Team Kalitta Post-Race Report - Gainesville

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Post-Race Report
Event 03: NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 16-18​

Crampton wins Gatornationals
Race Recap:
Richie Crampton became the 10th driver to win for NHRA icon Connie Kalitta as he picked up his first Gatornationals win earlier today.

The weekend did not go completely as planned as qualifying was not what Crampton or crew chiefs, Rob Flynn and Connie Kalitta, envisioned. The Kalitta Air/DHL dragster failed to make it down the track cleanly in any of the four qualifying attempts. Their best, a 3.942...​

DSR Gainesville Post Race Recap

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DSR Gainesville Post Race Recap

NHRA Gatornationals
Event 3 of 24 (Gainesville)
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 16-18, 2018
DSR Gainesville Race Day Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman wins the 2018 NHRA Gatornationals (Funny Car)
  • Beckman becomes the third consecutive Funny Car driver to win from the No. 1 spot
  • Beckman recorded his first career win at Gainesville Raceway
  • Beckman's win was DSR's 320th national event victory
  • All DSR Funny Car final round (Jack Beckman vs. Matt Hagan)
  • Hagan retained the Funny Car points lead

Jack Beckman Wins the NHRA Gatornationals

GAINESVILLE, Florida (March 18, 2018) – Jack...​


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Texan Stumbles at Gatornationals, But So Do Key Rivals in Mello Yello Series

GAINESVILLE, Florida – A change in the weather threw the sport’s most talented crew chiefs a wicked curve ball Sunday during the 49th running of the NHRA’s Amalie Oil Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

After qualifying in bright sunshine, teams were greeted Sunday by overcast skies that changed the performance dynamic and sent many of the favorites, including Texan Steve Torrence, to an early exit.

Torrence, who drove the Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to an impressive victory three weeks ago, his ninth in the previous 21 Mello Yello tour events, didn’t make it beyond round one this time, extending his frustration in one of the sport’s biggest races.

Although he left the starting line with a .035 of a second advantage, Torrence felt the car start to lose traction shortly thereafter and then make a strong right to left move that carried it across the centerline resulting in a...

Team Kalitta Post-Qualifying Report - Gainesville

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Post-Qualifying Report

Event 03: NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 16-18

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 4.736 sec. at 162.22 MPH
Q2: No run; mechanical malfunction
Q3: 3.832 sec. at 325.92 MPH
Q4: 3.827 sec. at 327.19 MPH

Bonus Points: 5 pts. (Second best of the third session, best of the fourth session)
Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton
Quotable: “Solid recovery for the Mac Tools team...

DSR Gainesville Qualifying Recap

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DSR Gainesville Qualifying Report

NHRA Gatornationals
Event 3 of 24 (Gainesville)
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 16-18, 2018

DSR Gainesville Qualifying Highlights:

  • Jack Beckman claimed his first No. 1 qualifier of 2018
  • All DSR entries qualified in the top half of the field
  • Ron Capps ran low E.T. during Saturday's two qualifying sessions

Jack Beckman Starts Race Day
from the No. 1 Spot

GAINESVILLE, Florida (March 17, 2018) – No one was able to top Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero...​

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report - Gainesville

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Pre-Race Report

Event 03: NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 16-18​

Kalitta looks for second early season win
Gainesville Highlights: Three wins (2014, 2005, 2000); Two no. 1 qualifiers (2013, 2003)

Last Event Recap (NHRA Arizona Nationals): Qualified fifth; First round defeat (Lost to Billy Torrence in the first round)

2017 NHRA Gatornationals Recap: Qualified...​

DSR Gainesville Pre-Race Report

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Gainesville Pre-Race Report

NHRA Gatornationals
Event 3 of 24 (Gainesville)
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.
March 16-18, 2018


  • Tony Schumacher returns as the defending Top Fuel event champion and No. 1 qualifier
  • With five victories, Schumacher is the winningest Top Fuel driver in Gainesville Raceway history
  • Matt Hagan enters the 2018 event as the Funny Car points leader
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. enters Gainesville fresh off of a Funny Car final round appearance from the previous race in Phoenix
  • Leah Pritchett is competing...

Three Chances for Victory at the Gatornationals for NHRA’s Leah Pritchett

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Leah Pritchett to Compete in the Top Fuel category, the Factory Stock Showdown, and the Papa John's Charity Challenge at the NHRA Gatornationals

BROWNSBURG, Indiana (March 13, 2018) – This weekend at the NHRA Gatornationals Leah Pritchett will wear many hats, literally.

With two Wally trophies and a charity challenge on the line, the quickest woman in NHRA history will go for a three-in-one at the Gainesville, Fla. event, competing in the Top Fuel category, the Factory Stock Showdown and the Papa John’s Charity Challenge.

“I always dig doing things differently, and to their maximum capabilities,” said Pritchett, a five-time Top Fuel event champion.

At this weekend’s event, Pritchett will fly the colors of Papa John’s Pizza and FireAde on her 11,000-horsepower Top Fuel entry. In the Factory Stock Showdown, she will line up against her competitors in a Hoonigan-designed Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, and in the Papa John’s Charity Challenge...


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Point Leader Back on Pavement after Going Off-Road with Antron at Mint 400

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After an off-road adventure in which he partnered with Top Fuel rival and close friend Antron Brown at the Mint 400, Mello Yello point leader Steve Torrence returns to pavement this weekend where he will strap back into the cockpit of the 330 mile-an-hour Capco Contractors dragster to pursue his 10th win in the last 22 NHRA pro tour events.

Although he never has won in Florida, recent history, his current point standing and an impressive victory three weeks ago at Phoenix, where he posted a career-best time of 3.655 seconds, have established the 34-year-old Texan as the Top Fuel favorite in the 49th annual Amalie Oil Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Ironically, standing between him and a first Gatornationals title is his “Chocolate and Crème Racing” teammate, the man with whom he shared a Polaris RZR ride last week in the Nevada desert. Antron Brown not only is a three-time...

Don Schumacher Motorsports Extends Role as Performance Parts Distributor to Include NHRA Sportsman Ranks

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BROWNSBURG, Indiana (February 28, 2018) – For years, Don Schumacher Motorsports (DSM) has been regarded as a leading parts supplier for teams competing in NHRA’s nitro categories. After spending much of the 2017-2018 off-season ramping up its inventory of products, DSM is now branching out to supply NHRA Sportsman racers in its role as a performance parts distributor.

For NHRA Sportsman competitors who race a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, DSM and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) have worked in collaboration with Mopar, SRT and BES Racing Engines to offer a variety of parts and components for the modern-day package car, including aluminum HEMI® engine packages that utilize Mopar blocks and heads as building blocks.

DSM will also offer Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak NHRA Factory Stock customers on-site parts support during the seven SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown events.

The timing is perfect for Top Fuel star Leah Pritchett, who recently announced she will...


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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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