August 18, 2019
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Leah Pritchett and Ron Capps warranted Dodge//SRT Mopar an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series double adult with Top Fuel and Funny Car wins, respectively, in a Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals during Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota.
For Pritchett, a win Sunday was her initial piloting a Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT Top Fuel dragster in 2019 and initial given winning a 2018 Dodge Mile-High Nationals, a camber of 26 races. She scored her eighth career win by violence Kyle Wurtzel, Billy Torrence, Austin Prock and Mike Salinas.
Capps degraded associate Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car racer Tommy Johnson, Jr. racing a NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to measure his third Wally of a season, 64th of this career and a record sixth in Brainerd.
With a usually a U.S. Nationals remaining before a points are reset for a six-race NHRA Countdown to a Championship, Dodge//SRT Mopar and DSR drivers reason a second by sixth positions in a Funny Car category – Johnson, Jr. (2nd), Capps (4th), Jack Beckman (5th) and Matt Hagan (6th).
It’s been a severe deteriorate for Pritchett, though on Sunday her DSR group was a final station after starting a day from a fourth position on a eliminations ladder. After being knocked out in a initial turn a prior dual races, a initial jump was privileged when Pritchett degraded Wurtzel by posting a trail of 3.744 seconds during 327.43 mph. She followed that win adult by defeating a final dual winners in uninterrupted rounds, initial defeating Billy Torrence in a second turn and afterwards avenging uninterrupted loses to Austin Prock in a semifinals. By defeating Prock, she reached a final for a 15th time in her career and clinched her symbol in a arriving Countdown to a Championship. In a final, Pritchett left initial and uniformly gathering divided to measure her 130th career turn win and second foe win during Brainerd.
After finishing runner-up dual weeks ago in Seattle, Capps was focused on stability his successful summer run with a good opening in Brainerd. The trail to feat was installed with Countdown contenders and former universe champions. He started with reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd in turn one where he outran Todd by putting adult a trail of 3.920 seconds to start a day. Next it was his teammate and No. 2 qualifier Beckman and a dual put on a uncover with Capps besting his initial turn run with a trail of 3.918 to discharge Beckman and strech his sixth semifinal of 2019. Capps was plain again in a semifinals while foe Shawn Langdon smoked his tires to set adult a all DSR final. The starting line was a disproportion and Capps surged to his 50th career win pushing for Don Schumacher.
Johnson continued proof he is going to be a cause in a 2019 Funny Car championship follow Sunday with his runner-up finish. He raced a DSR Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car from a fifth position on a ladder and was winning over Tim Wilkerson in a initial round, Johnson followed that by defeating Robert Hight in a quarterfinals with his best run of a day during 3.910 seconds. In a semifinal, he squared off with No. 1 qualifier Matt Hagan and used a extensive light, .031 greeting time, and trail of 3.930 ET to keep his run for a second Brainerd delight alive as he reached his 50th career Funny Car final and seventh in Brainerd. In a final, Capps had a starting line advantage and Johnson couldn’t redeem notwithstanding creation it tighten with a run of 3.947 compared to a winner’s pass of 3.946. Johnson has now finished in a runner-up symbol four out of a final 5 years at Brainerd.
Two-time Funny Car universe champion Hagan warranted his 35th career No. 1 qualifier aboard a DSR 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car and clinched his symbol in a six-race Countdown to a Championship Saturday. He non-stop his query for his first-ever feat in Brainerd Sunday by defeating Dale Creasy, Jr. with a run of 3.937 seconds to allege to a second turn where he captivated Bob Tasca III with another underling 4-second run of 3.954 ET and modernized to his seventh semifinal entrance of 2019. It was an all-DSR/all-Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat semifinal matchup pitting Hagan contra Johnson, Jr. The twin staged a superb drag foe and Johnson’s 3.930 was usually adequate to finish Hagan’s run. Hagan was means to mount to sixth in a deteriorate championship standings.
After subordinate a DSR Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car second in a margin for a third time in 2019, Beckman rocketed to an opening-round win over Terry Haddock by posting a quickest run and tip speed of a weekend during 3.876 seconds during 329.75 mph to allege to a quarterfinals.
In a quarterfinals, he matched adult with associate DSR and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car racer Ron Capps for a initial time head-to-head this season. Capps grabbed a starting-line advantage and Beckman couldn’t locate a four-time Brainerd champion notwithstanding posting a pass of 3.945 seconds. Sunday’s exit was a fourth in a prior 5 races where Beckman has been degraded by a DSR teammate.
Cruz Pedregon and Paul Lee also competent for Sunday’s 16-car margin pushing Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars. Pedregon competent his Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat 13th and was degraded by Hight, while Lee mislaid his first-round matchup with Langdon.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Kevin Leinhart and Dan Zrust were winners of a Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively, Sunday during Brainerd International Raceway during a Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Leinart powered his proceed to a semifinal finish behind a circle of his R/SA 1969 Dodge Dart. The Dakota City, Nebraska racer powered his Mopar 318 cubic-inch tiny retard V8 by 5 rounds of Stock Eliminator foe before entrance adult usually 0.18 seconds brief of racing to a final.
Zrust, from Maple Grove, Minnesota, piloted his GT/AA 1968 Plymouth Barracuda to a semifinals before being separated since he left a starting line early and was disqualified.
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//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.756)
Rd. 1: (.091-second greeting time, 3.744 seconds during 327.43 mph) kick No. 13 Kyle Wurtzel (.112/6.758/85.34)
Rd. 2: (.065/3.764/326.79) kick No. 5 Billy Torrence (-.160/4.124/205.13)
Rd. 3: (.047/3.725/327.27) kick No. 8 Austin Prock (.045/4.002/299.33)
Rd. 4: (.058/3.732/321.04) kick No. 3 Mike Salinas (.074/4.066/235.72)
“It feels so good to finally get that win, not usually for myself and my team, though for Don Schumacher and Dodge. Proud to be a one to put on that final turn Top Fuel win light. This is a ideal time to be means to benefit movement streamer into a playoffs. We done 4 implausible runs (today) and that’s something that (co-crew chiefs) Todd Okuhara and Neal Strausbaugh have worked tough to do consistently, and now it’s entrance into play during a ideal time. Putting all of a pieces of a nonplus together, we could see, internally, that we were relocating in a right direction, though now everybody could finally see it this weekend. We’re happy we can move a Wally home for Dodge and Mopar, and are looking brazen to some-more this year.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.908)
Rd. 1: (.092-second greeting time, 3.920 seconds during 327.03 mph) kick No. 10 J.R. Todd (.066/4.635/174.55)
Rd. 2: (.077/3.918/325.53) kick No. 2 Jack Beckman (.089/3.945/327.82)
Rd. 3: (.064/3.938/322/27) kick No. 6 Shawn Langdon (.076/4.377/201.43)
Rd. 4: (.055/3.946/324.28) kick No. 5 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.171/3.947/319.98)
“This is a time of year where we have to be during your best. Teamwork and good caring from a tip down are a reasons since we are here today. Every time we foe Tommy Johnson’s car, we feel like I’m racing a counterpart of myself. (Johnson’s organisation chief) John Collins is a chip off a aged block, he spent so many years operative underneath Rahn Tobler; his proceed is a same, and their automobile is set adult roughly matching to ours. The list of teams we kick currently are teams you’re going to have to kick to win a universe championship. I’m so happy we had so many success today, and we have a good using car. we feel unequivocally good withdrawal here.”
Tommy Johnson, Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.908)
Rd. 1: (.075-second greeting time, 3.944 seconds during 320.20 mph) kick No. 12 Tim Wilkerson (.070/4.519/191.87)
Rd. 2: (.068/3.910/323.50) kick No. 4 Robert Hight (.095/6.034/115.21)
Rd. 3: (.031/3.930/324.59) kick No. 1 Matt Hagan (.062/3.932/326.08)
Rd. 4: (.171/3.947/319.98) mislaid to No. 7 Ron Capps (.055/3.946/324.28)
“We had a large points day for a group and have a unequivocally good using Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. we usually done a rookie mistake there in a final. A mistake that we shouldn’t have made, though all in all it was a good day. To be means to win a rounds we did and get to another final usually builds certainty for this team. We have a lot of movement going into to Indy and I’m ready.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.890)
Rd. 1: (.053-second greeting time, 3.937 seconds during 329.18 mph) kick No. 16 Dale Creasy, Jr. (.061/4.119/295.66)
Rd. 2: (.060/3.954/323.81) kick No. 8 Bob Tasca III (.045/4.092/267.16)
Rd. 3: (.062/3.932/326.08) mislaid to No. 5 Tommy Johnson, Jr. (.031/3.930/324.59)
“It was a good weekend during Brainerd removing a stick and relocating around (Bob) Tasca in a points, and apparently Indy is points-and-a-half. We’re creation movement with this Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car, and (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) has a unequivocally good hoop on a tune-up of this Hemi in a lot of conditions. We won Epping and have been going rounds, and this group is peaking during a right time, and we like a proceed we’re progressing. It’s going to be a dog quarrel in a Countdown.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.908)
Rd. 1: (.095-second greeting time, 3.876 seconds during 329.75 mph) kick No. 15 Terry Haddock (.116/5.076/151.27)
Rd. 2: (.089/3.945/327.82) mislaid to No. 7 Ron Capps (.077/3.918/325.53)
“Our final win came here and we were kind of anticipating this is where we were going to get over a mound this year since we do need a win. I’ll take 6 runner-ups in a Countdown if that’s adequate to win a championship, though we need to get a trophy. To go out there initial turn and run low ET and tip speed of a weekend and afterwards come behind and usually prosaic get outpace by a NAPA group in second turn … that’s kind of a covenant to DSR teams and how tough we foe one another. Most of a time a toughest foe comes from within a possess camp. That doesn’t make me feel better, since we came here to take a Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to 4 win lights. We’ll take a information and get ourselves prepared for Indy. That’s a marathon foe and there’s zero some-more that this group wants some-more than to go a stretch during Indy.”
Up Next: U.S. Nationals
The Mopar Dodge//SRT Mopar fortuitous of racers and teams lapse to movement in dual weeks during a NHRA U.S. Nationals during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis in Indiana. The eventuality consists of 6 days of movement commencement Thursday, Aug 29 and culminating Monday, Sep 2, with eliminations on Labor Day. The 19th annual NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge takes core theatre Thursday and Friday, Aug 29-30, to open a U.S. Nationals.
2019 NHRA Championship – Point Standings Through 17 of 24 Rounds
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1.Robert Hight (5) – 1397
2. Tommy Johnson, Jr. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 1218
3. John Force (1) – 1199
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) –1171
5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 1098
6. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (2) – 1047
7. 6. Bob Tasca III (2) – 1038
8. J.R. Todd (1) -981
9. Shawn Langdon (1) – 914
10. Tim Wilkerson – 824
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (8) – 1650
2. Brittany Force (1) – 1015
3. Doug Kalitta (1) – 1013
4. Clay Millican – 1009
5. Antron Brown – 998
6. Mike Salinas (2) – 986
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (1) – 903
8. Austin Prock (1) – 826
9. Richie Crampton (1) – 785
10. Terry McMillen – 708
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