Hagan Runs Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to First Ever Final-round Appearance during Indy

Posted on 04. Sep, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

September 3, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Matt Hagan raced a new Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car to a initial ever final-round entrance during a 64th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals, while Leah Pritchett claimed her initial Factory Stock Showdown feat and a third uninterrupted win for a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak motorist in a class.
 
Hagan led a approach for a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) four-team Funny Car patrol in a new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car body, that he recently debuted in late Jul during a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Hagan warranted a No. 3 starting symbol and a 2016 eventuality personality during Indy began foe day by defeating Jonnie Lindberg in a severe run that saw Hagan skilfully conduct traction and engine issues to tighten down a spin win. Matched adult opposite points personality Courtney Force in a quarterfinals, both drivers hazed a tires nearby halftrack with Hagan once again regulating his pushing skills to pedal his automobile to a finish line for his 330th spin win.
 
In a semifinals, three-time 2018 foe personality Hagan accessible his best run of a day, a 4.129-second elapsed time during 298.60 mph, to hit off Shawn Langdon and allege to his sixth final spin of a year and 53rd of his career. Lacking line choice in a final opposite J.R. Todd, Hagan was initial off a starting line though Todd shortly pulled ahead, and Hagan’s plain 4.141/300.60 run wasn’t adequate to tighten a gap. Hagan will start second when a six-race NHRA Countdown to a Championship playoffs start during a subsequent race, a Dodge NHRA Nationals in Pennsylvania.
 
Complete mastery best describes a opening by Pritchett and her associate Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak drivers in a NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class, with Pritchett going wire-to-wire and notching a quickest pass in any singular spin for a whole weekend, from subordinate by to a final. Pritchett, once again pulling double avocation in Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown, set annals for elapsed time and speed with an 8.002/172.56 run to explain her second career hang in a class.
 
After unconditional a tip 4 spots in subordinate during a Factory Stock Showdown eventuality in Norwalk, Ohio, in late June, Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak drivers took 3 of a tip 4 spots during Indy. In further to Pritchett, her DSR teammate Mark Pawuk competent No. 2 for a second true event, and 2012 Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson prisoner a No. 4 starting position.
 
Pritchett kept a produce down in eliminations, posting a quickest passes of all competitors in any of a initial 3 rounds — an opening 8.111/170.04 to improved Aaron Stanfield, a run of 8.077/170.73 to take out Kevin Skinner and an 8.119/169.74 symbol in a semifinals to follow down Stephen Bell. In a all-Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak final, Pritchett powered past Pawuk on an 8.108/170.26 pass to explain her initial Factory Stock win in her initial final-round entrance in a class. The all-DSR final also came as a DSR classification distinguished a miracle 20th anniversary during a 2018 Indianapolis event.
 
Pawuk believed his possibility during a U.S. Nationals win was over after apparently losing to Joe Welch in a opening round, though his foe was after unfit by a NHRA, relocating Pawuk on to spin two. The motorist nicknamed “The Cowboy” got by Leonard Libersher and afterwards trailered Arthur Kohn in a semifinals with an 8.235/167.28 run to set adult his final-round conflict with Pritchett and his second true runner-up finish.
 
Armed with a certainty boost of a runner-up finish during a many new eventuality and an considerable opening via all 3 days of qualifying, Tommy Johnson Jr. looked primed to go rounds in his Riley Dodge Charger R/T. Johnson faced teammate Ron Capps in a opening round, changed initial and led a entirety of a 1,000-foot stretch, notwithstanding dropping cylinders down track. Johnson prevailed in a quarterfinals over Tim Wilkerson, earning another spin win in a Riley car, a once-a-year reverence to a internal children’s sanatorium during DSR’s hometown event. Against Todd, Johnson hold on to a initial lead until usually before halftrack when Todd pulled forward and took a win, finale Johnson’s day during a semis. The maestro will conduct into a playoffs in seventh.
 
Infinite Hero Foundation motorist Jack Beckman, personality during a new NHRA Brainerd race, competent No. 11 in his switch to a new Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car body, that his DSR teammate Hagan initial debuted behind in July. The 2012 NHRA Funny Car champion and 2015 U.S. Nationals eventuality personality drew Courtney Force in spin one. Beckman was quicker off a line with a .062 greeting time to his opponent’s.077 symbol and had his Hellcat forward early in a run, though his hopes would go adult in tire fume as Force sped divided to explain a spin win. “Fast” Jack will start a Countdown playoffs from a sixth position.
 
Mopar Dodge Top Fuel motorist and Avon, Indiana, proprietor Pritchett was means to get one of a dual wins she was forgetful of during her home track. Pritchett posted her Top Fuel dragster No. 6 in subordinate and in a tip half of a field. The two-time Top Fuel eventuality personality this year was matched adult opposite Doug Kalitta in a opening round, though Pritchett’s dragster smoked a tires during about a 330-ft. symbol on a line and dashed any hopes to double adult during Indy. She’ll find her initial Top Fuel championship starting from a fourth symbol in a playoffs.
 
There are usually dual marks on a stream 24-race NHRA debate where Mopar-powered DSR Dodge Charger Funny Car motorist Capps has nonetheless to explain feat – a recently backed Virginia Motorsports Park and Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Runner-up during a 2017 U.S. Nationals, Capps competent No. 13 in a bottom half of a margin and faced DSR teammate Johnson in a opening round. Capps mislaid traction early in a run and fell to his stablemate, gripping a win during Indy as one of a few equipment left on his racing bucket list. The 2016 Funny Car champ will start his 2018 Funny Car pretension debate from a No. 4 spot.
 
U.S. Army Top Fuel motorist Tony Schumacher — owners of an extraordinary 83.3 percent win normal during a U.S. Nationals — began his bid to supplement to his record 10 wins during Indy from a No. 7 spot. Schumacher’ s Mopar-powered dragster was in a hunt until he gifted tire smoke, permitting foe Billy Torrence to explain a win. Schumacher will enter a six-race playoff for a 2018 Top Fuel pretension seeded third.
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Dennis Steward of Port Orange, Florida, raced his 1964 FGT/L Plymouth Savoy to his initial NHRA U.S Nationals feat in a Super Stock class. Steward gathering by 7 rounds of heated foe in his Plymouth that had a Mopar 360 Drag Pak engine multiple underneath a hood. Steward also warranted a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in Super Stock with a win.
 
In Stock Eliminator, Larry Hill of Hickory, Kentucky, gathering his 1970 B/SA Plymouth ‘Cuda to a semifinals and a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in a class. Powered by a Mopar 440 Six Pack, Hill had a heads-up foe in a semis that he narrowly mislaid by a small 0.0162 seconds (approximately 3 feet) to his opponent.
 
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 foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
   
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.943 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.091-second greeting time, 4.401 seconds during 217.56 mph) kick No. 14 Jonnie Lindberg (.086/9.208/80.50)
Rd.2: (.060/4.397/219.58) kick No. 6 Courtney Force (.058/4.557/219.15)
Rd.3: (.064/4.129/298.60) kick No. 7 Shawn Langdon (.055/4.148/307.16)
Rd.4: (.052/4.141/300.60) mislaid to No. 1 J.R. Todd (.059/4.062/311.70)
 
“We’re going into a Countdown with some good points and a good lead on some of a complicated hitters. All we can concentration on now is these subsequent 6 races entrance up. We all wish to do a best pursuit we can and wish zero some-more than to put this new Hellcat physique in a winner’s circle, and we feel like we’re going to do it dual or 3 times in a Countdown, it’s usually a matter of time. The Countdown is always tough. You’ve got to figure out how to usually suffer a ride. We’re going to make opportunities for ourselves, gain on them, and hopefully spin that it into win lights on foe day.”
 
Leah Pritchett, Factory Stock Showdown Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
(No. 1 Qualifier – 8.002 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.071-second greeting time, 8.111 seconds during 170.04 mph) kick No. 9 Aaron Stanfield (.058/8.171/167.38)
Rd.2: (.026/8.077/170.73) kick No. 5 Kevin Skinner (.111/9.409/107.61)
Rd.3: (.077/8.119/169.74) kick No. 7 Stephen Bell (.053/8.593/166.23)
Rd.4: (.050/8.108/170.26) kick No. 2 Mark Pawuk (.027/8.191/167.51)
 
“That’s what we call a picture-perfect weekend over here on a left side of a racetrack. Absolutely tender and impressed. The developmental work by Mopar and Dodge to not usually be fast, though to make some-more energy than anybody else, to hang it to a belligerent and do it time and time again, reliably, is so impressive. For one, we adore carrying fun when we foe and this is a summary of carrying fun and racing. Tuning to a line and constantly always operative on being faster, and to be low of any singular eventuality of a U.S. Nationals, that’s 8 rounds. When we contend that, we meant legally and officially, not to be contested. It is a covenant to this group – Kevin Helms, Terry Snyder and all of DSR and a people behind in Detroit. The expectations are high. Don Schumacher wants us to be No. 1 qualifier, low of any spin and win a foe and there’s no improved time to do that than a U.S. Nationals. We know how to do it now, we’re not going to let that get too distant forward of us. The deteriorate is entrance to a tighten and we are going to make a run during this as tough and quick as probable usually like these Drag Paks do.”
 
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.797 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.084-second greeting time, 5.580 seconds during 125.12 mph) mislaid to No. 11 Doug Kalitta (.067/3.888/273.44)

“We started a weekend rising to a arise by putting that path on a house Friday night, though a rest of a subordinate sessions were a challenge. We had certainty entrance into currently after putting in a new purchase package for final night’s final subordinate run. Unfortunately, opposite Doug (Kalitta), it usually wasn’t utterly enough. It’s something that we suspicion we had a grasp on, though apparently we aren’t utterly there yet. It’s frustrating for a organisation chiefs right now. We were all anticipating that we were creation a change for a better, though it’s something we are going to have to figure out quick with a Countdown starting. Yeah, Indy has kicked a boundary again, though that’s fine since a Countdown is unequivocally where this group is going to shine.”  
 
Tommy Johnson Jr., Riley Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.948 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.048-second greeting time, 4.105 seconds during 255.58 mph) kick No. 13 Ron Capps (.067/4.894/170.77)
Rd.2: (.065/4.085/295.34) kick No. 5 Tim Wilkerson (.075/4.115/305.08)
Rd.3: (.060/4.130/278.98) mislaid to No. 1 Mike Salinas (.048/4.045/312.21)
 
“We had a unequivocally good car; a unequivocally good display during Indy. We came adult a spin and a half short, though we’re unequivocally gratified with a approach a automobile is running. We’re stability a opening we’ve had a final few races and it’s a unequivocally good approach to go into a Countdown. We’ll be a automobile to contend with. Would’ve desired to win Indy for Riley and all of a kids, though now we’re going to concentration on winning a championship.”
 
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.018 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.062-second greeting time, 5.089 seconds during 156.50 mph) mislaid to No. 6 Courtney Force (.077/4.095/308.35)

“It’s never easy losing, though it’s many worse losing initial spin since we leave here violence nobody. We didn’t validate in a tip half so we didn’t have line choice today, though we can’t make excuses. You need to be means to win no matter that line you’re in and we didn’t get it done. The wish is we schooled something that’s going to assistance us in a Countdown. We mislaid in a biggest foe of a year and now we’ll reset a points and go into a Countdown and run for a universe championship. So from this indicate on it’s not about a trophy, it’s about spin wins and points. We’re going to have to step on it during subordinate and go after all a reward points that are probable and be scarcely flawless on foe day. “
 
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 13 Qualifier – 4.095 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.067-second greeting time, 4.894 seconds during 170.77 mph) mislaid to No. 4 Tommy Johnson Jr.  (.048/4.105/255.58)

“Once again, we’ll have to demeanour during winning a U.S. Nationals subsequent year, though large design is, we’re going to get prepared for a Countdown. The points will reset. we always gloat about this NAPA group and how we’re always in a talks for a championship, and we’re going to go to Maple Grove in dual weeks and have a diversion face on.”
 
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.801 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.089-second greeting time, 4.203 seconds during 256.55 mph) mislaid to No. 10 Billy Torrance (.067/3.831/320.05)

“What a approach to finish a frustrating weekend. This is Indy and we wish to come out and be your best any day here. Especially currently when all was on a line. We have a quick foe car, though usually never got a hoop of it this weekend. That’s tough, since we had good formula final week here testing. This place has been so special to me and a U.S. Army for a final 18 years. We positively had a opposite outcome in mind for this weekend, though it doesn’t always work out a approach we wish it to. We’re sitting third streamer into a Countdown and we warranted that spot. It’s roughly a purify line-up from here on. It’s about a group that can finish now. Six races to confirm it all. That’s starts in Reading in dual weeks and we’ll be ready.” 
 
Up Next: Dodge NHRA Nationals
Next on a calendar for a Mopar and Dodge//SRT patrol is a Dodge NHRA Nationals, scheduled for Sep 13-16 during Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. Last year Ron Capps took a win in Funny Car during a event. This is a third year for a Dodge sponsorship during Maple Grove and will be a kickoff eventuality of a NHRA Countdown to Championship six-race playoff. On Thursday, Sep 13, a renouned Mopar Mega Block Party will burst start foe weekend.
 
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Fans can locate NHRA coverage during Dodge Garage, a one-stop end for Mopar and Dodge//SRT drag racing news.

The site includes daily updates and entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise. Dodge Garage features embody disdainful content, such as a “Chasing a Title” video series, that offers fans a unique, behind-the-scenes glance during DSR drivers and teams in movement on and off a track.
 
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2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 18 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1.  Courtney Force — 1457
2.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) — 1247
3.  Robert Hight — 1241
4.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (2) — 1227
5.  J.R. Todd — 1174
6.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (2) — 1161
7. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 1107

8.  Shawn Langdon — 907
9.  John Force — 904
10. Tim Wilkerson — 831
 
NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence – 1422
2.   Clay Millican — 1234
3.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 1195
4.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 1170

5.   Doug Kalitta — 1166
6.   Antron Brown — 1112
7.   Terry McMillen — 959
8.   Brittany Force — 839
9.   Mike Salinas — 768
10. Scott Palmer — 755
 
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