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Beckman Earns First No. 1 Qualifier of Season during U.S. Nationals, Leads Six Mopar-powered Dodge Charger NHRA Funny Car Drivers Into Elimination Rounds

September 1, 2019

, Indianapolis

Mopar-powered Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Jack Beckman raced to his initial No. 1 qualifier position of deteriorate this weekend during a 65th Annual U.S. Nationals during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis, heading a fortuitous of 6 Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers into Monday’s rejecting rounds for a NHRA’s biggest competition of a season.

Beckman and his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge//SRT Mopar teammates Matt Hagan and Ron Capps warranted positions inside a top-four and were assimilated in a margin by associate DSR teammate Tommy Johnson, Jr. and Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers Paul Lee and Cruz Pedregon.

Since subordinate began Friday night, a many unchanging appurtenance in a Funny Car category by a 5 sessions was Beckman’s Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. After posting a Friday night run of 3.875 seconds, a 2012 Funny Car universe champion never relinquished a No.1 position, commanding 3 of a 5 sessions and collecting 16 subordinate points. His run early Saturday dusk of 3.861 warranted Beckman a 25th No. 1 qualifier of his career. It was his second No. 1 during a U.S. Nationals, his initial entrance in 2015 environment adult Beckman for his usually U.S. Nationals crown.

Two-time universe champion and 2016 U.S. Nationals leader Hagan done his best run of a weekend in a third subordinate event powering his Mopar-powered 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody to a path of 3.874 to secure a second position. It’s a second time this deteriorate where he has competent No. 2. The initial came in Phoenix and he accessible a initial of 7 2019 wins by Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers.

After earning his third NHRA Wally of a deteriorate dual weeks ago in Brainerd, Capps followed a lead of Beckman creation unchanging runs via a 5 sessions and adding subordinate points in 4 of a five. He grabbed a fourth position on Monday’s rejecting ladder with his run of 3.882 aboard a NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The 2016 Funny Car champion’s best Indy finish was a runner-up in 2017.

Johnson, Jr. is in a midst of a career deteriorate and his query for a initial U.S. Nationals win wasn’t as well-spoken as designed for a motorist of a Riley’s Kids Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Through 3 rounds of qualifying, he was on a outward looking in, though his John Collins’ tuned Hellcat came by Sunday with a span of runs, 3.909 and 3.912 seconds, to validate in a 10th position.

Lee and Pedregon will competition from a ninth and 12th spots, respectively.

Like Capps, DSR’s Leah Pritchett brings a movement of winning in Brainerd to “The Big Go.” Pritchett, who’s best U.S. Nationals outcome was a semifinal run in 2017, began with a plain pass of 3.726 seconds during 325.22 mph Friday evening. Her run of 3.701 in event 3 was a best of weekend for a DSR HEMI-powered Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster.

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Mopar Dodge//SRT Notes Quotes
(best elapsed times below)

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 1, will face No. 16 Justin Schriefer

Friday: (3.875 seconds during 328.46 mph – Q1); Saturday: (3.861/330.07 – Q2), (3.878/331.94 – Q3); Sunday (3.911/326.40 – Q4), (3.875/335.23 – Q5)

“I don’t wish to contend that we’ve been ideal all weekend, though we consider we have a Dodge Hellcat Funny Car as tighten to ideal as it’s been in a while. Tomorrow’s conditions should be different. we don’t know if we have a outrageous advantage if a object is out and a line is hot. we consider psychologically everybody on a Infinite Hero group is revved up. we consider that is so critical to set a tinge that we know that we can be a best. Tomorrow is competition day and we feel like we have to be flawless, since we never know if we are going to go out there and fume a tires opposite a series 16 qualifier. If we do, we have to be prepared to locate it. Tomorrow it’s not about ET slips, it’s about win lights. You don’t have to be good, we usually have to be improved than a automobile in a other lane.” 

Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Bob Bode

Friday: (3.987 seconds during 287.84 mph – Q1); Saturday: (4.173/234.90 – Q2), (3.874/327.66 – Q3); Sunday (4.070/245.23 – Q4), (3.976/275.34 – Q5)

“I’m always usually blissful to be here racing during a Big Go. We’ve got a good competition car, we’re entrance off some plain finishes these final integrate of races and we consider we’ve got some movement to do what we need to do. Right now, we’re still perplexing to dial-in a fuel bend on this car. We’ve been putting some vessel pressure, cylinders out and things like that, though we’ll get all that addressed and we consider we’ll have a unequivocally good competition automobile tomorrow. Both lanes seem to be unequivocally good and this MOPAR Hellcat Widebody is using unequivocally well.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 4, will face No. 13 Ray Martin

Friday: (3.882 seconds during 327.66 mph – Q1); Saturday: (4.206/221.13 – Q2), (3.896/329.18 – Q3); Sunday (3.891/328.22 – Q4), (3.891/329.10 – Q5)
“This is Indy. It’s so good to have a prohibited rod entrance out of Brainerd. (Crew chief) Rahn Tobler and a NAPA AutoCare guys unloaded Friday and we done a good run. It unequivocally catapulted us to where we could go after low E.T. any session. It’s good putting dual 3.89s adult on Sunday going into competition day. The conditions (today) kind of gave us a small inkling of what it’s going to be like on competition day. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to Labor Day.”

Tommy Johnson, Jr., Riley Kids Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 10, will face No. 7 Shawn Langdon

Friday: (4.368 seconds during 200.71 mph – Q1); Saturday: (7.01/88.35 – Q2), (4.376/197.83 – Q3); Sunday (3.909/319.82 – Q4), (3.912/324.90 – Q5)

“We’ve got a automobile back. We had some issues during a commencement of subordinate though now a competition automobile is behind and we’re going to be a tough group to kick tomorrow.”

Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 Shawn Reed
Friday: (3.726 seconds during 325.22.84 mph – Q1); Saturday: (8.789/84.02 – Q2), (3.701/322.42 – Q3); Sunday (4.711/155.70 – Q4), (3.713/324.98 – Q5)

“Today was U.S. Nationals Saturday 2.0 with a small bit improved results. We were second-low of Q5 and that’s good to have that information environment adult for competition day. The issues we had in subordinate were slight automatic hiccups that we found a resolution to. Conditions tomorrow will be warmer than what we’ve seen so far. We demeanour brazen to putting this frost-bitten blue Mopar Top Fuel dragster in a winner’s turn one turn during a time. We have a lot of good movement entrance in from Brainerd. We have a quick prohibited rod, a motorist on her diversion and a organisation that’s inspired to win. We’re going to start Labor Day off putting in all a work.”

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