June 16, 2019
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammates Jack Beckman and Ron Capps led a brigade of Dodge//SRT Mopar machines to semifinal finishes in a 19th Annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals during Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee on Sunday, Jun 16.
Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT drivers Capps and Beckman now lay fourth and fifth, respectively, in a standings only behind DSR teammate Tommy Johnson, Jr., who now binds a third position.
“Fast Jack” Beckman and his Infinite Hero Foundation group followed final week’s run to a final in a NHRA Heartland Nationals with another unchanging weekend in Bristol. Beckman piloted a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to a fourth position in subordinate and envisioned capturing his initial Thunder Valley delight with his clever run in a opening spin of eliminations of 3.912 seconds during 326.24 mph to improved Tim Wilkerson.
In spin two, Beckman posted another vigourous run, a jubilant 4.076 ET over reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd. His third uninterrupted semifinal entrance pitted him opposite John Force where Beckman’s day finished approximately 60 feet after his launch when he mislaid traction. He attempted to recover, though Force was gone..
Two-time fortifying Thunder Valley Nationals leader and NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Ron Capps began his run for a third uninterrupted Father’s Day delight from a No. 7 position. He began a day by creation a well-spoken run of 4.005 seconds to dispatch Blake Alexander and allege to spin two.
Capps faced Shawn Langdon in a second spin and used a quickest run of a quarterfinals during 4.039 seconds to constraint a victory. With a spin win, he faced Bob Tasca III in a semifinal where a dual were scarcely even off a starting line, though when his appurtenance mislaid a cylinder nearby a mid indicate of a run it drifted nearby a centerline forcing Capps to finish his run.
Johnson warranted his position in a tip half of Sunday’s margin by shutting subordinate with an considerable run of 4.003 seconds to squeeze a eighth position. It noted a second time in a final 5 events where Johnson and DSR teammate Matt Hagan squared off in spin one. Johnson was on a income in this foe posting his best run of a weekend, 3.964 ET, to constraint his third uninterrupted win over a negligence Hagan. The movement from his first-round feat was brief lived as Johnson went adult in fume after a strike opposite John Force to finish his chances of a second feat in 3 races.
After subordinate a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat ninth with his second spin subordinate run of 4.012 seconds, two-time World Champion Hagan continued his new trend of using into associate DSR and Hellcat Funny Car racers during a early rounds of eliminations. He was interconnected opposite Johnson to open eliminations Sunday. Both left a starting line with matching .080-reaction times, though Hagan mislaid a cylinder nearby halftrack and his appurtenance pulled tough toward a core line forcing him to take shy movement and his path of 4.736 wasn’t adequate to equivocate his fifth uninterrupted detriment opposite another Hellcat Funny Car.
In other first-round movement with Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars competing, Cruz Pedregon mislaid to Robert Hight and Jim Campbell was degraded by Tasca.
In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett scored 5 reward points during subordinate aboard a Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster and started from a No. 2 position, her best of a season. Pritchett was eyeing her initial career delight during Bristol Dragway and initial of a 2019 campaign. In her first-ever foe contra Lex Joon, Pritchett left a starting line initial though quick had her hands full perplexing to pedal her appurtenance down a track. Ultimately, she was means to get her dragster to recover, though not in time to locate Joon.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In Stock Eliminator, Mike Cotten gathering his F/SA 1973 Plymouth Duster 340 to a runner-up during a NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The longtime Mopar Sportsman racer who hails from Cave Creek, Arizona, gathering by 6 eliminator matchups of heated foe to strech his eighth final spin appearance. Racing off an 11.18-second dial-in during a finals, Cotten had a good greeting time though unfortunately broke-out by a small 0.007-second by using a 11.173 ET. With this performance, Cotton warranted a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in a class.
Michael Volkman from Campobello, South Carolina, gathering his 2000 GT/LA Chrysler Sebring to a spin dual finish in Super Stock during Bristol Dragway. Powered by a Mopar 318 cubic-inch V8, Volkman was looking to extend his query for another feat until a redlight finished his day early. Volkman, a pervious multi-time Dodge Top Finisher leader in 2017 and 2018, once again collected a honors 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 national events.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.976 ET)
Rd.1: (.067-second greeting time, 3.912 seconds during 326.24 mph) kick to No. 13 Tim Wilkerson (.070/3.912/326.40)
Rd.2: (.060/4.076/315.64) kick to No. 5 J.R. Todd (.059/4.397/284.81)
Rd.3: (.073/7.532/319.90) mislaid to No. 1 John Force (.027/4.125/316.38)
“In a final 3 races, we have put 7 spin wins together and maybe some-more importantly we have a predicted car. Once we make it unchanging we can gaunt on it and get quicker. What we see as certainty moving is that we are now means to make good runs on cold marks and prohibited tracks. we don’t consider it’s going to matter what conditions we face going forward, since we consider we have a tune-up resolution for that. we do know that if we keep using like this that a initial foe win of a deteriorate is going to come flattering soon. The good thing is that we don’t wish to get to this partial of a deteriorate and start struggling. We are on an ceiling trend and we design that to continue.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 4.002 ET)
Rd.1: (.080-second greeting time, 4.005 seconds during 314.53 mph) kick No. 10 Blake Alexander (.052/4.383/212.16)
Rd.2: (.089/4.039/312.28) kick No. Shawn Langdon (.068/4.080/309.27)
Rd.3: (.065/4.216/258.86) mislaid to Bob Tasca III (.060/4.048/317.87)
“Obviously, we’re a small bummed we couldn’t get behind to a final and have a shot during going three-in-a-row. Still, we’re unusually gratified with how we did on Saturday, removing down a line and earning line choice with a 4.002 in a heat. And afterwards to go 3 rounds currently was good. In a semis, a automobile got out there a small bit, and afterwards Tasca pulled ahead, and we close a automobile off early. We haven’t had a cylinder dump like that early into a run in a prolonged time, so we’ll demeanour during a information and see because it did that.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 4.003 ET)
Rd.1: (.080-second greeting time, 3.964 seconds during 311.92 mph) kick No. 9 Matt Hagan (.080/4.736/223.50)
Rd. 2: (.134/8.529/88.42) mislaid to No. 1 John Force (.083/4.044/318.32)
“The line held us off ensure there in that second spin run. It’s been flattering wily all weekend and we weren’t awaiting that. We tuned for a conditions and we’ve had a flattering good hoop on it all weekend. We know we have a unequivocally quick Hellcat right now. We only need to keep doing what we are doing and we’ll go some some-more rounds. we unequivocally suspicion with today’s conditions we had a good chance, though infrequently they’ll warn you. We’ll get right behind during it in Norwalk in a few days and see if we can finish this four-race understanding a same approach we started it… with a victory.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 4.012 ET)
Rd.1: (.080-second greeting time, 4.736 seconds during 223.50 mph) mislaid to No. 8 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.080/3.964/311.92)
“This was a unequivocally tough weekend and it all comes down to qualifying. We only have to have a formula on Friday and Saturday to put us in a improved position on Sunday. Top half would have been outrageous today. We struggled with that left line and kind of fell plant to it. We’re going to exam tomorrow and we are anticipating we can make some runs to get ourselves squared away. That’s all we can unequivocally do is keep digging. We have a large shortcoming to a sponsors in Mopar, Pennzoil and Sandvik and all a people that make this happen. We are going to have to spin things around and start creation things happen.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.757 ET)
Rd.1: (.072-second greeting time, 4.972 seconds during 162.39 mph) mislaid to No. 15 Lex Joon (.120/4.536/205.41)
“We unequivocally had some good movement entrance into foe day from some plain subordinate runs. We have been chasing clutch-wear inconsistencies and only when we consider we’ve got it underneath control, boom, it shows a face again. But, we will conquer it; this we know for sure, only as we will conquer calm in pedaling of a automobile in warmer conditions. It’s formidable when we see your competition carrying trouble, too. You only wish to get to a finish line first, and quarrel mode comes in. These hurdles are really creation us a stronger team, and we will prevail.”
Up Next: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Up subsequent for Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers and teams is a Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, scheduled for Jun 20-23. The eventuality concludes a widen of 4 uninterrupted races for NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competitors. Mopar Dodge motorist Leah Pritchett will once again lift double avocation in a Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown classes, while Matt Hagan will try to urge his 2018 eventuality win in a NHRA Funny Car class.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 11 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (4) – 990
2. John Force – 786
3. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 783
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 741
5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 720
6. J.R. Todd (1) – 711
7. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 624
8. Tim Wilkerson – 587
9. Bob Tasca III (1) – 574
10. Shawn Langdon (1) – 528
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (5) – 1048
2. Doug Kalitta (1) – 709
3. Antron Brown – 676
4. Mike Salinas (2) – 691
5. Brittany Force (1) –663
6. Clay Millican – 611
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 571
8. Richie Crampton (1) – 499
9. Austin Prock – 486
10. Terry McMillen – 470
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