DSR Sonoma Qualifying Report

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NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event 15 of 24 (Sonoma)
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
July 26-28, 2019

DSR Sonoma Saturday Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, and Tommy Johnson Jr. will start race day from the top half of the Funny Car field; Antron Brown qualified in the quick-half of the Top Fuel field
  • Leah Pritchett made two bonus point-worthy runs on Saturday, powering to the second-quickest pass of Q4 and third-quickest of Q3
  • Ron Capps picked up a bonus point after maneuvering his Funny Car to the third-quickest run of the third session and was one of only three cars to run in the three-second zone during Q3
  • With 499 Top Fuel round wins, Brown is on the verge of reaching No. 500 on Sunday and is set up to become the sixth Top Fuel pilot in NHRA history to reach that milestone


Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 12 Cruz Pedregon

The Results:
Q1: 3.991 E.T. at 319.90 MPH
Q2: 3.886 E.T. at 324.59 MPH
Q3: 10.484 E.T. at 79.88 MPH
Q4: 3.979 E.T. at 318.77 MPH

“We’ve got a good solid car. We had an issue Q3 that wasn’t indicative of how our car is running, so we’ll come back up and set it up like we had in Q4 first round tomorrow, and go out there and see if we can’t keep this momentum rolling. We’re trying to sweep The Swing, but there’s fourteen other teams that don’t want to see that happen.”

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.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

DSR Sonoma Friday Qualifying Report

DSR Sonoma Friday Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman rocketed to the quickest pass of Funny Car Q1 and powered to the third-best pass of Q2 to earn the provisional No. 3 spot
  • Ron Capps navigated to the second-quickest E.T. of Funny Car Q1
  • Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. close out day one of qualifying sitting in the top half of the Funny Car field
  • Antron Brown’s Q2 pass propelled him to the provisional No. 4 spot

Q1: 3.991 E.T. at 319.90 MPH
Q2: 3.886 E.T. at 324.59 MPH

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 5