had a little bit of the ‘new car blues’ during the night qualifying session because I think we would’ve had a shot at No. 1, but we had a solid comeback today. We made two really good runs in the heat. It’s unfortunate the weather isn’t forecast to be this way tomorrow, so I hope the weatherman is wrong.”

DSR Brainerd Friday Qualifying Report
DSR Brainerd Friday Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan sits in the provisional No. 1 spot after recording the only sub-3.9-second Funny Car pass on Friday
  • Hagan’s MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody was quick and consistent during both qualifying sessions, earning bonus points each time
  • Jack Beckman’s 3.908-second run has him seeded second heading into day two of qualifying
  • Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel tandem after posting the third-quickest run of the day

Q1: 3.995 E.T. at 316.52 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.041 E.T. at 295.34 MPH

Bonus Points: Two

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 10

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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