June 9, 2019
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Jack Beckman finished runner-up Sunday in a 31st annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas, after apropos a fourth uninterrupted Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist to strech a final turn in Funny Car competition.
Beckman’s run to his 59th career final turn entrance followed a semifinal run final weekend in Chicago. The highway to a final for a motorist of a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat enclosed encounters with a span of former champions, including associate DSR and Hellcat Funny automobile racer Matt Hagan, before Beckman mislaid in a final to stream championship personality Robert Hight.
Tommy Johnson, Jr. reached a semifinals for a fourth uninterrupted competition after knocking out DSR teammate Ron Capps. Cruz Pedregon and Jim Campbell also done Sunday’s margin in Hellcat Funny Cars. Leah Pritchett competent her DSR HEMI-powered Mopar Top Fuel dragster 10th, though was narrowly degraded by Doug Kalitta in a initial round.
After subordinate 10th, Beckman found himself confronting teammate Hagan in turn one with both Mopar-powered machines creation their quickest passes of a weekend, and it was Beckman that posted a win with his 3.912 E.T. contra Hagan’s 3.925. The two-time Topeka champion corroborated adult his opening run with another stellar pass of 3.940 ET to hit out Tim Wilkerson and acquire a semifinal competition with 16-time universe champion John Force. Beckman’s coherence continued with his machine-like run of 3.970 to set adult a rematch of a season-opening final in Pomona with Hight and symbol 8 times in a initial 10 inhabitant events in that a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist modernized to a final.
Looking for punish from his early deteriorate defeat, Beckman dug low to try and even a score, ripping off a .029-second greeting time, though his lead did not final long. Hight pulled brazen roughly immediately and hold on for a win, finale Beckman’s chances during his initial Funny Car delight of a deteriorate and 29th of his career.
Arguably a hottest motorist in a Funny Car category entrance into a weekend was final week’s Chicago personality Tommy Johnson, Jr. After reaching a semifinals in Atlanta and Richmond behind a circle of a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Johnson hermetic a understanding final Sunday in a Route 66 Nationals. He was looking to make it back-to-back wins Sunday after subordinate fourth and underscored that matter with his best run of a weekend, 3.914 ET, in his turn one feat over Terry Haddock environment adult his 36th career matchup with DSR teammate Ron Capps.
After losing twice in a prior 3 races to Capps, Johnson got a starting-line advantage with his .039-second greeting time and took a holeshot feat after a dual done matching 3.941 ET runs. In a semifinal, Johnson faced indicate personality Hight and his possibility to improved his competition in uninterrupted events finished quick when he left -0.102 early and incited on a red light before going adult in fume during a starting line. Johnson continues to arrange second in a championship standings by 10 of 24 inhabitant events.
After subordinate in a tip half of a margin for a third uninterrupted event, Capps non-stop Sunday by powering a 11,000 horsepower NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat true down lane in 3.974 seconds to take a initial turn win and extend his record to a ideal 8-0 opposite associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Campbell. In turn two, it was another conflict between Hellcat Funny cars as Capps faced Johnson for a third time in a final 4 races, though he couldn’t overcome Johnson’s starting line advantage and his shot for a fifth Topeka delight was over.
Driving a Shelor Motor Mile Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Hagan cumulative a top-half subordinate position for his 250th Funny Car eventuality and drew teammate Beckman in turn one. Both Funny Car champions were scarcely even rising off a line, and notwithstanding creation his best pass of a weekend (3.925 seconds), Hagan was not means to outpace Beckman. In other first-round movement with Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars competing, Cruz Pedregon mislaid to Bob Tasca III.
In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett was looking to make a low run aboard a DSR Shell ROTELLA Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster Sunday after subordinate 10th. She drew Doug Kalitta in a initial turn and notwithstanding posting a pass of 3.779 ET during 327.98 mph, her best run of a weekend, Kalitta claimed his 13th feat in 20 career races with Pritchett. This was a fourth weekend in 2019 where Pritchett pulled double duty, as a reigning Factory Stock Showdown champion also competent her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pack eighth before losing in a initial round.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Gene Mosbek from Pine Lake, Minnesota, competent No. 52 and gathering his SS/FA 1964 Plymouth Savoy to 6 win lights en track to entrance out winning in a Super Stock category during Sunday’s NHRA Heartland Nationals. His feat came following a scarcely ideal .001 greeting time as he used his 426 Cubic-Inch Max Wedge V8 to constraint his sixth NHRA inhabitant eventuality win and acquire him a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in a class.
In a Stock Eliminator class, Austin Williams from Waxahachie, Texas, competent his E/SA 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 No. 20 and raced his proceed into a fourth turn to measure a Dodge Top Finisher honors.
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 circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 10 Qualifier – 4.018 ET)
Rd.1: (.067-second greeting time, 3.912 seconds during 326.24 mph) kick to No. 7 Matt Hagan (.070/3.912/326.40)
Rd.2: (.060/3.940/325.45) kick to No. 2 Tim Wilkerson (.056/3.956/320.58)
Rd.3: (.080/3.970/326.56) kick to No. 3 John Force (.053/4.001/323.74)
Rd.4: (.029/3.969/323.97) mislaid to No. 9 Robert Hight (.065/3.895/330.88)
“This is a good thing about carrying back-to-back races. After me fumbling in a semis during Chicago, we had a possibility to redeem ourselves this weekend. We did not demeanour good in qualifying, though lately, that’s kind of been a M.O. It doesn’t matter how good we run Friday and Saturday, (co-crew chiefs Dean) Guido (Antonelli) and John (Medlen) usually seem to find a proceed on Sunday. We kept plugging divided during it, and nobody likes to remove in a final round, though we see a batch on a uptick right now, and we can’t wait for subsequent week in Bristol and afterwards a week after that in Norwalk. we consider we finally have a automobile that can contend for a championship.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.948 ET)
Rd.1: (.086-second greeting time, 3.918 seconds during 317.05 mph) kick No. 13 Terry Haddock (.103/4.174/286.68)
Rd. 2: (.039/3.941/320.66) kick No. 5 Ron Capps (.058/3.941/320.13)
Rd. 3: (-.102/13.237/75.91) mislaid to No. 9 Robert Hight (-.100/3.900/330.63)
“This was another weekend where we had a unequivocally good car. Big design correct we done it to another semifinal and leave here sitting second in points. we hatred it that we done a mistake there during a starting line. we was usually pushing. We knew Robert (Hight) was using good and we had to pull hard. we pushed usually a small too much. The bottom line is a Make-A-Wish Dodge SRT Charger Hellcat is a unequivocally good automobile right now. We’ll conduct to Bristol and hopefully go to another final round.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.952 ET)
Rd.1: (.098-second greeting time, 3.974 seconds during 317.57 mph) kick No. 12 Jim Campbell (.099/4.165/274.94)
Rd.2: (.058/3.941/320.13) mislaid No. 4 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.039/3.941/320.66)
“We competent well, ran well, we usually got kick by another automobile that’s using really, unequivocally well. we always contend each time we competition Tommy Johnson, I’m racing (Make-A-Wish organisation chief) John Collins and Rahn Tobler since we feel like we’re using a possess automobile over there. That’s a outrageous enrich to both organisation chiefs. It’s a bummer to have not collected some-more points in Topeka, though everybody is so bunched adult in a Funny Car indicate standings right now. The good thing is, we go right to Bristol. We usually have a few days off, and when we have a automobile that’s using as good as a NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, we adore back-to-back weekends.”
Matt Hagan, Shelor Motor Mile Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.987 ET)
Rd.1: (.070-second greeting time, 3.925 seconds during 326.40 mph) mislaid to No. 10 Jack Beckman (.067/3.912/326.24)
“Short competition day, unfortunately. We had a unequivocally good competition car, and it was using unequivocally well. we consider it did all (crew chief) Dickie Venables wanted it to do out there. It was usually tough; we were going adult opposite a unequivocally clever car. Not to take divided from anybody else, though it creates it tough when we have to line adult opposite a teammate initial round.”
Leah Pritchett, Shell ROTELLA Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 10 Qualifier – 3.883 ET)
Rd.1: (.076-second greeting time, 3.779 seconds during 327.98 mph) mislaid to No. 5 Doug Kalitta (.072/3.737/331.69)
“We were unequivocally looking brazen to a opposite conditions that we had currently compared to what we had Friday and Saturday. This group is famous for creation unequivocally quick passes and things entrance together. Unfortunately, currently is a outcome of qualifying. We know that if we would have competent better, we wouldn’t not have matched adult in a initial turn with a final turn form of aspirant in Doug Kalitta. We were intelligent about a proceed to today’s competition and gave it all we had. We were usually on a losing finish of a unequivocally good drag competition today. If there was ever some-more fuel to supplement to a expostulate for this group to have, this unequivocally adds to it. In a moments after, we are already meditative about how we can be improved for subsequent week. It’s unsatisfactory we couldn’t make Sunday a prolonged day, though there is a reason a deteriorate is 24 races. We schooled a lot currently and we will use that relocating forward.”
Up Next: NHRA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals
Mopar and Dodge//SRT competitors will conduct subsequent to a 19th Annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Jun 14-16 during Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee. Ron Capps is a winningest Funny Car motorist during Bristol and will be looking to make it 3 true wins in Thunder Valley. Fellow Charger SRT Hellcat racers Tommy Johnson, Jr, a two-time Bristol winner, and 2015 Bristol personality Matt Hagan will also be chasing their second triumphs of 2019. For finish eventuality information, greatfully revisit www.nhra.com.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 10 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (4) – 933
2. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 725
3. John Force – 681
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 666
5. J.R. Todd (1) – 656
6. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 645
7. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 592
8. Tim Wilkerson – 556
9. Shawn Langdon (1) – 468
10. Bob Tasca III – 455
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (5) – 949
2. Doug Kalitta (1) – 628
3. Brittany Force (1) –625
4. Antron Brown – 619
5. Mike Salinas (1) – 573
6. Clay Millican – 557
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 529
8. Richie Crampton (1) – 467
9. Austin Prock – 452
10. Terry McMillen – 417
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