Johnson Qualifies Sixth, Leads Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Drivers into Race Day during NHRA Heartland Nationals

Posted on 20. May, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

May 19, 2018

, Topeka, Kansas

Tommy Johnson Jr. competent No. 6 and will lead a margin of 5 Mopar Dodge Funny Car drivers into a rejecting rounds on Sunday during a NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas.
In Top Fuel, Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher will start No. 4 during Heartland Motorsports Park, one symbol brazen of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate and Schumacher Electric/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster motorist Leah Pritchett.
Johnson Jr. raced his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to No. 5 after a initial day of qualifying, with a 4.008-second elapsed time (ET) in a second session. The Ottumwa, Iowa, native, who considers Topeka his home track, was bumped behind one symbol after a final dual subordinate sessions on Saturday. Johnson Jr. will match adult with John Force to open eliminations on Sunday.
Fellow DSR Mopar Dodge Funny Car motorist Ron Capps, a 2017 eventuality champion during Topeka, was payable with his No. 13 position after dual Friday subordinate attempts and was looking to do something about it. The 2016 Funny Car World Champion responded with 4.025 pass in his initial subordinate strike on Saturday, earning one reward point, and an even quicker 4.021 ET in his final try that warranted him dual reward points and a seventh starting spot.
Matt Hagan, pushing a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T for DSR, was ranked in a tip half during No. 6 after a initial day of qualifying, with his quickest try a 4.028 effort. On Saturday, Hagan was plain in his initial pass though his final subordinate try finished with a burning crash underneath a hood. The two-time NHRA Funny Car champion will start No. 8 in Sunday eliminations and try to recapture a sorcery of his 2016 Topeka victory.

For Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T motorist Jack Beckman, now second in a Funny Car standings and a two-time Topeka winner, his initial run was his best. Beckman’s 4.086 in a opening eventuality on Friday was good adequate to acquire him a No. 12 symbol and a date with No. 5 Bob Tasca III in a opening spin on Sunday.
Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel motorist Tony Schumacher was No. 2 after a initial subordinate spin on Friday, earning dual reward points, and wrapped adult a opening day fifth on a Top Fuel ladder. Temporarily knocked out of a tip half of a margin on Saturday, “The Sarge” re-grouped and rocketed behind adult nearby a tip with his best subordinate run of a weekend during 3.771 to acquire one reward indicate and a fourth starting position. The eight-time Top Fuel champion will demeanour to get punish in spin one opposite Bill Litton, who degraded Schumacher in a opening spin of a prior competition during Atlanta.
Fresh off her Atlanta eventuality victory, Leah Pritchett posted her Schumacher Electric/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster seventh after a initial dual subordinate sessions. Following a plans of DSR teammate Tony Schumacher, Pritchett saved her best run for last, regulating a 3.776 symbol to pierce adult to a fifth symbol tomorrow in her bid for back-to-back wins. Pritchett will also be seeking her initial career win and final-round entrance during Heartland Motorsports Park.
Outside of a DSR camp, Jim Campbell posted his Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 15. In Pro Stock, Kansas local Will Hatcher done his category debut, subordinate No. 16 in his Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge.

Mopar Dodge//SRT Notes Quotes
(best elapsed time in bold)

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 6, will face No. 11 John Force
Friday: (4.212 seconds during 285.29 mph – Q1); (4.008/313.00 – Q2)
Saturday: (6.967/90.09 – Q3); (5.351/133.71 – Q4)

“It’s a tough competition track, with a changing conditions, a prohibited conditions we’ve had currently and a disproportion in a line prep. It’s a onslaught for everybody, we’re not a usually ones. Tomorrow is a totally opposite day weather-wise, so we will come out and understanding with it then. We should be alright tomorrow, it doesn’t matter who we have to race.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 4, will face No. 13 Bill Litton
Friday: (3.888 seconds during 319.75 mph – Q1); (3.836/324.51 – Q2)
Saturday: (6.589/100.32 – Q3); (3.771/331.12 – Q4)

“If competition day conditions are like this, that unequivocally bodes good for us. We done 3 good runs. The one progressing currently wasn’t a unequivocally successful run. But we’re only perplexing to learn how to understanding with this new line prep with not adequate runs underneath a belt with those conditions. But, otherwise, this Topeka line is a well-spoken racetrack and it’s a pleasing place. We’re looking brazen to tomorrow. we consider we’re going to see some unequivocally discerning runs.”

Leah Pritchett, Schumacher Electric/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 5, will face No. 12 Antron Brown
Friday: (5.002 seconds during 145.97 mph – Q1); (3.840/286.07 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.173/216.03 – Q3); (3.776/324.51 – Q4)
“It’s been a covenant to teamwork, quite today. We were thrown many issues before Q3 in a array with a accelerated report since of a continue today. We also had accelerated issues in a pit. They were electrical and ignition related, and to see a group overcome all that in a timely manner, that’s what unequivocally stands out to me. To come out with a No. 5 subordinate position says a lot of a stability of this Schumacher Electric/U.S. Army team.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 Shawn Langdon
Friday: (4.477 seconds during 179.64 mph – Q1); (4.095/305.70 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.025/316.97 – Q3); (4.021/317.79 – Q4)

“(Crew arch Rahn) Tobler done large changes entrance into this race. We know we have to adjust to what NHRA is doing with a line prep. we consider it’s a good thing that everybody is carrying to work unequivocally tough during adapting. We mislaid (a good run) initial spin when a parachute came out. Unfortunately, we mislaid that though I’m so vehement with a changes we’ve made. Huge changes though we consider we’re going to reap a advantages both here and these arriving races over a rest of a season. we unequivocally feel like we’re going to get behind to how we were final year and in 2016.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 8, will face No. 9 Tim Wilkerson
Friday: (5.966 seconds during 115.08 mph – Q1); (4.028/315.78 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.136/262.49 – Q3); (5.159/131.99 – Q4)

“Tomorrow is going to be a totally opposite day than today. We have a 4.02 baseline to work off. Wilkie (first-round competition Tim Wilkerson) is a good aspirant in a heat. He can get down some wily racetracks, though we can too. It’s good to have line choice. we consider a left line is improved than a right; it’s only pushing improved in a left lane. Topeka’s been kind to me. I’ve had a lot of good luck, we’ve set universe annals here, won races here. Qualifying is over, and we have to demeanour and concentration towards competition day. We have only as good a shot as any to spin 4 win lights on tomorrow.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 12, will face No. 5 Bob Tasca III
Friday: (4.086 seconds during 304.53 mph – Q1); (4.146/244.12 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.849/165.74 – Q3); (5.109/147.17 – Q4)
“We have a good line record, and us struggling on Saturdays does not meant that we’ll onslaught on Sundays. The conditions are going to be significantly opposite tomorrow, and I’ve got a 3 best organisation chiefs out here. They’ll consider about this all night. That’s because it’s so critical to unpack with a good run. Our 4.08 from Q1 is indeed a run that competent us. In dual other runs we were using significantly quicker early on, though smoked a tires and didn’t make it, so I’m calm that we came out of a box with a regressive run. we also consider we can square together a 3 runs that didn’t make it and come adult with a tune-up that will give us a good, discerning automobile for tomorrow.”

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FOX Sports 1 will promote 3 hours of live eliminations coverage from a NHRA Heartland Nationals starting during 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 20.

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