DSR Las Vegas I Post-Race Recap

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DSR Las Vegas I Post-Race Recap

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 4 of 24 (Las Vegas I)
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
April 5-7, 2019


DSR Las Vegas I Elimination Highlights:

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to a runner-up finish during his 450th professional event
  • Johnson and Jack Beckman advanced to the Funny Car final elimination quad
  • All four DSR Dodge Hellcats set off the win lights in round one
  • Longtime Jack Beckman/DSR supporters Rodger and Karen Comstock generously donated $15,000 to the Infinite Hero Foundation on behalf of MTS and Descansando Properties during Sunday’s DSR pre-race ceremonies (accompanying photo beneath driver standings)

Driver Information:
Funny Car:

JACK BECKMAN
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 11 (3.956 E.T. at 321.27 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.958 E.T. at 322.88 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 3.981 E.T. at 322.19 MPH, Phil Burkhart Jr. 4.172 E.T. at 263.56 MPH
E2: 4.010 E.T. at 318.32 MPH defeated John Force 4.025 E.T. at 321.81 MPH, Ron Capps 4.037 E.T. at 315.05 MPH
E3: 4.370 E.T. at 213.16 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 3.970 E.T. at 319.07 MPH, Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.975 E.T. at 313.29 MPH

Race Recap:
Jack Beckman raced the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to his second final round appearance of 2019. After qualifying No. 11, the 2012 Funny Car world champion advanced into the second round with his lap of 3.958 seconds, besting Cruz Pedregon and Phil Burkart, Jr.

In the second round, Beckman defeated John Force and Ron Capps and followed fellow DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. into the final eliminations quad with his pass of 4.010 seconds. Beckman, who won his first-ever Funny Car Wally at The Strip in 2006, came up short in his bid for a second career victory in Las Vegas following winner J.R. Todd and Johnson to the stripe with his run of 4.370. Beckman ranks second in the Funny Car championship standings.

Quotable:
“We salvaged a pretty darn good weekend after qualifying 11th. I don’t feel that was indicative of how good of a car we had. We were just wearing way too much clutch and it slows it down. We addressed it for race day and then we had to pull some of that back because the race track was the hottest we’ve seen all year. I’m so proud of this team for making good, logical choices in getting us to the final round and giving us a chance to win. At the end of the day, that’s all you really want is a chance to race in the final and get a win. In the finals, it put a hole out and (crew chief) John Medlen shut the car off. There’s no point in risking damage and hurting parts when we weren’t going to get the trophy. The cool news is in five days we’ll unload and start making qualifying runs at Houston with a really cool looking body and we’re going to change some more lives for a great cause.”

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – 319
2. Mike Salinas – 286
3. Steve Torrence – 256
4. Leah Pritchett – 244
5. Richie Crampton – 233
6. Clay Millican – 231
6. Billy Torrence – 231
8. Brittany Force – 224
9. Terry McMillen – 198
10. Antron Brown – 184

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 363
2. Jack Beckman – 297
3. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 283
4. J.R. Todd – 280
5. Matt Hagan – 271
6. John Force – 258
7. Tim Wilkerson – 246
8. Ron Capps – 205
9. Bob Tasca III – 198
10. Cruz Pedregon – 179

Longtime Jack Beckman/DSR supporters Rodger and Karen Comstock generously donated $15,000 to the Infinite Hero Foundation on behalf of MTS and Descansando Properties during Sunday’s DSR pre-race ceremonies

LINK TO ORIGINAL DSR ARTICLE