Capps Races Dodge//SRT Mopar Funny Car to Back-to-Back Wins with Virginia NHRA Nationals Triumph

Posted on 20. May, 2019 by in Chrysler Canada

May 19, 2019

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Ron Capps became a initial 2019 repeat personality in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car foe Sunday, holding his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR)  Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to feat in a second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals nearby Richmond.

Capps followed his Atlanta delight dual weeks ago with a run by a Funny Car margin on an intensely comfortable day in Virginia to measure his 63rd career victory, his 30th win with organisation arch Rahn Tobler and his initial Wally during Virginia Motorsports Park. The feat was also a third this deteriorate for a DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car pilot.
En lane to a ancestral win Capps knocked out associate DSR and Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Tommy Johnson, Jr. in a semifinals while Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Cruz Pedregon and Jim Campbell also competed Sunday in Mopar-powered Funny Cars. Leah Pritchett competent her DSR HEMI-powered Mopar Top Fuel dragster sixth, though wasn’t means to allege past a initial round.

The impetus to feat for Capps in his NAPA Dodge began with a vigourous run in a opening turn of 3.997 seconds during 313.58 mph to dispatch Jim Campbell, who smoked a tires approximately 300 feet into his run. Up subsequent for Capps was a conflict with stream indicate personality Robert Hight in turn two. This one was all about reaching a finish line initial and a former champions staged a classical pedalfest with both cars losing traction mixed times, though it was Capps that was means to strech 1000 feet first. His path of 6.173 was adequate to allege for another semifinal match-up with Tommy Johnson, Jr. where Capps took a starting line advantage and pulled divided for a feat notwithstanding losing a cylinder as Johnson went adult in fume customarily after a strike and never recovered.

In his 121 st career final, Capps was not to be denied as he left initial on reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd and posted his second-best run of a day during 4.097 to constraint a win. The feat moves Capps adult to eighth all-time in wins with 63 and authorised him to burst from seventh to third in a championship standings.

Tommy Johnson, Jr. continued his success in prohibited meridian this weekend aboard a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. After a runner-up finish progressing this deteriorate in Las Vegas and a semifinal coming dual weeks ago in Atlanta, Johnson and a Make-A-Wish group have proven their Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car can hoop a heat. He competent second with his second run on Friday and took caring of business seamlessly in his opening turn match-up conflicting Terry Haddock with his pass of 4.027 seconds during 316.52 mph. With lane temperatures reaching over 140 degrees, Johnson and associate Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car racer Jack Beckman were on a symbol right divided in turn dual when their machines fast mislaid traction. Johnson was means to redeem roughly immediately and cruised to a feat over Beckman with his pass of 5.356. The feat set adult a second uninterrupted semifinal matchup with Capps. Johnson mislaid traction early again, though this time he wasn’t means to redeem and Capps knocked him out for a second uninterrupted event.
Beckman’s bid for a second Virginia NHRA Nationals delight was a rough one as his Infinite Hero patrol were faced with a hottest conditions of a season. They struggled to get their balance during qualifying, eventually settling in a No. 10 starting position to secure a first-round pull with teammate Matt Hagan where both cars mislaid traction early and a dual universe champions were discerning to get behind on a throttle. Beckman was means to rein-in his Hellcat initial and take a win. Beckman’s fitness ran out when he mislaid traction again during his second turn foe with Johnson and couldn’t get his appurtenance to redeem in time to advance.

Two-time NHRA Funny Car universe champion Matt Hagan was looking for his second delight of a 2019 this weekend in his home state of Virginia. After subordinate a DSR Shelor Motor Mile Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat seventh in a field, he matched adult with teammate Jack Beckman and took a starting line advantage, though mislaid traction in a large approach nearby a 800-foot mark. Beckman mislaid traction in his run as well, though Hagan wasn’t means to accumulate his appurtenance behind in time to constraint a win. The dual are now tied with 22 victories contra one another in their 44 career races.

In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett and her Mopar Dodge group led by Neil Strausbaugh and Todd Okuhara ventured to Virginia with high hopes. After losing in a second turn dual weeks’ before in Atlanta, Pritchett was looking to implement some profitable high feverishness information to make a low run Sunday. She competent sixth and that put her conflicting of her DSR teammate Antron Brown to start a day. Unfortunately for Pritchett, her day was over roughly as shortly as it started. The tandem were a initial span to make a pass Sunday and Pritchett’s appurtenance mislaid traction roughly immediately after her launch. Brown gathering divided with a feat posting a path of 3.872 seconds during 312.42 mph compared to Pritchett’s run of 5.388 seconds during 139.06 mph.
The weekend was Pritchett’s third of 2019 where she pulled double avocation as a reigning Factory Stock Showdown champion. She competent her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pack 12th before losing in a initial round.

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Thomas Auger and Stephen Comella warranted Top Dodge Finisher Awards in Richmond. Auger, from Marco Island, Florida, gathering his 1963 H/SA Dodge 330 to a span of turn wins in Stock Eliminator before being kick off a starting line in turn three. Comella raced his strange 1968 SS/AH HEMI Dodge Dart to by 6 rounds of foe in Super Stock before earning a runner-up finish. This was a second Dodge Top Finisher Award for a Webster, New York, motorist after he collected one progressing this year during a 50th Annual Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.  

The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a third 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 foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes

Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts Customer Care, FCA – North America
“The win currently by Ron Capps and his group is a third this deteriorate for a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car body. Capp’s Virginia delight is nonetheless another validation of a endless contrast and growth concerned in unleashing a Charger SRT Hellcat physique on a drag strip.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.927 ET)

Rd.1: (.081-second greeting time, 3.997 seconds during 313.58 mph) kick No. 14 Jim Campbell (.093/6.497/99.14)
Rd.2: (.067/6.173/251.11) kick No. 6 Robert Height (.092/6.204/270.75)
Rd. 3: (.063/4.212/301.94)  beat No. 2 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.096/10.184/90.53)
Rd. 4: (.038/4.097/310.98) kick No. 4 J.R. Todd (.071/No Time)

“I can’t contend enough. I’m so propitious to be pushing this car. Two wins in a row. This is what dreams are done of. we told (Rahn) Tobler and those guys that I’ve never won during this track. And today, we combined another one to a list. That says something about a people that I’m surrounded by. My NAPA guys, Autocare Center boys, Pennzoil, US Compression, and generally Dodge today. We could not have won a integrate of those rounds though that Hellcat and a downforce. Don Schumacher gives us all we need. And Rahn Tobler, this is a 30th win together given 2012. That’s craziness.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.922 ET)

Rd.1: (.095-second greeting time, 4.027 seconds during 316.52 mph) kick No. 15 Terry Haddock (.133/4.132/296.24)
Rd. 2: (.087/5.356/212.03) kick No. 10 Jack Beckman (.077/8.238/102.56)
Rd. 3: (.096/10.184/90.53) mislaid to No. 3 Ron Capps (.063/4.212/301.94)  

“To contend it was a wily racetrack currently would be a outrageous understatement. We had a good run there in a initial turn and afterwards a lane got unequivocally wily for everyone. To be means to win a second turn on a pedal pursuit was good. we was anticipating Capps would fume his tires too and we could pedalfest it out, though credit to those guys for removing down a track. We know relocating brazen a foe marks are customarily going to get hotter, so I’m blissful we’ve run good in a heat. we feel like we are unequivocally tighten to carrying a right balance adult for it.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 10 Qualifier – 4.005  ET)

Rd.1: (.093-second greeting time, 4.649 seconds during 251.44 mph) kick to No. 7 Matt Hagan (.082/4.113/287.35)
Rd.2: (.077/8.238/102.56) mislaid to No. 2 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.087/5.356/212.03)

“Disappointing weekend. We got kick second turn and customarily done it to a finish line one time, that means we unequivocally didn’t acquire any information here and as prohibited as this place was, we’re going to see a heck of a lot some-more of that in a summertime. We customarily had to cycle in a mint purchase front and we unequivocally don’t have another choice for a symbol in a purchase pack, though we competence have to rethink how we request it. The china backing is, we got a turn win out of here so we didn’t take too bad of a violence in a points, though we’ve customarily got to figure out what this thing needs for energy application, and we need to figure it out by Chicago.”
Matt Hagan, Shelor Motor Mile Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.991 ET)

Rd.1: (.082-second greeting time, 4.113 seconds during 287.35 mph) mislaid to No. 10 Jack Beckman (.087/4.037/309.84)
“It was a unequivocally hot, greasy weekend here in Richmond. We were anticipating to get us a home state win here in Virginia, though we customarily could not get a Shelor Motor Mile Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat down a lane purify in that foe with Jack. He had some difficulty too, though not as many as we did. It’s customarily a small humid out here and a steam is crazy. Thanks to all of a fans that came out all weekend and generally currently for a uncover everybody in NHRA puts on for them. Really looking brazen to removing to Chicago. I’ve had a lot of success there. We have won that foe several times and set some universe annals there. And we are customarily going to keep digging and do all we can to put this Mopar Funny Car in a winner’s turn really soon.” 
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.793 ET)
Rd.1: (.101-second greeting time, 5.388 seconds during 139.06 mph) mislaid to No. 11 Antron Brown (.064/3.872/312.42)
“The training bend for these prohibited conditions is really steep. Unfortunately, we had to foe a teammate in turn one. We gave it all we had. We knew they were bringing their A game, and we really suspicion that we were bringing ours. We had certainty in a tune-up. We’ve been chasing purchase wear issues and perplexing to make them as unchanging as possible. At a commencement of this feverishness wave, we’re holding as many information as we can. This initial turn detriment stings a small bit, though we won’t see another group work as tough as we are right now to find a resolution and pierce past this as shortly as possible.”
Up Next: Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Mopar and Dodge//SRT competitors will conduct subsequent to a 22nd Annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals, May 31 – Jun 2 during Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. Two-time Funny Car universe champion Matt Hagan, a three-time Route 66 Nationals Funny Car winner, will be assimilated by DSR’s Hellcat Funny Car fortuitous of prior Route 66 winners – Ron Capps, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson, Jr.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 8 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1.  Robert Hight (3) – 701
2.  J.R. Todd (1) – 556
3.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 548
4.  Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 527

5.  John Force – 524
6.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 506
7.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 477

8.  Tim Wilkerson – 463
9.  Shawn Langdon (1) – 404
10.  Bob Tasca III – 369
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (3) – 717
2. Brittany Force (1) –541
3.  Doug Kalitta (1) –  498
4.  Clay Millican – 489
5.  Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 469
6.  Antron Brown – 467
7.  Mike Salinas (1) – 466
8.  Richie Crampton (1) – 363
9.  Terry McMillen – 352
10. Austin Prock – 341

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