Mopar-powered Schumacher Runs to Semis during Rain-delayed NHRA Heartland Nationals

Posted on 22. May, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

May 21, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

U.S. Army Top Fuel motorist Tony Schumacher wrapped adult a rain-delayed NHRA Heartland Nationals with a semifinals finish for Mopar and Dodge//SRT on Monday, May 21, during Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas.
Mopar Dodge//SRT racers finished a one-third symbol of a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series deteriorate with dual drivers nearby a tip of a ranks in Funny Car — Jack Beckman (second) and Matt Hagan (third). In Top Fuel, dual drivers are also listed in a tip five, with Schumacher in third and Leah Pritchett fifth.
Just following a finish of opening ceremonies on Sunday morning, a shower of sleet popped adult and shortly incited into determined showers, heading to an extended eight-hour delay. Once racing finally began during 7 p.m. CT, Schumacher had his possibility to accurate punish opposite Bill Litton, who knocked out a eight-time Top Fuel World Champion in a first-round during a prior eventuality in Atlanta. “The Sarge” sent Litton home with a straight-down-the-groove 3.781-second elapsed time (ET) during 326.24 mph.
Next adult was an all-Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar-powered conflict opposite Schumacher Electric/Mopar Dodge teammate Pritchett, who was prohibited off a starting tree with .016-second greeting time. However, No. 4 qualifier Schumacher’s 3.931 ET simply warranted a win after Pritchett smoked a tires shortly after takeoff due to a mechanism malfunction.

Changing continue conditions forced a remaining racing movement to be deferred until Monday, with Schumacher backing adult opposite Clay Millican. Schumacher led somewhat off a start yet smoked a tires by a 330-foot symbol on a drag frame as Millican sped divided for a victory.

For Pritchett, leader during a prior NHRA stop in Atlanta, her day began interconnected adult opposite another DSR stablemate, Antron Brown. The No. 5 qualifier used her pushing skills to allege to spin two. Pritchett and Brown were fundamentally upheld even during a start and both encountered traction troubles shortly after launch. Forced to go on and off a stifle of her Mopar Dodge dragster, Pritchett found adequate traction to pedal her appurtenance to a spin win with a 4.060/304.39 run to Brown’s losing 4.254/301.07.

In a Funny Car class, Hagan competent his DSR Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T in a tip half of a margin during No. 8 and drew Tim Wilkerson in his opening-round battle. Both drivers accessible plain runs, yet usually Hagan dipped into a three-second operation with a winning 3.942/326.79 pass.
The 2017 runner-up and 2016 leader during Topeka had line choice over No. 1 qualifier Courtney Force in a quarterfinals. In a end, usually a parasite over 12 feet distant Hagan from a spin win in a spike biter of a finish. His 3.936 ET was edged out during a ribbon by Force’s 3.934.
Tommy Johnson Jr. paced all Mopar Dodge Funny Car drivers by earning a sixth symbol in subordinate behind a circle of his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T, and initial faced off with John Force. The Ottumwa, Iowa, local overcame a starting line advantage by his enemy with a 3.950/325.06 run, and for a second competition in a quarrel a DSR Mopar Dodge separated a 16-time champion in a initial round. In a quarterfinals, line choice and a plain 3.986/327.98 pass by Johnson Jr. weren’t adequate to best another motorist from a Force camp, Robert Hight.
A three-time finalist and two-time leader during Topeka, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T commander and No. 12 qualifier Beckman scored a round-one win over Bob Tasca III. Tasca’s automobile encountered problems early, while Beckman skilfully pedaled his Mopar Dodge Funny Car down a line to advance. In a quarterfinals, Beckman changed initial off of a line with a .072-second greeting to competition J.R. Todd’s slower .086 mark, yet Todd held adult by a 330-ft. cone and fast upheld a DSR motorist and 2012 Funny Car World Champion for a win.
Ron Capps non-stop eliminations anticipating to urge his 2017 eventuality climax during Topeka and supplement to his 4 career wins during Heartland Motorsports Park, along with dual runner-up finishes. Starting from a No. 7 symbol in his Mopar-powered NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, Capps shook a tires and trailed early opposite Shawn Langdon and was incompetent to make adult belligerent with his 4.322/315.64 second pass. Next adult for a 2016 Funny Car World Champion is a Route 66 NHRA Nationals, where Capps was also winning in a 2017 debate and will have another possibility to repeat.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.771 ET)

Rd.1: (.074-second greeting time, 3.781 seconds during 326.24 mph) kick No. 13 Bill Litton (.081/3.950/270.48)
Rd.2: (.084/3.931/231.71) kick No. 5 Leah Pritchett (.016/9.302/87.02)
Rd.3: (.072/5.198/139.31) mislaid to No. 1 Clay Millican (.074/3.676/331.20)
“We finished a few pointed changes entrance into a weekend to repair some problems we’ve been having, lately. So, I’m not certain we could’ve run a array to kick what Millican did anyway, but, it would’ve left down a line if we had run during a scheduled time. It is what it is. He finished a illusory run. We could protest that we set adult a automobile to run during 10 o’clock yet we finished adult using during 11. Yeah, it’s a same for both of us, yet it seemed to play right into their hands. We’re still some-more unchanging than we’ve been in new years, and we’re still training and removing improved any week. We usually need to go out and keep racing. And we will contend that we devise on winning this championship. This U.S. Army group has all a right guys to get it done” 
Leah Pritchett, Schumacher Electric/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.776 ET)

Rd.1: (.047-second greeting time, 4.060 seconds during 304.39 mph) kick No. 12 Antron Brown (.048/4.254/301.07)
Rd.2: (.016/9.302/87.02) mislaid to No. 4 Tony Schumacher (.084/3.931/231.71)
“We had an injector emanate on a burnout and it revved unequivocally high. When that happened, we looked down and watched a lurch go blank. The high revs caused me to go on a super-long burnout. we stopped a automobile and afterwards it wouldn’t go into reverse. Finally got it to go back, yet then, since it was revving so high, we had a tough time removing it into a brazen rigging to stage. Eventually we (were means to) get staged. Anything can occur once a yellow light comes on. Well, since of a scarcely high revs, we smoked a tires during a strike and it was over.

“It turns out, a whole mechanism complement died, and that was what was causing a problems we had there, so we’re going to be acid for a resolution for that over a subsequent week and a half. We’re going to do whatever it takes to put it behind us, that means fine-tooth-combing this racecar. we contingency say, during all this, it is a coolest thing in a universe for me as a motorist to be using during night like we were. It unequivocally puts a grin on my face.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 4.028 ET)

Rd.1: (.065-second greeting time, 3.942 seconds during 326.79 mph) kick No. 9 Tim Wilkerson (.061/4.024/314.31)
Rd.2: (.074/3.936/328.94) mislaid to No. 1 Courtney Force (.052/3.934/328.54)
“I wish to contend that I’m usually unequivocally unapproachable of my guys. They did a good pursuit today. We had a 55-minute spin and they did a good pursuit creation a spin with 3 guys in new positions usually unequivocally thrashing tough and perplexing to get things done. All in all, flattering good competition day, even yet we usually went to a second round. It usually one of those things where we put it in perspective. Courtney Force and those guys have had a tenth on a margin and we usually went nose-to-nose and fundamentally ran an matching run with them. When we put that in viewpoint it unequivocally shows how many we’ve stepped it adult right now within usually a spin or dual to be means to chuck down with those guys when everybody else is still kind of using 4.0’s out there.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 12 Qualifier – 4.086 ET)

Rd.1: (.054-second greeting time, 4.776 seconds during 186.77 mph) kick No. 5 Bob Tasca III (.082/20.363/No Speed)
Rd.2: (.072/4.058/310.20) mislaid to No. 4 J.R. Todd (.086/3.949/323.12)
“The china backing for us is as many as we had struggled in qualifying, we still felt like we had a good car. Then a outrageous rains came and spin one was fundamentally a one-lane competition track, generally for a Funny Cars. We were one of a only, if not a only, Funny Car to win out of a reduction preferred lane. Then we usually got outpace in a second round. We will container up, and we will go behind to Brownsburg (Indiana), restock all and get prepared for 4 in a row. This is unequivocally going to be a indicate in a deteriorate where we need to find your balance up. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will be a Countdown (playoffs) car.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 4.008 ET)

Rd.1: (.083-second greeting time, 3.950 seconds during 325.06 mph) kick No. 11 John Force (.068/4.391/284.03)
Rd.2: (.082/3.986/327.98) mislaid to No. 14 Robert Hight (.057/3.924/330.23)
“It was usually bizarre conditions; a prolonged wait all day. The automobile ran great, usually wily to know what to do out there. we knew we’d have to pull on that (second) one and (we) usually came adult short. Joliet is adult subsequent and that’s one of those marks where we uncover adult and we always seem to do well, so we demeanour brazen to going to those. we can’t wait to get there and see if we can’t get that movement going.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 4.021 ET)

Rd.1: (.092-second greeting time, 4.322 seconds during 315.64 mph) mislaid to No. 10 Shawn Langdon (.068/4.021/322.19)
“We unequivocally felt good entrance into this competition with a changes that (crew arch Rahn) Tobler finished on a competition car. We felt like whatever a conditions were going to be, we were going to be improved off. Unfortunately, as shortly as we stepped on a gas, a automobile started jolt a tires. we gave it a discerning pedal and it bending up, yet a competition ran a 4.02 and we were finished for a day.”
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Mike Cotten of Cave Creek, Arizona, finished a many of a extended racing during Topeka, unconditional a Dodge Top Finisher Awards in Stock and Super Stock during a NHRA Heartland Nationals. It was his fourth endowment of a year, including Dodge Top Finisher honors in Super Stock during a NHRA Phoenix and Vegas events.
Cotton non-stop eliminations with a feat over Marlene Nelson. After a remaining Stock rounds were deferred until Monday due to a extended sleet delay, Cotten gathering his 1973 Duster to victories over Keith Hildahl, No. 1 Stock qualifier and 2010 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak motorist Chris Kemmerer and Randy Mans to allege a semifinals. A red light tainted opposite Tyler Wudarczyk finished Cotten’s additional day in Topeka.
In Super Stock, Cotten competent No. 19 in his Mopar 383 Big Block-powered 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda with a 9.962 ET that was .738 underneath index. He posted an roughly matching 9.963 run during 130.72 mph in a initial spin of eliminations, yet competition Vic Penrod claimed a win with a assistance of a nearby ideal .001-second greeting time.
The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a second year, awards $500 to a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition car. The respect is awarded in both Sportsman categories 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: Route 66 NHRA Nationals                       
In reduction than dual weeks, Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers will conduct to Route 66 Raceway nearby Chicago for a Route 66 NHRA Nationals. In final year’s revisit usually outward a Windy City, Ron Capps triumphed in an all-Mopar Dodge Funny Car matchup opposite DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.

2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 8 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence (3) – 664
2.   Clay Millican (1) — 569
3.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI — 539
4.   Doug Kalitta (1) — 497
5.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 489
6.   Terry McMillen — 432
7.   Brittany Force (1) — 428
8.   Antron Brown — 423
9.   Richie Crampton (1) — 312
10. Mike Salinas — 308
NHRA Funny Car
1.  Courtney Force (3) — 670
2.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 590
3.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 540

4.  Robert Hight — 512
5.  J.R. Todd (2) — 504
6.  Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 490
7.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T — 440

8.  Cruz Pedregon (1) — 399
9.  Shawn Langdon — 373
10. Jonnie Lindberg — 351
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