November 16, 2019
, Pomona, Calif.
Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist Matt Hagan continues to make his participation famous shrill and transparent as a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series 2019 deteriorate nears conclusion. The two-time Funny Car champion warranted his second No. 1 subordinate position pushing a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) for a 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona, California and sealed a points opening on a championship leaders streamer into Sunday’s rejecting rounds.
Hagan surged his approach to Pomona entrance off uninterrupted Funny Car wins in Dallas and Las Vegas. The 2011 and 2014 champion continued his late-season pull commanding subordinate in both sessions Friday behind a circle of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, with quickest pass of 3.872 seconds that reason adult by Saturday qualifying. He collected a sum of 10 subordinate points and an additional dual points for final position to tighten a opening from 56 points behind a personality to trailing by usually 44 when eliminations embark Sunday. The three-time Auto Club NHRA Finals personality will face Jonnie Lindberg in a opening round.
“There’s a lot of certainty in a team,” pronounced Hagan, after earning his 36th career No.1 position. “Starting from a No. 1 symbol is huge, it sets a tinge for a whole day. We’ve got a good competition car, and we feel unequivocally assured about all of a decisions they’re creation in a loll and how it’s behaving on a competition track. I’m inspired for it; all of us out here live to be in this position where we have a event to win a universe championship.”
Fellow Mopar-powered Funny Car motorist Jack Beckman is also within distinguished stretch of earning his second NHRA Funny Car championship. Beckman non-stop and sealed subordinate with vigourous runs aboard a Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of DSR. He warranted 3 subordinate points in Q1 and surfaced a margin to tighten subordinate Saturday afternoon putting him into a second qualifier position and earning 4 additional reward points. Entering Sunday, he trails a personality by 38 points and starts his query for his second universe pretension confronting off with John Hale in turn one.
Tommy Johnson, Jr., a 2016 and 2017 Auto Club NHRA Finals champion, competent a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of DSR seventh. Ron Capps, commander of a NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, claimed a eighth position on a ladder and will start his query for his initial season-ending feat with a turn one matchup contra associate Dodge//SRT motorist Cruz Pedregon.
DSR Top Fuel star Leah Pritchett prisoner a No. 2 subordinate position pushing a HEMI®-powered Dodge//SRT dragster. Pritchett left a final competition in Las Vegas mathematically still alive for a Top Fuel championship. The southern California local is looking to tighten out a 2019 deteriorate with her second feat of a debate and is in good position following qualifying. She gathering to quicker E.Ts than any other motorist during a opening 3 rounds of subordinate with a pass of 3.654 seconds. Despite being bumped from earning her second true No. 1 qualifier on Saturday, she is assured her Mopar organisation will be prepared for their first-round matchup with Scott Palmer.
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Dodge//SRT Mopar Notes Quotes
(qualifying times/speeds below)
Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
Qualified No. 1 will face No. 16 Jonnie Lindberg
Friday: (3.900 seconds during 331.36 mph – Q1) (3.872/333.58– Q2); Saturday: (3.957/326.87– Q3); (3.904/329.26– Q4)
“I feel no vigour right now. It’s Robert’s to lose. He’s leading, and he’s got to say his lead, though that’s since we competition on Sunday since we usually never know. I’m vehement about it; we feel unequivocally assured in my team, and we know they’re going to put a good competition automobile underneath me, and I’m usually going to expostulate my donkey off, and we’ll see what happens. (Crew chief) Dickie (Venables) races smart, and that’s a reason we’ve won so many races together as a team. He races a competition track, and he’s not ego-driven, perplexing to chuck down all of a time. He’s a racer during heart, and we adore that about him.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 John Hale
Friday: (3.949 seconds during 326.16 mph – Q1) (7.928/83.59– Q2); Saturday: (4.499/186.28– Q3); (3.876/332.43 – Q4)
“Making it down a line in that final subordinate event was outrageous for us. We had usually done it down a line in Q1 and we still haven’t done it down a right lane. There’s something about Pomona. It took all we had to get a automobile down a track. we was means to look adult during a scoreboard and we can tell we that’s accurately what a alloy systematic for a Infinite Hero Foundation organisation streamer into tomorrow. It’s all right in front us. I’m unequivocally vehement about a event we have.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel dragster
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Scott Palmer
Friday: (6.492 seconds during 100.39 mph – Q1) (3.694/322.88– Q2); Saturday: (3.748/327.51– Q3); (3.708/327.66– Q4)
“Making 3 good subordinate runs is a good approach to position ourselves for Sunday. We were a small bit discerning on Q1, though valid to be quick learners by going out in Q2 and using low for a session. We picked adult some subordinate reward points Friday night and Saturday afternoon. We were aiming to get some-more in that final session, though we had some automatic issues reason us back. Going into competition day No. 2, we have a good chance. This organisation is full of proven winners during this line and we feel a same approach about tomorrow. Winning tomorrow would be a ideal approach to turn out a initial deteriorate with this organisation together and we’re going to do all we can to accomplish that. It all starts with a initial turn and all that matters is removing to a finish line first.”
Tommy Johnson, Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 J.R. Todd
Friday: (4.922 seconds during 158.80 mph – Q1) (3.945/319.82– Q2); Saturday: (3.918/323.97– Q3); (3.924/322.65– Q4)
“The line conditions have been wily this weekend, though it’s good carrying a unchanging car. We have a unequivocally good Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a conditions we will be racing in tomorrow. This has been a unequivocally good competition for us in a past and if we can fibre together some 3.90s tomorrow, we feel like we have a good possibility of creation it to a final for a fifth uninterrupted year.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 8, will face No. 9 Cruz Pedregon
Friday: (4.229 seconds during 219.76 mph – Q1) (6.466/108.97– Q2); Saturday: (3.991/324.59– Q3); (3.940/328.06– Q4)
“We feel improved about chances after Q4. We talked about it in Las Vegas that it happens to a best of teams. We mislaid a approach a small bit. we couldn’t be prouder of (crew chief) Rahn Tobler and this NAPA Autocare team. Sometimes it takes teams a lot runs and races to figure out what your automobile is doing and what went wrong, though these guys did a good pursuit reckoning it out in brief volume of time. That final run was what we wanted. There are a series of scenarios that can play out tomorrow. We are in it to make a teammates proud. If we can assistance we will. We’ll usually go out and try to win a race. We’re usually perplexing to finish a year with a best finish we can.”
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