February 24, 2019
, Chandler, Arizona
Matt Hagan raced to feat in his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat during a 35th NHRA Arizona Nationals nearby Phoenix on Feb 24, 2019, capturing a miracle initial win for a Charger SRT Hellcat physique and his third feat during Wild Horse Motorsports Pass in a final 5 years.
Hagan and his Sandvik Coromant/Mopar organisation led by organisation arch Dickie Venables were on a idea in a second foe of a 2019 NHRA Mello Yello campaign. The Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) group warranted a provisional stick Friday when conditions were intensely formidable and continued removing stronger with each run over a march of a weekend, including in his 55th career final entrance that resulted in a two-time NHRA Funny Car champion defeating reigning NHRA champion J.R. Todd.
Earning a ancestral delight for a Charger SRT Hellcat has been a idea for Hagan given initial creation laps regulating a new Hellcat physique final season. Two weeks ago in a deteriorate opener, Hagan competent fourth and mislaid in a initial round, though in Phoenix he wasn’t going to be denied. Hagan degraded Phil Burkart, Shawn Langdon and Bob Tasca III to strech his fourth career Phoenix final where he stormed down a line for a seventh uninterrupted time and his run of 3.890 ET was some-more than adequate to improved a tire-smoking Todd. The feat was a 30th of Hagan’s career.
Hagan wasn’t a usually Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist that done a run to a finals in Phoenix, as Leah Pritchett continued her success during a track. The motorist of a Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster for DSR was seeking her third NHRA Arizona Nationals delight in a final 4 years. After subordinate seventh, Pritchett was professional early in eliminations, posting 3 uninterrupted runs in a 3.70s (seconds), holding out Cameron Ferre, Terry McMillen and Antron Brown to strech her 14th career final and first-ever matchup with Billy Torrence. Unfortunately, her shot during career win series 8 went adult in fume when her appurtenance mislaid traction usually after launch and she coasted to a finish line.
Tommy Johnson, Jr. was celebrating a 30th anniversary of his NHRA nitro entrance in Phoenix during a event. The motorist of a Mopar-powered DSR Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat competent fourth, though had difficulty in both his first- and second-round appearances. His group overcame a damaged spindle in a initial round, though Johnson mislaid a cylinder early in his second run and was knocked out by Todd.
Jack Beckman bounced behind from a tough subordinate bid by racing a DSR Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a first-round feat over Tim Wilkerson before entrance adult brief opposite Bob Tasca III in a quarterfinals. Ron Capps narrowly mislaid his opening turn match-up with John Force, notwithstanding creation his second-best run of a weekend in a Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In Stock Eliminator, Jon Irving from Boulder City, Nevada, gathering his 1971 D/SA Dodge Demon 340 to a semifinal finish during a NHRA Arizona Nationals. In a parsimonious matchup, Irving left a starting too early by 0.041 seconds and redlighted his chances divided to his opponent. For advancing a farthest in competition, Irving took home a Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator.
Darcy Clarke from Alberta, Canada, gathering his 1964 SS/EA Plymouth Savoy to a quarterfinals in Super Stock during a NHRA Arizona Nationals. During this turn eliminations, Clarke had dialed a 9.74 ET though ran a 9.737 and mislaid on a dermatitis by a small 0.003 seconds. Powered by a Mopar 426 cubic-inch Max Wedge V8, Clarke collected the Dodge Top Finisher 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 turn of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America; Head of Parts Service (Mopar), FCA – North America
“Congratulations to Matt Hagan and his whole group on creation story currently by claiming a initial feat in a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car body. This is a good early-season win for Dodge//SRT and Mopar, and we wish it’s a initial of many this year for a brands and for Don Schumacher Racing.”
Matt Hagan, Sandvik Coromant/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.881 ET)
Rd.1: (.081-second greeting time, 3.919 seconds during 324.12 mph) kick No. 15 Phil Burkart (.150/5.662/126.26)
Rd.2: (.084/3.894/327.19) kick No. 7 Shawn Langdon (.060/3.951/326.48)
Rd.3: (.092/3.921/321.96) kick No. 6 Bob Tasca III (.054/3.983/320.13)
Rd.4: (.048/3.890/325.06) kick No. 5 J.R. Todd (.077/No Time)
“This is outrageous since it’s a initial win with a new Hellcat body. Mopar put so many into conceptualizing this new body, and it’s good to be means to put it in a winner’s turn for them.
“Hats off to Dickie Venables. The man won a race, that’s for sure. He had a foe automobile underneath me that was going down a foe line each lap. That gave me a lot of confidence. He gave me a automobile to win; this Wally goes to him for sure, as good as my whole team. To be means to expostulate for Don (Schumacher) for 10 years and be means to win 30 races is awesome. It’s flattering cool, out of DSR’s 150 Funny Car wins, we have 30 of them. It usually goes to uncover we I’ve been put around unequivocally good people, and gifted organisation chiefs that work hard. Dickie is one of a best out here and I’m unequivocally blissful to have him in a corner.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.744 ET)
Rd.1: (.109-second greeting time, 3.722 seconds during 329.67 mph) kick No. 10 Cameron Ferre (.098/4.263/207.82)
Rd.2: (.072/3.731/308.64) kick No. 2 Terry McMillen (.072/5.011/146.69)
Rd.3: (.052/3.721/332.10) kick No. 3 Antron Brown (.070/3.763/325.85)
Rd.4: (.071/9.568/75.68) mislaid to No.1 Billy Torrence (.073/3.965/326.40)
“We are intensely unapproachable of a movement this Mopar group has been means to emanate here in Phoenix. We cruise this weekend a win. We had a such a unchanging automobile currently in a initial 3 rounds and unfortunately, we had some traction issues in a final. To unequivocally review how we are now, compared to where we were to start a deteriorate has us all unequivocally vehement about streamer to Gainesville. we couldn’t be some-more unapproachable of this team. Not usually their tough work, though literally their attitude. They’ve had to go by so many to get all right and I’m intensely impressed. we am so happy with a instruction that we are going and looking brazen to being means to pull a small more.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.911 ET)
Rd.1: (.102-second greeting time, No Time) kick No. 13 Jim Campbell (.103/No Time/Central Line Foul)
Rd.2: (.059/5.048/134.74) mislaid to No. 5 J.R. Todd (.052/3.967/323.27)
“It was a severe day. Two apart back-to-back problems function in a same day. we suspicion we had a unequivocally good Hellcat today. It was indeed using good before a spindle broke. It shows we what kind of group we have. To come behind from that and make it behind adult for second round. It usually a contrition we had a totally separate emanate and were not means to make a run we were anticipating to. We’ve got dual weeks off. We’ll conduct behind to a shop, regroup and come out in Gainesville swinging.”
Ron Capps, Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.951 ET)
Rd.1: (.078-second greeting time, 3.968 seconds during 319.98 mph) mislaid to No. 8 John Force (.076/3/3.933/317.19)
“Today was a product of where we qualified. Anytime we have to foe a good automobile like John Force’s car, it’s going to be tough. Even a losing first-round run substantially would have won 6 of those other matchups that session. This weekend has been a small bit of a onslaught for us. This competition is about rebellious a subsequent thing thrown during we and (crew chief)Rahn Tobler is always so good during that. We had a integrate of issues with a foe car, and we’re still perplexing to feel out this new 2019 DSR chassis. we adore this new Hellcat body, and I’m still perplexing to get used to it as well.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 14 Qualifier – 5.022 ET)
Rd.1: (.096-second greeting time, 3.901 seconds during 321.03 mph) kick No. 3 Tim Wilkerson (.173/4.736/168.41)
Rd.2: (.076/3.963/321.73) mislaid to No. 6 Bob Tasca III (.073/3.950/321.96)
“Losing is always frustrating. we feel like we had a improved automobile and we mislaid to (Bob) Tasca by half a automobile length out there. The china backing is, we didn’t have a improved automobile going into initial round, and a guys put their heads together and came adult with a good tune-up and we went right down a less-preferred line and got a win light opposite Tim Wilkerson. At a finish of a day, we take your lessons, we take your lumps and we pierce on. I’m anticipating it was usually a box where we competence have mislaid a conflict here. We’re streamer into a 50th[WU1] annual Gatornationals as a fortifying champion, hopefully that will assistance us win a war.”
Up Next: NHRA Gatornationals
Mopar and Dodge//SRT competitors will conduct subsequent to a 50th annual NHRA Gatornationals, Mar 14-17 during Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. Defending Gatornationals Funny Car champion Jack Beckman and three-time Gatornationals leader Ron Capps demeanour to get their initial delight of 2019 in one of a biggest events on a schedule.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 1 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (1) – 205
2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 160
3. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 151
4. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 132
5. Bob Tasca III – 129
6t. J.R. Todd – 126
6t. John Force – 126
8. Shawn Langdon – 111
9. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 89
10. Cruz Pedregon – 86
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Billy Torrence (1) – 178
2. Doug Kalitta (1) – 172
3. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 145
4. Steve Torrence – 137
5. Terry McMillen – 132
6. Mike Salinas – 122
7. Antron Brown – 115
8. Austin Prock – 106
9. Jordan Vandergriff – 77
10. Richie Crampton – 66
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