Pritchett Powers Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster to First Win of Season during NHRA Southern Nationals

Posted on 07. May, 2018 by in Chrysler Canada

May 6, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Leah Pritchett raced her Mopar Dodge/FireAde Top Fuel dragster to feat on Sunday during a 38th Annual NHRA Southern Nationals, earning her initial win of a deteriorate and initial during Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, as good as a sixth altogether of her Top Fuel career.
The win is a third in 7 events this deteriorate for a Mopar Dodge//SRT motorist in a NHRA Nitro classes (Top Fuel and Funny Car). Pritchett’s Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T motorist Matt Hagan, combined a runner-up finish in Funny Car for a brands, and changed adult one symbol into a third position in a standings.
Pritchett and her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel group were on indicate this weekend during Atlanta starting with qualifying, where a DSR motorist collected 5 critical reward points as good as a No. 4 starting position. She was machine-like in recording 7 runs in a three-second operation out of a probable 8 during subordinate and eliminations, including in all 4 rounds on Sunday starting with a 3.903-second elapsed time (ET) during 293.73 mph to kick Pat Dakin.
In a quarterfinals, Pritchett and Bill Litton had matching greeting times, though a similarities finished there, as a Mopar Dodge zoomed to a vigourous 3.841/322.50 run while Litton faltered shortly after launch. In a semifinals opposite Mike Salinas, Pritchett jumped to an early lead and never looked behind to allege to her initial final turn of a year and ninth of her career.
Matched opposite Blake Alexander in a final round, Pritchett was a design of consistency, clocking a 3.874/322.42 run to acquire her sixth career win. Alexander’s path of 4.287/199.43 wouldn’t have been adequate to mangle adult Pritchett’s dream weekend, though it didn’t matter as he was unfit for withdrawal a starting line early.
Hagan, a 2016 eventuality leader during Atlanta Dragway, started in a behind half of a margin during No. 11, afterwards dispatched a contingent of racers ranked aloft on a subordinate charts on his impetus to a final round. The DSR motorist accessible a second-quickest pass of a opening turn to send home No. 6 qualifier Jonnie Lindberg, environment adult a initial of dual battles with Mopar-powered Dodge DSR teammates.
In a quarterfinals opposite No. 3 qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr., Hagan and his stablemate were equally matched in greeting time. Hagan trailed early on, though as Johnson Jr. mislaid traction usually before a 330-foot mark, a Virginia cattle rustic was means to swell conduct for a win. Next adult for Hagan was Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T motorist and No. 10 qualifier Jack Beckman in a semifinals. Beckman had a slight early advantage, though Hagan was means to put his Mopar Express Lane Dodge out front usually past a 60-foot symbol and reason on for a turn win.
In a final turn — a 49th of his career and third of a year — Hagan was initial off a starting line opposite No. 1 qualifier Courtney Force, with a aloft .047-second greeting time to his opponent’s slower .072. It wasn’t adequate to reason adult for a win, as Force was means to pass Hagan nearby a 330-foot symbol and lift divided for a victory.
Although Beckman also struggled during qualifying, a two-time Southern Nationals champion came alive during eliminations, ousting a aloft competent J.R. Todd in turn one, defeating Bob Tasca III in a quarterfinals and giving Hagan a run for his income before eventually entrance adult brief in a semis. Johnson Jr. and a Make-A-Wish Dodge Funny Car group followed adult their plain No. 3 subordinate symbol with a feat over Dodge Charger R/T motorist Jim Campbell before descending to Hagan in turn two.

Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car commander Ron Capps, a two-time Atlanta competition leader and a fortifying eventuality champ, non-stop eliminations by confronting off with longtime opposition John Force. In a 92nd assembly between a past Funny Car World Champions, No. 12 qualifier Capps was initial out of a embankment though hazed a tires, permitting No. 5 starter Force to make adult belligerent by a 330-foot mark. Capps confirmed control and was means to pedal his racecar, and when Force struck a tires during about 500 feet, Capps forked his Dodge down a frame to explain a turn win.
Capps’ bid for an Atlanta repeat finished in a quarterfinals. First off a line once again opposite Cruz Pedregon, he smoked a tires early in a run. This time Capps was incompetent to recover, negligence to a 5.792/119.76 pass as Pedregon gathering divided for a victory.
Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel motorist Tony Schumacher combined to his conspicuous list of career accomplishment’s this weekend, subordinate for his 350th uninterrupted race, a strain dating behind to a 2003 Topeka event. The eight-time Top Fuel World Champion and 83-time eventuality leader started No. 5 in seeking to check off one of a few career milestones he doesn’t possess – a feat during Atlanta.
The runner-up final year during a Southern Nationals, and 5 times altogether during a venue, Schumacher matched adult opposite No. 12 qualifier Litton in turn one. Unfortunately, Schumacher will continue to follow that fugitive Atlanta victory, as Litton accessible a winning 3.915/315.56 pass to a DSR’s driver’s losing 3.925/311.27 effort.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA
“Thanks to Leah Pritchett for putting a Mopar and Dodge brands in a winner’s turn during a NHRA Southern Nationals during Atlanta Dragway. Leah’s feat also outlines a third for a Mopar-powered motorist in 7 NHRA events and puts an exclamation indicate on a brand’s early-season success on a drag strip.”

Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
“Hats off to Leah Pritchett for earning her initial feat of a deteriorate during a NHRA Southern Nationals. With 3 wins early on in a season, it’s transparent a multiple of Dodge, Mopar and a Don Schumacher Racing classification is a successful one.”

Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge/FireAde Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.788 ET)

Rd.1: (.086-second greeting time, 3.903 seconds during 293.73 mph) kick No. 13 Pat Dakin (.119/6.389/100.55)
Rd.2: (.104/3.841/322.50) kick No. 12 Bill Litton (.104/11.552/82.25)
Rd.3: (.081/3.907/312.42) kick No. 8 Mike Salinas (.028/4.212/211.66)
Rd.4: (.075/3.874/322.42) kick No. 10 Blake Alexander (-.006/4.287/199.43)
“This win feels incredible. It’s been a while, though we consider a (win) drought is all relative. This FireAde/Mopar/U.S. Army group knows what it’s like to win and we still have that in a hearts and that’s what we grasp to. And, yes, we might have been a usually Top Fuel automobile for DSR that modernized out of a initial turn today, though we felt a universe of support from a whole classification meaningful they were all behind us as we finished a run to this win today. Thank you, Don Schumacher, for desiring in me and giving me a possibility dual years ago. And for all of Don Schumacher Racing, all a fans, all a guys behind during a emporium that put those competition cars together and keep us safe, this one is for you. It was a special weekend here in Atlanta for a lot of reasons, including a ability perform a dream of Make-A-Wish child Luci Toman. She is a loyal impulse and it was good carrying her with me all weekend. We both got a dreams to come loyal this weekend.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.054 ET)

Rd.1: (.087-second greeting time, 4.106 seconds during 299.46 mph) kick No. 6 Jonnie Lindberg (.134/4.192/253.04)
Rd.2: (.071/4.200/290.26) kick to No. 3 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.073/4.794/178.99)
Rd.3: (.075/4.111/309.70) kick to No. 10 Jack Beckman (.077/4.224/293.41)
Rd.4: (.047/4.148/291.13) mislaid to No. 1 Courtney Force (.072/4.046/313.73)
“All in all, a good day. It’s like aged propagandize compare racing with this line prep. (Crew chief) Dickie Venables did a good pursuit adapting. we can’t contend adequate about my Mopar Express Lane Dodge team. We had a hole out, killed a tree. It was all there for a taking, it was usually a matter of it all entrance together, though hey, it’s drag racing. We’ll go to Topeka and get it done.”

On starting competition day from a behind half of a field:
“I’ve won from a back, I’ve won from a front, it’s usually a matter of being in it to win it.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 10 Qualifier – 4.038 ET)

Rd.1: (.059-second greeting time, 4.410 seconds during 215.27 mph) kick No. 7 J.R. Todd (.069/9.681/79.05)
Rd.2: (.081/4.146/304.74) kick to No. 15 Bob Tasca III (.094/4.181/296.11)
Rd.3: (.077/4.224/293.41) mislaid to No. 11 Matt Hagan (.075/4.111/309.70)
“I’m a aspirant and I’m always dissapoint when we get kick though you’ve got to commend large picture. We did a good pursuit this weekend. We went to a semifinals; we mislaid to another Mopar, so we know a Don Schumacher Dodge is going to be in a final round. We’re going a prolonged approach towards inching towards that championship so there’s no reason not to feel assured relocating forward.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.968 ET)

Rd.1: (.096-second greeting time, 4.169 seconds during 247.11 mph) kick No. 14 Jim Campbell (.118/6.098/111.29)
Rd.2: (.073/4.794/178.99) mislaid to No. 11 Matt Hagan (.071/4.200/290.26)
“We had a unequivocally good competition automobile and we felt assured going into a day. It’s been a unequivocally tough line to navigate. There’s bumps out there and they’re experimenting with line prep. We seemed to have been bettering flattering well, though unfortunately a strike got us a second round. It was in a lead and pulling divided afterwards hits a strike and comes loose. It’s aggravating, though we’ll keep training and see if we can’t make what we schooled currently work for us down a highway and make us better.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 12 Qualifier – 4.107 ET)

Rd.1: (.055-second greeting time, 4.397 seconds during 259.11 mph) kick No. 5 John Force (.093/4.403/238.69)
Rd.2: (.075/5.792/119.76) mislaid to No. 4 Cruz Pedregon (.084/4.117/298.34)
“We came in as fortifying champions in this competition final year. It’s a wily line with wily conditions and we suspicion we were going to take a NAPA Dodge in a winner’s turn again, though we got stranded in a left lane. It’s a tiny some-more formidable to get down there. We had Cruz Pedregon, who’s substantially got a toughest automobile right now in a class. You’re always unhappy when we don’t win though we consider we finished outrageous gains as distant as where we started out Friday in qualifying. We’re going to go on to Topeka, where we won final year and see if we can’t get behind in winner’s turn there and start a strain that we did final year.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.794 ET)

Rd.1: (.117-second greeting time, 3.925 seconds during 311.27 mph) mislaid to No. 12 Bill Litton (.076/3.915/315.56),
“I knew we were in difficulty as shortly as we strike a gas. Litton had usually left down a line once all weekend and we weren’t holding him lightly. We were prepared to make a run in a 3.70s. Hats off to him for creation it down a line again, we usually couldn’t get by him on 7 cylinders. You do all we can to be ready, though infrequently in racing something out of your control costs you. This U.S. Army group is filled with impossibly gifted and intelligent people, and we will not give up. we know we will win races. It’s on to Topeka now.” 

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
For a second uninterrupted event, maestro Mopar-powered NHRA Sportsman racer and South Carolina local Mike Volkman gathering his 2000 Chrysler Sebring to a Dodge Top Finisher Award in a NHRA Super Stock class, advancing all a approach to a semifinals during a NHRA Southern Nationals.
Volkman, a multiple-time Super Stock eventuality winner, competent No. 16 out of 50 category entries in his Mopar 318 tiny retard V8-powered GT/MA Sebring. He took out Ricky Pennington, Dave Rampy and Bill Skillman before his day finished opposite Byron Worner, who left initial en lane to a double-breakout win.
In Stock Eliminator, Thomas Auger gathering his 383 Mopar-powered H/SA 1963 Dodge to a third round, good adequate to explain Dodge Top Finisher honors in a class. The Marco Island, Florida, proprietor bested Greg Lubben and Brian Martel before losing to Jeff Longhany.
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.
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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.
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Up Next: NHRA Heartland Nationals                       
After a fibre of 3 uninterrupted races, Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers will rest and recharge during a much-needed week off before streamer to a subsequent event, a NHRA Heartland Nationals, scheduled for May 18-20 during Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas. Last year during a event, Ron Capps took a Funny Car win in an all-Mopar Dodge//SRT final turn conflict with Matt Hagan.

2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 7 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence (3) –581
2.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI — 461
3.   Doug Kalitta (1) — 458
4.   Clay Millican — 448
5.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 435
6.   Antron Brown — 390
7.   Brittany Force (1) — 375
8.   Terry McMillen — 336
9.   Richie Crampton (1) —280
10. Mike Salinas — 275
NHRA Funny Car
1.  Courtney Force (2) — 546
2.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 538
3.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 487
4.  Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T —436

5.  J.R. Todd (2) — 428
6.  Robert Hight — 421
7.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T — 404
8.  Cruz Pedregon (1) — 357
9.  Shawn Langdon — 301
10.  Tim Wilkerson — 293
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