MORRISON, Colo. (July 24, 2015) – Jack Beckman predicted a Funny Car would crack the 4-second barrier this weekend for the first time at Bandimere Raceway during the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.
The 2012 NHRA world champion came within 15-thousandths of a second Friday night of being a perfect prognosticator at the highest track on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – 5,800 feet – that chokes the 10,000-horsepower Chrysler Hemi engines of oxygen.
And as much as Don Schumacher Racing’s driver of the Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T wanted it to be him, Beckman was only slightly further of cracking the barrier with a time of 4.035 seconds at 313.73 mph to be the second quickest in the first of two qualifying sessions and end the day as the No. 4 qualifier behind John Force who set the track elapsed time record at 4.015.
The four DSR Dodge Funny Cars qualified in the top-eight with Tommy Johnson Jr. (Make-A-Wish), winner of the last Mello Yello event, ranked fourth followed by Ron Capps (NAPA AUTO PARTS) seventh and Matt Hagan (Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots) eighth.
In Top Fuel, current points leader Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army team lead the DSR contingent with a best run of 3.835 (316.60) that ranks fifth going into Saturday. The eight-time and reigning world champion is followed by DSR’s Spencer Massey (Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant) in sixth and Antron Brown (Matco Tools/U.S. Army) eighth.
Larry Dixon of Bob Vandergriff Racing holds the provisional pole in Top Fuel with a track record time of 3.791 (326.63).
The first session was delayed by two hours from sporadic drizzle throughout the afternoon. The delay produced near optimal conditions for the second session that began at 10 p.m., about two hours later than scheduled, with unseasonable temperatures in the high 60s.
Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions scheduled for 4:30 and 7 p.m. leading to Sunday’s championship eliminations scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (MT).
The Mopar Mile-High Nationals is the first of three races in three weeks that comprise the Western Swing that will include Mello Yello races at Sonoma next weekend followed by a trip to Seattle the following week.
Provisional No. 1 qualifier: Larry Dixon (Bob Vandergriff Racing) 3.791 sec.-track record, 326.63 mph
TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army
Provisional qualifying position: No. 5
FRIDAY: 3.852 sec., 320.28 mph, (Session 1), 3.835, 316.60, (Session 2)
SPENCER MASSEY, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
Provisional qualifying position: No. 6
FRIDAY: 7.429 sec., 82.78 mph, (Session 1), 3.852, 320.97, (Session 2)
ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools/U.S. Army
Provisional qualifying position: No. 8
FRIDAY: 8.251 sec., 82.81 mph, (Session 1), 3.878, 311.05, (Session 2)
Provisional No. 1 qualifier: John Force (John Force Racing) 4.015 sec.-track record, 318.09 mph
JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: No. 3
FRIDAY: 4.035 sec., 313.73 mph, (Session 1), 7.612, 79.50, (Session 2)
TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Make-A-Wish 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: No. 4
FRIDAY: 5.168 sec., 148.17 mph, (Session 1), 4.049, 310.05, (Session 2)
RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: No. 7
FRIDAY: 7.257 sec., 85.96 mph, (Session 1), 4.078, 312.24, (Session 2)
MATT HAGAN, Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional qualifying position: No. 8
FRIDAY: 11.248 sec., 78.98 mph, (Session 1), 4.093, 305.22, (Session 2)
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 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools dragster driven by Antron Brown and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Spencer Massey; and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.
DSR has won 257 NHRA national event titles and 13 world championships.
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