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Father-Son Semifinal Highlights Banner Day for Capco Contractors Team

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Steve Torrence sped to a career best time of 3.655 seconds in qualifying, beat his dad by the narrowest of margins in an all-Capco Contractors Top Fuel semifinal and then outran close friend Scott Palmer to win the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals.

It was the 34-year-old Texan’s ninth win in the last 21 NHRA events and it propelled him into the Mello Yello point standings for the third straight year.

Nevertheless, of all of his 17 career victories, this one was special because of the classic father-son semifinal. The younger Torrence got the win, but it wasn’t easy. He won in 3.722 seconds at 328.86 miles per hour; his dad Billy lost in 3.726 seconds at 328.54 mph.

“We’ve been able to do a lot of cool stuff,” the younger Torrence said of his relationship with his dad, “but that one right there is going to rank at the top of all my career – racing my old man like that. The only way...

Team Kalitta Post-Race Report - Phoenix

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Post-Race Report
Event 02: NHRA Arizona Nationals
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Chandler, Ariz.
Feb. 23-25

Langdon earns first Funny Car semi-final results

Race Recap: Shawn Langdon and the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in Phoenix at the Arizona Nationals.

The Global Electronic Technology team had a very nice Saturday qualifying effort with each of their runs ranked in the top five of the session. The final pass, a 3.927 second run at 329.42 mph, reset Langdon's career-bests in both elapsed time and mph. That run placed Langdon in the 10th position on the qualifying sheet and a draw of former champion Cruz Pedregon in the first round.

Langdon and Pedregon would leave side-by-side, but the Global Electronic Technology Camry...

DSR Phoenix Post Race Recap

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NHRA Arizona Nationals
Event 2 of 24 (Phoenix)
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 23-25, 2018

DSR Phoenix Race Day Highlights:

  • Tony Schumacher ran his 1200th round of NHRA competition during E1
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. races to a runner-up finish in Funny Car
  • Matt Hagan leaves Phoenix as the Funny Car points leader
  • Johnson propels from tenth to fifth in points

DSR Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

Driver of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster

Qualified: No. 8 (3.712 E.T. at 328.70 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 8.756 E.T. at 79.76 MPH defeated Mike Salinas 3.752 E.T. at 327.35 MPH (Red Light)
E2: 6.793 E.T. at 120.75 MPH defeated by...

DSR Phoenix Friday Qualifying Report

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DSR Phoenix Friday Qualifying Highlights:

  • Tony Schumacher and Jack Beckman lead qualifying at the NHRA Arizona Nationals
  • Tony Schumacher becomes the fastest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history with his 336.57-mph run
  • Tony Schumacher resets both ends of the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Top Fuel track records:
    • E.T.: 3.649-seconds
    • Speed: 336.57 MPH
  • Tony Schumacher made two of the ‘Top 10’ fastest Top Fuel runs in history (336.57, 334.65)
  • Jack Beckman ran ‘top three’ of the session during both qualifying rounds

Tony Schumacher and Jack Beckman Lead Friday Qualifying at the NHRA Arizona Nationals

CHANDLER, Arizona (February 23, 2018) – Tony Schumacher and Jack Beckman claim top honors in the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories during day one of the...​


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Reigning U.S. Nationals Champion Welcomes Teammate at Arizona Nationals

PHOENIX, Arizona – Coming off a good news-bad news opener in which he directed his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to a career best speed of 333 miles per hour before bowing out of the Lucas Oil Winternationals, Texan Steve Torrence has called in some reinforcements for this week’s 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

When qualifying begins Friday in the second event in the NHRA series, it’ll be Torrence-times-two: Steve Torrence at the wheel of one 10,000 horsepower Capco entry, his dad, Billy, at the controls of a second in a two-pronged attack designed to propel the former to the top of the Mello Yello driver standings where he spent most of the 2017 season.

The younger Torrence was the Top Fuel point leader after 10 races last year before finishing second to Brittany Force. He won a category-best eight races including the Labor Day U.S. Nationals at...

Antron Brown to Drive Official Pace Car at NASCAR Pennzoil 400

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NHRA Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown to Drive Official Pace Car at NASCAR Pennzoil 400

Don Schumacher Racing’s Antron Brown, Matt Hagan, and Leah Pritchett to attend inaugural Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

BROWNSBURG, Indiana (February 21, 2018) – Three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown will serve as the honorary pace car driver at the inaugural Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Brown will pilot a 2018 Toyota Camry Pace Car to lead the field to green on Sunday, March 4.

No stranger to speed or horsepower, Brown is a decorated race car driver who routinely exceeds speeds of more than 330-mph in his 11,000-horsepower Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota Top Fuel dragster. As a competitor in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Brown has amassed 65 victories and 49 number one qualifiers. He has won three...

DSR Phoenix Pre-Race Report

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  • DSR doubled-up at the 2017 Phoenix race (Leah Pritchett-Top Fuel event champion/Matt Hagan-Funny Car event champion)
    • Leah Pritchett is looking for her third consecutive Phoenix event win in 2018
  • Matt Hagan enters the 2018 event as the most recent Funny Car winner, having won the 2018 NHRA season-opener, and the defending event champion
  • Leah Pritchett became the unofficial fastest Top Fuel pilot in NHRA history during the 2018 Phoenix pre-season test session (334.73-mph)
  • 2017 Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier: Leah Pritchett
  • 2017 Funny Car No. 1 qualifier: Tommy Johnson Jr.
  • All DSR Funny Car final in 2017 (Matt Hagan vs. Ron Capps)
  • All current DSR drivers have been to the Phoenix winner’s circle at least once
  • Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel class in number of wins at Phoenix (five): 2000, 2002, 2005, 2013, 2015
  • Tony Schumacher leads the class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (five) at Phoenix: 2005...

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Phoenix

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Kalitta plans to continue winning ways

Phoenix Highlights: One win (2001); Three finals (2015, 2010, 2004); Four no. 1 qualifiers (2016, 2014, 2013, 2003)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Winternationals): Qualified fifth; Race Winner (Defeated Richie Crampton in the first round, Scott Palmer in the quarterfinals, Clay Millican in the semifinals and Tony Schumacher in the finals)

2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Shawn Reed in the first round)

Quotable: “We started the season strong with the Mac Tools Toyota. I am so proud of the work my guys put in and the work they are doing now to prepare us for Phoenix. It should be a good weekend and I am fully confident that we can go back to back."

Career Stats: 459 starts; 627 round wins (ninth all-time); 44 wins (Fifth all-time in Top Fuel); 92 finals...

DSR Pomona I Post Race Recap

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NHRA Winternationals
Event 1 of 24 (Pomona I)
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 9-11, 2018

DSR Pomona I Race Day Highlights:
  • Matt Hagan claimed the first Funny Car victory of 2018
  • Tony Schumacher posted a runner-up finish
  • Hagan became the first driver to win the season-opener from the No. 1 seed for two consecutive years since Don Prudhomme in 1976/1977

Matt Hagan Races to Victory at the NHRA Winternationals

POMONA, California (February 11, 2018) – Matt Hagan raced his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to victory at the NHRA Winternationals on Sunday afternoon.

The two-time Funny Car world champion started race day as the No. 1 qualifier and defending event winner, a title that he also earned from the No. 1 seed one-year prior.

Along his way to the first Funny Car winner’s circle of 2018, Hagan raced past Jim Campbell, Cruz Pedregon and teammate Ron Capps.

In the final round matchup versus...

Duane Shields in the PEAK Dragster Runs Well in Pomona

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When it comes to consistency which is extremely critical to be successful in NHRA drag racing, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was on the money all weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals with incredible elapsed times on every pass. Consider these numbers: on the opening pass the PEAK Dragster ran a blistering 5.24 at 274 MPH. In the second stanza, the popular Nevada standout ran a 5.21 at 274 MPH. In the final session, Duane rang up another sizzling pass as he posted his...

Duane Shields in the PEAK Dragster Runs Well in Pomona

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DSR Pomona I Qualifying Recap

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NHRA Winternationals
Event 1 of 24 (Pomona I)
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 9-11, 2018

DSR Pomona I Qualifying Highlights:
  • Matt Hagan claims first Funny Car No. 1 qualifier of 2018
  • Hagan reset the track speed record (336.32-mph)
  • Hagan earned bonus points all four qualifying rounds
  • Hagan ran low E.T. in Q3 and Q4
  • Leah Pritchett leads DSR in Top Fuel (No. 4)
  • All DSR Top Fuel drivers made at least one bonus-point worthy run
Matt Hagan Earns First Funny Car No. 1 Qualifier of 2018

Pomona, California (February 10, 2018) – Matt Hagan will start the first race of the 2018 NHRA season from the No. 1 spot after powering his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T to a blistering 3.822-second at 336.32-mph pass on Saturday evening.

The run not only earned him the coveted green ‘No. 1 hat,’ but also reset the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona speed record.

Before running low E.T. and top speed...​

Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero team debut the Terry Chandler Challenge Coin at NHRA Winternationals

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2018 Infinite Hero Foundation challenge coins pay tribute to Terry Chandler and honor her memory

POMONA, California (February 10, 2018) – Since 2014, every time Jack Beckman has strapped into his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Funny Car, he has carried challenge coins with him.

The coins are a commemorative fundraising tool for the Infinite Hero Foundation, an organization that combats the most difficult front line issues facing returning military heroes and their families. After each pass, Beckman signs the coins with the name of the event venue, E.T., and speed from the run. The coins are available to those who have made a $100 donation and have contributed to the nearly $450,000 raised for the Infinite Hero Foundation through the NHRA program.

Beckman debuted the official 2018 challenge coin design during the 58thannual NHRA Winternationals. This year’s coin pays special homage to the beloved NHRA mainstay and dedicated philanthropist, the late Terry...

System 1 Filters teams up with for Pomona coverage

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POMONA, Calif. - System 1 Filters has teamed up with Will Hanna of to present 'behind the scenes' coverage of this weekend's Lucas Oil Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. Hanna will be posting video interviews and analysis to the System 1 Facebook page. Click the link to follow.

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