Capps and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Earn 2021 NHRA Funny Car World Championship

November 14, 2021

, Pomona, California

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist Ron Capps and Don Schumacher Racing warranted a 2021 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car World Championship in an sparkling deteriorate culmination during a Auto Club Raceway during Pomona, California. It is a maestro driver’s second Funny Car pretension of his 27-year career, following his initial championship win in 2016, and a seventh of a 19-year partnership between DSR and a Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands.
“On interest of Dodge//SRT, congratulations to Ron Capps for his HEMI®-powered universe championship performance,” pronounced Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. “We’re anxious to have Ron and a Don Schumacher Racing organisation denote what Dodge//SRT opening looks like by earning their second NHRA Funny Car World Championship.”
“Congratulations to Ron Capps from all of us during Mopar on this hard-earned second career Funny Car universe championship,” pronounced Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care for FCA – North America. ”We conclude a superb efforts during this championship deteriorate and appreciate them for proudly showcasing Mopar opening on a track.”
“What a crazy day and crazy season,” pronounced Capps. “The fact that a Countdown came down to a Pomona Finals and was a genuine quarrel between a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats of Cruz Pedregon, Matt Hagan and we was unequivocally neat. And to see that as a manufacturer Dodge had a foe covered, all 3 of us were flattering unapproachable of that.”
Capps claimed his second NHRA World Championship after powering his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to dual eventuality wins, 3 runner-up finishes and advancing to a semifinals or improved on 11 occasions. Capps and his organisation collected a category-best 36 turn wins and 4 No. 1 qualifier awards while holding a points lead 5 opposite times over a march of a 20-event season.
“The Dodge Charger SRT physique has been crazy fun to expostulate this year,” combined Capps. “We came out with a new framework and new physique and this year this physique has finished me a whole new driver. It’s been fun to have some-more prophesy and to be means to see improved and when we are going 330 mph that’s what we need.”
Three Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars entered a final competition day of a deteriorate with a probability to take home a championship Wally though once both No. 2 qualifier Capps and DSR teammate Hagan in a No. 7 position incited on win lights in a initial turn of eliminations, Pedregon was no longer in row for a crown.
With a tentative head-to-head showdown between Capps and Hagan in a quarterfinals, a 67-point difference, or a homogeneous of a 3 rounds, between a dual contenders combined to drama. If Capps kick Hagan, he would immediately be crowned Funny Car Champion.
Instead, a dual Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats put on a uncover with a corresponding conflict that saw Hagan emerge a leader following a 0.074-second greeting time and 3.948-second elapsed time run during 322.34 mph to corner Capps during a ribbon notwithstanding a plain 0.043-second greeting time and 3.995-second expostulate during 319.45 mph.
“I knew it was going to come down to a handle though we unequivocally had to worry about Matt (Hagan),” pronounced Capps, who watched from a sidelines as a probability that Hagan could successfully urge his Funny Car climax hinged on him holding a Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a winner’s circle. “We competent good though still finished adult racing him in a second round. It was a tighten competition though afterwards we had to mount behind his automobile and wait to see how it played out. Really unapproachable of a pursuit (Crew Chiefs) ‘Guido’ (Dean Antonelli) and John Medlen and a whole organisation has finished this year.”
Hagan indispensable to get his Mopar appurtenance past Alexis DeJoria in a semifinals to have a shot during maintaining his crown. The three-time NHRA champ was quicker on a start though by half-track his competition slipped past for a turn win, finale Hagan’s expostulate and energy as Funny Car champion.
“We’ve got a good team, a good automobile and during a finish of a day there were 3 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats in a using for this championship, with (Ron) Capps, me and Cruz (Pedregon),” pronounced Hagan. “Dodge is usually doing an extraordinary pursuit out there and I’m blissful to be a partial of it. Today didn’t go a approach we wanted it to though to be in a championship hunt and be means to have a shot during it year after year is a covenant to a opening apparatus we have and a tough work this organisation has put in.”
With a category-best 4 wins this season, Hagan and his Mopar Dodge//SRT team’s runner-up finish in a championship was their 11th time shutting out a deteriorate with a Top-10 result.
The third contender in a Funny Car pretension follow streamer into a final competition day was  Pedregon, who arrived during Auto Club Raceway uninformed off his feat during a Dodge//SRT Nationals in Las Vegas and put his Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat No. 6 on a ladder with unchanging subordinate runs. With a 91-point necessity before to a opening round, any championship hopes for a Cruz Pedregon Racing organisation were fortuitous on Capps exiting in a initial round.
While that didn’t happen, Pedregon lined adult for a initial turn compare opposite No. 11 seed Tim Wilkerson feeling certain about a coherence and swell his organisation finished this season. Pedregon’s HEMI-powered appurtenance had a good launch and was on a pierce when tire fume early in a run brought to a tighten his team’s best deteriorate opening given 2013. The organisation finishes fourth in a points standings with dual wins, a span of runner-up finishes and a No. 1 qualifier award. Their Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat incited on win lights 30 times in eliminations this season, usually a third time in 20 years that Pedregon has won 30 or some-more rounds.
In Top Fuel action, DSR commander Leah Pruett’s plain subordinate opening put a Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster No. 3 on a eliminations ladder with a 3.706-second pass during 327.59 mph in a final session. That afforded a HEMI-powered appurtenance line choice over No. 14 seed Cameron Ferre for a opening turn of a final inhabitant eventuality of a season.
After a discerning start, Pruett was chasing down her competition when a detriment of traction before to half-track hampered her efforts and brought her competition day to an early end. She closes out her deteriorate seventh in a Top Fuel standings, her sixth uninterrupted top-10 finish given fasten Don Schumacher Racing in 2016, with an eventuality pretension during a Pomona Winternationals and runner-up finish during Sonoma.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will lapse to a dragstrip in Feb with a 22-event deteriorate report that will again embody 5 inhabitant events with Mopar Express Lane and Dodge//SRT pretension sponsorship.

Matt Hagan, DSR Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.956 seconds during 319.75 mph)
Round 1: (0.081-second greeting time, 3.935 seconds during 323.04 mph) defeats No. 10 Tony Jurado (0.091/3.973/322.34)
Round 2: (0.074/3.948/322.34) defeats No. 2 Ron Capps (0.043/3.995/319.45)
Round 3: (0.054/3.975/317.79) detriment to No. 3 Alexis DeJoria (0.081/3.940/321.04)
“Congratulations to Ron Capps. He’s a loyal fable of a sport. He’s been out here substantially some-more than twice as prolonged as I’ve been racing. Those guys usually outworked and outperformed us this year. At a finish of a day, we get to come behind out here and quarrel them again subsequent year. At a finish of a day and a prolonged year, we usually wish to contend I’m unapproachable of (Crew Chief) Dickie Venables and my whole crew. We battled behind after a integrate of bad competition days during Bristol and (Las) Vegas. I’m happy for Ron and unhappy for us. The object will arise tomorrow and it’s time for us to work tough this off deteriorate and come behind out here and do it again in a few months here during Pomona. Great pursuit to Capps and a NAPA team.”
Ron Capps, DSR NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.908 seconds during 329.83 mph)
Round 1: (0.093-second greeting time, 3.908 seconds during 325.06 mph) defeats No. 15 Terry Haddock (0.159/4.708/178.07)
Round 2: (0.043/3.995/319.45) detriment to No. 7 Matt Hagan (0.074/3.948/322.34)
“I can’t even trust that usually happened. You don’t wish to go adult there and wish someone bad luck. That whole Hagan organisation with (crew chief) Dickie Venables is incredible. we approaching them to go win a race. we don’t know what to say. I’m usually jolt right now. we stood and watched from that same Pomona Raceway grandstand as a child and watched guys like (Joe) Amato and Gary (Ormsby) line adult in a final turn here years ago and to be doing this myself and to now have a second championship, we can’t contend enough.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.939 seconds during 321.96 mph)
Round 1: (0.070-second greeting time, 4.808 seconds during 170.58 mph) detriment to No. 11 seed Tim Wilkerson (0.053/3.922/325.30)
“I hatred it for a organisation some-more than anything to finish such a good year with tire fume though Tim (Wilkerson) was a tough opponent. We had a lot during interest currently though we achieved a lot this year, we were in a championship review until a finish with 3 Hellcat drivers. we honour and admire both those drivers. Really unapproachable that we had 30 turn wins. That’s a stat that shows how critical coherence is. I’m vehement about gripping that coherence by subsequent year with this same organisation of people. We’ll demeanour during what we can urge on though we demeanour during this deteriorate as a outrageous success. I’m not a fan of a points-and-half format for a final competition since that doesn’t prerogative what we have finished over a widen of time. Where we finished adult is not demonstrative of a bid we put in and what a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat achieved this year. We were a plain third place car. It was a good deteriorate for us. We had good support and for 3 Mopar Dodge Hellcats to be there during a finish is demonstrative of how good these cars are.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster  
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.706 seconds during 327.59 mph)
Round 1: (0.070-second greeting time, 5.053 seconds during 189.71 mph) detriment to No. 14 Cameron Ferre (0.059/3.796/319.75)
“The turn of certainty streamer into a final competition here during Pomona was intensely high – aloft than it’s been in some time. The attitudes were positive. The takeaway from a initial turn detriment is a true automatic malfunction. The purchase did not move. It wasn’t a tuning or crew issue. Therefore, we had no power. It churned adult cylinders immediately. A integrate pedal jobs and a uncanny prodigy in a automobile when you’re not going anywhere, though also not smoking a tires. Sometimes it’s usually required for a really tough reset. This whole organisation has a heart of gold. We paint a ‘never lift’ debate for Dodge and we are a covenant for that and infrequently when we never lift, a partial does. We’re looking brazen to subsequent season. We couldn’t be some-more grateful to DSR, Dodge, Mopar, Pennzoil, all of a good partners during Don Schumacher Racing, and everybody during DSR for some extraordinary seasons.”
NHRA Championship Final Points Standings:
Following a Auto Club NHRA Finals during Pomona
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,676 (2)
2. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,639 (3/1-Tommy Johnson Jr.)

3. Bob Tasca III – 2,586 (3)
4. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,555 (2)
5. John Force – 2,543 (3)
6. Alexis DeJoria – 2,526 (1)
7. J.R. Todd – 2,498 (1)
8. Robert Hight – 2,478 (2)
9. Tim Wilkerson – 2,361 (1)
10. Jim Campbell – 2,238
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 2,873 (11)
2. Brittany Force – 2,637 (1)
3. Mike Salinas – 2,614 (1)
4. Justin Ashley – 2,556 (2)
5. Billy Torrence – 2,498 (2)
6. Antron Brown – 2,427 (1)
7. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 2,401 (1)
8. Clay Millican – 2,384
9. Shawn Langdon – 2,310
10. Doug Kalitta – 2,290
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