Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Driver Johnson Advances to Final Round during NHRA Four-Wide Nationals during Charlotte

Posted on 30. Apr, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

April 29, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Tommy Johnson Jr. gathering his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to a final turn during a NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, streamer a assign for all Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers during weekend movement during zMAX Dragway nearby Charlotte, N.C.
Johnson’s Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammates and associate Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman and Ron Capps modernized to a second turn during zMAX Dragway, with Beckman maintaining a points lead streamer to Atlanta for a subsequent event.

Johnson, as a No. 3 qualifier, faced and degraded associate DSR teammate Matt Hagan in his first-round quad to finish in a runner-up position. In a subsequent round, Johnson kick Capps notwithstanding his teammate’s advantage off a starting line, once again advancing as a runner-up.

For a final elimination, Johnson was gripping gait until usually before a finish line when a tires pennyless loose, and Cruz Pedregon was means to expostulate divided with a competition win.

Beckman, final year’s eventuality runner-up, modernized his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car out of turn one as runner-up. Next up, he faced a tough contingent of father/daughter John and Courtney Force, along with Round one leader J.R. Todd. Beckman started skating early in a pass and let off a stifle a tiny early, with a Force twin holding a round.
Defending NHRA Charlotte Four-Wide eventuality champion Capps was a No. 2 qualifier, earning an considerable 6 reward points. Capps changed out front early in a first-round rejecting afterwards struck a tires during about a 700-foot symbol and pedaled it with adequate movement to collect adult a runner-up symbol and allege while Robert Hight took a win.In turn dual Capps was one of several drivers with problems in his quad. He suffered traction problems in line one and let off a stifle early, with Cruz Pedregon holding a win and DSR teammate Johnson advancing as runner-up.
Three-time zMAX Dragway leader Matt Hagan, motorist of a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, competent in 11th position. In a first-round rejecting Hagan went to a 600-foot symbol before a tires started smoking and he had to pedal. When engine issues finished his run, enrichment went to Cruz Pedregon and a runner-up symbol to DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.
Leah Pritchett, who distinguished her 100th pro race, pulled double avocation this weekend, competing in both Top Fuel and a Factory Stock Showdown Series. She struggled with subordinate her Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster and was ranked 15th. In a initial round, Pritchett mislaid traction and pedaled it as she attempted to redeem traction though could not recover.
Pritchett had improved fitness in a Factory Stock Showdown Series, where she gathering her HEMI-powered Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a tip subordinate spot, nonetheless bowing out early in turn one eliminations.
U.S. Army Mopar-powered DSR motorist Tony Schumacher, final year’s Four-Wide Top Fuel runner-up, competent second, environment his best time of 3.692 seconds in a second subordinate round. DSR teammates Pritchett and Schumacher faced off in corresponding movement opposite Clay Millican and Dom Lagana in a four-wide initial turn Top Fuel eliminations. Schumacher had a fastest greeting time out of a embankment though mislaid traction and was incompetent to reason it down a line to offshoot adult properly. Lagana won a turn and Millican took a runner-up spot.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.887 ET during 328.70 mph)

Rd.1: (.089 -second greeting time, 4.374 seconds during 215.00 mph), mislaid to No. 6 Cruz Pedregon (.072/4.156/243.55), degraded No. 14 John Smith (.341/4.315/256.84), degraded No. 11 Matt Hagan (.091/5.145/127.07)
Pedregon and Johnson allege to turn 2
Rd.2: (.187 -second greeting time, 4.007 seconds during 275.39 mph), mislaid to No. 6 Cruz Pedregon (.088/4.055/309.20), degraded No. 7 Robert Hight (.084/4.610/192.49), degraded No. 2 Ron Capps (.060/5.233/140.44)
Pedregon and Johnson allege to finals
Finals: (.084 -second greeting time, 4.143 seconds during 314.02 mph), mislaid to No. 6 Cruz Pedregon (.032/4.059/310.84), mislaid to No. 8 John Force (.090/4.098/307.93), degraded No. 1 Courtney Force (.099/6.215/114.46)
Johnson finishes third place in a quad
“It’s usually a plea for everybody out here today. The change of the line prep has unequivocally thrown a organisation chiefs for a curve. We saw a lot of destruction and a lot of teams struggling to get a reason of a line and we done good run in a semifinals and had a low ET of a semifinals and we kind of suspicion we had a hoop on it. Then once we got out there for a final, it was unequivocally using good afterwards pennyless a tires loose. We’ll have to figure it out. We’ll see if we can’t keep chipping away.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 13 Qualifier – 3.983 ET during 316.08)

Rd.1: (.077 -second greeting time, 4.427 seconds during 237.71 mph), mislaid to No. 4 J.R. Todd (.082/4.031/305.42), degraded No. 5 Bob Tasca III (.064/4.667/167.63), degraded No. 12 Shawn Langdon (.222/14.795/79.49)
Todd and Beckman allege to turn two
Rd.2: (.085 -second greeting time, 4.717 seconds during 204.79 mph), mislaid to No. 8 John Force (.093/4.108/299.66), mislaid to No. 1 Courtney Force (.103/4.115/255.68), mislaid to No. 4 J.R. Todd (.051/4.435/204.79)

Beckman eliminated
“I don’t consider I’ve seen this many destruction in one turn of Nitro racing in my whole career and even as a fan. It was usually kind of a weird deal. we consider it was a multiple of good air, spraying a tiny bit reduction commission of a traction devalue and a fact that it’s four-wide. We have to competition for second place that we never do, and you’ll get behind in it some-more mostly than we routinely would and that’s a inlet of a beast. And that’s disappointing.
We never unequivocally got a hoop on a automobile this weekend, though we still managed to deliver a turn out of it. We got 20 points and we could still leave in a points lead, so it’s tough to hang a heads too low. We’re assured we’re going to get a tune-up behind underneath us. The final integrate of races have thrown us a curveball here, though Guido, John and Neal live this stuff. They’ll take a information home, they’ll demeanour during it and have 3 days to figure out if it was a tools emanate or a tune-up emanate and afterwards we’ll unpack during Atlanta with a uninformed perspective.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.886 ET during 329.83 mph)

Rd 1: (.088-second greeting time, 4.585 seconds during 218.16 mph), mislaid to No. 7 Robert Hight (.058/4.566/273.27), degraded No. 15 Dale Creasy Jr. (.123/4.703/174.91), degraded No. 10 Jonnie Lindberg (.079/9.074/77.52)
Capps and Hight allege to turn two
Rd 2: (.060-second greeting time, 5.233 seconds during 140.44 mph), mislaid to No. 6 Cruz Pedregon (.088/4.055/309.20), mislaid to No. 3 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.187/4.007/314.02), mislaid to No. 7 Robert Hight (.084/4.610/192.49)
Capps Eliminated
“Not certain since it was a severe track. The automobile was using good a second round. Obviously, a initial turn was a conflict of rubbing carrying to pedal it and keep it off a core line and wall. We modernized in a second turn though for some reason a oil promulgation section close off a ignition. We’re going to have to figure out since it did that.
We had a good automobile all weekend. It was so many fun to make that Q3 in a center of a feverishness run of 3.96 when nobody else is going down a track. And we can feel (Crew Chief Rhan) Tobler’s got his mojo back. It’s a good thing going behind into Atlanta apparently where domicile are for NAPA, Coca-Cola and Mello Yello. If we have to get a win for a initial time this year, it’s a good place to do it.”

Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 15 Qualifier – 4.004 ET during 294.31 mph)

Rd.1: (.053-second greeting time, 4.288 seconds during 314.31 mph), mislaid to No. 2 Robert Hight (.074/3.884/327.66), mislaid to No. 10 Jack Beckman (.077/4.025/316.23), mislaid to No. 2 Jim Campbell (.118/6.712/98.34)

Pritchett eliminated
“It’s really been one of those frustrating weekends for us. We so badly wanted to put a win light adult there for Pennzoil, Mopar and U.S. Army. We went out there out there with a regressive setup to get us down a track. The automobile in a line before us had a vast blast and NHRA did a good pursuit scheming a starting line and a partial of a line where they saw it a many necessary. We are 98 percent assured that as shortly as a automobile reached a partial of a line where a credentials stopped, we ran on oil. We mislaid traction and we pedaled a car. You expostulate this eventuality different. When we are racing 4 wide, we are going to pedal it no matter what since we usually don’t know. I’m in line one and we have no thought what’s going on in line four. You are usually enslaved inside that automobile perplexing to get it to offshoot adult meaningful that I’m doing a lot of repairs here and a usually satisfaction is if were means to put on a win light. Unfortunately, we weren’t means to do that. Everything adult to that indicate we felt totally assured in. So, we take that, we learn, and we go on to Atlanta.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.692 ET during 331.61 mph)

Rd.1: (.058-second greeting time, 4.726 seconds during 219.72 mph), mislaid to No. 10 Dom Lagana (.065/3.834/324.05), mislaid to No. 7 Clay Millican (.087/4.376/194.18), degraded No. 15 Leah Pritchett (.083/4.999/174.77)

Schumacher eliminated. Both DSR teammates were out and Lagana and Millican modernized to turn two
“The U.S. Army automobile has been using good, though maybe down on horsepower usually a tiny bit this weekend. We done some changes for that initial turn and a energy picked right behind up. we wish we had one some-more subordinate run, though that’s not a approach it goes. You have to make changes as we see them. We are all adjusting to a traction NHRA is providing. I’m not astounded with how indeterminate things went currently in a initial round. We knew there were going to be changes. When a line warms up, it becomes a tiny some-more predictable. The initial quad there was an oil down. The second quad there was an oil down. When there is that many camber in between runs, a line is usually not good. Hats to off to (Steve) Torrence, they went out and won a race. We make no excuses. We are bad to a bone and looking brazen to display in Atlanta.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 3.966 ET during 320.89 mph)

Rd.1: (.091-second greeting time, 5.145 seconds during 127.07 mph), mislaid to No. 6 Cruz Pedregon (.072/4.156/243.55), mislaid to No. 3 Tommy Johnson, Jr (.089/4.374/215.00), mislaid to No. 14 John Smith (.341/4.315/256.84)

Hagan eliminated
“(It was) a tiny tough, not a Sunday initial turn we wanted. Obviously, NHRA needs to residence a line prep situation. There’s a lot reduction hold out there and that’s since we consider everyone’s smoking a tires and floating up. Hopefully, they can get this conditions figured out.”
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Leah Pritchett’s Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak came off a lorry with Crew Chief Kevin Helms’ ideally prepared 354-cubic-inch HEMI engine for turn dual of 7 in a Factory Stock Showdown Series and soon surfaced a charts. The Mopar star posted an 8.047 E.T. for a No. 1 subordinate spot.Unfortunately, her face-off in initial turn eliminations opposite No. 9 Arthur Krohn finished in a better with an 8.174 E.T. during 169.08 mph opposite his 8.113 E.T. during 170.51 mph.
During a weekend during Charlotte, DSR also announced that it will enter a second Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in a FSXX with maestro Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk, commencement during a NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Jun for turn three.
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 circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
This weekend during a zMAX Dragway, Jack Zimmerman from Clemmons, North Carolina, gathering his B/SA 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T to a semi-finals in Stock Eliminator class. Powered by a Mopar 440 Six Pack V8, Zimmerman’s Challenger ran unchanging low 10-second times and warranted him a Stock Eliminator category Dodge Top Finisher endowment and a $500.
Longtime Mopar racer and before Dodge Top Finisher leader Mike Volkman done it to a Super Stock quarterfinals during the Charlotte NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Driving his 2000 Chrysler Sebring powered by a Mopar 318 tiny retard V8 and converted to back circle drive, Volkman’s automobile competes in a GT/LA category. With numerous class wins to his credit, Volkman who hails from Campobello, South Carolina, was once again a Super Stock and $500 winner.
Dodge Garage: New Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
Fans now have a new one-stop end for Mopar and Dodge drag racing news. Dodge Garage ( is a digital calm heart and premier end for drag racing and flesh automobile enthusiasts.

Fans can perspective daily updates and get entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise. Dodge Garage features embody disdainful content, such as a three-part video array “Chasing a Title,” that offers fans a unique, behind-the-scenes glance during Pritchett and her DSR group in action.
For information on Mopar on and off a track, check out a Mopar brand’s central blog,
Up Next: NHRA Southern Nationals                       
Next on a report for a Mopar and Dodge//SRT corral is a 38th Annual NHRA Southern Nationals, scheduled for May 4-6 during Atlanta Dragway in Commerce (Atlanta), GA.

2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 6 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence (3) –503
2.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI — 426
3.   Doug Kalitta (1) — 401
4.   Clay Millican — 384
5.   Antron Brown — 362
6.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI — 315
7.   Brittany Force (1) — 311
8.   Terry McMillen — 305
9.   Richie Crampton (1) —263
10. Scott Palmer — 249
NHRA Funny Car
1.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 466

2.  Courtney Force (1) — 425
3.  J.R. Todd (2) — 403
4.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 395
5.  Robert Hight — 381
6.  Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T —376
7.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T — 352
8.  Cruz Pedregon (1) — 274
9.  Shawn Langdon — 269
10.  Jonnie Lindberg — 256
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