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DSR Indianapolis Pre-Race Report

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Indianapolis Pre-Race Report


NHRA U.S. Nationals
Event 18 of 24 (Indianapolis)
Lucas Oil Raceway
Indianapolis, Indiana
August 31-September 3, 2018

Noteworthy:

  • DSR celebrates a milestone 20th anniversary at the 2018 Indianapolis event
  • The Indy race marks Antron Brown's 400th professional event
  • Jack Beckman enters the race weekend as the most recent Funny Car winner on tour
  • Brown is seeking his third consecutive final round appearance of 2018
  • Ron Capps raced to the Indy Funny Car final in 2017
  • Matt Hagan reset the track speed and Funny Car E.T. record en route to claiming the 2017 Funny Car pole
  • Leah Pritchett and Mark Pawuk return...

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Indianapolis

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Pre-Race Report

Event 18: NHRA U.S. Nationals
Indianapolis Raceway Park
Indianapolis, Ind.
Aug. 31 - Sept. 4​






Kalitta desires that first U.S. Nationals win
Indianapolis Highlights: Two finals (2008, 2004); Two no.1 qualifiers (2004, 2000)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Brainerd Nationals): Qualified 12th; First round loss (Lost to Mike Salinas in the first round)

2017 NHRA U.S. Nationals Recap: Qualified fifth; Quarterfinalist (Defeated...​

NHRA U.S. Nationals Marks 20 Years for Don Schumacher Racing

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Prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals Marks 20 Years for Don Schumacher Racing


BROWNSBURG, Indiana (August 28, 2018) – The winningest team in NHRA history celebrates a milestone 20th anniversary this weekend at the NHRA U.S. Nationals. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) has enjoyed a tradition of success since making its official NHRA debut during the 1998 Indianapolis event 20 years ago.

A fierce Funny Car match racer during the 1970s, drag racing pioneer Don Schumacher, winner of the 1970 U.S. Nationals Funny Car title, had no intention of returning to the sport after he left in 1974 to focus on his young family and expanding the family business, Schumacher Electric Corporation...​

DSR Celebrates Riley Children’s Foundation Partnership During NHRA U.S. Nationals Week

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DSR Celebrates Ongoing Riley Children’s Foundation Partnership During NHRA U.S. Nationals Week

13th annual DSR Open House presented by Pennzoil, Riley Hospital visit and Riley Funny Car highlight the Indy race weekend for Don Schumacher Racing


BROWNSBURG, Indiana (August 27, 2018) – Before Indianapolis-based Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) takes to the track for the 64th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals this weekend, the winningest team in NHRA history will have already achieved a major victory – raising funds for Indy’s own Riley Hospital for Children.

On Friday, August 31, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT, DSR will pull back the curtain and open the doors to its...​

Millican Brainerd Press Release

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Millican Cut on Close Shaves

Strutmasters/Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel Dragster Wins One But Comes Up Short on Hole Shot in 2nd Round at Brainerd, Narrowly Misses No. 2 Points Spot

BRAINERD, Minn.: August 20, 2018: Determined to gain further momentum heading into “The Big Go” at Indy in two weeks, the Strutmasters/ Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel team came out with plenty of get-up-and-go to kick things off Friday at Brainerd International Speedway. Driver Clay Millican ran a great-looking [email protected] mph in Q1 to temporarily shoot to No. 1 in an exciting side-by-side race with rival Leah Pritchett, who ran a [email protected] mph. Millican’s Q1 incremental times: 60ft-0.852 sec., 330ft-2.159, 660ft-3.049/287.78 mph
Millican kept things cooking in Friday’s Q2, running a fantastic 3.743-second time that was .011 second quicker than Steve Torrence and nearly two hundredths quicker than Antron Brown to pick up bonus points, barely missing taking command of the top spot by one second...

DSR Brainerd Post-Race Recap

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DSR Brainerd Post-Race Recap



NHRA Nationals at Brainerd
Event 17 of 24
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 17-19, 2018

DSR Brainerd Elimination Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman picks up his 28th Funny Car win, second of 2018 and 329th for DSR
  • All DSR Funny Car final between the two Terry Chandler ‘giving cars’ (Beckman vs. Tommy Johnson Jr.)
  • Antron Brown raced to his second consecutive final round of 2018, finishing as the runner-up
  • Johnson advanced to his second final of the season
  • Beckman and Johnson both gained one spot in the Countdown to the Championship standings
  • With Johnson officially securing his Countdown to...

BILLY TORRENCE WINS FIRST TOP FUEL RACE

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Capco Contractors’ Boss Beats Antron Brown for First Career Top Fuel Victory

BRAINERD, Minn. – Billy Torrence defied the odds, avenged his son and wrote a storybook ending to one of the most unlikely stories in drag racing history Sunday as the Top Fuel winner of the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
The 60-year-old founder of Capco Contractors, Inc., applied an exclamation point to an already spectacular weekend with a final round victory over three-time Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown.
Racing against the veteran Brown, who the previous round had taken out point leader Steve Torrence and deep-sixed the possibility of an all-Torrence, all-Capco final round, he turned the tables and won the race not with superior performance, but with his starting line skills.
It was the elder Torrence’s .037 of a second reaction time that got his 10,000 horsepower hot rod to the finish line .003 of a second ahead of Brown.
The Capco Contractors dragster...

Team Kalitta Post-Race Report - Brainerd

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Post-Race Report
Event 17: NHRA Nationals at Brainerd
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
August 17-19​


Todd clinches a spot in the Countdown with a semifinal finish
Race Recap:
J.R. Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team had a solid raceday with two round wins before getting defeated in the a close race in the semifinals.

Todd and the DHL/WIX Filters team made three clean passes in qualifying and the tuning duo of Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith saved the best for last as Todd scored a 4.018 second run...​

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Brainerd

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Pre-Race Report

Event 17: NHRA Brainerd Nationals
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
August 17-19​






Kalitta ready for return to Brainerd winner’s circle
Brainerd Highlights: One win (2005, 2003); Two finals (2014, 2000); Three no.1 qualifiers (2010, 2004, 2002)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Northwest Nationals): Qualified second; Quarterfinalist (Defeated Bill Litton in the first round, lost to Mike Salinas in the quarterfinals)

2017...

DSR Brainerd Pre-Race Report

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Brainerd Pre-Race Report


NHRA Nationals at Brainerd
Event 17 of 24
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minnesota
August 17-19, 2018

Noteworthy:

  • Leah Pritchett returns as the defending Top Fuel event champion
  • All-DSR Top Fuel final in 2017 (Pritchett vs. Antron Brown)
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. finished as the Funny Car runner-up in 2017
  • Pritchett secured the 2017 No. 1 qualifier while also resetting the Brainerd International Raceway track record (3.640)
  • Brown is seeking his third consecutive Brainerd final round
  • Brown and Ron Capps enter the weekend as the most recent Top Fuel and Funny Car event winners (Seattle)
  • Capps looks to...

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Brainerd

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NHRA® Team Report
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals – Brainerd, MN


Pre-Race Report

Cruz Pedregon and team are undaunted by recent challenges and looking forward the weekend ahead in Brainerd. "I'm working with our new crew chief Tommy DeLago and assistant crew chief Glen (Huszar) to go over every aspect of the Snap-on Toyota with a fine-tooth comb to make sure the car is running at its peak performance this weekend," Cruz says.

In an announcement made last week, Cruz shared news of the team changes saying, “Tommy has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport and we believe he can help take our Snap-on Funny Car to the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. His championship-winning experience will be a tremendous asset to our program.”

Huszar has experience working with DeLago who has a notable career as the crew chief of the 2011 Funny Car world champion driven by Matt Hagan. He also was the first crew chief to guide a nitro-fueled Funny Car to a pass...

TORRENCE PURSUES NO. 1 SEED

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Point Leader Tries to Reverse His Fortunes in Lucas Oil Nationals

BRAINERD, Minn. – With a second straight regular season championship clearly in sight, Steve Torrence turns his attention this week to one of the two tracks in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on which he has neither qualified his Capco Contractors dragster No. 1 nor raced for a Top Fuel winner’s trophy.
Nevertheless, when qualifying begins Friday in the 37th Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the 35-year-old Texan will enjoy a 161-point advantage over his nearest Top Fuel rival with just two race weekends remaining before the NHRA adjusts the point totals for the start of the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
“We feel pretty confident,” Torrence said of his bid to again get the No. 1 starting spot in the playoffs, “but that’s not our ultimate goal. It’s just a means to an end. We let the championship get away from us last year and there’s not a single person on this team who isn’t...

Clay Millican Seattle Press Release

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South by Northwest

After Quick Start, Strutmasters/Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel Team Concludes Western Swing with 2nd-Round Exit at Northwest Nationals



KENT, Wash., Aug. 5, 2018: It didn’t take long for Strutmasters/Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel driver Clay Millican to turn heads during the weekend’s NHRA Northwest Nationals, blazing down the track at Pacific Raceways in Q1 at 3.743 seconds, temporarily commanding the No. 1 qualifier spot and earning three bonus points in the process.
Following uneventful runs in Friday’s and Saturday’s remaining sessions, Millican was No. 3, accomplishing the team’s ongoing goal each race weekend of qualifying in the top 5, if not securing the pole itself like the Strutmasters/Parts Plus/Great Clips driver has done seven times this season, including at last weekend’s Sonoma Nationals.
The fast start in Seattle was indicative of the team’s aggressive approach heading into the weekend, after dropping from No. 2 in the NHRA’s top 10 Top...

Milestone Wins for Antron Brown and Ron Capps as DSR Doubles-Up in Seattle

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DSR Seattle Post-Race Recap



CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
August 3-5, 2018

DSR Seattle Elimination Highlights:

  • DSR ‘doubles-up’ for the second time in 2018
  • Antron Brown and Ron Capps achieve milestone victories
    • Brown, 50th Top Fuel win
    • Capps, 60th professional win
  • Brown claimed his third consecutive Seattle Top Fuel victory
  • All-DSR Top Fuel final between Brown and Leah Pritchett
  • Capps reached the final round for the third straight event
Milestone Wins for Antron Brown and Ron Capps as DSR Doubles-Up in Seattle


KENT, Washington...

Team Kalitta Post-Race Report - Seattle

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Post-Race Report
Event 16: CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Wash.
August 3-5​


Kalitta turns stellar qualifying effort into a round win
Race Recap:
Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team had a season-best qualifying performance and a round win at the Northwest Nationals today.

The Mac Tools driver claimed the second starting spot with a 3.730 second pass in Friday evening's session. He was second after that run and would not be bumped on Saturday. Kalitta would earn lane choice over Bill...​

TORRENCE OUT IN SEMIFINALS

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TORRENCE OUT IN SEMIS AT SEATTLE

Capco Dragster Comes Up .009 of a Second Short at Cat Spot Northwest Nationals



SEATTLE, Wash. – Steve Torrence drove his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster into the semifinals for the 10th time in 16 races Sunday but the runaway point leader couldn’t get past close friend Antron Brown who went on to win the 31st annual Cat Spot Northwest Nationals, the final event in thee NHRA’s grueling Western Swing.
“I knew he’d break out of this slump,” Torrence said of Brown, who hadn’t won a tour event in a full calendar year, “but I hate that he wound up beating us to do it, especially on a hole shot, especially on my crew chief Richard Hogan’s birthday and especially after we had such a good time together earlier in the week driving rally cars (at DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Wash.). C’mon, man.”
The No. 1 qualifier for the 18th time in his pro career, Torrence got a free pass in round one when first time opponent Ron Smith had to abort when...

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Seattle

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Pre-Race Report

Event 16: NHRA Northwest Nationals
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Wash.
August 3-5​






Kalitta looks to end strong Western Swing on a high note
Seattle Highlights: One win (2014); Three finals (2003, 2000, 1999); One no.1 qualifier (2010)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals): Qualified ninth; Semifinalist (Defeated Steve Torrence in the first round and Clay Millican in the quarterfinals, lost to Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals.)...​

DSR Seattle Pre-Race Report

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Seattle Pre-Race Report


CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
August 3-5, 2018

Noteworthy:

  • Antron Brown returns as the defending Top Fuel event champion and No. 1 qualifier
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to a runner-up finish at Seattle in 2017
  • Ron Capps enters the event fresh off of two consecutive runner-up finishes (Denver, Sonoma)
  • Brown has claimed the past two Top Fuel Seattle Wallys and is seeking his third consecutive Pacific Raceways win
  • Both Johnson (1993) and Capps (1995) captured their first NHRA victories in a professional category at Seattle (both in Top Fuel)
  • Both Capps and...

TORRENCE LOOKING FOR SEATTLE SUCCESS

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TORRENCE EYES SEATTLE WIN

Point Leader Goes to ‘School’ in Advance of the Countdown

SEATTLE, Wash. – It’s a down-and-dirty weekend for Mello Yello point leader Steve Torrence who after a misstep last week at Sonoma, Calif., tuned up for this week’s 31st annual Cat Spot Northwest Nationals, last of the three races comprising the NHRA’s arduous Western Swing, with a trek off the concrete-and-asphalt and into the gravel-and-mud with close friend Antron Brown.

The principals in Chocolate-and-Crème Racing took advantage of their proximity to DirtFish Rally School to polish their car control skills at the wheel of a couple of turbocharged 4-cylinder Subaru Impreza STIs that represent a night-and-day difference from the 10,000 horsepower dragsters in which they will compete this weekend.

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in scenic Snoqualmie, DirtFish is considered North America’s premier rally school, the perfect place for Torrence and Brown to refresh...

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Seattle

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NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Northwest Nationals – Seattle, WA
Pre-Race Report


Cruz Pedregon is heading to Seattle on a high after living the dream at Raiders' Team Camp as the NHRA's number one fan of the team. "That stopover with my favorite team after the race in Sonoma is the energy boost I needed to lead our great team back into top 10 Funny Car standings," Cruz said. "I'm so proud of the team for getting the car ready to be the quickest overall in the first qualifying round last weekend after making a fast-turnaround run back to the shop for another body for the Snap-on Toyota. We'll all be rested and revved this weekend for the Seattle race."

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, "The Snap-on Funny Car is a better car than recent runs have shown. Every driver, team and fan knows the Seattle track is full of personality, and we're ready for a great weekend at Pacific Raceways for the Snap-on Team and all our great NHRA fans."

Cruz and Team Manager Caleb Cox had the opportunity to...

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