DSR Pre-Race Report Pomona II

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Auto Club NHRA Finals
Event 24 of 24 (Pomona II)
Countdown Event 6 of 6
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
November 15-17, 2019


Highlights:

  • Sitting second in the Funny Car points, Jack Beckman leads DSR in the NHRA
  • Countdown to the Championship standings
  • No. 3 ranked Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan enters the race weekend with back-to-back victories at the previous two events
  • Both Beckman and Hagan are within two rounds of point leader Robert Hight
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. was the Funny Car event runner-up in 2018 and is seeking his fifth consecutive Pomona II final round appearance
  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) were No. 1 qualifiers at the 2018 event
  • Beckman, Capps, and Pritchett consider Pomona to be a hometown track. Beckman resides in Norco; Capps resides in Carlsbad; Pritchett grew up in nearby Redlands

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.822 seconds, Matt Hagan (Pomona I 2017)
Funny Car, speed: 336.32 mph, Hagan (Pomona I 2018)

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

Pomona II Event Highlights:

  • Two-time event champion (2016, 2017)
  • Three-time runner-up (2002, 2015, 2018)
    2018 Pomona II Recap:
    Qualified third; Event runner-up (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1, Courtney Force in E2, Jack Beckman in E3; defeated by J.R. Todd in E4)

Last Event (Las Vegas II):
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jim Campbell in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

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

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

Noteworthy:
Has been to the Pomona II final round the past four years in a row, winning in 2016 and 2017, and finishing as the runner-up in 2015 and 2018

Quotable:
“I can’t wait to get to Pomona. We’ve had such success there, we’ve been to the final round the past four years and won it two of those times. It’s a good race for our team, and the way our car ran in Vegas, I think that we have a really good shot at finishing the season off well, and we’ll try and get as high as we can in the points.”


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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