DSR Seattle Friday Qualifying Report
CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways – Kent, Washington
August 3-5, 2018
DSR Seattle Friday Qualifying Highlights:
- Matt Hagan claimed the provisional Funny Car pole
- Hagan powered to the second-best run of the opening session before running the best pass of the day in Q2
- All DSR Top Fuel pilots sit in the top-half of the field going into Saturday
- In Top Fuel, Antron Brown drove to the third-quickest pass of Q1; Tony Schumacher blasted to the third-quickest pass of Q2
Hagan Leads Funny Car Field on Friday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals
KENT, Washington (August, 4, 2018) – Matt Hagan leads the Funny Car class after day one of qualifying at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, located just outside of downtown Seattle. Hagan posted a 3.913-second run at 324.75-mph in his Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat during the second qualifying session to take the preliminary No. 1 position.
Before powering to the best run of the day, Hagan made an impressive pass in the opening round, lighting up the scoreboard with a 4.008 at 320.81-mph. The run held up to be second-best of the session.
Hagan credits the team’s new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat body, which made its competition debut just two races prior at the start of the ‘Western Swing,’ for a large part of the Sandvik Coromant team’s success on Friday.
“Right now, it’s all about dialing the car in and dialing this new Hellcat body in with the headers and everything else we’re doing. It’s going to take a few runs but all in all, I feel like (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) has a really good handle on it,” said Hagan, the 2013 Pacific Raceways Funny Car event champion.
“We’ve been really impressed with the aerodynamics of this body; it’s been running strong. The drivability is really good. We’re able to take a lot less drag off of the car, and it’s responding to what we want to do.”
Hagan, who is currently sporting the Sandvik Coromant colors for the third time this season, also believes a little bit of luck may have come into play. His most recent pole was during the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. where he also bannered the Sandvik Coromant brand. He went on to race to victory from the No. 1 spot that weekend, his third of three 2018 event wins so far.
“We seem to do really well with the Sandvik body. I don’t know what it is, but before this weekend, we ran two races with the Sandvik body and won one of them. Trying to collect another victory for Sandvik Coromant this weekend here in Seattle.”
Q1: 4.008 E.T. at 320.81 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.913 E.T. at 324.75 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 1
Bonus Points: Five
Driver of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.761 E.T. at 326.48 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.763 E.T. at 330.80 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 5
Bonus Points: One
Driver of the Sparkling Ice Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 8.044 E.T. at 87.50 MPH
Q2: 3.764 E.T. at 321.73 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 6
Driver of the U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.804 E.T. at 325.45 MPH
Q2: 3.751 E.T. at 327.03 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 4
Bonus Points: One
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Q1: 7.849 E.T. at 89.13 MPH
Q2: 7.192 E.T. at 97.47 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 17
Driver of the Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Q1: 8.608 E.T. at 83.47 MPH
Q2: 4.018 E.T. at 318.47 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 9
TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Q1: 4.027 E.T. at 318.92 MPH
Q2: 3.977 E.T. at 321.35 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 7
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/U.S. Army dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown and the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde/U.S. Army dragster driven by Leah Pritchett; and in Funny Car, 2016 world champion Ron Capps in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T; two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, and 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler’s Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the Chandlers’ Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.
DSR also campaigns two Sportsman teams. The two-car Factory Stock Showdown duo is piloted by Pritchett and veteran Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk. Both drivers compete in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks.
DSR has won 326 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery via Don Schumacher Racing, Driver photos: NHRA