DSR Denver Elimination Highlights:
- After 35 years, Tommy Johnson Jr. finally conquered Thunder Mountain and captured his first Bandimere Speedway Wally trophy
- Johnson’s Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil win was his second victory of the season, 19th of his career and propelled him to the No. 2 spot in Funny Car point standings
- The triumph for Johnson was the sixth win by a DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver in 2019, and 339th overall victory for Don Schumacher Racing
- Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, Jack Beckman and Ron Capps all recorded quarterfinal finishes
- Brown maintained his No. 3 Top Fuel point ranking; Beckman and Capps also maintained their ‘top five’ rankings
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 10 (4.099 E.T. at 308.92 MPH)
E1: 4.084 E.T. at 316.23 MPH defeated Matt Hagan 4.177 E.T. at 239.27 MPH
E2: 4.092 E.T. at 316.30 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.059 E.T. at 316.01 MPH
Three-time Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Funny Car champion Jack Beckman entered Bandimere Speedway with his sights set on a fourth Denver victory and his first of 2019. His Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has been one of the fastest cars in the competitive Funny Car class over the course of the last eight events, and the 2012 world champion has been itching to score his first Wally of the season.
Beckman began Sunday with an all-DSR/all-Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car matchup with the series’ most recent winner, Matt Hagan. Beckman masterfully raced his way around Hagan to meet another teammate, Tommy Johnson Jr., in the second round. The two met most recently in the semifinals at Norwalk, with Beckman prevailing, but on Sunday in Denver, it was Johnson that turned on the win light in a close side-by-side race.
“It’s kind of the story of our year. When we lose, our run is usually good enough to win the other races in that round, but you are not going to survive on woulda, coulda, shoulda. We are still top-five in points. We have been a strong car throughout the year. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I feel like we are sorting this thing out. Denver is always an anomaly. Sometimes great cars do terrible up here and vice versa, just because it’s so hard to tune here. We did okay. We need to do better.”
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
1. Steve Torrence – 1407
2. Brittany Force – 852
3. Antron Brown – 839
4. Doug Kalitta- 831
5. Clay Millican – 813
6. Mike Salinas – 763
7. Leah Pritchett – 714
8. Richie Crampton – 666
9. Scott Palmer – 613
10. Terry McMillen- 607
1. Robert Hight – 1159
2. Tommy Johnson Jr – 1010
3. John Force – 958
4. Ron Capps – 927
5. Jack Beckman – 904
6. Bob Tasca III – 865
7. J.R. Todd – 857
8. Matt Hagan – 794
9. Shawn Langdon – 727
10. Tim Wilkerson – 724
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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