DSR Richmond Pre-Race Report

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DSR Richmond Pre-Race Report

NHRA Virginia Nationals
Event 8 of 24 (Richmond)
Virginia Motorsports Park
North Dinwiddie, Va.
May 17-19, 2019


Noteworthy:

  • Ron Capps enters the race weekend as the most recent Funny Car winner on tour after picking up his 62nd event win
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty for the third time in 2019 as she continues to defend her Factory Stock Showdown Series title while chasing her first Top Fuel championship
  • Richmond is a ‘home track’ for lifelong Virginia resident Matt Hagan

DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car

(EXCERPT)

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

Richmond Event Highlights:

  • 2008 runner-up
  • 2009 No. 1 qualifier
    2018 Richmond Recap:
    Qualified fifth; First round exit (defeated by Del Worsham in E1)

Last Event (Atlanta):
Qualified 14th; First round exit (defeated by John Force in E1)

2019 Season Statistics:
Nine round wins; ranked eighth in points

Career Statistics:
307 races; 28 wins; 24 No. 1 qualifiers

Quotable:
“We’ve had three subpar outings in a row for a variety of reasons and it’s frustrating. When you know you have a team capable of winning a race and you’re struggling to get to the semifinals, you’re underachieving. The fix for that isn’t qualifying No. 1, it isn’t another final round, it’s the yellow ‘event winner’ hat.

“We’re going back to Richmond. This is the second year since it came back on tour. Last year it was the smoothest track we’d raced on in over a decade but it didn’t have a whole lot of rubber for grip down on it. So, it’ll be interesting to see how much its evolved over the last year and if our crew chiefs can use some of the data that we have to run even more consistently there.”

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