DSR Charlotte II Friday Qualifying Report
NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
Event 21 of 24 (Charlotte II)
Countdown Event 3 of 6
zMAX Dragway – Concord, N.C.
Oct. 11-13, 2019
DSR Charlotte II Friday Highlights:
- Jack Beckman laid down an impressive Q2 blast of 3.873 seconds at 334.07 mph to snag the provisional Funny Car No. 1 spot and three bonus points
- Funny Car pilot Ron Capps was third-quickest on Friday evening to earn a bonus point and the provisional No. 3 spot
- Antron Brown was third-quickest of the Top Fuel field during both of Friday’s qualifying sessions to earn two bonus points
Jack Beckman No. 1 on Friday at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (October 11, 2019) – Jack Beckman flew into Charlotte with one goal in mind – pick up as many points as possible and reclaim the Funny Car point lead he enjoyed after winning the first race of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship in Reading, Pa. last month. Beckman entered the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals sitting 24 points behind current point leader Robert Hight, and after rocketing to the provisional No. 1 spot during day one of qualifying, he is one step closer to accomplishing that goal.
Under the zMAX Dragway lights, Beckman laid down an impressive Q2 blast of 3.873 seconds at 334.07 mph to snag the provisional No. 1 spot behind the wheel of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. The run allowed him to bank three valuable bonus points and put the Dean Antonelli/John Medlen-led Infinite Hero team in position to throw down and race for more qualifying bonus points on Saturday.
“There are ten cars capable of winning the Funny Car championship,” explained Beckman, the 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion. “I don’t see anyone running away with (the championship) right now, so it’s probably going to come down to those three, four, five points at the season-finale in Pomona.
“There are six more bonus points up for grabs tomorrow. I think we need to try our best to get at least four of them. They’re just tie-breaker points during the regular season, but we could be in a position where they might decide the championship at the end of the season. I won the 2012 championship by two points. In fact, the year that I won by those two points, Friday at Pomona, we were low E.T., and that gave us three points. That one run literally won us the championship. Every single run from here on out is immensely important.”
Beckman is a 25-time No. 1 qualifier and will be going for his first zMAX Dragway pole when qualifying resumes on Saturday.
Q1: 6.004 E.T. at 121.27 MPH
Q2: 3.873 E.T. at 334.07 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Bonus Points: Three
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 1
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Distributor Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.792 E.T. at 325.53 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.758 E.T. at 328.94 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Bonus Points: Two
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 3
Driver of the Okuma Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 6.346 E.T. at 95.64 MPH
Q2: 6.463 E.T. at 105.20 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 15
Driver of the NAPA NIGHTVISION LED Lamps Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Q1: 3.968 E.T. at 326.00 MPH
Q2: 3.882 E.T. at 330.55 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Bonus Points: One
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 3
Driver of the MOPAR Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Q1: 6.674 E.T. at 98.20 MPH
Q2: 3.906 E.T. at 328.22 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 5
TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Q1: 4.233 E.T. at 219.08 MPH
Q2: 4.238 E.T. at 217.28 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 14
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, Driver photos: NHRA