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Matt Hagan Scores First Charger Hellcat Widebody Victory for Dodge//SRT during AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

October 20, 2019

, Ennis, Texas

Two-time NHRA Funny Car universe champion Matt Hagan extended his adore for Texas Sunday by scoring a initial NHRA win by a 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Hellcat Funny Car. Hagan’s delight in a 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals was a 32nd of his career and third during a Texas Motorplex located outward of Dallas. It rekindled his chances for a 2019 Funny Car points championship.

Hagan knocked out 3 Countdown to a Championship playoff contenders behind a turn of a Western Technical College Mopar CAP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR). The win noted a ninth time in 22 races this deteriorate where a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car came out victorious. With his initial win in a Countdown, Hagan jumps from seventh to fourth in a championship standings with dual races remaining.

“We were carrying a Western Tech and Mopar CAP colors on this Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car this weekend,” pronounced Hagan. “We had a summary for a lot of students Friday morning. Any time we can strech immature kids it is a good thing. we have a few guys on my automobile that went by Western Tech, so to see a module come full turn is unequivocally awesome. we did my pursuit currently and my guys did their jobs currently and that’s what happens when we put a good organisation of people together.”

Hagan was one of 7 HEMI®-powered Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers that competent for a 16-car Funny Car field. Jack Beckman reached a second turn and stays second in a standings, while Ron Capps, who mislaid to Beckman in a opening round, binds a sixth position.

The line to Hagan’s fifth final of 2019 was installed with vigourous competition. He started his day from a sixth position on a ladder and warranted an opening turn delight over Blake Alexander with a pass of 3.903 seconds, Hagan matched that time accurately in a second turn when he put reigning universe champion J.R. Todd on a trailer for a weekend. Crew Chief Dickie Venables continued his masterpiece, assisting Hagan run his best pass of a day, 3.900 seconds during 329.83 mph, in a semifinal to take down Robert Hight, who went red during a starting line.

In a rematch of a 2012 Texas final, Bob Tasca III valid to be no compare for Hagan in their 25th career competition and third time in a final. Hagan grabbed a starting-line advantage and pulled divided during a run to secure a victory.

Beckman returned to a Texas Motorplex looking to tighten a opening on Countdown personality Robert Hight. After entrance adult brief final Monday in a NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals final contra Hight, Beckman competent an uncharacteristic 12th in a field. The outcome was a first-round conflict with associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car commander and DSR teammate Capps. The tandem entered a weekend both inside a tip 4 in a championship standings and were entirely wakeful of a significance of going rounds Sunday. Beckman grabbed a starting line advantage in a DSR Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car and pulled divided to measure his third win over Capps in 2019 with his run of 3.896 seconds, a second quickest of a round.

Up next, Beckman faced Tasca, who posted a best run of a initial round. In their initial 4 2019 matchups, Tasca won a initial dual while Beckman incited on a win light in a many new dual during Seattle and Indy. Tasca took a early advantage and confirmed it via to better Beckman with a run of 3.742 seconds compared to Beckman’s pass of 3.964. He stays second in a Countdown standings.

Tommy Johnson, Jr. entered a second half of a Countdown looking to recover his unchanging deteriorate form that enclosed dual wins, 4 final-round appearances and 29 turn wins in a initial 18 races. With usually one turn win in a initial 3 Countdown races, Johnson was looking for a dermatitis opening behind a turn of a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of DSR during a Texas Motorplex. He picked adult his second turn win of a Countdown to start a day by defeating associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car racer Paul Lee, posting a run of 3.932 seconds.

The win modernized Johnson to turn dual where he faced John Force. Despite using his best pass of a weekend, 3.919 seconds, he mislaid to Force on a holeshot.

Capps used a clever Friday night subordinate pass to acquire a Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist his seventh uninterrupted top-half subordinate position. With a fifth position he had an eventuality to take out a Countdown contender in a initial round. Capps finished a good run of 3.955 seconds though it wasn’t adequate to better his associate Dodge motorist and DSR teammate Beckman. With a early loss, Capps fell from fourth to sixth in a standings streamer into a Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil in Las Vegas.

In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett competent No. 2 for a third time in 4 Countdown events. She rolled a Pennzoil Dodge Top Fuel Dragster of DSR by a left line H2O box mid by a initial turn and raced No. 15 qualifier Kebin Kinsley. Kinsley hold a early advantage though Pritchett gathering around him to measure her fourth uninterrupted first-round feat with a path of 3.724 seconds during 324.12 mph. In a quarterfinals, Pritchett grabbed a early advantage over Austin Prock though late in a run a DSR appurtenance was losing cylinders, permitting Prock to lift divided for a win. Pritchett ranks fifth in a championship standings.

Factory Stock Showdown
In Factory Stock Showdown, Pritchett raced her approach to her initial FSS final of 2019. The fortifying FSS champion competent her DSR Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak No. 2 and degraded David Barton in a initial turn in a pair’s first-ever assembly in eliminations. She followed that with a delight over David Janac in a second turn and knocked off No. 8 qualifier Randy Taylor to strech her second uninterrupted Dallas FSS final. In a final Pritchett came adult brief contra Chris Holbrook, though her 3 turn wins in Texas were a many she has had in a singular eventuality all season. 

Fellow DSR FSS racer Mark Pawuk competent a DSR Empaco Equipment Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak No. 9 and notwithstanding losing a starting line advantage in his initial turn competition with Doug Doll, Jr. he grabbed a lead by a 100-foot symbol and gathering divided to allege to turn two. Pawuk came adult brief of creation it an all-DSR final when he fell to Holbrook to tighten his 2019 campaign.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Austin Williams and Jacob Pitt were winners of a Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively.

Williams, a former NHRA champion Sportsman racer, reached a fourth turn in Stock Eliminator during a Texas Motorplex in his F/SA 1972 Plymouth Duster 340. The Waxahachie, Texas, local won 3 times to strech a semifinals before finale his day with a redlight.

Fort Worth, Texas, racer Pitt piloted his FGT/H 2003 Dodge Stratus to a semifinal finish in Super Stock. Pitt’s 360-cubic-inch Mopar V-8 powered him by 4 rounds and into a fifth before Pitt was eliminated.

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.

Dodge Garage: Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
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AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals : Elimination Rounds Summary/Notes Quotes

Matt Hagan, Western Technical College Mopar CAP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car  
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.890)
Rd. 1: (.078-second greeting time, 3.903 seconds during 329.58 mph) kick No. 11 Blake Alexander (.084/4.007/280.19)
Rd. 2: (.096/3.903/329.18) kick No. 3 J.R. Todd (.067/3.937/325.85)
Rd. 3: (.011/3.900/329.83) kick No. 2 Robert Hight (-.199/9.492/80.86)
Rd. 4: (.063/3.909/327.59) kick No. 4 Bob Tasca III (.092/3.928/323.12)

“I tell Don Schumacher all of a time, appreciate we so many for vouchsafing me expostulate this competition car. It’s a payoff to be means to go 330-miles per hour for a vital and to be sitting in one of a baddest prohibited rods on a planet. (Crew chief) Dickie (Venables) and all a Mopar guys were good currently and we even got some assistance from a DSR teammates. My shawl goes off to them since it’s tough when your automobile goes out early and we afterwards have to assistance someone else win. To see those guys work usually as tough on a automobile as they do on their possess automobile shows a teamwork during DSR and all of a adore and passion that we all have for any other. It was an overwhelming day for DSR. Texas has been good to me and I’m unequivocally happy to get another win here.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 12 Qualifier – 3.937)
Rd. 1: (.062-second greeting time, 3.896 seconds during 326.79 mph) kick No. 5 Ron Capps (.073/3.955/326.79)
Rd. 2: (.050/3.964/250.55) mislaid to No. 4 Bob Tasca III (.056/3.742/330.39)

“It’s not do or die for us though it’s removing awful close. You always wish to be in control of your possess destiny and we wish to win a championship in your car, not in your pits anticipating a other cars lose. Robert Hight and John Force went on and we are finished earning points this weekend. We have dual races remaining, with Pomona being points and a half, so we usually have to rest on Robert and John stumbling. All in all, we consider we have a good Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. To have to kick another championship contender and teammate in a initial turn is tough. We did that and ran into arguably a best automobile of a eventuality in a second round. Bob Tasca III was clever all weekend prolonged and we couldn’t overcome that.”

Leah Pritchett, Pennzoil Dodge Top Fuel Dragster  
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.714)
Rd. 1: (.075-second greeting time, 3.724 seconds during 324.12 mph) kick No. 15 Kebin Kinsley (.062/3.822/1263.51)
Rd. 2: (.050/3.964/250.55) mislaid to No. 7 Austin Prock (.056/3.742/330.39)

“Having a competition automobile that creates it down a line on competition day is unequivocally essential for us, and we did not take Kebin Kinsley lightly. It was a good drag race. We’ve finished swell in a clarity of simplifying chasing a issues. This was a best weekend we’ve had in a Countdown in regards to relocating a module forward. We had several problems in a competition with Austin (Prock). Us not carrying line choice wasn’t a issue. We forsaken a hole, and afterwards forsaken another two, and afterwards kicked a belt during about half-track. We know accurately what happened, and because we weren’t means to pierce on over turn two.

“The approach a points are moulding up, it’s still intensely tight. We have a possibility during this championship, we have a competition automobile that’s entrance around during a quick rate of speed, and a group that’s dedicated to finishing strong. We demeanour brazen to stability a Top Fuel campaign. We unequivocally suspicion currently was a day. It was a good day, though unfortunately, it wasn’t a good day.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.920)
Rd. 1: (.080-second greeting time, 3.932 seconds during 324.05 mph) kick No. 9 Paul Lee (.073/3.957/323.97)”
Rd. 2: (.087/3.919/320.20) mislaid to No. 1 John Force (.062/3.937/327.98)

“I should have rolled it in further, that’s what Force does. It creates we demeanour bad on paper though in actuality we ran about a same. It creates me happy that a automobile is entrance behind around. We struggled for a few races though a automobile is back. I’m vehement that we can go to Vegas and be unequivocally competitive.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.881)
Rd. 1: (.073-second greeting time, 3.955 seconds during 326.79 mph) mislaid to No. 12 Jack Beckman (.062/3.896/328.86)

“We had a outrageous matchup with a teammate (Jack) Beckman with outrageous Countdown implications. With usually dual races left now we don’t wish to have to run a cars sitting forward of we in points in a initial round. Unfortunately, we spent many of Saturday’s subordinate rounds perplexing to figure out because a purchase wasn’t wearing a approach it had been. I’m a small bummed that we couldn’t go adult with a automobile we had on Friday though we couldn’t continue on with a approach a purchase was wearing and we had to make a change. Hats off to (crew arch Rahn) Tobler and a organisation for creation a good run with that 3.95 in turn one. It finished it by a shake section and finished a good purify run though it’s tough to kick a 3.89. We’re not going to give up; we’ll go on to Vegas and try to make adult as many belligerent as we can.”

Up Next: Dodge NHRA Nationals powered by Pennzoil
The Countdown to a Championship will resume in dual weeks with a 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals powered by Pennzoil in Las Vegas. Capps is a four-time leader of a tumble eventuality during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway and will demeanour to make it 5 on Nov 1-3.  

2019 NHRA Championship Point Standings: Through 22 of 24 Rounds
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (6) –2,437
2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 2,367
3. John Force (2) – 2,363
4. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (3) – 2,325
5. Bob Tasca III (2) – 2,315
6. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) – 2,302
7. J.R. Todd (1) – 2,274
8. Tommy Johnson, Jr. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 2,243
9. Shawn Langdon (2) – 2,239
10. Tim Wilkerson – 2,188

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (9) – 2,394
2. Doug Kalitta (2) – 2,361
3. Brittany Force (1) – 2,348
4. Billy Torrence (1) –2,323
5. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,290
6. Austin Prock (1) – 2,278
7. Mike Salinas (2) – 2,266
8. Antron Brown – 2,247
9. Richie Crampton (2) – 2,228
10. Clay Millican – 2,210
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