February 10, 2018
, Pomona, California
Matt Hagan raced a Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands to a prohibited start in 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition, holding a No. 1 subordinate position in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car during a season-opening 58th annual NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California.
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) motorist Hagan accessible a 3.822-second elapsed time (ET) during a track-record speed of 336.32 mph in a final subordinate span on Saturday during Auto Club Raceway to acquire a tip symbol streamer into Sunday eliminations. The stick was a 31st of Hagan’s career, and a ten-year Mopar and Dodge//SRT Funny Car maestro will demeanour to urge his 2017 eventuality win here tomorrow.
Sunny skies and warmer lane temperatures for a initial dual subordinate sessions on Friday gave approach to cloud cover and a cooler racing aspect for Saturday’s dual final subordinate rounds, that Hagan used to pierce adult a charts. On Saturday morning, he used a 3.859-second ET to explain a No. 1 symbol and acquire 3 reward points. Knocked off a stick while accessible his final subordinate turn, Hagan reclaimed a symbol on his final attempt, banking another 3 markers for a sum of 9 subordinate reward points.
Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Hagan will lead a organisation of 5 Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car racers into Sunday eliminations. His DSR teammate Jack Beckman warranted a provisional stick on Friday with a 3.860 ET, not adequate to reason a position though good adequate to start from third on competition day in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T.
Mopar-powered DSR Dodge Charger R/T motorist Ron Capps, a 2016 Funny Car array champion and runner-up in 2017, quickly hold a tip symbol after a initial subordinate eventuality on Friday and will start fifth, giving Mopar and Dodge 3 of a tip 5 spots. Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T commander Tommy Johnson Jr. will start ninth, while Jim Campbell posted his Charger No. 16 in a field.
In Top Fuel, Leah Pritchett used a clever run in a morning eventuality on Saturday to open her racing deteriorate in a No. 4 spot. Ranked seventh after Friday qualifying, Pritchett clocked a 3.687 ET in her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster and changed adult 3 spots. She’ll try to urge her 2017 NHRA Winternationals eventuality climax on Sunday and explain another feat for Mopar and Dodge//SRT. Pritchett will be assimilated in eliminations by DSR teammate Tony Schumacher, who will start eighth in his U.S. Army dragster.
Mopar Dodge//SRT Notes Quotes
(best elapsed time in bold)
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 1, will face No. 16 Jim Campbell
Friday: (3.917 seconds during 328.94 mph – Q1); (3.877/329.99 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.859/331.20 – Q3); (3.822/336.32 – Q4)
“I can’t contend adequate about (crew chief) Dickie Venables. We’re so sanctified and propitious to have him in a corner. He’s value his weight in gold. we get to yield in that prohibited rod he tunes, put my spokesman in and hang on. It’s always a fun ride. Dickie has a tummy instinct for how a lane is, and what decisions are going to be made. He’s been doing that given he was my age so he has a lot of knowledge and that’s only things we can’t get overnight.
“The continue was overwhelming today. That’s because we saw those low numbers. The conditions are ostensible to be some-more identical to what we saw on Friday. When a object comes out and things slows down, it changes everything. Push tough initial turn and afterwards flay it back, though you’ve got to get out of initial round. One pass during a time.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 4, will face No. 11 Scott Palmer
Friday: (3.783 seconds during 328.62 mph – Q1); (5.293/130.38 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.687/330.23 – Q3); (3.810/300.93 – Q4)
On automatic issues on her final subordinate attempt:
“It’s a flattering engaging start to a season. We set a goals flattering high — we have a lot to behind adult from final year. Ultimately, what happened currently happened today, and not tomorrow. But a resplendent light of it is we feel we now understand, due to math, because it did what it did on that run, and because a 3.68 we ran in a initial run currently wasn’t a 3.66 or 3.65 we were perplexing to run. Now, all we gifted all via subordinate creates clarity and, again, it happened currently and not tomorrow.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 Bob Tasca
Friday: (3.964 seconds during 324.90mph – Q1); (3.860/332.84– Q2)
Saturday: (3.863/332.43 – Q3); (8.038/76.76 – Q4)
“I’m totally satisfied. We went three-for-four and when you’ve ran as good as we’ve ran, we can means to take a shot on a favourite runs. We substantially only put in a small bit too many on that run and that’s fine. We know where a extent is. Each day has gotten cooler and improved out here, so move it on. There’s a whole lot of bad Funny Cars prepared to run tomorrow.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 5, will face No. 12 Shawn Langdon
Friday: (3.882 seconds during 331.12 mph – Q1); (3.884/328.62 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.248/216.27 – Q3); (3.914/323.89 – Q4)
“I’ve pronounced it time and time again, we don’t caring where we qualify, going into a competition day with Rahn Tobler, we always feel like a step adult on tip of whoever we’re going to race. And we still feel that way. We’re going to go into competition day and him and we are going to do what we do. That’s come together and race, competition hard. I’m so pumped adult to be behind during Pomona. It was such a fun deteriorate final year with all a wins, all a final rounds, though this is a renewed reprisal to come behind out here and infer that we need to be behind during array one.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 9, will face No. 8 Cruz Pedregon
Friday: (5.401 seconds during 132.97 mph – Q1); (3.932/320.36 – Q2)
Saturday: (7.752/82.70 – Q3); (8.765/40.24 – Q4)
“We wish to come behind out here like we did during a NHRA Finals, where we went right down a track. We ran unequivocally good and got a win. There’s no reason we can’t work tough tonight and find out what’s causing a problems and do a same thing tomorrow.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 8, will face No. 7 Terry McMillen
Friday: (3.792 seconds during 328.46 mph – Q1); (3.732/331.20 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.767/316.15 – Q3); (8.131/82.42 – Q4)
“Mike Neff and Phil Shuler are doing a good job. We didn’t validate as good as we wanted to but, we know what, a automobile is excellent. we trust in them and we demeanour brazen to a competition tomorrow and removing this run for a championship started.”
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