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DSR Richmond Post-Race Recap

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


DSR Richmond Elimination Highlights:

  • Ron Capps powered the NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to its second consecutive victory on Sunday during the NHRA Virginia Nationals
  • The event win marks Capps’ 63rd victory overall, 62nd in a Funny Car, second of 2019 and first at Virginia Motorsports Park
    Capps’ 63 wins rank eighth on the all-time NHRA Mello Yello win list, fourth among the two nitro categories and second in the Funny Car category
  • Behind the wheel of the Matco ‘Tools for the Cause’ Top Fuel dragster, Antron Brown raced to his second final round of the season and 123rd of his career
  • After two consecutive wins in his NAPA Brakes Hellcat, Capps jumped from ninth at the start of May to third in the Funny Car point standings
  • With his final round appearance, Brown advanced from seventh to fifth in the Top Fuel rankings
  • Capps’ win was third of the season for Don Schumacher Racing, and 336th overall

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 10 (4.005 E.T. at 320.28 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.649 E.T. at 251.44 MPH defeated Matt Hagan 5.115 E.T. at 225.41 MPH
E2: 8.238 E.T. at 102.56 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 5.356 E.T. at 212.03 MPH

Race Recap:
As the 2008 Virginia Motorsports Park Funny Car runner-up, Jack Beckman was hoping to seal the deal on Sunday at the NHRA Virginia Nationals and capture his first event win of the year. Faced with the hottest conditions teams have seen all season, the Infinite Hero squad struggled to get their footing during qualifying, eventually settling in the No. 10 starting position to set up a first-round draw with teammate Matt Hagan. Both DSR Dodges lost traction and the two world champions were quick to get back on the throttle. Beckman was able to rein-in his Hellcat first and take the win.

The quarterfinals featured another DSR intramural battle, this time with Beckman squaring off against Tommy Johnson Jr. Once again, the two cars were up in smoke almost immediately, setting up another pedalfest. Unfortunately for Beckman, it was Johnson who managed to get his machine to recover first, cutting Beckman’s day short at round two.

Quotable:
“Disappointing weekend. We got beat second round and only made it to the finish line one time, which means we really didn’t acquire any data here and as hot as this place was, we’re going to see a heck of a lot more of that in the summertime. We just had to cycle in a brand-new clutch disc and we really don’t have another option for its spot in the clutch pack, but we might have to rethink how we apply it. The silver lining is, we got a round win out of here so we didn’t take too bad of a beating in the points, but we’ve just got to figure out what this thing needs for power application, and we need to figure it out by Chicago.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 701
2. Brittany Force – 541
3. Doug Kalitta – 498
4. Clay Millican – 489
5. Leah Pritchett – 469
6. Antron Brown – 467
7. Mike Salinas – 466
8. Richie Crampton – 363
9. Terry McMillen – 352
10. Austin Prock – 341

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 717
2. J.R. Todd – 556
3. Ron Capps – 548
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 527
5. John Force – 524
6. Matt Hagan – 506
7. Jack Beckman – 477
8. Tim Wilkerson – 463
9. Shawn Langdon – 404
10. Bob Tasca III – 369


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.

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DSR Richmond Qualifying Report

 

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


DSR Richmond Saturday Highlights:

  • Funny Car pilots Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps will start from the No. 2 and 3 positions on Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park
  • Matt Hagan also qualified in the top half of the Funny Car field
  • Johnson raced the Make-A-Wish Hellcat to the quickest E.T. of Q3
  • Capps navigated the NAPA Brakes machine to the quickest pass of Q4
  • Capps made a ‘top three’ run in three out of the four qualifying sessions
  • Leah Pritchett will start race day from the quick-half of the Top Fuel field for the seventh consecutive event
  • Antron Brown powered the Matco ‘Tools for the Cause’ Top Fuel machine to the second quickest-run of the third session
  • Round one features two DSR intramural battles: Pritchett vs. Brown, Hagan vs. Jack Beckman

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Driver Information:
Funny Car

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 10

The Competition: No. 7 Matt Hagan

The Results:
Q1: 5.015 E.T. at 152.68 MPH
Q2: 4.005 E.T. at 320.28 MPH
Q3: 10.071 E.T. at 67.29 MPH
Q4: 4.071 E.T. at 285.23 MPH

Quotable:
“It’s no secret we’re struggling. Everyone tries to put a positive spin on things but right now, we’re struggling. It’s not the first time we haven’t qualified well this year. In fact, we’ve qualified lower than this and made it several rounds on Sunday, but it just kind of digs you into a bit of a hole that you’d rather not be in.

“We’re going to have to face a team car, we won’t have lane choice but it doesn’t matter here. This track is billiard table smooth; the best on the tour right now, but it’s incredibly hot out here. I am just very confident that (co-crew chiefs Dean) Guido (Antonelli) and John (Medlen) are going to spend some hours looking at the data and we’ll go out there swinging hard tomorrow. First-round conditions are theoretically going to be the best we’ve had all weekend long. We don’t have the luxury of backing it down racing against Dickie Venables and Matt (Hagan), so at this point, we just need to find ourselves and it’s going to start first round tomorrow.”

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DSR Richmond Friday Qualifying Report

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


DSR Richmond Friday Highlights:

  • Provisional No. 2 Funny Car qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr. leads DSR after day one of the NHRA Virginia Nationals
  • Ron Capps, the most recent Funny Car winner on tour, closed out Friday in the provisional No. 3 spot thanks to his session-best Q1 pass
    Capps earned bonus points during both of Friday’s qualifying sessions
  • Double-duty driver Leah Pritchett powered to the second-quickest pass of the opening Top Fuel session to earn a provisional spot in the top-half of the field

Driver Information
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Q1: 5.015 E.T. at 152.68 MPH
Q2: 4.005 E.T. at 320.28 MPH

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 10

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DSR Richmond Pre-Race Report

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


Noteworthy:

  • 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

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JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Richmond Event Highlights:

  • 2008 runner-up
  • 2009 No. 1 qualifier
    2018 Richmond Recap:
    Qualified fifth; First round exit (defeated by Del Worsham in E1)

Last Event (Atlanta):
Qualified 14th; First round exit (defeated by John Force in E1)

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

Career Statistics:
307 races; 28 wins; 24 No. 1 qualifiers

Quotable:
“We’ve had three subpar outings in a row for a variety of reasons and it’s frustrating. When you know you have a team capable of winning a race and you’re struggling to get to the semifinals, you’re underachieving. The fix for that isn’t qualifying No. 1, it isn’t another final round, it’s the yellow ‘event winner’ hat.

“We’re going back to Richmond. This is the second year since it came back on tour. Last year it was the smoothest track we’d raced on in over a decade but it didn’t have a whole lot of rubber for grip down on it. So, it’ll be interesting to see how much its evolved over the last year and if our crew chiefs can use some of the data that we have to run even more consistently there.”

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DSR Atlanta Post-Race Recap

Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 3-5, 2019


DSR Atlanta Elimination Highlights:

  • Ron Capps picked up his 61st Funny Car victory and first of the 2019 season on Sunday at the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
  • Capps accumulated 112 points to advance two spots in the Funny Car point standings
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to the semifinals for the third time in the first seven events and moved into the top five in the Funny Car rankings
  • With her quarterfinal finish, Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) bumped up two spots and leaves Atlanta Dragway ranked fourth

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Driver Information:
Funny Car

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 14 (5.126 E.T. at 149.12 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.040 E.T. at 312.78 MPH defeated by John Force 3.994 E.T. at 327.74 MPH

Race Recap:
Two-time Southern Nationals winner Jack Beckman made his best run of the weekend in Sunday’s round-one match-up with John Force, but it wasn’t quick enough to advance. Beckman muscled the Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat down the Atlanta Dragway track in 4.040 seconds only to see Force take the early lead, never trailing with his winning lap of 3.994 seconds.

Quotable:
“Tough weekend. Tough race track. There wasn’t a whole lot of success during qualifying in the Funny Car division and we never made it down. I think with us it was a case of too little, too late this weekend. We figured the car out for first round. We made the quickest run in the right lane and it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t quicker than the car in the other lane. We have to get better; we want to get better and we will get better. I don’t know if that means staying and testing or just going and crunching notes before Richmond. We are so much better than this, but you can’t keep saying that when the race day results don’t reflect it. We will fix the car. We will figure out a way to get win lights and we’ll get this Infinite Hero Hellcat back in the winner’s circle soon.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 579
2. Brittany Force – 483
3. Doug Kalitta – 464
4. Leah Pritchett – 433
5. Clay Millican – 427
6. Mike Salinas – 384
7. Antron Brown – 373
8. Richie Crampton – 329
9. Terry McMillen – 319
10. Austin Prock – 288

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 663
2. Matt Hagan – 472
3. John Force – 470
4. J.R. Todd – 456
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 445
6. Tim Wilkerson – 436
7. Ron Capps – 430
8. Jack Beckman – 425
9. Shawn Langdon – 365
10. Bob Tasca III – 338

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DSR Atlanta Qualifying Report

Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 3-5, 2019


DSR Atlanta Saturday Highlights:

  • Defending Top Fuel event champion Leah Pritchett leads DSR qualifying and will start race day from the No. 4 position
  • Antron Brown piloted his machine to the second-quickest pass of Top Fuel Q3, collecting two more bonus points
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. will start race day from the top-half of the Funny Car field and will have lane choice over teammate Matt Hagan

Note: Saturday’s second qualifying session (Q4) was cancelled due to persistent rain

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Driver Information:
Funny Car

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 14

The Competition: No. 3 John Force

The Results:
Q1: 5.126 E.T. at 149.12 MPH
Q2: 6.076 E.T. at 100.30 MPH
Q3: 10.823 E.T. at 62.49 MPH

Quotable:
“I think when you qualify 14th and you haven’t made it to the finish line once, you really, really would’ve liked to have gotten that last qualifying session. Nobody got to run it so it’s an equal playing field, but we’re a little bit puzzled. Our car has thrown us a little bit of a curve ball. It is running quicker than it should with the settings in it, and now without the benefit of Q4, we won’t be able to back it off like we wanted to get it down the track. I guess the good news is, this race track is eating up tune-ups. It was difficult for everybody. There weren’t any standout cars. Nobody made it down the track on all of their runs. It’s going to be a tuner’s nightmare come Sunday, and it might be a driver’s one, too, when that sun comes out. I’ve been in this position so many times before where you’re thinking, ‘man, we’re enormous underdogs going into race day,’ and Guido (crew chief Dean Antonelli) and (co-crew chief) John (Medlen) figure out what’s going on and we come out roaring.”


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.

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DSR Atlanta Friday Qualifying Report

Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 3-5, 2019


DSR Atlanta Friday Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett powered to the fourth-quickest run of the day, earning the Top Fuel provisional No. 4 spot
  • Antron Brown banked two bonus points for making the second-quickest pass of the opening Top Fuel session
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. picked up one bonus point for recording the third-quickest run of Funny Car Q1 to claim the provisional No. 6 spot
  • Matt Hagan finished Friday positioned in the top-half of the Funny Car field

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Driver Information:
Funny Car

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Q1: 5.126 E.T. at 149.12 MPH
Q2: 6.076 E.T. at 100.30 MPH

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 11

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DSR Atlanta Pre-Race Report

 

Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 3-5, 2019


Noteworthy:

  • Leah Pritchett returns as the defending NHRA Southern Nationals Top Fuel champion
  • Matt Hagan raced his Funny Car to a runner-up finish during the 2018 event
  • Pritchett and Hagan visited the final elimination round at the previous event
  • Pritchett recorded her first professional final round appearance at the 2015 event
  • Antron Brown has raced to victory in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at Atlanta Dragway

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.699-seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)
Funny Car, speed: 329.02-mph, Matt Hagan (2016)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Atlanta Event Highlights:

  • Two-time event champion (2009, 2011)
  • 2016 runner-up
  • 2016 No. 1 qualifier

2018 Atlanta Recap:
Qualified 10th; Semifinal finish (defeated J.R. Todd in E1, Bob Tasca III in E2; defeated by Matt Hagan in E3)

Last Event (Charlotte I):
Qualified 2nd; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Dave Richards, Ron Capps in E1; defeated by John Force, Matt Hagan in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
Nine round wins; ranked fourth (tied) in points

Career Statistics:
306 races; 28 wins; 24 No. 1 qualifiers

Quotable:
“We’re hanging tough in the points and we have a great race car, but we’re also frustrated after a first-round loss at Houston and then a dropped cylinder right at the start of the second round in Charlotte. We know that we’re better than what we’re showing on the race track. We have a car that’s capable of qualifying in the top of the field and we’ve shown that. And we know we have a car capable of winning the race on Sunday, but we haven’t shown that. We got so close at the season-opener in Pomona. We need to make a statement. We’re coming to a point where it’s going to be imperative we put our Infinite Hero Dodge Hellcat into the winner’s circle. If we can do that going into the hot months and stabilize that tune-up, we’ll go right back up to the top of the point standings.”

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DSR Charlotte I Post-Race Recap

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte I)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 26-28, 2019


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DSR Charlotte I Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) raced to the final elimination quad in their respective categories on Sunday afternoon at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
  • Jack Beckman advanced to fourth (tied) in the Countdown to the Championship Funny Car standings
  • Hagan maintained his No. 2 ranking in the point standings

Driver Information
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 2 (3.891 E.T. at 321.42 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.925 E.T. at 324.83 MPH defeated Dave Richards 5.044 E.T. at 175.32 MPH, Ron Capps 5.172 E.T. at 152.95 MPH
E2: 7.194 E.T. at 99.31 MPH defeated by John Force 4.046 E.T. at 320.81 MPH, Matt Hagan 3.997 E.T. at 316.30 MPH

Race Recap:
“Fast” Jack Beckman looked to be on a bee-line to the winner’s circle in the early going on Sunday at zMAX Dragway in his MOPAR-powered Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. After banking five total bonus points en route to the No. 2 qualifying spot, Beckman was quickest in his first foursome grouping in eliminations, clocking a 3.925 E.T. at 324.83-mph to advance. Unfortunately, the 2012 Funny Car world champion’s run ended in round two, thanks to a dropped cylinder that forced Beckman to pedal his car to a losing 7.194 E.T. finish.

Quotable:
“It seems our theme this year has been that we’re not dominant in qualifying, and we find a race day package that works. In Houston, we had some bad luck first round and broke a bolt and lost that race. Then we come here, and now we’re stellar in qualifying, and the second-best car first round on race day. And then as soon as I stepped on the throttle in that second round, it put a hole out. It’s the second honest race track we’ve run all year. That’s going to happen when we get to these tracks. We have to figure out how to tune around it, because once we get into the heat of the summer months, we are going to be faced with it a lot.

“I’ve said all along we’ve got a great race car, but we need to prove that. At some point in the next couple of races, we need to push this thing into the winner’s circle. The good thing about having a race next weekend is that we only have to wait five days to dust ourselves off and do this again.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 460
2. Doug Kalitta – 426
3. Clay Millican – 394
4. Mike Salinas – 384
5. Brittany Force – 382
6. Leah Pritchett – 378
7. Antron Brown – 317
8. Terry McMillen – 309
9. Richie Crampton – 296
10. Billy Torrence – 265

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 582
2. Matt Hagan – 440
3. John Force – 417
4t. Jack Beckman – 394
4t. J.R. Todd – 394
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 371
7. Tim Wilkerson – 339
8. Shawn Langdon – 338
9. Ron Capps – 318
10. Bob Tasca III – 282

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DSR Charlotte I Qualifying Report

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte I)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 26-28, 2019


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DSR Charlotte I Saturday Highlights:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Jack Beckman (Funny Car) lead DSR qualifying and will start race day from the No. 2 position in their respective categories
  • Leah Pritchett posted the third-best run of Q4 to secure a spot in the quick-half of the Top Fuel field
  • Beckman’s Q3 pass was second-quickest of the session and banked two bonus points
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. powered to the third-quickest pass of Q3, earning a qualifying spot in the top-half of the Funny Car field and the advantage of first choice of lanes in round one

Driver Information
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 2 (first choice of lane)

The Competition:
No. 7 Tim Wilkerson
No. 10 Ron Capps
No. 15 Dave Richards

The Results:
Q1: Session cancelled due to inclement weather
Q2: 3.891 E.T. at 321.42 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q3: 3.931 E.T. at 322.27 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q4: 4.244 E.T. at 218.58 MPH

Bonus Points: Five

Quotable:
“Likely, we would’ve gone down the track all three qualifying runs. We saw Hight bump us down in that last session, but something didn’t feel right in the car and I think when it’s not race day, you err on the side of being conservative. We’ll save our parts and go rounds tomorrow.”

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