NHRA Virginia Nationals
Event 8 of 24 (Richmond)
Virginia Motorsports Park
North Dinwiddie, Va.
May 17-19, 2019
DSR Richmond Elimination Highlights:
- Ron Capps powered the NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to its second consecutive victory on Sunday during the NHRA Virginia Nationals
- The event win marks Capps’ 63rd victory overall, 62nd in a Funny Car, second of 2019 and first at Virginia Motorsports Park
Capps’ 63 wins rank eighth on the all-time NHRA Mello Yello win list, fourth among the two nitro categories and second in the Funny Car category
- Behind the wheel of the Matco ‘Tools for the Cause’ Top Fuel dragster, Antron Brown raced to his second final round of the season and 123rd of his career
- After two consecutive wins in his NAPA Brakes Hellcat, Capps jumped from ninth at the start of May to third in the Funny Car point standings
- With his final round appearance, Brown advanced from seventh to fifth in the Top Fuel rankings
- Capps’ win was third of the season for Don Schumacher Racing, and 336th overall
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 10 (4.005 E.T. at 320.28 MPH)
E1: 4.649 E.T. at 251.44 MPH defeated Matt Hagan 5.115 E.T. at 225.41 MPH
E2: 8.238 E.T. at 102.56 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 5.356 E.T. at 212.03 MPH
As the 2008 Virginia Motorsports Park Funny Car runner-up, Jack Beckman was hoping to seal the deal on Sunday at the NHRA Virginia Nationals and capture his first event win of the year. Faced with the hottest conditions teams have seen all season, the Infinite Hero squad struggled to get their footing during qualifying, eventually settling in the No. 10 starting position to set up a first-round draw with teammate Matt Hagan. Both DSR Dodges lost traction and the two world champions were quick to get back on the throttle. Beckman was able to rein-in his Hellcat first and take the win.
The quarterfinals featured another DSR intramural battle, this time with Beckman squaring off against Tommy Johnson Jr. Once again, the two cars were up in smoke almost immediately, setting up another pedalfest. Unfortunately for Beckman, it was Johnson who managed to get his machine to recover first, cutting Beckman’s day short at round two.
“Disappointing weekend. We got beat second round and only made it to the finish line one time, which means we really didn’t acquire any data here and as hot as this place was, we’re going to see a heck of a lot more of that in the summertime. We just had to cycle in a brand-new clutch disc and we really don’t have another option for its spot in the clutch pack, but we might have to rethink how we apply it. The silver lining is, we got a round win out of here so we didn’t take too bad of a beating in the points, but we’ve just got to figure out what this thing needs for power application, and we need to figure it out by Chicago.”
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
1. Steve Torrence – 701
2. Brittany Force – 541
3. Doug Kalitta – 498
4. Clay Millican – 489
5. Leah Pritchett – 469
6. Antron Brown – 467
7. Mike Salinas – 466
8. Richie Crampton – 363
9. Terry McMillen – 352
10. Austin Prock – 341
1. Robert Hight – 717
2. J.R. Todd – 556
3. Ron Capps – 548
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. – 527
5. John Force – 524
6. Matt Hagan – 506
7. Jack Beckman – 477
8. Tim Wilkerson – 463
9. Shawn Langdon – 404
10. Bob Tasca III – 369
About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.
Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the MOPAR/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and 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 Make-A-Wish Dodge.
DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.
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