March 18, 2018
, Gainesville, Florida
Jack Beckman capped off an extraordinary weekend for Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers by racing from a stick to improved teammate Matt Hagan and take a feat in an all-Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car final spin during a 49th Annual NHRA Gatornationals.
Beckman’s feat was a second for a Mopar Dodge//SRT motorist this year, as good as a second from a No. 1 spot. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Funny Car pilots also claimed 3 of 4 spots in a semifinals, and possess a tip dual spots in a Funny Car standings, as good as 3 of a tip 4 positions.
En line to his 27th career win and his initial during ancestral Gainesville Raceway, Beckman got down a line to make 8 plain runs in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T during subordinate and eliminations, including a 3.911-second elapsed time to explain a No. 1 spot.
He kicked off eliminations by withdrawal initial and heading all a approach opposite associate Dodge motorist and No. 16 qualifier Jim Campbell. In spin two, Beckman’s 3.973-second run during 318.54 mph helped him fast overcome a slight starting line advantage by competition Del Worsham. Beckman was slower in a semfiinals though his 4.478-second pass was adequate to reason off Shawn Landon, who smoked a tires.
The all-DSR Mopar Dodge conflict between Beckman and Hagan was a thriller, with Beckman off a line initial though with Hagan shutting a gap. In a end, Beckman was means to reason off a hard-charging Hagan, holding a holeshot win with a quicker .051 greeting time interconnected with a 4.035/323.58 pass to his teammate’s slower .062 greeting time and 4.034/322.04 mark. His opening this weekend also changed Beckman into a second symbol in a indicate standings.
Hagan’s run to a final spin in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge enclosed a first-round win over Tim Wilkerson and afterwards a wild, burning float opposite Robert Hight in a quarterfinals. Hight’s engine exploded nearby a 660-ft mark, with his Funny Car physique drifting apart. As Hagan raced by in a right line his engine did a same, promulgation a automobile physique drifting high in a air, though Hagan was means to cranky a line during 4.027/291.26 to acquire a hard-fought spin win.
The Mopar Express Lane Dodge group and organisation arch Dickie Venables thrashed and dug low to get a backup automobile prepared for Hagan to face DSR teammate and Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T motorist Ron Capps in a semifinals. The tough work paid off as Hagan, a Funny Car points leader, posted a plain 4.056/310.91 to allege to his 49th career final spin and strech a conspicuous milestone, his 500th career spin of racing.
Capps’ highway to a semifinals enclosed a first-round feat over Bob Tasca III that warranted him line choice in spin dual contra Courtney Force. In a quarterfinals, a 2016 Funny Car champion was initial off of a starting line and never trailed for a win with a 4.060-second pass. The fourth DSR group member, Tommy Johnson Jr., a many new Funny Car runner-up, degraded Cruz Pedregon in spin one, though in a quarterfinals Johnson’s competition Shawn Langdon was means to lift brazen early and take a win opposite Johnson’s tire smoking effort.
Mopar-powered NHRA Top Fuel dragster DSR teammates Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher were dealt identical fates on Sunday during Gainesville Raceway, as both bent out in spin two.
Pritchett clocked a 3.735/321.50 in her Papa John’s/Mopar Dodge dragster to strike out Terry Haddock to open eliminations, and also showcased her discerning trigger reflexes with a .053 greeting time during a starting tree, quickest of a round. Pritchett’s day finished in a quarterfinals with a 3.779/327.51 that was second-quickest of a eventuality though wasn’t adequate to overcome teammate Antron Brown’s even quicker and faster 3.793/324.20 run.
After resetting a Gainesville Raceway speed record progressing in a weekend and using low E.T. of a initial subordinate session, fortifying eventuality champion Tony Schumacher looked primed for a repeat. The U.S. Army dragster motorist took down Brittany Force in spin one with a 3.717/329.26 pass. In a quarterfinals, Schumacher’s starting line advantage fast evaporated after he smoked a tires, preventing a “Sarge” from chasing down spin leader Shawn Reed.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA
“Two wins during a initial 3 events is a good start to a deteriorate for a Mopar and Dodge brands. This feat is a covenant not usually to HEMI engine power, though also to a talent and ability of Jack Beckman, his group and a whole Don Schumacher Racing organization.”
Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
“Congratulations to Jack Beckman on racing his Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to a win currently during a NHRA Gatornationals. Jack’s feat unequivocally showcases how a increasing teamwork between Dodge and Mopar this NHRA deteriorate is already profitable dividends.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.911 ET)
Rd. 1: (.061-second greeting time, 3.934 seconds during 327.43 mph) kick No. 16 Jim Campbell (.138/4.183/305.29)
Rd. 2: (.081/3.973/318.54) kick No. 9 Del Worsham (.060/4.032/315.56)
Rd. 3: (.083/4.478/199.35) kick No. 4 Shawn Langdon (.143/9.414/81.39)
Rd. 4: (.051/4.035/323.58) kick No. 6 Matt Hagan (.062/4.034/322.04)
“The Gatornationals came on a report in 1970 when NHRA went from 4 races to seven. That was a super season, a initial year they crowned a Funny Car champion. 1970 was a large year for a sport, and it’s been during this line ever given then, and I’ve never gotten close. It was such a bucket list thing (to win here).
“I flew in a day earlier, and on Thursday we went to a Hall of Fame (dinner), and we got to benefaction Johnny Gray with a Pat Garlits endowment in respect of Terry Chandler, who is still on a side of a automobile and finished all of this possible. There are 21 of us who have jobs currently given of Terry Chandler and how large her heart was, and now her father Doug wants to lift it on. He’s amatory it given he knows Terry is looking down and saying, ‘Alright — my boys did it.’”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.941 ET)
Rd. 1: (086-second greeting time, 3.976 seconds during 328.38 mph) kick No. 11 Tim Wilkerson (.073/7.821/131.27)
Rd. 2: (.066/4.027/291.26) beats No. 3 Robert Hight (.073/4.067/265.53)
Rd. 3: (.088/4.056/310.91) beats No. 7 Ron Capps (.072/9.134/81.86)
Rd. 4: (.062/4.034/322.04) mislaid to No. 1 Jack Beckman (.051/4.035/323.58)
“We had a flattering good competition day, to be honest. I’ve never been to a finals in Gainesville. We obviously had a outrageous blow adult in a second round, afterwards to watch these guys lift a other automobile behind out and put it together in a volume of time they had, then spin a win light on opposite Capps, afterwards to be means to go to a final, it was outrageous and it speaks for itself.
“These guys put a good competition automobile together. We ran a unequivocally tighten competition out there. It was within one [thousandth of a second] though it was one of those deals where we usually got left on by Jack Beckman. You have to go home and work on that and not let these guys down who worked all day prolonged to get we there. We’ll take these subsequent few weeks and revaluate and concentration and pierce forward.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.944 ET)
Rd. 1: (.083-second greeting time, 3.959 seconds during 324.28 mph) kick No. 10 Bob Tasca (.076/3.981/325.30)
Rd. 2: (.074/4.060/317.64) kick No. 2 Courtney Force (.096/8.255/88.83)
Rd. 3: (.072/9.134/81.86) mislaid to No. 6 Matt Hagan (.088/4.056/310.91)
“You know, it’s such a large race, a Gatornationals. These large races seem to take a tiny bit some-more to get over. And a serve we go on Sunday, like we did removing to a semifinals, we feel like we have a good shot. The approach we demeanour during it, a some-more runs we give (crew chief) Rahn Tobler, a some-more rival a automobile is going to get, and we unequivocally felt like we had a hoop on it. For some reason, it (the car) smoked a tires during a strike of a throttle, and we haven’t finished that in a prolonged time. We’ll have to demeanour and see what it did, and go on to a subsequent race.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.933 ET)
Rd. 1: (.062-second greeting time, 3.995 seconds during 325.69 mph) kick to No. 12 Cruz Pedregon (.073/4.083/298.87)
Rd. 2: (.056/4.841/172.10) mislaid to No. 4 Shawn Langdon (.078/4.025/313.37)
“We’re creation a tiny progress, though we’re going to have to keep operative during it. We’ve got good information on a six-disc (clutch). When line conditions are good we run good and validate well. We usually need to keep training on what adjustments to make when a line conditions change and it gets prohibited out. So, we’re creation some strides, we’re still going a spin or two. If we can continue this progress, we’ll get improved and better.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.811 ET)
Rd. 1: (.053-second greeting time, 3.735 seconds during 321.50 mph) kick No. 11 Terry Haddock (.134/4.032/284.75)
Rd. 2: (.098/3.779/327.51) mislaid to No. 3 Antron Brown (.067/3.793/324.20)
“We are still creation progress. we feel like we have a gremlins out of a way. Our prohibited rod is behind and it showed it on a line today. we take a censure for losing to my U.S. Army teammate Antron Brown. He came out stronger. It’s intensely frustrating. we missed it. I’ve been on it all weekend in both cars and missed it when it counted most. We win together as a group and it feels great. The highs are high and a lows are low. This has been an exciting, really high-paced weekend in Gainesville. I’m unhappy it finished early, and on my shoulders, though we’ll rebound back.”
“I feel like weekends like this where we have a possibility to widen my capabilities will usually continue to assistance me in a future. Learning how to compute between cars (her Top Fuel and Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak) in a moment’s notice is something that requires a lot of concentration and versatility. We’re removing improved during it and I’m vehement to have a handful some-more weekends like this brazen of me in 2018.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.785 ET)
Rd. 1: (.060-second greeting time, 3.717 seconds during 329.26 mph) kick No. 13 Brittany Force (.085/3.742/329.10)
Rd. 2: (.069/4.604/200.77) mislaid to No. 12 Shawn Reed (.094/4.027/245.58)
“We worked tough all weekend to put ourselves in a good position currently and that showed in a initial spin when we finished a best pass of a weekend. This U.S. Army group won’t quit. We all wish to win so bad. We’ll get behind after it and usually keep plugging away. This was a good weekend for a fans of NHRA and we were usually anticipating to make Gatornationals story today. We’ll have to come behind subsequent year and try again.”
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Leah Pritchett’s bustling report during a NHRA Gatornationals enclosed an entrance in a NHRA Sportsman Factory Stock Showdown difficulty in a chair of a supercharged Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, along with her common Top Fuel duties.
The DSR star gathering to a No. 7 subordinate symbol and a feat in a initial spin of eliminations. Pritchett was initial off a starting line with a .038 greeting time in spin dual opposite Randy Taylor (.110), though was incompetent to kick her competition to a stripe, posting a 8.353/163.91 pass to Taylor’s 8.189/165.99 run.
A span of Mopar-powered NHRA Sportsman racers came divided with Dodge Top Finisher awards during a NHRA Gatornationals. Jim Nichols from Centerburg, Ohio, gathering his high-flying AA/SA HEMI-powered 1965 Plymouth Belvedere to a second spin during a NHRA Gatornationals, earning a endowment and $500 reward in Super Stock.
In a Stock category, Richard Kay of East Meadow, New York, raced his tiny retard Mopar engine-powered SS/BM 1969 Plymouth Valiant to a third-round finish. Kay, who claimed a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in 2017, scored his second during Gainesville.
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Up Next: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Next on a report for a Mopar and Dodge//SRT patrol is a NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, scheduled for Apr 6-8 during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The eventuality will be a initial during a venue given a dragstrip was reconfigured to accommodate a singular “four-wide” drag racing format, that facilities drivers competing in 4 apart lanes simultaneously.
2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 3 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 268
2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 247
3. Courtney Force (1) – 219
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T – 218
5. Robert Hight – 185
6. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T – 182
7. Shawn Langdon – 174
8t. Jonnie Lindberg – 117
8t. J.R. Todd – 117
10. Del Worsham – 116
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (1) –217
2. Antron Brown – 210
3. Clay Millican – 204
4. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI – 198
5. Doug Kalitta (1) – 182
6. Richie Crampton (1) – 163
7. Scott Palmer –161
8. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI – 147
9. Brittany Force – 117
10. Terry McMillen – 116
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