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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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DSR Charlotte I Friday Qualifying Report

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


DSR Charlotte I Friday Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman claimed the provisional Funny Car lead after one round of qualifying
  • Beckman is seeking his first No. 1 qualifier of the 2019 NHRA season, and 25th of his career
  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) sits second going into day two of qualifying

Note: After three Funny Cars attempted a qualifying pass in Q1, high winds forced NHRA officials to cancel the remainder of the session. No DSR cars competed in Q1.

Jack Beckman No. 1 After Day One at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

CONCORD, N.C. (April 26, 2019) – Jack Beckman raced to the provisional Funny Car qualifying lead after making only one pass on Friday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. His run of 3.891 seconds at 321.42-mph claimed top honors on a day where wacky weather conditions which included rain, lightening, hail and strong winds, delayed qualifying at the opening day of the event.

After three cars attempted a qualifying pass in Q1, high winds forced NHRA officials to cancel the remainder of the session. For Jack Beckman and the Dean Antonelli/John Medlen-guided Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car team, Friday’s second qualifying session under the zMAX Dragway lights was their sole opportunity to stake their claim on starting Saturday from the No. 1 spot.

“It was a strange day,” said Beckman, a 28-time Funny Car winner and 2012 series champion. “We get rain delays all the time, and that’s just part of drag racing. But today, we’re in the pits and it starts pouring; we wait, they dry it up, we warm up the car. It hails, we wait, they dry it up. We pull the car up to the staging lanes, I get suited up and strapped in, we tow up, and there’s a delay. I get out of the car, then they’re ready to go. I get strapped in the car again, and there’s another delay so we tow back to the pits, we take the cylinder heads off, lower the compression ratio and warm the thing back up again. We’ve done all this stuff and I haven’t even done a burnout yet. It’s a very odd feeling. You normally don’t work that hard and your car hasn’t even been on the race track.

“We tow up there for Q2, and no one has made a respectable run. I can tell you, at 300 feet I knew I was on a good run. That thing was stuck, it was pulling. It was the quickest 60-foot I’ve ever had. It actually had way more in it, it just wore the clutch out of it at halftrack and ended up dropping a hole. It was just on a beast of a run and it feels good as a driver to see the looks on the crew’s faces because they work just as hard whether we’re No. 1 or 19th.”

Beckman is seeking his first No. 1 qualifier of the 2019 NHRA season, and 25th of his career. With two more qualifying runs scheduled for Saturday, he feels his team is in a good position going into race day despite losing a session and a chance at all four zMAX Dragway lanes.

“I don’t think that a 3.89 will hold, but I don’t care if it holds,” said Beckman. “It gives us something to swing for. When you have low of the round, you have the luxury of swinging for the fences the next day. These guys will have to decide whether or not they want to swing at it and try to stay No. 1, or to try and get more data. The good thing is, we already have a good E.T. and we already have data. I look at it like we can’t lose tomorrow.”

Q1: Session cancelled due to inclement weather
Q2: 3.891 E.T. at 321.42 MPH

Bonus Points: Three


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 Charlotte I Pre-Race Report

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


Noteworthy:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) enter the race weekend fresh off of final round appearances at the previous event (Houston)
  • Brown leads the Top Fuel class in most zMAX Dragway victories (five):
    • Spring: 2014, 2015
    • Fall: 2011, 2015, 2016
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty for the second time in 2018 as she continues to defend her Factory Stock Showdown Series title while chasing her first Top Fuel championship
  • Pritchett secured her career-first Factory Stock Showdown pole at the 2018 event

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Charlotte I Event Highlights:

  • Two-time event champion (2011, 2015)
  • 2017 runner-up

2018 Charlotte I Recap:
Qualified 13th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Bob Tasca III, Shawn Langdon in E1; defeated by John Force, Courtney Force in E2)

Last Event (Houston):
Qualified eighth; First round exit (defeated by Bob Tasca III in E1)

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

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

Noteworthy:

  • Three-time zMAX Dragway event champion:
    • Spring (2011, 2015)
    • Fall (2008)

Quotable:
“We made the final quad at the Vegas Four-Wide earlier this year even though we struggled during qualifying. From there, we went to Houston where we went back to our normal two-wide format, and now we’re going into our next and final Four-Wide of the year, and I like it. I like the format. I find it challenging and I’ve had good success with it. You want to get a win out of the way early in the season to set the tone for the rest of the year. We’ve got a good car, we took a beating with a parts failure in Houston and I think it’s time to get back on the horse. I know we have a car that’s capable of winning the race, and Charlotte has been so great to me. I won the inaugural two-wide there, I’ve won their Four-Wide twice and I’d love to leave with another trophy.

“We will back to the traditional purple and black Infinite Hero scheme this weekend. We ran a one-off MD Anderson livery on the car at our last event in Houston, but we continued to raise funds for injured veterans. In fact, NHRA fans bought 83 more challenge coins at the last race and it’s just another way we get to change lives in a positive way.”

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DSR Houston Post-Race Recap

MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
April 12-14, 2019


DSR Houston Elimination Highlights:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) raced to runner-up finishes on Sunday afternoon
  • Brown’s final round appearance was his first of 2019 and allowed him to advance three spots in the Top Fuel rankings
  • Hagan advanced to second in the Funny Car point standings by racing to his second final of the year
  • Ron Capps drove to his first semifinal appearance of the season
  • Before eliminations got underway, Jack Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation in honor of the late Terry Chandler

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 8 (3.932 E.T. at 311.34 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 5.321 E.T. at 137.23 MPH defeated by Bob Tasca III 3.949 E.T. at 316.60 MPH

Race Recap:
MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman began race day seeking his first triumph at Houston Raceway Park. Against round one opponent Bob Tasca III, the driver of the ‘Best Appearing Car of the event’ experienced problems early into the run before slowing to a 5.321-second E.T. versus Tasca’s 3.949-second winning pass.

Despite the team’s early exit, they were still able to count the weekend as a win thanks to Doug Chandler, husband of the late Terry Chandler, who elected to banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the side of Beckman’s Hellcat in honor of his wife. Before Sunday’s elimination rounds got underway, Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to Bobby Dean, Executive Director of Philanthropic Resources for MD Anderson, on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation.

Quotable:
“This (first round loss) is a little bit of a gut check. It hurts for a couple of reasons. One is for MD Anderson, that’s a one-race-only deal and despite the fact that we didn’t achieve what we wanted to on the track, we did some real positive things for cancer research and I’m proud of that. But once the helmet goes on, your goal is to win the race and we’ve got a great car right now. We don’t know what happened. We had a breakage in the bottom end there and we’re going to have to find out what caused it. When you’re running well, you have to strike while the iron’s hot. To lose when we know we have this good of a race car, it’s tough. That being said, that’s why we get 24 shots at this a year. We’ll regroup, we’ll figure out what went wrong, see if we can prevent that from happening again and we’ll go back to four-wide and take that trophy.”

Before Sunday’s elimination rounds got underway, Jack Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to Bobby Dean, Executive Director of Philanthropic Resources for MD Anderson Cancer Center, on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation in honor of the late Terry Chandler.

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NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – 367
2. Brittany Force – 349
3. Steve Torrence – 343
4. Mike Salinas – 320
5. Leah Pritchett – 303
6. Clay Millican – 302
7. Antron Brown – 278
8. Billy Torrence – 265
9. Richie Crampton – 264
10. Terry McMillen – 231

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 476
2. Matt Hagan – 366
3. J.R. Todd – 341
4. John Force – 339
5. Jack Beckman – 332
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 315
7t. Ron Capps – 286
7t. Tim Wilkerson – 286
9. Bob Tasca III – 250
10. Shawn Langdon – 223

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DSR Houston Qualifying Report

 

MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
April 12-14, 2019


DSR Houston Saturday Highlights:

  • The MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Jack Beckman won the MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil ‘Best Appearing Car’ award
  • Ron Capps leads DSR qualifying and will start race day from the No. 2 spot after making the best run of the fourth session
  • Leah Pritchett will start race day from the No. 3 spot after powering the Pennzoil Top Fuel machine to the second quickest run of Q4
  • Beckman and Matt Hagan also qualified in the top-half of the Funny Car field

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 8 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 9 Bob Tasca III

The Results:
Q1: 3.932 E.T. at 311.34 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 7.761 E.T. at 94.63 MPH
Q3: 6.150 E.T. at 115.15 MPH
Q4: 3.965 E.T. at 315.86 MPH

Bonus Points: Two

Quotable:
“I’m okay with how we did, we got a chance to push and went too far on a couple of runs. We got points; we were second quickest out of the box. We’re doing some great stuff. The feedback from the fans on this MD Anderson program, I had no idea this many patients and former patients of that cancer center would be here this weekend. It’s been mind-blowing for me and to know that we’re a part of helping them fund cancer research is pretty gratifying. So, that’s Friday and that’s Saturday. Sunday is about the trophy. We could go a long way toward raising even more money. If we can get this car in the winner’s circle, it’s certainly going to help our chances of raising even more funding.”

On the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat winning the ‘Best Appearing Car’ Award:
“Like Alan Reinhart said, it’s not so much about the car, it’s about what the car represents; it’s making a difference for people. We get to do that the other 23 races through Infinite Hero. We’re still selling the challenge coins at this race to fund the injured vets, but this one’s about cancer research and helping the people and the families of the cancer patients. I’ve been on both sides of that. I lost my mom and I’ve been through cancer, so I get it from both ends.”

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DSR Houston Pre-Race Report

MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
April 12-14, 2019


Noteworthy:

  • Leah Pritchett reset the Houston Raceway Park E.T. record to capture the Top Fuel pole in 2018
  • Antron Brown won his first Top Fuel title at the 2008 Houston event
  • Matt Hagan won his first Funny Car Wally at the 2010 event
  • Jack Beckman will wheel a special one-race-only MD Anderson tribute livery in honor of the late Terry Chandler
    • Note: the MD Anderson Funny Car livery will be unveiled on the starting line during Q1
      DSR-Owned Track Records:
      Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.680 seconds, Leah Pritchett (2018)

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DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Houston Event Highlights:

  • Three-time runner-up (2009, 2014, 2015)
  • 2015 No. 1 Qualifier
    2018 Houston Recap:
    Qualified fourth; Semifinal finish (defeated Richard Townsend in E1, Del Worsham in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)

Last Event (Las Vegas):
Qualified No. 11; Semifinal finish (defeated Cruz Pedregon, Phil Burkhart Jr. in E1, John Force, Ron Capps in E2; defeated by J.R. Todd, Tommy Johnson Jr. in E3)

2019 Season Statistics:
Eight round wins; Ranked second in points

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

Noteworthy:
Will wheel a special one-race-only MD Anderson tribute livery in honor of the late Terry Chandler
Livery will be revealed on the starting line when the team pulls up for Q1

Quotable:
“I’m a cancer survivor; my mom didn’t beat it. It’s something that hit my house hard and then came back years later. I drive for a man who is a cancer survivor, who went to MD Anderson for treatment, and that’s part of the reason he’s still here.

“I drive the car as a tribute to Terry Chandler, a woman who didn’t survive cancer. The folks at MD Anderson did everything they could for her so I feel a debt of gratitude to the people who work there, and I feel for the people who are patients there. I can’t think of a better way to pay it forward and pay it back than to fly their colors into the winner’s circle at Houston.”

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DSR Las Vegas I Post-Race Recap

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 4 of 24 (Las Vegas I)
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
April 5-7, 2019


DSR Las Vegas I Elimination Highlights:

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to a runner-up finish during his 450th professional event
  • Johnson and Jack Beckman advanced to the Funny Car final elimination quad
  • All four DSR Dodge Hellcats set off the win lights in round one
  • Longtime Jack Beckman/DSR supporters Rodger and Karen Comstock generously donated $15,000 to the Infinite Hero Foundation on behalf of MTS and Descansando Properties during Sunday’s DSR pre-race ceremonies (accompanying photo beneath driver standings)

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 11 (3.956 E.T. at 321.27 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.958 E.T. at 322.88 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 3.981 E.T. at 322.19 MPH, Phil Burkhart Jr. 4.172 E.T. at 263.56 MPH
E2: 4.010 E.T. at 318.32 MPH defeated John Force 4.025 E.T. at 321.81 MPH, Ron Capps 4.037 E.T. at 315.05 MPH
E3: 4.370 E.T. at 213.16 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 3.970 E.T. at 319.07 MPH, Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.975 E.T. at 313.29 MPH

Race Recap:
Jack Beckman raced the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to his second final round appearance of 2019. After qualifying No. 11, the 2012 Funny Car world champion advanced into the second round with his lap of 3.958 seconds, besting Cruz Pedregon and Phil Burkart, Jr.

In the second round, Beckman defeated John Force and Ron Capps and followed fellow DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. into the final eliminations quad with his pass of 4.010 seconds. Beckman, who won his first-ever Funny Car Wally at The Strip in 2006, came up short in his bid for a second career victory in Las Vegas following winner J.R. Todd and Johnson to the stripe with his run of 4.370. Beckman ranks second in the Funny Car championship standings.

Quotable:
“We salvaged a pretty darn good weekend after qualifying 11th. I don’t feel that was indicative of how good of a car we had. We were just wearing way too much clutch and it slows it down. We addressed it for race day and then we had to pull some of that back because the race track was the hottest we’ve seen all year. I’m so proud of this team for making good, logical choices in getting us to the final round and giving us a chance to win. At the end of the day, that’s all you really want is a chance to race in the final and get a win. In the finals, it put a hole out and (crew chief) John Medlen shut the car off. There’s no point in risking damage and hurting parts when we weren’t going to get the trophy. The cool news is in five days we’ll unload and start making qualifying runs at Houston with a really cool looking body and we’re going to change some more lives for a great cause.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – 319
2. Mike Salinas – 286
3. Steve Torrence – 256
4. Leah Pritchett – 244
5. Richie Crampton – 233
6. Clay Millican – 231
6. Billy Torrence – 231
8. Brittany Force – 224
9. Terry McMillen – 198
10. Antron Brown – 184

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 363
2. Jack Beckman – 297
3. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 283
4. J.R. Todd – 280
5. Matt Hagan – 271
6. John Force – 258
7. Tim Wilkerson – 246
8. Ron Capps – 205
9. Bob Tasca III – 198
10. Cruz Pedregon – 179

Longtime Jack Beckman/DSR supporters Rodger and Karen Comstock generously donated $15,000 to the Infinite Hero Foundation on behalf of MTS and Descansando Properties during Sunday’s DSR pre-race ceremonies

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DSR Las Vegas I Qualifying Report

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 4 of 24 (Las Vegas I)
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nev.
April 5-7, 2019


DSR Las Vegas I Saturday Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett picks up five points over the four qualifying sessions, including posting the fastest lap in Q3 on Saturday.
  • Antron Brown earned two points for his second fastest lap in Q3.
  • Ron Capps and Matt Hagan both finish within the top-five overall in qualifying, with Capps continuing to maintain his No. 2 position from Friday.

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Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 11

The Competition:
No. 3 Cruz Pedregon
No. 14 Phil Burkhart Jr.
No. 6 Bob Tasca III

The Results:
Q1: 3.956 E.T. at 321.27 MPH
Q2: 4.177 E.T. at 230.53 MPH
Q3: 3.967 E.T. at 318.92 MPH
Q4: 3.973 E.T. at 318.92 MPH

Quotable:
“We went three out of four in qualifying and have a consistent car. We may have to lean on it a little bit, or let this hotter weather come to this E.T. for the car. We did unload a brand new chassis this weekend at The Strip, and we feel, long-term, it’s the way to go. We’re just trying to get a handle on it right now. Four wide is a complete crap shoot. You can finish second twice and still leave with the trophy and that’s what we want to do.”

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DSR Las Vegas I Pre-Race Report

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 4 of 24 (Las Vegas I)
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nev.
April 5-7, 2019


Noteworthy:

  • The Las Vegas Four-Wide race marks Tommy Johnson Jr.’s 450th event entered
  • Johnson celebrates a birthday on Saturday, April 6
  • DSR placed four cars in the final quad at the inaugural Las Vegas Four-Wide event in 2018
    Top Fuel: Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher
    Funny Car: Jack Beckman, Johnson
  • Beckman raced to a runner-up finish at the 2018 event
  • DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Funny Car, E.T.: 3.854 seconds, Jack Beckman (Las Vegas II, 2017)
    Funny Car, speed: 335.57 mph, Beckman (Las Vegas II, 2017)

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Las Vegas I Event Highlights:

  • 2018 event runner-up
  • 2016 No. 1 Qualifier
  • Made his professional NHRA debut at the 2005 LV1 event while competing in Top Fuel

2018 Las Vegas I Recap:
Qualified sixth; Event runner-up (defeated Robert Hight, Ron Capps in E1, Jonnie Lindberg, Gary Densham in E2; defeated by J.R. Todd in E3)

Last Event (Gainesville):
Qualified sixth; Semifinal finish (defeated J.R. Todd in E1, Tommy Johnson Jr. in E2; defeated by Tim Wilkerson in E3)

2019 Season Statistics:
Six round wins; Ranked second in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Owns the Las Vegas Funny Car E.T. and speed records
    • E.T.: 3.854-secs, Las Vegas II, 2017
    • Speed: 335.57-mph, Las Vegas II, 2017
  • Career-best
  • Raced to his first professional victory (Funny Car) at the 2006 Fall event

Quotable:
“I’m really looking forward to Vegas. Twice a year we get a shot at a totally unique format. I’ve won a four-wide event a couple of times and I enjoy being taken out of our element and getting thrown a little bit of a curveball. Plus, I just love Vegas. My first-ever nitro win was there and I haven’t been back to the Vegas winner’s circle since then. It’s been over 12 years so I’d like to end that drought this time at Vegas.”

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DSR Gainesville Post-Race Recap

 

50th annual NHRA Gatornationals
Event 3 of 24 (Gainesville)
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 15-17, 2019


DSR Gainesville Elimination Highlights:

  • Leah Pritchett departs Gainesville sitting second in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Top Fuel rankings
  • DSR Dodge Hellcats occupy three of the top five spots in the Funny Car point standings with Jack Beckman leading the way in second
  • Beckman powered to a semifinal finish

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

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

Qualified: No. 6 (3.900 E.T. at 323.74 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.905 E.T. at 326.79 MPH defeated J.R. Todd 4.353 E.T. at 255.53 MPH
E2: 3.898 E.T. at 329.67 MPH defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.892 E.T. at 327.03 MPH
E3: 4.211 E.T. at 267.27 MPH defeated by Tim Wilkerson 3.896 E.T. 329.02 MPH

Race Recap:
Defending Gatornationals Funny Car champion Jack Beckman was looking to become the seventh driver to win back-to-back at Gainesville Raceway, but he was knocked out in the semifinals by Tim Wilkerson.

Behind the wheel of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Beckman earned the No. 6 position on the elimination ladder with his qualifying run in Saturday’s final session. He continued his quest for history at the 50th annual Gatornationals by defeating reigning Funny Car world champion J.R. Todd with a pass of 3.905 seconds. In round two, it was a duel of Hellcat Funny Cars with Beckman scoring a narrow win with his pass of 3.898 seconds at 329.67 to defeat his teammate Tommy Johnson Jr., who posted a run of 3.892 seconds at 327.03-mph. Beckman’s six-round win streak at the Gators came to a halt in the semifinals when Tim Wilkerson raced away with his pass of 3.896 to best Beckman’s run of 4.211.

Quotable:
“There is no Don Schumacher Racing driver that says we had a great weekend if you are not holding the trophy. We had a good weekend. It didn’t start off that way. We struggled the first three qualifying runs and finally got to the finish line on the last qualifying run. I think that’s all the guys needed. For (co-crew chiefs Dean) Guido (Antonelli) and John (Medlen), now they had data. We stepped on it. We had a great running car. I don’t know if we stepped on it too far in the semifinals. We’ll have to look at the data. Tim Wilkerson was running phenomenal. We had to go up there and turn all the screws up. The upside is that we leave here in a good position with points, but the downside is you want every single trophy you can get your hands on. We’ll see if we can get that trophy in Las Vegas.”

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