DSR Brainerd Friday Qualifying Report
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway – Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019
DSR Seattle Friday Highlights:
- Matt Hagan sits in the provisional No. 1 spot after recording the only sub-3.9-second Funny Car pass on Friday
- Hagan’s MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody was quick and consistent during both qualifying sessions, earning bonus points each time
- Jack Beckman’s 3.908-second run has him seeded second heading into day two of qualifying
- Leah Pritchett leads the DSR Top Fuel tandem after posting the third-quickest run of the day
Matt Hagan Rockets to the Top at Brainerd
BRAINERD, Minn. (August 16, 2019) – Matt Hagan rocketed the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody to the provisional No. 1 spot on Friday evening at Brainerd International Raceway. Hagan claimed top honors when he powered his machine to the only sub-3.9-second Funny Car pass of the day during Q2, posting a 3.890 E.T. at 328.46 mph.
Before recording low E.T. and top speed of the meet in Q2, Hagan and his Dickie Venables-led team unloaded with a stout 4.004-second pass, the third quickest E.T. of Q1, allowing them to lean on their tune-up in Q2.
“We’ve got a hell of a race car right now,” said the speedster, a two-time 2019 event champion. “We’re coming off of some semifinals and finals; we’ve had a great combo that’s gone a lot of rounds so far. To roll in here, and have two great laps right off the bat, we just have a lot of confidence right now. The car was digging early, and it had a lot of wheel speed, and I was just trying not to oversteer it. I knew it was a good run, but it wasn’t until I turned the corner and saw my guys cheering that I realized how good that run was.
“The tune-up window is a lot bigger right now, and this is the kind of momentum we need heading into the Countdown,” added Hagan, who recorded the first sub-3.9-second Funny Car run in NHRA history during the 2015 Brainerd event. “We made two great runs, got down in both lanes, and have some good data to work off of for our race day setup. If we can make up some points and rounds here, we’ve got a really good shot at hunting hard for the championship.”
Hagan is seeking his third BIR No. 1 qualifier and is hoping his strong qualifying performance will help catapult him to his first Brainerd winner’s circle, and improve his Countdown ranking heading into the final ‘regular season’ race of the year.
“Things are clicking and jiving; the ball is rolling in the right direction,” explained Hagan, who currently ranks seventh in the Funny Car point standings. “This is one of the more exciting finishes to the regular season for our team. A lot of times we’ll start off really hot and fizzle out, but this year we’re starting to peak at the right time. But, that’s looking ahead. Right now, we need to focus on Sunday and trying to win this race.”
Q1: 4.004 E.T. at 317.57 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.890 E.T. at 328.46 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Bonus Points: Four
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.849 E.T. at 322.58 MPH
Q2: 4.206 E.T. at 202.18 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 11
Driver of the MOPAR Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.538 E.T. at 167.76 MPH
Q2: 3.756 E.T. at 325.53 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Bonus Points: One
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 3
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Q1: 4.616 E.T. at 178.45 MPH
Q2: 3.908 E.T. at 325.53 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Bonus Points: Two
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 2
Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Q1: 4.910 E.T. at 156.63 MPH
Q2: 3.936 E.T. at 321.04 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 5
TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Q1: 3.995 E.T. at 316.52 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.041 E.T. at 295.34 MPH
Bonus Points: Two
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 10
ABOUT DON SCHUMACHER RACING
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 330 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, Driver photos: NHRA