September 15, 2019
, Mohnton, Pennsylvania
The disturb of feat has been within his grasp several times in 2019, though Sunday in a final of a 35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals during Maple Grove Raceway, Jack Beckman seized a eventuality and purebred his initial Funny Car category feat of a season.
Two weeks after entrance adult agonizingly tighten to feat in a final unchanging deteriorate eventuality during Indianapolis, Beckman and his Mopar-powered Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) were not going to be denied in a initial of 6 Countdown to a Championship playoff races. Beckman degraded John Force in a final, capturing his 29th career feat and third career win during Maple Grove Raceway. With a win, Beckman discerning jumped to a tip symbol in a Countdown standings.
“Winning this one is additional special for a few reasons given we did it in a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals,” pronounced Beckman. “It’s a initial win in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat body. We took over a points lead, and it’s been proceed too prolonged given we’ve been to a winner’s circle. For a shot in a arm, for a psychological boost, for that mental edge, that unsubstantial that we consider we need to be means to win a championship, this competence be a thing that is a initial step for us.”
Beckman’s trail to feat currently started from a third subordinate position following unchanging runs in sessions two, 3 and four, late Friday and Saturday afternoon. The 2012 Funny Car champion initial degraded associate Dodge//SRT motorist Jim Campbell. Beckman afterwards squared off with former champion Robert Hight, who led a Funny Car category indicate standings entrance into a weekend, in spin two. Beckman delivered another plain win from a left line while Hight smoked a tires during a starting line. In a semifinal, a formula were a same with Beckman charging his HEMI-powered appurtenance purify down a left line while his opponent, J.R. Todd mislaid traction and coasted to a finish.
In his 62nd career Funny Car final and eighth final-round entrance opposite Force, Beckman squandered tiny time by rolling in discerning and regulating his discerning reflexes to post a .028 greeting time contra a .068 light for Force. Beckman’s discerning start was a disproportion with his run of 3.958 seconds during 330.07 mph branch on a win light over Force’s somewhat improved run of 3.952 seconds during 328.78 mph, giving Beckman a holeshot feat and his initial piloting a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Beckman’s entrance in a final noted a eighth uninterrupted foe that a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car has competed for a category win; with 4 of a 8 appearances ensuing in wins for a DSR driver. A Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car has also seemed in 15 of 19 final rounds in 2019.
Five other Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers were partial of Sunday’s Funny Car eliminations including DSR teammates Matt Hagan, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson, Jr. Leah Pritchett carried a Dodge//SRT Mopar flame in a Top Fuel class.
Capps non-stop his run for a second NHRA Funny Car championship by substantiating a new line record for elapsed time and speed Friday night in subordinate behind a circle of his NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. In eliminations, he stormed out of a embankment with a run of 3.909 seconds to improved Funny Car rookie Mike McIntire Jr., who smoked a tires during his run. It was a heavyweight DSR slugfest in spin dual with Capps and Hagan going to toe-to-toe. Capps was flawless again charging down a right line with a 3.916-second run to allege to a semifinals to face Force. After a sizeable starting-line advantage, Capps’ appurtenance mislaid traction causing him to remove any shot during a win.
Hagan ventured to Maple Grove Raceway eyeing a low run to start his 2019 Countdown to a Championship. The 2014 Reading leader non-stop eliminations Sunday in his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car contra associate Countdown contender, Shawn Langdon, and it was transparent Hagan’s organisation arch Dickie Venables knew a significance of a clever initial spin run. The outcome was Hagan’s appurtenance creation a 3.899-second pass, that reason adult to be low E.T. of a spin and foe day.
The two-time Funny Car champion matched adult with associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car and DSR teammate Capps in a second round. The essential second-round foe was over discerning when Hagan smoked a behind tires as shortly as he launched a car. He attempted to pedal it, though Capps’ purify run finished Hagan’s shot during a fifth true semifinal appearance.
After subordinate his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in seventh, Johnson’s first-round foe was reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd. Johnson took a slight advantage during a starting line, though solemnly mislaid belligerent during a foe to a finish. Todd’s quicker run of 3.915 seconds during 329.58 mph was usually adequate to improved Johnson, who posted a pass of 3.977 during 327.66 mph. The first-round detriment forsaken Johnson to fifth in a standings streamer to a subsequent foe in St. Louis.
After shutting out subordinate with 3 uninterrupted clever runs, Pritchett started her eliminations with another unchanging run in a Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster to measure a opening-round delight over Lex Joon with a pass of 3.731 seconds during 326.40 mph. In a quarterfinals, she took on Austin Prock for a fourth time in 2019. Pritchett was looking to make it uninterrupted wins over a rookie motorist and she launched from a starting line first. Both Top Fuel Dragsters mislaid traction nearby a 150-foot symbol and a pedalfest began. Pritchett got behind in a stifle twice, eventually ensuing in a detonate panels floating out, activating a mandated NHRA reserve mechanisms that enclosed deploying a parachutes finale her chances of throwing Prock. Pritchett heads to a second Countdown eventuality in St. Louis holding a eighth position in a championship standings.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Jimmy Daniels and David Barton were winners of a Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively.
Daniels, a Yardley, Pa. racer gathering his SS/AH 1968 Dodge HEMI Dart to a round-three finish in Super Stock. The 23-year-old motorist recently won his fourth uninterrupted Dodge HEMI® Challenge feat during a U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
Fellow Pennsylvanian and Mopar HEMI racer Barton raced his AA/SA 1965 Dodge Coronet to a round-two finish during a ancestral line in Mohnton, Pa.
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 inhabitant events.
Mopar CAP and NHRA YES events horde tyro groups during Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals
Before a first-round subordinate sessions during Maple Grove Raceway began on Friday, Sept. 13, preparation took core theatre with a Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP) “Assemble Your Future” beginning and a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Youth Education Services (YES) program.
Mopar CAP, by a partnership with Pennzoil, hosted 45 students from 5 area schools. At a track, students visited with Hagan, toured a DSR array areas and networked with member from 15 area FCA US LLC dealerships. Established in 1984, a module prepares students to start their automotive technician careers on graduation from a certified, two-year training institution, such as a university, college, village college or technical center. Currently, FCA has some-more than 9,000 active students enrolled in a Mopar CAP program, with students completing some-more than 100,000 category courses.
The module is a third of 4 Mopar CAP “Assemble Your Future” beginning programs during NHRA inhabitant events in 2019, with a Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway in late October, being a final event. For some-more information on a Mopar CAP program, visit www.MoparCAP.com.
As partial of a NHRA YES initiative, some-more than 2,000 internal high propagandize students listened testimonials from Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist Leah Pritchett and other attention spokespeople focusing on a significance of math, scholarship and other skills that can lead to new career opportunities.
Hagan finished second in Home Run Derby during Mopar Mega Block Party
On Thursday, Sept. 12, thousands of Dodge//SRT Mopar and NHRA fans kicked off a foe weekend during FirstEnergy Stadium, in Reading, Pa. during a fourth annual Mopar Mega Block Party. The giveaway eventuality enclosed a full line-up of family activities and resolved with a Mega Fireworks display. Two-time universe NHRA Funny Car champion Hagan supposing copiousness of attack fireworks of his possess during a home run derby, though a 2014 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals leader came adult usually brief of winning a event, that was eventually won by Julian Haynes from Pennzoil. Proceeds lifted from this eventuality benefited a Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero Foundations.
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Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals: Elimination Rounds Summary/Notes Quotes
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.876)
Rd. 1: (.107-second greeting time, 3.908 seconds during 331.45 mph) kick No. 14 Jim Campbell (.110/4.204/249.21)
Rd. 2: (.076/3.927/331.61) kick No. 6 Robert Hight (.074/9.203/83.25)
Rd. 3: (.068/3.916/331.12) kick No. 10 J.R. Todd (.070/5.501/167.26)
Rd. 4: (.028/3.958/330.07) kick No. 5 John Force (.068/3.952/328.78)
“Our Sunday was perfect. Our Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was consistent, and it was fast. To run numbers like we did as good as any other automobile out here, adult and down a foe line all 4 runs is flattering impressive. To win on a good corresponding race, and to do it on a holeshot, that’s usually awesome. If you’re going to win a race, a proceed to do it is a tighten corresponding one like John (Force) and we had in a final. I’m certain Mopar is anxious that we whooped adult on a opposite manufacturer in a final, and a fact that’s it’s driven by a winningest motorist in a story of a sport, substantially doesn’t hurt.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.913)
Rd. 1: (.072-second greeting time, 3.899 seconds during 332.02 mph) kick No. 8 Shawn Langdon (.052/3.961/329.91)
Rd. 2: (.068/8.623/79.91) mislaid to No. 1 Ron Capps (.066/3.916/329.18)
“First spin waste are a lick of genocide with a Countdown. We got past a initial round, and we have 5 races left going into St. Louis. It was a hot, greasy line today. Avoiding that initial spin detriment is key, and we did that. We had a good, discerning foe automobile beside us with Ron (Capps) and we had to pull it a tiny bit. They went 3.91, that was low of a session, and a path wouldn’t hold. We’ll hurl into St. Louis with a good Mopar team, and there’s a lot of racing left in 2019.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.837)
Rd. 1: (.116-second greeting time, 3.909 seconds during 327.51 mph) kick No. 16 Mike McIntire Jr. (.098/5.898/119.98)
Rd. 2: (.066/3.916/329.18) kick No. 9 Matt Hagan (.068/8.623/79.91)
Rd. 3: (.060/4.262/240.25) mislaid to No. 5 John Force (.102/3.929/329.42)
“This was a furious weekend. It was crazy for us to come here with a diversion devise to work on, meaningful a cold temperatures that faced us on Friday and Saturday, generally given we’ll expected see identical conditions after in a Countdown. Then, to go out and set a line records, that was fun given we knew what we were perplexing to do, and it was neat to go out and watch a devise come together. We also knew that a conditions currently were going to be totally opposite – midst 80s and hot. (Crew chief) Rahn Tobler is so good during bettering to a changing conditions, and it was fun to watch him proceed currently like he did.”
“We really done adult some belligerent in a points, and that’s something we discussed streamer into a Countdown. We wish to accumulate adult all a tiny points that we can. There are so many good foe cars out here, though to be means to benefit 8 points during qualifying, that’s roughly a full position. We’re off to a good start. We’ve pronounced it before, we can’t win a Countdown in Reading, though we can positively put yourself out of position to win it, and we consider we had a good plain weekend.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.673)
Rd. 1: (.088-second greeting time, 3.731 seconds during 326.40 mph) kick No. 15 Lex Joon (.124/4.858/152.73)
Rd. 2: (.058/5.736/105.48) mislaid to No. 7 Austin Prock (.059/4.735/219.51)
“What an eventful weekend. Ultimately, we have a improved car, package and group than a formula show, and that is what is many frustrating. Our discerning and unchanging subordinate was no accident; conjunction was a first-round win. Our second-round rejecting was not a cause of tuning adult too distant over-center for a competition, though merely blindly bettering to reduction line prep conditions than a prior dual days of qualifying, that resulted in us smoking a tires opposite Austin Prock, one of a strongest rivals. We still trust we have a improved package this final quarter, and we are vehement about a full power display by in St. Louis as it did in Brainerd.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.905)
Rd. 1: (.076-second greeting time, 3.977 seconds during 327.66 mph) mislaid to No. 10 J.R. Todd (.077/3.915/329.58)
“Today positively wasn’t ideal. We ran decent in subordinate and entrance off of such a good deteriorate so far, we had high hopes for a Countdown, though starting off with a first-round detriment isn’t what we had planned. Not totally discouraged by it, though we have a work cut out for us now. We’ll have to do unusually good during a final 5 to recover a position if we wish any shot during a championship. I’m certain over a subsequent week or so we’ll reevaluate and see if we can’t spin things around in St. Louis and keep a shot during a championship.”
Up Next: AAA Insurance Midwest NHRA Nationals
The playoff power continues in dual weeks with a eighth annual AAA Insurance Midwest NHRA Nationals during Worldwide Technology Raceway, in Madison, Illinois. Beckman, a two-time St. Louis winner, leads a fortuitous of Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers and teams into a second of a six-race NHRA Countdown for a Championship takes place Sep 27-29.
2019 NHRA Championship Point Standings: Through 19 of 24 Rounds
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 2,179
2. John Force (2) – 2,160
3. Robert Hight (5) – 2,155
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) – 2,136
5. Tommy Johnson, Jr. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 2,105
6. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (2) – 2,092
7. J.R. Todd (1) – 2,089
8. Bob Tasca III (2) – 2,072
9. Tim Wilkerson – 2,057
10. Shawn Langdon (1) – 2,043
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta (2) – 2,180
2. Brittany Force (1) – 2,147
3. Steve Torrence (8) – 2,133
4. Antron Brown – 2,127
5. Richie Crampton (2) – 2,126
6. Mike Salinas (2) – 2,104
7. Austin Prock (1) – 2,094
8. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,093
9. Clay Millican – 2,092
10. Billy Torrence (1) – 2,032
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