DSR Atlanta Qualifying Report

DSR Atlanta Qualifying Report

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

DSR Atlanta Saturday Highlights:

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

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


Driver Information:
Funny Car

Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 14

The Competition: No. 3 John Force

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

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

About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

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