November 2, 2019
, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers swept a No. 1 subordinate positions in a Top Fuel and Funny Car classes in a 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil. It sets a theatre for Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Jack Beckman (Funny Car) to tighten on a leaders in a NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to a Championship before a final eventuality of a 2019 season.
The other Mopar-powered Funny Car members of a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) group – Matt Hagan, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson, Jr. – can urge their standings with winning performances in a eliminations rounds on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Pritchett entered a weekend meaningful she had to make a large pierce to have a shot during a championship. The initial step came Saturday afternoon as she gathering her Mopar Top Fuel Dragster from DSR quicker than any other motorist with a pass of 3.654 seconds to explain her initial No. 1 subordinate position of a deteriorate and 12th of her career. She faces Cameron Ferre in a opening round.
“To be No. 1 during a Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil is phenomenal,” pronounced Pritchett, a 2018 Dodge NHRA Nationals runner-up. “We have all of a support here. Our array is full and we have all of a energy. We usually got a initial No. 1 of a deteriorate with a unusual pass. we knew when we strike 330 feet that we were going to be on a run. We were perplexing to be a quickest of each turn and we done 3 unchanging runs out of four. We knew what this Mopar automobile was able of and we put all on a line to get those reward points.”
Beckman put down his tip subordinate run in a final eventuality Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas, pushing a Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car of DSR to a quickest path ever during a line with a run of 3.835 seconds. Beckman also reset a line record for speed during 335.90 mph during Friday night’s qualifying.
“I usually wish a prize tomorrow and that will make it a ideal weekend,” pronounced Beckman, who entered a weekend 70 points out of initial in a championship standings. “We unequivocally like these FCA-sponsored events and wish to have a same outcome we did in Reading. Being No. 1 helps everyone’s attitude. When a organisation chiefs tell a automobile to do something and it does accurately that, they’re approach some-more assured and I’m some-more assured as a driver. The improved predictor of going low rounds is to carrying a good automobile and we saw that a final dual times we competent No. 1, we had a good automobile that was doing what we wanted it to do.”
Beckman was a fastest of 7 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars that competent for Sunday’s 16-car field, circumference out Tommy Johnson, Jr. for his fourth career No. 1 symbol during The Strip and 27th of his career. The 2012 Funny Car champion has been a tip qualifier in 3 of a prior 6 events. Beckman faces Terry Haddock in a initial turn on Sunday.
Johnson starts his query for a third feat of 2019 with a initial turn matchup with Jim Campbell. Two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan, leader of this eventuality in 2017, competent his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car seventh and takes on associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car commander Paul Lee in a initial round.
Ron Capps is chasing his fifth feat in this eventuality after subordinate a Pennzoil Synthetics/Napa Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in a 11th position. The 2016 Funny Car champion squares off with Bob Tasca III in a opening round.
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Dodge//SRT Mopar Notes Quotes
(qualifying times/speeds below)
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 1, will face No. 16 Cameron Ferre
Friday: (3.723 seconds during 330.47mph – Q1) (3.681/328.38 – Q2); Saturday: (4.319/182.75 – Q3); (3.654/329.83– Q4)
“I know it doesn’t uncover it accurately on a line though a opening has been usually improving over a final few races. We’re usually going to stay in a zone, keep a power tomorrow. we got out of my possess conduct this weekend; incited on my music, hung with my friends and didn’t overthink things and that’s what we devise to do.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 1, will face No. 16 Terry Haddock
Friday: (3.914 seconds during 328.62 mph – Q1) (3.872/335.90– Q2); Saturday: (3.957/323.04 – Q3); (3.835/331.94 – Q4)
“Seeing (John) Force’s 3.85 in Q3 was an eye-opener for everyone. No one suspicion we could run that discerning though a clocks didn’t distortion since he ran that quick. So we knew Q4 was going to be a small improved and apparently (co-crew chiefs Dean) ‘Guido’ (Antonelli) and (John) Medlen done ideal calls. We had been delayed to 60-foot all weekend prolonged and we were a small soothing in a center of a run, though we’re in Vegas and we have to give it some-more of all here and once we did that a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat came behind to life. We usually beefed all up. The automobile is doing what it’s ostensible to be doing. Getting those points was substantially a biggest understanding for us as distant as safeguarding a position. We’re not looking over a shoulders since there are a ton of inspired competitors behind us though we’re looking during Robert Hight. His automobile has been good and hasn’t stumbled many though until we face him all we can control is a possess destiny.”
Tommy Johnson, Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Jim Campbell
Friday: (3.879 seconds during 328.22 mph – Q1) (3.858/327.35 – Q2); Saturday: (3.911/323.04 – Q3); (3.840/ 331.04 – Q4)
“This is a best competition automobile we’ve had in a prolonged time and The Strip is one of my favorite marks on tour. Things always seem to go right when we come here and we seem to be on line again. I’m looking brazen to a clever finish on competition day. I’m unequivocally happy with a approach this Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car is running.”
Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 Paul Lee
Friday: (3.915 seconds during 330.31 mph – Q1) (3.921/326.00 – Q2); Saturday: (4.166/225.30 – Q3); (3.872/332.34 – Q4)
“Tomorrow is a large day. We wanted line choice and we achieved that by a finish of a day. We have a good Dodge Charger SRT automobile and we need to make things occur tomorrow. It’s a many critical competition of a whole year for this Mopar team. We have a genuine event to go some rounds. If we wish to have a possibility during a championship, we’ve got to do it this weekend.”
Ron Capps, Pennzoil Synthetics NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 11, will face No. 6 Bob Tasca III
Friday: (3.915 seconds during 330.15 mph – Q1) (3.902/329.67 – Q2); Saturday: (3.986/323.35 – Q3); (3.924/327.66 – Q4)
“We’ve altered a lot of things in a final dual races and we always gloat about (crew chief) Rahn Tobler. We didn’t validate as good as we wanted to and infrequently it’s a small frightful when you’ve got your backs opposite a wall, though it’s going to be fun tomorrow to see what happens and we’re going to find a slit again.”
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