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Beckman Takes Second Consecutive No. 1 Qualifying Spot in Mopar Dodge Funny Car during NHRA Finals

November 11, 2017

, Pomona, Calif.

Mopar’s Jack Beckman claimed a No. 1 subordinate position this weekend in his HEMI®-powered Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), holding a tip symbol in a 53rd annual NHRA Finals during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona. It was his second uninterrupted No. 1 bid as a Mello Yello Drag Racing Series reaches a final eventuality of 2017.

Meanwhile, a pretension quarrel in a Countdown to a Championship playoffs will come down to a handle in a Funny Car category, with Mopar’s Ron Capps subordinate his Dodge Charger R/T from DSR in a sixth symbol to points personality Robert Hight’s uncharacteristic 15th-place subordinate effort.  Capps entered a Pomona eventuality 15 markers down to Hight, and cut into that lead via a dual days of qualifying. He now is only 8 points bashful of a leader.

Beckman took a No. 1 spot, a seventh for Mopar in Funny Car this season, on a strength of a 3.835-second pass during 334.98 mph on Friday dusk during a second subordinate eventuality during a ancestral Pomona line easterly of Los Angeles. The 2012 Funny Car champion also took a tip symbol dual weeks ago in a NHRA Nationals during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway, bringing his sum to dual on a deteriorate and 23 in his career.

Beckman’s No. 1 bid represented a 17th tip subordinate position altogether for Mopar opposite both Nitro categories (10 in Top Fuel, 7 in Funny Car) during a brand’s 80th anniversary in 2017.

Thanks to a special points-and-a-half format implemented by NHRA for this weekend’s event, Beckman collected 10 points for subordinate No. 1 instead of a common eight, along with another 8 for environment discerning time of Q2 and Q4, value 4 points each, as opposite to a 3 customarily adult for grabs for a discerning time in any session. Those points will assist a Southern California local Beckman as he looks to urge from fourth to during slightest a third position in a final indicate standings during Sunday’s rejecting rounds. 

Ron Capps, a 2016 Funny Car champion, competent in a sixth position to explain 6 points, along with collecting 4 reward points over a 4 subordinate sessions. Teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. is now seventh in points and competent third in a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T from DSR, picking adult 8 markers for a subordinate symbol and 4 reward points after environment discerning time in Q1. Matt Hagan will start from a seventh symbol (worth 5 points) in a Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge from DSR, and also combined 3 reward points to his sum as he looks to urge from his stream fifth-place position. Hagan claimed 4 No. 1 subordinate positions to lead Mopar in a Funny Car difficulty in 2017, with Tommy Johnson Jr. picking adult one.

In a Top Fuel ranks, Leah Pritchett competent her Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil dragster from DSR in in a third position, value 8 points, while also picking adult 8 reward points after environment discerning time in both Q1 and Q3. She done a best path of 3.674 seconds during 325.61 mph on Saturday afternoon. Pritchett competent No. 1 on 6 occasions during a march of a 2017 deteriorate and will try to indurate her position in a tip 5 in a standings.

Tony Schumacher, who took 4 immature hats this year as an eventuality No. 1 qualifier, will start from a sixth symbol on Sunday’s rejecting ladder in his Mopar-backed U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. The eight-time champion collected 3 reward points after environment a second quickest time in a third subordinate eventuality and one additional indicate for a fourth-quickest time of Q4. The sixth-place subordinate position also warranted him 6 points as he looks to tighten out a deteriorate in a tip 5 in a Top Fuel standings.

Retiring Mopar Pro Stock brave and 2012 title-winner Allen Johnson landed 10th in his Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart as he prepares to make his final start.

Mopar/Dodge Notes Quotes
(best elapsed time in bold)

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 1, will face No. 16 Jeff Arend
Friday: (6.825 seconds during 95.35 mph – Q1); (3.835/334.98 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.249/220.40 – Q3); (3.859/332.34 – Q4)

“I indeed suspicion we competence be quicker tonight than we were final night. There was some-more object on a line for longer currently and (it was) a bit some-more cloudy yesterday morning. But to go out there and be low of a final eventuality was awesome. So we were low of both of a good sessions, though we won’t see that until a final turn tomorrow. We smoked a tires in a other ones. we like a chances though it’s not like it’s going to be well-spoken sailing. We have to make educated, good decisions tomorrow.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 6, will face No. 11 Del Worsham
Friday: (6.107 seconds during 113.64 mph– Q1); (3.956/322.19 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.897/328.22 – Q3); (3.917/323.66 – Q4)

“We were doing a Mopar autographs this morning and it was unequivocally engaging articulate to my teammates and how many they wanted to assistance by holding out a opponents tomorrow and that’s a good feeling. We’ve got good DSR Funny Cars. It’s going to be fun to see what transpires. We know we are a hunters now and not a wanted and we have to go one turn over what Hight does. That’s a good group over there with Jimmy Prock and we design them to have a good day tomorrow, so we know we have to have a improved day. I’ve been observant it all year long, a guys are a comprehensive best and they make me feel so assured in a car. You couldn’t ask for some-more than that. It’s going to be a many vigour you’re going to see all deteriorate long, and it’s going to be fun to be means to tag into a cars and demeanour out during my guys and hurl to a starting line and see what happens.”

Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 Scott Palmer
Friday: (3.712 seconds during 326.32– Q1); (7.775/85.31 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.674/325.61 – Q3); (5.184/129.89 – Q4)

“I consider we did a good pursuit of holding all a information we know from a success here (winning a Winternationals in February) and putting it to a line with a .67, that we consider was rather startling given we did it in a hottest conditions. Tomorrow all is out on a line. Each particular group has their possess goals. Ours of march is to get as high as possible. That would be a No. 3 spot. We’ve got a plain matchup tomorrow morning opposite Scott Palmer. The sign of group is ‘do what we know how to do and have fun.’ That’s some-more than only a saying. We’re carrying a good time doing it and we only wish to finish this like we started it.”
 
Matt Hagan, Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 Gary Densham
Friday: (7.606 seconds during 91.30 mph– Q1); (7.947/79.68 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.933/328.62 – Q3); (3.898/333.08 – Q4)

“It would be overwhelming to finish strong. Obviously entrance off a win in Vegas, we’re carrying some of that movement here. Our foe automobile seemed to be using flattering good today. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to tomorrow. I’d like to see if we can get out there and assistance (Ron) Capps out a small bit and maybe try to take out Robert (Hight). we don’t know how a ladder looks, we consider someone mentioned that we competence have him second turn or something like that. But we’ve got to get there. We’ve got to get by initial turn to be means to assistance anybody second round. The car’s using good and we always have a lot of fitness here during Pomona. So hopefully we can lift some of that into tomorrow.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 4, will face No.13 Bob Bode
Friday: (3.887 seconds during 314.31 mph– Q1); (8.146/86.30 – Q2)
Saturday: (5.276/132.06 – Q3); (3.916/324.67 – Q4)

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 6, will face No. 11 Shawn Langdon
Friday: (5.987 seconds during 111.74 mph – Q1); (6.119/117.35 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.757/326.00– Q3); (3.721/328.54 – Q4)

Tune-in Info                            
FOX Sports 1 will promote a rejecting rounds of a 53rd annual NHRA Finals LIVE during 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov 12.

For some-more information on Mopar and Dodge in NHRA, check out a Mopar brand’s central blog, http://blog.mopar.com.

About Mopar Motorsports
The Mopar brand’s joining to veteran motorsports foe was determined in a 1950s when a partnership lighted with drag racing colonize Don Garlits, ensuing in a violation of countless speed and opening barriers in HEMI-powered vehicles over a subsequent several decades. In 2016, interjection to Don Schumacher Racing motorist Ron Capps, Mopar prisoner a fourth NHRA Funny Car World Championship in a final 6 years. As Mopar celebrates 80 years as a code in 2017, it will concentration a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series efforts on NHRA Funny Car and, with rising star Leah Pritchett, NHRA Top Fuel Dragster. Mopar will also accelerate a joining to NHRA Sportsman racing with new strait rewards, bureau support and at-track technical recommendation and guidance.

Mopar-First Features
During a brand’s 80 years, Mopar has introduced countless industry-first facilities including:

  • Vehicle-information apps: initial to deliver smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
  • wiADVISOR: initial to incorporate a tablet-based use line tool
  • Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): initial to marketplace with a new interactive car tracking device that sends owners a content when car is driven too quick or too distant formed on pre-set parameters
  • Wi-Fi: initial to offer business a ability to make their car a wireless prohibited spot
  • Electronic owners manuals: initial to deliver normal owners manuals on a smartphone app

 
80 Years of Mopar
Mopar (a elementary contraction of a difference MOtor and PARts) was innate on Aug 1, 1937, as a name of a line of antifreeze products. Mopar has given developed over 80 years to offer as a sum service, tools and customer-care code of all FCA vehicles around a globe.

Mopar done a symbol in a 1960s during a muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to raise speed and doing for both highway and racing use, and stretched to embody technical use and patron support. Today, a Mopar brand’s tellurian strech distributes some-more than 500,000 tools and accessories in over 150 markets around a world. With some-more than 50 tools placement centers and 25 patron hit centers globally, Mopar integrates service, tools and customer-care operations in sequence to raise patron and play support worldwide.

Mopar is a source for genuine tools and accessories for all FCA US LLC car brands. Mopar tools are engineered together with a same teams that emanate factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, charity a approach tie that no other aftermarket tools association can provide. Complete information on a Mopar code is accessible at www.mopar.com.