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Beckman Races Dodge//SRT Mopar-powered Funny Car to Finals in Season-opening NHRA Winternationals

February 11, 2019

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist “Fast Jack” Beckman was seeking a lot of firsts on a picture-perfect afternoon during a rain-delayed 59th annual NHRA Winternationals during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona.
First leader in 2019. First leader in a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat body. First career win during his home track. The 2012 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion and his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) group came out overhanging in a deteriorate opener with 3 spin wins in a Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, though were usually 4 feet brief of checking all those boxes late Monday afternoon.
While Beckman stormed to his 57th career finals appearance, a rest of a DSR Dodge Mopar fortuitous had churned formula on Monday. Tommy Johnson Jr. continued his Pomona sorcery aboard a DSR Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat branch on a span of win lights after reaching a final to tighten out 2018 during a Fairplex. Ron Capps, a three-time Winternationals champion, raced a NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat into a second spin while two-time reigning Winternationals champion Matt Hagan was dissapoint in a initial round. Leah Pritchett scored an dissapoint win in her HEMI-powered Sparkling Ice/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster before entrance adult brief in a second round.
Beckman was set adult for success in eliminations interjection to a vigourous subordinate run of 3.900 Saturday afternoon. After a motorist like delight over Phil Burkart in a initial spin with a run of 4.102 ET, a Norco, California, local posted his best path of a weekend (3.875 ET) to improved Cruz Pedregon in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and set adult and all-DSR semifinal contra Johnson. The Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat left first, though a purify run by Beckman put him position to finally secure a Pomona victory. It was a 41st assembly between Beckman and Robert Hight, 11th in a finals. Hight left first, though Beckman was right there by a run eventually losing by .0073 seconds.

Johnson carried movement from final November’s run to a final, subordinate third and holding down challenging foes Tim Wilkerson in spin one and Shawn Langdon in a second spin to set adult an all-DSR semifinal. Johnson took a starting line advantage, though couldn’t say traction and was finished for a weekend.
Ron Capps finished a top-five in subordinate pushing a NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and looked clever in racing past Gary Densham in spin one of eliminations. He battled John Force to a handle in spin two, though his pass of 4.092 ET wasn’t adequate to take down Force. Matt Hagan, who competent a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat No. 4, had any early advantage on Force in a opening round, though slowed to a path of 4.140 and couldn’t allege when Force put adult a session-best run of 3.890 ET.

Johnson Takes Keys for 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Tommy Johnson Jr. will be spending many of 2019 behind a circle of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat — both on a travel and during a drag frame after being presented a keys to a mint 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the quickest, fastest and many absolute sedan in a world, on Sunday during a NHRA Winternationals.
Johnson will strike a streets in a 707-horsepower four-door flesh automobile for one year in approval of recording a best finish of any Dodge Funny Car motorist final year by claiming a top-three symbol in a final altogether 2018 NHRA standings.
“It’s a unequivocally cold understanding to be means to expostulate a street-version of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for one year, while also competing in a Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car physique on a drag strip, as well,” pronounced Johnson. “A large appreciate we to Dodge//SRT for this opportunity. It’s a good prerogative for a team’s 2018 performance. Dodge can rest positive that a Charger SRT Hellcat will have a good home and get a lot of use by me over a subsequent year.”
A Charger SRT Hellcat will again be on a line for 2019. Six Mopar-powered Dodge Funny Car drivers will conflict to close down a tip top-five finish in a final 2019 NHRA altogether standings and a possibility to take a keys to a 707-horsepower sedan for an whole year.

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In Stock Eliminator, Jim Durham from Stonyford, California, gathering his 1972 E/SA Plymouth Duster 340 to a quarterfinals during a NHRA Winternationals. In a parsimonious matchup, Durham mislaid by a tiny 0.040 seconds to his foe in spin four. For advancing a farthest in competition, Durham collected a Dodge Top Finisher in Stock Eliminator.
Mike Cotten from Cave Creek, Arizona, gathering his SS/IA 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda to a spin 3 finish in Super Stock during a NHRA Winternationals during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona. Powered by a Mopar 383 cubic-inch big-block V8, Cotton had competent series 7 with a run of 9.77 seconds and was looking unchanging during eliminations until a redlight start finished his day. Cotten took home a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in Super Stock.
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 foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Up Next: NHRA Arizona Nationals
Dodge//SRT and Mopar competitors will conduct subsequent to a NHRA Arizona Nationals, scheduled for Feb 22-24 during Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. Beckman and Capps are three-time Phoenix winners while Pritchett and Hagan have any scored a span of victories in a desert. Johnson won a 2006 event.

Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.900 ET
Rd.1: (.082-second greeting time, 4.102 seconds during 237.96 mph) kick No. 15 Phil Burkart (No Time)
Rd.2: (.079/3.875/331.94) kick No. 7 Cruz Pedregon (.098/3.962/328.46)
Rd.3: (.084/3.898/327.59) kick No. 3 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.056/5.216/144.83)
Rd.4: (.062/3.880/329.42) mislaid to No. 1 Robert Height (.054/3.881/329.75)
“As a driver, a final thing we wish is to demeanour during that time trip and see that we got kick on a holeshot. Final rounds are a tiny opposite since drivers will hurl it in a tiny bit since we don’t caring about line choice.
“I am so unapproachable of everybody here. We didn’t test. We were struggling until a final subordinate run and afterwards laid down a path that put us second, though we don’t consider that embellished a full picture. We had finished indiscriminate changes – 5 out of a 6 purchase discs are opposite than when we left here in November, and for a guys to zero-in on it that discerning though a advantage of pre-season contrast and take this automobile to a final spin and run it as discerning as anybody right now, we can’t wait for Phoenix.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.904 ET)

Rd.1: (.076-second greeting time, 4.193 seconds during 288.33 mph) kick No. 14 Tim Wilkerson (.097/5.822/121.03)
Rd.2: (.076/3.876/326.87) kick No. 6 Shawn Langdon (.057/3.982/324.05)
Rd.3: (.056/5.216/144.83) mislaid to No.2 Jack Beckman (.084/3.898/327.59)
“It’s been a unequivocally good start to a season; a best start as a team. To leave here third in points and make some unequivocally good runs, I’m unequivocally happy with a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. We finished final year with it and put it away. We brought it out and it picked right adult where it left off. I’m unequivocally vehement and consider we have a unequivocally rival group for a rest of a year.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.915 ET)

Rd.1: (.079-second greeting time, 3.933 seconds during 323.04 mph) kick No.12 Gary Densham (.152/12.020/83.20)
Rd.2: (.076/4.092/248.07) mislaid No. 13 John Force (.081/3.900/323.19)
“We are still looking during a data, though that event got unequivocally quick We usually went adult there and attempted to run a mid-80 and Jimmy Prock ran a 3.85 and a automobile positively felt comfortable. The run before that was my initial full run in a car. The automobile drives so many better, so many nicer and we have to have approach reduction steering input, that is a good thing, some-more downforce on a front end, that is a good thing. And in that run, we usually went after it. we adore when we go adult there and try to go low ET. It usually came loose. You hatred to remove a foe like that. The usually thing that helps is it’s a initial foe of a season. I’m vehement about using these new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat bodies. we consider it’s going to be a fun year.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.909 ET)

Rd.1: (.070-second greeting time, 3.932 seconds during 322.12 mph) mislaid to No. 13 John Force (.082/3.890/333.74)
“Obviously not a Winternationals we were anticipating for. We won this foe a past dual years in a quarrel and were anticipating to make it three. we consider if maybe we onslaught during a commencement of a deteriorate than we’ll do good during a finish since a final integrate of years we’ve finished good during a commencement and afterwards stumbled during a end. At slightest that’s how I’m perplexing to demeanour during it right now. Our MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is going down a foe track, though it was usually one of those things. We strike a strike out there and a purchase came during it unequivocally tough and pulled a tires loose. No excuses, on to a subsequent foe though we consider with a approach we competent and a approach a cars been running, I’m happy with it.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge/Sparkling Ice Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 14 Qualifier – 3.963 ET)
Rd.1: (.050-second greeting time, 3.707 seconds during 325.61 mph) kick No. 3 Antron Brown (.047/3.733/329.26)
Rd.2: (.078/4.622/147.12) mislaid to No. 9 Terry McMillen (.054/3.696/329.91)
“What a spin of events here on Monday. The guys did a good pursuit creation a automobile faster, leaner and meaner. The foe is super stiff. Unfortunately, a hurdles we faced during Saturday’s subordinate event showed adult again today. We had a tiny window to pull unequivocally tough through. We have some tools that aren’t accurately similar with a approach that we are using this car. We are stability to learn. This was not a approach we wanted to start a season, though it’s good to be behind out here. we consider we put on a good uncover for a fans. I’m approximate by good people here during Don Schumacher Racing and this Mopar group will be prepared quarrel in Phoenix with a tiny opposite strategy”

2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 1 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight – 121 
2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 100
3. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat  – 81

4. John Force – 71
5. Shawn Langdon – 58 
6. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 57
7.  Bob Tasca III – 55
8. Cruz Pedregon, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 54 
9. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 37
10. Jim Campbell, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 32

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – 117
2. Steve Torrence – 106
3.  Terry McMillen – 72
4. Mike Salinas – 70 
5. Billy Torrence – 56 
6t.. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI – 52  
6t. Austin Prock – 52 
8. Antron Brown – 37
9t. Richie Crampton – 35
9t.  Scott Palmer – 35    
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