February 9, 2020
, Pomona, Calif.
A quick start to a 2020 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Series deteriorate was accurately what “Fast Jack” Beckman was looking for as he gathering his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a inhabitant eventuality win during a 60th annual NHRA Winternationals to flog off a year on a heels of his runner-up finish in a 2019 Funny Car Championship.
From his No.2 subordinate position, a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) motorist knew a theatre was set for him to have a clever eliminations opening during a ancestral Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, and embark his expostulate for a 2020 Funny Car Championship immediately.
Beckman gathering past Alexis DeJoria, DSR teammate Ron Capps and Steve Densham to acquire a berth in a final spin contra John Force.
Force had a slight starting line advantage, though Beckman quick powered his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to an sparkling corresponding conflict before usually creation gains and holding a lead in a final stretch.
“It was usually a ideal storm,” pronounced Beckman, who garnered his 31st career Funny Car inhabitant title, his second during Pomona after his initial came in a 2019 deteriorate finale. “I had never won a Nitro pretension here during Pomona until Nov of final year and now I’ve got dual in a row. It’s over magical. I’ve pronounced it before; we don’t know if your final win is your final win. I’m going to go out on a prong and contend that this ain’t a final win. The Infinite Hero group is usually on it. Our automobile has been amazing.”
DSR teammate and No.1 qualifier Matt Hagan knew he had a clever automobile and that a improvements done to a Mopar Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat Funny Car via a off-season and subordinate put him in a position to repeat winning performances he had during a Winternationals in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Hagan worked his approach by eliminations to a semifinal match-up opposite John Force, to whom he ceded line choice. The left line was unpleasant to a DSR motorist and tire shake finished his hopes to allege further, though didn’t moderate his unrestrained about starting off a 2020 NHRA deteriorate on a good note.
This weekend’s efforts put Hagan top-three in a Funny Car Championship points to flog start what will certainly be a unequivocally rival season.
Seeded fourth, a MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat of Tommy Johnson Jr. started a day off with his best run of a weekend to put Cruz Pedregon behind him and pierce on to a subsequent spin to face John Force. After a clever display all weekend long, a forsaken cylinder right off a startline in a quarterfinals put a brakes on his efforts.
After subordinate seventh for eliminations, Ron Capps, a three-time leader during a Winternationals (1998, 2009 and 2016), and his DSR organisation warranted a “NHRA Never Rest” endowment for a entrance behind from a adversity of a trailer glow that claimed a car, apparatus and a possibility to exam before to this initial inhabitant eventuality of a year. After clawing their approach by qualifying, Capps and his HEMI®-powered Charger SRT Hellcat still had a tough highway by a ladder.
The initial spin win light came on after disposition on a stifle a few times and a small laterally driving, though things didn’t get any easier as Capps faced teammate Beckman in a second round. Flames once again busted a day for a Capps after losing a cylinder early on and afterwards an blast during a 300-foot symbol finished his run for a final spin appearance.
In Top Fuel action, Leah Pruett gathering her DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster from a third-seed chain on a eliminations ladder to post her quickest pass of a weekend for a initial spin win with a 0.084-second greeting time and elapsed time run of 3.659 seconds, a best of competition day, during 328.14 mph.
Pruett afterwards warranted a quarterfinal win over Shawn Reed to send her to a semifinals opposite Austin Prock. While they both left a line with matching 0.062-second greeting times, Pruett’s HEMI-powered Mopar mislaid traction early to give Prock a corner and a spin win.
Mopar Dodge//SRT teams and drivers now have dual weeks to ready for a second of 24 events on a 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, a NHRA Arizona Nationals during Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park nearby Phoenix, scheduled for Feb 21-23.
NOTES and QUOTES:
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.856 seconds during 328.56 mph)
Round 1: (.067-second greeting time, 4.291 seconds during 294.18 mph) kick No. 15 Steven Densham (.070/7.622/92.71)
Round 2: (.057/3.871/329.34) kick No. 7 Ron Capps (.083/4.625/156.01)
Round 3: (.073/3.843/332.92) kick No. 11 Alexis DeJoria (.078/9.729/78.34)
Round 4: (.081/3.837/333.33) kick No. 5 John Force (.065/3.897/332.34)
“To kick John Force in a final creates it a flattering cold weekend. It’s my home track. we substantially spent some-more time down there on a start line than anybody else. we feel gentle here with lot of friends and family out here today. It was usually a ideal storm. we had never won a Nitro pretension here during Pomona until Nov of final year and now I’ve got dual in a row. It’s over magical. I’ve pronounced it before, we don’t know if your final win is your final win. I’m going to go out on a prong and contend that this ain’t a final win. The Infinite Hero group is usually on it. Our automobile has been amazing. We legitimately treated pre-season contrast as testing. We altered some things in a cylinder heads, we ran a gangling parts, we ran a whole lot of opposite front packages in there, and afterwards we went behind to a Nov tune-up for here. We’ll proviso in all a new things in as a deteriorate progresses. [That work] shows. We were tip dual any run in subordinate and solely for a initial round, we were low E.T. or second low of any singular round. Our automobile was usually positively amazing. As a driver, we don’t wish to baggy your approach into a winners circle. You wish to dominate. It was overwhelming for us.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.841 seconds during 333.25 mph)
Round 1: (.081-second greeting time, 3.914 seconds during 330.39 mph) kick No. 16 Alex Miladinovich (.090/5.859/124.03)
Round 2: (.076/4.042/284.03) kick No. 9 Tom Wilkerson (.085/6.083/113.18)
Round 3: (.087/8.859/78.06) mislaid to No. 5 John Force (.032/3.923/331.28)
“I had good subordinate and exam event and came out here and ran unequivocally well. We finished adult going to a semis that was a good healthy weekend for us. All-in-all usually a good approach to start a deteriorate so I’m vehement rolling into Phoenix. We’re going to make certain that we finish adult carrying some some-more good runs along a way. The automobile is operative unequivocally well. We were No. 1 qualifier here in Pomona and we consider we’re going to lift that movement into Phoenix. Hopefully we can spin on some some-more win lights for Mopar Dodge, for Pennzoil, and for Sandvik and hopefully get a win soon.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.881 seconds during 321.50 mph)
Round 1: (.073-second greeting time, 3.873 seconds during 324.83 mph) kick No. 13 Cruz Pedregon (.048/4.383/221.42)
Round 2: (.083/8.431/80.69) mislaid to No. 5 John Force (.058/4.011/275.06)
“We had a good automobile all by qualifying, low E.T. in a initial round, so that [dropping a cylinder] was a final thing we approaching out of this thing. Obviously something went wrong. It usually doesn’t go from using that good to usually dropping a cylinder right during a hit. We’ll demeanour during all a data, find out what happened, and go into Phoenix with a lot of certainty on how good we ran this weekend.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.991 seconds during 328.38 mph)
Round 1: (.080-second greeting time, 5.241 seconds during 166.52 mph) kick No. 10 Bob Tasca III (.104/9.056/82.90)
Round 2: (.083/4.625/156.01) mislaid No. 2 Jack Beckman (.057/3.871/329.34)
“We’re a small behind everybody else that had a oppulance of going to pre-season contrast in Vegas. we gloat about a NAPA Know How a group has, and how (Rahn) Tobler is so good prepared and has a group so good prepared for situations like this. We would’ve desired to have done some some-more runs this weekend, though going .94 and a .91 right after that was such good medicine for these guys. Then, quick brazen to Sunday and we kick (Bob) Tasca who’s been using unequivocally well; that was a large win. We wanted to finish a ‘Cinderella weekend’ with a prize though removing a ‘Never Rest’ endowment from NHRA was cool. To go out there, validate top-half, get line choice, win initial round; we checked all of a boxes solely winning a race. That’s flattering good deliberation these guys have spent a week ripping this thing detached and building a new setup.”
Leah Pruett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.687 seconds during 328.06 mph)
Round 1: (.084-second greeting time, 3.659 seconds during 328.14 mph) kick No. 12 Jim Maroney (.064/4.503/179.71)
Round 2: (.130/3.685/326.40) kick No. 6 Shawn Reed (.041/4.466/169.23)
Round 3: (.062/4.927/140.69) mislaid to No. 2 Austin Prock (.062/3.678/330.63)
“Our heads are hold unequivocally high. It’s not easy to conduct a volume of horsepower that this group is means to create, though how we conduct it will simulate a intensity that this group is able of behaving with via a year. We’ve found a groove, any organisation man is removing some-more gentle with a car, and a formula have shown that. This is a many improved commencement to a deteriorate than we had final season, and we design a good outcome during a end. For now, we’re intensely vehement about what we can continue to collect divided at. Managing a horsepower and a intensity is going to be a highlight. We’re not struggling; we’re saying a lot of good potential. Going into Phoenix next, we really devise on finishing a pursuit there in a Mopar dragster.”
NHRA Championship Points Standings:
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses):
- Jack Beckman (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 126 (1)
- John Force – 94
- Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 86
- Alexis DeJoria – 67
- Robert Hight – 61
- Tommy Johnson Jr. (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 56
- Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 54
- Tim Wilkerson – 52
- Paul Lee – 34
- J.R. Todd – 33
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses):
- Doug Kalitta – 117
- Austin Prock – 99
- Brittany Force – 87
- Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 80
- Clay Millican – 53
- Justin Ashley – 52
- Shawn Reed – 51
- Shawn Langdon – 38
- Terry McMillen – 34
- Antron Brown – 32
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