June 2, 2019
, Joliet, Illinois
Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to his initial win of a deteriorate during a 22nd Annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals nearby Chicago on Sunday, Jun 2, relocating adult to second in a Funny Car indicate standings and bringing home a third uninterrupted win this year for a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car driver.
The win was a 18th of Johnson’s career in his 50th altogether final and second this season, and noted his initial feat given a NHRA Finals in Nov 2017, finale a 32-race drought. The delight was also a second for a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist in 5 career final-round appearances during Route 66 Raceway.
The Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) commander led a margin of 7 Dodge//SRT Mopar Funny Car drivers into eliminations, with 5 advancing out of a opening turn and dual into a semifinals. Johnson’s Chicago win outlines a third in a quarrel for Dodge//SRT Mopar following victories during Atlanta and Richmond by DSR teammate Ron Capps, and is a fourth in 9 races this year for a Charger SRT Hellcat.
Johnson kicked off competition day from a No. 2 symbol after a clever subordinate bid that saw a 2015 Chicago eventuality personality collect 6 reward points. He posted a plain 3.946-second elapsed time (ET) in turn one to improved associate Dodge Charger motorist Paul Lee, and was even improved in a quarterfinals with a quickest pass of a turn during 3.941-seconds to outpace DSR Mopar Dodge teammate Matt Hagan.
Johnson left initial in a semifinals opposite John Force with a quicker .081-second greeting time to Force’s slower .137 mark, earning him a holeshot win on a 3.972/321.81 run and a symbol opposite No. 1 qualifier Robert Hight in a final round. Hight knocked out 3 Dodge machines on his trail to a final though Johnson finished that trend in thespian fashion, overcoming a “boom and bang” underneath a hood to reason off Hight, who smoked a tires early, during a stripe.
The 2012 Funny Car universe champion and Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist “Fast” Jack Beckman lived adult to his nickname when he unloaded with a 3.930 ET during 329.18 mph opposite Blake Alexander in turn one, that hold adult to be a quickest and fastest of competition day.
In turn two, Beckman ripped off another considerable run, a winning 3.962 ET over Jeff Arend. The semifinal turn pitted Beckman opposite stream indicate standings personality Hight. Beckman suffered an uncharacteristic miscue when he stood on a stifle early and activated a red light, handing a turn win to his opponent.
Hagan used a final subordinate eventuality on Saturday to burst his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car into a tip half of a margin during No. 7, and he carried that movement into Sunday with a winning 3.954/328.46 first-round pass opposite Bob Tasca III. The three-time Chicago eventuality personality was trailing in a tighten conflict with DSR teammate Johnson in a quarterfinals when a forsaken cylinder down line finished any hopes of nonetheless another Route 66 Raceway feat by Hagan.
Back-to-back NHRA eventuality personality Ron Capps, runner-up final year during Chicago, entered competition weekend seeking his third uninterrupted victory. The Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist collected 6 reward points in subordinate to start competition day from a No. 3 seed. Capps degraded Bob Bode in turn one though a DSR driver’s strain of 9 uninterrupted turn wins would come to an finish in a Joliet quarterfinals when he was degraded by Force during a 102nd head-to-head competition day matchup between a dual stars.
Cruz Pedregon, one of 5 Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers to validate in a tip half of a field, was also one of 5 Hellcat pilots to allege to a second turn during Chicago. Pedregon took out Tim Wilkerson though bent out opposite Hight in a quarterfinals. Dodge motorist Jim Campbell also mislaid to Hight in turn one.
In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett, runner-up final year during Route 66 Raceway, competent eighth in her Okuma Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster. She faced off with T.J. Zizzo in turn one and was initial to leave a starting line, though as Pritchett neared halftrack automatic issues resulted in a burning engine “boom” and caused a behind tire to blow. She decently avoided a wall and was means to beam her automobile safely to rest, though her aspirant gathering to a turn win.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Mike Cotten from Cave Creek, Arizona, competent a clever No. 7 and gathering his F/SA 1973 Plymouth Duster 340 to a plain round-four finish in Stock Eliminator during a Route 66 NHRA Nationals. Cotten was edged out of a semifinals coming by about dual feet, though warranted a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in a category for his low run in eliminations.
In a Super Stock class, Lapeer, Michigan, local Mike Wagner directed his 426 GEN III HEMI-powered FSS/D 2015 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a round-two finish, good for Dodge Top Finisher honors.
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.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts Customer Care, FCA – North America
“Congratulations to Tommy Johnson Jr. on his win currently in Chicago. His feat is a third uninterrupted for a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist this year, and we wish it’s only one of many some-more visits to a winner’s turn this deteriorate for a drivers and teams.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.882 ET)
Rd 1: (.081-second greeting time, 3.946 seconds during 325.85 mph) kick No. 15 Paul Lee (.078/4.673/180.72)
Rd 2: (.071/3.941/323.81) kick No. 7 Matt Hagan (.078/4.071/274.16)
Rd 3: (.081/3.972/321.81) kick No. 11 John Force (.137/3.953/322.42)
Rd 4: (.062/4.175/229.86) kick No. 1 Robert Hight (.049/4.438/202.55)
“I felt it (the car) start spinning a tires and we didn’t see him (opponent Hight), and it’s been a prolonged time given I’ve won, so we was going to leg it to a lights, we didn’t care. We were going to get that win. I’m only happy for everybody – Make-A-Wish, Mopar, Hangsterfers, a new partner Okuma. we gathering my Dodge Hellcat to a line this weekend and we only gathering this one to a winner’s circle, baby!
“It creates your heart stop for a second since you’re sitting there coasting and we know he’s (Hight) got to be there somewhere. It’s a longest coasting you’ve ever finished in your life. You’re meditative ‘come on, get there,’ and afterwards we saw a light come on and we was only so anxious for a guys and (team sponsor) Doug Chandler. He continued this program, so I’m happy we could get this win for him. We’ve been tighten a lot – 7 times we were there in a final and couldn’t get it finished so it was good to finally do that. You keep perplexing to get these wins and we come adult short, and we come adult short, though we keep fighting. we can’t appreciate my guys enough. They’ve finished a good job.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.899 ET)
Rd 1: (.069-second greeting time, 3.930 seconds during 329.18 mph) kick No. 12 Blake Alexander (.074/4.250/222.77)
Rd 2: (.087/3.962/329.75) kick No. 13 Jeff Arend (.110/4.028/317.49)
Rd 3: (-.044/4.352/206.86) mislaid to No. 1 Robert Hight (.055/4.105/239.40)
“I feel about 3 inches high right now. My pursuit as a motorist is to go adult there and expostulate a automobile well, and we didn’t, and what creates it prick even worse is, we had a improved automobile that round. Not to contend we would’ve won a competition though we positively would’ve won that turn and we gave it divided with a red light. There’s no china backing on that. I’m not going to kick myself adult for dual days since that doesn’t work. I’m going to go home and be father for dual days afterwards get behind on an aeroplane and conduct to Topeka, so I’ll be prepared to go. I’ll consider certain thoughts, I’ll use during home, I’ll daydream and if we’re holding a prize Sunday during Topeka, that’s substantially a best compose for this.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.936 ET)
Rd 1: (.113-second greeting time, 3.954 seconds during 328.46 mph) kick No. 10 Bob Tasca III (.078/4.014/320.28)
Rd 2: (.078/4.071/274.16) mislaid to No. 2 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.071/3.941/323.81)
“We struggled a small bit in qualifying, though we found a problems and addressed those issues and finished adult carrying a unequivocally good competition automobile on competition day. we got by turn one and didn’t have line choice. we only let it get a small inside, and it got sucked in and kind of pulled a tires loose. Once we get these things inside, it’s tough to get them back. Just a small multiple of everything. This one falls on me this weekend, so I’ll have to do improved in Topeka for my team. We’re looking brazen to racing a subsequent integrate of weekends in a row. We’ve got a lot of information to amass and a lot of opposite racetracks to hit. Ready to do a small work during home, and afterwards get behind here and get bustling again.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.882 ET)
Rd 1: (.083-second greeting time, 3.944 seconds during 325.53 mph) kick No. 14 Bob Bode (.116/4.349/215.51)
Rd 2: (.066/4.018/298.47) mislaid to No. 11 John Force (.054/3.961/325.53)
“The automobile fell off a lot during turn two, and (crew arch Rahn) Tobler and a guys are perplexing to figure out what happened. It looks like it mislaid a small bit of fuel pressure, though we’ll find out and see what’s going on. The good thing is, we have back-to-back competition weekends. Four races in a quarrel can be fun if you’re using good and have a good automobile like we do. I’m vehement to get behind to a signature blue NAPA clothing in Topeka and continue climbing behind adult in a Mello Yello points.”
Leah Pritchett, Okuma Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.776 ET)
Rd 1: (.071-second greeting time, 4.736 seconds during 137.39 mph) mislaid to No. 9 T.J. Zizzo (.087/3.821/313.22)
“First and foremost, unfortunately, we did not get a win light, that is disappointing. But man, we were on one heck of a pass going for a low 3.70 before we had a partial malfunction that led to a sequence of events eventually ensuing in all ruin violation lax and a cut tire among other things. Every reserve resource we had in place on a automobile did a job. we was means to get a automobile true and stopped. Our organisation chiefs and engineers are all operative toward creation certain a conditions like that doesn’t occur again. We had a best-case unfolding in a worst-case charge in regards to safety. Sometimes people remove steer of these cars and a quick uncover we put on that it could finish a opposite way. I’m grateful for a group that we have and a guys behind during a emporium for building a good framework and parts. We’re gripping a sights on win lights, though for now, we’re focused on regulating this problem.”
Up Next: NHRA Heartland Nationals
Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers will conduct subsequent to a second of 4 uninterrupted events, a NHRA Heartland Nationals, scheduled for Jun 7-9 during Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas. DSR Funny Car drivers have enjoyed many success during a Midwest stop — Ron Capps owns 4 career wins during Topeka, while Jack Beckman has visited a winner’s turn twice and Matt Hagan once. For finish eventuality information, revisit www.nhra.com.
2019 NHRA Championship – Point Standings After Round 9 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (3) – 818
2. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 650
3. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 610
4. John Force – 596
5. J.R. Todd (1) – 593
6. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 559
7. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 553
8. Tim Wilkerson – 495
9. Shawn Langdon (1) – 435
10. Bob Tasca III – 401
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (4) – 820
2. Doug Kalitta (1) – 574
3. Mike Salinas (1) – 573
4. Brittany Force (1) – 572
5. Antron Brown – 544
6. Clay Millican – 523
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 497
8. Richie Crampton (1) – 410
9. Terry McMillen – 383
10. Austin Prock – 375
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