DSR Seattle Pre-Race Report

Category : DSR news

Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Wash.
Aug. 2-4, 2019


Highlights:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) return as the defending event champions
  • Brown has claimed the Top Fuel Seattle Wally trophy the last three years and will attempt to become the first driver to win four consecutive Seattle trophies in any
  • NHRA Pro class at Pacific Raceways this weekend
  • Brown’s 2018 Seattle win was his 50th Top Fuel victory; Capps’ was his 60th professional win
  • Both Tommy Johnson Jr. (1993) and Capps (1995) won their first NHRA trophy in a professional category at Seattle. Both drivers won while competing in Top Fuel
    Capps and Johnson have been to the Seattle winner’s circle in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories
    Note: Leah Pritchett and her Sparkling Ice +Caffeine Top Fuel Dragster will be on-site at the Covington Safeway (17023 SE 272nd St, Covington, WA 98042), today, July 31, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT. The Meet & Greet is free and open to the public.

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.685 seconds, Antron Brown (2016)
Funny Car, speed: 334.15 mph, Jack Beckman (2016)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Seattle Event Highlights:

  • Two-time event champion
    Funny Car (2015)
    Top Fuel (1993)
  • 2017 runner-up
    2018 Seattle Recap:
    Qualified seventh; Semifinal finish (defeated John Force in E1, Robert Hight in E2; defeated by Courtney Force in E3)

Last Event (Sonoma):
Qualified fifth; Semifinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1, Bob Tasca III in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)

2019 Season Statistics:
26 round wins; ranked second in points

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

Noteworthy:
Won his first NHRA victory in a professional category while competing in the Top Fuel class at Seattle in 1993
Has been to the Seattle winner’s circle in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories

Quotable:
“The Seattle race is one of my favorites on the tour. I’ve won it in Top Fuel, and I’ve won it in Funny Car. It’s one of those races you go to, and things seem to go well for you, so I always look forward to going to Seattle. It’s about as far as you can get from home, but things always seem to bode well for me there. I’d like to get another Funny Car win there.”


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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