Capps Drives Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to NHRA U.S. Nationals Runner-up Finish

September 4, 2017

, Brownsburg, Ind.

Ron Capps came as tighten as he ever had to winning a NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday afternoon. Capps put his Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in a final turn for a initial time in a ultra-prestigious eventuality during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis, nonetheless in a finish he finished only bashful of checking off a biggest object remaining on a to-do-list in his storied career.

Mopar still had a unequivocally successful U.S. Nationals, however, with Larry Gilley winning a Stock Eliminator difficulty in his 1969 Dodge Dart, while Kevin Helms took home a Wally prize in Super Stock with a feat in his 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.

Although Capps was bested by J.R. Todd in a final turn of a 63rd annual eventuality famous as “The Big Go,” his entrance represented a 16th final for Mopar Dodge Funny Car drivers from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) on a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series report in 2017. They have won 12 times. Additionally, Capps will enter a Countdown to a Championship playoffs as a No. 1 seed on a strength of 6 victories and a towering 39-12 won-loss record. The indicate standings re-set for a tip 10 after a Indianapolis event, putting Capps in primary position to urge his array pretension from 2016.

In Monday’s final, Capps incited in a unequivocally plain 3.949-second pass during 325.53 mph, nonetheless still was degraded by Todd’s 3.923 during 325.61. Capps left a starting line with a .057-second greeting time, while Todd left after .054.

Capps initial gathering his Dodge Charger R/T from DSR past Alexis DeJoria, afterwards powered past associate Dodge aspirant Jim Campbell in a second turn as Campbell smoked his tires. Capps subsequent took down Mopar DSR teammate Jack Beckman and a Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T group in a clean, corresponding foe to strech a final round.

Beckman had narrowly bested teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Mopar-powered Riley Hospital for Children group in a initial round, finale Johnson’s bid to go to his third loyal final. He afterwards degraded a smoking Del Worsham to compare adult with teammate Capps, where his day came to an end. Beckman and group didn’t travel divided from a U.S. Nationals empty-handed though, as they took a $100,000 feat in a Traxxas Funny Car Nitro Shootout all-star eventuality on Sunday.

Matt Hagan duration competent his Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T from DSR No. 1 with both ends of a line record, nonetheless was dissapoint by Campbell in turn one. Hagan’s automobile shook as he struggled off a line and could never rebound, finale his bid to go back-to-back in a event.

In a Top Fuel ranks, Leah Pritchett non-stop her day by pushing her Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil dragster past Wayne Newby on a purify run while Newby smoked a tires and backfired as he left a starting line. Pritchett afterwards degraded Pat Dakin on another clever pass while Dakin’s automobile went adult in flames. Pritchett finally was bested in a semis by fortuitous personality Steve Torrence as Pritchett smoked a tires during a initial strike of a throttle.

Ten-time and fortifying eventuality personality Tony Schumacher and a Mopar-powered U.S. Army group knocked out Terry McMillen in a initial turn on a purify pass as McMillen forsaken cylinders. Schumacher subsequent took out Doug Kalitta in a heavyweight conflict to take on No. 16 qualifier Kebin Kinsley, who dissapoint Schumacher to allege to a final round.

The 63rd annual NHRA U.S. Nationals featured thousands of passes opposite all classes over 6 days of competition. Several line annals fell during primary conditions for subordinate on Friday and Saturday evening, while Sunday’s subordinate sessions and Monday eliminations saw gentle temperatures and a prohibited track. “The Big Go” also set a margin for a NHRA Countdown to a Championship playoffs, where any champion will be motionless on their opening in a season’s final 6 races.

Mopar/Dodge Notes Quotes

Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) FCA – Global
“Every racer dreams of winning a NHRA U.S. Nationals, and it is stirring to see Mopar energy in a winner’s turn during such an implausible event. Congratulations to Larry Gilley in Stock Eliminator, Kevin Helms in Super Stock, and their whole teams on these ancestral victories.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier –  3.871 seconds during 330.55 mph)

Rd. 1: (.074-second greeting time, 3.880 seconds during 328.54 mph) degraded No. 9 Alexis DeJoria (.092/3.901/331.94)
Rd. 2: (.065/3.939/300.60) degraded No. 16 Jim Campbell (.156/6.609/100.03)
Semis: (.057/3.949/325.53) mislaid to No. 6 J.R. Todd (.054/3.923/325.61)

“This foe is such a large deal. Leaving here as a unchanging deteriorate points personality going into a Countdown to a Championship in Charlotte is a china backing on a cloud right now. We’re only a small disappointed. We had a shot during winning Indy and it comes once a year. You get so concerned in this ancestral foe and to get adult that distant and remove a tighten foe like we did hurts a small some-more than many races. But I’ve never been so happy so quick after a detriment like that given we know going into a Countdown we’ve got a foe automobile back. We unequivocally arrange of struggled by a West Coast Swing, nonetheless afterwards found a few things that we consider are going to assistance us in a championship run.”

Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster 
(No. 2 Qualifier –  3.667 seconds during 329.50 mph)

Rd. 1: (.069-second greeting time, 3.711 seconds during 323.97 mph) degraded No. 15 Wayne Newby (no time – mechanical)
Rd. 2: (.056/3.732/320.97) degraded No. 10 Pat Dakin (.070/4.071/221.45)
Semis: (.117/9.779/81.04) mislaid to No. 3 Steve Torrence (.047/3.765/324.05)

“We had a lot of movement entrance into this foe and we kept it going as prolonged as possible. We gifted some rather surprising resources in a semifinal and it slowed a momentum, nonetheless it unequivocally didn’t stop it. This foe is indeed a branch indicate for us. It’s something that we unequivocally needed. We hadn’t been means to get a hold on a warner line tune-up from a fuel and purchase standpoint and this foe done us puncture low and figure it out.

“Our heads are not hung low. To go to a semifinals during a U.S. Nationals is over than I’ve ever been during this foe in any category. It’s something to be unapproachable of.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.799 seconds during 338.77 mph)

Rd. 1: (.091-second greeting time,  10.951 seconds during 77.59 mph) mislaid to No. 16 Jim Campbell (.104/5.008/164.63)

“Little gremlins are eating us alive right now. We’ll substantially take a strike in a points given of it, going out initial turn dual races in a row. The car’s competent great, it runs great. The final dual races we’ve competent one and two. It’s only tough to take these kinds of hits and not be dissapoint about it. We all care, we all get frustrated, nonetheless we’ve got to get prepared to run for a championship. That means removing these small bugs and things out of a approach and creation things occur for these subsequent 6 races. There are no do-overs.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.859 seconds during 333.16 mph)

Rd. 1: (.073-second greeting time,  3.890 seconds during 327.03 mph) degraded No. 12 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.057/3.925/329.34)
Rd. 2: (.080/3.878/327.35) degraded No. 13 Del Worsham (.081/4.132/252.90)
Semis: (.062/3.948/322.81) mislaid to No. 8 Ron Capps (.049/3.940/324.75)

“We came within dual win lights of carrying a many ideal drag racing weekend we can have. It’s always frustrating to not tighten a deal, we only hardly mislaid to a teammate out there and that’s a tough detriment entrance off a day like we had and a automobile like we have. But that is a china lining. This automobile has been fantastic, we’re creation good tune-up calls; we feel gentle in a cockpit. Now when they re-set a points we are right on (Ron Capps’) behind fender and we like a strait of winning a championship.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Riley Hospital for Children Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 12 Qualifier – 3.988 seconds during 324.20 mph)
Rd. 1: (.057-second greeting time, 3.925 seconds during 329.34 mph) mislaid to No. 5 Jack Beckman (.073/3.890/327.03)

“Indy was unequivocally frustrating, unequivocally disappointing. We came in here on a unequivocally prohibited streak, tested good and felt assured in a chances for this weekend. We had a problem a initial 3 runs of subordinate that set us behind and put us in a hole. We did a best to stand out of it, nonetheless it was only too large of a task.

“It’s a biggest drag foe of a year and one of a biggest disappointments of a year. Hopefully it builds a glow underneath us and we come out overhanging during Charlotte.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.680 seconds during 330.31 mph)
Rd. 1: (066.-second greeting time, 3.735 seconds during 319.98 mph) degraded No. 13 Terry McMillen (.101/3.797/318.84)
Rd. 2:  (.075/3.734/328.78) degraded No. 5 Doug Kalitta (.072/3.757/325.30)
Semis: (.071/3.801/324.59) mislaid to No. 16 Kebin Kinsley (.070/3.772/316.30)

“We had a unequivocally good car, and that was only a severe approach to finish a Indy. we infrequently dislike racing opposite cars that on paper we should beat. You line adult opposite a Kalitta group a any of a DSR teams and we frequency have any issues. When we have to arise a occasion, it only seems like we do better. It’s crazy to consider that we get kick some-more mostly by teams that we substantially shouldn’t. I’m not creation any excuses. We only got beat. we don’t wish to take anything divided from Kebin (Kinsley).They are all good people over there with that team.”

Mopar/Dodge NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Over 750 cars were entered opposite all categories in a 63rd annual NHRA U.S. Nationals, any with dreams of hoisting a Wally prize during “The World’s Biggest Drag Race.”

Incredibly, a dual finalists and 3 of a 4 semifinal participants in Stock Eliminator featured Mopar power, a notable fulfilment as a margin was pared down from 128 qualifiers and 162 entrants who done subordinate runs. Larry Gilley and Darrell Steiger matched adult in a final, with Hilmar, California’s Gilley holding a win on a holeshot. Gilley and his E/SA 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger powered by a 340 cubic-inch, four-barrel engine degraded a E/SA 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 Six-Pack driven by Steiger from Clayton, Indiana. In a heads-up race, Gilley incited in a pass of 10.622 seconds during 123.07 mph, while Steiger done a path of 10.619 during 123.54. However, Gilley left a starting line with a .022-second greeting time, while Steiger’s greeting time was .032.

In Super Stock, mythological Mopar Sportsman racer Kevin Helms of Plant City, Florida, took down nonetheless another win, pushing his FSS/E 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a Lucas Oil Raceway winner’s circle. Helms won with an E.T. of 9.122 on a 9.10 dial-in, reaching a speed of 137.86. His greeting time was .028. His opponent, Marion Stephenson, incited in a 9.737 on a 9.71 dial-in, with a speed of 129.98 after a .051 greeting time. The win, that Helms called “a dream come true,” was his 27th inhabitant eventuality win, his third in a U.S. Nationals, and initial in Super Stock during a event.

For their efforts, Gilley and Helms were any named a Dodge Top Finisher. The endowment provides $500 to a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock competitors who allege a farthest pushing a Dodge or Plymouth vehicle. The module is in place during all 24 inhabitant events in 2017 and is partial of Mopar’s low strait module for Sportsman racers.

Class eliminations also took place during a event, with some-more than a dozen Mopar-powered drivers walking divided with wins during a mythological track.

In Stock Eliminator, 3 Dodges and 5 Plymouths took home difficulty victories. On a Dodge side, Steiger took a E/SA feat pushing his ’70 Challenger, Marcus Widuch from Mount Juliet, Tennessee, won M/SA in a ’79 Aspen, and Bristow, Indiana’s Luke Ubelhor won FS/G in an ’09 Challenger.

 As for a Plymouth contingent, Steve Wann of Modesto, California, took  A/SA in a ’62 Fury, Chuck Beach from Delaware, Ohio, gathering his ’68 Barracuda to a F/SA win, Rougemount, North Carolina’s Mitch Kight won G/SA in a ’67 Barracuda, Van Buren, Arkansas’ Jim Hale took down a K/SA feat behind a round of his ’66 Belvedere, and Mark Madison of Seaside, California, claimed a Combo-Auto feat with a ’65 Belvedere.

The Super Stock difficulty also saw a series of Mopar-powered difficulty winners. Helms won FSS/E in his ’10 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, Houma, Louisiana’s James Caro took a FSS/K prize in a ’10 Challenger, Carl Weisinger from Orlando incited on a FSS/L win light in an ’09 Challenger, Flushing, Ohio’s Al Ross took FGT/L in a classical ’72 Challenger, and Mark Nowicki from Gaylord, Michigan, claimed Combo-FS in an FGT/I ’96 Dodge Avenger.

College tyro Jimmy Daniels from Yardley, Pennsylvania, also won a Mopar HEMI Challenge in an SS/AH ’68 Dodge Dart on Friday dusk for a second loyal year.

Up Next: NHRA Carolina Nationals
In dual weeks, a NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to a Championship starts during zMAX Dragway outward of Charlotte. Last year Mopar Funny Car motorist Tommy Johnson Jr. finished as a eventuality runner-up in a Carolina Nationals. Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan have any won during a Charlotte-area line 3 times, while Ron Capps has visited a winner’s turn there twice. Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher has also won during a trickery twice in Top Fuel.

The 10th annual Carolina Nationals are slated for Sep 15–17. FOX Sports 1 will yield subordinate coverage via a weekend, with a rejecting rounds airing LIVE on FS1 during 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sep 17.

For some-more information on Mopar and Dodge in NHRA, check out a Mopar brand’s central blog,
2017 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 18 of 24
(Re-set for Countdown to a Championship, Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (6) – 2,100
2. Robert Hight (2) – 2,080
3. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (3) – 2,070
4. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (2) – 2,060
5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 2,050

6. Courtney Force – 2,040
7. John Force (1) – 2,030
8. J.R. Todd (2) – 2,020
9. Tim Wilkerson – 2,010
10. Cruz Pedregon – 2,000

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (7) – 2,100
2. Antron Brown (4) – 2,080
3. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (4) – 2,070
4. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,060

5. Doug Kalitta – 2,050
6. Brittany Force (1) – 2,040
7. Clay Millican (1) – 2,030
8. Terry McMillen – 2,020
9. Scott Palmer – 2,010
10. Shawn Langdon – 2,000       
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The Mopar brand’s joining to veteran motorsports foe was determined in a 1950s when a partnership lighted with drag racing colonize Don Garlits, ensuing in a violation of countless speed and opening barriers in HEMI-powered vehicles over a subsequent several decades. In 2016, interjection to Don Schumacher Racing motorist Ron Capps, Mopar prisoner a fourth NHRA Funny Car World Championship in a final 6 years. As Mopar celebrates 80 years as a code in 2017, it will concentration a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series efforts on NHRA Funny Car and, with rising star Leah Pritchett, NHRA Top Fuel Dragster. Mopar will also accelerate a joining to NHRA Sportsman racing with new strait rewards, bureau support and at-track technical recommendation and guidance.

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