March 17, 2019
, Gainesville, Florida
Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist “Fast Jack” Beckman reached a semifinals Sunday in a 50th Annual NHRA Gatornationals during Gainesville (Florida) Raceway and now ranks second in a NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championships standings.
Beckman was looking to spin a seventh motorist to win back-to-back Gatornationals this weekend behind a circle of his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car and was assimilated in Sunday’s second spin by 4 other Charger SRT Hellcat drivers — Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson, Jr. and Cruz Pedregon. Leah Pritchett raced her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster into a second spin as good and binds a second position in a Top Fuel championship standings by a initial 3 events.
The run to a semifinals for Beckman began with a 2018 Gatornationals champion defeating reigning NHRA Funny Car universe champion J.R. Todd in a opening round. Next, it was an all-Hellcat matchup between Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make-A-Wish Charger SRT Hellcat. Johnson degraded John Smith in spin one, though Beckman came out on tip in spin dual by 0.0007 seconds (approximately 4 inches). Beckman’s six-round winning strain in Gainesville came to a tighten contra Tim Wilkerson in a semis.
Hagan entered a Gatornationals as a many new leader in a category and he raced a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car past Jonnie Lindberg in a opening spin before losing to John Force. Pedregon was winning over Shawn Langdon before bowing out to Wilkerson and Capps gathering a NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a first-round win over Bob Tasca III before being degraded by Hight. Jim Campbell was a sixth Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist in foe Sunday and was degraded in a initial spin by Force.
In Top Fuel, Pritchett was looking to spin usually a third womanlike motorist to raise a Gatornationals Top Fuel Wally and positioned herself by subordinate a Dodge Mopar Top Fuel dragster No. 4 in a field. She was machine-like in her opening spin compare adult with Pat Dakin, though was degraded by contingent Gatornationals Top Fuel champion Richie Crampton on a hole shot in spin two.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In Stock Eliminator, Dwayne Scheitlin from Brighton, Colorado, gathering his 1970 A/SA Dodge Challenger R/T to a second spin finish during a 50th Annual NHRA Gatornationals. Powered by a Mopar 440 Six Pack cubic-inch big-block V8, Scheiltlin had dialed a 10.14 ET though only missed his symbol by 0.010 of a second and finished adult regulating a 10.15 ET during eliminations.
Stephen Comella from Webster, New York, gathering his 1968 SS/AH HEMI Dodge Dart to a semifinal finish in Super Stock. Comella only hardly redlighted with a unequivocally tighten -0.001 greeting time to give his competition Kevin Riner a win.
Both Scheitlin and Comella will accept $500 for being a Dodge Top Finisher by advancing a farthest in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively. The Dodge Top Finisher program, now in a third year, recognizes Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth racers in Stock and Super Stock 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. 6 Qualifier – 3.900 ET)
Rd.1: (.082-second greeting time, 3.905 seconds during 326.79 mph) kick No. 11 J.R. Todd (.061/4.353/255.53)
Rd.2: (.076/3.963/321.73) kick to No. 3 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.069/3.892/327.03)
Rd.3: (.069/4.211/267.27 mislaid to No. 2 Tim Wilkerson (.065/3.896/329.02)
“There is no Don Schumacher Racing motorist that says we had a good weekend if we are not holding a trophy. We had a good weekend. It didn’t start off that way. We struggled a initial 3 subordinate runs and finally got to a finish line on a final subordinate run. we consider that’s all a guys needed. For Guido and John, now they had data. We stepped on it. We had a good regulating car. we don’t know if we stepped on it too distant in a semifinals. We’ll have to demeanour during a data. Tim Wilkerson was regulating phenomenal. We had to go adult there and spin all a screws up. The upside is that we leave here in a good position with points, though a downside is we wish each singular prize we can get your hands on. We’ll see if we can get that prize in Las Vegas.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.896 ET)
Rd.1: (.088-second greeting time, 3.933 seconds during 326.56 mph) kick No. 14 John Smith (.071/5.306/150.05)
Rd.2: (.069/3.892/327.03) mislaid to No. 6 Jack Beckman (.063/3.898/329.67)
“We were on a wrong side of a closest competition of a weekend. I’m happy a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is regulating so well. It’s frustrating that we keep carrying gremlins burst adult and punch us though I’m unapproachable of a group for how tough they’ve worked. They keep pulling and a automobile keeps on performing. It’s only a matter of time. You continue to run that good, things will eventually go your approach instead of going opposite you. I’m prepared for Vegas. It’s one of my favorite tracks. Everything comes in threes, we’ve left by a 3 and we’re relocating on.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.900 ET)
Rd.1: (.079-second greeting time, 3.941 seconds during 322.58 mph) kick No. 12 Jonnie Lindberg (.084/3.950/322.44)
Rd.2: (.082/9.028/77.04) mislaid to No. 4 John Force (.110/4.471/185.95)
“We had to have a ventilator barter right there (ahead of spin two) and it had approach too many power, knocked it off during a starting line, though now during slightest we know we’ve got a unequivocally good blower. At a finish of a day, we unequivocally wanted to win this race. It’s a 50th anniversary, it’s a Gatornationals. We didn’t win a 50th, but we’d like to try and come behind and win a 51st. But all in all, we’ve got a good Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. we feel good rolling into Vegas. (Crew chief) Dickie Venables has a good hoop on this combo that we’re running.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.933 ET)
Rd.1: (.084-second greeting time, 3.910 seconds during 324.59 mph) kick to No. 9 Bob Tasca III (.051/3.969/316.90)
Rd.2: (.071/10.137/77.38) mislaid to No. 1 Robert Hight (.067/3.870/330.88)
“We were perplexing to find ourselves this weekend. We came here after a good exam event in Phoenix with a mint DSR chassis. It’s not like we were that distant off this weekend, it’s only (crew arch Rahn) Tobler’s been fighting some new automobile blues. This is only something we go by when we move out a new car. Sometimes all comes out ideal and infrequently you’ve only got to follow adjustments here and there. We ran into (crew chief) Jimmy Prock and Robert Hight in spin dual and they’ve got a good regulating car. Smoking a tires during a strike is not something Rahn Tobler is famous to do and as shortly as we got behind to a array from that run, he felt like he already knew because it did that. That’s what we adore about racing with Tobler; he’s constantly thinking. Win or lose, he’s already meditative of how to get better. He catches things that will make us improved in a future. Unfortunately, this 50th anniversary would’ve been a good competition to win though it’s a prolonged deteriorate and we can’t get wait to get behind out west and competition during a Vegas Four-Wide.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.724 ET)
Rd.1: (.073-second greeting time, 3.724 seconds during 329.67 mph) kick No. 13 Pat Dakin (.108/7.999/80.28)
Rd.2: (.080/3.739/328.78) mislaid to No. 12 Richie Crampton (.022/3.785/319.37)
“The misfortune partial is we hear a automobile subsequent to we and we know that we got kick on a holeshot and we don’t need anyone revelation we that. we don’t feel like we was super late. It was some-more of a box of him overhanging super tough and we got strike with a punch. That’s a approach it is. You take a highs super high and a lows we only understanding with for a discerning impulse and afterwards try and rebound. If we let that get me down that will only impede a course relocating brazen during a subsequent race.”
“This Mopar Dodge dragster is unequivocally good. We brought in a new organisation member, Jim Underco, this weekend and he gelled with a group and they are doing a good job. The tools we’re regulating are doing great. The time slips are looking fantastic. It’s all there. We really felt like we should have won that round, though that’s drag racing.”
Up Next: Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals
Dodge//SRT and Mopar competitors will conduct subsequent to a 20th annual NHRA Nationals, Apr 5-7 during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Five-time Las Vegas Funny Car leader Ron Capps will demeanour to win for a sixth time and explain his initial Four-Wide delight during LVMS.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 3 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (2) – 330
2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 225
3. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 215
4. John Force – 200
5. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 191
6. Tim Wilkerson – 165
7. Bob Tasca III – 163
8. J.R. Todd – 159
9. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 146
10. Shawn Langdon – 143
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta (1) – 246
2. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 204
3. Steve Torrence – 197
4t. Billy Torrence (1) – 178
4t. Richie Crampton (1) – 178
6. Terry McMillen – 166
7. Mike Salinas – 161
8. Clay Millican – 157
9. Antron Brown – 150
10. Austin Prock – 138
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