October 30, 2019
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship is going to come down to a outcome of a final dual events of a season. Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman and Ron Capps, all former Funny Car universe champions, can raise their chances of lifting a championship hardware again by attack a kitty in a Dodge NHRA Nationals Powered by Pennzoil during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, Nov. 1-3, 2019.
The Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) contingent ranks fourth, second and sixth, respectively, in a standings and any has a prior championship run in a past 6 seasons. A feat in a Dodge NHRA Nationals bodes good from a chronological viewpoint also, with dual of a prior 3 Funny Car champions clocking wins during a tumble stop in Las Vegas. The success of a HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars in 2019, 9 wins and 18 sum final appearances, as good as in a Countdown, dual wins and a runner-up, enhances their contingency of tightening a points chase.
DSR’s Leah Pritchett stays alive in her query for her initial Top Fuel universe championship. She ranks fifth in a standings and is 104 points out of first. A initial Las Vegas triumph, along with early exits by a indicate leaders, would approaching cut that domain in half and boost her shot during a title.
Closing a points opening in Las Vegas is critical for a Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers. The final competition of a 2019 NHRA season, a Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, California, on Nov. 14-17, pays 1.5 times a points of a other races in a Countdown.
The Countdown started delayed for two-time Funny Car champion Hagan, with second- and first-round defeats in Reading and St. Louis. Crew Chief Dickie Venables got things incited around on a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car in Charlotte as Hagan done a run to a semifinals, afterwards picked adult his third win of 2019 in a AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals during Texas Motorplex in a many new event. His 32nd career Funny Car delight was a outcome of coherence on competition day as Hagan posted runs in a 3.90-second operation via a day to measure a first-ever feat in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car.
Winning in a Countdown has been a pivotal to securing a championship. In 5 of a prior 6 Countdowns, a champion has won during slightest one race. In 4 of those years, a contingent champion picked adult 3 or some-more wins. Hagan won 3 times during his pretension impetus in 2014, and he might have to transcribe that run in sequence to erase a 112-point necessity he now faces.
Beckman, a 2012 Funny Car champion, non-stop a Countdown with an considerable feat during a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals during Maple Grove Raceway nearby Reading, Pennsylvania. The Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car was sealed down en lane to his 29th career delight and initial of a deteriorate after reaching 5 prior finals. After a tough first-round detriment in St. Louis, Beckman and his DSR group bounced behind in Charlotte earning a No. 1 qualifier position and advancing a final.
Through 4 races in a 2019 Countdown, Beckman has matched a final-round stats accessible during his 2012 championship campaign. Scoring another win and a runner-up would severely boost his chances as he trails Robert Hight by 60 points streamer into Las Vegas.
Capps, a 2016 champion, non-stop his query for a second pretension with a new lane record and a No. 1 qualifier in Reading. He modernized to a semifinals in a initial competition and afterwards again in Charlotte, though he mislaid a tough first-round conflict with Beckman in Dallas, that has him 135 points out of first. The best box unfolding for Capps is to continue this year’s Countdown trend and turn a fifth opposite leader in 5 races and also have a drivers in front of him stumble.
Despite being 194 points out of first, Tommy Johnson, Jr. doesn’t mind his longshot odds. After carrying a best unchanging deteriorate of his career that enclosed a span of wins behind a circle of a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, a Countdown has been a struggle. He has scored usually dual turn wins in a initial 4 events, though going his approach are his new late-season heroics. Coming on clever late seems to be partial of his DNA as evidenced by final 2015 with a span of runner-ups and winning a 2016 and 2017 deteriorate finales.
Fox Sports 1 will atmosphere coverage of subordinate Friday dusk from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern. The network will promote coverage of eliminations Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Eastern.
Higher Education during 300 mph: Mopar CAP Students to Visit Dodge NHRA Nationals
For a fourth NHRA inhabitant eventuality in 2019, preparation will take core theatre with a Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP) “Assemble Your Future” beginning and a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Youth Education Services (YES) program.
Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP), by a partnership with Pennzoil, will horde next-generation use technician students during The Strip during Las Vegas Friday, Nov. 1, as partial of a “Assemble Your Future” initiative. More than 30 students from ATI’s Automotive Training Technician module are approaching to attend and have a event to correlate with area FCA US dealership member and get an inside demeanour during a NHRA, visiting with Hagan and Pritchett and furloughed a DSR array areas.
Established in 1984, a module prepares students to start their automotive technician careers on graduation from a certified, two-year training institution, such as a university, college, village college or technical center. Currently, FCA has some-more than 9,000 active students enrolled in a Mopar CAP program, with students completing some-more than 100,000 category courses. There are an estimated 750,000 automobile technicians operative nationally, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across a industry, another 46,000 will need to be hired between 2019 and 2026 to accommodate increasing demand.
The module enclosed identical Mopar CAP “Assemble Your Future” beginning programs during NHRA inhabitant events in 2019 in Houston, Denver and Reading. For some-more information on a Mopar CAP program, revisit www.MoparCAP.com.
As partial of a NHRA YES initiative, some-more than 2,000 internal Las Vegas high propagandize students are scheduled to hear from Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist Hagan, who will concentration on a significance of math, scholarship and other skills that can lead to new career opportunities.
Dodge Garage: Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
Fans can follow NHRA’s Countdown to a Championship during Dodge Garage, a one-stop portal for Dodge//SRT and Mopar drag racing news. The site includes daily updates and entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise.
@DodgeMoparMotorsports on Instagram
The @DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel will share calm capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers in movement in a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers competing in classes such as Factory Stock Showdown, Stock and Super Stock, as good as additional motorsports series.
Dodge//SRT offers a finish lineup of opening vehicles that mount out in their possess segments. Dodge is America’s opening code and SRT is positioned as a ultimate opening halo of a Dodge brand, together formulating a finish and offset opening code with one prophesy and one voice.
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