Ron Capps Races Dodge//SRT Mopar Funny Car to NHRA Southern Nationals Victory

Posted on 06. May, 2019 by in Chrysler Canada

May 5, 2019

, Commerce, Georgia

Ron Capps became a second motorist to put a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in a winner’s turn by racing a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) appurtenance to attainment in a 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals during Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, on Sunday, May 5.

Capps, one of 6 Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers in Sunday’s field, warranted his 62nd career win, initial of 2019 and third career delight during a track. Tommy Johnson, Jr. reached a semifinal while Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Cruz Pedregon, and Jim Campbell were incompetent to allege past turn one. Leah Pritchett raced her HEMI-powered DSR Top Fuel dragster into a second round.

The attainment for Capps was good warranted for a 2016 Funny Car universe champion. He started a day from a No. 11 position and non-stop eliminations by holding down final weekend’s Charlotte winner, Shawn Langdon, in a initial turn with a run of 4.076 seconds. Next in his trail was 16-time champion John Force and their 101st career match-up. For a fourth true year, Capps degraded Force in a Southern Nationals by creation his best run of a day during 4.022 to Force’s pass of 4.312. In a semifinals, it was an all Mopar/DSR match-up with Capps out-dueling Johnson, Jr. with a run of 4.071 to strech his seventh career final during a facility.

The final pitted Capps contra Tim Wilkerson and it noted a third time in a past 5 years a twin would foe for a Atlanta victory. Wilkerson won in 2015 and Capps was winning in 2017. On Sunday, Capps was quicker off a starting line and he warranted a holeshot attainment with his run of 4.068 seconds compared to Wilkerson’s pass 4.052. The domain of attainment was 0.0102 seconds (approximately 5 feet).

Despite entrance adult brief in his semifinal matchup with Capps, Johnson, Jr. was intensely happy with a opening of a DSR Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. In a initial round, he avenged his first-round detriment in Houston to DSR teammate Matt Hagan with a run of 4.037 seconds and in turn two, he degraded reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd with a well-spoken pass of 4.334 to win over Todd’s tire-smoking run of 10.638.  By reaching a semifinal, Johnson jumped behind adult into a top-five in a championship standings streamer to Richmond.
 
After finishing runner-up in Atlanta final May, Matt Hagan was looking to constraint his second career attainment during a line and measure his second win of 2019. Qualifying valid to be formidable for everybody in a category Friday and Saturday with a changing continue conditions and a outcome was Hagan subordinate a Dayco Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in a bottom half of a domain for a initial time this season. He squared off with Johnson in a initial turn and his run of 4.113 seconds during 287.35 mph couldn’t keep gait with his DSR teammate’s Hellcat Funny Car. Hagan continues to arrange second in a championship standings by 7 events.   

Two-time Southern Nationals leader Jack Beckman done his best run of a weekend in Sunday’s opening-round match-up with 16-time Funny Car universe champion John Force, though it wasn’t discerning adequate to advance. Beckman muscled a Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat down a Atlanta line during 4.040 seconds during 312.78 mph usually to see Force low stage, take a starting line advantage and lead via a run with his path of 3.994 ET during 327.74 mph.

In other first-round movement with Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars competing, Cruz Pedregon mislaid to Wilkerson and Jim Campbell wasn’t means to make a purify run contra J.R. Todd.

In Top Fuel, going back-to-back in Atlanta was a idea of a weekend for Leah Pritchett and her DSR group led by Neil Strausbaugh and Todd Okuhara. The 2018 Southern Nationals champion was looking to turn usually a fourth Top Fuel motorist in a event’s 39-year story to measure uninterrupted eventuality wins in a rail automobile and initial given Doug Kalitta achieved a attainment behind in 2005 and 2006.
 
With Mother Nature knocking out a final subordinate event Saturday, Pritchett began her Atlanta pretension invulnerability from a fourth position. She was machine-like in her opening turn foe with Audrey Worm, posting a fourth-best run of a event with her path of 3.812 seconds during 317.79 mph to acquire line choice in turn two. In a second round, Pritchett faced Jordan Vandergriff for a initial time and she got a starting line advantage, though her run of 3.898/306.95 came adult 0.0105 seconds (approximately 5 feet) brief of earning her a victory. Pritchett gained dual positions in a standings and heads to Richmond fourth.
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Jerry Hatch and Jack Zimmerman combined their names to a list of Dodge Top Finisher endowment winners during Atlanta. Lubec, Maine, local Hatch directed his 1970 Dodge Challenger to a third-round finish to explain a honors in Super Stock, while Zimmerman, hailing from Clemons, North Carolina, warranted a honors in Stock in his 1971 Dodge Challenger.

The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a third year, awards $500 to Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a turn of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
 
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes

Ron Capps, NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.149 ET)
Rd.1: (.064-second greeting time, 4.076 seconds during 315.78 mph) kick No. 6 Shawn Langdon (.060/4.414/202.09)
Rd.2: (.071/4.022/317.57) kick No. 3 John Force (.078/4.312/220.80)
Rd. 3: (.047/4.071/317.19) kick No. 10 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (064/4.091/310.27)
Rd. 4: (.064/4.068/315.34) kick No. 4 Tim Wilkerson (.090/4.052/310.05)

“Today was amazing. It still hasn’t strike me yet. We know we can win from any position, though (starting from 11th) we didn’t have all of a certainty in a world. The NAPA Brakes Dodge was a automobile we dream about driving. It was going down a line each time when other people were struggling; cars are carrying a tough time removing hold and afterwards we have Rahn Tobler pulling out ‘vintage Tobler.’ At a finish of a year, we demeanour behind on a moments that conclude a season. We’ve been struggling this year and as a driver, I’ve schooled a organisation chiefs need we some-more than ever when they’re searching. Rahn Tobler has done it demeanour easy a lot over a past decade and I’ve been a propitious man behind a wheel, though you’ve got to be good when they need we a most.”
 
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 4.031 ET)
Rd.1: (.087-second greeting time, 4.037 seconds during 309.84 mph) kick No. 10 Matt Hagan (.082/4.113/287.35)
Rd. 2: (.079/4.334/218.62) kick No. 2 J.R. Todd (.072/10.638/76.09)
Rd. 3: (.064/4.091/310.27) mislaid to No. 11 Ron Capps (.047/4.071/317.19)  

“I suspicion we were going to be means to mangle a Atlanta abuse today. We had a good using Dodge Charger SRT in prohibited conditions and usually mislaid a tighten one. I’m vehement since a summer races are entrance and we are using well. It was a good points day, we changed adult today. We need to say a coherence and stay in this thing and continue to do better. The prohibited races are entrance and with a approach we are running, we consider a win is coming.”
 
Matt Hagan, Dayco Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 10 Qualifier – 4.129 ET)
Rd.1: (.082-second greeting time, 4.113 seconds during 287.35 mph) mislaid to No. 7 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.087/4.037/309.84)
 
“This was a wily foe line for us this weekend. Obviously, we had some issues that we usually couldn’t overcome. Usually, a prohibited rod is like a joint car; put a 94 on it and go racing. The continue threw us for a loop this weekend and we usually got behind a 8 turn a small bit.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 14 Qualifier – 5.126  ET)
Rd.1: (.091-second greeting time, 4.040 seconds during 312.78 mph) mislaid to No. 3 John Force (.038/3.994/327.74)

“Tough weekend. Tough foe track. There wasn’t a whole lot of success during subordinate in a Funny Car multiplication and we never done it down. we consider with us it was a box of too little, too late this weekend. We figured a automobile out for initial round. We done a quickest run in a right line and it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t quicker than a automobile in a other lane.  We have to get better. And we wish to get improved and we will get better. we don’t know if that means staying and testing.  Or usually going and crunching records before Richmond. We are so many improved than this, though we can’t keep observant that when a foe day formula simulate it. We will repair a car. We figure out how a approach to get win lights and we’ll get it behind in a leader turn soon.”
 
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.764 ET)
Rd.1: (.068-second greeting time, 3.812 seconds during 317.79 mph) kick No. 13 Audrey Worm  (.157/4.008/289.88)
Rd.2: (.068 /3.898/306.95) mislaid to No. 5 Jordan Vandergriff (.085/3.871/313.15)
 
“I consider a genuine winners here currently have been a fans. In that second turn race, they got to see a genuine tighten drag race. We don’t take any of a foe lightly, generally that team. This was a one and usually run on a prohibited line this weekend. We have been wearing some-more purchase than we wanted to and it kind of bit us right there. This was a hottest line we’ve run on all year. We’re going to take what we schooled in that run and take it with us to a races entrance adult in a summer. We know we have a unequivocally good foe car. We are all gripping a heads hold adult high, though we are disappointed. We wanted to go back-to-back with wins here during Atlanta and a fans have fueled that fire. We gave it all we had and we’re going to keep sport for more.”
 
Up Next: Virginia NHRA Nationals
Mopar and Dodge//SRT competitors will conduct subsequent to a second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals, May 17-19 during Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Virginia. Two-time Funny Car universe champion Matt Hagan will demeanour to measure his initial Funny Car delight in his home state of Virginia and second of 2019 aboard his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car.
 
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 7 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1.  Robert Hight (3) – 663
2.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 472
3.  John Force – 470
4.  J.R. Todd (1) – 456
5.  Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat –445
6.  Tim Wilkerson – 436
7.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 430
8.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 425
9.  Shawn Langdon (1) – 365
10.  Bob Tasca III – 338
 
NHRA Top Fuel
1.  Steve Torrence (2) – 579
2. Brittany Force (1) –483
3.  Doug Kalitta (1) –  464
4.  Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 433
5.  Clay Millican – 427
6.  Mike Salinas (1) – 384
7.  Antron Brown – 373
8.  Richie Crampton (1) – 329
9.  Terry McMillen – 319
10. Austin Prock – 288


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