Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
Event No. 8
World Wide Technology Raceway
Madison, Ill.
October 2-4, 2020

Highlights:

  • DSR carries a streak of 10 consecutive national event Funny Car wins and a four-way championship battle into the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
    • While they jostle for position atop the leaderboard, No. 1 ranked Jack Beckman, No. 4 ranked Ron Capps, No. 2 ranked Matt Hagan and No. 3 ranked Tommy Johnson Jr. will also be looking to extend DSR’s current undefeated Funny Car streak to a record 11 victories
    • Each driver has contributed at least one Wally trophy to the string of 10 wins that dates back to October 2019. DSR previously set the consecutive win record in a single class at 10 races during the 2017 season with the same driver lineup
    • Capps leads the Funny Car category in number of wins at St. Louis (four) and put himself solidly in the 2020 championship hunt after his win in Gainesville last weekend
  • In Top Fuel, Leah Pruett leads the DSR dragster trio. Pruett currently sits third in the championship standings, and is within two round wins of the top ranked driver
  • For the third time this season, Pruett will have the opportunity to bring home two trophies as she will pull double-duty by competing in both Top Fuel and the Factory Stock Showdown Series alongside her teammate, Mark Pawuk
  • Top Fuel star Antron Brown leads the NHRA’s pro classes in number of wins at St. Louis (five)

DSR Track Records:
Top Fuel, speed: 332.75 mph, Leah Pruett (2017)

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

St. Louis Event Highlights:

  • Two-time event champion (2012, 2016)
  • Two-time runner-up (2010, 2013)
  • 2012 No. 1 qualifier
    2019 St. Louis Recap:
    Qualified ninth; First round exit (defeated by J.R. Todd in E1)

Last Event (Gainesville):
Qualified ninth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Paul Lee in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

2020 Season Statistics:
Two event wins; 16 round wins; ranked No. 1 in points

Career Statistics:
331 races; 32 wins; 27 No. 1 qualifiers

Noteworthy:
Maintains his ranking atop the Funny Car leaderboard; has occupied the No. 1 spot during six of the first seven events

Quotable:
“We stumbled at Gainesville, and that was driver error. I let the car get too far out of the groove. We were pushing hard, we knew we had to. The car was probably going to run low E.T. of the meet and I just let it get out into the loose stuff too much, and that ended our day. That was a big round; we were up against the No. 2 car in points. But we dodged a bullet. We still left there in first place. We go to St. Louis where it should be radically different conditions. Everyone only gets two qualifying runs. If they gave us four, we’d figure out the tune-up. At two, it’s going to be a total crapshoot, and those bonus qualifying points are going to be increasingly important from here on out, and I can’t wait!”


About Don Schumacher Racing:
Established in 1998 as a single-car Top Fuel team, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) has grown to become the winningest organization in NHRA Drag Racing history. Including team owner Don Schumacher’s five NHRA Funny Car titles from the 1970s, DSR’s current win count stands at 352, and DSR is one of a very small handful of teams in the motorsports industry to surpass the 350 milestone. DSR owns 17 world championships in three different NHRA categories.

Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR currently fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools/Global Electronic Technology/Toyota dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the Mopar/Pennzoil dragster driven by Leah Pruett, and the Okuma/Sandvik Coromant machine driven by eight-time world champion, Tony Schumacher. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by two-time series title-holder Matt Hagan, and in Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the MD Anderson Dodge.

DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pruett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.

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Link to original DSR release

DSR NHRA St. Louis Pre-Race Report