DSR Atlanta Post-Race Recap

DSR Atlanta Post-Race Recap

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

DSR Atlanta Elimination Highlights:

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


Driver Information:
Funny Car

Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

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

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

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

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

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

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