Don Schumacher Racing's Tony Schumacher and Tommy Johnson Jr. saved their best qualifying effort for Saturday's last session to each earn No. 2 qualifying positions for Sunday's championship eliminations in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event near Phoenix.
In Funny Car, Johnson delighted hundreds of guests from Make-A-Wish by completing his last of four attempts in 4.029 seconds at 316.08 mph to leap from seventh to second in DSR's Dodge Charger R/T that is funded by Terry Chandler to promote Make-A-Wish, which is headquartered in Phoenix.
In addition to Tony, DSR teammate Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge will be trying to defend Funny Car title he won a year ago at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (formerly Firebird). Capps qualified ninth.
The most interesting first-round match-up DSR will be in Funny Car when Matt Hagan, who qualified 11th, faces DSR teammate and No. 6-seed Jack Beckman.