NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 4 of 24 (Las Vegas I)
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nev.
April 6-8, 2018
DSR Las Vegas Race Day Highlights:
- Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Jack Beckman (Funny Car) earned runner-up finishes
- Jack Beckman moved into the Funny Car points lead
- Antron Brown competed in his 1,000th professional round on Sunday
- Don Schumacher Racing had four cars (two Top Fuel, two Funny Car) in the final elimination quad
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 13 (4.028 E.T. at 310.05 MPH)
Jack Beckman 4.082 E.T. at 305.56 MPH
Gary Densham 5.304 E.T. at 149.66 MPH
Robert Hight 6.165 E.T. at 109.93 MPH
Ron Capps 6.697 E.T. at 78.55 MPH
Jack Beckman 4.013 E.T. at 317.05 MPH
Courtney Force 4.126 E.T. at 298.67 MPH
Jonnie Lindberg 4.674 E.T. at 188.65 MPH
Gary Densham 5.379 E.T. at 136.72 MPH
J.R. Todd 4.041 E.T. at 317.05 MPH
Jack Beckman 4.052 E.T. at 312.21 MPH
Courtney Force 4.007 E.T. at 300.53 MPH
Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.978 E.T. at 311.70 MPH
Jack Beckman started race day from the No. 13 seed, unfamiliar territory for the 2012 Funny Car world champion who hasn’t qualified outside of the ‘top three’ for the past six events, dating back to Dallas 2017.
In the first quad of eliminations, Beckman faced his teammate Ron Capps, reigning world champion Robert Hight, and Gary Densham. Beckman wheeled his Dodge Funny Car straight down the groove to take the round win and advance to the second session.
In round two, Beckman had the starting line advantage and powered Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation machine to another smooth pass, never trailing for the win.
The most recent Funny Car event champion (Gainesville) was hoping to go back-to-back and pick up his second win of the year, and third ‘four-wide format’ victory (Charlotte I 2011, 2015). In the final elimination quad, Beckman was once again quick off of the line and raced to a hole shot runner-up finish. Although he wasn’t able to leave as the inaugural Las Vegas Four-Wide Funny Car champion, he was able to move into the points lead for the first time in 2018.
“It wasn’t the best weekend after qualifying Saturday night. We had problems, we were dropping cylinders, we were the spinning tires, we ended up 13th. We haven’t qualified out of the Top 3 in the last six months and it’s certainly not what our potential is, but we left here with a runner-up. We got our act together on race day and we leave here with the points lead, so I think we did a great job of figuring out what was ailing our car and making the appropriate adjustments and going out there and gobbling up a bunch more points. Of course you want to win in the final round but I’m confident that the things we did here today are going to help us have a better performing car for the rest of the season and we’re going to stay and test tomorrow.”
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Points Standing:
338 points, ranked No. 1
Leads second ranked Courtney Force by 36 points
About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger/Sandvik Coromant R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.
DSR has won 320 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery