Capps Wins Dodge NHRA Nationals in Mopar-powered Dodge Charger Funny Car

September 24, 2017

, Mohnton, Pa.

Mopar HEMI® energy claimed a 13th NHRA Funny Car win of 2017 on Sunday during Maple Grove Raceway, as Ron Capps gathering his Dodge Charger R/T from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to a winner’s turn during a Dodge NHRA Nationals. Capps bested Courtney Force in a final turn during a Reading-area line to collect adult his seventh feat of a deteriorate and a 18th for HEMI energy from DSR in both Nitro categories overall.  

The win in a Dodge-branded eventuality also put Capps, a fortifying NHRA Funny Car champion, behind in a points lead after a second of 6 events in a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to a Championship playoffs.

Capps bested Courtney Force from a right line in a final turn with a pass of 3.968 seconds during 326.48 mph to Force’s 3.993 during 311.70. Capps left a starting line with a .043-second greeting time, while Force had a greeting time of .067. The cars were corresponding for a length of a drag frame when Force’s parachutes deployed only before a finish line.

Capps degraded 3 Mopar Dodge drivers on his impetus to a final, starting with Jim Campbell in a furious initial round. Campbell had a cylinder out while Capps’ automobile went adult in fume during a finish, though still incited on a win light. Capps subsequent took on DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. and won on a purify pass as Johnson mislaid traction nearby half-track. Capps afterwards degraded another DSR teammate in a form of Matt Hagan. The cars were tighten until Hagan’s chutes came out down track, permitting Capps to lift divided and strech a final turn for a 10th time this season, where he collected a 56th win of his Funny Car career and his initial during Maple Grove. It was also a 17th time during slightest one Mopar Dodge Funny Car has reached a final turn by 20 events this year.

After a formidable opening to a Countdown to a Championship during zMAX Dragway nearby Charlotte final week, where no Mopar-powered automobile got past a second turn in possibly Funny Car or Top Fuel, in  Reading 3 Mopar HEMI-powered Funny Cars from DSR reached a semifinals.

Matt Hagan, whose group has struggled recently, won his first-round matchup over Jeff Diehl as Hagan powered his Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T to a finish line when Diehl smoked his tires during a 330-foot mark. Hagan subsequent degraded Tim Wilkerson to set adult a matchup with DSR teammate Capps, where his day came to an end.

Jack Beckman and a Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car group narrowly degraded Cruz Pedregon in turn one, that also served as Beckman’s 600th rejecting round. He subsequent took down Jonnie Lindberg on a purify pass when Lindberg immediately smoked a tires. Beckman afterwards raced Courtney Force in a semis, though was late withdrawal a starting line and could never locate up.

Defending eventuality leader Johnson kick Alexis DeJoria in turn one when both cars smoked a tires, though Johnson finished it to a finish line initial in a Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car from DSR. His day was afterwards finished by teammate Capps in turn two.

In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett raced her specifically wrapped Mopar 80th Anniversary dragster past Terry McMillen on a clean, corresponding pass in turn one, environment adult a showdown with Steve Torrence. Pritchett left a starting line initial though suffered a large blast down track, giving a win to her opponent.

Tony Schumacher and a Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel group from DSR degraded Scott Palmer in a initial turn when Palmer had purchase issues and was incompetent to make a pass. Schumacher was eventually degraded in turn dual by eventuality leader Brittany Force.

The 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals took place underneath balmy skies and unequivocally gentle conditions, forcing teams and drivers comparison to learn on a fly as a eventuality has had cool, cloudy and stormy continue for several years. Massive crowds were on palm any day, environment a four-day assemblage record.

Mopar/Dodge Notes Quotes

Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) FCA – Global
“It’s unequivocally sparkling for Mopar to explain feat during a foe sponsored by a Dodge brand. Congratulations to Ron Capps and his whole Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car group on this critical win during a Dodge NHRA Nationals. We’re looking brazen to saying even some-more HEMI energy in a winner’s turn via a tumble months as we follow another pretension in a Countdown to a Championship playoffs.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.877 seconds during  327.43 mph)

Rd. 1: (.080-second greeting time, 4.166 seconds during 233.96 mph) degraded No. 14 Jim Campbell (.092/4.213/285.95)
Rd. 2: (.070/3.987/326.32) degraded No. 11 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.082/5.135/146.21)
Semis: (.050/3.944/324.67) degraded No. 2 Matt Hagan (.063/3.990/311.20)
Final: (.043/3.968/326.48) degraded No. 6 Courtney Force (.067/3.993/311.70)

“What a understanding today. We fell behind a small bit, we got propitious a small bit in a initial round, though we feel like we make a luck. The harder we work, a luckier we get for sure.

“Every time I’ve driven by a embankment here, we say, ‘I adore you, we adore you, we adore we Maple Grove. Give me some adore back’ and I’ve always left here a small short. Getting a points lead behind was delegate to winning here. It was an overjoyed feeling in a shutdown area.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.874 seconds at  335.82 mph)

Rd. 1: (.071-second greeting time, 3.912 seconds during 334.65 mph) degraded No. 15 Jeff Diehl
Rd. 2: (.076/3.955/324.36) degraded No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (.078/3.995/322.65)
Semis: (.063/3.990/311.20) mislaid to No. 3 Ron Capps (.050/3.944/324.67)

“We went some rounds today, we got out of a initial round. That was big. But we’ve only had awful, awful luck. If we hadn’t had bad fitness we wouldn’t have any. we don’t know how we change your luck, though we’ve only been carrying some mistakes here and there and small things are only eating us alive. We had a wire in a parachute mangle off and put a chutes out. The car’s using good; we’ve had a good foe car. We only can’t make it work on foe day. So we’ll get behind after it again subsequent weekend and see what we can do. We’ll see if we can make adult some ground.”

Leah Pritchett, Mopar 80th Anniversary Top Fuel Dragster 
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.741 seconds at  328.14 mph)

Rd. 1: (.074-second greeting time, 3.760 seconds during 328.70 mph) degraded No. 11 Terry McMillen (.075/3.786/322.58)
Rd. 2: (.057/3.825/274.22) mislaid to No. 3 Steve Torrence (.091/3.767/325.92)

“We got a brief finish of a hang on a fitness meter. The Mopar group and guys are doing a unusual job. we consider one of a biggest successes of this weekend is anticipating what’s wrong with a foe automobile gremlin-wise and we showed it today. We feel gentle that we finally have a prohibited rod back. .

“We’re right there on standard with all of a foe in a prohibited continue and still trust we’ve got one of a best foe cars in a cold weather, that shines a unequivocally splendid light. We’re looking brazen to St. Louis. This weekend for Mopar, we had all a energy and put it to a track.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.914 seconds during 330.55 mph)

Rd. 1: (.085-second greeting time, 3.938 seconds during 330.63 mph) degraded No. 12 Cruz Pedregon (.092/4.027/318.39)
Rd. 2: (.066/3.952/326.40) degraded No. 4 Jonnie Lindberg (.083/11.160/95.71)
Semis: (.148/3.948/327.74) mislaid to No. 8 Courtney Force (.073/3.968/329.50)

“I’m not  going to sugar it. It’s 100 percent motorist error. It was my misfortune light of a year. It was a unequivocally inappropriate time to have my misfortune light of a year. We had a good car. I’ve always pronounced we might not be a quickest automobile in favourite conditions (cool weather), though chuck a small bit of feverishness on a line and this Infinite Hero car’s right during a tip of a heap. We showed it today. we let a group down. That’s a sour feeling. That’s tough, meaningful everybody did their best and if I’d have finished any other light this year would have won that race. So I’m going to shake it off, I’m going to consider positive, we are going to take this thing to St. Louis with a winning mindset and see if we can get a prize there.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 3.957 seconds during 326.00 mph)

Rd. 1: (.051-second greeting time, 4.226 seconds during 226.62 mph) degraded No. 6 Alexis DeJoria (.084/4.684/266.27)
Rd. 2: (.082/5.135/146.21) mislaid to No. 3 Ron Capps (.070/3.987/326.32)

“We’ve got some issues with a purchase and we’ve only struggled to get a hoop on a purchase and a racetrack. It’s was a formidable weekend and a guys kept operative tough to try and repair it. If we’re going to have a shot during a championship, we have to repair it. I’m certain (crew chief) John (Collins) and (assistant) Rip (Reynolds) and all a guys will unequivocally regroup this week and see if we can’t pinpoint a problem. We’ve only got to win out. The championship is still doable though it’s going to take during slightest 4 finals and we need to win them to get behind on track.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.736 seconds during 330.23 mph)

Rd. 1: (.089-second greeting time, 3.754 seconds during 327.98 mph) degraded No. 12 Scott Palmer (no time – mechanical)
Rd. 2: (.066/3.873/311.49) mislaid to No. 4 Brittany Force (.077/3.743/330.47)

“We have a unequivocally good U.S. Army automobile and unfortunately we’ve only had something occur during a wrong time and it’s put us in positions Sunday where we are confronting cars in a second turn that we should be racing in a semifinal or final. If we can validate inside a tip three, chances during winning increase. we know right now a concentration is going to be other drivers as distant as a Countdown goes, though if we demeanour behind over story a past integrate of decades some-more mostly than not, a U.S. Army group has been right there until a finish of a pretension hunt.”

Mopar/Dodge NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Mopar-powered drivers finished a clever display in a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator categories during a Sportsman apportionment of a Dodge NHRA Nationals, with Scott Goshert and Richard Kay branch in a tip performances for a Mopar brand.

In Stock Eliminator, Goshert gathering his E/SA 1971 Plymouth Duster to a third round. The local of Laureldale, Pennsylvania finished a pass of 10.896 seconds during 120.80 mph on a 10.72 dial-in. He had a .028-second greeting time.

The best Mopar opening in Super Stock Eliminator belonged to Richard Kay, who reached a quarterfinals in his SS/BM 1969 Plymouth Valiant. Kay incited in his best pass of a weekend in a round, using 8.780 to compare his dial-in. The motorist from East Meadow, New York, reached a speed of 150.88 and left a starting line with a .027 greeting time. He was bested by reduction than a feet during a finish. Three Mopar-powered vehicles seemed in a quarterfinals of a category.

Goshert and Kay any perceived a Dodge Top Finisher award, a module that provides $500 to a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator competitors who allege a farthest in a Dodge or Plymouth car during all 24 inhabitant events. It is partial of a Mopar and Dodge brands’ low joining to Sportsman racers.
Super Stock category eliminations also took place in Reading, where 5 cars featuring Mopar energy collected wins.

Gary Wolkwitz from Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, won SS/AH in his ’68 Dodge Dart, Kingsville, Maryland’s Thomas Baker Jr. took SS/GA in a ’70 Plymouth Barracuda, Tom Sheehan of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, won GT/NA in a 2000 Chrysler Sebring, Jonathan Allegrucci of Scott Township, Pennsylvania, gathering his ’15 Challenger to a FSS/D win, and David Collette from Perryville, Maryland, claimed a FSS/F Wally in his ’11 Challenger.

Up Next: NHRA Midwest Nationals
The Countdown a Championship playoffs continue subsequent week with a outing to a St. Louis area for a sixth annual NHRA Midwest Nationals during Gateway Motorsports Park. Last deteriorate Jack Beckman bested teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. to win an all-Mopar Funny Car final round. Mopar teammate Matt Hagan also claims both ends of a Funny Car line record, branch in a pass of 3.883 seconds during 330.47 mph in 2015.

Mopar-powered Ron Capps has won during Gateway 3 times in Funny Car, with Beckman carrying claimed dual victories during a track. Last year’s Top Fuel runner-up, Mopar motorist Tony Schumacher, has also won during a trickery twice.

The NHRA Midwest Nationals will take place from Sep 29 – Oct 1, and will also underline a fifth and final Factory Stock Showdown of 2017. The whole eventuality will accept coverage on FOX Sports 1, with LIVE coverage of a rejecting rounds scheduled for a network during 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct 1.

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 20 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
2. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (7) – 2,273
1. Robert Hight (3) – 2,265
3. Courtney Force – 2,234  
4. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (3) – 2,183
5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (2) – 2,173

6. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 2,159
7. J.R. Todd (2) – 2,135
8. John Force (1) – 2,116
9. Tim Wilkerson – 2,098
10. Cruz Pedregon – 2,065

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (7) – 2,259
2. Doug Kalitta – (1) 2,237
3. Brittany Force (2) – 2,236 
4. Antron Brown (4) – 2,208 
5. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,174
6. Clay Millican (1) – 2,171
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (4) – 2,162
8. Terry McMillen – 2,083
9. Scott Palmer – 2,074
10. Shawn Langdon – 2,068

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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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