DSR Topeka Pre-Race Report

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DSR Topeka Pre-Race Report

Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals
presented by Minties
Event 10 of 24 (Topeka)
Heartland Motorsports Park
Topeka, Kan.
June 7-9, 2019


  • No. 2 ranked Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. enters the NHRA Heartland Nationals as the most recent winner on tour
  • Don Schumacher Racing is seeking its fourth consecutive Funny Car victory of the season during this weekend’s event
  • Topeka marks NHRA Funny Car event No. 250 for Matt Hagan
  • Leah Pritchett will once again pull double-duty as she competes for both the Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown trophies
  • As a native of Ottumwa, Iowa, Heartland Motorsports Park is a home track for Johnson

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Funny Car, E.T.: 3.802 seconds, Matt Hagan (2017)
Funny Car, speed: 338.85 mph, Matt Hagan (2017)


DSR Driver Information:
Funny Car:

Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Topeka Event Highlights:

  • Two-time event champion (2012, 2015)
  • 2016 runner-up
  • 2011 No. 1 qualifier
    2018 Topeka Recap:
    Qualified 12th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Bob Tasca III in E1; defeated by J.R. Todd in E2)

Last Event (Chicago):
Qualified fifth; Semifinal finish (defeated Blake Alexander in E1, Jeff Arend in E2; defeated by Robert Hight in E3)

2019 Season Statistics:
12 round wins; ranked seventh in points

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

“I think it was clear we had the car to win Chicago and likely would have if not for an error on my part by red-lighting in the semis, and that’s a bitter pill for a driver. My job is to not let the team down, and I absolutely did there. If there’s any silver lining, I have a chance to redeem myself in a few days. I think we finally have our hot rod with a good tune-up back just in time for the hot part of the season and the part of the year where we’re going to have a ton of races in close proximity. I can’t wait to strap back into my Infinite Hero Dodge Charger Hellcat in Topeka. I’ve won there before, and I think we can win there again this weekend.”

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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