Hagan, Pritchett Take Dodge//SRT, Mopar to Semifinal Finishes during Charlotte

Posted on 29. Apr, 2019 by in Chrysler Canada

April 28, 2019

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammates Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett powered their Pennzoil Dodge//SRT Mopar machines to semifinal finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel, respectively, during a NHRA Four-Wide Nationals during zMAX Dragway nearby Charlotte on Sunday, Apr 28.

Starting from a No. 6 position, Pennzoil Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Hagan finished second out of 4 drivers in a opening turn of a singular “four-wide” racing format to allege deeper in eliminations on a strength of a 3.953 second elapsed time (ET) during 325.14 mph, his quickest pass of a weekend. In a subsequent four-driver pairing, Hagan posted a quickest pass to continue on to a final quad.

Hagan, a 2013 leader during Charlotte, matched adult with Force, Robert Hight and Shawn Langdon in a final foursome of a day. Chasing his second win of a season, a two-time Funny Car World Champion smoked a tires early and was forced to settle for a semifinals finish, with Langdon holding a eventuality win. Hagan stays second in a Funny Car indicate standings.

Pritchett was anticipating to finish a day during zMAX Dragway with her initial Four-Wide Wally trophy, though a detriment of traction in a final turn dashed her hopes during her initial delight of a year.
Pritchett and her Pennzoil Mopar Dodge group posted a third-best run of a final subordinate eventuality to secure a symbol in a top-half of a field. In turn one, Pritchett led her quad with a plain 3.775 E.T. In a second rejecting session, a ventilator belt caused a seven-time Top Fuel leader to delayed to a 3.947 though it was adequate to acquire a symbol in a final rejecting quad where she eventually fell to reigning Top Fuel universe champ Steve Torrence and Clay Millican, recording a semifinal finish.
“Fast” Jack Beckman looked to be on a bee-line to a winner’s turn in a early going on Sunday during zMAX Dragway in his Mopar-powered Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. After banking 5 sum reward points en line to a No. 2 subordinate spot, DSR motorist Beckman was quickest in his initial foursome organisation in eliminations, clocking a 3.925 ET during 324.83 mph to advance.

Unfortunately, a 2012 Funny Car World Champion’s run finished in turn two, interjection to a forsaken cylinder that forced Beckman to pedal his automobile to a losing 7.194 ET finish. Beckman’s opening changed him adult in a Funny Car standings, where he now sits tied for fourth.

Tommy Johnson Jr. entered a weekend seeking his initial zMAX Dragway win and competent a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat No. 4. He posted a 3.978 E.T., a quickest of a initial round, to measure a attainment over his competition. In turn two, Johnson found himself built opposite 3 former universe champions. His appurtenance was on a good pass before hazing a tires usually past halftrack, permitting his line 4 foe to lift brazen and seize a win, finale Johnson’s day.
As a No. 10 qualifier, NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Ron Capps faced tough foe in his round-one rejecting quad, that enclosed teammate Jack Beckman, Tim Wilkerson, and Dave Richards. Capps stood on a gas and his appurtenance mislaid traction shortly after, negligence to a 5.172-second pass that wasn’t adequate to set off a win light.

In NHRA Factory Stock Showdown competition, fortifying category champion Pritchett, once again pulling double avocation in her Top Fuel and Factory Stock Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak machines during Charlotte, competent in a ninth position. Pritchett left initial in a opening turn with a stellar .011 greeting time in her Drag Pak and confirmed a lead during half line before foe Bill Skillman was means to get past and kick her 7.945/173.21 run to poke out Pritchett by 3 feet for a win.

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In Stock Eliminator, Kelly Mack from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, gathering his FS/C 2009 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a turn 3 finish during a NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Motivating Mack’s Drag Pak to low 10-second ETs is a Mopar 6.1-Liter HEMIÒ engine. Despite using unchanging all weekend, Mack bent out on a redlight tainted in a third turn of eliminations after withdrawal a starting line a bit too early. For advancing a farthest in competition, Kelly warranted Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator.

Dave Thomas from West Chester, Pennsylvania, gathering his FSS/F 2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a second turn finish in Super Stock during Charlotte. Powered by a Viper V10 engine, Thomas competent 11th out of 52 Super Stock entries with a run of 9.33 seconds and was looking clever during eliminations. Unfortunately, a somewhat delayed greeting time opposite his foe finished Thomas’ query to allege to a subsequent round. Thomas collected a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in Super Stock.

The Dodge Top Finisher program, 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

Matt Hagan, Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.959 ET)

Rd.1: (.070-second greeting time, 3.953 seconds during 325.14 mph) kick No. 14 Cruz Pedregon  (.038/4.671/184.02), No. 11 Jonnie Lindberg (.104/4.786/181.25)
Rd.2: (.133/3.997/316.30) kick No. 7 Tim Wilkerson  (.080/4.062/290.07), No. 2 Jack Beckman (.090/7.194/99.31)
Rd.3: (.060/5.252/172.89) mislaid to No. 5 Shawn Langdon  (.069/4.125/305.08), No. 1 Robert Hight (.054/4.159/242.89)

“We were usually pulling a small bit too tough adult there, unequivocally perplexing to run a number. You can Monday morning quarterback it all day prolonged – it didn’t take that large a series to make it happen, we consider a 4.12 won it – though everybody went adult there with that same genius to pull hard, and that’s since everybody smoked a tires.
“The thing about it is, we’ve got a good foe car. We’re going into Atlanta, we’re entrance off of dual finals right now, and we usually unequivocally feel like this group is clicking and operative unequivocally well. The tools and pieces are operative and a guys are putting it (the car) together great. For Sandvik/Mopar/Pennzoil, It’s going to occur soon. Just keep doing what we’re doing. The automobile is responding to a decisions (crew chief) Dickie Venables is creation good or bad. If it’s working, don’t change it.”
Leah Pritchett, Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.750 ET)

Rd.1: (.064-second greeting time, 3.775 seconds during 327.03 mph) kick No. 12 Richie Crampton  (.054/4.851/153.72), No. 13 Lex Joon (.115/6.231/111.37)
Rd.2: (.092/3.947/271.30 mph) kick No. 4 Doug Kalitta  (.079/4.736/163.65), No. 1 Mike Salinas (.076/5.423/149.81)
Rd.3: (.099/4.435/246.30) mislaid to No. 6 Steve Torrence  (.061/3.778/323.19), No. 9 Clay Millican (.019/4.035/310.48)

“The bad news is that we didn’t get a win out of a final. The good news is, we’re finished with four-wide racing for a year. we don’t consider a four-wide quite had too many to do with a outcome of a day. We raced in a line we usually formerly had one run in given we had final pick. The prominence is initial turn we had a foe automobile and motorist come together and we were means to brush past a foe and into a second round. It’s progress. Four-Wide throws a lot of bend balls as we as a motorist and a organisation chief.
“T-minus 5 days we’ll be in Atlanta and we’re unequivocally looking brazen to that. It’ll be comfortable so we’re going to take all we schooled here and request it there. we can privately contend I’m frustrated. I’ve attempted a lot of things, physically and mentally, to be where a foe is during with greeting times, and undone since it’s not working. we will continue to work towards a resolution and we can’t wait to uncover out in Atlanta.” 
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.891  ET) 

Rd.1: (.092-second greeting time, 3.925 seconds during 324.83 mph) kick No. 15 Dave Richards  (.106/5.044/175.32), No. 10 Ron Capps (.084/5.172/152.95)
Rd.2: (.090/7.194/99.31) mislaid to No. 3 John Force  (.053/4.046/320.81), No. 6 Matt Hagan (.133/3.997/316.30)

“It seems a thesis this year has been that we’re not widespread in qualifying, and we find a foe day package that works. Then we come here, and now we’re stellar in qualifying, and a second best automobile initial turn on foe day. And afterwards as shortly as we stepped on a stifle that turn (the second round), it put a hole out. That’s going to occur when we get to these tracks. We have to figure out how to balance around it, since once we get into a feverishness of a summer months, we are going to be faced with it a lot.
“I’ve pronounced all along we’ve got a good foe car, though we need to infer that. At some indicate in a subsequent integrate of races, we need to pull this thing into a winner’s circle. The good thing about carrying a foe subsequent weekend is that we usually have to wait 5 days to dirt ourselves off and do this again.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.938 ET)

Rd.1: (.087-second greeting time, 3.978 seconds during 321.35 mph) kick No. 13 Jeff Diehl  (.184/4.492/236.09), No. 12 Terry Haddock (.255/11.602/69.75)
Rd.2: (.075/4.363/213.60) mislaid to No. 1 Robert Hight  (.065/3.977/322.58), No. 5 Shawn Langdon (.059/4.311/248.93)

“Losing in a second turn is not what we wanted, though we schooled some things and it was still a prolific day. We had a good foe automobile though a line was unequivocally tricky. The quad we were in, usually one automobile finished a full run, a rest of us had issues. We’ll learn from this and take it to Atlanta. It’s usually going to get hotter and if we can learn from this for a summertime, that’s great.” 
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 10 Qualifier – 4.025 ET)

Rd.1: (.084-second greeting time, 5.172 seconds during 152.95 mph) mislaid to No. 2 Jack Beckman  (.092/3.925/324.83), No. 7 Tim Wilkerson (.076/3.954/317.27)

“The large story for us was traffic with an barrier that you’re never unequivocally prepared for during a race, and that is carrying to change cars during subordinate on Saturday. We’ll figure out what’s wrong with a automobile we were using and have a front-half done. To be thrown a bend round like that, and we gloat about a NAPA Know How with Tobler, and we had all prepared to go to make a switch and to go adult there and make a run like that to validate is awesome. This group isn’t distant from a winner’s turn and we have a pinnacle confidence. The approach this tour has been this year, that win will be really rewarding.”

Up Next: Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
Next adult for a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is a outing to Atlanta Dragway for a Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals, scheduled for May 3-5 in Commerce, Georgia. One of a longest-running events on a NHRA circuit, Leah Pritchett raced her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel appurtenance to a eventuality win final year, and will try to transcribe a attainment this season.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 6 of 24 (Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1.  Robert Hight (3) – 582
2.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 440
3.  John Force – 417
4t.  J.R. Todd (1) – 394
4t.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 394
6.  Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 371

7.  Tim Wilkerson – 339
8.  Shawn Langdon (1) – 338
9.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 318
10.  Bob Tasca III – 282
NHRA Top Fuel
1.  Steve Torrence (1) – 460
2. Doug Kalitta (1) – 426
3.  Clay Millican – 394
4.  Mike Salinas (1) – 384
5.  Brittany Force (1) – 382
6.  Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 378
7.  Antron Brown – 317
8.  Terry McMillen – 309
9.  Richie Crampton (1) – 296
10. Billy Torrence (1) – 265
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