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Jack Beckman Continues NHRA Countdown Momentum, Takes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to Final of NHRA Carolina Nationals

October 14, 2019

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Jack Beckman led a brigade of Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers into Monday’s rain-delayed rejecting rounds of a 13th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals during zMAX Dragway nearby Charlotte, pushing a Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to a final round. His weekend run changed Beckman adult to second place in a indicate standings median by a six-race Countdown to a Championship playoffs.

Beckman non-stop a weekend earning his 26th career No. 1 qualifier and led 5 other HEMI®-powered Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers into a Funny Car field. He was assimilated in a semifinals Monday by associate Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammates Matt Hagan and Ron Capps.

Sunday’s sleet check didn’t seem to confuse Beckman, who was quick out of a embankment Monday, putting adult a best run in a category of a weekend, 3.864 seconds, in his opening-round feat over Dale Creasy. In a second round, he and DSR teammate Tommy Johnson, Jr. squared off. Beckman was well-spoken again, branch on a win light with a pass of 3.932 seconds during 323.27 mph over a tire-smoking Johnson. Beckman faced another Dodge//SRT and DSR teammate in a semifinals. This time it was Capps and Beckman was means to revenge an progressing detriment to strech his sixth final of a deteriorate and second in 3 Countdown races.

Beckman had a eventuality he was anticipating for, confronting points personality Robert Hight in a final. Unfortunately, his possibility during career win No. 30 incited adult red when Beckman left a starting line 0.080 seconds early, giving Hight a win. It was Beckman’s initial red light in a final in some-more than a decade. He resumes his championship run Friday in Dallas trailing Hight by 44 points.

The idea for Hagan entering a weekend was to collect adult a third Charlotte Countdown feat to supercharge his chances for a third Funny Car universe championship. To accomplish that, Hagan and organisation arch Dickie Venables knew coherence was going to be a pivotal to their success.

Hagan and his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car continued removing improved as a weekend went along. He competent third with his final subordinate run of 3.880 seconds. Hagan degraded Dave Richards in Monday’s opening turn with a path of 3.937 seconds. He finished it 3 true wins over Bob Tasca III in a second turn with a holeshot feat to strech his seventh semifinal of 2019. Hagan had a eventuality to take out points personality Robert Hight and took a starting line advantage with a .066-second greeting time though couldn’t reason Hight off for a win. Hagan heads to Dallas trailing Hight by 147 points.

Capps continued his subordinate bravery aboard his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, earning a No. 4 position and alighting in a tip half of a margin for a sixth uninterrupted race, environment adult a initial turn matchup with associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist Jim Campbell. Capps finished it 9 true wins in 9 races with a clever pass of 3.962 seconds. That set adult a competition between dual of a winningest Funny Car drivers of all-time in Capps and John Force. In a duo’s 105th career matchup, Capps came out on tip with his 3.908-second ET contra Force’s 3.912-second run. In his approach for a second uninterrupted Charlotte Countdown Wally was Beckman, whom he had faced usually once prior this season. In his second semifinal entrance during a initial 3 Countdown events, Capps was not means to overcome his teammate. Capps leaves Charlotte fourth in a championship standings, 90 points behind Hight.

Tommy Johnson, Jr. finished his best subordinate run during his final eventuality Saturday afternoon, clocking a pass of 3.950 seconds to validate eighth and acquire a top-half starting positing for 17th time this year. He faced follow Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist Cruz Pedregon in a initial round, where Johnson gathering his Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to his quickest pass of a weekend, 3.916 seconds during 322.04 mph, to acquire a win over a tire-smoking Pedregon.
Johnson’s win set adult a seventh assembly this year opposite associate DSR and Dodge//SRT curtain Beckman. Johnson was initial on a stifle though started to mist a tires early into a run. He pedaled it and was means to get his appurtenance to redeem though Beckman had already powered divided en lane to his fifth delight of Johnson in 2019. Johnson still has a possibility during a 2019 Funny Car climax though it will be an ascending mount from a eighth position with usually 3 events left.

In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett used a clever pass in Saturday’s final subordinate eventuality in her HEMI-powered Okuma Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster for DSR to acquire a No. 2 position in eliminations for a fifth time in 2019. Pritchett was scheduled to face No. 15 Chris Karamesines in a opening turn though “The Greek” had a problem following a burnout and corroborated his appurtenance off a starting line. In her solo run, Pritchett mislaid traction early and clicked off a run, coasting to 1,000 feet with a pass of 5.466 seconds during 123.42 mph. In turn dual Pritchett faced Doug Kalitta for a 21st time of her career, looking to benefit belligerent in a Countdown standings by knocking out a associate pretension contender. Unfortunately, her chances for feat dead quick again as smoked tires usually past a 60-foot symbol led to her demise. Despite a second-round defeat, Pritchett climbed to fourth in a championship standings.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Steve Comella and Larry Hill were winners of a Dodge Top Finisher honors in Super Stock and Stock Eliminator, respectively.

Comella gathering his 1968 HEMI Dodge Dart to a fourth-round finish in Super Stock. The Webster, New York, racer had dialed in a 8.65 ET though posted a pass of 8.647 and pennyless out of his joint by 0.003 seconds.

Hill’s A/SA 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda powered by a third turn consistently using low 10-second times via a weekend. His run toward feat finished with a pass .080 seconds too quick and he was eliminated.

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 competition automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.

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NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals : Elimination Rounds Summary/Notes Quotes

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.873)

Rd. 1: (.093-second greeting time, 3.864 seconds during 329.99 mph) kick No. 16 Dale Creasy (.093/4.863/164.03)
Rd. 2: (.077/3.932/323.27) kick No. 8 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.065/6.911/102.45)
Rd. 3: (.071/3.957/324.44) kick No. 4 Ron Capps (.083/4.025/293.41)
Rd. 4: (-.080/4.911/158.07) mislaid to No. 2 Robert Hight (.049/3.917/329.02)

“That final turn detriment is bitterly disappointing. As a driver, we have to keep your conduct in that section where we perform your best and we was OK currently and we usually over in a final round. we found my concentration going divided and my right feet started going down right about then. It’s critical locking your prophesy on an amber tuber (on a starting line tree) and staying on that, and we usually wasn’t where we indispensable to be. I’m not certain how that competition would have unfolded had we both been immature though we can’t means to give those away. We gained points on each automobile this weekend solely a one we many indispensable to benefit points on and that was due to a motorist error. So, I’m going to shake it off. I’ve got 4 days to get my conduct straight. I’m going to come behind in Dallas and there’s going to be a lot of large smiles on this group since we’re going to put this thing in a winner’s turn there.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.880)

Rd. 1: (.078 second greeting time, 3.937seconds during 330.55 mph) kick No. 14 Dave Richards (.108/7.801/86.00)
Rd. 2: (.062/3.922/331.53) kick No. 6 Bob Tasca (.097/3.915/328.86)
Rd. 3: (.066/3.947/327.35) mislaid to No. 2 Robert Hight (.078/3.912/328.78)

“I know we didn’t win a competition currently though removing to a semifinals gives me a lot of confidence. we know a automobile has gotten a lot some-more unchanging this weekend and (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) continues to make it some-more tunable. we consider that showed this weekend by us creation 6 uninterrupted full runs that we have a clever racecar. This Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car is pushing good. I’ve been good on a (timing) tree. We know we are adult opposite it now as distant as a championship goes though I’m looking brazen to removing to Dallas. We’ll usually try and to make adult as many belligerent as we can in subordinate with those tiny points and see if we can tighten a gap.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.882)

Rd. 1: (.071-second greeting time, 3.962 seconds during 308.92 mph) kick No. 13 Jim Campbell (.075/4.064/311.63)
Rd. 2: (.069/3.908/329.58) kick No. 5 John Force (.067/3.912/327.43)
Rd. 3: (.083/4.025/293.41) mislaid to No. 1 Jack Beckman (.071/3.957/324.44)

“Obviously, we competent well, and we kind of checked all of a boxes on all of a goals entrance into a competition weekend. We had a good automobile all by qualifying, and we were one of a usually teams to go down a lane on a good gait all 4 runs, so we felt consistent. Race day started a same approach though in a semifinals a automobile did something it hadn’t finished all deteriorate long, that is, it had a No. 1 cylinder out right during a strike of a throttle. You’ve got to make grain when it’s illumination since a dual guys that finished it into a final turn are dual that are forward of us in points. We did make a flattering good pierce on John Force, violence him in a second round; that was big. That was a large turn win, generally during this time of a year since that’s a automobile you’re going to have to conflict nearby a finish there. We have a large weekend in Dallas entrance up.”

Leah Pritchett, Okuma Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.714)

Rd. 1: (.081-second greeting time, 5.466 seconds during 123.42 mph) kick No. 15 Chris Karamesines (broke)
Rd. 2: (.063/7.343/87.24) mislaid to No. 10 Doug Kalitta (.061/3.745/329.50)

“I consider a many frustrating partial of a weekend is meaningful that we are median by a Countdown. What we gifted in E2 is something we have never seen before. Something evenly went wrong in a initial 20 feet of a run and it fundamentally had no chance. It shook and we pedaled it perplexing to locate it. We are dedicated to removing a racecar unchanging and we have an emanate that we haven’t solved. We have about 5 days to figure it out and we know this group will. We’ve finished a good pursuit of holding a information we’ve schooled in subordinate and requesting it to eliminations. We’ll leave here with a heads adult and we pledge we there is some reprisal to be had in Dallas.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.950)

Rd. 1: (.086-second greeting time, 3.916 seconds during 322.04 mph) kick to No. 9 Cruz Pedregon (.088/7.183/90.97)
Rd. 2: (.065/6.911/102.45) mislaid No. 1 Jack Beckman (.077/3.932/323.27)

“After carrying such a good deteriorate and now carrying a really unsatisfactory Countdown, we suspicion we were going to right a boat here in Charlotte. We didn’t design a automobile to come lax early in a second turn though we’ll go into Dallas with a automobile that’s using a bit improved than it had been and see if we can’t be a spoiler from here on out and make this Countdown as sparkling as we can.”

Up Next: AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
The movement continues subsequent weekend with a 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals during a Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. Hagan is a two-time leader of a eventuality (2010 and 2016) and will demeanour to keep his championship aspirations alive with a third feat of 2019. Capps and Pedregon are also prior Dallas winners and will follow another Texas delight in competition 4 of a six-race NHRA Countdown for a Championship scheduled for Oct 17-20.  

2019 NHRA Championship Point Standings: Through 21 of 24 Rounds
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (6) –2,358
2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 2,314
3. John Force (2) – 2,279
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) – 2,268
5. Bob Tasca III (2) – 2,215
6. J.R. Todd (1) – 2,214
7. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (2) – 2,211
8. Tommy Johnson, Jr. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 2,191

9. Shawn Langdon (2) – 2,187
10. Tim Wilkerson – 2,152

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (9) – 9 2,356
2. Doug Kalitta (2) – 2,326
3. Brittany Force (1) – 2,264
4. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,231
5. Mike Salinas (2) – 2,227
6. Richie Crampton (2) – 2,196
7. Antron Brown – 2,194
8. Billy Torrence (1) – 2,206
9. Austin Prock (1) – 2,204
10. Clay Millican – 2,178
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