Lucas Oil Nationals Qualifying Is Over:

Ron Capps Picks Up Four Bonus Points...

Saturday qualifying is over at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota. Here is how the Mopar-sponsored teams did.

Leah Pritchett and her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster. (Mopar)
LEAH PRITCHETT – Driver of the Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified: No. 8 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 9 Scott PalmerThe Results:
Q1: 3.841 E.T. at 324.83 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.612 E.T. at 163.45 MPH
Q3: 3.818 E.T. at 323.04 MPH
Q4: 3.829 E.T. at 324.59 MPHBonus Points: Two
“We’ll be running an excellent guy, excellent crew, part of that Capco bunch, and Sunday’s going to be totally different. Our Q4 wasn’t exactly what we were looking for. We wanted to push, and we ended up pushing it a little bit too hard. We’re finding that right balance. I think we’ve been on the spectrum. I think Sunday will be an entirely perfect day to land it right in the middle where we want it. It’s been shown that you can win from any position. I’ve always loved racing at Brainerd. Tomorrow’s the day to bump it up.” – Leah Pritchett
Tony Schumacher Piloting His U.S. Army Top Dragster. (Mopar).
TONY SCHUMACHER – Driver of the U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified: No. 7 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 10 Terry McMillenThe Results:
Q1: 3.946 E.T. at 308.92 MPH
Q2: 4.936 E.T. at 144.27 MPH
Q3: 3.818 E.T. at 326.87 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q4: 4.225 E.T. at 202.30 MPHBonus Points: Two
“I like this racetrack. We were pushing it there a little bit that last run. When you see someone put up a big number ahead of you and go No. 1, you don’t want to be out there just being average. Mike (Neff, crew chief) originally wanted to just slide it down there and make sure we have a good race-day tuneup, but after seeing the numbers ahead of us, we wanted to go quicker. We were right there. It almost made it. We’ve almost made it a lot of times. We tried a lot of different things these last two days and we definitely learned a lot. Conditions are going to be cooler tomorrow so we’ll see who can come out and get it figured out soon enough.” – Tony Schumacher
“Fast Jack” Beckman piloting his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T. (Mopar).
JACK BECKMAN – Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 14
The Competition: No. 3 Matt HaganThe Results:
Q1: 4.067 E.T. at 314.75 MPH
Q2: 4.905 E.T. at 159.59 MPH
Q3: 4.029 E.T. at 317.05 MPH
Q4: 4.052 E.T. at 315.71 MPH
“It’s not like we’re running terrible. We missed it on one run in Q2 when we pushed it hard, but that was the session where most of the cars ran their hero shots. We made three good laps and we find ourselves qualified fourteenth. I wouldn’t want to be the car with lane choice against us first round.” – Jack Beckman
RON CAPPS – Driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 2 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 15 Jonnie LindbergThe Results: 
Q1: 4.039 E.T. at 309.20 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.053 E.T. at 311.99 MPH
Q3: 4.030 E.T. at 317.57 MPH
Q4: 3.969 E.T. at 319.67 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Bonus Points: Four
“From the outside of the ropes, you would look at Friday’s qualifying and see that we ran the 05 and the 03. I had a lot of people make comments saying ‘man, you’ve got a great, consistent car,’ but to be honest, we had a pretty good mechanical issue pop-up yesterday that actually shut the car off on me at 900-feet on the first run, and then it did it again in the second run on Friday night. But that’s what’s great about this team, we weren’t even close to being our best and it still went 03 and 05. Then today, we just needed to go to the finish line so we made a conservative Q3 run so we could check all of the parts. Everything lookd good on that run, we knew we had fixed the mechanical issue so we could get back to it on Q4, and sure enough a 3.96 popped up. That’s the NAPA Know How I brag about. Not a lot of teams would have caught some of these issues like an old-school crew chief like Rahn Tobler. It makes it a pleasure to be able to work with this team and watch them attack something gone wrong and then come out Q4 and make a run like that. Nothing is a given, it’s going to be a tough day tomorrow, but it was a nice way to end. I take Tobler out to ‘the Zoo’ every Saturday night here in Brainerd, and he was joking earlier saying ‘we need to step it up, we’re not going to the Zoo if we’re not qualified well,’ and he was half joking, half not. Kudos to Tobler and the team.” – Ron Capps
Matt Hagan piloting the all-new 2019 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Funny Car. (Mopar)
MATT HAGAN – Driver of the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT
Qualified: No. 3 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 14 Jack BeckmanThe Results: 
Q1: 4.797 E.T. at 169.68 MPH
Q2: 3.990 E.T. at 324.51 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q3: 4.203 E.T. at 240.77 MPH
Q4: 4.421 E.T. at 200.23 MPHBonus Points: Two
“It was a weird qualifying weekend, we went down the track once, smoked the tires three times. We’re still trying to get a handle on things and figure things out, but (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) is a smart dude. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but I think we’ll be alright. We’re facing a teammate tomorrow and we’re going to bring our A-game and do the best job we can.” – Matt Hagan
Tommy Johnson, Jr. Piloting His Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car. (Mopar).
TOMMY JOHNSON JR. – Driver of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T 
Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 12 Del WorshamThe Results:
Q1: 4.057 E.T. at 315.12 MPH
Q2: 4.017 E.T. at 317.42 MPH
Q3: 4.463 E.T. at 197.83 MPH
Q4: 4.003 E.T. at 315.64 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)Bonus Points: One
“We’ve got a really good, consistent race car. We’re right in the hunt. Made really nice solid runs in three out of four qualifying rounds. We were right up there in the top four every session, so I think that’s favorable for a good day on Sunday. Coming off of a runner-up here last year and I’d like to do it one round better.” – Tommy Johnson, Jr.

Below are the brackets and first-round pairings for the Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock (we included Pro Stock because Alex Laughlin is running a Dodge Dart chassis this weekend)…



***5th Spot in Funny Car Goes To Tommy Johnson Jr.


Top Fuel Standings:

01 Steve Torrence 1251 0 Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports
02 Tony Schumacher 1090 -161 U.S. Army Dragster
03 Clay Millican 1084 -167 Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster
04 Leah Pritchett 1083 -168 Papa John’s Dragster
05 Doug Kalitta 995 -256 Mac Tools Dragster
06 Antron Brown 927 -324 Matco Tools Dragster
07 Terry McMillen 759 -492 Amalie Motor Oil Dragster
08 Brittany Force 731 -520 Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster
09 Richie Crampton 660 -591 Kalitta Air/DHL dragster
10 Scott Palmer 649 -602 CatSpot/Tommy Thompson Motorsports

Funny Car Standings:

01 Courtney Force 1300 0 Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro SS
02 Ron Capps 1146 -154 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T
03 Robert Hight 1085 -215 Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS
04 Matt Hagan 1064 -236 Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
05 Jack Beckman 999 -301 Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T
06 J R Todd 914 -386 DHL Toyota Camry
07 Tommy Johnson Jr 892 -408 Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
08 John Force 824 -476 PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS
09 Shawn Langdon 736 -564 Global Electronic Technology Toyota
10 Bob Tasca III 691 -609 AutoAlert Shelby Mustang

Clinched playoff berth 

TV Schedule:

You can watch the Lucas Oil Nationals starting at Noon EST on FS1 on Sunday, August 19th. Race will be re-aired at 10:00pm to 1:00am EST on FS1 on Sunday, August 19th.

Sources: Don Schumacher Racing and NHRA

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for,, and but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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