Beckman Triumphs in All-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Final during Brainerd

Posted on 20. Aug, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

August 19, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Jack Beckman raced to feat in an all-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car final turn matchup with teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. during a NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, holding his second win of a deteriorate and a seventh of a year for a Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT Funny Car driver.
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) motorist Beckman’s delight is a 28th of his career in 56 final rounds, and his initial during Brainerd International Raceway. Both Beckman and Johnson clinched spots in a NHRA Countdown to a Championship playoffs during a weekend, definition all 6 DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers in Funny Car and Top Fuel have warranted berths with one competition to gangling before a start of a six-race playoffs in mid-September. Mopar Dodge//SRT competitors have now total for 10 wins this deteriorate in a NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel classes.
The Infinite Hero Dodge driver’s highway to a final was anything though easy after starting in a bottom half of a domain during No. 14. First adult was Mopar DSR teammate and three-time 2018 eventuality personality Matt Hagan, who Beckman was means to improved with a 4.044-second elapsed time (ET) during 312.64 mph notwithstanding traffic with a forsaken cylinder. In a 650th turn of his career, Beckman’s 3.980 run knocked out Shawn Langdon in a quarterfinals. It wasn’t adequate to acquire a 2012 Funny Car champion line choice in a semifinals opposite points personality Courtney Force, though Beckman used a slight starting line advantage and 3.968/325.14 pass to take down Force and allege to a all-Mopar Dodge final opposite Johnson.
Beckman’s third career final turn entrance during Brainerd was a charm, as a pointy .027 greeting time off a starting line interconnected with his quickest run of competition day, 3.961 during 325.69 mph, propelled “Fast” Jack to his initial winner’s turn jubilee during Brainerd. Beckman’s other win of 2018 came behind in Mar during a NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. The final-round entrance was Beckman’s third of a 2018 season.
Johnson, final year’s Brainerd Funny Car runner-up, was looking to take it one step serve and finish Sunday in a BIR winner’s turn for a second time in his career. Behind a turn of his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T, Johnson started competition day from a fifth spot, knocking out Del Worsham in turn one. Against Tim Wilkerson in turn two, Johnson and a John Collins-led group threw down a beast 3.937-second pass that hold adult to be low E.T. of competition day and warranted a group a symbol in a semifinals for a third time in 3 races.
Versus semifinal competition J.R. Todd, Johnson was out of a embankment initial and never trailed for a win, environment adult a all-DSR matchup in a finals opposite Beckman. Although his losing 4.031/319.67 symbol in a final was not adequate to finish a day with a Wally trophy, Johnson clinched his Countdown to a Championship playoff berth on Sunday.
Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist Hagan, a three-time eventuality personality this season, entered eliminations on Sunday acid for his initial career win during Brainerd International Raceway. Hagan, starting solidly in a tip half of a domain in a No. 3 spot, drew DSR teammate Beckman in a matchup of Mopar HEMI machines. Both drivers forsaken a cylinder, though Hagan’s Dodge was incompetent to compare Beckman’s quicker and faster pass, gripping a Brainerd win as one of a few “to-do” equipment on a two-time Funny Car champion’s bucket list.
Mopar Dodge Top Fuel motorist Leah Pritchett, who took a tip qualifier symbol and eventuality win in 2017 during Brainerd, started Sunday from a No. 8 position. Pritchett, runner-up in a many new NHRA stop during Seattle and a two-time eventuality personality this year, lined adult in a initial turn opposite No. 9 qualifier Scott Palmer. The DSR driver’s hopes for a low eliminations run finished when her dragster smoked a tires, with Palmer earning a win.
Fresh off of his 60th NHRA win and 3 uninterrupted final turn appearances, Ron Capps entered Brainerd seeking his sixth pretension during a Minnesota track. Capps’ prevalence continued in qualifying, earning a No. 2 symbol in his Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge. In turn one, Capps had a advantage during a starting line and hold a lead over Jonnie Lindberg until usually past halftrack when his automobile finished a tough pierce toward a centerline followed by an engine malfunction, permitting Lindberg to explain a turn win. Capps stays second in a standings.
Tony Schumacher, “The Sarge,” competent No. 7 in his HEMI-engine fueled U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster and knocked off Terry McMillen in turn one. The eight-time Top Fuel champion clocked a discerning 3.771 run in a quarterfinals, though was edged out during a finish ribbon on a holeshot detriment to Steve Torrence by a domain of about 6 inches.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Brian Johnson of Nowthen, Minnesota, raced a Mopar-powered 1973 Plymouth Duster 340 to his initial career NHRA National eventuality win in a Super Stock class, in his unequivocally initial final-round appearance. Johnson competent behind in a container during Brainerd, during No. 45 of 52 entries, afterwards fought by 6 rounds to constraint a victory. He degraded Jason DeForrest in a final, recording an 11.164/116.68 run after DeForrest left a starting line early and fouled out. The opening warranted Johnson a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in Super Stock.

In Stock Eliminator, Steve Scherschligt of Tea, South Dakota, steady as a Dodge Top Finisher in a class, after winning a endowment in 2017 during Brainerd. Scherschligt posted his Mopar-powered 1973 Plymouth Satellite in a tip 10 during qualifying, earning a No. 8 symbol with a 11.229-second pass that was 0.921 underneath index. Scherschligt marched all a approach to a semifinals, where he mislaid on a red light tainted after withdrawal too early opposite Randi Lyn Shipp.
The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a second year, awards $500 to Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a turn of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA
“The win currently by Jack Beckman in an all-Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car final turn once again proves that a multiple of Mopar energy and Dodge//SRT is tough to beat. Congratulations to Jack and his Infinite Hero Dodge group on their opening currently during Brainerd.”
Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
“The feat currently by Jack Beckman reinforces that Dodge is America’s opening code not usually on a street, though also during a drag strip. The success this year of Jack and Don Schumacher Racing adds fuel for a enthusiasts who are ardent about a code and a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 14 Qualifier – 4.029 ET)

Rd.1: (.047-second greeting time, 4.044 seconds during 312.64 mph) kick to No. 3 Matt Hagan (.050/4.101/268.44)
Rd.2: (.062/3.980/324.83) kick to No. 6 Shawn Langdon (.049/4.019/321.42)
Rd.3: (.069/3.968/325.14) kick No. 10 Courtney Force (.074/4.040/320.51)
Rd.4: (.027/3.961/325.69) kick No. 5 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.068/4.031/319.67)
“Everyone is observant we can’t lose, since a Doug Chandler/Terry Chandler automobile is in a final turn – though we can lose, since we’re a Infinite Hero car, and we wish to win! Nobody goes into a final turn thinking, ‘If we don’t win, we don’t win.’ It’s a large deal. You don’t know if your final win is your final win. We have struggled, it’s no secret. We haven’t had a automobile we had early in a season. We altered chassis, clutches, we faced a lane prep rebate and we had a tough time. we feel a heck of a lot improved currently than we felt yesterday.
“I don’t consider one competition can make or mangle you. we feel like if zero else were to change this weekend though withdrawal with a trophy, it changes a psychology of everybody on a team. Yeah, we know you’re means of winning, though a final time was during Gainesville. To put it behind in a winner’s turn again usually reaffirms that we are entrance adult on a Countdown and we have a contending car. we like a approach that we didn’t start (this weekend) phenomenally, though we picked divided during it and got better, and got significantly improved any time down a lane today.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 4.003 ET)

Rd.1: (.060-second greeting time, 3.988 seconds during 3320.66 mph) kick No. 12 Del Worsham (.044/4.691/204.42)
Rd.2: (.106/3.937/319.60) kick No. 4 Tim Wilkerson (.101/4.038/314.97)
Rd.3: (.091/3.950/323.97) kick No. 8 J.R. Todd (.099/3.973/324.05)
Rd.4: (.068/4.031/319.67) mislaid to No. 14 Jack Beckman (.027/3.961/325.69)
“It was a good weekend for a team, we finished outrageous progress. You could see it entrance a final few races, so super vehement with how we’re using going into Indy and a Countdown.  It pennyless a stifle atmosphere switch in a final round. After such a good day, to have something tiny like that mangle in a final is disappointing, though still all in all, a good day. The automobile is using unequivocally well. we demeanour brazen to contrast this week and let’s see if we can get that Wally in Indy.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.990 ET)

Rd.1: (.050-second greeting time, 4.101 seconds during 268.44 mph) mislaid to No. 14 Jack Beckman (.047/4.044/312.64)
“Right now, we are operative to get this new physique dialed in. It’s altered a whole energetic of a racecar; a weight send is different, and this thing is creation a lot some-more downforce on a nose. The automobile is going to be better, a numbers uncover it. We usually have to figure out what this thing is seeking for, and what adjustments we need to make. If anybody can figure it out, (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) can. It’s going to be really, unequivocally critical for us to exam during Indy and make those dual or 3 days there unequivocally count.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.818 ET)

Rd.1: (.074-second greeting time, 4.068 seconds during 276.92 mph) mislaid to No. 9 Scott Palmer (.064/3.837/325.06)

“Scott Palmer – we contend it before we competition him and after – we misstep ever so slightly, they’re there and they get you. We need to validate a small improved – we seem to have lane record of doing improved when we validate better. Coming divided from Brainerd, it’s usually a small blip in a momentum, usually like it was a small blip on a lane today. we held traction and we were means to offshoot up, and that’s accurately what we’re going to do in Indy.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.969 ET)

Rd.1: (.077-second greeting time, 4.382 seconds during 202.91 mph) mislaid to No. 15 Jonnie Lindberg (.085/4.070/316.01)
“I’ve been pushing 22 years and a first-round detriment like that hurts usually as bad as it did during my rookie year in Funny Car. After you’ve left by Friday and Saturday and feel how good your automobile is using underneath you, we unequivocally feel like we have a good possibility during station adult there in a winner’s turn during a finish of a day. I’m propitious we can burst behind in a automobile this Thursday during a Indy exam session. After a letdown here in Brainerd, I’m looking brazen to removing right behind in a automobile a few days later. It’s additional sparkling this year since we’re going to exam out some new aerodynamic things with Dodge.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.818 ET)

Rd.1: (.060-second greeting time, 3.792 seconds during 328.70 mph) kick No. 10 Terry McMillen (.070/3.803/325.61)
Rd.2: (.098/3.771/328.94) mislaid to No. 2 Steve Torrence (.076/3.792/325.69)
“The initial round, it was a prolonged tree. The second round, it was a discerning tree and it held me off guard. There’s no excuse, no other reason, a fact is a dude left before we did on a start line and it cost us a competition with a good U.S. Army racecar that we should’ve won a competition with. We’ll go to a subsequent one, we’ll forget that happened, and we’ll get it done.”
Up Next: NHRA U.S. Nationals
Mopar Dodge//SRT racers will transport subsequent to a NHRA U.S. Nationals during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis, Indiana. Six days of racing will take place on August 29 – Sep 3, with rejecting rounds set for Labor Day. The NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge will lapse for a 18th year, and a initial with a Dodge code as pretension sponsor, on Aug 30-31, during a U.S. Nationals.
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2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 17 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1.  Courtney Force — 1372
2.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (2) — 1177
3.  Robert Hight — 1154
4.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (2) — 1110
5.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) — 1102

6t. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 987
6t.  J.R. Todd — 987
8.  John Force — 855
9.  Shawn Langdon — 791
10. Tim Wilkerson — 747
NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence – 1332
2.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 1145
3.   Clay Millican — 1144
4.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 1118
5.   Doug Kalitta — 1027
6.   Antron Brown — 1026
7.   Terry McMillen — 791
8.   Brittany Force — 787
9.   Scott Palmer — 701
10. Mike Salinas — 694

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