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Leah Pritchett Powers to Top Fuel Semifinal Run in St. Louis during NHRA Midwest Nationals

September 29, 2019

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Leah Pritchett led a Dodge//SRT Mopar fortuitous of drivers in a eighth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, powering a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Okuma Dodge Top Fuel Dragster to a semifinals during World Wide Technology Raceway nearby St. Louis. By doing so, Pritchett jumped adult 3 positions in a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to a Championship standings.

Two-time Funny Car universe champion Matt Hagan led 5 other drivers of Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars into Sunday’s movement by subordinate No. 2, with Ron Capps advancing a deepest of a 6 by racing into a quarterfinals.

Pritchett competent a DSR Okuma Dodge Top Fuel Dragster sixth and found herself conflicting three-time universe champion and DSR teammate Antron Brown to open eliminations Sunday. Brown left initial though was immediately in tire fume while Pritchett finished a purify run of 3.764 seconds, advancing to a second spin for a matchup with Top Fuel rookie Austin Prock. Pritchett was looking to revenge a quarterfinal detriment to Prock dual weeks ago in a Countdown opener in Reading, Pennsylvania. Pritchett was well-spoken and cruised to feat with her pass of 3.835 seconds to strech her second uninterrupted St. Louis semifinal. She was looking to strech her second final in 4 events and had a starting-line advantage on Billy Torrence before her appurtenance captivated a lane and started losing cylinders, eventually permitting Torrence to secure a win.
Capps, who warranted his initial NHRA Funny Car feat in St. Louis in 1997, competent fifth and drew No. 12 qualifier Blake Alexander in spin one. The dual were corresponding until usually before a finish line when Capps pulled forward to take a win with his 3.966-second pass contra Alexander’s 3.997-second effort. The feat noted Capps’ 30th spin win of a deteriorate and set adult a quarterfinal conflict with associate Countdown contender and former universe champion Robert Hight. In a quarterfinals, a span of maestro drivers were scarcely even until usually before half-track when Capps hazed a tires and Hight was means to expostulate divided with a win.

After creation 3 clever runs Friday and Saturday to acquire a No. 2 subordinate position pulling a DSM Precision Machining Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car, two-time universe champion Funny Car motorist Matt Hagan was staid to make a low run by eliminations Sunday. First adult was a run contra Jim Campbell and his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. Campbell grabbed an early starting-line advantage though Hagan powered by and was looking good until his appurtenance mislaid traction impending a 330-foot mark. Hagan pedaled it and was means to recover traction though Campbell gathering around Hagan and hold him off with a run of 4.197 seconds during 249.39 mph to tip Hagan’s pass of 4.204 seconds during 265.06 mph. The first-round improved drops Hagan from sixth to ninth in a championship standings streamer to Charlotte in dual weeks.

“Fast Jack” Beckman non-stop a Countdown dual weeks ago with a stirring delight in a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals and he was looking to say his position on tip of a standings after this weekend in St. Louis. The 2012 Funny Car champion was usually means to make dual cleans runs in qualifying, that resulted in a two-time St. Louis leader alighting a Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in a ninth position. Beckman faced reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd in a initial round, where he was looking to extend his strain to 5 true wins in a opening spin of eliminations over Todd. Todd left a starting line initial though Beckman gathering around him. Todd pulled behind even during a 660-foot symbol before circumference Beckman by 0.0024 seconds (about 14 inches). Beckman now ranks third in a championship standings with 4 races remaining in a Countdown.

Tommy Johnson Jr. has been plain by a 2019 debate powering a Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to a span of wins and dual runner-up finishes. He competent seventh and interconnected adult opposite Shawn Langdon in a initial round. Johnson finished an considerable run of 3.898 seconds, a quickest elapsed time of a session, though Langdon’s quicker greeting time resulted in a holeshot detriment for Johnson and his third true first-round exit.

Pritchett was pulling double avocation as a fortifying leader of this eventuality in Factory Stock Showdown. She competent a DSR Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a seventh position in a 16-car field. Pritchett degraded Ryan Priddy in spin one to allege to a quarterfinals where she mislaid on a holeshot to Arthur Kohn.
Also in Factory Stock Showdown, Mark Pawuk competent a DSR Empaco Equipment Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak second, kick Scott Libersher in a initial spin before losing traction in his competition with Jesse Alexandra.

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Jacob Pitt and James Caro were winners of a Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively, and both will accept $500 awards.

Pitt gathering his C/SA 1969 Plymouth Barracuda to a fifth-round finish in Stock Eliminator. The Fort Worth, Texas, racer used his Mopar 440-cubic-inch Super Commando V-8 to spin on 4 win lights in eliminations.

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.

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AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals: Elimination Rounds Summary/Notes Quotes

Leah Pritchett, Okuma Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.709)

Rd. 1: (.064-second greeting time, 3.764 seconds during 326.87 mph) kick No. 11 Antron Brown (.052/6.001/116.41)
Rd. 2: (.064/3.835/321.88) kick No. 3 Austin Prock (.050/3.925/309.06)
Rd. 3: (.069/5.290/132.79) mislaid to No. 2 Billy Torrence (.094/3.769/322.96)

“We unequivocally have a lot of movement and that’s what we’re focusing on right now. It felt good to get dual win lights. We picked adult a integrate of spots in a points and that’s what we’re focused on. We have a good prohibited rod and we keep opening adult a possibilities usually like Okuma stands for. Immediately after a semifinal loss, a volume of in-depth investigate to figure out how and because we had a malfunction that caused that detriment was immense. We’re pulling unequivocally tough and that’s what a Countdown takes. We’ll regroup and concentration on removing a prohibited rod behind in a winner’s circle.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.877)

Rd. 1: (.089-second greeting time, 3.966 seconds during 328.86 mph) kick No. 12 Blake Alexander (.077/3.997/319.29)
Rd. 2: (.078/4.272/225.52) mislaid No. 4 Robert Hight (.058/3.988/323.27)

“The engaging thing about this competition was how many big-time Countdown match-ups there were early in a day. It’s going to be like that from here on out; this is playoff racing right now and everybody is on high alert. You can feel a appetite in a entertainment lanes. It’s all you’ve worked during all year long. We went out and ran good opposite Blake Alexander in a initial spin and afterwards faced Robert Hight and (crew chief) Jimmy Prock in spin two. That’s one of those ‘down to a finals during a final competition of a season’ kind of match-ups. They’re a group we always get adult for. We were out in front of Robert though a automobile usually pulled a tires lax during about 400 feet. We usually didn’t take adequate energy out of it. But we’ve got a heck of a prohibited rod so I’m vehement about these subsequent integrate of races.”
Matt Hagan, DSM Precision Machining Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.854)

Rd. 1: (.095-second greeting time, 4.204 seconds during 265.06 mph) mislaid to No. 15 Jim Campbell (.051/4.197/249.39)

“First spin waste are always devastating. There are a lot of good cars out here in this category right now and we usually have to get a things together. And do better. This group is improved than that and we are improved than we showed here currently in St. Louis. We showed how good we were in qualifying, grabbing that No. 2 symbol and went down a competition lane each run Friday and Saturday. What happened currently was unexpected. we was blissful it recovered and we pedaled it to a finish though it usually wasn’t enough. It’s unfortunate. we apologize to a sponsors. we apologize to a fans. That’s usually not a formula we are accustomed to putting up. It’s break time. We have to do better. It’s usually that simple.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.889)

Rd. 1: (.113-second greeting time, 3.898 seconds during 324.44 mph) mislaid to No. 10 Shawn Langdon (.047/3.907/330.72)

“These initial dual races of a Countdown have not left a approach we had hoped. The automobile had been off a small bit and afterwards we got a automobile behind and afterwards I’m off, so we’ve all got to get on a same page and get a pursuit done. It’s usually frustrating, we never wish to remove that approach though we have a clever competition automobile again, so we’ll go behind and see if we can’t finish out a year strong.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.894)

Rd. 1: (.096-second greeting time, 3.944 seconds during 326.56 mph) mislaid No. 8 J.R. Todd (.084/3.954/327.27)

“We missed a kick here this weekend. We finished it down a lane dual of 4 subordinate sessions and a automobile a final dual races has been positively stellar. we don’t consider by any means we were lost. we was really assured streamer into competition day. The bottom line is this one goes down as a holeshot detriment and that was on me. Had my right feet been three-thousandths of a second quicker we wouldn’t be articulate about this and streamer into a subsequent spin and racking adult points. we feel like we let a group down. we usually indispensable to have a faster light. If we remove by a garland we shrug your shoulders and demeanour during information and go on. When we remove by two-thousandths of a second we second theory yourself a whole bunch. we consider we’ve got to pierce past that and unpack in Charlotte and get prepared to win that one.”

Up Next: NHRA Carolina Nationals
The movement continues in dual weeks with a 12th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals during zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. Capps is a fortifying eventuality leader while Hagan and Beckman have also scored prior Countdown wins in Charlotte. Johnson will demeanour to join them in competition 3 of a six-race NHRA Countdown for a Championship scheduled for Oct 11-13.  

2019 NHRA Championship Point Standings: Through 20 of 24 Rounds
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (5) – 2,235
2. John Force (2) – 2,222
3. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 2,211
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) – 2,191

5. J.R. Todd (1) – 2,182
6. Bob Tasca III (2) – 2,156
7. Shawn Langdon (2) – 2,155
8. Tommy Johnson, Jr. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 2,138
9. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (2) – 2,132

10. Tim Wilkerson – 2,109

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta (2) – 2,232
2. Steve Torrence (8) – 2,230
3. Mike Salinas (2) – 2,191
4. Brittany Force (1) – 2,184
5. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,170
6t. Antron Brown – 2,159
6t. Richie Crampton (2) – 2,159
8. Austin Prock (1) – 2,153
9. Billy Torrence (1) – 2,152
10. Clay Millican – 2,125
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