November 11, 2018
, Pomona, California
Tommy Johnson Jr. and Tony Schumacher raced Mopar Dodge//SRT to runner-up finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel, respectively, during a season-ending 54th Annual NHRA Finals during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona, California, on Nov 11, 2018.
Mopar Dodge//SRT Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers finished a 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series deteriorate with 11 sum wins in a NHRA Nitro classes — 8 in Funny Car and 3 in Top Fuel.
Johnson, entrance off 3 uninterrupted No. 1 spots, started third after holding a provisional stick and earning 14 reward points during qualifying. The two-time fortifying eventuality champion during a season-ending Pomona competition posted a 3.905-second elapsed time (ET) during 327.59 mph in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, second quickest of a initial round, to kick Cruz Pedregon. Johnson survived a shock in a second turn opposite Courtney Force when his engine primarily would not glow up, yet once his Mopar HEMI® engine incited over, it illuminated adult a house with a winning 3.913-second ET that was quickest of a round.
Next adult was an all-DSR Mopar Dodge semifinals conflict with Jack Beckman. Johnson matched his quarterfinals ET of 3.913, interconnected with a speed of 325.06 mph, to outpace his teammate and allege to his fourth true final turn during a NHRA Finals, third of a year and 48th of his career. Johnson left zero on a list opposite newly-crowned Funny Car champion J.R. Todd, posting his quickest run of competition day with a 3.889 ET during 327.51 mph, yet it couldn’t compare Todd’s winning 3.872/329.10 pass. With his runner-up finish, Johnson altered to third in a final standings to lead all Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car drivers.
Tony Schumacher finished a many of his final competition in a iconic U.S. Army livery, marching all a approach to a final round. “The Sarge” surged to a impassioned start in his Mopar-powered Top Fuel machine, clocking a 3.694 ET that was quickest of a initial turn to improved Scott Palmer and acquire a symbol in turn 3 when his quarterfinal competition Bill Litton had automatic issues on a starting line.
In a semifinals opposite a higher-qualified Blake Alexander, Schumacher led from start to finish to set adult a final-round conflict opposite 2018 Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence. Schumacher only missed out on interlude Torrence’s brush of all 6 Countdown races. His 3.700/331.61 run was quicker and faster than his opponent’s numbers, yet Torrence scored a holeshot win interjection to a .029 greeting time. Schumacher wrapped adult a deteriorate with one win, 6 final-round appearances and took second in a Top Fuel final points.
Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car motorist Ron Capps warranted a NHRA Finals stick and had a advantage of a bye when No. 16 qualifier Ray Martin encountered automatic issues and was incompetent to make a run. In a quarterfinals, Capps powered his Dodge down a lane in 3.921-seconds to take a win opposite Shawn Langdon’s 3.967 E.T.
The 2016 Funny Car universe champion faced Todd in a semifinals. Capps gave it a plain effort, maneuvering his 11,000-horsepower appurtenance down a Pomona lane in underneath 4 seconds for a sixth uninterrupted time, yet was incompetent to improved Todd’s 3.889-second run. Capps sealed out a 2018 deteriorate ranked fourth in a Funny Car standings, carrying collected 3 Wally trophies.
In his 300th veteran race, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Jack Beckman modernized to a semifinals. Beckman dodged a bullet in a initial round, disorder in his automobile after it veered toward a core line shortly after launch and afterwards eased it down a frame to improved Jeff Arend, who also encountered on-track issues. Beckman entered a quarterfinals 30-15 in career matchups opposite competition John Force, and combined another symbol in a win mainstay opposite a 16-time champ. Force deep-staged for a sizeable lead off a start, yet Beckman reason adult fast and pulled divided for a turn win with a 3.936/318.99 run.
Beckman squared off with DSR teammate Johnson in a match-up of a “giving” cars sponsored by a late Terry Chandler, yet fell brief in a parsimonious race. The 2012 Funny Car champion racked adult dual eventuality victories in 2018, good for seventh in a final Funny Car standings.
No. 1 qualifier and Mopar Dodge Top Fuel motorist Leah Pritchett seemed primed for a low run on Sunday after clocking a second-quickest pass in Top Fuel story en lane to capturing her fourth stick of a season, yet unfortunately a DSR racer’s day finished many earlier than desired.
Pritchett left a starting line initial opposite first-round competition Bill Litton, yet she smoked a tires nearby a 330-ft. symbol and afterwards pedaled her dragster several times in a extreme quarrel to right her Mopar Dodge and get it forked down a track. Pritchett tighten it down after channel a core line, finale her day. She wrapped adult a 2018 deteriorate with dual eventuality wins and a fourth symbol in a Top Fuel standings, to go along with her 3 eventuality Wally trophies and altogether championship in a NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class.
After claiming a win during a 2018 season-opener, Matt Hagan was looking to bookend his deteriorate with another Auto Club Raceway during Pomona Wally trophy. Hagan launched his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat off a starting line brazen of his first-round competition Shawn Langdon and reason on to a lead until a 330-foot mark, yet began to delayed nearby half-track as Langdon sped down lane to explain a turn win. Hagan finished his 2018 debate with 3 eventuality wins, earning a two-time NHRA Funny Car champ an eighth-place finish in a points.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Steve Wann from Modesto, California, gathering his 1962 SS/DA Plymouth Sport Fury to a eventuality win in Super Stock during a NHRA Finals during Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Wann’s Sport Fury, powered by a Mopar 413 cubic-inch Max Wedge V8 engine, ran unchanging nine-second ETs all weekend on his trail to a winner’s circle. Wann, a past recipient, also warranted a Dodge Top Finisher Award in Super Stock.
Jon Irving from Boulder City, Nevada, raced his 1971 D/SA Dodge Demon 340 to a semifinals finish in Stock Eliminator, collecting a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in a Stock class. Powered by a high-revving Mopar small-block underneath a bureau dual-snorkel hood, Irving’s Demon 340 was unchanging via a competition weekend using in a 10-second range.
The Dodge Top Finisher program finished a second year, awarding $500 to Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who modernized a farthest behind a circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events during a 2018 season. More than 30 opposite NHRA Sportsman claimed Dodge Top Finisher honors during a year.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.867 ET)
Rd.1: (.089-second greeting time, 3.905 seconds during 327.59 mph) kick No. 14 Cruz Pedregon (.104/4.034/281.36)
Rd.2: (.048/3.913/324.90) kick No. 6 Courtney Force (.075/3.942/321.50)
Rd.3: (.065/3.913/325.06) kick No. 2 Jack Beckman (.086/3.919/322.42)
Rd.4: (.055/3.889/327.51) mislaid to No. 4 J.R. Todd (.049/3.872/329.10)
“It was a good weekend, we only came adult a tiny bit short. I’m unapproachable of my guys; we have such a clever competition car. To come out here and finish a deteriorate on a rival note, finish third in points, it’s tough to be ashamed of finishing third so, I’m intensely happy. You always wish a improved year, unless you’re No. 1, yet all in all, not a bad year. we appreciate Dodge and Mopar for putting a Hellcat on a line for a tip finishing driver. That positively was in a behind of a mind and we’ll put it to good use this year.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.722 ET)
Rd.1: (.059-second greeting time, 3.694 seconds during 332.34 mph) kick No. 9 Scott Palmer (.066/3.736/327.27)
Rd.2: (.086/4.667/156.10) kick No. 16 Bill Litton (NO TIME)
Rd.3: (.065/3.705/332.26) kick No. 5 Blake Alexander (.080/3.764/322.88)
Rd.4: (.053/3.700/331.61) mislaid to No. 2 Steve Torrence (.029/3.702/330.07)
“It was a illusory race. Honestly, a .053 (of a second) light, a 70 (3.70-second) run wins holeshot races. For someone who had a .029, he possibly rolled it in or took a plain guess. He did a good job. Just such a large turn for both of us, it was miraculous. We both ran 330 (mph). The leader of that turn was a fans. It was a close, only outstanding. we was on both sides of those many, many times, and we devise on being on both sides of them many, many more. Obviously, we won a initial competition a Army was ever here with us. We won 80 along a way. We wanted to win this one currently for them. We gave it all we had and came adult a few inches short. We’ve finished a good pursuit for any other. We did all we set out to do together 19 years ago. It’s been a payoff and an respect to paint a biggest organisation and women in a world.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.848 ET)
Rd.1: (.100-second greeting time, 3.904 seconds during 325.61 mph) kick No. 16 Ray Martin (NO TIME)
Rd.2: (.061/3.921/323.04) kick No. 9 Shawn Langdon (.053/3.967/322.81)
Rd.3: (.060/3.932/316.97) mislaid to No. 4 J.R. Todd (.053/3.889/328.14)
“We unequivocally wanted to put a Funny Car into second place given we didn’t have a possibility during a championship this year. That was (crew arch Rahn) Tobler and a whole team’s goal, yet we’ll be behind clever subsequent season. We’re going to switch to a Hellcat Funny Car physique subsequent year, and it was good to give this aged Charger it’s final win during Charlotte and make that good subordinate run in Pomona and finish a deteriorate on a good note.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.867 ET)
Rd.1: (.069-second greeting time, 4.912 seconds during 255.00 mph) kick No. 15 Jeff Arend (.072/8.366/61.13)
Rd.2: (.089/3.936/318.99) kick No. 10 John Force (.029/4.023/321.81)
Rd.3: (.086/3.919/322.42) mislaid to No. 3 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.065/3.913/325.06))
“It’s like we pronounced during a DSR meet-and-greet today, this isn’t where we wanted to be this morning entrance behind to Pomona, sitting in eighth place and not in row for a championship. We’ve had a good car, we’ve had a ups and downs, yet so has everybody. But, we’ve altered lives. We’ve lifted over $400,000 in a silver program, we’ve lifted some-more by a auctions, and we get to see a veterans’ lives that we’ve changed. We’re doing good things for a lot of people. we consider a movement is starting to change behind to DSR and we know this is going to give us a fuel in a off-season to work that many harder. We’re going to get behind to where we need subsequent year.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.631 ET)
Rd.1: (.081-second greeting time, NO TIME) mislaid to No. 16 Bill Litton (.142/3.979/309.56)
“Our 2018 was something to be unequivocally unapproachable of. We schooled some-more this year than we did a prior year. Ultimately, we finished improved than we did a prior year. We feel unequivocally good about a offseason even yet we didn’t go rounds here this weekend. We know since and it wasn’t a tune-up disaster or motorist disaster – it was a automatic failure. That’s not going to stop a movement for 2019 and that’s not only a difference behind it. What we’ve proven to ourselves and a universe in a final two-and-a-half races shows that a final four-and-a-half months are entrance together. It took that prolonged to get a final dual races to be in a ZIP formula that we want, that happens to be in a opposite ZIP formula than everybody else when it comes to power. we consider we’ve been means to lapse to what this organisation has stood for for a prolonged time with large energy and large numbers. Finally we have that behind and we’re only vacant one tiny non-static that we’ll collect adult during a offseason.
“When we take a step behind after what happened today, yeah, we had a unusual deteriorate with zero to hang a heads about during all. And what’s sparkling about it is what happens next. The opinion among everybody on this organisation is so certain and fortifying and progressive, we can’t assistance yet consider we had a good deteriorate and we’re going to have an even some-more implausible one subsequent deteriorate since of that attitude.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.946 ET)
Rd.1: (.058-second greeting time, 4.115 seconds during 255.19 mph) mislaid to No. 9 Shawn Langdon (.064/3.918/326.71)
“Not a finale to a deteriorate that we wanted. We came into a Countdown in second. We finished some changes and it didn’t go a way. We kind of got stranded in a rut and it spun divided from us, yet during a finish of a day, I’m unequivocally unapproachable of my guys. They put together a good competition automobile for me each lap. They’ve worked tough and did a unusual pursuit of gripping me protected and gripping me relocating forward. We’ve got a good group. It’s one of those things where we have some work to do in a off-season, yet I’m vehement for what 2019 will hold. We’ll continue to work tough and do a good pursuit for a sponsors.”
Up Next: NHRA Winternationals during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona
The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series blasts off in a tiny underneath 3 months during Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, for a NHRA Winternationals, scheduled for Feb 7-10. Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist Matt Hagan is a fortifying eventuality champion in Funny Car during a season-opening race.
2018 NHRA Championship — FINAL Point Standings After Round 24 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. J.R. Todd — 2726
2. Robert Hight — 2532
3. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 2519
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (3) — 2510
5. Tim Wilkerson — 2418
6. Courtney Force — 2409
7. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) — 2405
8. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) — 2371
9. John Force — 2356
10. Shawn Langdon — 2285
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 2900
2. Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 2596
3. Clay Millican — 2573
4. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 2461
5. Brittany Force — 2417
6. Antron Brown — 2378
7t. Mike Salinas — 2308
7t. Doug Kalitta — 2308
9. Terry McMillen — 2301
10. Scott Palmer — 2231
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