July 18, 2021
, Morrison, Colorado
After some-more than a decade of attempts to conquer a mountain, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car commander Matt Hagan finally hoisted a Wally prize during his primary sponsor’s longtime pretension event, a Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, during Bandimere Speedway nearby Denver. The No. 1 qualifier powered his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye by eliminations to mangle by for his initial desired feat during a lifelike dragstrip nestled in a Rocky Mountains. The win was his initial of a 2021 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World Drag Racing Series deteriorate and a 37th of his career.
“Congratulations to Matt Hagan for his initial eventuality pretension win during a Dodge//SRT Mile High Nationals presented by Pennzoil,” pronounced Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. “We’re unapproachable of a fortifying Funny Car universe champion and his Don Schumacher Racing group for bringing home a Wally prize during an eventuality that has meant so many to us for some-more than 3 decades.”
Hagan felt a significance and enthusiasm of winning for Dodge//SRT and Mopar brands during a Bandimere Speedway eventuality during that they have hold pretension rights for some-more than 32 years, a longest uninterrupted and active sponsorship in all of motorsports.
“Man, we tell you, this towering has chewed me adult and separate me out several years in a quarrel and I’m usually so blissful to lift that win down for Dodge and SRT, and to do it behind a turn of a Dodge//SRT Hellcat Funny Car in front of so many ardent Dodge and Mopar fans is usually something we unequivocally put additional vigour on yourself to do so when it happens it’s usually that many some-more satisfying,” pronounced Hagan, whose final win also came during another of his sponsor’s pretension events, a 2020 Dodge NHRA Finals Presented by Pennzoil during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he cumulative his third Funny Car NHRA universe championship.
Hagan’s delight during “thunder mountain” was warranted with an opening turn win over Chris King, a second turn Bye run and an sparkling corresponding semifinal conflict won opposite his associate DSR HEMI®-powered teammate Ron Capps to face No.2 qualifier Alexis DeJoria in a final showdown. Hagan’s discerning 0.046-second greeting time gave him a starting line advantage and he never looked behind on his 4.105 sec./ 305.70 mph float to victory.
“We finally got it finished and we finally get to put this prize adult on a shelf,” combined Hagan. “I’ve got to call out my guys and give them so many love. To watch them adult here in a altitude slashing and sweating. Those guys adore doing what they do and they bust their donkey for me. My heart was violence out of my chest adult there during a finals and it felt like we was using for a championship. we had to remind myself to ease down, take a low exhale and usually do what we do. It’s so cold when we do a burnout and see all of these fans in a stands; it honestly gives me chill bumps. It feels extraordinary being behind in a winner’s turn like we’re used to.”
With this win, Hagan will have his initial career eventuality to try to brush a “western swing” and now focuses his efforts to branch win lights on during a subsequent dual events in uninterrupted weeks during Sonoma and Pomona dragstrips in California.
“I’m not even meditative about ‘sweeping a Swing’ during this point,” pronounced Hagan. “I usually wish to take it one competition during a time, validate good and take it turn by round. Fuel Funny Cars are so indeterminate and that’s given this competition is so humbling. Every win light and any competition win, you’re beholden for and we’re usually going to keep relocating forward.”
No. 4 qualifier Capps, who has personified coherence by subordinate his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in a top-five during any inhabitant eventuality so distant this season, began his day opposite Terry Haddock for a third uninterrupted event. Capps degraded Haddock in a opening turn for a second time in as many races to allege to a quarterfinals assembly with No. 5 seed John Force. In that match-up, Capps incited on a win lights with a 4.039-second run during 312.42 mph over his opponent, who mislaid traction early.
That set adult a mountainside showdown between a dual DSR HEMI-powered teammates who had a stellar corresponding run with a slight advantage going to Hagan, who had an early lead that he confirmed to a finish to narrowly kick Capps’ straight-down-the-groove pass.
The Cruz Pedregon Racing group came into a weekend with high hopes of following adult their Norwalk win with a clever opening during a singly severe mile-high venue. Cruz Pedregon’s No. 9 subordinate position saw a Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car line adult opposite No. 6 seed Paul Lee and his HEMI-powered machine. While Pedregon was quicker off a start, he felt an emanate start to bushel his run and opted to click it off early to save efforts and apparatus for a subsequent dual back-to-back events.
In Top Fuel movement during a mile-high dragstrip, Leah Pruett competent her DSR Dodge//SRT Redeye dragster 11th quickest to face off in a opening turn opposite No. 4 seed Doug Kalitta. Pruett took advantage of Kalitta’s problems gaining traction off a start and, after wrangling her dragster somewhat mid-track, crossed a finish with a 3.824-second pass during 316.45 mph to advance. As Pruett and her group prepared for their second turn compare adult opposite No. 10 seed Joey Haas, a route of oil following her burnout finished their hopes of going any serve in Top Fuel eliminations. She did, however, have another eventuality to conflict for a win as she pulled double avocation by also removing behind a turn of her 2021 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak this weekend.
The Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) array raced for a initial time during a high altitude Denver dragstrip with both Pruett and teammate Mark Pawuk subordinate in a tip half of a domain with their Mopar Drag Paks.
From her No. 4 starting position, Pruett finished dual purify passes to improved Waldemar Rodriguez and John Cerbone and allege to a semifinals. She afterwards faced off opposite and degraded reigning FSS champ and stream indicate personality Aaron Stanfield with an 8.259-second elapsed time run to take her 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak to a final turn for a initial time this season. In that final matchup, Pruett and Stephen Bell were even on a start and continued racing unresolved to a stripe, with Bell claiming feat with a slight eight-thousandth of a second domain of victory.
Pawuk and his 2015 Empaco Equipment Dodge Challenger Drag Pak started a day from a No. 8 symbol opposite No. 9 seed Joseph Welch, also in a 2015 Drag Pak. Pawuk took his Mopar appurtenance for an 8.345-second run to kick his opponent’s 8.348-second pass. The quarterfinals found Pawuk backing adult subsequent to reigning array champion Stanfield. “The Cowboy” gave it a ride, gripping gait with his aspirant until usually brazen of a finish line when Stanfield pulled brazen for a slight victory.
The NHRA’s three-race western pitch continues subsequent weekend during Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, on Jul 23-25 before capping off a uninterrupted weeks of racing with a lapse to a Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California, on Jul 20-Aug 1.
ADDITIONAL NOTES and QUOTES
Matt Hagan, DSR Pennzoil Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.966 seconds during 319.22 mph)
Round 1: (0.087-second greeting time, 4.045 seconds during 317.49 mph) defeats No. 14 Chris King (0.103 /6.222/100.34)
Round 2: (0.083/4.019/314.09) wins on a BYE run
Round 3: (0.071/4.022/314.53) defeats No. 4 Ron Capps (0.076/4.051/313.58)
Round 4: (0.046/4.105/305.70) defeats No. 2 Alexis DeJoria (0.089/4.227/297.68)
“Man, we tell you, this towering has chewed me adult and separate me out several years in a row, and I’m usually so blissful to lift that win down for Dodge SRT, and to do it behind a turn of a Dodge//SRT Hellcat Funny Car in front of so many ardent Dodge and Mopar fans is usually something we unequivocally put additional vigour on yourself to do, so when it happens it’s usually that many some-more satisfying. We finally got it done, and we finally get to put this prize adult on a shelf.
“I’ve got to call out my guys, and give them so many love. To watch them adult here in a altitude slashing and sweating. Those guys adore doing what they do, and they bust their donkey for me. My heart was violence out of my chest adult there during a finals and it felt like we was using for a championship. we had to remind myself to ease down, take a low breath, and usually do what we do. It’s so cold when we do a burnout and see all of these fans in a stands; it honestly gives me chill bumps. It feels extraordinary being behind in a winner’s turn like we’re used to.”
“Dickie Venables is a man. I’ve won so many races and dual championships with him, and we usually can’t contend adequate about him. He’s a good racer, and I’m so propitious to have him in my corner. We’re back, baby, unequivocally going to be doing some-more of this! The towering is tough, we usually get one shot a year in these forms of conditions. We drag all of these opposite tools and pieces adult here privately for this race. Dickie works so hard, and he’s so good during his craft.”
Ron Capps, DSR NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.986 seconds during 318.09 mph)
Round 1: (0.076-second greeting time, 4.083 seconds during 317.12 mph) defeats No. 11 Terry Haddock (0.121/4.413/214.52)
Round 2: (0.060/4.039/312.42) defeats No. 5 John Force (0.053/4.376/226.47)
Round 3: (0.076/4.051/313.58) detriment to No. 1 Matt Hagan (0.071/4.022/314.53)
“Just a good pursuit by Guido (Dean Antonelli), (John) Medlen, and this whole NAPA AutoCare team. We always get pumped to run a blue chrome Pennzoil car. When we run these special schemes we certainly wish to do good and try to give your partners a Wally, and we came tighten today. Another illusory subordinate pursuit by this NAPA team; tip five. That’s a heck of a aria to validate in a tip 5 during any competition so distant this year. This is a unequivocally exhausting competition lane that will exam and aria all of a parts, components, and lubricants by a many impassioned conditions we will see all season. For us, it’s always fun to leave here with all in one square and using great. We have good oil from Pennzoil, and illusory tools from NAPA and DSM, and we can’t contend adequate about a DSR emporium guys who build this car. To come out with a new automobile and validate well, and make it to a semis and scarcely a final turn is a good start to ‘the Swing.’ We’re headed to my dual home outlines in a subsequent dual weeks during Sonoma and Pomona, and that excites me. I’m pumped to have a family come out and hang out with this new NAPA group we have.”
Cruz Pedregon, Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 9 Qualifier – 4.074 seconds during 313.29 mph)
Round 1: (0.080-second greeting time, 4.843 seconds during 170.82 mph) detriment to No. 6 Paul Lee (0.086/4.058/319.52)
“Obviously a tiny bit of a letdown. we felt like we had a unequivocally good shot during winning that initial turn though we got off a stifle given we felt a engine gaunt out and we didn’t wish to do any some-more repairs with dual some-more back-to-back events. I’m usually going to marker this adult as one of those Denver things. This place can be good to we or it can be unequivocally difficult. we feel unapproachable of a work these guys have finished and a certain course we have made. we felt good all weekend. (Crew Chief) John Collins finished some good calls though unfortunately, we usually didn’t have adequate runs.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Pennzoil Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.056 seconds during 249.49 mph)
Round 1: (0.121-second greeting time, 3.824 seconds during 316.45 mph) defeats No. 4 Doug Kalitta (0.064/7.384/108.12)
Round 2: (Did not start) detriment to No. 10 Joey Haas (0.666/14.877/78.09)
“What a formidable day of emotions, to contend a least. Usually we like to simulate on my day meditative of Top Fuel and Factory Stock separately, though this weekend, it all runs together. we was going back-and-forth between a pits all weekend, adult a stairs, down a stairs, warming up, usually changeable gears all weekend long.
Winning initial turn of Top Fuel was great, and what this group needed. We put down a unequivocally plain .82 run and we would’ve even had tip speed if we had finished it all a approach down to a finish line. Our Dodge//SRT Top Fuel dragster was accurately on a trail that we wanted. Unfortunately, second round, we had a valve cover trickle and it spilled some of that good Pennzoil on a lane during a burnout. Just unequivocally unfortunate, and not how we wanted to uncover out during a sponsor’s event. We could simply be discouraged, though we’ve finished a due industry and we’ll keep a heads up, and keep dotting a I’s and channel a T’s. We are volatile and we will get out of this hole, and that starts in Sonoma.”
FACTORY STOCK SHOOTOUT:
Leah Pruett, 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 4 Qualifier – 8.261 seconds during 167.24 mph)
Round 1: (0.070-second greeting time, 8.344 seconds during 166.25 mph) defeats No. 13 Waldemar Rodriguez (0.116/8.502/162.61)
Round 2: (0.29/8.290/166.05) defeats No. 5 John Cerbone (-0.006/8.385/160.88)
Round 3: (0.036/8.259/166.54) defeats No. 1 Aaron Stanfield (0.048/13.604/63.74)
Round 4: (0.053/8.265/166.48) detriment to No. 3 Stephen Bell (0.051/8.259/164.79)
“Man, what a jubilant feeling to make it to a finals in Factory Stock. It’s been a tiny while given we visited a final round, and being rival with a other manufacturers in a class, and a coherence that we had in eliminations currently was so impressive. Testing final week was unequivocally important. We’ll continue to collect divided during a sea-level tune-up, though to me, a many considerable thing is removing this new Drag Pak dialed-in and operative unequivocally well. The automobile is responding, and it’s consistent. we haven’t been this vehement about a module given we were so widespread in 2018. we had a ton of fun pushing this Drag Pak this weekend. To go from such a unsatisfactory second turn exit in Top Fuel, to anticipating that middle strength, to wanting to clout a tree down, and a usually thing we wanted to do was put on a win light, and we was means to do that with Factory Stock. I’m unequivocally sanctified to be means to run in both categories and contest with dual opposite teams. The energy is in a numbers so, we’re going to keep putting in a hours and chasing those win lights, and they will come.”
Mark Pawuk, Empaco Equipment Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 8 Qualifier – 8.330 seconds during 164.73 mph)
Round 1: (0.058-second greeting time, 8.345 seconds during 164.81 mph) defeats No. 9 Joseph Welch (0.038/8.384/162.55)
Round 2: (0.058/8.286/165.50) detriment to No. Aaron Stanfield (0.042/8.284/164.37)
“Definitely a improved weekend for a Empaco Equipment/Ohio CAT/Ohio Peterbilt/Mr. Heater Dodge Drag Pak. We competent eighth and finished it to a second round. It was a good race, and we were tighten on a greeting times. We mislaid on a E.T. by usually two-thousandths of a second. We feel that we finished outrageous swell this weekend and we’re unequivocally vehement about a new members on a team. We’re looking brazen to removing behind down to sea turn and stability to make progress, and relocating a module brazen in Topeka. we wish to honour my teammate Leah Pruett for going to a final. What a good race, and good weekend for Dodge and Don Schumacher Racing.”
NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following a Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals during Bandimere Speedway
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Bob Tasca III – 643 (2)
2. John Force – 593 (2)
3. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 558 (1)
4. J.R. Todd – 532 (1)
5. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 529
6. Robert Hight – 517 (1)
7. Alexis DeJoria – 498
8. Tim Wilkerson– 477
9. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 450 (1)
10. Terry Haddock – 264
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 858 (5)
2. Antron Brown – 551(1)
3. Brittany Force – 505
4. Billy Torrence – 448 (1)
5. Shawn Langdon – 408
6. Mike Salinas – 395
7. Doug Kalitta – 367
8. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 362
9. Justin Ashley – 337
10. Clay Millican – 328
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