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2014 NHRA: DSR Sweeps Mello Yello No 1 Spots For NHRA U.S. Nationals
Posted by: newsla on Sep 01, 2014 - 06:59 AM
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2014 NHRA: DSR Sweeps Mello Yello No 1 Spots For NHRA U.S. Nationals While Teammate Beckman Ready To Move Into Countdown


Don Schumacher Racing's Matt Hagan blasted to the first Funny Car sub-four-second run in the NHRA U.S. Nationals history near Indianapolis Sunday to earn the No. 1 qualifying position heading to Monday's championship eliminations where his teammate Tony Schumacher will carry the top seed into his quest for a 10th title Top Fuel title in the NHRA's most prestigious event.

 

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Hagan's Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T team completed its run in 3.998 seconds at 316.01 mph in the fourth qualifying session. Hagan became the first Funny Car to run in the 3-second range in Sept. 2011 and his run Sunday is the 30th time a driver has cracked into the range. Hagan owns four of the 30 three-second passes.

Schumacher captured his 75th career No. 1 qualifying award in dramatic fashion on Saturday evening by blistering the Lucas Oil Raceway track in 3.748 at 328.58 to earn the $100,000 Traxxas Top Fuel Shootout payday. The Sarge earned his fourth career U.S. Nationals pole and eyes a record-setting 10th Wally trophy from 'the Big Go' en route to his 75th career NHRA win.

Antron Brown, ranked second in points, and his Matco Tools provided drama by waiting until the last of his fifth qualifying attempts to make Sunday's show. Brown, who has won a category-best five titles this year with crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald, slipped into the field by one-thousandth of-a-second to earn the No. 16 spot and will face Schumacher in the first round.

While DSR owner Don Schumacher certainly wants one of his drivers leave Indy with trophy in the 60th anniversary of the event in which he won the Funny Car title in 1970, his greatest desire will be for Jack Beckman and the Valvoline SynPower team led by Todd Okuhara to jump from 11th to 10th in the final regular season finale to earn a spot in the Countdown to the Championship that begins in two weeks near Charlotte.

Beckman, the 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion, needs to advance one round farther than Tim Wilkerson, who starts eliminations ranked 10th. Each round win Monday is worth 20 points.

Beckman's teammate Tommy Johnson Jr., who qualified 11th, can be a big help as he faces the higher seeded Wilkerson in the opening round. Beckman trails Wilkerson by 10 points entering Monday's final eliminations.

Beckman is the last of DSR's seven drivers to earn a chance to win a series championship.

DSR OPEN HOUSE FOR RILEY KIDS
Racing fans and friends of DSR helped raise a record $42,058 to benefit Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Camp Riley for Friday afternoon's ninth annual DSR Open House for Riley Kids. The funds push DSR contributions to Riley to over $280,000.

TRAXXAS SHOOTOUTS
Don Schumacher Racing's contestants in Sunday's $100,000 Traxxas Nitro Shootout ended in the opening round when Capps lost despite a stellar 4.043 (319.37) to Courtney Force and Tommy Johnson Jr. was topped by Alexis DeJoria.

On Saturday night, DSR's Tony Schumacher won the $100,000 Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel dragsters. DSR has won a Shootout title in each of the past three years (Spencer Massey, 2012 in Top Fuel, and Jack Beckman, 2013 in Funny Car.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

TOP FUEL
No. 1 Qualifier: Tony Schumacher (Don Schumacher Racing), 3.748 sec., 328.54 mph

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualifying Position: No. 1
MONDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: SCHUMACHER vs. Antron Brown
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.777 sec., 322.65 mph, Session 1
SATURDAY: 3.801, 318.84, Session 2; 3.748, 328.54, Session 3
SUNDAY: 3.800, 324.98, Session 4; 3.814, 326.16, Session 5

SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel Dragster
Qualifying Position: No. 11
MONDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: MASSEY vs. Shawn Langdon
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 10.990 sec., 74.97 mph, Session 1
SATURDAY: 3.967, 281.13, Session 2; 3.799, 324.12, Session 3
SUNDAY: 6.034, 103.71, Session 4; 3.823, 322.81, Session 5

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Qualifying Position: No. 16
MONDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: BROWN vs. Tony Schumacher
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.056 sec., 281.36 mph, Session 1
SATURDAY: 3.854, 314.46, Session 2; 3.833, 320.20, Session 3
SUNDAY: 4.660, 171.14, Session 4; 3.845, 316.25, Session 5

FUNNY CAR
No. 1 Qualifier: Matt Hagan (Don Schumacher Racing) 3.998 sec., 316.01 mph

MATT HAGAN, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T
Qualifying Position: No. 1
MONDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: HAGAN vss. Bob Bode
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.067 sec., 318.47 mph, Session 1
SATURDAY: 4.021, 318.99, Session 2; 4.713, 175.87, Session 3
SUNDAY: 3.998, 316.01, Session 4; 4.103, 311.63, Session 5

JACK BECKMAN, Valvoline SynPower Dodge Charger R/T
Qualifying Position: No. 2
MONDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN vs. Blake Alexander
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.071 sec., 314.90 mph, Session 1
SATURDAY: 4.032, 319.07, Session 2; 4.004, 312.13, Session 3
SUNDAY: 8.325, 77.21, Session 4; 8.269, 77.69, Session 5

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Qualifying Position: No. 5
MONDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: CAPPS vs. Chad Head
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.052 sec., 316.01 mph, Session 1
SATURDAY: 4.426, 201.25, Session 2; 4.026, 320.36 mph*, Session 3
* Session 3 was part of qualifying and concurrently was the championship round from the rain-delayed event two weeks ago at Brainerd, Minn., when Capps defeated John Force.
SUNDAY: 4.043, 319.37, Session 4; 4.113, 287.60, Session 5

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., #RileyDreamRacer Dodge Charger R/T
Qualifying Position: No. 11
MONDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: JOHNSON vs. Tim Wilkerson
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 9.187 sec., 78.73, Session 1
SATURDAY: 5.200, 143.92, Session 2; 4.053, 316.67, Session 3
SUNDAY: 4.313, 265.17, Session 4; 4.059, 313.313.07, Session 5

FUNNY CAR TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT RESULTS FROM SUNDAY
FIRST ROUND: John Force (4.042 sec., 319.4) def. Tim Wilkerson; Robert Hight (4.042, 318.24) def. Cruz Pedregon (4.052, 310.98); Courtney Force (4.005, 322.73) def. RON CAPPS (4.043, 319.37); Alexis DeJoria (4.072, 275.67) def. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (4.313, 265.17)
SEMIFINALS: J. Force (4.967, 169.08) def. DeJoria (no time); Hight (4.768, 264.08) def. C. Force (5.374, 162.31)
FINAL: J. Force def. Hight

TOP FUEL TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT RESULTS FROM SATURDAY
FIRST ROUND: TONY SCHUMACHER (3.801 sec., 318.84 mph) def. SPENCER MASSEY (3.967, 281.13); Shawn Langdon (3.798, 321.81) def. Khalid alBalooshi (3.814, 318.02); Richie Crampton (3.772, 324.20); Doug Kalitta (3.794, 324.05) def. Brittany Force (3.832, 319.60)
SEMIFINALS: SCHUMACHER (3.767, 322.34) def. Kalitta (3.776, 322.34); Crampton (3.797, 321.12) def. Langdon (4.306, 212.36)
FINAL: SCHUMACHER (3.748, 328.54) def. Crampton (3.798, 318.24)


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