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Don Schumacher Racing Denver Qualifying Report

Schumacher's hot Saturday lands U.S. Army No. 2 seed at Denver; Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge No. 3 in Mopar Mile-High Nationals

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MORRISON, Colo. (July 25, 2015) – This weekend’s Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals near Denver marks the third consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event when Don Schumacher Racing and other teams dealt with evening and night-time qualifying sessions before facing afternoon racing for Sunday’s championship eliminations.That doesn’t lessen the importance of qualifying because every driver wants to enter Sunday’s first round scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (MT) with its choice of lanes that goes to the higher seeded team.Each of Don Schumacher Racing’s seven teams are qualified in the top-eight in their respective categories of Top Fuel and Funny Car ensuring each will get to pick the lane they want in the opening round.And every advantage is magnified with the power-choking 5,800-foot altitude of the splendid mountainside facility outside of Denver.”We’re alright right now,” said Antron Brown, who has won twice at Denver in six championship rounds and qualified No. 8 for Sunday. “And Sunday’s a whole different ballgame. In the semis, the sun’s really going to be beating down and the track’s going to be as hot as it’s going to be all day and you’ll be lucky to run a 3. 98 or a 4-flat. That’s what Denver does.”

“Our main game is knowing how to keep improving on the car and to know how to run hard and good when the conditions are cool, like they are Friday and Saturday nights. It takes a little different mindset to work your way through the weekend here in Denver.”

Don Schumacher Racing’s U.S. Army team with points leader and reigning world champion Tony Schumacher was the quickest DSR dragster Friday and quickest overall in each of Saturday’s sessions with best time of 3.796 (325.37) and earned the No. 2 qualifying position behind pole winner Larry Dixon (Bob Vandergriff Racing) who set the track record Friday night with a time of 3.791 (326.63).

In Funny Car, the highest qualified DSR 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car at No. 3 is Jack Beckman (Infinite Hero) led by crew chief Jimmy Prock with a run of 4.035 (313.73) late Friday afternoon under ideal conditions on Thunder Mountain.
But teammate Matt Hagan (Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots) with Dickie Venables was quickest to open Saturday with a 4.124 (309.34) and followed with a 4.065 (310.20) that was his best of four qualifying sessions to earn the No. 6 position.

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.

TOP FUEL
No. 1 qualifier: Larry Dixon (Bob Vandergriff Racing) 3.791 sec.-track record, 326.63 mph

Tony Schumacher

Tony Schumacher

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army
QUALIFIED: No. 2
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: SCHUMACHER vs. Steve Chrisman
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 3.879 sec., 316.90 mph, (Session 3); 3.796, 325.37, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 3.852, 320.28, (Session 1), 3.835, 316.60, (Session 2)

Spencer Massey

Spencer Massey

SPENCER MASSEY, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
QUALIFIED: No. 6
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: MASSEY vs. Shawn Langdon

QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 7.732 sec., 79.76 mph, (Session 3); 3.846, 326.24, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 7.429, 82.78, (Session 1), 3.852, 320.97, (Session 2)

Antron Brown

Antron Brown

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools/U.S. Army
QUALIFIED: No. 8
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: BROWN vs. J.R. Todd
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 4.389 sec., 197.91 mph, (Session 3); 4.034, 235.10, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 8.251, 82.81, (Session 1), 3.878, 311.05, (Session 2)

FUNNY CAR
No. 1 qualifier: John Force (John Force Racing) 4.015 sec.-track record, 318.09 mph

Jack-Beckman-2015-headshot

Jack Beckman

JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
QUALIFIED: No. 3
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN vs. Todd Simpson
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 4.672 sec., 186.05 mph, (Session 3); 4.192, 298.67, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 4.035, 313.73, (Session 1), 7.612, 79.50, (Session 2)

 

Tommy Johnson JR.

Tommy Johnson JR.

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Make-A-Wish 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
QUALIFIED: No. 4
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: JOHNSON vs. Chad Head
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 5.390 sec., 137.18 mph, (Session 3); 4.731, 175.05, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 5.168 sec., 148.17 mph, (Session 1), 4.049, 310.05, (Session 2)

Matt Hagen

Matt Hagen

MATT HAGAN, Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
QUALIFIED: No. 6
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: HAGAN vs. Del Worsham
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 4.124 sec., 309.34 mph, (Session 3); 4.065, 310.20, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 11.248, 78.98, (Session 1), 4.093, 305.22, (Session 2)

Ron Capps

Ron Capps

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
QUALIFIED: No. 8
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: CAPPS vs. Cruz Pedregon
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 4.235 sec., 262.49 mph, (Session 3); 4.346, 218.16, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 7.257, 85.96, (Session 1), 4.078, 312.24, (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.

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

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