DSR Chicago Pre-Race Report

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DSR Chicago Pre-Race Report

Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Event 9 of 24 (Chicago)
Route 66 Raceway
Joliet, Ill.
May 31 – June 2, 2019


  • With back-to-back victories at the past two events, Ron Capps enters the race weekend seeking his third consecutive win
    Capps has raced to the Chicago final round the past three years in a row, winning in 2017 and finishing as the runner-up in 2016 and 2018
  • Capps will continue to campaign the lucky ‘NAPA Brakes’ livery in Joliet. NAPA Brakes was intended to be a one-time look for Capps but has extended to its third race due to Capps’ recent on-track successes
  • Leah Pritchett made a run to the Chicago Top Fuel final in 2018, finishing as the event runner-up
  • Matt Hagan nabbed the 2018 Funny Car pole
  • Antron Brown has both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle Route 66 Raceway Wally trophies
  • Hometown track for Chicago native and 2019 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee, Don Schumacher


DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT HellcatChicago

Event Highlights:

  • 2016 event champion
  • 2018 Chicago Recap:
    Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Dale Creasy Jr. in E1; defeated by John Force in E2)

Last Event (Richmond):
Qualified 10th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Matt Hagan in E1; defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
10 round wins; ranked seventh in points

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

“Our Infinite Hero team is struggling right now, and nobody’s going to make excuses. What we’re trying to do is make progress and figure out what this car wants. We debuted the new chassis earlier this season during the Las Vegas event and we still don’t quite have good data on it, so we stayed Monday after Richmond and made some test runs. Our goal is, we need to win a race pronto. We’re going into hotter race tracks, Chicago starts the first of four-in-a-row, and you can’t have issues when we start ripping through these summer races. I have a lot of confidence going into Chicago. We could very easily come out of there with the trophy, and I think the time we spent on Monday in Richmond and the extra sacrifice made by the crew chiefs and the crew are going to start to pay dividends, hopefully sooner rather than later.”