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Johnson Qualifies No. 2 during Chicago, Leads Seven Mopar-powered Dodge Charger NHRA Funny Car Drivers into Elimination Rounds

June 1, 2019

, Joliet, Illinois

Mopar-powered Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to a No. 2 starting symbol during a 22nd Annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals nearby Chicago, heading a vast margin of 7 HEMI®-fueled Dodge drivers into a rejecting rounds during Route 66 Raceway on Sunday.
Johnson and his 3 Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge//SRT Mopar teammates warranted berths in a tip half of a field, as good as Dodge motorist Cruz Pedregon, putting Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers in 5 of a tip 8 positions.
An extended sleet check pushed a final subordinate eventuality to an dusk start, and Johnson took full advantage of a cooler temperatures and primary lane conditions. After clocking a 3.933-second elapsed time (ET) to open Saturday as a usually Funny Car to mangle into 3 seconds and acquire a No. 3 spot, a Ottumwa, Iowa, local saved his best for last, unleashing a 3.882 ET during 326.84 mph to tighten in a second position and finish subordinate with a sum of 6 reward points.
Back-to-back NHRA eventuality leader Ron Capps looks in clever position to keep a movement going in his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat after earning a No. 3 symbol for Sunday eliminations. Capps claimed a provisional stick on Friday with a sizzling 3.893-second elapsed time (ET) during 326.00 mph, a quickest and fastest run of a initial session. He bettered that symbol in his final subordinate strike with a 3.882, though it was usually good adequate for third in a ultra-quick final session. Capps also warranted 6 reward points during qualifying.
Jack Beckman banked dual reward points to open qualifying, partial of a DSR Mopar Dodge 1-2-3 brush in Q1 (Capps was No. 1, with Johnson No. 3.) The Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist and 2012 Funny Car World Champion wrapped adult subordinate in fifth. Two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan was ranked 12th after a initial 3 subordinate rounds, though he cranked adult his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in a final eventuality and uncorked a 3.936/323.97 pass to pierce adult to No. 7.
Joining a DSR foursome in a competition for a Route 66 Funny Car win tomorrow are a contingent of Mopar-powered Dodge Charger pilots: Pedregon (No. 8), Paul Lee (No. 15) and Jim Campbell (No. 16).
Leah Pritchett, runner-up final year during Route 66 Raceway, placed her Okuma Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster in a tip half of a margin in a eighth position. The DSR star notched her symbol with a 3.776/327.82 in a opening subordinate session.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Paul Lee
Friday: (3.951 seconds during 323.04 mph – Q1); (7.265/85.34 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.933/323.81 – Q3); (3.882/326.84 – Q4)

“I’m super vehement about Q3. Those were conditions where nobody was removing down a track, and we set low E.T., though I’m roughly some-more vehement about tonight’s run. We’ve struggled with night subordinate and to come out here in conditions like that and go No. 2 with identical conditions to what we’ll see tomorrow was awesome. We’ve been to a final here a few times so tomorrow if we can continue to run like that, we should maybe get another one.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 Bob Bode
Friday: (3.893 seconds during 326.00 mph – Q1); (3.933/324.05 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.110/250.18 – Q3); (3.882/325.33 – Q4)

“Obviously, conditions change a lot. We saw (Austin) Prock, (Robert) Hight and my teammate Tommy Johnson and John Collins make large runs. we mean, everybody’s throwing these shots out there. To lay in a automobile and know that we have a possibility to go adult there and conflict for a No. 1 symbol – a equine to float to get that No. 1 symbol – and to finish adult third, we did a good job. We’re only perplexing to lift on these NAPA Brakes colors; a fans are enjoying it, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 5, will face No. 12 Blake Alexander
Friday: (3.940 seconds during 325.92 mph – Q1); (4.013/316.75 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.714/172.81 – Q3); (3.899/331.28 – Q4)

“We came off a trailer with a second-low E.T. run after contrast in Richmond, and afterwards we finished subordinate with a 3.89 that keeps us in a top-half of a margin and we consider that’s many critical since tomorrow’s conditions are going to be unbelievable. It should be a cool, quick competition track. We indeed were going to face improved conditions in Sunday than on any of a subordinate runs until we got this late Saturday rain-delayed run. we adore a fact that we got exam data. we feel unequivocally assured about a car. We’re removing a improved hoop on a car, we feel like I’m pushing better, we’re removing tighten to that initial win of a year.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 Bob Tasca III
Friday: (4.004 seconds during 318.24 mph – Q1); (7.540/87.38 – Q2)
Saturday: (6.708/101.48 – Q3); (3.936/323.97 – Q4)

“We finally got a competition automobile behind that final lap. We were struggling with some energy issues a small bit earlier, though we got that problem figured out. Anytime we have some issues come up, it kind of puts we a small behind a eight-ball, though honestly, a certainty we have in (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) and Mike (Knudsen), we know we’re going to have a good racecar on Sunday. It’ll be a good competition opposite Bob Tasca. He’s got a good automobile over there. But, during a finish of a day, we feel like we can spin a win lights on.”  
Leah Pritchett, Okuma Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 8, will face No. 9 T.J Zizzo
Friday: (3.776 seconds during 327.82 mph – Q1); (6.358/104.47 – Q2)
Saturday: (6.110/114.63 – Q3); (3.785/327.82 – Q4)

“Of course, this is a hometown competition for Don Schumacher, though for what everybody during DSM is doing behind home in Brownsburg is only phenomenal. We’re using it shrill and proud, we done it down in dual out of 4 hits and we’re looking brazen to eliminations tomorrow.”
Tune-in Info
Action from a Route 66 NHRA Nationals will atmosphere on FS1 on Sunday, Jun 2, with coverage scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET and a NHRA Sunday Finals promote kicking off during 5:30 p.m. ET. For finish information, revisit
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