Funny Car Championship personality Capps Drives Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat into Eliminations as No. 2 Qualifier during NHRA Season Finale

November 13, 2021

, Pomona, California

With a final subordinate runs of a 2021 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World Drag Racing Series deteriorate finished during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona, a theatre is now set for a thespian final showdown between a 3 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars of points personality Ron Capps, reigning universe champion Matt Hagan, and leader of final week’s Dodge//SRT Nationals during Las Vegas, Cruz Pedregon.

Capps heads into a Auto Club NHRA Finals as a No. 2 qualifier after securing his symbol by pushing his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a 3.908-second/ 329.83 mph run, a second quickest of a initial session. He collected 3 reward points for that effort, afterwards combined another 4 by posting a quickest time in a second eventuality to assistance extend his lead over his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Hagan to 67 points streamer into Sunday’s eliminations rounds where spin wins are value 30 points. 

Capps, who has taken home 4 Wally trophies from a Pomona Fairplex venue including a one warranted this August, will start his competition day opposite No. 16 seed Terry Haddock and with a believe that he usually needs to spin on dual win lights on Sunday to secure his second Funny Car universe championship title.

Three-time and fortifying array champion, Hagan is second in a Funny Car standings and heads to eliminations as a No. 7 seed after holding his Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a 3.956-second expostulate during 319.75 mph in a second subordinate eventuality to supplement dual reward points to his total. He’ll have No. 10 seed Tony Jurado as his initial spin competition and should both Hagan and Capps allege past a opening round, a DSR teammates will conflict any other in a quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Cruz Pedregon is still in a championship brew notwithstanding a 91 indicate necessity and eyeing his third Funny Car pretension after his attainment during a Dodge//SRT Nationals in Las Vegas put him in contention. Pedregon competent his Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat sixth on a eliminations ladder with unchanging subordinate runs that put him fourth on a timing sheets in a initial dual sessions and supposing and dual additional points for his efforts. Pedregon will have No. 11 seed Tim Wilkerson in a line subsequent to him for a opening spin compare up.p.

While a engorgement of scenarios are possible, one thing is certain: a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will be crowned a Funny Car World Champion for a sixth time in 10 seasons. What creates a expectation streamer into a final showdown that many some-more stirring is that any one of a 3 drivers could win it. Here is how that competence happen: 

• By winning a initial dual rounds, Ron Capps will bind his second Funny Car World Championship title.

• To urge his Funny Car crown, Hagan has to expostulate his Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a final spin or, in a eventuality Capps advances past a initial round, to a winner’s circle.

• For Cruz Pedregon to win his third career NHRA championship, he will have to spin on 4 win lights and Capps will need to remove a opening round.

Having warranted a Top Fuel Wally prize during a rescheduled Aug Winternationals during Pomona, DSR commander Leah Pruett’s mindset streamer into this weekend has been on repeating that attainment to finish a deteriorate on a high note. She put herself in a good position to do that with plain alleviation by qualifying, recording a third-quickest pass of a second eventuality and second-quickest run in a final session, a 3.706 second path during 327.59 mph. That subordinate bid was rewarded with 5 reward points and put her Direct Connection dragster in a No. 3 position on a eliminations ladder. Pruett will start her competition day with line choice over No. 14 seed Cameron Ferre.

Qualifying highlights will atmosphere on FS1 on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 2-4 p.m. ET followed by coverage of a rejecting rounds from a Auto Club NHRA Finals, including live coverage of a final round, from 4-7 p.m. ET to tighten out a 2021 NHRA Camping World Series season.

Matt Hagan, DSR Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.956 seconds during 319.75 mph)
Qualifying 1: 4.483 seconds during 187.65 mph
Qualifying 2: 3.956 seconds during 319.75 mph (2 reward points for third quickest time of Q2)
Qualifying 3: 4.045 seconds during 263.87 mph
“It’s about as elementary as it gets. We have to win a race. If we wish to win a championship, we have to win a race. If we do that, we’ve finished what we set out to do here and all year long. we don’t know how it worked out that way, yet a good duke above shined on us currently and gave us a shot to make a possess fate. It all falls on us. we know we have a car, group and people to do this and I’m vehement to have a shot. Ron Capps and that group are great, yet we’re going to try and hurt their day. That’s what we do out here when we competition and let’s see how it plays out tomorrow.”
Ron Capps, DSR Pennzoil Synthetics NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.908 seconds during 329.83 mph)
Qualifying 1:  3.908 seconds during 329.83 mph (3 reward points for second quickest run of Q1)
Qualifying 2:  3.935 seconds during 325.45 mph (4 reward points for quickest run of Q2)
Qualifying 3: 5.124 seconds and 143.87 mph
“We always speak about these goals that we have with this NAPA AutoCare group and we saw how crazy subordinate was. Our initial idea is always to validate since you’re not guaranteed to competition on Sunday in NHRA drag racing. There are no provisionals. We achieved that right off a bat on Friday in Q1. Secondly, we wanted to benefit some of those critical tiny reward points and put it over a 60-point threshold with (Matt) Hagan. It’s a good cushion. That’s a hole nother spin that they’d have to win to go around us. We wish to arise adult tomorrow morning with a yet of winning a competition and it will take caring of itself. We saw what happened in (Las) Vegas and anything can occur in NHRA drag racing. The idea is to win a race. We have Terry Haddock initial spin and we’re focused on that and that alone. If things line adult second spin opposite Hagan, afterwards we’ll concentration on that. Waking adult Sunday morning in Nov during Pomona with a possibility to win a universe championship is something I’ve finished a lot. We did it in 2016, yet I’ve been here a lot where we didn’t accomplish a goal. And that’s done me improved in a chair as a driver. I’m only focused on a same thing and that’s expostulate this good NAPA Dodge that Guido (Dean Antonelli) and this AutoCare group has given me.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.939 seconds during 321.96 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.939 seconds during 321.96 mph (1 reward indicate for fourth quickest run of Q1)
Qualifying 2: 3.961 seconds during 316.52 mph (1 reward indicate for fourth quickest run of Q2)
Qualifying 3: 3.979 seconds during 272.34 mph
“The Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was really unchanging by subordinate and I’m really happy about that. We attempted to pull a boundary in a final eventuality to try to get adult aloft in a margin and we were on gait to run second or third quickest in a session, yet a automobile drifted out of a slit on me and we done a choice to close it off. What’s going to assistance us win a competition and championship is only to take caring of a business on a side of a ladder.
We had a good automobile that was unchanging in a heat, so we’ll take that information and request it on competition day. The sparkling partial about this is nobody knows what’s going to happen. we consider we’re going to have a good race. we feel assured that we are prepared for what comes and that we will have a good race.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster  
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.706 seconds during 327.59 mph)
Qualifying 1: 4.954 seconds during 145.83 mph
Qualifying 2: 3.751 seconds during 324.83 mph (2 reward points for third quickest run of Q2)
Qualifying 3: 3.706 seconds during 327.59 mph (3 reward points for a second quickest run of Q3)
“We started out in Q1 on Friday with a tub entirely installed and we only missed it. We knew we indispensable a plain run on Q2, and we did that with a pleasing 3.75 pass in a feverishness of a day and that gave this Direct Connection group all a certainty for Q3 to step adult with that good 3.70 for a No. 3 spot. (Crew chiefs) Todd (Okuhara) and Neal (Strausbaugh) are tuning with a good volume of certainty and I’m looking brazen to a final competition of a deteriorate to be a perfection for this team. We wish to force this Dodge//SRT dragster into a winner’s turn tomorrow like we did here in July.”
NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following subordinate during Auto Club NHRA Finals during Pomona
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,646 (2)
2. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,579 (3/1-Tommy Johnson Jr.)
3. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,555 (2)
4. J.R. Todd – 2,498 (1)
5. John Force – 2,483 (3)
6. Robert Hight – 2,478 (2)
7. Bob Tasca III – 2,466 (2)
8. Alexis DeJoria – 2,436 (1)
9. Tim Wilkerson– 2,331 (1)
10. Blake Alexander– 2,208
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 2753 (10)
2. Brittany Force – 2,637 (1)
3. Mike Salinas – 2,589 (1)
4. Justin Ashley – 2,556 (2)
5. Billy Torrence – 2,468 (2)
6. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 2,401 (1)
7. Clay Millican – 2,354
8. Antron Brown – 2,337 (1)
9. Shawn Langdon – 2,310
10. Doug Kalitta – 2,260

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