November 17, 2019
, Pomona, Calif.
Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist Jack Beckman sealed a 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series deteriorate by racing a Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to his second feat of a deteriorate during a 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona, Calif.
The win for Beckman, his 30th career Funny Car category victory, resolved a deteriorate where 4 drivers raced Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars to 11 wins in a 24-race NHRA campaign.
Beckman and associate Dodge//SRT Mopar and DSR motorist Matt Hagan done clever championship bids, though both came adult brief in a end. Beckman finished second and Hagan, personality of a dual prior NHRA events, finished third in a final deteriorate standings.
“I’ve never won in Funny Car during Pomona,” pronounced Beckman. “If we win during a Winternationals (in February), a rest of a year is going to be fine given you’ve already won something, though if we do it in a finals (at a finish of a year), your off-season is fantastic. My Infinite Hero Foundation guys have given me such a good foe automobile lately. we stumbled a integrate of times, and we don’t wish to ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ myself in a off-season. We finished solidly in second, capped off a year with a win. We have a unusual Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and things are overwhelming right now. I’m feeling on tip of a world.”
Beckman non-stop a six-race Countdown to a Championship playoff with a feat in a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania and was in row throughout. He modernized to a final in Charlotte and determined new line annals in Las Vegas en line to a semifinal finish before this weekend’s deteriorate culmination in Pomona. After subordinate second, “Fast Jack” was within dual rounds of a tip symbol in his Dean Antonelli/John Medlen-tuned Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. His machine-like performances all day enclosed unchanging runs for a 2012 Funny Car champion starting with his pass of 3.946 seconds to better John Hale.
He suspended J.R. Todd in a second turn and took down upset-minded Blake Alexander in a semifinal to allege to his seventh final of a year. The final was a rematch of both a deteriorate opener, also during Auto Club Raceway, and a Charlotte Countdown foe contra contingent Funny Car champion Robert Hight. Beckman done a fastest pass of foe day with his path of 3.920 to secure his initial Auto Club NHRA Finals victory, though he came adult usually 8 points brief of earning his second Funny Car title.
Hagan charged his approach into a final foe of a 2019 deteriorate championship on a heels of back-to-back Countdown wins. The two-time Funny Car universe champion was looking to make it 3 true wins to tighten a debate and anticipating that would bind a third universe pretension for a motorist of a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. The movement continued in subordinate with Hagan grabbing a No. 1 position and 10 subordinate points to tighten to within 44 points of a tip position and on Sunday, a ladder put his championship destiny in his team’s hands.
Hagan began eliminations with a rematch of a final from dual weeks ago in a Dodge NHRA Nationals during Las Vegas. The outcome was a same with Hagan entrance out winning contra Jonnie Lindberg, though his run of 4.114 seconds during 275.11 mph wasn’t adequate to keep line choice in a second round. Fellow DSR and Dodge//SRT teammate Ron Capps was a subsequent foe and Hagan cruised to his 10th uninterrupted turn win behind a circle of a Dickie Venables-tuned Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. The feat setup a season-defining foe with points personality Hight. In his 600th career turn of competition, Hagan mislaid a starting line advantage and never held adult en line to posting a path of 4.015/326.95.
The swell during a after stages of a Countdown changed him from ninth after St. Louis to finishing third in a final Countdown standings.
In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett started foe day second on a eliminations ladder in her HEMI®-powered Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster of DSR and non-stop with a turn win opposite Scott Palmer. She followed that with a quickest run of turn dual to better Jordan Vandergriff and acquire her sixth outing to a semifinals. Her day and deteriorate finished when we she mislaid a cylinder early in her run opposite contingent eventuality personality Doug Kalitta.
The Redlands, California local began her racing career competing in NHRA’s Jr. Drag Racing array during age 8 and on Sunday during a Auto Club NHRA Finals, she wrapped adult her 23rd uninterrupted NHRA deteriorate by restraining her career-best finish of fourth in a championship rankings.
After posting his best unchanging deteriorate results, Tommy Johnson, Jr. was assured in his team’s 2019 championship chances pushing a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. Unfortunately for Johnson, a six-race Countdown to a Championship playoffs didn’t play out a approach he hoped. Johnson competent seventh and his deteriorate finished with a initial turn detriment to J.R. Todd, gnawing 4 uninterrupted final-round appearances in a season-ending event. He finished eighth in a 2019 championship standings.
Ron Capps was also seeking to tighten a deteriorate with a feat given his championship asipriations were dashed following qualifying. The 2016 Funny Car champion competent a NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat eighth and took down associate Dodge//SRT curtain Cruz Pedregon in a opening round. Capps had line choice in a second round, though his appurtenance slowed dramatically usually past a 330-foot mark. He coasted to a finish line, finishing sixth in a final Funny Car standings imprinting a 15th uninterrupted deteriorate he has finished inside a top-10.
Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers from DSR finished a 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series deteriorate with 12 sum foe wins in a NHRA Nitro classes — 11 in Funny Car and one in Top Fuel.
2019 deteriorate win outline in Funny Car includes:
· Phoenix on Feb. 24
· Epping, New Hampshire on Jul 7
· Dallas on Oct. 20
· Las Vegas on Nov. 3
· Atlanta on May 5
· Dinwiddle, Virginia on May 19
· Brainerd, Minnesota on Aug. 18
Tommy Johnson Jr.
· Chicago on Jun 2
· Denver on Jul 21
· Reading, Pennsylvania on Sept. 15
· Pomona, California on Nov. 17
Leah Pritchett prisoner her Top Fuel foe win during Brainerd, Minnesota on Aug. 18.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
John Shaul and Joe Faherty were winners of a Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively.
Shaul gathering his AA/SA 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury to a semifinal finish in Stock Eliminator. He employed a energy of his Mopar 426 cubic-inch Max Wedge V8 to place his Plymouth 12th among 60 category entries. With unchanging runs of high-nine seconds, he modernized by 4 rounds before entrance adult brief in his fifth race.
In Super Stock, California local Faherty gathering his SS/AS 1968 Dodge Dart to a semifinal finish after subordinate his high-flying 383 cubic-inch Mopar powered machined to low nine-second ETs. He pennyless out in turn 5 of eliminations by using a 9.38 ET on a 9.42 ET dial-in.
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.
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Auto Club NHRA Finals: Elimination Rounds Summary/Notes Quotes
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.876)
Rd. 1: (.082-second greeting time, 3.946 seconds during 321.65 mph) kick No. 15 John Hale (.151/13.434/39.58)
Rd. 2: (.077/3.958/324.20) kick No. 10 J.R. Todd (.056/4.005/318.47)
Rd. 3: (.067/3.956/320.28) kick No. 11 Blake Alexander (.088/4.020/308.85)
Rd. 4: (.074/3.920/323.27) kick No. 5 Robert Hight (no time)
“I don’t know if it would be a widen to contend we had a best Funny Car this year, or during slightest a final several races. Guido (Dan Antonelli) and John (Medlin) treated this deteriorate like a regular-season in a Countdown. We sacrificed a few races early in a year to get a purchase package right, to get dialed-in to a new line prep, to get all a gangling tools sorted out. And it paid off. Once we got into a Countdown, a automobile was thumping from a get-go. We runnered-up during Indy, won a subsequent foe during Maple Grove, we were always a cause out there, and I’m certain they’re as dismissed adult about subsequent deteriorate as we am.”
Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.872)
Rd. 1: (.078-second greeting time, 4.114 seconds during 275.11 mph) kick No. 16 Jonnie Lindberg (.094/4.998/162.98)
Rd. 2: (.067/4.005/323.04) kick No. 8 Ron Capps (.076/6.338/83.99)
Rd. 3: (.079/4.015/326.95) mislaid to No. 5 Robert Hight (.041/3.977/324.59)
“I consider we gave it a good shot. we know we competence have been counted out after St. Louis. We finished unequivocally clever and gave ourselves a chance. I’m unequivocally unapproachable of my guys – Dickie Venables, Mike Knudsen, Alex Conway – those guys fought all a approach by and never gave up. we consider we put on a good uncover for everybody including a sponsors Mopar, Pennzoil, Sandvik Coromant. I’m unapproachable to circle a automobile for them. It’s one of those things where we never give up. We fought all a approach to a end. We mislaid line choice currently and couldn’t pull as tough that put us during a disadvantage. We came in here and warranted a No. 1 position in subordinate and put on a good show. We gave a fans what they wanted. It was a good uncover all a approach adult to a end. Congratulations to Robert Hight. Those guys won some-more races than anyone out here this year. They kick us currently in a semis and merit to be champions.””
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.694)
Rd. 1: (.074-second greeting time, 3.753 seconds during 319/90 mph) kick No. 15 Scott Palmer (.058/3.813/312.50)
Rd. 2: (.128/3.748/323.12) kick No. 7 Jordan Vandergriff (.067/18.760/59.83)
Rd. 3: (.077/3.908/302.08) mislaid to No. 6 Doug Kalitta (.057/3.730/331.85)
“On a high note, we had a best Countdown opening yet. We didn’t have any first-round losses, though on a other hand, a semifinals were as distant as we went. We unequivocally have room for improvement, though many impressively, a prohibited rod has been unequivocally responsive. We forsaken a cylinder right during a strike in a semifinals opposite Doug (Kalitta), though we’ll get to a bottom of what caused that. In all, it was a acceptable foe day. We’re looking brazen to creation some-more Mopar energy and putting it to a belligerent subsequent year, and we can’t wait to get behind here in February. This group is dedicated to improving and reigniting a championship follow subsequent year. We’re focusing on a positives and operative to urge on a weaknesses.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.918)
Rd. 1: (.067-second greeting time, 4.101 seconds during 258.02 mph) mislaid No. 10 J.R. Todd (.062/3.974/323.19)
“Our foe day wasn’t good obviously. Just not a approach we wanted to finish. Especially carrying so many success here each year. we felt flattering assured entrance in. The line currently was usually impossibly tricky. You try to make all a right calls. We were good until we strike a strike out there. We strike a strike and came loose. We have a extensive group and had a good season. Unfortunately, we usually had a terrible Countdown. It’s tough when your foe is formed on a final 6 races. The guys did a good pursuit all year and we usually stumbled when it came time to run for a championship. Our dual wins and 5 final rounds still shows we have a unequivocally good team. We’ll regroup and have a good offseason and come behind clever for subsequent year.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.940)
Rd. 1: (.066-second greeting time, 3.949 seconds during 326.00 mph) kick No. 9 Cruz Pedregon (.053/3.982/321.58)
Rd. 2: (.076/6.338/83.99) mislaid No. 1 Matt Hagan (.067/4.005/323.04)
“We unequivocally had a concentration on entrance here and perplexing to get a car’s opening behind and finishing as high in a indicate standings as possible. We ran third-quickest in turn one, though afterwards had a tough matchup with a teammate Hagan who was a No. 1 qualifier. We knew Hagan’s group was going to make a good run, and we were going for it. Something pennyless in a automobile and it caused a flattering estimable backfire, and that was a finish of a day. But, I’ve unequivocally got to appreciate Dodge. These new Charger bodies, besides being one of a biggest aerodynamic Funny Car bodies out here, they unequivocally did a lot of work on a reserve aspect and a detonate panels in a body. I’ve been in my satisfactory share of explosions over a years and a impact this time was half of what we would expect. The automobile unequivocally took a brunt of it. So, appreciate we Dodge for unequivocally creation a Charger as protected as possible.”
2019 NHRA Championship Point Standings: Through 24 of 24 Rounds
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
1. Robert Hight (6) –2,637
2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) –2629
3. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (4) – 2,563
4. John Force (2) – 2,471
5. Bob Tasca III (2) – 2,446
6. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) – 2, 414
7. J.R. Todd (1) – 2,391
8. Tommy Johnson, Jr. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 2,360
9. Shawn Langdon (2) – 2,358
10. Tim Wilkerson – 2,283
1. Steve Torrence (9) –2,607
2. Doug Kalitta (3) –2,604
3. Brittany Force (2) – 2,555
4. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,474
5. Billy Torrence (1) –2,458
6. Richie Crampton (2) –2399
7. Mike Salinas (2) – 2,381
8. Austin Prock (1) – 2,379
9. Antron Brown – 2,329
10. Clay Millican – 2,300
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