Hagan Leads Mopar After First Day of Qualifying during Dodge NHRA Nationals

September 22, 2017

, Mohnton, Pa.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to a Championship continues this weekend with a 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals during Maple Grove Raceway nearby Reading. After a initial day of qualifying, Matt Hagan and a Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car group from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) lay in a second position to lead a Mopar HEMI®-powered contingent.
Hagan incited in a 3.874-second pass during 335.82 mph during a second subordinate event to explain a provisional No. 2 spot. His DSR teammate Ron Capps now sits No. 3 in his Dodge Charger R/T, while Jack Beckman is fourth in a Infinite Hero Dodge from DSR. Tommy Johnson Jr. and a Make-A-Wish group dull out a Mopar Funny Car squads with a 10th-place bid by dual sessions.
The Mopar Top Fuel teams from a DSR emporium are fifth and sixth, with Leah Pritchett claiming a No. 5 position in a special Mopar 80th Anniversary dragster she is campaigning via a weekend during Maple Grove. Tony Schumacher sits sixth in a U.S. Army car.

Pritchett Defeats Hagan in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Match Race
On Friday afternoon, Pritchett and Hagan also took partial in a initial of dual head-to-head compare races slated for a weekend in 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons. Pritchett got off a line initial and continued to lead her Mopar teammate during a finish. The dual also squared off in a street-legal beasts during a Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals progressing this deteriorate during Bandimere Speedway nearby Denver, where Pritchett degraded Hagan twice. The subsequent matchup between a dual drivers is scheduled for Saturday afternoon during Maple Grove Raceway between a third and fourth Pro subordinate sessions.  

Second Annual Mopar Mega Block Party
Crowds filled FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading on Thursday night to flog off a Dodge NHRA Nationals with a second annual Mopar Mega Block Party. The dusk featured a phenomenon of Pritchett’s Mopar 80th Anniversary Top Fuel dragster, a home run derby where NHRA on FOX play-by-play announcer Dave Rieff bested Mopar drivers, staff and other NHRA personalities to lift income for a Infinite Hero and Make-A-Wish Foundations, and special approval for timid Mopar Pro Stock motorist Allen Johnson. Johnson is creation his 500th start this weekend and was respected with a video reverence and singular helmet celebrating special moments in his career. Greg Anderson is a usually active Pro Stock motorist with some-more starts than Johnson. Autograph sessions, live bands, an all-Mopar automobile uncover featuring tighten to 100 vehicles and an huge fireworks arrangement were also partial of a festivities.

Mopar/Dodge Notes Quotes

Matt Hagan, Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
“We got some reward points (three) and it was a good opening day for a Mopar Express Lane Dodge. We have a lot of good information to with those dual good runs like that. It’s usually what we indispensable to do. It will be prohibited again tomorrow for everybody and we run a small earlier. we wish we can during slightest stay where we are (second). We usually wish to keep operative during it. It’s a large weekend for us with Dodge and Mopar.”

Leah Pritchett, Mopar 80th Anniversary Top Fuel Dragster  
“This foe is intensely fierce. We feel good about tomorrow, we’re going to pull again and couldn’t be some-more vehement to run a Mopar 80th Anniversary Top Fuel dragster during a Dodge NHRA Nationals, and get another win in a Demon opposite my teammate Matt Hagan. we consider it’s super cool, this is a usually place in a universe that people are means to see dual Demons run side by side. For Matt and we to be means to do that is something really special.”

Tune-in Info
The 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals continue on Saturday, Sep 23, with FOX Sports 1 slated to promote a final dual subordinate sessions Sunday, Sep 24, during 1:30 a.m. ET.

For some-more information on Mopar and Dodge in NHRA, check out a Mopar brand’s central blog, http://blog.mopar.com.

About Mopar Motorsports
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.

Mopar-First Features
During a brand’s 80 years, Mopar has introduced countless industry-first facilities including:

  • Vehicle-information apps: initial to deliver smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
  • wiADVISOR: initial to incorporate a tablet-based use line tool
  • Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): initial to marketplace with a new interactive car tracking device that sends owners a content when car is driven too quick or too distant formed on pre-set parameters
  • Wi-Fi: initial to offer business a ability to make their car a wireless prohibited spot
  • Electronic owners manuals: initial to deliver normal owners manuals on a smartphone app

80 Years of Mopar
Mopar (a elementary contraction of a difference MOtor and PARts) was innate on Aug 1, 1937, as a name of a line of antifreeze products. Mopar has given developed over 80 years to offer as a sum service, tools and customer-care code of all FCA vehicles around a globe.

Mopar done a symbol in a 1960s during a muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to raise speed and doing for both highway and racing use, and stretched to embody technical use and patron support. Today, a Mopar brand’s tellurian strech distributes some-more than 500,000 tools and accessories in over 150 markets around a world. With some-more than 50 tools placement centers and 25 patron hit centers globally, Mopar integrates service, tools and customer-care operations in sequence to raise patron and play support worldwide.

Mopar is a source for genuine tools and accessories for all FCA US LLC car brands. Mopar tools are engineered together with a same teams that emanate factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, charity a approach tie that no other aftermarket tools association can provide. Complete information on a Mopar code is accessible at www.mopar.com.