DSR Richmond Pre-Race Report

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NHRA Virginia Nationals
Event 8 of 24 (Richmond)
Virginia Motorsports Park
North Dinwiddie, Va.
May 17-19, 2019


  • Ron Capps enters the race weekend as the most recent Funny Car winner on tour after picking up his 62nd event win
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty for the third time in 2019 as she continues to defend her Factory Stock Showdown Series title while chasing her first Top Fuel championship
  • Richmond is a ‘home track’ for lifelong Virginia resident Matt Hagan

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car


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

Richmond Event Highlights:

  • 2007 No. 1 qualifier
    2018 Richmond Recap:
    Qualified tenth; First round exit (defeated by John Force in E1)

Last Event (Atlanta):
Qualified seventh; Semifinal finish (defeated Matt Hagan in E1, J.R. Todd in E2; defeated by Ron Capps in E3)

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

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

“Looking forward to Richmond. Last year, we debuted a new car and didn’t have the success we would’ve liked. We switched back to a five-disc clutch there and since then, we’ve been able to figure it all out, so I’m looking forward to getting back and running there. It was extremely hot last year and right now our car is running really well in the heat. If things are consistent and the same as last year, we should have a very good weekend. It’s one of the best tracks on tour, surface-wise, and I’m very much looking forward to 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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