April 14, 2019
, Baytown, Texas
Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Matt Hagan was sharpened for a ideal outcome during this weekend’s 32nd Annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil. The two-time Funny Car universe champion raced his Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat into Sunday’s final during Houston Raceway Park Powered by Pennzoil, though came adult only brief of scoring a victory.
Hagan was a tip finisher among 6 Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars in Sunday’s field. Ron Capps reached a semifinal while Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson, Jr., Cruz Pedregon, and Jim Campbell were incompetent to allege past turn one. Leah Pritchett gathering a HEMI-powered Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster into a second round.
Hagan and his Pennzoil team, led by organisation arch Dickie Venables, had a plain commencement to a weekend with 4 unchanging subordinate runs Friday and Saturday, earning a No. 6 symbol in Sunday’s rejecting ladder.
Up initial on Sunday was a matchup with associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist Tommy Johnson, Jr. Hagan’s path of 3.946 seconds knocked out Johnson and modernized a 2010 SpringNationals leader into a second round. Hagan discharged Blake Alexander with another unchanging run of 3.948 to setup a semifinal showdown with another DSR teammate, Ron Capps. Hagan legged his approach to a feat over Capps after losing traction nearby halftrack, eventually channel a finish line with a run of 4.613 to strech his 56th career final and initial in Houston given 2010, when he won his initial career Funny Car Wally.
In a final, Hagan mislaid a starting line advantage to Robert Hight, a .076 greeting time to a .056, and was never means to locate up. His run of 3.966 trailed Hight’s winning pass of 3.941. The run to a final changed Hagan from fifth to second in a championship standings by 5 of 24 events.
Capps, a four-time Houston winner, competent second and degraded a tire-smoking Jeff Diehl in a initial turn with a pass of 3.950 seconds and afterwards navigated his approach into his initial semifinal of a deteriorate by defeating Shawn Langdon with a 3.939-second lap. His query for a fifth Houston delight finished when his appurtenance gave approach to tire fume during a strike of a stifle and he was incompetent to locate Hagan. Capps leaves Houston tied for seventh in a Funny Car rankings.
Despite Sunday’s first-round detriment to Bob Tasca III, a weekend was a outrageous success for Beckman interjection to Doug Chandler, father of a late Terry Chandler, who inaugurated to ensign MD Anderson Cancer Center on a side of Beckman’s Hellcat in respect of his wife. Before Sunday’s rejecting rounds got underway, Beckman assimilated Chandler family deputy Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race rite where a twin presented a $100,000 concession check to Bobby Dean, Executive Director of Philanthropic Resources for MD Anderson, on interest of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation.
Following a runner-up finish in Las Vegas final Sunday, Tommy Johnson, Jr. felt like his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car was on a verge of violation by this weekend in Houston. After subordinate 11th, he faced his DSR teammate Hagan in a turn one. Johnson had a slight starting line advantage, though he mislaid traction shortly thereafter, permitting Hagan to expostulate divided for a victory. Johnson’s run of 4.807 seconds during 166.87 resulted in his initial opening-round detriment of 2019. Johnson leaves Houston sixth in a indicate standings.
In other first-round movement with Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars competing, Cruz Pedregon mislaid to Shawn Langdon and Jim Campbell wasn’t means to make a purify run contra J.R. Todd.
In Top Fuel, Pritchett returned to Houston eyeing a second delight in a final 3 years. She positioned herself for a large day by subordinate a DSR Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster third in a field. She was machine-like in her feat over Shawn Reed to open eliminations with a run of 3.736 seconds during 322.73 mph to extend her all-time record contra Reed to 6-0. The win modernized her to a matchup with three-time Top Fuel universe champion Antron Brown. Unfortunately, an early stifle stomp by Pritchett activated a red light and warranted her DSR teammate a involuntary turn win.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Mopar-powered NHRA Sportsman racer Jacob Pitt gathering to a altogether eventuality win in Stock Eliminator during a Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals in Houston, on his approach to unconditional Dodge Top Finisher honors in both Stock and Super Stock for a second uninterrupted year.
Pitt, hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, directed his 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 to his third altogether NHRA Wally prize by defeating Brett Candies in a tighten final-round matchup. Pitt left a starting line initial to corner out his competition by reduction than dual feet during a finish stripe, and took Dodge Top Finisher honors in a category with his victory.
The Texan also raced to a Dodge Top Finisher Award in a Super Stock category as well, advancing to a third turn in his FGT/H 2003 Dodge Stratus, powered by a Mopar 360 tiny retard engine
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
Matt Hagan, Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.916 ET)
Rd.1: (.066-second greeting time, 3.946 seconds during 318.62 mph) kick No. 11 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.061/4.807/166.87)
Rd.2: (.069/3.948/312.93) kick No. 14 Blake Alexander (.065/4.011/306.40)
Rd.3: (.066/4.613/225.79) kick No. 2 Ron Capps (.061/7.818/98.67)
Rd. 4: (.076/3.966/311.70) mislaid to No. 5 Robert Hight (.056/3.941/310.84)
“I had a good weekend here in Houston. I’ve got a good competition car. Dickie Venables is doing an extraordinary pursuit with this car. The outcome currently falls on me. we was putting down some numbers that were unsuitable and we didn’t leave a approach we indispensable to. We ran only as good as they did, maybe a small better. we put that weight on me. we should have been improved (on a starting line). we should have been in a 40s (reaction time) and we would have won this competition today.
“Sometimes we need things like this to make we puncture deeper. we felt unequivocally good about my lights all weekend. In qualifying, we was where we indispensable to be and currently a initial 3 rounds we was there. In a final, we had a unequivocally prolonged tree. we went inside my conduct and roughly double-stepped a car, though we pulled it back. As shortly as I’m pulling behind a light is dropping. You only know to yourself that we are passed late. we would have desired to have won it for Pennzoil this weekend. Driving a chrome Pennzoil automobile right here in Houston with so many Pennzoil and Mopar people out here to base us on was amazing. we couldn’t be happier with a automobile and group we have surrounding me. We’re prepared to keep things going in Charlotte.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.893 ET)
Rd.1: (.084-second greeting time, 3.950 seconds during 318.54 mph) kick No. 15 Jeff Diehl (.059/6.980/126.98)
Rd.2: (.068/3.983/315/78) kick No. 10 Shawn Langdon (.061/3.983/318.17)
Rd. 3: (.061/7.818/98.67) mislaid to No. 6 Matt Hagan (.066/4.613/225/79)
“This was unequivocally a ‘get-healthy’ weekend for a NAPA guys. To come in and run like we did in qualifying, gradually removing improved and finish adult No. 2 and afterwards to go out there and get to a semifinals. We’ve got a racecar. I’ve been revelation a fans to hang with us. After a delayed start, we’re behind in fighting shape. It’s going to be fun now. It was so many fun going adult there with a juices issuing and perplexing to cut your best light meaningful we have a good Thoroughbred underneath you. The certainty only grows and grows. We’ll build off this semifinals finish and relocating adult in a points.”
Jack Beckman, MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.932 ET)
Rd.1: (.073-second greeting time, 5.321 seconds during 137.23 mph) mislaid to No. 9 Bob Tasca III (.060/3.949/316.60)
“This (first turn loss) is a small bit of a tummy check. It hurts for a integrate of reasons. One is for MD Anderson, that’s a one-race-only understanding and notwithstanding a fact that we didn’t grasp what we wanted to on a track, we did some genuine certain things for cancer investigate and I’m unapproachable of that. But once a helmet goes on, your idea is to win a competition and we’ve got a good automobile right now. We don’t know what happened. We had a event in a bottom finish there and we’re going to have to find out what caused it. When you’re using well, we have to strike while a iron’s hot. To remove when we know we have this good of a competition car, it’s tough. That being said, that’s because we get 24 shots during this a year. We’ll regroup, we’ll figure out what went wrong, see if we can forestall that from function again and we’ll go behind to four-wide and take that trophy.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 3.959 ET)
Rd.1: (.061-second greeting time, 4.807 seconds during 166.87 mph) mislaid No. 6 Matt Hagan (.059/3.946/318.62)
“We were only off a small bit this weekend. We never could utterly find a mojo with a balance up. It wasn’t a terrible weekend, though we are improved than that. We’ll miscarry and come behind during Charlotte and try to regroup. Throughout a deteriorate there are going to be weekends where we only don’t do as good as we should. Hopefully this is ours and it’s out of a way.”
Leah Pritchett, Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.743 ET)
Rd.1: (.062-second greeting time, 3.736 seconds during 322.73 mph) kick No. 14 Shawn Reed (.043/3.755/326.16)
Rd.2: (-.065 red/3.763/320.74) mislaid to No. 11 Antron Brown (.066/3.750/320.89)
“We came in with a vigourous prohibited rod. Got that first-round win and matched adult with a teammate Antron Brown. we cruise him to be one of a best leavers in a attention and we got a small bit too ‘up’ apparently. we take 100-percent credit for a miss of being means to put a win light on in a second round. we wanted it unequivocally bad.
“This was a super critical competition to all of us and we only can’t appreciate Pennzoil and Mopar adequate for subsidy us. When a disaster falls only on you, we have dual ways to hoop it – one is to let it eat during we or a other is to know where and how to urge and only consider definitely about a subsequent one. We have a second go-round in a Pennzoil chrome automobile entrance adult during a subsequent competition in Charlotte and we can’t wait for that to be my redemption.”
Up Next: NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Mopar and Dodge//SRT competitors will conduct subsequent to a 10th annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Apr 26-28 during zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. Two-time Charlotte Four-Wide Funny Car leader Jack Beckman will demeanour to win for a initial time in 2019 and turn a second motorist to win pushing a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 5 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (3) – 476
2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 366
3. J.R. Todd (1) –341
4. John Force – 339
5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 332
6. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat –315
7t. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 286
7t. Tim Wilkerson – 286
9. Bob Tasca III – 250
10. Shawn Langdon – 223
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta (1) – 367
2. Brittany Force (1) –349
3. Steve Torrence – 343
4. Mike Salinas (1) – 320
5. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 303
6. Clay Millican – 302
7. Antron Brown – 278
8. Billy Torrence (1) – 265
9. Richie Crampton (1) – 264
10. Terry McMillen – 231
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