Degar's Photo Gallery (Winternationals 2002)

Degar & Doug Kalitta (Fairplex 2002)
Degar & the late, Al Hoffman
Degar & Tommy Johnson, Jr.
Degar & Tony "Sarge" Shoemacher
Degar & "Stormin' Norman" Weekly
Degar & Don Ewald (Bank of Americar AF/D) Famoso Raceway (CHRR 1999)
Rick "The Ice Man" Stewart (CHRR 1999)

Top Fuel Dragster Drivers Profiles:

"The Sarge" Shoemacher AF/D
NHRA Driver
Schumacher
  • Date of birth:
    December 25, 1969
  • Hometown:
    Long Grove, Ill.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    U.S. Army dragster
  • Crew Chief:
    Mike Green
  • Career Wins: 67
    TF: 67
  • Career Final Rounds: 110
    TF: 110
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.771
  • Career Best Speed:
    327.90

Career Highlights

  • 2010: Finished second in Full Throttle Series standings; Raced to six victories in eight finals; Earned two wins during Countdown playoffs; Set national record speed of 325.61 mph at Las Vegas 2; Qualified No. 1 three times, including twice in playoffs
  • 2009: Won sixth consecutive and seventh overall NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship; First driver in NHRA history to win six consecutive TF championships; Became eighth driver in NHRA history to notch 500 round-wins; Became first driver in TF and fifth in NHRA history to win 60 races; Won prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis for the eighth time in his career, tying Don Garlits for most all-time in TF; Clinched championship during semifinal round of Auto Club Finals when Larry Dixon was defeated by Spencer Massey in the pair right ahead of him; Named First-Team All-America by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association; Finalist for the Jerry Titus Award as top driver in motorsports from American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association
  • 2008: Won fifth consecutive and sixth overall Full Throttle Series world championship; First driver in NHRA history to win five consecutive TF championships; Moved past Joe Amato to become the all-time Top Fuel wins leader; ranks sixth in victories among all NHRA pro drivers; Established Top Fuel records for most championship titles (6), career victories (56), season wins (15), consecutive wins (7), consecutive final rounds (11), most final rounds (18), consecutive round wins (31); Tied all-time NHRA record for wins in a season (15, Greg Anderson in 2004) and elimination round wins in a season (76, Greg Anderson in 2004); Raced to 15 victories in 18 final round appearances in 24 events; His eliminations round winning percentage was 90%; Won prestigious U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis for the sixth time in his career; Swept the Western Swing; only the sixth driver in NHRA history to accomplish the feat; Raced to nine No. 1 qualifying performances; Clinched championship during qualifying at penultimate race (Las Vegas 2); Named the third quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR for major motorsports in North America; Won the prestigious season DRIVER OF THE YEAR award; only the third NHRA driver to earn this honor (John Force 1996 and Greg Anderson 2004); Won Jerry Titus Award as top driver in motorsports from American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters for the second time; Named Economaki Champion of Champions winner for the second time
  • 2007: For second season in a row, Schumacher delivered what seemed impossible, clinching yet another world championship title with final pass of final race of the year; Won fourth straight World Championship, a POWERade Series Top Fuel record; Won fifth title overall, tying for first all-time in TF (Joe Amato) and sixth all-time (all classes); 12 No. 1 qualifiers makes 47 for career, up from 12th to eighth on the all-time list (all classes) and within nine of Joe Amato (56) for first all-time in Top Fuel; Moved up from tied for 11th to tied for ninth with Larry Dixon and Angelle Sampey on career wins list, with six wins (41 for career)
  • 2006: Earned his third consecutive and fourth overall POWERade Series championship; Won championship in dramatic fashion by winning last race and setting national E. T. record on final pass of season; Defeated Doug Kalitta by 14 points; Set national E.T. record at 4.428 seconds at Pomona 2; Broke his own single-season record for most No. 1 qualifying positions (13); Joined Joe Amato as only NHRA Top Fuel drivers to win three straight championships; Overcame poor start to the season and rallied back from a 336 point midseason deficit to win the championship; Tied “Big Daddy” Don Garlits for fifth with 35 victories on NHRA Top Fuel wins list; Earned five victories in eight final rounds; Won the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for fifth time in his career; Named the winner of the Fourth Quarter Driver of the Year award
  • 2005: Earned his second consecutive and third overall world championship title; Set elapsed time and speed world records (4.437 seconds, 336.15 mph); Clocked the fastest speed in NHRA history (337.58 mph); Set single-season record for consecutive victories (5) in Top Fuel; Set single-season record for consecutive final rounds (7) in Top Fuel; Set single-season record for consecutive round wins (20) in Top Fuel; Set Top Fuel single-season record for most No. 1 qualifying positions (11); Won the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout for the first time in his career
  • 2004: Earned his second NHRA POWERade Top Fuel world championship; Set the NHRA single-season record for Top Fuel victories (10); Won the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for the fourth time; Four of his victories came at NHRA’s biggest events: Winternationals, Gatornationals, U.S. Nationals and NHRA Finals; Impressive finish included winning six of eight finals in last 11 races; Earned two No. 1 qualifying awards; Earned 60 elimination round wins during the season, which ranks sixth best all-time; Led the POWERade points standings following 21 of 23 events; Posted his sixth consecutive POWERade Top 10 points finish
  • 2003: Won four events including the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for the third time; late season run moved him from eighth in POWERade points to third; overcame spectacular qualifying crash to win Memphis event; closed the season with four consecutive No. 1 qualifying awards; advanced to five final rounds in last eight races of season; clocked national record time of 4.441 seconds at Reading; clocked six of the top 10 quickest times in NHRA history; runner-up in Budweiser Shootout, the quickest side-by-side race in Shootout history
  • 2002: Won at Indianapolis for second time in his career; Recorded top speed at six events
  • 2001: Clocked career-best speed; Recorded fastest speed in NHRA history at 333.08 mph at Reading; Finished in the top 10 for third time in career
  • 2000: After missing two events due to injuries sustained from crash in Memphis, advanced to the final round at Pomona 2; Won a career-best four events in 10 final-round appearances; Led the category with the top speed at eight events; Debuted U.S. Army sponsorship at Indianapolis and won the event; Had three No. 1 qualifying positions
  • 1999: NHRA Top Fuel champion; Won first-ever Top Fuel final round in his ninth career attempt; Qualified for all 22 national events; Became the first NHRA driver to eclipse the 330-mph barrier (330.23) at Phoenix
  • 1998: Finished 15th in the standings despite competing at only 13 events; Advanced to final round at Houston 2
  • 1997: Two runner-up finishes and competed in first full season on the circuit
  • 1996: Went to the final round in his first NHRA national event (Indianapolis)


Personal

  • Wife: Cara
  • Sons: Anthony Joseph (9/27/01), Michael Donald (10/28/03)
  • Daughter: Jacqueline Susan (9/15/05)
  • Height/weight: 5´8´´, 158 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Hockey, fly-fishing, golf, racquetball, flying radio-controlled helicopters, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle
  • Son of Funny Car pioneer Don Schumacher, owner of Don Schumacher Racing

 

 

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta AF/D
Doug Kalitta
Kalitta
  • Date of birth:
    August 20, 1964
  • Hometown:
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Technicoat/Rocky Boots dragster
  • Crew Chief:
    Jim Oberhofer
  • Career Wins: 32
    TF: 32
  • Career Final Rounds: 64
    TF: 64
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.809
  • Career Best Speed:
    322.50


Career Highlights

  • 2010: Runner-up at inaugural 4-Wide Nationals; Earned one win (Denver) in six finals; Claimed two No. 1 qualifying positions; Advanced to the Countdown playoffs for the third time
  • 2009: Opened season with a win at Pomona 1; Reached two more final rounds; Advanced to Countdown to 1 for second straight year
  • 2008: Advanced to the Countdown to 1 playoffs for the first time; Posted runner-up finish at Indianapolis
  • 2007: Kalitta earned his only win of the season in Richmond, one week before a runner-up finish in Las Vegas; Extended streak of seasons with at least one win to 10
  • 2006: Led the POWERade Series standings for last 11 races of season; Raced to five victories in five final rounds; Matched his career best points finish of second (also 2003 and ’04); No. 1 qualifier two times; Posted ninth consecutive POWERade Top 10 finish
  • 2005: Led the POWERade point standings after 10 events; Raced to five victories in seven final rounds; Won at Sonoma for the fifth time; No. 1 qualifier three times; Posted eighth consecutive POWERade Top 10 finish
  • 2004: Finished second in POWERade point standings for second consecutive season; Qualified No. 1 a category-leading seven times; Won four of eight final round appearances; Led POWERade point standings for first time in his career; Clocked fastest speed in NHRA history, a 335.57 mph blast at Las Vegas 1; Runner-up at 50th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals; Recorded quickest run in NHRA history, a 4.420 second performance at Chicago 1
  • 2003: Posted a career-best 2nd place points finish, his sixth straight top-10 finish; led category in No. 1 qualifying positions with nine; set national speed record with 333.25 mph effort at Pomona 2; won $100,000 Budweiser Shootout for the second time in his career; qualified No. 1 at first five races, tying category record set by Gary Beck in 1983
  • 2002: Finished fourth in POWERade standings with three victories
  • 2001: Won three events; Finished third in the point standings; Was runner-up in the Budweiser Shootout at Pomona
  • 2000: Finished fifth in the standings for second consecutive year and won third consecutive Sonoma race
  • 1999: Qualified for all 22 national events; Won at Sonoma for the second straight season; Was runner-up in Budweiser Shootout, his second straight final round in the bonus program
  • 1998: Replaced cousin Scott Kalitta, a two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion, and went on to win Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award; Won $100,000 Budweiser Shootout for select Top Fuel drivers at Pomona 2
  • 1994: USAC National Sprint Car champion


Personal

  • Wife: Josie
  • Son: Mitchell (2/13/01)
  • Daughter: Avery (7/15/03)
  • Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds
  • Hobbies: Boating, fishing, and hunting
  • President of Kalitta Charters
  • Earned his Lear jet license at age 21
  • Former USAC National Sprint Car champion (1994)

 

 



Larry Dixon

Larry Dixon AF/D
Dixon
  • Date of birth:
    October 23, 1966
  • Hometown:
    Indianapolis
  • Sponsor/Car:
    TBD
  • Crew Chief:
    TBD
  • Career Wins: 62
    TF: 61
  • Career Final Rounds: 108
    TF: 108
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.769
  • Career Best Speed:
    324.98

 

Career Highlights

  • 2010: Earned his third Full Throttle Series world championship title; Won a record 12 races in 12 finals; Won prestigious Indianapolis race for the fourth time; Raced to eight No. 1 qualifying positions; In the Countdown playoffs claimed three wins and three top-qualifying efforts; His 62 round-wins in a season ties for fifth best all-time and second-best all-time in Top Fuel
  • 2009: Finished just two points behind Tony Schumacher in the race for the 2009 NHRA FTS TF championship; Posted a TF-best nine No. 1 qualifying positions, including five in a row to begin the six-race Countdown to 1; Earned five wins in nine final-round appearances; His .723 winning pct. (47-18) was second best in TF; Became just the seventh driver in NHRA history to earn 500 round-wins and by year's end he was up to 537, fifth place all-time; Moved into the Top 10 (t-9 with Jeg Coughlin) on the NHRA all-time wins list with 48; Posted his fourth second-place finish and eighth career top 3 finish (including his championships in 2002-03)
  • 2008: Won at Phoenix and Pomona 2; Posted four No. 1 qualifying positions, including three in a row at Indianapolis, Charlotte and Dallas; Was runner-up at Houston, Bristol, Topeka and Reading
  • 2007: Finished fourth in his first Countdown to the Championship berth with three wins in six final-round appearances for the season; Went 1-2 in final rounds in the playoffs with win in Dallas
  • 2006: Advanced to his only final round of the season on Father’s Day (Englishtown), but lost on that day for the first time in five consecutive seasons; Posted four semifinal appearances; Earned his 12th consecutive POWERade Series Top 10 points finish; Qualified a season-high second at four races, including the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
  • 2005: Raced to three victories in seven final rounds; Clocked career-best elapsed time at Pomona 1; Posted three No. 1 qualifying efforts; With victory at Englishtown, won on Father’s Day for fifth consecutive time; With victory at Las Vegas 1, moved ahead of Don Garlits on all-time Top Fuel wins list; Won prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for third time; Posted 11th consecutive POWERade Series Top 10 finish; Finished second in the POWERade point standings
  • 2004: Earned two victories in three final round appearances; Posted 10th consecutive NHRA POWERade Series top 10 points finish; Tied legendary “Big Daddy” Don Garlits for third on all-time Top Fuel wins list with 35 career victories; Has the most wins among active Top Fuel drivers; Runner-up in the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout after gaining starting spot in bonus event via wild-card selection
  • 2003: Became fifth Top Fuel driver to win consecutive NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championships; became only the fourth driver in NHRA history to sweep the Western Swing; moved to fourth on Top Fuel all-time win list; clocked career-best speed which stood as national record for 15 events; won rain-delayed '02 Budweiser Shootout, which was completed at '03 season-opener
  • 2002: Earned first NHRA POWERade championship; Tied single-season Top Fuel record for victories with nine; Named Driver of the Year for the second quarter; Led point standings all season
  • 2001: Won six events in nine final round appearances; Won the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for the second time in his career; Finished in the top 10 of the POWERade point standings for seventh consecutive season; Won the lucrative $100,000 Budweiser Shootout bonus event
  • 2000: Involved in a spectacular crash in the final at Memphis, which resulted in a disqualification; Qualified for all 23 national events
  • 1999: Became first driver to run quicker than 4.5 seconds (4.486, Houston 1)
  • 1998: Won Pomona 1, joining his father, Larry Sr. (1970), on the Top Fuel winner’s list of the event; No. 1 qualifier at Indianapolis
  • 1997: Runner-up in Budweiser Shootout from the No. 8 qualifying spot
  • 1996: Qualified for all 19 national events
  • 1995: Named NHRA Rookie of the Year; Became third rookie to win $100,000 Budweiser Shootout; Became first Top Fuel rookie to win at Indianapolis since Gary Beck in 1972; Set NHRA elapsed time record at Englishtown
  • 1994: Earned NHRA Top Fuel license with 4.76-second pass at Gainesville


Personal

  • Wife: Allison
  • Daughter: Alanna (9/23/02)
  • Sons: Donovan (11/29/00) and Darien (9/3/06)
  • Height/weight: 5’10”,165 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Bicycling and bracket racing
  • Dixon’s first job in drag racing was working for a Top Fuel team owned by Larry Minor with Gary Beck in the cockpit
  • This second-generation driver spent 20 seasons with Don Prudhomme Racing as both a crew member and a driver before moving to Al-Anabi Motorsports in 2009
  • Father, Larry Sr., raced a Top Fuel dragster and won the 1970 Winternationals title

 

Funn Car Driver Profiles:

Ron Capps AF/C

Ron Capps AF/C
Ron Capps
Capps
  • Date of birth:
    June 20, 1965
  • Hometown:
    Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger
  • Crew Chief:
    Tim Richards
  • Career Wins: 33
    TF: 1 FC: 32
  • Career Final Rounds: 69
    TF: 2 FC: 67
  • Career Best E.T.:
    4.023
  • Career Best Speed:
    315.27
 

Career Highlights

  • 2010: Raced to a win at Sonoma and posted two runner-up finishes; Finished in the top 10 in the point standings
  • 2009: Won a category-best five races in seven final-round appearances; Held the top spot in the point standings for the first 10 races of the season; Finished in the top three in the point standings for fifth time in his career
  • 2008: Posted runner-up finishes at Seattle and Pomona 2; Inked major sponsorship deal with NAPA Auto Parts
  • 2007: Finished the regular season in first place; Led the standings from Race 4 through Race 17; Advanced to Countdown to 4 and Countdown to 1
  • 2006: Advanced to a career-high eight final rounds and tied a career-high with five wins; Led the standings after 17 of first 19 events; Opened the season with three wins, two runner-ups and a semi in first six events
  • 2005: Finished second in POWERade Series standings for third time in career; Ended season just eight points behind teammate Gary Scelzi in closest Funny Car finish in NHRA history; Recorded first No. 1 qualifier (Dallas) since 2000; Won three events to rebound from winless 2004; His seven final rounds and 37 round-wins led the Funny Car category
  • 2004: Established career-best speed at Las Vegas 1; Qualified No. 3 at Reading; Recorded top speed of the event at Houston.
  • 2003: Finished in the Funny Car top 10 for the seventh consecutive season; won at least one NHRA national event for the fourth consecutive season and for the seventh time in the last nine seasons; established career-best time and speed
  • 2002: Won the Funny Car bonus race at Indianapolis and collected the $100,000 bonus for the third time in his career; Won at Columbus, sharing winner’s circle with teammate Larry Dixon
  • 2001: Earned four victories and two runner-up finishes
  • 2000: Went to seven finals, collecting one win, and was runner-up in the standings to John Force for the second time in three years
  • 1999: Won the Funny Car bonus race for the second consecutive year, joining Al Hofmann as the only back-to-back winners of the lucrative bonus event
  • 1998: Won a career-best five races and gave John Force one of his toughest championship battles, finishing 135 points behind Force; Won Funny Car bonus race
  • 1997: Won twice in three final rounds in first Funny Car season, finishing fifth in points; Became first driver in his category to exceed 315 mph with a 315.45 mph run at Houston 2; Named Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award winner
  • 1996: His driving abilities caught the eye of Don Prudhomme while he ran a limited six-race schedule in Top Fuel, qualifying four times
  • 1995: Made Top Fuel driving debut in Roger Primm’s dragster; Earned first career win (Seattle)


Personal

  • Wife: Shelley
  • Daughter: Taylor (7/25/96)
  • Son: Caden (7/1/01)
  • Height/weight: 5-foot-8, 150 pounds
  • Graduated from Santa Clara University with Bachelor of Science degree in software engineering
  • Height/weight: 5’8”, 150 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Computer racing games, racquetball, and golf

 

 

Ashley Force Hood AF/C

Force Hood
  • Date of birth:
    November 29, 1982
  • Hometown:
    Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Castrol GTX Ford Mustang
  • Crew Chief:
    Dean Antonelli/Ron Douglas
  • Career Wins: 8
    FC: 4 TAD: 5
  • Career Final Rounds: 25
    FC: 16 TAD: 9
  • Career Best E.T.:
    4.032
  • Career Best Speed:
    316.38
 

Career Highlights

  • 2010: Won the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for the second consecutive time; Raced to runner-up finishes in Charlotte 1 and Atlanta; Posted an impressive six No. 1 qualifiers
  • 2009: Became the first woman to win the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Funny Car; Won two events in eight final-round appearances; Finished a career-best second in the Funny Car point standings; Led Funny Car with six No. 1 qualifiers; tied for most final-round appearances in the category with eight
  • 2008: Became the first female driver to win an NHRA Funny Car event; She beat her father, John Force, in the final round in Atlanta; Reached four final rounds; Earned three No. 1 qualifying awards
  • 2007: Won Auto Club Road to the Future award, given annually to top performing rookie; Advanced to first career final round at Las Vegas 2; Had a 1-1 record in head-to-head races with father, John Force; Earned Top 10 finish; Went to back-to-back semis (Atlanta and St. Louis) and was as high as seventh in the point standings
  • 2006: Obtained her Funny Car license during a test session in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 11; scored two wins in Alcohol Dragster
  • 2005: Scored two national events runner-ups in Alcohol Dragster
  • 2004: Moved up to the Top Alcohol Dragster division; won her first national event at the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals; won Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster championship and named division's “Rookie of the Year.”
  • 2002: earned an NHRA competition drivers license after graduation from Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and competed in Super Comp


Personal

  • Husband: Danny Hood
  • Height/weight: 5´6´´, 125 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Movies, video production, shopping, kickboxing, and spending time with family and friends
  • Daughter of 15-time Full Throttle world champ John Force
  • Husband is crew member at John Force Racing
  • Was co-star of A&E reality series Driving Force
  • Graduated from Cal-State Fullerton (B.A. in Communications)
  • Shared the winner’s circle with her father at the 2004 Auto Club Finals (she won in TAD, John in Funny Car)
  • Earned first career TAD win at prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
  • Finished fourth in Lucas Oil Sportsman Series national driver points in 2004 while winning the South Central Division points championship for which she earned both Rookie of the Year and Driver of the Year recognition
  • Earned her Funny Car license with a 4.936-second pass at 315.86 on April 14, 2006 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

 

Matt Hagan AF/C

Matt Hagan AF/C
  • Date of birth:
    November 18, 1982
  • Hometown:
    Christiansburg, Va.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    DieHard Dodge Charger
  • Crew Chief:
    Tommy DeLago/John Medlen
  • Career Wins: 5
    FC: 5
  • Career Final Rounds: 11
    FC: 11
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.995
  • Career Best Speed:
    322.27

 

Career Highlights

  • 2010: Finished second in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Funny Car points standings in just his second full season in the class; Raced to his first career win in Houston, then again in Chicago and Dallas; Posted four No. 1 qualifiers
  • 2009: Raced in his first full season in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series; Posted runner-up finishes in Las Vegas 1 and Charlotte; Posted two No. 1 qualifiers (Sonoma, Las Vegas 2); Was a finalist for the Auto Club Road to the Future Award
  • 2008: Made NHRA Funny Car debut


Personal

  • Wife: Rachel
  • Son: Colby Matthew (10/27/06)
  • Daughter: Penny Louise (9/28/09)
  • Height/weight: 6'1" / 210
  • Hobby: Farming, Hunting, Fishing, Family Time