DSR Houston Post-Race Recap

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DSR Houston Post-Race Recap

MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event 5 of 24 (Houston)
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
April 12-14, 2019


DSR Houston Elimination Highlights:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) raced to runner-up finishes on Sunday afternoon
  • Brown’s final round appearance was his first of 2019 and allowed him to advance three spots in the Top Fuel rankings
  • Hagan advanced to second in the Funny Car point standings by racing to his second final of the year
  • Ron Capps drove to his first semifinal appearance of the season
  • Before eliminations got underway, Jack Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation in honor of the late Terry Chandler

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 8 (3.932 E.T. at 311.34 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 5.321 E.T. at 137.23 MPH defeated by Bob Tasca III 3.949 E.T. at 316.60 MPH

Race Recap:
MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman began race day seeking his first triumph at Houston Raceway Park. Against round one opponent Bob Tasca III, the driver of the ‘Best Appearing Car of the event’ experienced problems early into the run before slowing to a 5.321-second E.T. versus Tasca’s 3.949-second winning pass.

Despite the team’s early exit, they were still able to count the weekend as a win thanks to Doug Chandler, husband of the late Terry Chandler, who elected to banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the side of Beckman’s Hellcat in honor of his wife. Before Sunday’s elimination rounds got underway, Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to Bobby Dean, Executive Director of Philanthropic Resources for MD Anderson, on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation.

Quotable:
“This (first round loss) is a little bit of a gut check. It hurts for a couple of reasons. One is for MD Anderson, that’s a one-race-only deal and despite the fact that we didn’t achieve what we wanted to on the track, we did some real positive things for cancer research and I’m proud of that. But once the helmet goes on, your goal is to win the race and we’ve got a great car right now. We don’t know what happened. We had a breakage in the bottom end there and we’re going to have to find out what caused it. When you’re running well, you have to strike while the iron’s hot. To lose when we know we have this good of a race car, it’s tough. That being said, that’s why we get 24 shots at this a year. We’ll regroup, we’ll figure out what went wrong, see if we can prevent that from happening again and we’ll go back to four-wide and take that trophy.”

Before Sunday’s elimination rounds got underway, Jack Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to Bobby Dean, Executive Director of Philanthropic Resources for MD Anderson Cancer Center, on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation in honor of the late Terry Chandler.

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NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – 367
2. Brittany Force – 349
3. Steve Torrence – 343
4. Mike Salinas – 320
5. Leah Pritchett – 303
6. Clay Millican – 302
7. Antron Brown – 278
8. Billy Torrence – 265
9. Richie Crampton – 264
10. Terry McMillen – 231

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 476
2. Matt Hagan – 366
3. J.R. Todd – 341
4. John Force – 339
5. Jack Beckman – 332
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 315
7t. Ron Capps – 286
7t. Tim Wilkerson – 286
9. Bob Tasca III – 250
10. Shawn Langdon – 223