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DSR Epping Qualifying Report

DSR Epping Friday Qualifying Report

NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, N.H.
July 5-7, 2019

DSR Epping Friday Highlights:

  • Ron Capps leads DSR after day one of qualifying at the NHRA New England Nationals, closing out Friday in the provisional No. 2 spot
  • Capps powered the patriotic NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the quickest pass of the opening Funny Car session, and second-quickest of Q2, amassing five bonus points
  • Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. join Capps in the top half of the Funny Car field
  • Johnson earned two bonus points for racing to the second-quickest pass of Q1
  • Top Fuel ace Antron Brown closes out Friday positioned in the No. 4 spot

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Q1: 4.117 E.T. at 310.55 MPH
Q2: 4.844 E.T. at 164.83 MPH

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 9

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DSR Epping Qualifying Report

NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, N.H.
July 5-7, 2019

DSR Epping Saturday Highlights:

  • Antron Brown navigated the Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel dragster to the quickest run of Q3 and earned three bonus points
  • As the No. 3 Funny Car qualifier, Ron Capps leads DSR after three qualifying sessions
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. will start from the top half of the Funny Car field for the eighth consecutive event
  • Defending back-to-back Epping Funny Car champion Matt Hagan earned a starting position from the quick half of the field and will face teammate Jack Beckman in round one of eliminations

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

Qualified: No. 11

The Competition: No. 6 Matt Hagan

The Results:
Q1: 4.117 E.T. at 310.55 MPH
Q2: 4.844 E.T. at 164.83 MPH
Q3: 6.197 E.T. at 112.11 MPH

Quotable:
“J.R. Todd will get a bye run tomorrow, and they deserve it. That’s the only car that has a guaranteed round win tomorrow. Everyone else is going to have to go earn theirs. We did not qualify well. We face our teammate Matt Hagan with (crew chief) Dickie Venables. Not only did they qualify well, but they made it down the track all three runs. We’ve dug ourselves a hole. We’re going in as the underdogs, but right now I think we’ve got one of the best cars in the country. Conditions are going to be significantly different tomorrow, and this is where we’re going to prove our mettle; we’re going to go out and earn it.”


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 Epping Pre-Race Report

NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, N.H.
July 5-7, 2019


Highlights:

  • Matt Hagan returns as the defending Funny Car event champion and seeks his third consecutive Epping victory after racing to the win in 2017 and 2018
  • Hagan claimed the No. 1 qualifier honors at the 2018 event
  • Antron Brown has been to the Epping final round the past three years, winning in 2016 and finishing as the runner-up in 2017 and 2018
  • Ron Capps will banner a special patriotic NAPA Batteries paint scheme to raise awareness for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (additional details provided below)
    Important note regarding Leah Pritchett:
    Since the start of the 2019 season, the NHRA New England Nationals has been an open event on Leah Pritchett’s schedule. She is unfunded at this race and will not compete at New England Dragway this weekend. Pritchett and her team will return to the track at the next event on the NHRA schedule, the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, where they will continue their quest to contend for the 2019 Top Fuel championship.

Quotable:
“There’s never any good time for bad news, but unfortunately, our Top Fuel team will not be racing in Epping this weekend. We started the year knowing we could potentially miss a small handful of races due to a shortage of funds, but through the hard work of so many, we haven’t missed one yet, until now. We’re a championship contending team, and as much as it pains us to have to sit this one out, we know it is a necessary decision as we prepare to hit the Western Swing hard with everything we’ve got. We appreciate everyone’s continued support and look forward more than ever to returning to racing in Denver and continuing the points battle.”
-Leah Pritchett, DSR Top Fuel Dragster driver

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

2018 Epping Recap:
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jeff Diehl in E1; defeated by Tim Wilkerson in E2)

Last Event (Norwalk):
Qualified fourth; Event runner-up (defeated Jonnie Lindberg in E1, Shawn Langdon in E2, Tommy Johnson Jr. in E2; defeated by Bob Tasca III in E4)

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

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

Quotable:
“I feel like right now we have one of the best cars in Funny Car. Even though we have yet to win a race, in the last four events we’ve won ten rounds, and we’ve climbed from seventh up to fourth in the points. We’ve got a much better handle on our hot rod, but we still have a couple of things to prove. One is, we need to make it consistent for four rounds on Sunday. One time or another, it’s gone out and smoked the tires, and we’re going to have to be better than that. The second thing is, we’re going to be contenders all the way through the end of the year, and I think the only way to throw our ring in the hat and make a statement like that is by bagging our first trophy.

“We’re entering the first race of the second half of the year, and it couldn’t come too soon for me. I literally can’t wait to get back out there and get strapped into the Infinite Hero Foundation Hellcat. It’s a fast hot rod, it’s a consistent hot rod, and everybody is motivated.”


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 Norwalk Post-Race Recap

NHRA Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019


DSR Norwalk Elimination Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman advanced to the final round on Sunday to lead DSR at the 13th annual NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio
  • With his run to the final, Beckman powered to two runner-ups and two semifinal finishes over the past four consecutive events
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. recorded his fifth semifinal appearance in six events
  • Leah Pritchett snapped a four-race first-round exit streak by advancing to the Top Fuel semifinals
  • Johnson, Beckman, and No. 1 qualifier Ron Capps leave Norwalk ranked in the ‘top five’ in the Funny Car rankings
  • Antron Brown maintained his No. 4 position in the Top Fuel standings

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 4 (3.915 E.T. at 329.26 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.950 E.T. at 324.75 MPH defeated Jonnie Lindberg 9.971 E.T. at 71.79 MPH
E2: 4.015 E.T. at 318.77 MPH defeated Shawn Langdon 4.075 E.T. at 313.95 MPH
E3: 4.980 E.T. at 234.45 MPH defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. 6.969 E.T. at 143.34 MPH
E4: 11.764 E.T. at 77.85 MPH defeated by Bob Tasca III 4.383 E.T. at 245.09 MPH

Race Recap:
Jack Beckman advanced to the final round on Sunday to lead DSR at the 13th annual NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. The 28-time Funny Car winner had a strong June swing, advancing to two runner-ups and two semifinal finishes over the past four consecutive events. With his run to the Norwalk final, Beckman catapulted from seventh at the start of the four-race swing, up to fourth in the Countdown to the Championship point standings.

Behind the wheel of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Beckman started race day from the No. 4 position and with a round-one matchup versus Jonnie Lindberg. The three-time Norwalk champion was first out of the gate and posted the second-quickest run of the round (3.950) to defeat Lindberg. In the quarterfinals, Beckman captured the lead by the time he reached the 60-foot cone and never trailed for the win against Shawn Langdon.

The semifinals featured the late Terry Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ with Beckman squaring off against recent race winner, Tommy Johnson Jr. Beckman’s teammate was up in smoke right at the hit. The Infinite Hero machine began to haze the tires near half-track, but Beckman had no trouble finessing the throttle and getting his machine to recover quickly to post the win.

In the finals, Beckman’s third of the season, his hopes for the coveted Norwalk ‘ice cream scoop’ trophy went up in smoke as soon as he hit the gas. His car immediately lost traction, and his opponent drove to the win.

Quotable:
“We had a really solid four-race swing, but we really need a trophy. That’s what sets in the minds of all the crew guys that ‘we can do this.’ I’ll take all the runner-ups we can get in the Countdown because then it’s about points. Right now, we really want that trophy, and we are so close. It’s bittersweet to run this good, and then not put a good effort in the final round. In the last four races, we have won 10 rounds, which is about as good as anyone is doing in Funny Car. We are moving back up in the points. Our cars are making consistent runs, and I think now we are one of the favored cars again. As a driver that always feels great. You drive better when you feel like you are on a faster horse. I feel that way right now, and I wish we were racing next weekend.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1164
2. Doug Kalitta – 760
3. Brittany Force- 744
4. Antron Brown – 733
5. Mike Salinas – 732
6. Leah Pritchett – 651
7. Clay Millican – 649
8. Richie Crampton – 532
9. Terry McMillen- 524
10. Austin Prock – 518

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 1022
2. John Force – 869
3. Tommy Johnson Jr – 856
4. Jack Beckman – 819
5. Ron Capps – 809
6. J.R. Todd – 764
7. Bob Tasca III – 689
8. Matt Hagan – 656
9. Tim Wilkerson – 619
10. Shawn Langdon – 580


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 Norwalk Qualifying Report

NHRA Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019


DSR Norwalk Saturday Highlights:

  • Ron Capps locked-in his first No. 1 qualifier of the season, first at Norwalk and 23rd of his career
  • Capps powered the Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to the quickest E.T. of Q2 and Q4, and second-quickest of Q1 and Q3, banking 10 out of 12 possible bonus points
  • Leah Pritchett will start from the No. 2 spot on the Top Fuel ladder for the second consecutive event
  • Antron Brown joins his Top Fuel teammate in the top-half of the field, and Funny Car pilots Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. also secured top-half qualifying positions

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 4 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 13 Jonnie Lindberg

The Results:
Q1: 3.955 E.T. at 324.75 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.915 E.T. at 329.26 MPH (One bonus point for third-quickest run of the session)
Q3: 4.405 E.T. at 202.85 MPH
Q4: 3.965 E.T. at 318.69 MPH

Bonus Points: Four

Quotable:
“We were three out of four in qualifying, got some points and maybe more important, we ran well enough on Friday that we got to play with some stuff on Saturday. This is the what’s going to make a difference in the Countdown to the Championship. But first, we’ve got to get our first trophy out of the way, and I want to do that tomorrow.”


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 Norwalk Friday Qualifying Report

 

NHRA Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019


DSR Norwalk Friday Highlights:

  • Funny Car racer Ron Capps rocketed to the provisional qualifying lead
  • Capps powered to the quickest pass of the second session, and second-quickest of the first session, banking five bonus points
  • Jack Beckman also earned Funny Car bonus points by running the quickest E.T. of the opening session, and third-quickest of Q2 to secure the provisional No. 3 spot
  • Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel duo with her Q2 pass and finishes Friday in the No. 2 spot

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Q1: 3.955 E.T. at 324.75 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.915 E.T. at 329.26 MPH (One bonus point for third-quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Four

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 3


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 Norwalk Pre-Race Report

NHRA Nationals
Event 12 of 24 (Norwalk)
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
Norwalk, Ohio
June 21-23, 2019


Noteworthy:

  • Matt Hagan returns to Norwalk as the defending Funny Car event champion
  • Jack Beckman leads the Funny Car class in number of victories (three) at the Norwalk track: 2009, 2015, 2017
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty, competing in both the Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown Series categories
  • Mark Pawuk raced to his career-first Factory Stock Showdown final round at the 2018 event
  • As a resident of Akron, Ohio, Pawuk considers Norwalk to be his home track
  • Ron Capps celebrates a birthday on June 20
    DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Funny Car, E.T.: 3.865 seconds, Matt Hagan (2017)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Norwalk Event Highlights:

  • Three-time event champion (2009, 2015, 2017)
    2018 Norwalk Recap:
    Qualified 11th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Tim Wilkerson in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

Last Event (Bristol):
Qualified fourth; Semifinal finish (defeated Tim Wilkerson in E1, J.R. Todd in E2; defeated by John Force in E3)

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

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

Noteworthy:
Leads the Funny Car class in number of victories (three) at the Norwalk track: 2009, 2015, 2017

Quotable:
“Each track has its own unique flavor, and Norwalk is big on their pound of ice cream deal (for $1). So, if you win there, not only do you leave with a Wally, but you get an engraved, pewter ice cream scooper. The Bader family knows how to keep fans happy and really pack the grandstands. As a driver, that really means something, and I always enjoy going to Norwalk.

“People always ask if I prefer the four-in-a-row or prefer time off in between races. I don’t care; I’m excited either way. I feel like all of us on this team are slightly frustrated because we’re good enough to win a race, but we haven’t closed the deal yet. If there’s such a thing as extra incentive for a team like Infinite Hero, I think everyone’s got it right now going into Norwalk.”


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 Bristol Post-Race Recap

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Event 11 of 24 (Bristol)
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tenn.
June 14-16, 2019


DSR Bristol Elimination Highlights:

  • Funny Car pilots Jack Beckman and Ron Capps recorded semifinal finishes in Thunder Valley
  • Antron Brown retained his No. 4 ranking in the Top Fuel point standings
  • Tommy Johnson Jr., Capps, and Beckman occupy the fourth, fifth and sixth spots, respectively, in the Funny Car rankings

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 4 (3.976 E.T. at 319.90 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.031 E.T. at 318.47 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 4.063 E.T. at 310.48 MPH
E2: 4.076 E.T. at 315.64 MPH defeated J.R. Todd 4.397 E.T. at 284.81 MPH
E3: 7.532 E.T. at 97.47 MPH defeated by John Force 4.125 E.T. at 316.38 MPH

Race Recap:
“Fast Jack” Beckman and his Infinite Hero Foundation team followed last week’s run to the final at the NHRA Heartland Nationals with another consistent weekend in Thunder Valley. Beckman piloted the MOPAR-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to the fourth position in qualifying and envisioned capturing his first Bristol triumph following his strong run of 3.912 seconds in the opening round to defeat Tim Wilkerson.

In round two, Beckman posted another stout run, a triumphant 4.076 E.T. over reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd. His third consecutive semifinal appearance pitted him against John Force. Beckman’s run for his first Wally of 2019 ended approximately 60 feet after his launch when he lost traction. The 2012 Funny Car world champion tried to recover, but Force was too far ahead and was able to claim the round win.

Quotable:
“In the last three races, we have put seven round wins together, and maybe more importantly, we have a predictable car. Once you make it consistent, you can lean on it and get quicker. What I see as confidence-inspiring is that we are now able to make good runs on cool tracks and hot tracks. I don’t think it’s going to matter what conditions we face going forward, because I think we have a tune-up solution for that. I do know that if we keep running like this that our first race win of the season is going to come pretty soon. The good thing is that you don’t want to get to this part of the season and start struggling. We are on an upward trend, and I expect that to continue.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1048
2. Doug Kalitta – 709
3. Mike Salinas – 691
4. Antron Brown – 676
5. Brittany Force – 663
6. Clay Millican – 611
7. Leah Pritchett – 571
8. Richie Crampton – 499
9. Austin Prock – 486
10. Terry McMillen – 470

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 990
2. John Force – 786
3. Tommy Johnson Jr – 783
4. Ron Capps – 741
5. Jack Beckman – 720
6. J.R. Todd – 711
7. Matt Hagan – 624
8. Tim Wilkerson – 587
9. Bob Tasca III – 574
10. Shawn Langdon – 528


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 Bristol Qualifying Report

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Event 11 of 24 (Bristol)
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tenn.
June 14-16, 2019


DSR Bristol Saturday Highlights:

  • Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett qualify their Top Fuel dragsters in the top-half of the field
  • In Funny Car, Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, and Tommy Johnson Jr. will start race day from the top-half of the field and with the advantage of lane choice
  • As the 2017 and 2018 Thunder Valley Nationals event champion, Capps is seeking his third consecutive Bristol Dragway victory
  • Round one features a DSR intramural matchup between Johnson and Matt Hagan
  • Pritchett rocketed to the quickest pass of Q3
  • Johnson powered to the quickest pass of Q4, and Capps was second-quickest of Q3

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 4 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 13 Tim Wilkerson

The Results:
Q1: 4.244 E.T. at 227.27 MPH
Q2: 3.976 E.T. at 319.90 MPH
Q3: 4.556 E.T. at 187.78 MPH
Q4: 4.205 E.T. at 233.88 MPH

Quotable:
“I’m glad we have lane choice here. Bristol is one of those ultra-tricky tracks. We have issues with dips and bumps in both lanes, but I’d rather be able to keep lane choice on race day. We run well in all conditions now. We struggled out there today, but that’s because we were pushing and I think we can get it dialed-in for tomorrow.”


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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DSR Bristol Friday Qualifying Report

 

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Event 11 of 24 (Bristol)
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tenn.
June 14-16, 2019


DSR Bristol Friday Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett ran the second-quickest pass of the day to earn the provisional No. 2 qualifying spot
  • Antron Brown closed out day one of qualifying inside the top-half of the Top Fuel field and powered to the second-quickest pass of the opening session to earn bonus points
  • Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, and Tommy Johnson Jr. earn provisional qualifying spots in the top-half of the Funny Car field
  • Johnson made the second-quickest pass of Q1 to bank two bonus points

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Q1: 4.244 E.T. at 227.27 MPH
Q2: 3.976 E.T. at 319.90 MPH

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 4


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 Bristol Pre-Race Report

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Event 11 of 24 (Bristol)
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tenn.
June 14-16, 2019


Noteworthy:

  • Ron Capps returns as the two-time defending event champion, having raced to Thunder Valley Funny Car victory in 2017 and 2018
  • With five Bristol Dragway triumphs, Capps is the winningest Funny Car driver in the track’s history
  • Jack Beckman enters the weekend following a runner-up finish from the previous event (Topeka)
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. has raced to a semifinal finish or better – including a Chicago victory – at the last four races
  • DSR has placed a Funny Car in the final round at the past four consecutive events
  • Bristol Dragway is a hometown track for lifelong Virginia resident Matt Hagan

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.884 seconds, Ron Capps (2016)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Bristol Event Highlights:
Two-time event runner-up (2011, 2017)
2018 Bristol Recap:
Qualified seventh; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Shawn Langdon in E1; defeated by J.R. Todd in E2)

Last Event (Topeka):
Qualified tenth; Event runner-up (defeated Matt Hagan in E1, Tim Wilkerson in E2, John Force in E3; defeated by Robert Hight in E4)

2019 Season Statistics:
15 round wins; ranked sixth in points

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

Noteworthy:
Beckman enters the weekend following a runner-up finish from the previous event

Quotable:
“We had a nice weekend in Topeka. We got to make eight runs, and we collected great data. I don’t know if that will hold for Bristol, it’ll depend on weather and track conditions there, but man, it never hurts to go deep in eliminations like we did last weekend. Our first trophy of the year is coming soon.”


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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