DSR Richmond Qualifying Report

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DSR Richmond Qualifying Report


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

DSR Richmond Saturday Highlights:

  • Funny Car pilots Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps will start from the No. 2 and 3 positions on Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park
  • Matt Hagan also qualified in the top half of the Funny Car field
  • Johnson raced the Make-A-Wish Hellcat to the quickest E.T. of Q3
  • Capps navigated the NAPA Brakes machine to the quickest pass of Q4
  • Capps made a ‘top three’ run in three out of the four qualifying sessions
  • Leah Pritchett will start race day from the quick-half of the Top Fuel field for the seventh consecutive event
  • Antron Brown powered the Matco ‘Tools for the Cause’ Top Fuel machine to the second quickest-run of the third session
  • Round one features two DSR intramural battles: Pritchett vs. Brown, Hagan vs. Jack Beckman


Driver Information:
Funny Car

Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 10

The Competition: No. 7 Matt Hagan

The Results:
Q1: 5.015 E.T. at 152.68 MPH
Q2: 4.005 E.T. at 320.28 MPH
Q3: 10.071 E.T. at 67.29 MPH
Q4: 4.071 E.T. at 285.23 MPH

“It’s no secret we’re struggling. Everyone tries to put a positive spin on things but right now, we’re struggling. It’s not the first time we haven’t qualified well this year. In fact, we’ve qualified lower than this and made it several rounds on Sunday, but it just kind of digs you into a bit of a hole that you’d rather not be in.

“We’re going to have to face a team car, we won’t have lane choice but it doesn’t matter here. This track is billiard table smooth; the best on the tour right now, but it’s incredibly hot out here. I am just very confident that (co-crew chiefs Dean) Guido (Antonelli) and John (Medlen) are going to spend some hours looking at the data and we’ll go out there swinging hard tomorrow. First-round conditions are theoretically going to be the best we’ve had all weekend long. We don’t have the luxury of backing it down racing against Dickie Venables and Matt (Hagan), so at this point, we just need to find ourselves and it’s going to start first round tomorrow.”