Mopar-powered Drivers Beckman and Schumacher Earn Runner-up Finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel during Vegas

Posted on 10. Apr, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

April 8, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Mopar and Dodge//SRT drivers Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) posted runner-up finishes Sunday during a 19th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Schumacher was customarily about 4 feet bashful of a Wally after a finals in Top Fuel, and Beckman was customarily about 9 feet brief during a finish of a Funny Car competition. The latter saw Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate and associate Mopar motorist Tommy Johnson Jr. run a quickest pass of a quad, though tainted out on a red light after withdrawal a starting line too early. Beckman was second out of a embankment and hold on for a runner-up position.
The sparkling finals were noticed by a packaged residence fabricated to see a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ initial eventuality west of a Mississippi River, featuring 4 lanes of movement concurrently instead of dual lanes. The Four-Wide Nationals customarily need 3 rounds to climax a winner, with dual drivers advancing from any plot of 4 until an eventuality champion emerges in a final round. The fans incited out in droves to see it, as NHRA and a drag strip’s officials announced dual sellout crowds on Saturday and Sunday, a initial for a facility’s open race.
Schumacher, motorist of a U.S. Army Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster, was that division’s tip qualifier, a 86th of his career, second of a 2018 deteriorate and 11th during The Strip in Las Vegas, with a sizzling 328.46 miles per hour pass. He won his initial spin of eliminations convincingly over Steve Chrisman, though on a tip finish of that run Schumacher’s engine let go with a fireball when a fuel line broke.
He and Chrisman modernized to spin dual to face Clay Millican and Steve Torrence. The latter won that spin though after an exhilarated engine change after initial spin eliminations by a U.S. Army team, “The Sarge” came by as a runner-up, notwithstanding carrying to pedal it a integrate of times. Schumacher incited in an glorious pass in a finals for a division’s runner-up honors, usually removing edged by Torrence, who took home a Wally.
Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster motorist Leah Pritchett had a quickest pass of her quad with a 3.793 E.T. while finishing second in spin one of eliminations to No. 2 qualifier Anton Brown. She was No. 7 qualifier and helped reject Terry Totten and Mike Salinas in a initial Top Fuel quad run.
Her runner-up symbol warranted her line choice for spin dual and a large sip of confidence, though she usually missed a finals when her 11,000-horsepower appurtenance mislaid traction.
Jack Beckman started foe day from a No. 13 seed. It was unknown domain for a 2012 Funny Car universe champion, who hasn’t competent outward of a tip 3 for a past 6 events, dating behind to Dallas 2017.
In a initial quad of eliminations, Beckman faced his teammate Ron Capps, reigning universe champion Robert Hight, and Gary Densham. Beckman wheeled his Dodge Funny Car true down a slit to take a spin win and allege to a second session. In spin two, Beckman had a starting line advantage and powered a Infinite Hero Foundation appurtenance to another well-spoken pass, never trailing for a win.
The many new Funny Car eventuality leader (Gainesville) was anticipating to go back-to-back and collect adult his second feat of a year, and third “four-wide format” feat (Charlotte in 2011 and 2015). In a final rejecting quad, Beckman was once again discerning off of a line and raced to a hole shot runner-up finish. Although he wasn’t means to leave as a initial Las Vegas Four-Wide Funny Car winner, he was means to pierce into a points lead for a initial time in 2018.
Tommy Johnson Jr. was set adult to repeat his feat during The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from final spring. He entered foe day competent second with his time of 3.932 during 318.84-mph. 
During a initial eventuality of competition, Johnson gathering Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge to a 4.030 -second during 316.01-mph to allege to a second round. Johnson afterwards ran a best path of a eventuality in spin dual with his stout 4.007-second pass to allege to ?the final quad along with his DSR teammate, Beckman. Unfortunately, during a finals Johnson was separated from foe when he left a starting line early and fouled out.
Ron Capps and a NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car group competent in a tip half of a margin among a built 20-car entrance list. As a No. 4 qualifier, Capps faced teammate Beckman, Robert Hight and Gary Densham in a initial rejecting quad. Unfortunately, Capps would not be one of dual drivers to allege to a second spin of eliminations when a forsaken cylinder and early deploying parachutes finished his chances during winning a initial Western four-wide event.
Matt Hagan, motorist of a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, competent seventh though was now unfit in spin one when he got on a stifle before a tree indicated to start, causing a red light foul. He’ll put that singular miscue behind him and get prepared for a subsequent eventuality even some-more dynamic to do well.
The Las Vegas line is famous to be one of a many formidable ones on a NHRA circuit for drivers and tuners comparison due to a facility’s betterment and singular setting, forcing many to play on setups between any pass.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
No. 1 Qualifier —3.765 ET during 328.46 mph

Rd. 1: (0.078-second greeting time, 3.899 seconds during 257.43 mph), defeats No. 16 Steven Chrisman (0.140/4.111/284.81), No. 9 Terry McMillen (0.073/4.697/173.01) and No. 8 Scott Palmer (0.076/7.975/94.17)
Schumacher and Chrisman allege to spin 2; Schumacher had a third choice of lanes.
Rd. 2: (0.057/4.297/249.49) mislaid to No. 5 Steve Torrence (0.062/3.763/326.08) and kick No. 16 Steven Chrisman (0.192/4.568/216.24) and No. 13 Clay Millican (0.069/5.970/108.82).
Torrence and Schumacher allege to a finals.
Finals: (0.058/3.790/325.22) mislaid to No. 5 Steve Torrence (0.069/3.771/326.63), and degraded No. 6 Doug Kalitta (0.040/3.914/273.27) and No. 2 Antron Brown (0.051/4.097/252.52)
“The problem is a automobile is overwhelming though a track’s too prolonged – we should’ve won (laughs). Seriously, it was an glorious weekend for a Army car. There’s zero easy about this. We had a runner-up finish with 4 extraordinary cars in a final. We’ll regroup, we’ll go to Houston and we’ll do it again. We changed adult in points (to second), so that’s a good thing.”
Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster
No. 7 Qualifier — 3.798 ET during 323.35 mph

Rd. 1: (0.115-second greeting time, 3.793 during 324.05) mislaid to No. 2 Antron Brown (0.058/3.797/327.35) and degraded No. 15 Terry Totten (0.122/4.139/278.17) and No. 10 Mike Salinas (0.091/4.398/191.81).
Brown and Pritchett modernized to spin two, where Pritchett had line choice.
Rd. 2: (0.070/5.391/149.51) mislaid to No. 6 Doug Kalitta (0.056/3.864/320.13), No. 2 Antron Brown (0.071/4.0050/278.58) and No. 11 Richie Crampton (0.042/4.261/261.47)
“Sometimes we’re means to come behind from a run and know what we did right, like we did on rejecting spin array one. We were a quickest automobile of a four. It brought certainty behind to a team; we felt like we had a prohibited rod back. Just as shortly as we trust that, spin array dual comes adult and infrequently you’re means to see immediately if we got it right or of we didn’t, interpret accurately why. We’re still in a routine of bargain since we smoked a tires since we weren’t perplexing for any record or to be a quickest of a day. We were usually perplexing to get down a line on all 8 [cylinders], and instead, for a reason we’re still perplexing to figure out, it didn’t wish to take one of a purchase arms out of play so we finished adult smoking a tires. But, a march has been upward, so that’s positive, nonetheless not during a accelerated rate that we would like.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
No. 13 Qualifier — 4.028 ET during 310.05 mph

Rd. 1: 0.084-second greeting time, 4.082 seconds during 305.56 mph, degraded No. 12 Gary Densham (0.117/5.304/149.66), No. 5 Robert Hight (0.072/6.165/109.93) and No. 4 Ron Capps (0.080/6.697/78.55).
Beckman and Densham allege to spin two.
Rd. 2: (0.076/4.013/317.05) to improved No. 1 Courtney Force (0.113/4.126/298.67), No. 9 Jonnie Lindberg (0.101/4.674/188.65) and No. 12 Gary Densham (0.101/5.379/136.72).
Beckman and Courtney Force allege to a finals.
Finals: (0.057/4.052/312.21), mislaid to No. 3 J.R. Todd (0.050/4.041/317.05) and degraded No. 1 Courtney Force (0.103/4.007/300.53) and No. 2 Tommy Johnson Jr. (-0.008 (R)/3.978/311.70).
“It wasn’t a best weekend after subordinate Saturday night. We had problems, we were dropping cylinders, we were spinning tires, and we finished adult 13th. We haven’t competent out of a tip 3 in a final 6 months and it’s positively not what a intensity is, though we left here with a runner-up. We got a act together on foe day and we leave here with a points lead, so we consider we did a good pursuit of reckoning out what was bum a automobile and creation a suitable adjustments and going out there and gobbling adult a garland some-more points. Of march we wish to win in a final spin though I’m gentle with a things we did here currently are going to assistance us be a improved automobile for a rest of a season, and we’re going to stay and exam tomorrow.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
No. 2 Qualifier — 3.932 ET during 318.84 mph

Rd. 1: (0.072-second greeting time, 4.030 seconds during 316.01 mph) to improved No. 15 Del Worsham (0.090/4.496/244/25), No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (0.079/4.855/172.36) and No. 7 Matt Hagan (-0.003 (R)/5.899/117.68)
Johnson and Worsham allege to spin two.  Johnson had a third choice in lanes.
Rd. 2: (0.063/4.007/314.68) to improved No. 3 J.R. Todd (0.068/4.054/314.17), No. 11 John Force (0.087/4.050/315.34) and No. 15 Del Worsham (0.091/4.049/307.93).
Johnson and Todd allege to a finals.
Finals: (-0.008 (R)/3.978/311.70) mislaid to No. 3 J.R. Todd (0.050/4.041/317.05), No. 13 Jack Beckman (0.057/4.052/312.21) and No. 1 Courtney Force (0.103/4.007/300.53).
“The automobile was using flawless and usually achieved unusually good this weekend. We found a problem after Gainesville and I’m super vehement about what we’ve got in store for us. We were usually a tiny brief on completing a good weekend though I’m not unhappy whatsoever.  Once we get using good we wish to try to keep that going and with 3 in a quarrel there’s a good possibility we can go out there and win all 3 of those. I’m usually super vehement about a approach this group is performing.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
No. 4 Qualifier — 3.953 ET during 321.50 mph

Rd. 1: (0.080-second greeting time, 6.697 ET during 78.55 mph, mislaid to No. 13 Jack Beckman (0.084/4.082/305.56), No. 12 Gary Densham (0.117/5.304/149.66) and No. 5 Robert Hight (0.072/6.165/109.93).
“We’re not certain what happened usually yet. We’re perplexing to investigate a run. It really had a cylinder go out during a strike of a throttle, that immediately shoved my NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge to a right towards Robert Hight’s lane. we was means to spin a steering circle and get it behind towards a center. You don’t know what’s going on in a other 3 lanes, so we have to stay in a throttle; that’s partial of a four-wide foe day strategy, and in this case, it finished adult backfiring so we were finished for a day.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
No. 7 Qualifier — 3.987 ET during 322.96 mph

Rd. 1: (-0.003 red lighted)/5.899/117.68); mislaid to No. 2 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.072/4.030/316.01), No. 15 Del Worsham (0.090/4.496.244.25) and No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (0.079/4.855/172.36)
“I consider we had a racecar that could have finished some things out here today, though we won’t know until subsequent year. It’s a tough tablet to swallow, apparently after a final in Gainesville, carrying a .60 light, when I’m customarily .50s or .40s in a finals. We’ve got things we’ve got to work on with a automobile too. we put a lot of vigour on myself. It takes all of us to do everything. It all plays a part. I’ll get my mind right and get focused and strike a use tree and get right with it.”
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Former Dodge Top Finisher leader and 2018 NHRA Winternationals champ Larry Gilley gathering his 1969 Dodge Dart GTS to a final spin of Stock Eliminator at the 2018 DENSO Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Powered by a Mopar 340 cubic-inch tiny block, Gilley’s Dart GTS was dialed-in all weekend as he raced through six-rounds of exhilarated foe customarily to remove by 0.0035 seconds (approximately 7 inches) in a finals. For advancing the furthest in Stock Eliminator, Larry Gilley perceived a Dodge Top Finisher endowment that includes $500.
Mopar Sportsman Racer and previous Dodge Top Finisher winner, Mike Cotten of Cave Creek, Ariz., piloted his 1970 big-block Mopar powered Plymouth ‘Cuda to four-rounds of exhilarated eliminations. Cotton’s ‘Cuda was consistent on foe day though came adult usually a tiny brief and mislaid by 0.018 seconds. For advancing a farthest in Super Stock, Mike Cotten perceived a Dodge Top Finisher endowment that includes $500. 
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 automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
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 Spring Nationals
Next adult for a Mopar and Dodge//SRT foe teams is a NHRA Spring Nationals, scheduled for Apr 20-22 during a Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown (Houston), Texas.
2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 4 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (2) –333
2. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI — 300
3. Antron Brown — 290
4. Clay Millican — 255
5. Doug Kalitta (1) — 248
6. Richie Crampton (1) —215
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI — 202
8. Scott Palmer — 195
9. Brittany Force — 158
10. Terry McMillen — 148
NHRA Funny Car
1. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 338
2. Courtney Force (1) — 302
3. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) —301
4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T —265
5. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T — 258

6. J.R. Todd (1) — 235
7. Robert Hight — 222
8. Shawn Langdon — 205
9. Jonnie Lindberg — 171
10. Del Worsham — 167
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