DSR Seattle Qualifying Report
Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways – Kent, Wash.
Aug. 2-4, 2019
DSR Seattle Saturday Highlights:
- Three-time Pacific Raceways Top Fuel defending event champion Antron Brown qualified 11th for race day and will attempt to become the first driver to win four consecutive Seattle trophies in any NHRA pro category
- Matt Hagan leads DSR as the highest-qualified entry and will start race day from third
- Jack Beckman powered to the second-quickest pass in the final qualifying session to earn a spot in the top half of the Funny Car field.
- Round one will feature a DSR intramural Funny Car battle between Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr.
- Leah Pritchett qualified in the quick-half of the Top Fuel field and will look to avenge last week’s first-round loss to Austin Prock during round one
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified: No. 11
The Competition: No. 6 Richie Crampton
Q1: 3.769 E.T. at 325.69 MPH
Q2: 10.499 E.T. at 71.37 MPH
Q3: 3.806 E.T. at 321.96 MPH
Q4: 3.809 E.T. at 321.19 MPH
“I’m feeling good. Tomorrow is going to be hotter than today by probably ten degrees, so we’re in a good place where we know we can make some good, consistent laps in the heat. The car is repeating itself. We planned to run a little better in Q4, it didn’t run exactly how we wanted it to, but we’re going to keep working on it. We have a tough first-round matchup tomorrow, but I feel good about where we’re at right now. We made two consistently good laps down the track today.”
Driver of the Sparkling Ice +Caffeine Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 12 Austin Prock
Q1: 3.725 E.T. at 323.58 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q2: 10.870 E.T. at 67.61 MPH
Q3: 4.066 E.T. at 244.25 MPH
Q4: 3.739 E.T. at 323.66 MPH
Bonus Points: Three
“We definitely put the caffeine and a little bit of sparkle to our qualifying effort. This Sparkling Ice +Caffeine team really amped it up for Q4, especially given the conditions. It was very impressive. Race day is going to be good, and it’s going to be tough. We don’t take any competition lightly. We had a good drag race against Austin Prock last week in Sonoma in round one, and we expect to have different results tomorrow and start off with a win light.
“There’s a lot of energy here at Pacific Raceways, the fans are amazing, we’ve had good success at this track. I’ve won a Wally here before in another division, and this team is ready to end the Swing by swinging big.”
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 8 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 9 Tommy Johnson Jr.
Q1: 7.509 E.T. at 94.73 MPH
Q2: 3.979 E.T. at 320.20 MPH
Q3: 4.718 E.T. at 168.45 MPH
Q4: 3.917 E.T. at 326.79 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Bonus Points: Two
“We ran Q4 a little bit later than scheduled, and it was still a warm track, but it’s a good track. Whatever NHRA is doing for the preparation now is superior all-around to what we’ve seen for the last year. It’s a better show for the fans, we can lean on our cars, and it’s good for everybody. This Infinite Hero Foundation team is ready to turn on four win lights tomorrow.”
Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 7 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 10 Tim Wilkerson
Q1: 3.898 E.T. at 326.24 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.343 E.T. at 200.59 MPH
Q3: 4.012 E.T. at 264.39 MPH
Q4: 3.971 E.T. at 320.97 MPH
Bonus Points: Two
“It’s tough because the crew chiefs set everything up for Q4, and then we go up to the staging lanes and wait and wait and wait. But, we went down the track. We made a great pass in Q3. Q4 wasn’t quite what we wanted, but we did go from A to Z. Once again, we have a consistent, great-running NAPA AUTO PARTS car and I think we’re going to see conditions tomorrow like we saw today. These NAPA AutoCare Center guys will have a great race car for me tomorrow like they always do.”
Driver of the Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Qualified: No. 3 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 14 Gary Densham
Q1: 4.003 E.T. at 325.06 MPH
Q2: 3.888 E.T. at 329.75 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q3: 7.131 E.T. at 92.26 MPH
Q4: 3.942 E.T. at 325.92 MPH
Bonus Points: One
“We changed some stuff up this weekend, and it’s been a little bit of an adjustment getting used to it as a driver. I’m getting used to changing my routine when I’m in the car, how I’m staging. It’s all about adaptability. The car is running good, the clutch is working well, and we’re just going to be on top of it on race day.”
TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 9
The Competition: No. 8 Jack Beckman
Q1: 3.941 E.T. at 321.96 MPH
Q2: 5.552 E.T. at 125.01 MPH
Q3: 4.277 E.T. at 224.06 MPH
Q4: 3.919 E.T. at 327.19 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the sessoin)
Bonus Points: One
“We didn’t have our normal qualifying this weekend. We did a little bit of experimenting. We were in the show after Q1, and we’re getting close to the Countdown, so the guys were trying some stuff. It didn’t work so we went back to our normal setup for Q4, and we’re right in the hunt of things. I feel confident going into tomorrow; we have our race car back and need to go some rounds and put some more pressure on.”
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.
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery via Don Schumacher Racing