DSR Houston Qualifying Report

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DSR Houston Qualifying Report


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

DSR Houston Saturday Highlights:

  • The MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Jack Beckman won the MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil ‘Best Appearing Car’ award
  • Ron Capps leads DSR qualifying and will start race day from the No. 2 spot after making the best run of the fourth session
  • Leah Pritchett will start race day from the No. 3 spot after powering the Pennzoil Top Fuel machine to the second quickest run of Q4
  • Beckman and Matt Hagan also qualified in the top-half of the Funny Car field


Driver Information:
Funny Car:

Driver of the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 8 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 9 Bob Tasca III

The Results:
Q1: 3.932 E.T. at 311.34 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 7.761 E.T. at 94.63 MPH
Q3: 6.150 E.T. at 115.15 MPH
Q4: 3.965 E.T. at 315.86 MPH

Bonus Points: Two

“I’m okay with how we did, we got a chance to push and went too far on a couple of runs. We got points; we were second quickest out of the box. We’re doing some great stuff. The feedback from the fans on this MD Anderson program, I had no idea this many patients and former patients of that cancer center would be here this weekend. It’s been mind-blowing for me and to know that we’re a part of helping them fund cancer research is pretty gratifying. So, that’s Friday and that’s Saturday. Sunday is about the trophy. We could go a long way toward raising even more money. If we can get this car in the winner’s circle, it’s certainly going to help our chances of raising even more funding.”

On the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat winning the ‘Best Appearing Car’ Award:
“Like Alan Reinhart said, it’s not so much about the car, it’s about what the car represents; it’s making a difference for people. We get to do that the other 23 races through Infinite Hero. We’re still selling the challenge coins at this race to fund the injured vets, but this one’s about cancer research and helping the people and the families of the cancer patients. I’ve been on both sides of that. I lost my mom and I’ve been through cancer, so I get it from both ends.”