June 23, 2019
, Norwalk, Ohio
Jack Beckman modernized to his third final turn of a deteriorate and 59th of his career, finishing runner-up in his Dodge//SRT Mopar appurtenance in a 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals during Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
At a median indicate of a 2019 season, Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers possess 3 of a tip 5 positions in a Funny Car standings.
“Fast Jack” and his Infinite Hero Foundation group sealed out an considerable four-race stretch, reaching a semifinals all 4 races, creation dual final rounds and climbing from seventh to fourth in a standings. Beckman wasn’t a usually Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) motorist to make a low run Sunday. Tommy Johnson, Jr. powered his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to a semifinals for a sixth time this deteriorate and Leah Pritchett incited on a span of win lights in her HEMI-powered Top Fuel dragster.
Beckman’s query for a fourth Norwalk delight non-stop with a pass of 3.950 seconds, a second-fastest run of a initial round, to improved Jonnie Lindberg. After dispatching Shawn Langdon with a plain run in turn two, it was an all-DSR/Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat conflict in a semifinals with Beckman and Johnson. The 2012 Funny Car universe champion did remove traction about halftrack, though he kept his appurtenance going down a lane to improved Johnson, who mislaid traction immediately, and strech his fourth career final during Summit Motorsports Park.
In a final, Beckman was adult in fume during a strike of stifle and Bob Tasca III raced divided for a win.
Before Johnson’s day finished abruptly contra Beckman in a semifinal round, he continued his prevalence over Tim Wilkerson with a run of 4.288/215.62 to allege and face associate DSR and Hellcat teammate Capps in turn two. Johnson was purify from start to finish clocking a run of 4.058 and was never challenged by a No. 1 qualifier who mislaid traction during a hit.
After subordinate second for a second uninterrupted event, Pritchett was focused on advancing past a initial turn for a initial time in 6 races. She achieved that goal by chasing down Luigi Novelli with her run of 3.807/327.11. It took a best run of a second round, 3.821, for Pritchett to strike out three-time Top Fuel universe champion Antron Brown. In a semifinal round, Pritchett went adult in fume during a launch and she wasn’t means to redeem and mislaid to Pat Dakin.
After earning his initial No. 1 qualifier and 23rd of his career, 2016 Funny Car universe champion Capps non-stop foe with a well-spoken run of 3.961/318.69 in his Pennzoil-backed Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to dispatch Bob Bode in turn one. His run for a second Norwalk delight came to an finish when he mislaid traction during a strike and was forced to watch DSR teammate Johnson expostulate to victory.
Two-time Funny Car universe champion and 2018 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals leader Matt Hagan competent a Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat 11th and was eyeing a clever finish to a four-race stretch. Hagan faced final week’s leader Bob Tasca III in a opening turn and he uncharacteristically stood on a gas betimes and activated a red light to automatically palm a feat to Tasca.
In other first-round movement with Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars competing, Cruz Pedregon mislaid to John Force and Dale Creasy was degraded by associate Hellcat aspirant Paul Lee, who also fell to Tasca.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In Factory Stock Showdown, Leah Pritchett raced a DSR Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a 13th position in a 16-car margin during a Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. The reigning FSS champion took on Bill Skillman in a initial turn and Pritchett had a early advantage with her .036-second greeting time. Skillman gathering around her with his pass of 7.919/172.72. Pritchett’s run of 8.047/171.60 wasn’t adequate to measure a turn win.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.915 ET)
Rd.1: (.072-second greeting time, 3.950 seconds during 324.75 mph) kick to No. 13 Jonnie Lindberg (.082/9.971/71.79)
Rd.2: (.069/4.015/318.77) kick to No. 12 Shawn Langdon (.056/4.075/313.95)
Rd. 3: (.088/4.980/234.45) kick No. 8 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.067/6.969/143.34)
Rd. 4: (.061/11.764/77.85) mislaid to No. 6 Bob Tasca III (.077/4.383/245.09)
“We had a unequivocally plain four-race swing, though we unequivocally need a trophy. That’s what sets in a minds of all a organisation guys that ‘we can do this’. I’ll take all a runner-ups we can get in a Countdown, since afterwards it’s about points. Right now, we unequivocally wish that prize and we are so close. It’s bittersweet to run this good, and afterwards not put a good bid in a final round. In a final 4 races, we have won 10 rounds, that is about as good as anyone is doing in Funny Car. We are relocating behind adult in a points. Our cars are creation unchanging runs and we consider now we are one of a adored cars again. As a motorist that always feels great. You expostulate improved when we feel like we are on a faster horse. we feel that approach right now and we wish we were racing subsequent weekend.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.928ET)
Rd.1: (.071-second greeting time, 4.288 seconds during 215.62 mph) kick No. 9 Tim Wilkerson (.082/4.462/195.11)
Rd. 2: (.068/4.058/316.58) to No. 1 Ron Capps (.076/11.144/75.31)
Rd. 3: (.067/6.969/143.34) mislaid to No. 4 Jack Beckman (.088/4.980/234.45)
“We were anticipating to have a shot during a initial Norwalk win, though usually captivated a lane there early and couldn’t get it behind underneath me to follow down Jack. We can’t be too unhappy in a four-race stretch. We got a win and dual semifinal appearances. We’ve got a unequivocally good Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat right now. It’s been a prolonged 4 in a quarrel and everybody is looking brazen to a weekend off. We’ll regroup and come behind overhanging in Epping.”
Ron Capps, Pennzoil/NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.879 ET)
Rd.1: (.107-second greeting time, 3.961 seconds during 318.69 mph) kick No. 16 Bob Bode (.097/10.304/87.07)
Rd.2: (.076/11.144/75.31) mislaid No. 8 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.068/4.058/316.58)
“It hurts not to travel out of here with a Wally as good as this Hellcat was. That immature shawl we got for subordinate series one represents a organisation arch and a organisation that blending to so many opposite conditions on Friday and Saturday. That’s a plume in a tip for those guys, though we unequivocally felt like we had a good automobile for competition day. Smoking a tires during a strike of a stifle isn’t some a automobile does too often. We didn’t feel like we were pulling too hard. we consider these small moments we are carrying during these marks where we are exiting early are going to assistance us down a road. As we get absolved of all these small issues, hopefully that will get us prepared for a countdown.”
Matt Hagan, Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 3.975 ET)
Rd.1: (-.041-second greeting time, 5.190 seconds during 147.23 mph) mislaid to No. 6 Bob Tasca III (.071/3.957/324.59)
“I messed adult bad today. Red lit, double-stepped it. we was adult there prepared to go, and it seemed like a prolonged light to me. My feet pronounced ‘go,’ and a tree hadn’t depressed yet. we was a small too amped up, we guess. We have a small mangle (in a schedule) entrance up. We’ll get behind into a slit of things and have a uninformed start in Epping. I’ve got some time to let a dirt settle. We didn’t have a good four-race swing, though we still have a lot of racing to do.”
Leah Pritchett, Don Schumacher Racing/Mopar/Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.714 ET)
Rd.1: (.130-second greeting time, 3.807 seconds during 327.11 mph) kick to No. 15 Luigi Novelli (.010/4.600/167/53)
Rd.2: (.122/3.821/326.00) kick No. 7 Antron Brown (.042/3.981/304.39)
Rd.3: (.083/5.378/223.76) mislaid No. 14 Pat Dakin (.027/4.603/170.43)
“We’re really finale this four-race pitch on a high note. We done 6 unchanging full-pulls this weekend. That’s given this group not usually a certainty that we’ve needed, though a opening streamer into this subsequent proviso of a season. We haven’t been means to charge what caused a tire-smoking conditions yet; all checks out. We done it to a semifinals today. That’s good for a guys and a good thing to build on streamer into a subsequent race.”
Up Next: NHRA New England Nationals
Following a week off, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel, Funny Car and Sportsman drivers and teams conduct to a East Coast for a New England NHRA Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire, scheduled for Jul 5 – 7. Mopar-powered Dodge drivers Matt Hagan (2017, 2018) and Ron Capps (2014, 2016) have won a Funny Car Wally 4 of a final 5 years.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 12 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (4) – 1,022
2. John Force – 869
3. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 856
4. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 819
5. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 809
6. J.R. Todd (1) – 764
7. Bob Tasca III (1) – 689
8. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 656
9. Tim Wilkerson – 619
10. Shawn Langdon (1) – 580
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (6) – 1164
2. Doug Kalitta (1) – 760
3. Brittany Force (1) –744
4. Antron Brown – 733
5. Mike Salinas (2) – 732
6. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 651
7. Clay Millican – 649
8. Richie Crampton (1) – 532
9. Terry McMillen – 524
10. Austin Prock – 518
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