DSR Sonoma Pre-Race Report

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DSR Sonoma Pre-Race Report

NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Event 15 of 24 (Sonoma)
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.
July 26-28, 2019


  • Tommy Johnson Jr. enters the event fresh off a win from the previous race (Denver) and is looking to capture his third victory of the season en route to ‘sweeping The Swing’
  • Ron Capps returns as the 2018 Sonoma Nationals Funny Car runner-up
  • Leah Pritchett claimed the 2017 Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier when she powered to the quickest pass in Sonoma Raceway history (3.669-seconds)
  • Johnson captured his first professional No. 1 qualifier at Sonoma in 1994 while competing in Top Fuel
  • Ahead of the race weekend, Jack Beckman will be honored with the second annual Eric Medlen Award during the 13th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night fundraising dinner on Thursday, July 25

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.669 seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)


DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Sonoma Event Highlights:

  • 2015 event champion
  • 2010 runner-up
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2010, 2015)
    2018 Sonoma Recap:
    Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated J.R. Todd in E1; defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. in E2)

Last Event (Denver):
Qualified 10th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Matt Hagan in E1; defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
21 round wins; ranked fifth in points

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

Ahead of the race weekend, Beckman will be honored with the second annual Eric Medlen Award during the 13th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night fundraising dinner on Thursday, July 25

“I love Sonoma. I have so much history there in my Sportsman car. It’s a place I’ve been going to since 1992. I’ve won there in Sportsman. I’ve won there in a pro car. We’re just having a tough time getting this monkey off our back and getting our first trophy of the year. I can’t think of a better place to do that than in wine country and celebrating with some ice cream at the end of the day as a tribute to Eric Medlen. We’ll go in Thursday for the Eric Medlen Nitro Night, and we’ll end the weekend with the ice cream tribute to him, and somewhere in between there I’d like to be holding a trophy.”

On being named the 2019 Speedway Children’s Charities Eric Medlen Award recipient:
“I’ve been honored to emcee ‘Eric’s Night’ for many years, and it’s always exciting to reminisce about Eric, spend time with his friends and family, and know that we’re raising money to help kids through Speedway Children’s Charities, something Eric would have loved. Now, to be recognized with the Eric Medlen Award, well that’s just hard to wrap my head around. I’m really humbled by this, and I’m also extremely excited to turn the mic back over to Bob Frey, the man who began emceeing these events, a great friend, and someone I have looked up to for more than 30 years.”

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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