Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Presented by Pennzoil
Event 14 of 24 (Denver)
July 19-21, 2019
- Leah Pritchett returns as the defending Top Fuel event champion
- In 2018, Pritchett reset the Bandimere Speedway speed record (327.59 mph) en route to capturing her second consecutive Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil pole
- Pritchett has been to the final round at Denver the past two years, winning in 2018 and recording a runner-up finish in 2017
- Ron Capps raced to a runner-up finish at the 2018 event, the first of three consecutive final-round appearances on the Western Swing
- Matt Hagan enters the race weekend as the most recent Funny Car winner on the NHRA tour after capturing the Epping Wally trophy
- Antron Brown ‘swept The Swing’ (winning the Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle trio of races) in 2009
- Pritchett got her very first Wally at the Denver track while competing in the NHRA Junior Dragster series
- Tommy Johnson Jr. has been to the final round in four different categories at Bandimere (Funny Car, Top Fuel, Top Alcohol Funny Car, and Super Gas)
- Johnson notched his career-first final round at the 1991 Denver event while competing in Top Fuel
DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.733 seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)
Top Fuel, speed: 327.59 mph, Leah Pritchett (2018)
DSR Driver Information:
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Denver Event Highlights:
- Three-time event champion (2007, 2012, 2015)
2012 No. 1 qualifier
2018 Denver Recap:
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Todd Simpson in E1; defeated by Ron Capps in E2)
Last Event (Epping):
Qualified 11th; First round exit (defeated by Matt Hagan in E1)
2019 Season Statistics:
20 round wins; ranked fifth in points
313 races; 28 wins; 24 No. 1 qualifiers
“After an excellent four-race swing, we stumbled in Epping and had a first-round loss, however, the run we made would’ve won all but two of the races that first round. So, we still have a great car; we just didn’t qualify as well as we needed to. I’ve been saying this for six races now, but we have to get our first win of the year under our belt. It’s going to set the tone for our championship run and, the clock is ticking. We need to get it done in Denver, and I’m confident that we can.
“Denver requires completely unique tune-up parameters. The guys are going to have special racks of rods and pistons, different overdrive on the supercharger, smaller rear tires on the car. Literally, it’s a one-race-only deal. The crew chiefs hate going there, but the drivers love it, and I can’t wait to get back there. I’ve had great success in the past in Denver. It’s maybe my favorite track on the tour because it’s so beautiful and so unique.”
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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