Sunday, August 20, 2017

DSR: Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge leave Brainerd No. 5 in NHRA points, ready to test this week near Indy to prepare for U.S. Nationals



BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20, 2017) - After getting a fortuitous break in Sunday's first round, Jack Beckman's luck went up in smoke in the second round of the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

"A lot of times you have race weekends where from the moment you unload the car on Friday morning until the moment you put it back in the trailer after the winner's circle Sunday night, everything goes right. This was not one of those weekends for the Infinite Hero team," Beckman said of Terry and Doug Chandler's Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team.

"We had an air-line leak on our first qualifying run. I have never done a burnout where the thing stuck the tire and yanked the front end. After that, we made three solid runs, he said of qualifying sixth.

"Went to load the car Saturday night and it wouldn't steer. A chunk of metal had come loose in the steering box and we thought, 'well, we're really being watched over right now.' Then we go up there in this morning and dodged a huge bullet when Brian Stewart redlights before we overpowered the track."

Beckman qualified with a time of 3.886 seconds at 333.25 mph on Friday night. He lined up with the No. 11 qualifier Stewart and went up in smoke and coasted to a 4.290 (207.56) while Stewart's disallowed time was quicker.

In the second round, Beckman smoked the tires against John Force.

"We thought we made the proper adjustments, we took what we thought was going to be a really quick racecar up there second round and it literally did not go one foot before it smoked the tires," Beckman said.

In two weeks, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series heads to Indianapolis of the prestigious U.S. Nationals. The points standings will then be reset for the NHRA's version of the playoffs. Beckman and the Chandlers' Dodge dropped one spot to fifth in points.

"We're OK, we're solidly in the Countdown (to the Championship) and we want to win Indy. We still have a chance to move up a position or two before they reset the Countdown points."

This week, the Infinite Hero team will join other top nitro teams for testing Wednesday and Thursday at Indy.

"We will work our tails off Wednesday and Thursday, and flog this car, and make sure we exorcise our demons. I am not superstitious, but we just had a whole bunch of dumb racing luck here at Brainerd. We'll get that out of our system and move forward."



JACK BECKMAN, Doug & Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: Dean Antonelli, John Medlen, Neal Strausbaugh
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN (4.290 sec., 207.56 mph) def. Brian Stewart (4.083, 247.25-DQ/redlight)
Second round: John Force (3.896, 335.48) def. BECKMAN (9.505, 72.67)

QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 6
FRIDAY: 6.535 sec., 129.18 mph, (first session); 3.886, 333.25, (second session)
SATURDAY: 3.931, 326.87, (third session); 3.914, 329.83, (fourth session)
BRAINERD  BY THE NUMBERS
A year ago at Brainerd: Qualified No. 4, lost in second round to DSR teammate Ron Capps
Career at Brainerd: Wins 0, Runner-ups 2 (2008, 2010), Poles 3 (2012, 2013, 2012)
              Pts      Events       Wins      Rup      Semi      Qtr     1st rd      Poles      DNQ      W/L
2017          4th       16             2           2             3           7            2          0            0          26-14

CAREER              268          26           27         48          80         80           21         7      358-235
Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS             
(Official after Brainerd; 17 of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
  1. RON CAPPS (6)                  1,383       ----
  2. Robert Hight (2)                   1,247     -116
  3. MATT HAGAN (3)                1,214     -149
  4. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 1,180     -183
  5. JACK BECKMAN (2)           1,160      -203
  6. Courtney Force                    1,012      -351
  7. John Force (1)                        954      -409
  8. Tim Wilkerson                         792      -571
  9. J.R. Todd (1)                           788      -575
10. Alexis DeJoria (1)                   664     - 699

12th annual DSR Open House for Riley Kids presented by Pennzoil set for 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday Sept. 1 to during U.S. Nationals
Don Schumacher Racing will host its most special day of the year on Sept. 1 (Friday) when it opens its doors to the public to support Riley Hospital for Children with its 12th annual Open House presented by Pennzoil from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the nitro kickoff for the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

The DSR Open House presented by Pennzoil attracted more than 4,000 fans last year to DSR's 145,000-square-foot facility and raised a record $65,000 that pushed DSR's total contributions to over $500,000 for the Riley Hospital for Children.


Open House activities include:

- A meet and greet with DSR's seven winning drivers (Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr.) along with hall-of-fame owner Don Schumacher;
- Expansive silent auction courtesy of DSR with racing memorabilia, products and services donated by friends and sponsors;
- Behind-the-scenes access to the DSR drag racing facility including tours of its fabrication and machine shops;
- One of the largest indoor car shows in Indiana featuring 200 of the Midwest's best custom and muscle cars, and motorcycles;
- Cacklefest featuring nostalgia dragsters that will delight fans with the sounds of vintage nitro horsepower;
- Papa John's Pizza will be selling pizza with all proceeds going to Riley Kids; Food trucks also will be on site with a portion of sales going to Riley;
   
A new feature this year will be a performance by the Gordon Pipers bagpipe and drum marching band that features Scottish/Celtic culture and music. The Gordon Pipers have been one of the most popular elements of Indy 500 pre-race festivities and perform at Indianapolis Colts games and other major Indy events.


About Don Schumacher Racing

Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.
DSR has won 314 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DSR: Beckman counting down to championship playoff with Chandlers' Infinite Hero Dodge as he heads for third NHRA Mello Yello title this weekend in Northern Minnesota


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 16, 2017) - Jack Beckman returned to his drag racing roots last weekend with a trip to near Boise, Idaho, to compete in NHRA Sportsman competition during the Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway.

The 2003 NHRA Super Comp world champion drove Dick VanderMeer's 180-mph Top Dragster and realized to stay on top of the Sportsman game you had better race in it more than once a year.

"It was a great weekend even if I could have done better in Dick's dragster," said Beckman, who returns to his full-time job driving Terry and Doug Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny for Don Schumacher Racing this weekend in the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in North Minnesota.

He spent several days in Idaho with his family but is eager to get back to work when qualifying begins Friday at Brainerd, where he has advanced to two final rounds, won three poles but has yet to add a Brainerd Wally Trophy to his collection of 26.

Brainerd marks the 17th of 18 events in the Mello Yello regular season, and after this weekend only the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals two weeks later near Indianapolis over Labor Day Weekend left before points are reset to begin the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff for the top-10 drivers who qualify to contend for the world title. The regular-season points leader will have a 30-point lead over No. 2 and others will be separated at 10-point increments to open the Countdown at Charlotte.

Beckman and his Dodge Charger R/T team led by crew chiefs Dean Antonelli, John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh will start the Brainerd race ranked fourth in Mello Yello points. Beckman is 68 points out of second place but only 23 ahead fifth-ranked DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.

"We dropped from third to fourth after the last race (two weeks ago at Seattle), and a couple drivers behind us close to catching us," Beckman said. "We can get up to second before the Countdown.

"This is the time of the year when teams contending for the championship are going to raise their hands and notify everyone else of what they can do. We'll be smart and keep picking away at stuff at Brainerd."



BY THE NUMBERS FOR DSR AT BRAINERD                                                                                   
                Pts      Events       Wins      Rup      Semi      Qtr     1st rd      Poles      DNQ           W/L
2017        4th               16             2           2             3         7             2              0         0          26-14
CAREER                     268           26         27           48       80           80            21      7        358-235          
Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)
Last event (Aug. 6), Seattle: Qualified No. 5, lost in second round to Courtney Force
A year ago at Brainerd: Qualified No. 4, lost in second round to DSR teammate Ron Capps
Career at Brainerd: Wins 0, Runner-ups 2 (2008, 2010), Poles 3 (2012, 2013, 2012)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS          
(Official after Seattle; 16 of 24 events: wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
  1. RON CAPPS (6)                   1,330       -----
  2. MATT HAGAN (3)                 1,172      -158
  3. Robert Hight (2)                    1,164      -166
  4. JACK BECKMAN (2)            1,104       -226
  5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1)  1,081       -249
  6. Courtney Force                        951       -379
  7. John Force (1)                         877       -453
  8. Tim Wilkerson                          759       -571
  9. J.R. Todd (1)                            756       -574
10. Cruz Pedregon                         601       -729

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.

DSR has won 313 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

Monday, August 14, 2017

DSR: 12th annual DSR Open House for Riley Kids presented by Pennzoil less set for Sept. 1


All for Riley Kids
Sept. 1 set for 12th annual DSR Open House
to benefit Riley Hospital for Children 
 
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug.14, 2017) - Don Schumacher Racing, the biggest and most successful team in professional drag racing, will host its most special day of the year on Sept. 1 (Friday) when it opens its doors to the public to support Riley Hospital for Children with its 12th annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the nitro kickoff for the NHRA U.S. Nationals at nearby Lucas Oil Raceway over Labor Day Weekend.
   
2016 Riley Kids at DSR
The DSR Open House presented by Pennzoil attracted more than 4,000 fans last year to DSR's 145,000-square-foot facility and raised a record $65,000 that pushed DSR's total contributions to over $500,000 for the Riley Hospital for Children.

Open House activities include:

A meet and greet with DSR's seven winning drivers (Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr.) along with hall-of-fame owner Don Schumacher

Expansive silent auction courtesy of DSR with racing memorabilia, products and services donated by friends and sponsor;
     
Behind-the-scenes access to the DSR drag racing facility including tours of its fabrication and machine shops;

One of the largest indoor car shows in Indiana featuring 200 of the Midwest's best custom and muscle cars, and motorcycles;

Cacklefest featuring nostalgia dragsters that will delight fans with the sounds of vintage nitro horsepower;

Papa John's Pizza will be selling pizza with all proceeds going to Riley Hospital; Food trucks also will be on site with a portion of sales going to Riley;
   
A new feature this year will be a performance by the Gordon Pipers bagpipe and drum marching band that features Scottish/Celtic culture and music. The Gordon Pipers have been one of the most popular elements of Indy 500 pre-race festivities and perform at Indianapolis Colts games and other major Indy events.
 
2016 Open House Cacklefest

Riley Children's Foundation
Riley Children's Foundation is the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924. Today Riley Hospital is recognized as one of the best children's hospitals in the nation and is the only comprehensive children's research hospital in Indiana. Our mission is to raise funds statewide to support Riley Hospital funding priorities: pediatric research and patient care, maternity and newborn health and family support programs. Riley Children's Foundation also funds Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center. For more information: RileyKids.org

Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered near Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the three-time and reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Mello Yello dragster driven by Antron Brown and Leah Pritchett in the Papa John's Pizza dragster.

In Funny Car, the Riley Kids 2017 Dodge Charger R/T driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., reigning world champion Ron Capps and  NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge, two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th Anniversary Mopar/Express Lane Dodge and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Doug and Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge.

DSR has won 313 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships. Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

DSR: Doug Chandler will continue to back 'giving cars' for DSR through 2020 to honor late wife Terry's commitment to race to help great causes


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 8, 2017) - The late Terry Chandler's dream of having a "giving car" in the NHRA Funny Car category will continue through 2020 after her husband, Doug Chandler, agreed to continue her mission and fund two Funny Cars with Don Schumacher Racing.

The Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars will continue to be driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and will continue to benefit worthwhile non-profit organizations. Since Terry began funding the teams in 2014, they have donated branding space to the Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero foundations.

She started a tradition in 2013 using Johnson's team to promote Riley Hospital for Children's Riley Kids program during the U.S. Nationals over Labor Day Weekend near Indianapolis, and that will continue at this year's event.

Terry was diagnosed with advanced brain cancer early this year and lost her valiant fight against the disease on July 4. She was 65.

"Terry loved her teams and I saw how much she looked forward to going to the races and help the children of Make-A-Wish and our soldier heroes who gave more than anyone could have asked and were helped by Infinite Hero when they came home," said Doug, who was married to Terry for 49 years.

"Terry lives on in so many people's hearts and mine. I don't want to see her dream end."

Terry, who was presented with the NHRA Blaine Johnson Award in 2015 for her dedication to helping others, was a mainstay at the starting line when her Funny Cars raced, and also was there for Pro Stock competition to support her nephew Shane Gray and his son, Tanner Gray.

Terry, and now Doug, will use the "giving racecars" as platforms to continue promoting awareness for great causes.

"Terry is just an incredible lady, and we'll never know how many lives she impacted and how many will continued to be helped with Doug continuing what she started," said Don Schumacher, owner of DSR and close friend of the Chandlers. "We miss her every day, but we'll never forget her smile and her big heart.

"Doug could have walked away from NHRA drag racing and it wouldn't have done anything to lessen Terry's legacy. His decision to continue what she started for the next several years shows his love and admiration for what she accomplished.

"Everyone at DSR couldn't be prouder of how Terry and Doug will continue to be part of our sport and help countless of people over at the least the next three years."

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.

DSR has won 313 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368
Leah Vaughn (vaughnl@shoeracing.com), 618.516.1988

Sunday, August 6, 2017

DSR: Beckman advances to quarterfinals at Seattle, team returns from Western Swing to regroup for final push toward Countdown



SEATTLE (August 6, 2017) - Jack Beckman and Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car closed out the NHRA Western Swing Sunday with a quarterfinal appearance in the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals near Seattle.

"Twenty-four races are important to us," said Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car world champion. "There's never a race weekend you go into and you say, 'well, we'll experiment, we'll throw this race away, it doesn't matter if we do good.' You want to win every weekend."

Unfortunately, the Infinite Hero team will have to wait two weeks for the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd to try and win their third title of the season.

"Earlier in the year we won two races before we had reached our prime. Really, we just kind of wore everybody out there and had a few lucky breaks. Lately, our car has become much more consistent and we're well on the road to where we want it to be and we've had a litany of parts breakage. So, we've lost a lot of rounds with stuff breaking on the car.

"Seattle 2017 is going to go down as the race where our championship form showed up. I don't think I did a good enough job driving against Courtney (Force) in the second round. I think I let the car move over too much and that might've been what did us in."

Beckman faced former Top Fuel and Funny Car Champion Del Worsham in the opening round on Sunday's race day. Beckman clocked a lap of 3.926 seconds at 325.69 mph to get the win.

During the second round, Beckman went into tire smoke midtrack as Courtney Force of John Force Racing drove around him.

"We've cured our parts breakage and the car is doing what we tell it to do every time. That smoke in the second round is on me, that's not on the crew chiefs.

"I cannot wait for the rest of the season, we're peaking at the perfect time, we're doing everything right for the soldiers with the Infinite Hero fundraisers and we're going to make Mopar proud at the end of the year."

The team will return to Don Schumacher Racing's home base in Brownsburg, Ind., near Indianapolis, after three weeks on the road for the Western Swing.

JACK BECKMAN, Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation 2017 Dodge Charger R/T        
Crew chiefs: Dean Antonelli, John Medlen, Neal Strausbaugh
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN (3.926 sec., 325.69 mph) def. Del Worsham (4.033, 319.52)
Second round: Courtney Force (3.959, 317.27) def. BECKMAN (4.037, 287.66)
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 5
FRIDAY: 4.133 sec., 301.87  mph, (first session); 3.983, 322.88, (second session)
SATURDAY: 4.466, 191.87, (third session); 3.943, 323.35, (fourth session)
SEATTLE  BY THE NUMBERS
Last event (July 30), Sonoma, Calif.: Qualified No. 3, lost in semifinals to J.R. Todd
A year ago at Seattle: Qualified No. 4, lost in second round to Matt Hagan
Career at Seattle: Wins 2 (2007, 2015); Runner-ups 1 (2011); Poles 2 (2013, 2015)


2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS  
(Official after Seattle; 16 of 24 events: wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
  1. RON CAPPS (6)                   1,330      -----
  2. MATT HAGAN (3)                 1,172     -158
  3. Robert Hight (2)                    1,164      -166
  4. JACK BECKMAN (2)            1,104      -226
  5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1)  1,081      -249
  6. Courtney Force                        951      -249
  7. John Force (1)                         877       -453
  8. Tim Wilkerson                          759       -571
  9. J.R. Todd (1)                            756       -574
10. Cruz Pedregon                         601      -729

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.
DSR has won 313 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Infinite Hero Foundation receives $3500 donation

How about a hand for Chuck Bryant and his friends for stepping up to donate $3500 to the Infinite Hero Foundation! Thank you! Every donation to Infinite Hero goes back to the veterans and helps change lives.



Thursday, August 3, 2017

DSR: Beckman, Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge continue to climb upward in NHRA Mello Yello standings, ranked No. 3 heading to Pacific Raceways




BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 2, 2017) - There isn't much Jack Beckman doesn't remember about the history of professional drag racing or his career. But there is one moment he'd like to forget and there will be reminders when he returns to Pacific Raceways near Seattle this weekend.

A year ago in the Northwest Nationals, he recorded one of the very few redlight disqualifications in eliminations since he began racing.

"It's bitterly disappointing," the 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion said after that second-round loss. "There's no excuse, there's no way to spin it. I absolutely made a mistake up there. But it doesn't matter. Our job is to react when the tree comes on."
On Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., in the second event of the three-week Western Swing, he did his job at the starting line in the semifinals and left with a substantial lead over eventual Sonoma winner J.R. Todd, who instantly smoked the tires off the line.
Beckman and Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Dodge Charger R/T built a seemingly unbeatable lead a few hundred feet from the finish line, but an engine problem led to a safety system shutting off the engine. Meanwhile, Todd had quickly recovered and edged the coasting Beckman to advance.
"Our car just quit running at 200 feet," Beckman said. "I was dead in the water and we were coasting. It's a helpless feeling to know that that car's coming up on you and going 150 miles an hour faster than you're going. You're hoping you're going to get to the finish line first, and we weren't able to do it."

Despite the disappointment at Sonoma, Beckman and his Don Schumacher Racing team were able to move up one spot to third in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings and only 44 points out of second. Three events remain in the 18-race regular season after which only the top-10 in points will be able to compete for the world title in the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff that begins after Labor Day.

Beckman has been impressed how his virtually new team has been able to climb that high in the standings and win two event titles this year despite starting the season with only one crewmember remaining with the team, veteran crew chief John Medlen. The Infinite Hero team has done well with three crew chiefs consisting of veteran and DSR newcomer Dean Antonelli and rookie crew chief Neal Strausbaugh, formerly assistant with the U.S. Army team, joining Medlen.

Beckman expects continued improvement this weekend at Seattle where he has advanced to three final rounds and won titles in 2007 and 2015.

JACK BY THE NUMBERS FOR SEATTLE                                                            
               Pts      Events       Wins      Rup      Semi      Qtr     1st rd      Poles      DNQ       W/L
2017          3rd        15             2           2             3          6            2              0            0          25-13
CAREER               267           26         27           48        79           80            21           7      357-234

Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)
SEATTLE  BY THE NUMBERS
Last event (July 30), Sonoma, Calif.: Qualified No. 3, lost in semifinals to J.R. Todd
A year ago at Seattle: Qualified No. 4, lost in second round to Matt Hagan
Career at Seattle: Wins 2 (2007, 2015); Runner-ups 1 (2011); Poles 2 (2013, 2015)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS
(Official after Sonoma; 15 of 24 events: wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
  1. RON CAPPS (6)                   1,276    -----
  2. MATT HAGAN (3)                1,093    -183
  3. JACK BECKMAN (2)            1,049    -227
  4. Robert Hight (1)                    1,035    -241
  5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1)     982    -294
  6. Courtney Force                        874    -402
  7. John Force (1)                         821    -455
  8. Tim Wilkerson                          727    -549
  9. J.R. Todd (1)                            724    -552
10. Cruz Pedregon                         570    -706

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.
DSR has won 312 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.



Sunday, July 30, 2017

DSR: Beckman returns to Sonoma to emcee annual dinner to honor Eric Medlen before heading to track in search of second title in three years in wine country

PRESS RELEASE CREDIT: DSR



BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 26, 2017) - The annual visit to the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in the wine country near San Francisco means more to 2012 Funny Car world champion Jack Beckman than going for his third Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event title this season with Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team.

The race week starts Thursday for Beckman when he is the emcee for the 11th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night Charity Dinner to benefit Speedway Children's Charities. The special event at StoneTree Golf Club in Novato, Calif., is dedicated to the memory of Eric Medlen, the former Funny Car driver who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley not far from his home track.

Beckman has only missed attending one of the dinners and has been the emcee the past few years. This will be the second one that has more meaning to him because one of his crew chiefs is John Medlen whose son Eric succumbed to injuries sustained from a testing accident in 2007.

"Eric Medlen Nitro Night always has been special for me, but it has meant even more since I started to work with John," said Beckman, who won the Funny Car title and pole two years ago at Sonoma Raceway.

"Everybody loved Eric and this night is how we show that, and thanks to Eric we get to help a lot of kids programs through Speedway Charities."

Beckman, who lives in Southern California, is eager to help charities including the Infinite Hero Foundation. On Sunday night near Denver after Don Schumacher Racing's Dodge Charger R/T lost in the second round of competition, he filled in as the emcee of a fund-raiser for Infinite Hero.

His DSR teammates on the Top Fuel winning Matco Tools team with driver Antron Brown signed their Denver NHRA Wally Trophy they had just received and donated it for auction at the Infinite Hero event. Beckman put on his auctioneer hat and it raised $8,000 for Infinite Hero and the benevolent winning bidder gave it back for a future auction to raise even more money.

"We were disappointed that we didn't win the trophy at Denver, but when something like that happens it really puts racing into a proper perspective," Beckman said.

"That tent was full of supporters of Infinite Hero who understand the mission. There were several heroes there who have benefitted from how Infinite Hero changes the lives or our injured veterans.

"We wouldn't be able have a night like that were it not for Terry Chandler," he said of the late Terry Chandler, who has funded the Don Schumacher Racing Funny Cars driven by Beckman and the Make-A-Wish team with Tommy Johnson Jr. the past few years. She died on July 4 after a short but valiant fight against brain cancer and her family will continue to fund the teams at least through the end of this season.

"Terry keeps on giving."

Beckman and Johnson will battle beginning Friday at Sonoma to win another trophy for Terry. Johnson has advanced to the final round the past two races but came up a little short each time.

"I've got great memories at Sonoma," said Beckman, who raced there many times as an amateur NHRA Sportsman racer before turning pro full time in 2007.

He recalls his success at the picturesque track in 2015 as a major mark in his career.

Sonoma is the second event in the grueling three-week Western Swing that began last week near Denver and concludes near Seattle.

JACK BECKMAN, Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation 2017 Dodge Charger R/T              
                 Pts      Events       Wins      Rup      Semi      Qtr     1st rd      Poles      DNQ      W/L
2017          3rd           14             2           2             2          6            2           0             0        23-12
CAREER                   266           26         27           47        79         80          21           7       355-233
Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)

SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 6, lost in second round to eventual event winner Robert Hight
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No.9, lost in second to Del Worsham
Career at Sonoma: 1 (2015); runner-up 1 (2010); poles 2 (2010, 2015)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS             
(Official after Denver; 14th of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
  1. RON CAPPS (6)                 1,244       -----
  2. MATT HAGAN (3)               1,058      -186
  3. Robert Hight (1)                    973        -271
  4. JACK BECKMAN (2)           970        -274
  5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1)  925        -319
  6. Courtney Force                     793        -451
  7. John Force (1)                      757        -487
  8. Tim Wilkerson                       634        -610
  9. J.R. Todd                              612        -632
10. Cruz Pedregon                     538        -706

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.
DSR has won 312 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

DSR: Pritchett earns fifth pole of season with Papa John's/Mopar dragster; Beckman leads DSR Dodges, Johnson faces Capps for 3rd straight event

PRESS RELEASE CREDIT: DSR


SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2017) - Leah Pritchett and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar team led by crew chief Todd Okuhara and assistant Joe Barlam enjoyed  their best overall qualifying performance when they clinched their fifth No. 1 qualifying position of the year during the NHRA Sonoma Nationals near San Francisco.

While her teammate Jack Beckman and Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T is the top-qualifier in a Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Chandler's Make-A-Wish team with crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds made the biggest jump in Saturday's last qualifying session and their second quickest run in the session enabled Johnson to jump to the No. 5 qualifying spot.


That, however, will pair Johnson against DSR's reigning world champion and current points leader Ron Capps for the third straight event. The first was in championship round at Chicago where Capps took the title while the second was las week in Denver during the first round where Johnson beat Capps on a holeshot. On Sunday when eliminations begin at 11 a.m. (PDT), they will meet in the first round after Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS team stumbled to the No. 12 seed.


"If you have to race a teammate you only want it to be in the final round, never the first round," said Johnson, whose last run was in 3.848 seconds at 325.85 mph for second best of the final qualifying session. "This is a big chance for us to keep Ron from adding to his lead and we need to go some rounds to start moving up in the standings."

Capps will start Sunday with a 183-point lead over DSR's Matt Hagan and the 80th Anniversary Mopar/Express Lane Dodge. Johnson is fifth in the standings and 47 points behind Beckman, who is fourth.

For Pritchett and the Powered by Pennzoil Top Fuel team, they were the quickest in Saturday's opening session that was their fourth consecutive session-leading performance including the last qualifying run at Denver a week ago when she won the pole and advanced to the final round but lost to DSR's three-time and reigning world champion Antron Brown (Matco Tools), who is qualified No. 4.
Stig, left, and Antron Brown debut Sunday
night in the new 'Top Gear America' on BBC America.

"What that says about our team is the attention to detail, going from one extreme to another," she said. "What that says about this team is that they don't even get a little bit lax and instead we're ramping it up. We're ramping up our details, we're ramping up our strategy, we're looking constantly to improve. The true colors of this team are showing."

The No. 1 position is her fifth of the season in the year's 14th event and her second straight. Her pole-winning time on Friday gave a fifth track elapsed time record that is most among Top Fuel drivers.

"We're definitely on a roll," she said. "It's probably the highest confidence that we can have going into Sunday, but keep in mind that anything can happen on Sunday no matter who you're racing. We took this track extremely seriously today, trying to get down it conditions like what we'll see Sunday."

The Papa John's team earned nine bonus qualifying points that cut her gap behind Brown to four and points leader Steve Torrence to 59.

DSR TOP FUEL DRAGSTERS                                                                                                                  
No. 1 qualifier: Leah Pritchett (Don Schumacher Racing), 3.669 sec.-track record, 304.80 mph

LEAH PRITCHETT, Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster                                                                  
Crew chief: Todd Okuhara; Assistant: Joe Barlam
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Terry Haddock
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 1
FRIDAY: 3.729 sec., 328.38 mph, (Session 1); 3.669-track record, 304.80, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.782, 324.51, (Session 3); 3.906, 247.61, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.658 sec.-world record (2017, Phoenix); 330.23 mph (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 1, lost in championship round to teammate Antron Brown
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 9, lost in first round to teammate Tony Schumacher
Career at Sonoma: Wins 0; Runner-up 0; Poles 0

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota Top Fuel dragster                                                    
Crew chiefs: Brian Corradi, Mark Oswald; Assistant: Brad Mason
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Troy Buff
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 4
FRIDAY: 5.052, 138.77 mph, (Session 1); 3.705, 329.42, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 6.306, 108.69, (Session 3); 10.595, 67.97, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.667 (2017, Phoenix); 333.16 mph (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 7, won in championship round over teammate Leah Pritchett
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 2, lost in second round to eventual event winner J.R. Todd
Career at Sonoma: Wins 4 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015); Runner-up 2 (2004, 2006); Poles 2 (2008, 2015)

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster                                                                              
Crew chief: Mike Green; Assistant: Phil Shuler
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Scott Palmer
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 5
FRIDAY: 3.769 sec., 326.79 mph, (Session 1); 3.709, 328.30, (Session 2)
SATURDAY:10.360, 70.68, (Session 3); 9.893, 70.84, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.660 sec. (2017, Topeka); 332.51 mph (2016, Brainerd)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 4, lost in second round to Terry Haddock
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 8, lost in second round to Steve Torrence
Career at Sonoma: Wins 2 (2007, 2008); Runner-up 4 (1999, 2006, 2010, 2011); Poles 3 (2005, 2006, 2011)

DSR FUNNY CARS                                                                                                                                    
No. 1 qualifier: Robert Hight (John Force Racing), 3.807 sec., 339.87 mph-world record

JACK BECKMAN, Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: Dean Antonelli, John Medlen, Neal Strausbaugh
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Jonnie Lindberg
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 3
FRIDAY: 8.640 sec., 80.39 mph, (Session 1); 3.854,m 328.70, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.983, 320.28, (Session 3); 3.910, 324.83, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 6, lost in second round to eventual event winner Robert Hight
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No.9, lost in second to Del Worsham
Career at Sonoma: Wins 1 (2015); Runner-up 1 (2010); Poles 2 (2010, 2015)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler's Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T                    
Crew chief: John Collins; Assistant: Rip Reynolds
QUALIFYING RESULTS
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Ron Capps
Qualified: No. 5
FRIDAY: no time, (Session 1); 3.908, 327.43, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 25.607, 40.78, (Session 3); 3.896, 325.85, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.837 sec. (Phoenix 2017); 330.80 mph (Seattle, 2016)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 12, lost in championship round to teammate Ron Capps
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 8, lost in first round to teammate Jack Beckman
Career at Sonoma: 0 Wins; Runners-up 1 (2015); Poles 1 (1994)

MATT HAGAN, 80th Anniversary  Mopar/Express Lane 2017 Dodge Charger R/T                                  
Crew chief: Dickie Venables; Assistant: Michael Knudsen
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Del Worsham
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 6
FRIDAY: 3.904 sec., 330.39 mph-track record, (Session 1); 10.105, 82.71, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 9.862, 76.78, (Session 3); 6.373, 104.79, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.802 sec.-world record, (2017,Topeka); 338.85 mph-world record (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 15, lost in second round to Cruz Pedregon
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 4, lost in second round to teammate Ron Capps
Career at Sonoma: Wins 0; Runner-up 1 (2012); Poles 2 (2009, 2013)

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS 2017 Dodge Charger R/T                                                                  
Crew chief: Rahn Tobler; Assistant: Eric Lane
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: Tommy Johnson Jr.
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Qualified: No. 12
FRIDAY: 4.032 sec., 306.12 mph, (Session 1); 7.001, 96.47, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.000, 321.96, (Session 3); 5.571, 126.10, (Session 4)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.839 sec. (2017, Phoenix); 333.58 mph (2017, Phoenix)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 5, lost in first round to teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 5, lost in championship round to John Force
Career at Sonoma: Wins 4 (1997, 2010, 2011, 2013); Runner-up 3 (2002, 2005, 2016); Poles 1 (1998)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES TOP FUEL STANDINGS                  
(Official after Sonoma qualifying: wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
  1.  Steve Torrence (5)             1,289
  2.  ANTRON BROWN (3)        1,234
  3.  LEAH PRITCHETT (3)       1,230
  4.  TONY SCHUMACHER (1)  1,008
  5.  Doug Kalitta                           913
  6.  Brittany Force  (1)                  895
  7.  Clay Millican (1)                     861
  8.  Scott Palmer                          560
  9.  Terry McMillen                        558
10.  Troy Coughlin Jr.                    528

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS          
(Official after Sonoma qualifying: wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
   1.  RON CAPPS (6)                 1,276
   2.  MATT HAGAN (3)               1,093
   3.  Robert Hight (1)                  1,015
   4.  JACK BECKMAN (2)          1,009
   5.  TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1)   962
   6.  Courtney Force                      834
   7.  John Force (1)                       801
   8.  Tim Wilkerson                        667
   9.  J.R. Todd                               644
 10.  Cruz Pedregon                      570
                                                         
About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.

DSR has won 312 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

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DSR: DSR's Pritchett drives Papa John's dragster to track record, provisional pole; Beckman's stellar run to No. 2 with Infinite Hero Dodge overshadowed



SONOMA, Calif. (July 28, 2017) - Leah Pritchett seemed to be on the cusp of setting the second world record on Friday night at Sonoma Raceway near San Francisco but although her Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster slowed just before the finish line it was quick enough to earn the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

Pritchett, who set the record at Phoenix in the second event of the year at 3.658 seconds, blasted to a time of 3.669 at a slowing speed of 304.80 mph that still set the track's elapsed time record.

"In these Q2 sessions you have to hang it out all on the line from a crew chief standpoint to a driver standpoint and stick with it because things are going to get funky out there," she said of her dragster Powered by Pennzoil and led by crew chief Todd Okuhara and assistant Joe Barlam. "It got with it sooner than it ever had before and we didn't even make it to the finish line."

Within about 100 feet of the finish line, the engine lost the blower belt that virtually stalled the engine.

"We really could have popped out a (3.63) if the belt didn't give out," said Pritchett, who has three event titles this year and has advanced to five final rounds including last week at Denver after she won her fourth pole of the year.

"It feels incredible. I'm overwhelming impressed with my team. I knew we were going after it. We talked about it all week and all day, and prepared for it. I can't thank Papa John's enough and Don Schumacher enough for supplying me with the greatest people and the greatest organization to work for."

She earned the Denver pole in the last qualifying session and also was quickest to start Friday in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, which is the second stop on the three-week Western Swing. She was joined in her pit area by "Papa John Schnatter before she  opened with a time of 3.729 (328.38).

Joining Pritchett in the top-five are teammates Antron Brown (Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota) in fourth and Tony Schumacher (U.S. Army) in fifth.

In Funny Car, Jack Beckman  and Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Powered by Pennzoil recorded a remarkable time of 3.854 at 328.70, but not many in the near capacity crowd at Sonoma Raceway near San Francisco seemed to notice.

In the other lane with nighttime temperatures in the mid-60s, Robert Hight of John Force Racing set a world record with a speed of 339.87 mph that took the mark from Beckman's Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan, whose previous record was 338.85 set earlier this year at Topeka, Kan.

Hagan, who is seeded fifth, had set the track record at 330.39 in the opening session.

The most frightening run in the first session was with Terry Chandler's Make-A-Wish Dodge but driver Tommy Johnson Jr. used his veteran experience to save what could have been a disastrous run. Just passed half-track at about 270 mph, the right-side rear axle broke that allowed the wheel to separate from the car and Johnson backed out of the throttle almost instantly before the right rear quarter-panel was damaged when it smacked guardwall.

"It could have been a lot worse. An interesting ride," said Johnson, whose team led by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds have advanced to championship rounds at the last two events.

"I can't remember the last time I saw a rear axle shear off like that. When it happened, the left tire was still going and it instantly powered the car toward the wall. I was able to catch it quickly and steer it away. Then I saw the right tire passing me."

The Make-A-Wish crew replaced the body and rear end for the next session when Johnson responded with a 3.908 (327.43) to settle for the No. 6 spot going into Saturday's final two sessions before Sunday eliminations are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (MDT).

DSR TOP FUEL DRAGSTERS                                                                                                                  
Provisional No. 1 qualifier: Leah Pritchett (Don Schumacher Racing), 3.669 sec.-track record, 304.80 mph

LEAH PRITCHETT, Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster                                                                  
Crew chief: Todd Okuhara; Assistant: Joe Barlam
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Provisional qualifying position: No. 1
FRIDAY: 3.729 sec., 328.38 mph, (Session 1); 3.669-track record, 304.80, (Session 2)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.658 sec.-world record (2017, Phoenix); 330.23 mph (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 1, lost in championship round to teammate Antron Brown
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 9, lost in first round to teammate Tony Schumacher
Career at Sonoma: Wins 0; Runner-up 0; Poles 0

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster                                                                              
Crew chief: Mike Green; Assistant: Phil Shuler
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Provisional qualifying position: No.
FRIDAY: 3.769 sec., 326.79 mph, (Session 1); 3.709, 328.30, (Session 2)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.660 sec. (2017, Topeka); 332.51 mph (2016, Brainerd)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 4, lost in second round to Terry Haddock
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 8, lost in second round to Steve Torrence
Career at Sonoma: Wins 2 (2007, 2008); Runner-up 4 (1999, 2006, 2010, 2011); Poles 3 (2005, 2006, 2011)

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota Top Fuel dragster                                                      
Crew chiefs: Brian Corradi, Mark Oswald; Assistant: Brad Mason
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Provisional qualifying position: No.
FRIDAY: 5.052, 138.77 mph, (Session 1); 3.705, 329.42, (Session 2)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.667 (2017, Phoenix); 333.16 mph (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 7, won in championship round over teammate Leah Pritchett
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 2, lost in second round to eventual event winner J.R. Todd
Career at Sonoma: Wins 4 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015); Runner-up 2 (2004, 2006); Poles 2 (2008, 2015)

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Provisional No. 1 qualifier: Robert Hight (John Force Racing), 3.807 sec., 339.87 mph-world record

MATT HAGAN, 80th Anniversary  Mopar/Express Lane 2017 Dodge Charger R/T                                  
Crew chief: Dickie Venables; Assistant: Michael Knudsen
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Provisional qualifying position: No. 5
FRIDAY: 3.904 sec., 330.39 mph-track record, (Session 1); 10.105, 82.71, (Session 2)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.802 sec.-world record, (2017,Topeka); 338.85 mph-world record (2017, Topeka)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 15, lost in second round to Cruz Pedregon
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 4, lost in second round to teammate Ron Capps
Career at Sonoma: Wins 0; Runner-up 1 (2012); Poles 2 (2009, 2013)

JACK BECKMAN, Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: Dean Antonelli, John Medlen, Neal Strausbaugh
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Provisional qualifying position: No. 2
FRIDAY: 8.640 sec., 80.39 mph, (Session 1); 3.854,m 328.70, (Session 2)
Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 6, lost in second round to eventual event winner Robert Hight
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No.9, lost in second to Del Worsham
Career at Sonoma: Wins 1 (2015); Runner-up 1 (2010); Poles 2 (2010, 2015)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Terry Chandler's Make-A-Wish 2017 Dodge Charger R/T                      
Crew chief: John Collins; Assistant: Rip Reynolds
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Provisional qualifying position: No. 6
FRIDAY: no time, (Session 1); 3.908, 327.43, (Session 2)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.837 sec. (Phoenix 2017); 330.80 mph (Seattle, 2016)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 12, lost in championship round to teammate Ron Capps
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 8, lost in first round to teammate Jack Beckman
Career at Sonoma: 0 Wins; Runners-up 1 (2015); Poles 1 (1994)

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS 2017 Dodge Charger R/T                                                                    
Crew chief: Rahn Tobler; Assistant: Eric Lane
QUALIFYING RESULTS
Provisional qualifying position: No. 13
FRIDAY: 4.032 sec., 306.12 mph, (Session 1); 7.001, 96.47, (Session 2)
SONOMA BY THE NUMBERS
Career best time, speed: 3.839 sec. (2017, Phoenix); 333.58 mph (2017, Phoenix)
Last event (July 23), Denver: Qualified: No. 5, lost in first round to teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 5, lost in championship round to John Force
Career at Sonoma: Wins 4 (1997, 2010, 2011, 2013); Runner-up 3 (2002, 2005, 2016); Poles 1 (1998)

                                                           
About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Papa John's Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the 80th anniversary Mopar/ Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., both of which are funded by the late Terry Chandler.

DSR has won 312 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
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