DSR Las Vegas II Pre-Race Report

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Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 23 of 24 (Las Vegas II)
Countdown Event 5 of 6
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
November 1-3, 2019


Highlights:

  • Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan drove to victory at the most recent race on the NHRA tour (Dallas)
  • Sitting second in the Funny Car points, Jack Beckman leads DSR in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship standings
  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Hagan raced to runner-up finishes at the 2018 Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. was the Funny Car No. 1 qualifier at the 2018 event

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

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Countdown to the Championship standing: 8th

Las Vegas II Event Highlights:

  • 2006 runner-up
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2015, 2018)
    2018 Las Vegas II Recap:
    Qualified No. 1; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jeff Arend in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

Last Event (Dallas):
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Paul Lee in E1; defeated by John Force in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
31 round wins; ranked eighth in points

Career Statistics:
468 races; 19 wins (two Top Fuel); 18 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)

Noteworthy:
No. 1 qualifier at the 2018 event

Quotable:
“I’m excited about going to Vegas; it’s one of my better race tracks. The way we’ve been struggling lately, I can’t wait to get to a track that’s been good to me in the past and finish the season strong. I know we have a good race car again, and it’s coming back to us. I’ve won at Vegas before and would love to get this thing turned around and put our car back in the winner’s circle and finish off the season on a high note. We know we can still finish in the top five, and that’s our main goal.”


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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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