Capps, Schumacher Score NHRA Bristol Wins, Double Up for Mopar Dodge//SRT

Posted on 18. Jun, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

June 17, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

It was a Father’s Day to remember for Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers Ron Capps and Tony Schumacher, who raced to feat in a Funny Car and Top Fuel classes, respectively, during a NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee. Capps’ feat noted a fifth true for a Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car motorist during Bristol Dragway.
The win by Capps was also a third of 2018 for a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car motorist and changed him to fifth in a Funny Car standings. Along with Tony Schumacher’s victory, Mopar Dodge drivers have now claimed 5 wins in a NHRA Nitro classes this season.
Capps, a Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge Charger R/T pilot, picked adult his second uninterrupted NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Funny Car Wally and initial prize of a 2018 season. The 2016 universe champion degraded John Force, reigning universe champ Robert Hight, J.R. Todd and Bob Tasca III on his approach to apropos a many flashy Funny Car motorist in Bristol Dragway history, with 5 victories during a lifelike facility.  

Both Capps and Force entered a foe weekend tied for a many Funny Car wins during Bristol Dragway, with 4 trophies each. No. 11 starter Capps was discerning on a stifle opposite a maestro driver, rising his Dodge off a starting line in 0.049-seconds and never trailing for a win. Matched adult in a quarterfinals opposite Hight, Capps was machine-like, gaining a holeshot start over his opponent. Hight was means to locate adult early in a run, and a maestro drivers battled neck-and-neck until Capps was means to swell brazen and take a win with his 4.208 run.

Capps done a purify pass opposite Todd in a semifinals, pulling right down a slit to take a win and allege to his second final turn of a deteriorate and second in 3 races. Capps has now run for a Funny Car prize 112 times — second usually to John Force in Funny Car career final-round appearances.

In a finals, Capps quick done adult a tiny starting line advantage by Tasca and combined to his lead all a approach down to a finish stripe. The feat warranted him his 58th Funny Car win, 59th altogether and a miracle 300th nitro eventuality Wally for DSR.

Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel motorist Schumacher notched a 301st Nitro eventuality win for DSR. He led all DSR drivers in qualifying, racing to a No. 2 symbol and earning dual reward points. “The Sarge” non-stop adult opposite No. 15 Terry McMillen, and used a second quickest run of a initial turn to advance, afterwards was quickest of a quarterfinal turn with a 4.028 ET that knocked out Pat Dakin in a tighten race, motionless by a domain of about 5 feet.

In a semifinals, Schumacher was initial off a starting line with a .064 greeting time opposite Steve Torrence, and interconnected it with a 4.038/297.02 run to allege to his 150th final turn and third of a season. With line choice over Mike Salinas, Schumacher once again left initial with a near-identical .065 greeting and never trailed. He wrapped adult his Father’s Day with a sub-four second, 3.946/313.58 run to seize a initial win of a deteriorate for a U.S. Army team.

The feat was a record sixth for Schumacher during Bristol, a many of any driver, and also a 84th of his career.

Jack Beckman, a two-time runner-up during Bristol Dragway, including during final year’s event, was quickest of a four-car DSR Funny Car patrol in qualifying, posting his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T seventh. An eventuality leader progressing this year during a NHRA Gatornationals, Beckman non-stop Sunday with a feat over Shawn Langdon, regulating a .055 greeting time to burst to a lead he would not relinquish.

Beckman waged a parsimonious foe opposite a higher-qualified No. 2 qualifier Todd in a second round, with both drivers creation clean, plain runs down a prohibited dragstrip. Beckman trailed somewhat off a starting line and stayed within distinguished distance, though a 2012 Funny Car World Champ was incompetent to tilt in Todd.

Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T commander Tommy Johnson Jr. banked 4 reward points during qualifying, earning a berth in a tip half of a domain in a No. 8 spot. The Ottumwa, Iowa, local entered Sunday gunning for his third win in a final 5 years during Bristol and was matched adult in turn one opposite Matt Hagan in a conflict of Mopar-powered DSR Funny Cars. Johnson trailed somewhat during a start though sailed solidly down a frame to collect a turn win after Hagan smoked a tires.
Hoping for another even-year Bristol feat (his prior wins during a venue came in 2014 and 2016), Johnson lacked line choice in a quarterfinals opposite pole-sitter Courtney Force. He put a cylinder out shortly after launch and encountered some-more difficulty before shutting it down, as Force pulled divided for a win.
Two-time Funny Car World Champion Hagan started from a No. 9 position in his Shell ROTELLA/Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, after jacket adult subordinate on Saturday dusk with a final 4.188-pass that was quickest of a session, earning a DSR motorist 3 reward points. The 2015 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals eventuality champ faced off with teammate Johnson in a initial round. Hagan left a starting line first, though mislaid traction during about a 200-foot symbol and was on-and-off a stifle before he was forced to behind off, while Johnson’s purify pass changed him on to a subsequent round.

Leah Pritchett’s report was a full one during a NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, as she juggled duties in a seats of both her Papa John’s Pizza/FireAde/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster and a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in a NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class.

Pritchett, a 2017 eventuality runner-up in Top Fuel during Bristol, drew Mike Salinas in turn one after subordinate ninth. The dual drivers had only one prior meeting, with Pritchett rising a victor, though on Sunday during Bristol Dragway Salinas was means to even a measure opposite a six-time Top Fuel winner. Both cars forsaken cylinders, and both drivers stayed in it, though Pritchett’s appurtenance encountered problems initial and she was incompetent to locate adult to her opponent.

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In NHRA Factory Stock Showdown competition, Joe Welch competent No. 2 in his 2015 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak and gathering to a eventuality win during a NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Welch’s 8.275/164.67 run in a final turn knocked out Arthur Kohn to acquire his initial NHRA National eventuality win.
Mopar Dodge Top Fuel motorist Pritchett’s bustling Bristol weekend enclosed a turn one Factory Stock win in her 354-cubic-inch HEMI engine-powered Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. After subordinate 13th in a built 24-car field, a Mopar-powered motorist raced to feat over Leonard Libersher to open eliminations, though fell to Kohn in a tighten corresponding foe in turn two. Pritchett left initial with a .030 greeting time, though Kohn only edged out her 8.330/165.46 bid during a ribbon with a winning domain of approximately 3 inches.

After struggling to strike on a right mixed in his Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak during a initial dual NHRA Factory Stock events, longtime Mopar motorist Allen Johnson raced to a subordinate symbol in a tip half of a domain before his home throng during Bristol Dragway. The Tennessee local competent No. 7 in creation his initial Factory Stock eliminations field, before descending in turn one to Bill Skillman.

Pritchett’s DSR teammate, Mark Pawuk, done his Factory Stock Showdown entrance during Bristol. Pawuk posted a best subordinate try of 8.756 seconds in his Mopar Dodge Drag Pak though was incompetent to impulse a tip 16 and allege to a rejecting rounds.
For a second foe in a row, Randy Parker of Four Oaks, North Carolina, was a Dodge Top Finisher leader in Stock Eliminator. Parker gathering his I/SA 1980 Dodge Mirada, powered by a Mopar 360 cubic-inch tiny retard by dual rounds of foe during Bristol.

Like Parker, Mopar Sportsman Racer Ed Longhaney from Wade, North Carolina, steady as Dodge Top Finisher in Super Stock, after also winning a endowment final week during a NHRA Richmond event. Driving his quick and consistent SS/KA 1974 Plymouth Duster 360, Longhaney raced by 6 rounds of foe to strech a final turn and acquire a runner-up symbol in the highly rival Super Stock class.

The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a second year, awards $500 to a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth foe car. The respect is awarded in both Sportsman categories 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 wins by Ron Capps and Tony Schumacher this weekend during Bristol strengthen a successful mixed of Mopar and Dodge//SRT in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition. We demeanour brazen to carrying this movement into a NHRA eventuality in Norwalk subsequent weekend.”

Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
“Congratulations to Ron Capps and Tony Schumacher on their victories this weekend during a NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Teamwork during a dragstrip between Dodge//SRT and Mopar has yielded mixed wins for a brands, and we feel we’re only removing started.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.193 ET)

Rd.1: (.049-second greeting time, 4.243 seconds during 296.37 mph) kick No. 6 John Force (.073/5.824/128.57)
Rd.2: (.057/4.208/299.33) kick No. 3 Robert Hight (.073/4.233/300.73)
Rd.3: (.049/4.242/298.93) kick No. 2 J.R. Todd (.034/4.372/285.65)
Rd.4: (.061/4.234/296.37) kick No. 4 Bob Tasca III (.056/4.300/286.98)
“(Crew chief) Rahn Tobler looked so down on himself (on Saturday morning). We didn’t run good a night before, and he only had that look. Those are a times we have to play cheerleader, and that’s what we consider my pursuit is. we said, ‘Tobler, you’re going to find it today. Today is going to be like tomorrow (Sunday). You were a bar for a final 3 years. You were a one who went out and done other organisation chiefs wish to retire in these prohibited conditions,’ and he did. He found that purchase front problem and divided we went.”

On his first-round compare opposite John Force:
“That’s a final turn matchup. It’s a matchup for a championship, it always is. We didn’t have line choice, we’re using John Force, and someone had only spilled oil in that lane, though standard Rahn Tobler, he put it right down a track, over a strike and it was only on a good run and set a tinge for a rest of a day.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.830 ET)

Rd.1: (.079-second greeting time, 3.917 seconds during 316.82 mph) kick No. 15 Terry McMillen (.080/5.112/141.40)
Rd.2: (.090/4.028/288.64) kick No. 10 Pat Dakin (.088/4.041/298.14)
Rd.3: (.064/4.038/297.02) kick No. 6 Steve Torrence (.083/4.104/254.04)
Rd.4: (.065/3.946/313.58) kick No. 8 Mike Salinas (.093/5.251/152.18)
“(Crew chief) Mike (Neff) was revelation me to get a fact it’s my 150th final turn and his initial (Top Fuel eventuality win) out of my head, to only do what we do, get a 60 light, go down a racetrack, keep it in a center and lift a parachutes. We’ve been in 150 final rounds, and people are going to win some of those opposite us. When we foe in a final round, we have to be calm, relaxed, do your pursuit and get that win. We try to be a best we can, try to be a appurtenance and only replicate what we do best. we was unequivocally prepared to do my best on that final run currently given he had run very, unequivocally tighten to us. we didn’t design it to be an easy turn by any means. So, good pursuit for a Army team. It was Father’s Day, that creates it a large impulse day and those are a kinds we’ve been a best during over a years.”
Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/FireAde/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 9 Qualifier – 4.001 ET)

Rd.1: (.092-second greeting time, 4.011 seconds during 287.72 mph) mislaid to No. 9 Mike Salinas (.062/4.023/295.53)

“We unequivocally felt carefree – felt good – going into currently after finishing with a clever subordinate effort. It’s been a small while given we’ve been a initial span out. There’s no sugarine cloaking it during all. The numbers don’t lie. we was a diseased couple within a group and we wasn’t means to get to a finish line first. (Mike) Salinas had a burst on me out of a gate. I’ve been struggling with my greeting times all over a house and this weekend it got us.

“Our automobile was there. It was a quicker automobile in a best conditions of a day. When something happens with a automobile or a team, what we adore a many about it is, whatever goes wrong or if we have a situation, someone takes shortcoming for it and we take shortcoming for this one. But, we tell we what, it’s not going to be flattering for whoever we line adult opposite initial during Norwalk. These things prick and I’m going to find my approach around it and over it. Already, we’re relocating on to Norwalk. It’s hapless for my team. They don’t merit that. It’s a training routine and I’ll never stop learning.”
Matt Hagan, Shell ROTELLA/Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T
(No. 9 Qualifier – 4.188 ET)

Rd.1: (.071-second greeting time, 5.381 seconds during 142.06 mph) mislaid to No. 8 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.093/4.253/291.26)
“It’s super-hot and we’re only perplexing to negotiate a foe track. We had a ventilator belt mangle on Friday night and we consider that kind of set a tinge for subordinate and put us in a behind side of a field. Not carrying line choice going into foe day was tough. Dealing with a line that’s out there, we’re pulling flattering tough to run some numbers, though it’s one of those things where we’re still training these prohibited conditions. The foe line is 140-degrees and we haven’t seen things like that. We’re training as we go. Obviously, everybody wants results, though infrequently we only have to be studious and let it come to you.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 4.130 ET)

Rd.1: (.055-second greeting time, 4.283 seconds during 281.30 mph) kick No. 10 Shawn Langdon (.072/4.569/266.37)
Rd.2: (.082/4.333/277.49) mislaid to No. 2 J.R. Todd (.078/4.203/295.92)
“We’re improved than a second-round car. We’ve got a best parts, we’ve got good people. What we have right now is an emanate – we have a new chassis, we have a new clutch, and we have a opposite foe line prep, with no information on any of a three. We’re racing while we’re collecting data, so we’re indeed not doing a bad pursuit of accruing points, and we’re going to get this Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger forked in a right direction. The whole understanding with this (series) is a initial 18 races, we wish to get some trophies. The championship will be motionless in a final six, and we feel like we’re headed in a right instruction to accomplish that.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 4.167 ET)

Rd.1: (.093-second greeting time, 4.253 seconds during 291.26 mph) kick No. 9 Matt Hagan (.071/5.381/142.06)
Rd.2: (.076/5.139/158.45) mislaid to No. 1 Courtney Force (.066/4.197/298.14)
“I suspicion we were using unequivocally good this weekend and had a automobile that would go down a racetrack, so we felt good about a chances. It’s unfortunate, we had a piston mangle during a strike of a stifle in a second turn that cost us. But with a comfortable line conditions, we suspicion we had a unequivocally good setup. If a conditions are anywhere identical in Norwalk, we consider we have a good shot during removing ourselves a win. We’re doing all right to put ourselves in position to go rounds on Sunday, so I’m looking brazen to it.”

Up Next: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals                       
Up subsequent for Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers and teams is a Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, scheduled for Jun 21-24. The stop is a final foe in a exhausting widen of 4 uninterrupted events for NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competitors. Mopar Dodge motorist Leah Pritchett will once again lift double avocation in a Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown classes, while Jack Beckman will try to urge his 2017 eventuality win in a NHRA Funny Car class.

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2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 11 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1.  Courtney Force — 937
2.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 736
3.  Robert Hight — 717
4.  J.R. Todd  — 694
5.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 693
6.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 669
7.  Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 606

8.  Cruz Pedregon — 508
9.  John Force — 502
10. Bob Tasca III — 500
NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence – 896
2.   Clay Millican — 786
3.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 760
4.   Doug Kalitta — 717
5.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 663
6.   Antron Brown — 588
7t.   Brittany Force — 552
7t.   Terry McMillen — 552
9.   Scott Palmer — 461
10. Mike Salinas — 421
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