August 4, 2019
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Defending NHRA Northwest Nationals leader Ron Capps came adult only brief in his bid to measure back-to-back wins in Seattle racing his Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car on Sunday during Pacific Raceways nearby Kent, Washington.
The two-time 2019 Funny Car leader done a assign by a margin to give Dodge//SRT Mopar a fifth uninterrupted eventuality to constraint an eventuality victory. Capps wasn’t means to pass John Force in a final after knocking out associate DSR and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Matt Hagan in a semifinals. DSR teammate Jack Beckman also modernized to a semifinals.
Tommy Johnson, Jr., Capps and Beckman give Dodge//SRT Mopar 3 drivers inside a top-five in a championship standings by 16 of 24 events.
Capps began his repeat bid from a seventh position and posted an opening-round win aboard his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The 2016 Funny Car universe champion grabbed a starting-line advantage from J.R. Todd and raced divided to setup his semifinal matchup with Hagan. Both drivers and teams were on their game, though it was Capps that changed on with his run of 3.974 seconds to allege to a final round. The ancestral final pitted a dual winningest drivers in a category; in their 103rd career assembly Capps had a slight advantage on a tree, though it was Force that took a win. With his run to a final, Capps changed adult to fourth in a championship standings.
After racing to a final final weekend in Sonoma, Hagan kept his movement indicating in right instruction subordinate his Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody third in a field. The two-time Seattle leader dispatched Gary Densham and Shawn Langdon before his stirring conflict with Capps.
Beckman continued his lift to apropos a championship contender. The 2007 NHRA Northwest Nationals champion competent eighth for Sunday’s rejecting rounds where he gathering a DSR Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to feat over associate DSR and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Johnson, Jr., with a well-spoken pass of 3.937 seconds to start his run for a second Seattle triumph. Beckman afterwards bounced Bob Tasca III to strech his fifth semifinal in a prior 8 events where his competition was Force. After a dual had matching greeting times, Beckman slowed when his appurtenance mislaid traction permitting Force to lift divided for a victory.
After opening a Western Swing with a feat in a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Johnson was looking to make it dual wins in 3 races. The motorist of a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat done a best path of a weekend to tighten subordinate though found himself using associate DSR and Hellcat Funny Car motorist Beckman. Johnson degraded Beckman en line to Denver triumph, though a outcome was opposite Sunday when his appurtenance went into tire-smoke only after 200 feet. Johnson, who clinched his symbol in a Countdown final weekend in Sonoma, ranks third with dual races remaining before a points are reset for a six-race championship battle.
Cruz Pedregon raced his Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat into a margin though was degraded in a initial turn by Langdon. Jim Campbell was a sixth Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist in a field, though he mislaid a tighten competition to Force in a initial round.
For Top Fuel standout Leah Pritchett, it was a bit of déjà vu as she competent her HEMI-powered [DR1] Sparkling Ice Top Fuel Dragster fifth in a field. In a rematch of final week’s initial turn competition with Austin Prock, Pritchett mislaid belligerent during a starting line, though was shutting on Prock before losing by 0.0192 seconds (approximately 9 feet).
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Bill Bushmaker and Kelly Thomas prisoner Dodge Top Finisher honors during a NHRA Northwest Nationals in a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes, respectively.
Bushmaker, motorist of a I/SA 1976 Plymouth Road Runner, competent eighth in a margin of 37 entries and a Auburn, Washington local took an opening-round feat before red-lighting in turn dual to tighten his day.
In Super Stock, Thomas raced his GT/LA 1969 Dodge Dart into turn powered by Mopar 340 tiny retard V8 that was consistently producing 10-second elapsed times all by a event.
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 competition automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.898 ET)
Rd.1: (.093-second greeting time, 3.939 seconds during 327.35 mph) kick No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (.081/4.205/253.95)
Rd.2: (.066/3.992/322.58) kick No. 2 J.R. Todd (.070/5.277/153.40)
Rd. 3: (.072/3.974/323.58) kick No. 3 Matt Hagan (.080/3.982/327.27)
Rd. 4: (.082/4.018/309.91) mislaid to No. 4 John Force (.084/3.971/320.58)
“I’m unequivocally happy with a approach a pitch ended. You know (Rahn) Tobler … we did a small bit of contrast Saturday and that unequivocally showed a lot of progress. And we kick some good racecars to strech a final round. Honestly, we suspicion we had a run to win, though for some reason a automobile did not run in a center of a line like it had all day. It was down a small bit of mile an hour. we didn’t hear or see John Force until about halftrack and he popped out about a automobile length on us. Great weekend. Good points weekend. we consider we are in a good position relocating forward.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.888 ET)
Rd.1: (.081-second greeting time, 3.988 seconds during 328.22 mph) kick No. Gary Densham (.121/4.058/322.04)
Rd.2: (.057/3.970/325.53) kick No. 6 Shawn Langdon (.082/5.067/148.69)
Rd.3: (.080/3.982/327.27) mislaid to No. 7 Ron Capps (.072/3.974/323.58)
“I consider a western pitch has been flattering good deliberation we went to a finals in Sonoma and semifinals here in Seattle. Our Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is using really, unequivocally good. I’m unequivocally happy with a performance. It’s been unchanging and is reacting to all (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) is revelation it to do. When we get kick on a backside of a good drag competition like what happened to us opposite Capps, that’s a whole lot easier to swallow than when you’re out here smoking a tires or not going down a competition track. As these races progress, and as we pierce toward a Countdown, we feel unequivocally good about what we’re doing with this competition group and competition car.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.917 ET)
Rd.1: (.089-second greeting time, 3.937 seconds during 327.59 mph) kick No. 9 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.145/4.529/195.45)
Rd.2: (.086/3.973/323.04) kick No. 1 Bob Tasca III (.086/4.017/321.50)
Rd.3: (.071/4.480/197.65) mislaid to No. 4 John Force (.071/4.014/320.97)
“A frustrating finish again. We have a top-five car. We ran into another top-five and it only becomes a conflict of tuners and drives adult there. Neither one of us ran quite great, though a automobile only smoked a tires. And we know we have a automobile that is able of winning a championship. We need to infer that we have a automobile that can win a competition right now. The china backing is that we leave here top-five in points. We gained some belligerent on a guys in front of us. The organisation chiefs have a week off to go over some things and get us orderly to go into Brainerd with a right support of mind.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.886 ET)
Rd.1: (.083-second greeting time, 5.182 seconds during 141.86 mph) mislaid to No. 8 Jack Beckman (.089/3.937/327.59)
“Our subordinate position bit us some-more than anything. It harm not carrying line choice in a initial round. The line became a one-lane-track flattering quick during that initial turn and not carrying line choice was unequivocally a disadvantage. We’ll go home and put a new front-half on this automobile and go into Brainerd with a uninformed car, and get a coherence back. I’d class a pitch a B for us, overall, with a win and a semifinal finish. You never like a first-round loss, and if we could have left some rounds today, it would have been an A.”
Leah Pritchett, Sparkling Ice Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.725 ET)
Rd.1: (.086-second greeting time, 3.762 seconds during 325.30 mph) mislaid to No. 12 Austin Prock (.068/3.761/321.95)
“We have a good prohibited rod, and we unequivocally wanted emancipation opposite (Austin) Prock after Sonoma. Unfortunately, we were on a brief finish of it once again. The Swing has unequivocally taken a toll, though we’re entrance out of it stronger than we were going into it that gives us movement streamer into Brainerd. My favorite thing about this group is they don’t hang their heads low. My guys that are led by (crew chiefs) Todd (Okuhara) and Neal (Strausbaugh) have got this prohibited rod figured out. It’s been a good western pitch and we can’t appreciate a fans adequate as we tighten out this pitch and conduct onto Brainerd.”
Up Next: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Following a week off, a Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers will resume a 2019 debate with a 32nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals during Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota, Aug 15-18.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 16 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (5) – 1341
2. John Force (1) – 1155
3. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) –1117
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 1057
5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 1039
6. Bob Tasca III (1) – 985
7. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 965
8. J.R. Todd (1) – 949
9. Shawn Langdon (1) – 840
10. Tim Wilkerson – 792
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (8) – 1587
2. Antron Brown – 966
3. Clay Millican – 955
4. Brittany Force (1) – 953
5. Doug Kalitta (1) – 940
6. Mike Salinas (2) – 883
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 786
8. Richie Crampton (1) – 753
8. Austin Prock (1) – 753
10. Terry McMillen – 676
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