Hello again. We just completed the final race of the Western Swing last weekend at Pacific Raceways near Seattle. I arrived into Seattle early Thursday morning feeling refreshed after a few days of vacation in Nor Cal. When I got to Seattle, I was able to spend Thursday downtown with my friends Courtney and Sarah of JFR. We explored Pike Place Market and walked around the city. I love Seattle, especially this time of year.
After a few days of play, it was time to race, but unfortunately on Friday dense low clouds led to afternoon rain showers and a persistent mist that forced NHRA officials to cancel most of the days racing action including both pro sessions. When it rains, that means added pressure on the teams on Saturday.
During Saturday’s first session, most of our teams were able to get solidly in the show. Jack Beckman and the MTS team ran a stout 4.049-second lap in the first session earning him his ninth career number one spot heading in to Sunday. Jack’s team has done great in qualifying this year. The downside was that the Pitch Energy team of Johnny Gray qualified No. 16, so it was Jack versus Johnny in E1 on Sunday.
After the momentum of winning at Sonoma, Ron Capps and the NAPA team struggled on Saturday. They were aggressive on the first pass and then heading into the final session in the No. 17 spot, the NAPA team again lost traction, this time very early in the run and Ron earned his first DNQ in 34 races.
Tony and the U.S. Army team led our DSR dragsters by qualifying third with a 3.768- second run on Saturday’s second run. Antron finished sixth in the Matco car and Spencer was No. 9 for the Battery Extender team.
Following qualifying on Saturday, we had our annual “Seafood Fest” team dinner in our hospitality tent. It has become a tradition for our teams at Seattle. Malcolm Clark, our chef, and hospitality team went to Pike Place Market and loaded up on amazing seafood and produce for our teams. It is always a great way to come together and enjoy some crab legs and scallops before race day and we need to thank our fantastic, hard-working hospitality staff for all the extra effort they put in to make the Seafood Fest happen.
We awoke to partial sunshine and warmer temperatures on Sunday. The clouds continued to break throughout the day throwing a major curve ball to all the teams. DSR had a little bit of a rough first round with Tony, Spencer and Jack all going down. It was close to a race 0-3 day for dragsters, but thankfully Antron got the hole shot win over Bob Vandergriff. So, we had AB, Johnny and Matt Hagan in round two.
We had another tough turn in the second round with Matt and our Magneti Marelli team being the lone survivor heading into the semifinals. The team had a tough match-up against Courtney Force in the semis, a rematch of the final in Seattle last time. This year, Matt got redemption and was able to turn on the win light, which led his team to their sixth final round of the season.
Matt squared off against the resurgent Bob Tasca III. Matt and his Magneti Marelli team were able to turn on the win light and earn the win for the fourth time this season equaling Johnny Gray for the most wins in Funny Car this year. Matt and the guys were on it. He had lights of .033 and .036 on Sunday. It was exciting to see our team get the win and salvage a rough day for DSR. It was our 18th win this season, an amazing stat for DSR. We had 22 wins last season and have 16 more tries for wins this season.
It’s been a crazy few weeks for all of us and I am looking forward to spending some time at home with my friends, family and, of course, the dogs before heading to Brainerd, Minn. for the next race August 16-18. After three weeks on the road our teams will head straight to Brainerd and park the rigs before a well-deserved off weekend.
Have a great week!
Until next time,
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