February 9, 2019
, Pomona, California
Jack Beckman led a four-car march of Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car machines in subordinate to start a 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series campaign, holding a No. 2 subordinate position during a season-opening 59th annual NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California.
Beckman sealed subordinate with a absolute 3.900-second elapsed time (ET) during a final subordinate event on Saturday during Auto Club Raceway to acquire a second symbol streamer into Sunday eliminations and was assimilated in a top-five by associate Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers Tommy Johnson, Jr. (third), Matt Hagan (fourth) and Ron Capps (fifth).
Following a morning sleet shower, cooler temperatures and a cloud-cluttered sky supposing rival conditions and a formula showed it for a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat contingent.
Beckman’s run changed him from a 11th position adult to second altogether and became even some-more considerable as a final event proceeded. He will face Phil Burkart in a initial turn of Sunday’s rejecting rounds.
Johnson softened from fourth to second in subordinate event 3 with his pass of 3.904 ET behind a circle of a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. He will face Tim Wilkerson in Sunday’s initial round.
Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion and two-time fortifying Winternationals leader Hagan followed Johnson’s lead and posted his best pass of a weekend in Q3. The Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat stopped a time during 3.909 ET and Hagan will face John Force in turn one Sunday.
Capps, a 2016 Winternationals champion, binds down a fifth symbol with his Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The 2017 Funny Car champion hold a provisional tip position after Friday’s initial subordinate event and will take on Gary Densham Sunday.
In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett softened her times Saturday though unsuccessful to make it clean to a finish line. Pritchett looked to be on a vigourous pass early Saturday afternoon, though couldn’t finish her run underneath full energy and posted a symbol of 3.963 ET. She sealed subordinate with a path of 4.011 ET and binds a 12th position on a subordinate ladder. Pritchett will start her query for a second Winternationals delight in a final 3 seasons by confronting her DSR teammate Antron Brown in Sunday’s initial turn of eliminations.
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Mopar Dodge//SRT Notes Quotes
(best elapsed time in bold)
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Phil Burkart
Friday: (5.014 seconds during 168.58 mph – Q1); (4.044/253.37– Q2)
Saturday: (8.296/82.73 – Q3); (3.900/330.23 – Q4)
“I’m totally satisfied. We went three-for-four, and when you’ve ran as good as we’ve ran, we can means to take a shot on a favourite runs. We substantially only put in a small bit too many on that run and that’s fine. We know where a extent is. Each day has gotten cooler and improved out here, so move it on. There’s a whole lot of bad Funny Cars prepared to run tomorrow.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 Tim Wilkerson
Friday: (8.010 seconds during 79.35 mph – Q1); (3.929/314.61 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.904/327.03 – Q3); (8.695/80.93 – Q4)
“We started a 2018 NHRA World Finals from No. 3 and done it to a final round. It’s fundamentally a same foe automobile that we brought behind out this weekend here during a Winternationals and it’s using only as good. I’ve got all of a certainty in a universe that we’ll go out there and lay down some good runs tomorrow, though it’s going to be tough as cold as it’s going to be so we’ll have to learn from that initial session.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 4, will face No. 13 John Force
Friday: (3.971 seconds during 323.19 mph – Q1); (3.981/321.81 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.909/326.79– Q3); (7.679/86.58– Q4)
“We had 3 good laps in qualifying. It’ll be a good foe (in turn one opposite John Force). I’m looking brazen to it. Any time we foe John, we always have to come for it.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 5, will face No. 12 Gary Densham
Friday: (3.915 seconds during 304.87 mph – Q1); (7.198/89.83 – Q2)
Saturday: (7.717/86.88– Q3); (8.497/82.85 – Q4)
“We came in here though any pre-season contrast and with a mint Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat body. A lot of new things. It was kind of engaging and fun since that initial session, (crew arch Rahn) Tobler wanted to make certain all was fine and told me to run it down there and close it off during a 800-foot mark. we close it off during about 840 feet and it ran 3.91 and put us No. 1 qualifier during that point, so that done it fun. It doesn’t matter who we run on foe day. Gary Densham is one of a guys we fear a many out here since he’s cagey, he knows how to get down a track. I’ve raced him a lot. we consider tomorrow will move totally opposite conditions than what we’ve seen already.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge/Sparkling Ice Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 12, will face No. 3 Antron Brown
Friday: (7.912 seconds during 85.25 mph – Q1); (6.406/96.46 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.963/214.59 – Q3); (4.011/212.86 – Q4)
“The china backing in a subordinate formula is that we feel unequivocally assured in a tune-up window. There is really a disproportion between a automatic malfunction and tune-ups. Today, we were right there to be in line with a low qualifiers before dual totally opposite removed incidents caused some flattering colorful damage. Fortunately, this Mopar group is built to attain and we’ll be prepared to go into foe day with a plain car.
“Right out of a gate, 2019 isn’t starting with well-spoken sailing, though we knew a foe was going to make it worse than ever. You never wish to face your teammate unless it’s a final and we have Antron Brown in turn one. It’s like they contend in NHRA racing, we can’t tip toe into anything. You have to come out swinging. We know that’s what Antron and his guys are going to do and we’ve got certainty in a automobile to come out and do a same.”
FOX Sports 1 will promote 3 hours of eliminations coverage of a 59th annual NHRA Winternationals starting during 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb 10.
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