DSR Las Vegas I Pre-Race Report

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NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 4 of 24 (Las Vegas I)
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nev.
April 5-7, 2019


  • The Las Vegas Four-Wide race marks Tommy Johnson Jr.’s 450th event entered
  • Johnson celebrates a birthday on Saturday, April 6
  • DSR placed four cars in the final quad at the inaugural Las Vegas Four-Wide event in 2018
    • Top Fuel: Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher
    • Funny Car: Jack Beckman, Johnson
  • Beckman raced to a runner-up finish at the 2018 event

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.854 seconds, Jack Beckman (Las Vegas II, 2017)
Funny Car, speed: 335.57 mph, Beckman (Las Vegas II, 2017)

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car

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

NHRA Las Vegas I Event Highlights:

  • Two-time LV1 event winner (2001, 2017)
  • 2002 event runner-up

2018 Las Vegas I Recap:
Qualified second; Semifinal finish (defeated Tim Wilkerson, Matt Hagan in E1, John Force, Del Worsham in E2; defeated by J.R. Todd, Jack Beckman in E3)

Last Event (Gainesville):
Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (defeated John Smith in E1; defeated by Jack Beckman in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
Four round wins; ranked fifth in points

Career Statistics:
449 races; 17 wins (two Top Fuel); 18 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Reaches the ‘450 professional events’ milestone at this weekend’s race
Celebrates a birthday on Saturday, April 6

“We always seem to do really well at Vegas. We’ve won there a couple of times in the past, and we did really well last year at the Vegas Four-Wide but felt like we let one get away from us; we should’ve won. So, looking forward to getting a little revenge from last season. It’s my birthday on Saturday and I’d like nothing more than to turn our luck around this weekend in Vegas.”

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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