DSR Seattle Pre-Race Report
Category : DSR news
CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
August 3-5, 2018
- Antron Brown returns as the defending Top Fuel event champion and No. 1 qualifier
- Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to a runner-up finish at Seattle in 2017
- Ron Capps enters the event fresh off of two consecutive runner-up finishes (Denver, Sonoma)
- Brown has claimed the past two Top Fuel Seattle Wallys and is seeking his third consecutive Pacific Raceways win
- Both Johnson (1993) and Capps (1995) captured their first NHRA victories in a professional category at Seattle (both in Top Fuel)
- Both Capps and Johnson have been to the Seattle winners circle in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories
- Tony Schumacher leads the TF class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (four) at Pacific Raceways: 2004, 2008, 2014, 2016
- DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.685-seconds, Antron Brown (2016)
Funny Car, speed: 334.15-mph, Jack Beckman (2016)
DSR Driver Information:
TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
NHRA Seattle Event Highlights:
Two-time event champion
1993 (Top Fuel, first professional event win)
2015 (Funny Car)
2017 Seattle Recap:
Qualified third; Event runner-up (defeated Jim Campbell in E1, Ron Capps in E2, Matt Hagan in E3; defeated by Robert Hight in E4)
Last event (Sonoma):
Qualified seventh; Semifinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon in E1, Jack Beckman in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)
2018 Season Statistics:
15 round wins; ranked seventh in points
437 races; 17 wins (two Top Fuel); 15 No. 1 qualifiers (one Top Fuel)
Captured his first NHRA victory in a professional category at Seattle (1993, Top Fuel)
Has been to the Seattle winner’s circle in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories
“Seattle has always been one of my favorite tracks, I got my first Top Fuel win there and was able to come back and win in a Funny Car there as well. There’s just certain tracks that you seem to do better at than others and Seattle is one of mine so I look forward to it every season. Coming out of Sonoma, the way the car ran, I feel pretty confident that this might be our first win of the season.”
About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.
DSR also campaigns two Sportsman teams. The two-car Factory Stock Showdown duo is piloted by Pritchett and veteran Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk. Both drivers compete in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks.
DSR has won 326 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
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