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Ron Capps and the NAPA Brakes Team Race to Second Consecutive Victory

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DSR Richmond Post-Race Recap

NHRA Virginia Nationals
Event 8 of 24 (Richmond)
Virginia Motorsports Park
North Dinwiddie, Va.
May 17-19, 2019

DSR Richmond Elimination Highlights:
  • Ron Capps powered the NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to its second consecutive victory on Sunday during the NHRA Virginia Nationals
  • The event win marks Capps’ 63rd victory overall, 62nd in a Funny Car, second of 2019 and first at Virginia Motorsports Park
  • Capps’ 63 wins rank eighth on the all-time NHRA Mello Yello win list, fourth among the two nitro categories and second in the Funny Car...

Team Kalitta Virginia Post Race Report

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Post-Race Report
Event 8 of 24: Virginia NHRA Nationals
Virginia Motorsports Park
Richmond, VA
May 17-19, 2019

DHL and J.R. Todd Runner-Up in Virginia
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TORRENCE WINS THIRD STRAIGHT

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TORRENCE REPEATS AT RICHMOND
Reigning Champion Beats Brown in Final; Extends Top Fuel Point Lead

RICHMOND, Va. – Steady Steve Torrence repeated as Top Fuel champion at the NHRA Virginia Nationals Sunday and, in so doing, became just the ninth driver in history to win as many as 30 tour events in drag racing’s premier division.

The 36-year-old Texan beat his dad, Billy, in the semifinals before edging close friend and arch rival Antron Brown in a classic final to extend his current tour winning streak to three straight. As a result, when racing resumes with the 22nd annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Chicago, May 30-June 2, he will lead Brittany Force by a whopping 160 points.

Sunday, Torrence drove his Capco Contractors dragster through the 1,000-foot course in 3.881 seconds at a finish line speed of 319.22 miles per hour to win for the 22 time in the last 50 tour events. Brown, who has beaten the reigning series champion more often than anyone else in the category...

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Virginia NHRA Nationals

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NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Virginia Nationals - Dinwiddie, VA
Pre-Race Report


Cruz Pedregon and team are headed to Virginia Motorsports Park and ready for another win at the Virginia Nationals. "We really feel like we've gotten any bad mojo out of our system and it will be fun to be back on the track again, especially since this race has been a winner for us before," says Cruz. "We were glad to return to Richmond last year since there'd been a 10 year hiatus, and the second year back should be a good one for us. We're ready to put on a good show for everyone in the stands, and fans streaming the race online or watching on FOX Sports."
Crew Chief Glen Huszar and Assistant Crew Chief Nick Casertano are working with the team to prep the car for one of the smoothest tracks on the circuit. They're also keeping an eye on the weather conditions that are predicted to be a little cooler with the possibility of rain. For this race, the Snap-on Dodge® will return to the...

Torrence Defends Title at Richmond

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TEXAN SENDS CAPCO DRAGSTER AFTER THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

RICHMOND, Va. – Steve Torrence sends his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster after its third straight tour victory this week when he defends his title in the 12th NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

On the strength of consecutive victories at Charlotte and Atlanta, the talented Texan has roared back into the Top Fuel point lead and put his rivals on notice that, despite a couple of stumbles early in the campaign, he fully intends to repeat as Mello Yello Champion.

When you’ve won 21 of the last 50 NHRA tour events, as Torrence has, it’s hard to be humble, but the 36-year-old cancer survivor is doing his best.

"I’m very confident,” he said, “(and) I think that maybe some of my confidence comes off as cockiness. Looking back on it, maybe some of the ways that I've acted weren’t a true indication of who I really am, and I regret that.

"But, really, I don’t have anything to be cocky about,” he explained...

Team Kalitta Pre-Race Report Richmond

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Team Kalitta looks to continue to dominate 2019 season with four wins in seven races including two each in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Each Team Kalitta driver has tasted victory and maintains Top Ten point position.

This weekend at the Virginia Nationals Top Fuel standout Doug Kalitta will return to the Toyota Top Fuel dragster he raced during the Houston SpringNationals. The partnership between Toyota, Mac Tools and Team Kalitta strengthens with every...

DSR Pre-Race Report: Richmond

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Richmond Pre-Race Report

NHRA Virginia Nationals
Event 8 of 24 (Richmond)
Virginia Motorsports Park
North Dinwiddie, Va.
May 17-19, 2019

Noteworthy:
  • Ron Capps enters the race weekend as the most...

Southern Nationals Post Race Report

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Post-Race Report
Event 7 of 24: NHRA Southern Nationals
Atlanta Dragway
Concord, GA
May 3-5, 2019

Southern Nationals Yields Quarterfinal Finish for DHL and J.R. Todd

J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car team raced to the quarterfinals today at the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. They had a strong race car throughout qualifying holding...

Ron Capps Races to Victory at Atlanta

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DSR Atlanta Post-Race Recap

Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 3-5, 2019

DSR Atlanta Elimination Highlights:
  • Ron Capps picked up his 61st Funny Car victory and first of the 2019 season on Sunday at the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
  • Capps accumulated 112 points to advance two spots in the Funny Car point standings
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to the semifinals for the third...

TORRENCE WINS ATLANTA!

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TORRENCE WINS SECOND STRAIGHT
Reigning Champion Beats 2017 Champ, No. 1 Qualifier in Top Fuel Final

ATLANTA, Ga. – Steve Torrence won a showdown between the top two qualifiers and the two most recent Mello Yello World Champions Sunday, driving his streaking Capco Contractors entry past the dragster of Brittany Force in the final round of the 39th annual Arby’s Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

The victory, the second in as many weeks for the 36-year-old Texan, enabled him to extend his lead to almost 100 points seven races into the 18-event regular season that determines eligibility for the NHRA playoffs.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t a typically overpowering win for the sport’s dominant driver and team.

Although he qualified No. 2, Torrence misfired on two of his three qualifying runs and needed every bit of his driving skill to ease past Shawn Reed in Sunday’s semifinals. Reed actually was quicker on the race track at 3.864 seconds (to Torrence’s 3.876) but...

TORRENCE RACING WITH 'ATTITUDE'

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CAPCO DRIVER LEADS TOP FUEL FIELD INTO ATLANTA

ATLANTA, Ga. – Life may be good for world drag racing champion Steve Torrence, but don’t expect smiles from the talented Texan when he rolls his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to the starting line for this week’s 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

It’s nothing personal. The most dominant driver over the past three seasons and the current Mello Yello point leader simply has come to the realization that he’s a better driver when he’s able to use “anger management,” as he did last week in winning the NGK 4Wide Nationals at Charlotte, N.C.

“I don’t think I drive my best when I’m relaxed and comfortable,” said the cancer survivor and former Top Alcohol Dragster world champ (2005). “I have to race with a little chip on my shoulder and sometimes that’s misinterpreted. I’m really not mad at anyone, I’m just trying to get myself in race mode.

“I think maybe I was driving a little too defensively...

DSR Pre-Race Report: Atlanta

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Atlanta Pre-Race Report

Arby's NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 3-5, 2019

Noteworthy:
  • Leah Pritchett returns as the defending NHRA Southern Nationals Top Fuel champion
  • Matt Hagan raced his Funny Car to a runner-up finish during the 2018 event
  • Pritchett and Hagan visited the final elimination round at the previous event
  • Pritchett recorded her first professional final round appearance at the 2015 event
  • Antron Brown has raced to victory in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at Atlanta Dragway

DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.699-seconds, Leah Pritchett (2017)
Funny Car, speed: 329.02-mph, Matt Hagan (2016)

DSR Driver Information:

Top Fuel:
ANTRON BROWN

Driver of Matco's Tools for the Cause Top Fuel Dragster
Matco's Tools for the Cause to benefit the Fisher House...

Team Kalitta Atlanta Pre-Race Report

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Pre-Race Team Kalitta Notes
Event 7 of 24: 2019 Southern Nationals
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, GA
April 3-5, 2019​



Team Kalitta looks to continue to dominate 2019 season with four wins in six races including two each in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Each Team Kalitta driver has tasted victory and maintains Top Ten point position.







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Team Kalitta Wins Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals

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Post-Race Report
Event 6 of 24: NHRA Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals
zMAX Dragway
Charlotte, NC
April 26-28, 2019​



Shawn Langdon Breaks Through
For First Funny Car Win

Every Funny Car win is tough to earn but Shawn Langdon, the driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car, faced one of the toughest finals in modern history. Standing between the second year Funny Car driver...​

TORRENCE WINS 4WIDE, AGAIN!

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TORRENCE WINS 4WIDE . . . . AGAIN!
Mello Yello Champ Gets First Win of the Season on Dad’s 61st Birthday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – To celebrate his dad’s 61st birthday, reigning world champion Steve Torrence drove his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster to the quickest time in every round of racing Sunday to win the NGK Spark Plugs 4Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway for the third straight year.

The 36-year-old Texan outpaced Clay Millican, Terry McMillen and Leah Pritchett in the final quad with a time of 3.778 seconds and a finish line speed of 323.19 miles per hour. He won his opening race with a Sunday best of 3.743 seconds and his second with a time of 3.777 seconds.

In winning for the first time since sweeping last fall’s six-race Countdown to the Championship, Torrence surged past Doug Kalitta and back into the Top Fuel point lead six races into the 2019 campaign. He will move on to Atlanta, Ga., for this week’s 39th Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals leading Kalitta by 34...

DSR Post-Race Recap: Charlotte I

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DSR Charlotte I Post-Race Recap

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte I)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 26-28, 2019

DSR Charlotte I Elimination Highlights:
  • Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) raced to the final elimination quad in their respective categories on Sunday afternoon at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
  • Jack Beckman advanced to fourth (tied) in the Countdown to the Championship Funny Car standings
  • Hagan maintained his No. 2 ranking in the point standings



Driver Information:

Top Fuel:



ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster


Qualified: No. 2 (3.725 E.T. at 327.03 MPH)

The Results:
E1...

McMillen makes final quad at Four-Wide Nationals

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McMillen makes final quad at Four-Wide Nationals

CONCORD, NC. (April 28, 2019) - Terry McMillen and his AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ made the most of their trip to the Charlotte area when the team powered his Top Fuel Dragster to a final round appearance at the Four-Wide Nationals.

McMillen made consistent qualifying passes, of 3.728, 3.794 and 3.793, earning him the number three starting position. He would advance through the first and second rounds of eliminations, setting up the second final quad appearance of his career in a Four-Wide race.

“It felt good to get back to winning rounds today,” McMillen said. “We’ve had a really strong car all season and it hasn’t really shown up in the round win column as much as we wanted it to. So, today felt not as good as we wanted it to, but better.”

The...

DSR, Okuma Announce Formal Partnership

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DSR, Okuma Announce Formal Partnership

Leah Pritchett to Campaign the Okuma Top Fuel Dragster during the 2019 NHRA Season; Tommy Johnson Jr. adds Okuma as an Associate Partner


CONCORD, N. C. (April 27, 2019) – Don Schumacher Racing announced today that the team’s ongoing partnership with Okuma, a leading machine tool manufacturer, has expanded to include a primary sponsorship of Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel dragster at three NHRA events in 2019, and associate support of Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car.

Pritchett will banner the Okuma brand at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., the NHRA Sonoma...​

Cruz Pedregon Team Report - Charlotte Four-Wide

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NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals - Charlotte
Pre-Race Report


Defending champion Cruz Pedregon and team are ready for another win at the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals this year. “We hit the sweet-spot tuning for this race last season, and that's what we're looking to do again this year," said Pedregon. “The Snap-on Dodge is consistently performing well, and we've been pleased with the way things are coming together to run strong 3's at each event.
"As team owner, I'm really proud of the way Crew Chief Glen (Huszar) and Assistant Crew Chief Nick (Casertano) are working with the crew to make sure everything on the car is right. It should be a great weekend for racing, and we plan to make it fun and exciting for NHRA fans in the stands and watching on FOX Sports."
This will be the third weekend running the "Own It" franchise paint scheme on "El Incursor" (aka "The Raider" body), representing the opportunity the team's primary sponsor Snap-on offers for qualified...

DSR Pre-Race Report: Charlotte I

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Charlotte I Pre-Race Report

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 6 of 24 (Charlotte I)
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
April 26-28, 2019

Noteworthy:
  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) enter the race weekend fresh off of final round appearances at the previous event (Houston)
  • Brown leads the Top Fuel class in most zMAX Dragway victories (five):
    • Spring: 2014, 2015
    • Fall: 2011, 2015, 2016
  • Leah Pritchett will pull double-duty for the second time in 2018 as she continues to defend her Factory Stock Showdown Series title while chasing her first Top Fuel championship
  • Pritchett secured her career-first Factory Stock Showdown pole at the 2018 event

DSR Driver Information:

Top Fuel:
ANTRON BROWN

Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster
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