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Johnson Drives Dodge//SRT and Mopar to No. 3 Position in Funny Car Qualifying during NHRA Gatornationals

March 16, 2019

, Gainesville, Florida

Tommy Johnson, Jr. is a fastest of 6 Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers competent for Sunday’s rejecting rounds during a 50th Annual NHRA Gatornationals during Gainesville (Florida) Raceway.

Johnson, who finished his initial veteran run during Gainesville in 1984, warranted a provisional No. 1 subordinate position Saturday afternoon with his path of 3.896 seconds during 324.75 mph in a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Make-A-Wish machine, earning 3 reward points. In a final subordinate session, Johnson was anticipating to behind adult his progressing run and recover a No. 1 position, yet an blast median by his run resulted in a physique drifting off and a racecar negligence to a run of 4.385/182.92.
Johnson walked divided from a stage and his DSR group will go to work to reconstruct his Funny Car in sequence to follow story Sunday from a third starting spot. He’ll be assimilated in Sunday’s margin by associate DSR and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman and Ron Capps as good as associate Mopar-powered competitors Cruz Pedregon and Jim Campbell.

Hagan, leader of a NHRA Arizona Nationals 3 weeks ago, posted his best path of 3.900/325.85 aboard a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in his final pass to squeeze a fifth position. Beckman, a fortifying Gatornationals champion, purebred a same ET (3.900) pulling a Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in Q4, yet his speed of 323.74 forsaken him to sixth. Pedregon also used Q4 to make his best run of a weekend (3.910/325.30) in a Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to squeeze seventh only forward of Capps in a NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, who sealed subordinate with a run of 3.933/318.77.

In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett finished an considerable pass to open both subordinate days aboard her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster earning a span of subordinate points with her Q1 run of 3.818 seconds during 321.88 mph and dual some-more following her run of 3.724/325.22 in Saturday’s Q3 session. Pritchett starts her fifth run for a Gatornationals Wally from a fourth position Sunday confronting Pat Dakin in a opening round.
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Pritchett non-stop invulnerability of her 2018 Factory Stock Showdown championship during Gainesville Raceway by subordinate her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak sixth with a best run of 7.852/173.87 entrance in a final eventuality on Saturday afternoon, following a span of runs Friday with formula of 8.007/171.55 in Q1 and 8.018/172.10 in Q2.

In a opening turn of eliminations, she lined adult her 354-cubic-inch HEMI®-engine-powered Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak opposite Kevin Skinner. Pritchett left initial with a .024 greeting time and posted a path of 7.891/172.59, yet couldn’t reason off a Mustang driver’s winning pass of 7.799/172.59.

Pro Stock World Champion and longtime Mopar Dodge motorist Allen Johnson and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk will demeanour to miscarry during a subsequent Factory Stock eventuality after unwell to validate for a 16-car ladder. Johnson’s best run was a 8.069/169.69 that placed him on a outward of a rival Factory Stock field, while Pawuk was also incompetent to moment a tip 16 with his pass of 8.077/170.26.
Pritchett and her associate Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers in a NHRA Factory Stock Showdown array will resume movement in late Apr during a NHRA Four-Wide Nationals during zMAX Dragway nearby Charlotte, a second of 8 2019 FSS events.

Mopar Dodge//SRT Notes Quotes
(best elapsed time in bold)
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 4, will face No. 13 Pat Dakin
Friday: (3.818 seconds during 321.88 mph – Q1); (6.919/100.84 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.724/325.22 – Q3); (6.434/105.36 – Q4)
“We like to be in a position we’re in where we’re able of pushing. That’s where we learn, where we grow. No. 4 is a good subordinate spot. Both lanes are great. They’re good and smooth. we feel good about a chances tomorrow, generally if we get behind to where we can chuck down those unequivocally large numbers. That’s what we get vehement about. We schooled a lot in Q4 even yet a numbers didn’t uncover it and we consider that’s going to set us adult for a lot of movement come competition day. Conditions demeanour like they’ll be favorable. We’re here to mangle records, mangle hearts and be a partial of history. No improved time than a 50th anniversary to move some bullion home.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 John Smith. 
Friday: (5.002 seconds during 152.24.35 mph – Q1); (3.985/322.85 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.896/324.75 – Q3); (8.695/80.93 – Q4)

“That (Q4 explosion) was substantially a biggest boomer I’ve ever had. There was no warning whatsoever. The automobile was using unequivocally good and only before a finish line, kaboom! Unexpected for sure. we hatred it for a organisation guys, all a additional work it’s going to cause. They went by that adequate already in Phoenix. we don’t consider any of (these explosions) are related, and that’s what’s unfortunate. we don’t consider it’s a problem we have, it’s only maybe a run of bad luck. We’ll get it fixed, a automobile is using unequivocally well. We’ll come out here tomorrow, see if we can’t lay down some good runs and keep a physique on it.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 5, will face No. 12 Jonnie Lindberg 
Friday: (4.779 seconds during 167.68 mph – Q1); (4.007/317.05 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.946/325.37– Q3); (3.900/325.85– Q4)

“Man, we’ve got a good prohibited rod. (Crew chief) Dickie Venables is stability to get some-more and some-more gentle with this competition automobile and a multiple we have right now. I’m vehement about tomorrow. I’ve never won a Gatornationals. we finished as a runner-up final year and have a good eventuality and a good competition automobile to get it finished tomorrow. We won for Sandvik in Phoenix, now we need to win for Mopar.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 6, will face No. 11 J.R. Todd 
Friday: (5.075 seconds during 147.46 mph – Q1); (7.996/89.17– Q2)
Saturday: (14.702/44.17 – Q3); (3.900/323.74 – Q4)

“I picked adult 180 miles an hour for a initial time here during Gainesville in that final run and it felt good. We struggled. we screwed adult a initial run. We were too assertive on one run. We were too soothing on one run. We are a fortifying eventuality champions. You don’t wish to go in with a whimper. We went in with some authority.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 8, will face No. 9 Bob Tasca III
Friday: (4.017 seconds during 313.00 mph – Q1); (3.965/89.83 – Q2)
Saturday: (7.082/84.76– Q3); (3.933/318.77 – Q4)
“We used Q3 for a small exam and those are a conditions we wish to do it in. We sacrificed creation a run, yet we schooled a bunch. I’m so unapproachable of this NAPA team. This is dedicated domain here with it being a 50th[WU2]  Annual Gatornationals and it’d be flattering cold to get another trophy.”
Tune-in Info
FOX Sports 1 will promote 3 and a half of eliminations coverage of a 50th Annual NHRA Gatornationals starting during 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Mar 17.
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