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DSR Indianapolis Post-Race Recap

NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019

 


DSR Indianapolis Elimination Highlights:

  • Funny Car No. 1 qualifier Jack Beckman capped off a near-perfect race weekend with a runner-up finish
  • Semifinalist Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) lead the DSR brigade heading into the start of the Countdown to the Championship, with both drivers starting from the No. 3 position.
  • Beckman and Ron Capps (Funny Car) join Brown and Johnson with ‘top five’ rankings
  • Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan raced to his fourth consecutive semifinal appearance
  • Factory Stock Showdown Series No. 1 qualifier Mark Pawuk led the DSR Drag Pak duo by racing to a quarterfinal finish

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 1 (3.861 E.T. at 330.07 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.899 E.T. at 328.86 MPH defeated Justin Schriefer (Broke, No Time)
E2: 3.922 E.T. at 325.61 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 3.943 E.T. at 326.95 MPH
E3: 4.065 E.T. at 250.09 MPH defeated J.R. Todd 4.547 E.T. at 193.71 MPH
E4: 3.940 E.T. at 325.92 MPH defeated by John Force 3.919 E.T. at 324.44 MPH

Race Recap:
‘Fast’ Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero Foundation team seemed unstoppable as they dominated throughout the four-day marathon NHRA U.S. Nationals race weekend. Beckman and the Dean Antonelli/John Medlen-led team put together a string of impressive runs right out of the gate to earn 16 bonus points and their first No. 1 qualifying position of the season.

Starting from the top of the field for the 25th time in his career, Beckman faced Justin Schriefer in round one. Beckman launched his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat down the track in 3.899 seconds, his fifth sub-3.9 second run of the weekend, while a mechanical malfunction prevented Schriefer from making it off the starting line.

Without the advantage of lane choice in round two, the Infinite Hero team found themselves in the less-desirable right lane versus opponent Bob Tasca III. The Antonelli/Medlen duo was able to pull off what every other Funny Car but one had failed to do in the first two rounds – make a clean pass in the right lane. Beckman’s 3.922 E.T. edged past Tasca’s 3.943 to set up a semifinal matchup with two-time defending Indy champ, J.R. Todd. Once again, the Infinite Hero team was back in the right lane, and once again, they persevered, becoming the first team to thwart Todd’s Indy reign of dominance.

It was a classic DSR-JFR matchup in the finals, with Beckman squaring off against John Force. Beckman was first on the throttle, but Force was able to inch away and score the win with his 3.919 E.T. versus Beckman’s solid 3.940-second run. Although he came up just short of going wire-to-wire at Indy, Beckman’s runner-up finish propelled him from fifth up to fourth to start the Countdown.

Quotable:
“I have to say, the fan in me seeing John Force talking with TV after the race was like seeing Lou Gehrig doing an interview. But losing this race hurts. I don’t want to lose to Babe Ruth. I don’t want to lose to anybody. It’s the U.S. Nationals. We were poised for our first win of the year. We had an amazing Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. We fought for what we got today. Due to all the delays in the first round, we couldn’t push and lost lane choice. So we were in the less-preferred right lane in the second, third, and final rounds. And we were the only car to continually get down that lane quickly. I’m so proud of the guys for doing that. We came up short in the final, but if we would have leaned on it too much and gone out there and smoked the tires, you aren’t making a race out of it. I’m happy for what we did. We had a great weekend, and I was three-hundredths away from having a phenomenal weekend.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Starting Positions:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1742
2. Doug Kalitta – 1184
3. Antron Brown – 1109
4. Brittany Force – 1108
5. Mike Salinas – 1071
6. Clay Millican – 1058
7. Leah Pritchett – 957
8. Austin Prock – 936
9. Richie Crampton – 842
10. Billy Torrence – 819

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 1481
2. John Force – 1376
3. Tommy Johnson Jr – 1269
4. Jack Beckman – 1259
5. Ron Capps – 1234
6. Matt Hagan – 1165
7. Bob Tasca III – 1116
8. J.R. Todd – 1095
9. Shawn Langdon – 997
10. Tim Wilkerson – 863


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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 Indianapolis Qualifying Report

NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019

 


DSR Indianapolis Sunday Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman piloted the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and 25th of his career
  • Beckman lived up to his ‘Fast’ Jack nickname, powering to session-best passes in three out of five qualifying sessions, earning bonus points in all five rounds, and rocketing to the fastest Funny Car speed (335.23 mph) of the weekend
  • Beckman, Ron Capps, and Matt Hagan earned positions inside the top-four of the quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history
  • Capps blasted to the quickest E.T. of Q4 and banked bonus points in four out of five qualifying sessions
  • Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett earned starting positions in the top half of the quickest Top Fuel field in NHRA history

Jack Beckman Qualifies No. 1 for the NHRA U.S. Nationals

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 31, 2019) – Jack Beckman piloted the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and 25th of his career during the 65th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Since qualifying for the Indianapolis event began Friday night, the most consistent machine in the Funny Car class has been Beckman’s Hellcat. After posting a session-best Friday night run of 3.875 seconds, the 2012 Funny Car world champion improved upon his stout Q1 showing by powering to a 3.861 E.T. in Q2, never relinquishing the No. 1 position. In Q3 and Q4, the Dean Antonelli/John Medlen-led team continued to flex their muscle, laying down E.T.s that were in the top four of each session before closing out qualifying by rocketing to another ‘best of class’ run of 3.875 seconds at a speed of 335.23 miles per hour, the fastest Funny Car lap of the weekend.

“I don’t want to say that we’ve been perfect all weekend, but I think we have our Dodge Hellcat Funny Car as close to perfect as it’s been in a while,” said Beckman, who has raced to three runner-up finishes in 2019 but is chasing that elusive first win of the season.

The team’s impressive qualifying performance allowed them to pick up bonus points during each round, giving Beckman a 16-point edge heading into race day.

The 2012 Funny Car world champion currently ranks fifth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship standings. He is looking to move up two positions before the playoff starting positions are locked at the conclusion of race day and is hoping history repeats itself. Beckman’s No. 1 qualifier is his second at Indy, his first coming in 2015 when he raced from the pole to his first and most recent U.S. Nationals crown.

“Tomorrow’s conditions should be different. I don’t know if we have a huge advantage if the sun is out and the track is hot. I think, psychologically, everyone on our Infinite Hero team is revved up. And, I think that is so important; to set the tone that you know that you can be the best.

“Tomorrow is race day, and I feel like you have to be flawless because you never know if you are going to go out there and smoke the tires against the No. 16 qualifier. If you do, you have to be ready to catch it. Tomorrow it’s not about E.T. slips; it’s about win lights. You don’t have to be good; you just have to be better than the car in the other lane.”

Qualified: No. 1 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 16 Justin Schriefer

The Results:
Q1: 3.875 E.T. at 328.46 MPH (Four bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.861 E.T. at 330.07 MPH (Four bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q3: 3.878 E.T. at 331.94 MPH (Three bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.911 E.T. at 326.40 MPH (One bonus point for fourth quickest run of the session)
Q5: 3.875 E.T. at 335.23 MPH (Four bonus points for quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: 16


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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 Indianapolis Friday Qualifying Report

NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019

 


DSR Indianapolis Friday Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman blistered to the provisional No. 1 Funny Car spot with his 3.875-second Q1 pass
  • Ron Capps powered to the second-quickest Funny Car E.T. of Q1 to earn the provisional No. 2 spot
  • Mark Pawuk leads the Factory Stock Showdown category with his 7.946 E.T., which ranks him No. 1 among the 27 cars to take the beams on Friday evening
  • In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett and Antron Brown earn the No. 4 and 5 provisional qualifying spots
  • Jack Beckman Lands Provisional Qualifying Lead at Indy

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 30, 2019) – Jack Beckman landed the provisional qualifying lead Friday night at the 65th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals. He powered the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a blistering 3.875-second pass at 328.46 mph under the lights in Q1 to earn the top spot in a stacked Funny Car field.

“Shawn Langdon was a few pairs in front of us and we saw him run a 3.88 at 330 and then I saw (crew chief Dean) ‘Guido’ (Antonelli) give (co-crew chief) John Medlen the signal to take the cover off the controller, which means he just saw that car go 3.88 and he knows there’s more on the race track there so he’s speeding the car up,” explained Beckman of Q1.

“John Medlen always lets me know the characteristics of the lanes; where to stage, where it’s going to pull the car, and I’m processing all of this. So then I go out there and the car makes a move to the right and I didn’t think it was going to make it down, because when you’re accelerating that hard, the front end is light and they don’t want to steer and the cars get real edgy. And then when I got it back in the middle of the lane and at the transition, it hit a bump. I got on the radio in the shutdown area and said it looped the tires a little bit down there. Going back and looking at the data, it barely made it, but it did, and we got that 3.87 and it feels awesome.”

Beckman is currently ranked fifth in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship standings. He is a three-time runner-up in 2019 and despite the team’s strong performance, the 2012 Funny Car world champion has yet to visit the winner’s circle this year. He is hoping his strong Q1 run will help to not only better his chances at picking up a second Indy crown, but will give him a points advantage heading into race day as he angles for a higher seed to start the playoffs.

“I want to be No. 1 for the next seven races because it’s all about the points right now,” said Beckman, who clinched his spot during the Seattle event. “Don’t think we’re not counting them. We just added another four to our total. We’re looking to take over third so we’re racing for a 10-point improvement once they reset the points. Everything matters.

“I think we have a car that will legitimately contend for the championship but I think all of our crewmen need to stand in the winner’s circle for their own mental well-being. I think you can recognize that you have the capability of being the best, but you need to stand there at the end of the day because you were the best at the end of the day.”

Q1: 3.875 E.T. at 328.46 MPH

Bonus Points: Four


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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 Indianapolis Pre-Race Report

NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019

 


Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) enter the race weekend as the most recent winners on tour
  • Capps is seeking his third consecutive final round appearance of 2019
  • Capps has been victorious at every track on the current NHRA tour with the exception of Indianapolis and is focused on that elusive first U.S. Nationals win during his 25th season of nitro racing
  • Matt Hagan raced to the Indy Funny Car final in 2018
  • Hagan made his NHRA Funny Car debut at the 2008 U.S. Nationals
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. returns to the annual one-off Riley Kids livery, a DSR/U.S. Nationals tradition benefiting Riley Hospital for Children since 2014
  • Antron Brown has both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle victories at Indianapolis
  • Pritchett and Mark Pawuk return to Factory Stock Showdown competition; Pritchett will pull double-duty, competing in both Top Fuel and Factory Stock
  • Pritchett drove from the pole to her career-first FS/XX triumph at the 2018 event; Pawuk recorded a runner-up finish
  • Team patriarch Don Schumacher raced his Funny Car to the winner’s circle at the 1970 event
  • All DSR drivers have clinched a berth in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship and will be jockeying for final playoff starting positions
  • Hometown event for DSR which is headquartered two miles away from the famed Indy dragstrip
    Note:
    DSR is hosting its annual Open House to benefit Riley Children’s Foundation, this Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 1681 E. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg. The Open House will feature a driver autograph session, car show, food trucks, and a silent auction. To bid on Open House auction items, please visit: https://e.givesmart.com/events/dD4/

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.799 seconds, Matt Hagan (2017)
Funny Car, speed: 338.77 mph, Hagan (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Indianapolis Event Highlights:

  • 2015 event champion and No. 1 qualifier
  • Two-time runner-up (2008, 2013)
  • 2018 Indianapolis Recap:
    Qualified 11th; First round exit (defeated by Courtney Force in E1)

Last Event (Brainerd):
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Terry Haddock in E1; defeated by Ron Capps in E2)

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

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

Quotable:
“I really thought we’d have a win or two under our belts going into the 18th race of the season, so that aspect has been disappointing. What hasn’t been disappointing is overall performance. We’re a top-five car, we’ve been to three final rounds, and at our last race in Brainerd we set top E.T. and speed of the meet, so we know we have a car that is capable of running quick. We also have a consistent car. What we need to have is a consistently quick car, and I think we’re always one race away from that. Every time we unload the trailer, it could be our weekend. There’s no reason not to be optimistic with the Infinite Hero team. Frankly, I’ll take six runner-up’s in the Countdown if that’s what’s needed to get the championship, but at some point, we want to have a trophy sitting on the shelf to show that this year has been successful, and if we can Indy, that literally fixes everything.”


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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 Brainerd Post-Race Recap

NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019

DSR Brainerd Elimination Highlights:

  • Don Schumacher Racing doubles-up in Brainerd
    • Leah Pritchett – Top Fuel (eighth career win; first of 2019)
    • Ron Capps – Funny Car (64th career win; third of 2019)
  • The final round featured an all-DSR Funny Car battle (Capps vs. Tommy Johnson Jr.)
  • Pritchett clinched a Countdown to the Championship playoff berth, ensuring all DSR drivers will contend for a 2019 title
  • Johnson’s run to the final allowed him to advance to second in the Funny Car standings
    Capps and Jack Beckman maintain ‘top five’ rankings
  • DSR extends overall win tally to 341 triumphs

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 2 (3.908 E.T. at 325.53 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.876 E.T. at 329.75 MPH defeated Terry Haddock 5.076 E.T. at 151.27 MPH
E2: 3.945 E.T. at 327.82 MPH defeated by Ron Capps 3.918 E.T. at 325.53 MPH

Race Recap:
“Fast Jack” Beckman was looking to break through and earn his initial triumph of 2019 this weekend while defending his 2018 Brainerd win. After qualifying the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat second in the field for the third time in 2019, Beckman rocketed to an opening-round win over Terry Haddock. He posted the quickest run and top speed of the weekend at 3.876 seconds at 329.75 mph to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, he matched up with fellow DSR Hellcat Funny Car racer Ron Capps for the first time head-to-head this season. Capps grabbed the early lead, and despite posting a pass of 3.945 seconds, Beckman couldn’t catch up with his teammate.

Quotable:
“Our last win came here, and we were kind of hoping this is where we were going to get over the hump this year because we need a win. I’ll take six runner-ups in the Countdown if that’s enough to win the championship, but we need to get a trophy. To go out there first round and run low E.T. and top speed of the weekend and then come back and just flat get outrun by the NAPA team in the second round, that’s kind of a testament to DSR teams and how hard we race one another. Most of the time, our toughest competition comes from within our own camp. That doesn’t make me feel better, because we came here to take the Infinite Hero Dodge Hellcat to four win lights. We’ll take the data and get ourselves prepared for Indy. That’s a marathon race, and there’s nothing more that this team wants than to go the distance at Indy.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1650*
2. Brittany Force – 1015*
3. Doug Kalitta – 1013*
4. Clay Millican – 1009*
5. Antron Brown – 998*
6. Mike Salinas – 986*
7. Leah Pritchett – 903*
8. Austin Prock – 826
9. Richie Crampton – 785
10. Terry McMillen- 708

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 1397*
2. Tommy Johnson Jr – 1218*
3. John Force – 1199*
4. Ron Capps – 1171*
5. Jack Beckman – 1098*
6. Matt Hagan – 1047*
7. Bob Tasca III – 1038*
8. J.R. Todd – 981*
9. Shawn Langdon – 914*
10. Tim Wilkerson – 824

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship


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 Brainerd Qualifying Report

DSR Brainerd Qualifying Report
NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019

DSR Brainerd Saturday Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan will start from the top of the Funny Car field for the 35th time of his career
  • The entire DSR Funny Car contingent earned top-half qualifying positions, with defending event champion Jack Beckman occupying the No. 2 spot
  • Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel duo and will start race day from fourth
  • Antron Brown and Hagan’s qualifying performances helped them to clinch berths into the NHRA Countdown to the Championship

(EXCERPT)

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 2 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 15 Terry Haddock

The Results:
Q1: 4.616 E.T. at 178.45 MPH
Q2: 3.908 E.T. at 325.53 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q3: 4.023 E.T. at 309.77 MPH
Q4: 3.939 E.T. at 322.27 MPH

Bonus Points: Two


DSR Brainerd Friday Qualifying Report
DSR Seattle Friday Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan sits in the provisional No. 1 spot after recording the only sub-3.9-second Funny Car pass on Friday
  • Hagan’s MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody was quick and consistent during both qualifying sessions, earning bonus points each time
  • Jack Beckman’s 3.908-second run has him seeded second heading into day two of qualifying
  • Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel tandem after posting the third-quickest run of the day

Q1: 4.616 E.T. at 178.45 MPH
Q2: 3.908 E.T. at 325.53 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Two

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 2


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 Brainerd Pre-Race Report

NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019


Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • The 2018 Brainerd Funny Car final marked the first time the Chandler family’s ‘giving cars,’ piloted by Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., went head-to-head in the finals
  • Antron Brown has been to the Brainerd final round the past three years, earning a runner-up finish in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Johnson has competed in the final round three out of the last four years, finishing as the runner-up in 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Brown has been victorious in both the Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories in Brainerd
  • Matt Hagan recorded the first 3.8 second Funny Car pass during the 2015 Brainerd event (3.879 seconds)
    Note: Ron Capps will be on-site at the Baxter Walmart store (7295 Glory Rd. S.) today, August 14, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. CT. The Mello Yello Meet & Greet is free and open to the public.

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel E.T.: 3.640 seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Brainerd Event Highlights:

  • 2018 event champion
  • Two-time runner-up (2008, 2010)
  • Three-time No. 1 qualifier (2012, 2013, 2015)
    2018 Brainerd Recap:
    Qualified 14th; Event champion (defeated Matt Hagan in E1, Shawn Langdon in E2, Courtney Force in E3, Tommy Johnson Jr. in E4)

Last Event (Seattle):
Qualified eighth; Semifinal finish (defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. in E1, Bob Tasca III in E2; defeated by John Force in E3)

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

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

Noteworthy:
Returns as the defending Funny Car event champion
The 2018 Funny Car final marked the first time the Chandler family’s ‘giving cars,’ piloted by Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., went head-to-head in the finals

Quotable:
“Except for that 400-acre campground they call ‘the Zoo’ and all of the craziness that goes on there, Brainerd almost seems like the race that gets forgotten. It’s right before Indy and Indy is points-and-a-half and the last race before the Countdown, and, it’s Indy. But, I’ve got to tell you, all of the event trophies are the same size and I want one sooner rather than later, and I want one at Brainerd.”


About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 330 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 Seattle Post-Race Recap

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

DSR Seattle Elimination Highlights:

  • Ron Capps raced to his third final round appearance of the 2019 season; it was the fifth consecutive event where DSR has placed a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in the finals
  • Capps’ run to the final advanced him to fourth in points and allowed him to clinch a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship
  • Jack Beckman’s semifinal finish also helped him secure a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship; Beckman is currently ranked fifth
  • Countdown contender (Sonoma clinch) Tommy Johnson Jr. leads the DSR Funny Car brigade and leaves Seattle ranked third in the championship standings
  • Antron Brown closes out the Western Swing by moving into second in the Top Fuel standings

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 8 (3.917 E.T. at 326.79 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.937 E.T. at 327.59 MPH defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. 5.182 E.T. at 141.86 MPH
E2: 3.973 E.T. at 323.04 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 4.017 E.T. at 321.50 MPH
E3: 4.480 E.T. at 197.65 MPH defeated by John Force 4.014 E.T. at 320.97 MPH

Race Recap:
The results through the first 16 events maintain that Jack Beckman and his Infinite Hero Foundation team will be a factor in the 2019 NHRA championship, but the 2012 Funny Car world champion admits they first must win a race. The 2007 NHRA Northwest Nationals winner qualified eighth for Sunday’s elimination rounds where he drove the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to victory over fellow DSR Dodge Hellcat driver Tommy Johnson Jr. with a smooth pass of 3.937 seconds. Beckman then defeated Bob Tasca III to reach his fifth semifinal in eight events where his opponent was John Force. After the two had identical reaction times, Beckman slowed when his machine lost traction allowing Force to pull away for the victory.

Beckman’s semifinal run helped him clinch a berth in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship for the 12th time in his career.

Quotable:
“A frustrating end again. We have a top-five car. We ran into another top-five, and it just becomes a battle of tuners and drivers up there. Neither one of us ran particularly great, but our car just smoked the tires. And we know we have a car that is capable of winning a championship. We need to prove that we have a car that can win a race right now. The silver lining is that we leave here top-five in points. We gained some ground on the guys in front of us. The crew chiefs have a week off to go over some things and get us organized to go into Brainerd with the right frame of mind.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1587*
2. Antron Brown – 966
3. Clay Millican – 955
4. Brittany Force – 953
5. Doug Kalitta – 940
6. Mike Salinas – 883
7. Leah Pritchett – 786
8t. Richie Crampton – 753
8t. Austin Prock – 753
10. Terry McMillen- 676

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 1341*
2. John Force – 1155*
3. Tommy Johnson Jr – 1117*
4. Ron Capps – 1057*
5. Jack Beckman – 1039*
6. Bob Tasca III – 985*
7. Matt Hagan – 965
8. J.R. Todd – 949
9. Shawn Langdon – 840
10. Tim Wilkerson – 792

*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship


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 Seattle Qualifying Report

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


DSR Seattle Saturday Highlights:

  • Three-time Pacific Raceways Top Fuel defending event champion Antron Brown qualified 11th for race day and will attempt to become the first driver to win four consecutive Seattle trophies in any NHRA pro category
  • Matt Hagan leads DSR as the highest-qualified entry and will start race day from third
  • Jack Beckman powered to the second-quickest pass in the final qualifying session to earn a spot in the top half of the Funny Car field.
  • Round one will feature a DSR intramural Funny Car battle between Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr.
  • Leah Pritchett qualified in the quick-half of the Top Fuel field and will look to avenge last week’s first-round loss to Austin Prock during round one

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 8 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 9 Tommy Johnson Jr.

The Results:
Q1: 7.509 E.T. at 94.73 MPH
Q2: 3.979 E.T. at 320.20 MPH
Q3: 4.718 E.T. at 168.45 MPH
Q4: 3.917 E.T. at 326.79 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Two

Quotable:
“We ran Q4 a little bit later than scheduled, and it was still a warm track, but it’s a good track. Whatever NHRA is doing for the preparation now is superior all-around to what we’ve seen for the last year. It’s a better show for the fans, we can lean on our cars, and it’s good for everybody. This Infinite Hero Foundation team is ready to turn on four win lights tomorrow.”


DSR Seattle Friday Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan leads the DSR Funny Car brigade as the provisional No. 3 qualifier heading into Saturday. He raced the
  • Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody to the third quickest run of Q2
  • Leah Pritchett powered the Sparkling Ice +Caffeine Top Fuel dragster to the quickest run of the opening session and finishes Friday in the No. 5 spot
  • Ron Capps joins Hagan in the top half of the Funny Car field after making the second-quickest pass of Q1

Q1: 7.509 E.T. at 94.73 MPH
Q2: 3.979 E.T. at 320.20 MPH

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 11


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 Seattle Pre-Race Report

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:

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

Seattle Event Highlights:

  • 2007 event champion
  • 2011 runner-up
    Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2013, 2015)
    2018 Seattle Recap:
    Qualified 11th; First round exit (defeated by Shawn Langdon in E1)

Last Event (Sonoma):
Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jeff Diehl in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
22 round wins; ranked fourth in points

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

Quotable:
“At this point, I think everyone on the Infinite Hero team would agree our single-minded goal is just to get a trophy. Winning requires a series of things – a good game plan, and a good execution. I have to drive well, (crew chiefs Dean) ‘Guido’ (Antonelli) and John (Medlen) have to tune well, the crew has to service the car well and then that intangible, sometimes you just have to have a bit of racing luck. I think we’ve been good, and we’ve been ready to win a race, but we just haven’t had much racing luck lately. You can never count on that, so we’re just going to go back to proper execution, and the chips are going to fall where they may, but I hope we end up with the trophy in Seattle.”


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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