November 3, 2019
, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mopar Dodge//SRT motorist Matt Hagan finished his 2019 NHRA championship statement, capturing his second uninterrupted Funny Car Wally in his Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat Widebody during a 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Hagan, who started a day in a seventh subordinate spot, kick Jonnie Lindberg in a final spin with a run of 3.876 seconds during 331.36 and sealed to within 56 points of a tip position in a Countdown to a Championship. The feat also noted a 10th time in 23 events where a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat came out victorious.
“This was an implausible bid by my Dodge Mopar guys here this weekend,” pronounced Hagan, following his fourth win of 2019. “This is a Dodge NHRA Nationals. The second to final foe of a season. And we have everybody from a boss of Mopar here to all a people over us that are out here for SEMA. It’s one we need to win. We had some lady fitness on a side this weekend and it all worked out. we can’t appreciate everybody that creates this probable enough. It was usually a unusual pursuit by (crew chief) Dickie Venables and my guys. We usually won a Dodge NHRA Nationals and we can’t wait to get to Pomona.”
Hagan’s win capped an sparkling weekend by a Mopar and Dodge//SRT teams in Funny Car and Top Fuel fielded by Don Schumacher Racing (DSR). The day began with Leah Pritchett atop a Top Fuel ladder after she set a quickest path in lane story during subordinate on Saturday in her Mopar dragster, and Jack Beckman as a tip qualifier in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, resetting a lane annals for speed and elapsed time during qualifying.
The weekend’s formula put Beckman and Hagan within tighten distinguished stretch for a Funny Car universe championship during a final eventuality of a 2019 NHRA deteriorate in Pomona, California, in twin weeks.
Hagan stormed to his fourth career final in a Dodge NHRA Nationals, initial holding out associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat racer Paul Lee with a run of 3.909 seconds. Next, he snapped a four-race losing strain contra his DSR and Dodge//SRT Mopar teammate Tommy Johnson, Jr., posting his best pass of a weekend, 3.869 seconds. The semifinal opposite Bob Tasca III was a rematch of a final in Dallas twin weeks ago and a formula were a same with Hagan branch on a win light to strech his third uninterrupted final in a tumble Las Vegas foe and sixth final of a season. The two-time Funny Car universe champion flexed his flesh in a final, withdrawal initial and pushing divided from Lindberg with his fourth uninterrupted run over 330 mph to secure his 33rd career victory.
Beckman entered a foe weekend with his sights on inching closer to a tip in a Countdown standings. The 2012 Funny Car champion trailed by 66 points after resetting both ends of a lane record during subordinate in a Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. He carried that movement into a initial spin and took out Terry Haddock. He had a matchup he hoped for in spin two, confronting Countdown personality Robert Hight. A holeshot feat modernized him to his 12th semifinal of a season. His bid to a strech a third final during a Countdown came adult brief when he was on a losing finish of a holeshot feat by Lindberg.
Beckman moves into a final foe of a 2019 deteriorate in second place, 46 points out of a lead.
Johnson had one of a fastest Funny Cars all weekend and his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car was vigourous in Sunday’s opening round, defeating associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car racer Jim Campbell. The feat set adult a sixth matchup of 2019 between Johnson and DSR teammate Hagan. Johnson was quicker during a start though couldn’t reason off Hagan.
Ron Capps faced Tasca in a opening spin and a foe was dynamic during a starting line after both finished matching runs of 3.911 seconds. Capps in a Pennzoil Synthetics NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car got off a starting line in .080 seconds though mislaid on a holeshot with Tasca winning by 0.0127 seconds (about 6 feet). Capps, a 2016 Funny Car champion, still has a mathematical shot during a second championship though will need a lot of fitness to outpoint a 5 drivers in front of him.
In Top Fuel, Pritchett won her first-round race, pushing her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster past Cameron Ferre notwithstanding carrying cylinders out via her run of 3.869 seconds during 310.55 mph. Her day finished in a second spin as Pritchett’s tires smoked early in a run and, notwithstanding pedaling it twice, she fell to Doug Kalitta.
Pritchett trails Top Fuel personality Steve Torrence by 135 points streamer into a Pomona finale. A motorist can get a limit of 191 points during a season-ending race.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Craig Maddox and Todd Hoven were winners of a Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively.
Maddox raced his FS/B 2010 Mopar Dodge Challenge Drag Pak his initial NHRA inhabitant eventuality win in Stock Eliminator. The Sidney, Nebraska, proprietor and lifelong Mopar Sportsman racer was powered by Gen III 426-cubic-inch HEMI V-8 by 7 rounds of foe to acquire a victory.
In Super Stock, Hoven piloted his SS/BA 1965 Dodge Coronet to a semifinals regulating a twin 426-cubic-inch HEMI V-8 underneath a hood. His day finished when a Nazareth, Pennsylvania, racer red-lighted by a small .001 seconds. He will receive
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 circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler or Plymouth foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Dodge Garage: Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
Fans can follow NHRA’s Countdown to a Championship during Dodge Garage, a one-stop portal for Dodge//SRT and Mopar drag racing news. The site includes daily updates and entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise.
@DodgeMoparMotorsports on Instagram
The @DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel will share calm capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers in movement in a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers competing in classes such as Factory Stock Showdown, Stock and Super Stock, as good as additional motorsports series.
Dodge NHRA Nationals: Elimination Rounds Summary/Notes Quotes
Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.872)
Rd. 1: (.063-second greeting time, 3.909 seconds during 332.34 mph) kick No. 10 Paul Lee (.092/3.927/325.45)
Rd. 2: (.085/3.869/330.31) kick No. 2 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.069/3.907/328.54)
Rd. 3: (.057/3.881/331.77) kick Bob Tasca III (.050/3.909/326.48)
Rd. 4: (.064/3.876/331.36) kick No. 13 Jonnie Lindberg (.071/3.945/321.12)
“To go from meditative we weren’t going to be in it to now being right in a thick of this hunt is incredible. I’m unequivocally vehement and dismissed adult right now. When we have that eventuality going to Pomona to win a universe championship, that is because we do this. we adore winning races though it’s about this hunt for a championship. It creates me wish to come in and work and puncture and usually keep my nose to a grindstone and spin on win lights. I’m usually so unapproachable of my team. We struggled to start a Countdown and they never quit. They arise to a occasion. we wish we were racing in Pomona tomorrow.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.835)
Rd. 1: (.070-second greeting time, 3.879 seconds during 329.67 mph) kick No. 16 Terry Haddock (.073/3.955/326.79)
Rd. 2: (.047/3.907/325.92) kick No. 8 Robert Hight (.072/3.891/329.75)
Rd. 3: (.084/3.915/330.07) mislaid to No. 13 Jonnie Lindberg (.055/3.930/325.30)
“It’s a tummy punch. There’s no other approach to spin it. The automobile did a job, a organisation did their jobs and we usually prosaic didn’t do my job. we started to stutter-step opposite (Robert) Hight in a second spin and held myself, and afterwards we try and get your conduct behind in a diversion and we was usually delayed on a tree in a semis. If we were two-hundredths improved on a tree, we would’ve won that race. That’s what we get paid to do. It’s a tough detriment to catch and it could have vital implications during Pomona. If we had won that spin we’re within one spin going into Pomona. Now we have to go twin rounds serve unless we can browbeat subordinate and Hight stumbles. And Hagan is right behind in a foe now, too. It’s going to come down to 4 or 5 cars in Pomona and we need to get my act together. The Dodge Infinite Hero group deserved a improved opening from me.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.840)
Rd. 1: (.063-second greeting time, 3.909 seconds during 332.34 mph) kick No. 9 Paul Lee (.092/3.927/325.45)
Rd. 2: (.069/3.907/328.54) mislaid to No. 7 Matt Hagan (.085/3.869/330.31)
“We had a extensive Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat this weekend. It was a good quip after struggling a bit for a few races. We wish to finish this deteriorate on a high note and we did a good pursuit of that this weekend. It’s hapless we had a good automobile and didn’t make it to a finals. we feel assured going into Pomona that we can run unequivocally good and get behind to a finals and finish this deteriorate with a win. I’m looking brazen to removing there.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.654)
Rd. 1: (.107-second greeting time, 3.869 seconds during 310.55 mph) kick No. 16 Cameron Ferre (.072/3.980/303.16)
Rd. 2: (.108/9.039/50.45) mislaid to No. 9 Doug Kalitta (.063/3.737/320.28)
“Talk about a roller-coaster of a weekend. From a lane record and No. 1 qualifier to a crazy day of eliminations. We had a cylinder out during a step-in in spin one. Cameron Ferre gave us a run for a income though we were means to put on a win light. We had a lock-up push that pennyless during a strike in a second and all of that energy was practical to a tires immediately and that’s because we smoked them. There’s zero we could’ve finished differently in spin two. Our championship hopes are flattering many dashed though we’re going to be fighting intensely tough to finish 2019 strong.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 3.902)
Rd. 11: (.080-second greeting time, 3.911 seconds during 329.67 mph) mislaid to No. 6 Bob Tasca III (.068/3.911/329.83)
“It’s heartbreaking. We had a good unfolding in Dallas by confronting someone in front of us in points and couldn’t take advantage of it. We were OK in subordinate here in Vegas though (crew arch Rahn) Tobler was still perplexing to find what was giving him fits in a purchase department. The guys worked late into a night final night and they found a issue. We had a good foe automobile in spin one. Moments like that are when we have to be during your best and unfortunately we left a starting line second. we didn’t have a bad light though he had a good light and those are a moments that unequivocally harm as a driver. We’ll container it adult and go to Pomona.”
Up Next: Auto Club NHRA Finals
The Countdown to a Championship will interpretation in twin weeks with a 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals Nov. 15-17. Hagan, a three-time leader of a tumble eventuality during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona, will demeanour to tighten a Countdown with 3 uninterrupted triumphs and explain his third Funny Car universe championship.
2019 NHRA Championship Point Standings: Through 23 of 24 Rounds
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
1. Robert Hight (6) –2,494
2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 2,448
3. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (4) – 2,438
4. John Force (2) – 2,422
5. Bob Tasca III (2) – 2,390
6. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) – 2,334
7. J.R. Todd (1) – 2,312
8. Tommy Johnson, Jr. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 2,306
9. Shawn Langdon (2) – 2,274
10. Tim Wilkerson – 2,223
1. Steve Torrence (9) –2,488
2. Brittany Force (2) – 2,472
3. Doug Kalitta (2) – 2,433
4. Billy Torrence (1) –2,402
5. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,353
6. Austin Prock (1) – 2,330
7. Mike Salinas (2) – 2,322
8. Antron Brown – 2,279
9. Richie Crampton (2) – 2,261
10. Clay Millican – 2,241
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