DSR U.S. Nationals Friday Qualifying Recap
Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event No. 6
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
September 4-6, 2020
DSR Qualifying Highlights:
- Ron Capps, the most recent winner on the NHRA tour, powered his NAPA Dodge to a 3.895 at a top speed of 330.63 mph to pace the provisional Funny Car field during the first ‘Friday Night Lights’ event of the 2020 season
- Matt Hagan drove his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye to a ‘top half’ provisional qualifying position
- Cory McClenathan clocked a career-best run of 3.762 seconds behind the wheel of the Nordic Boats/Revchem Composites Top Fueler to earn a provisional ‘top half’ qualifying spot
- Matco Tools/Global Electronic Technology/Toyota driver Antron Brown joins McClenathan in the quick-half of the Top Fuel field
Ron Capps Paces Provisional Funny Car Field at NHRA U.S. Nationals
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 4, 2020) – Ron Capps, the most recent winner on the NHRA tour, powered his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to a 3.895 E.T. at a top speed of 330.63 mph to pace the provisional Funny Car field at the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals during the first ‘Friday Night Lights’ event of the 2020 season. Capps, who earned his first Indianapolis win at the famed facility three weeks ago, is eager for a repeat on Sunday to collect his first U.S. Nationals Wally trophy.
Capps’ 3.895-second pass was clocked during Friday’s sole qualifying session which was contested two hours later than originally scheduled due to a series of lengthy on-track delays.
“The guys go up there planning to run a certain number, and then we have a two-hour delay and the weather changes, and the track conditions are so different from what they were when we were supposed to run, but that’s why I always brag about (my crew chief) Rahn Tobler, he’s great at making changes on the fly like that,” explained Capps of the Q1 run that placed him at the top of the Funny Car ladder. “My car, it was a handful, it was moving around a lot, but it made down under power, so great job by the NAPA guys.”
With two qualifying runs scheduled for Saturday, Capps’ competitors will be looking to knock him from the top spot, but with significantly different conditions in store, accomplishing that will be a tall order. If Capps’ 3.895 E.T. holds up to be the quickest of qualifying, he will start from the pole on race day for the 25th time of his career.
Q1: 3.895 E.T. at 330.63 MPH
Bonus Points: Three
Driver of the Matco Tools/Global Electronic Technology Toyota Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.760 E.T. at 324.83 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 6
Driver of the Nordic Boats/Revchem Composites Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.762 E.T. at 304.74 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 7
Driver of the Mopar Dodge SRT Hellcat Redeye Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.427 E.T. at 172.12 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 15
Driver of the Okuma/Sandvik Coromant Toyota Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.863 E.T. at 311.63 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 12
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Q1: 4.858 E.T. at 159.32 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 9
Driver of the Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
Q1: 3.977 E.T. at 321.96 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 5
TOMMY JOHNSON JR.
Driver of the Riley Kids Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Q1: 5.198 E.T. at 138.00 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 10
Factory Stock Showdown Series:
Driver of the Empaco Equipment Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
Q1: 8.512 E.T. at 171.60 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 17
Driver of the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
Q1: 9.492 E.T. at 160.56 MPH
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 21
ABOUT DON SCHUMACHER RACING
Established in 1998 as a single-car Top Fuel team, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) has grown to become the winningest organization in NHRA Drag Racing history. Including team owner Don Schumacher’s five NHRA Funny Car titles from the 1970s, DSR’s current win count stands at 349, and DSR is looking forward to reaching the ‘350 milestone’ early in the 2020 season. DSR owns 17 world championships in three different NHRA categories.
Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR currently fields eight professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools/Global Electronic Technology/Toyota dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the Nordic Boats/Revchem Composites/Hawkeye Industries dragster driven by Cory McClenathan, the Mopar/Pennzoil dragster driven by Leah Pruett, and the Okuma/Sandvik Coromant machine driven by eight-time world champion, Tony Schumacher. 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 two-time series title-holder Matt Hagan, and in 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 MD Anderson Dodge.
DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The duo is piloted by Pruett, 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