Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Aug. 2-4, 2019
DSR Seattle Elimination Highlights:
- Ron Capps raced to his third final round appearance of the 2019 season; it was the fifth consecutive event where DSR has placed a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in the finals
- Capps’ run to the final advanced him to fourth in points and allowed him to clinch a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship
- Jack Beckman’s semifinal finish also helped him secure a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship; Beckman is currently ranked fifth
- Countdown contender (Sonoma clinch) Tommy Johnson Jr. leads the DSR Funny Car brigade and leaves Seattle ranked third in the championship standings
- Antron Brown closes out the Western Swing by moving into second in the Top Fuel standings
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 8 (3.917 E.T. at 326.79 MPH)
E1: 3.937 E.T. at 327.59 MPH defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. 5.182 E.T. at 141.86 MPH
E2: 3.973 E.T. at 323.04 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 4.017 E.T. at 321.50 MPH
E3: 4.480 E.T. at 197.65 MPH defeated by John Force 4.014 E.T. at 320.97 MPH
The results through the first 16 events maintain that Jack Beckman and his Infinite Hero Foundation team will be a factor in the 2019 NHRA championship, but the 2012 Funny Car world champion admits they first must win a race. The 2007 NHRA Northwest Nationals winner qualified eighth for Sunday’s elimination rounds where he drove the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to victory over fellow DSR Dodge Hellcat driver Tommy Johnson Jr. with a smooth pass of 3.937 seconds. Beckman then defeated Bob Tasca III to reach his fifth semifinal in eight events where his opponent was John Force. After the two had identical reaction times, Beckman slowed when his machine lost traction allowing Force to pull away for the victory.
Beckman’s semifinal run helped him clinch a berth in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship for the 12th time in his career.
“A frustrating end again. We have a top-five car. We ran into another top-five, and it just becomes a battle of tuners and drivers up there. Neither one of us ran particularly great, but our car just smoked the tires. And we know we have a car that is capable of winning a championship. We need to prove that we have a car that can win a race right now. The silver lining is that we leave here top-five in points. We gained some ground on the guys in front of us. The crew chiefs have a week off to go over some things and get us organized to go into Brainerd with the right frame of mind.”
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
1. Steve Torrence – 1587*
2. Antron Brown – 966
3. Clay Millican – 955
4. Brittany Force – 953
5. Doug Kalitta – 940
6. Mike Salinas – 883
7. Leah Pritchett – 786
8t. Richie Crampton – 753
8t. Austin Prock – 753
10. Terry McMillen- 676
1. Robert Hight – 1341*
2. John Force – 1155*
3. Tommy Johnson Jr – 1117*
4. Ron Capps – 1057*
5. Jack Beckman – 1039*
6. Bob Tasca III – 985*
7. Matt Hagan – 965
8. J.R. Todd – 949
9. Shawn Langdon – 840
10. Tim Wilkerson – 792
*Clinched berth in NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
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.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at Shoeracing.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.