DSR Gainesville Pre-Race Report

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DSR Gainesville Pre-Race Report

50th annual NHRA Gatornationals
Event 3 of 24 (Gainesville)
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 15-17, 2019


  • Jack Beckman returns to Gainesville as the defending Funny Car event champion after racing to victory from the No. 1 spot in 2018
  • Matt Hagan enters the race weekend as the most recent Funny Car victor on tour with his recent Phoenix win
  • The DSR Dodge Challenger Drag Pak duo piloted by Mark Pawuk and Leah Pritchett return for the season-opening SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown Series event
  • Pritchett, who will pull double-duty by also competing in the Top Fuel category, kicks off her Factory Stock Showdown Series title defense campaign
  • Antron Brown made his NHRA debut at the 1998 event, competing in Pro Stock Motorcycle
  • At age 15, Tommy Johnson Jr. became the youngest driver to enter a national event when he competed in the 1984 Gatornationals in the Super Gas category​

    DSR-Owned Track Records:
    Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.682 seconds, Tony Schumacher (2017)

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:


Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Gainesville Event Highlights:

  • 2018 event champion
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2016, 2018)

2018 Gainesville Recap:
Qualified No. 1; Event champion (defeated Jim Campbell in E1, Del Worsham in E2, Shawn Langdon in E3, Matt Hagan in E4)

Last Event (Phoenix):
Qualified fourteenth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Tim Wilkerson in E1; defeated by Bob Tasca III in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
Four round wins; Ranked third in points

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


  • Returns to Gainesville as the defending Funny Car event champion

“The last time I sat in our car was on a Monday when we stayed to test after the Phoenix race. On the third run we launched the body off the race car and blew it into about 50 pieces so I can’t wait to get back in the car and knock the rust off. I also can’t wait to get back to Gainesville for several reasons. We’re the defending event champions and as a 50th anniversary race, it’s going to have a whole lot of extra things going on around it. There’s no trophy that isn’t special, but the 50th anniversary ones come around once in a lifetime and I’d love to bag this one.”