Championship Battle Persists Between DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars in Qualifying during Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil

October 30, 2021

, Las Vegas, Nevada

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers Matt Hagan and Ron Capps continued to conflict behind and onward for a lead in a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) “Countdown to a Championship” by subordinate during a Dodge//SRT Nationals Presented by Pennzoil during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a sixth of 7 playoff events to establish who’ll acquire a desired universe championship title.

While Capps gathering his HEMI®-powered Pennzoil Synthetics NAPA Auto Parts appurtenance into a weekend heading his DSR teammate by one indicate and afterwards combined another dual reward points to his total by posting a second quickest run in a second subordinate session, Hagan retook a championship points lead after subordinate No. 4 by pushing his Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a 3.905-seconds/ 321.65 mph pass to post a quickest run in a final subordinate session. The fortifying Funny Car champion will start his rejecting conflict opposite No. 13-seed Chad Green as he works to take home a third uninterrupted Wally prize from Dodge//SRT Nationals.

Cruz Pedregon warranted a No. 7 symbol on a Funny Car ladder with a plain final subordinate bid of 3.918 seconds during 325.69 mph aboard his Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, a fourth quickest pass of Q2, while looking to urge on his stream fifth place position in a championship standings. The Cruz Pedregon Racing HEMI-powered appurtenance will have line choice over No. 10 seed Tony Jurado for his initial turn pairing.

Capps, a five-time leader during a Las Vegas venue, finished adult with a eighth quickest subordinate run to secure his place on a eliminations ladder opposite No. 9 seed Tim Wilkerson for Sunday’s opening round, while trailing Hagan in a Funny Car standings by only dual points.

DSR commander Leah Pruett competent both her Direct Connection dragster and Direct Connection Mopar Drag Pak in a tip half of a eliminations ladder in her final double-duty weekend racing in both Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown categories. 

The special “Direct Connection” graphics on both Hagan and Pruett’s particular Dodge//SRT competition cars yield a sneak-peek during one of dual new opening initiatives set to be announced Nov 8 during

In Top Fuel action, Pruett will line adult her Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster subsequent to DSR teammate Antron Brown for a opening turn of eliminations after subordinate ninth with her final run of 3.769 seconds during 314.61 mph. 

The final Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) eventuality of a deteriorate will have Pruett launch her 2021 Direct Connection Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak from a No. 4 position opposite No. 13-seed Ryan Priddy on a strength of her final subordinate run during 7.963 seconds/173.21 mph. After 4 years of competing in both categories, Sunday’s Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals will be a 2018 Factory Stock Showdown champion’s final eventuality to try to double-up on prize hardware aboard DSR Dodge competition cars.

Pruett’s FSS teammate Mark Pawuk competent his DSR-prepared 2021 Empaco Equipment Mopar Drag Pak No. 5 with a 7.970-second run during 174.39 mph in a second eventuality to start his competition day opposite No. 12 John Cerbone.

David Davies II had his best run of 8.039 seconds during 172.47 mph in Q2 as good to put his 2021 D H Davies Racing Mopar Drag Pak in a No. 14 symbol on a FSS eliminations ladder and span him adult with No. 3 qualifier Jason Dietsch for a opening turn of a Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals.

Television coverage of Top Fuel and Funny Car eliminations during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a sixth of 7 “Countdown to a Championship” playoff events, including LIVE coverage of a final turn of a Dodge//SRT Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, will atmosphere on FS1 on Sunday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. (ET.)

Matt Hagan, DSR Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.905 seconds during 321.65 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.931 seconds during 322.34 mph
Qualifying 2: 4.897 seconds during 160.10 mph
Qualifying 3: 3.905 seconds during 321.65 mph (3 reward points for quickest run of Q3)
“Finished clever in subordinate with using low of Q3 and retaking a points lead. This Direct Connection Dodge is using good and we have a good eventuality to go some rounds tomorrow, and hopefully, put some some-more points between us and a rest of a margin and lift down another prize for DSR. This lane is always good to us, We’ve been to a final a final 4 years in a row. I’m vehement to be out here. The fans have been out in full force all weekend, and I’m blissful we were means to put on a good uncover for them. Made a good run currently and a good run yesterday, and we’ll get prepared for competition day and see what we can do.”
Ron Capps, DSR Pennzoil Synthetics NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 7 Qualifier – x seconds during x mph)
Qualifying 1:  3.973 seconds during 304.60 mph
Qualifying 2:  3.926 seconds during 324.51 mph (2 reward points for second quickest run)
Qualifying 3: 5.957 seconds during 125.10 mph (hazed a tires)
“That final eventuality certainly churned things up. You never wish to competition a Tim Wilkerson and early is unequivocally tough. We were going adult there to try and urge and go after that No. 1 symbol and we can’t be dissapoint about that. That’s what we adore about Guido (Dean Antonelli) and (John) Medlen and this Pennzoil Synthetics NAPA AutoCare team. We were going to try and take those 3 points. It is what it is and everybody in that margin has a possibility of winning tomorrow. We’ll do a same thing we’ve unequivocally finished all deteriorate prolonged and that’s only competition with that NAPA Know How. It will be warmer racing during a day and it will be interesting. It should be a fun day. This is sparkling with a Pennzoil blue chrome automobile for a final time this season.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 7 Qualifier – x seconds during x mph)
Qualifying 1: 8.401 seconds during 87.07 mph
Qualifying 2: 3.959 seconds during 321.65 mph
Qualifying 3: 3.918 seconds during 325.69 mph
“We stumbled right off a trailer when we forsaken a cylinder right out of a blocks. (Crew Chief) John Collins and a Snap-on Tools group did a good pursuit of creation some good adjustments in a feverishness of a day and we went 3.95-seconds, that was fourth in that session.
Then we came behind and softened with a 3.91 second run during 325 mph, so a lot of a good swell was made. It was cooler and a unequivocally good conditions, though we’ll take it. That’s a good spot, and we’ll only continue to take one turn during a time and keep chipping divided during it and see how we come out.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster  
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.769  seconds during 314.61 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.843 seconds during 310.55 mph
Qualifying 2: 4.050 seconds during 228.34 mph
Qualifying 3: 3.769 seconds during 314.61 mph
“In Top Fuel we are connected to a DSR teammate, Antron Brown, and that will be a extreme match-up. We had a integrate issues of a possess and we had a strongest pass in a final subordinate try with that 3.76. We have 8 cylinders in that HEMI engine and any turn it’s picked one it’s not happy with. Tomorrow is partial two. We’re by subordinate and now we have competition day. Just like a dual tools to Direct Connection to a Nov 8 announcement. We’re focused on scaring everybody with a intensity this group has. You don’t win unequivocally mostly on Halloween, so I’d unequivocally like to take this one home. This is one of my hometown races and we’re prepared to go some rounds.”
Leah Pruett, 2021 Direct Connection Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 4 Qualifier – 7.963 seconds during 173.21 mph)
Qualifying 1: 8.026 seconds during 168.53 mph
Qualifying 2: 9.531 seconds during 165.84 mph
Qualifying 3: 7.963 seconds during 173.21 mph
“It’s been a treacherous, scary weekend in a Factory Stock Showdown in a Direct Connection Mopar Drag Pak. We had another haunt cylinder bit us yesterday on Q1 and we put adult a fume uncover on Q2 with minimal problems. We had a delivery emanate that was minor, though it caused utterly a bit of smoke. We are picking divided during this Drag Pak tune-up and then, boom, a 7.96 in Q3 lands us in a No. 3 symbol and all a tricks are right so we can get a treats tomorrow with an early win light with E1 during 8:30 Sunday morning.”
Mark Pawuk, Empaco Equipment Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 5 Qualifier – 7.970 seconds during 174.39 mph)
Qualifying 1: 8.028 seconds during 173.23 mph
Qualifying 2: 7.970 seconds during 174.39 mph
Qualifying 3: 8.010 seconds during 176.40 mph
“We done some good swell in a final integrate races. We ran unequivocally good this morning on a Q2 hit. we consider we didn’t comprehend how good a lane was for Q3, though we done unchanging runs all weekend and a final few races. I’m unequivocally gratified with a opening of a car. We’ve got it figured out. I’m looking brazen to a good day for a Empaco Equipment Dodge Challenger for DSR. We’ll see what happens, though a Cowboy has to do his job.”
David Davies, D H Davies Racing Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 14 Qualifier – 8.039 seconds during 172.47 mph)
Qualifying 1: No Time (Foul)
Qualifying 2: 8.039 seconds during 172.47 mph
Qualifying 3: 8.071 seconds during 173.18 mph
“I feel good about tomorrow. We overcame a small driver/technical malfunction early and done a integrate of purify subordinate passes. We didn’t utterly have a horsepower we indispensable to lift through, though now that we’ve got some data, we’re going to put a screws to it during a final eventuality of a season, and we’re looking to go some rounds tomorrow. We’ve got a automobile and a group to do it, and a group once again valid since they’re a best during what they do when they hustled to get Leah (Pruett’s) and my Drag Paks incited around fast with engine swaps on both cars.”
NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following subordinate during a Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,527 (3/1-Tommy Johnson Jr.)
2. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,525 (2)
3. J.R. Todd – 2,447 (1)
4. John Force – 2,430 (3)
5. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,422 (1)
6. Bob Tasca III – 2,377 (2)
7. Robert Hight – 2,372 (2)
8. Alexis DeJoria – 2,360 (1)
9. Tim Wilkerson– 2,282 (1)
10. Blake Alexander– 2,184
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 2,614 (9)
2. Brittany Force – 2,549 (1)
3. Justin Ashley – 2,466 (2)
4. Mike Salinas – 2,462 (1)
5. Billy Torrence – 2,391 (2)
6. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 2,323 (1)
7. Clay Millican – 2,302
8. Antron Brown – 2,285 (1)
9. Shawn Langdon – 2,260
10. Doug Kalitta – 2,211
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