July 7, 2019
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Matt Hagan continued his prevalence during a NHRA New England Nationals, pushing a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to his third uninterrupted Funny Car delight at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
While Hagan became a third motorist to measure mixed wins this deteriorate in a Funny Car class, his DSR teammates Tommy Johnson, Jr., Ron Capps, and Jack Beckman placed Dodge//SRT Mopar in 3 of a tip 5 positions in a Funny Car standings following a New England event.
To measure his 31st career Funny Car victory, Hagan was forced to take down a hottest competitors in a class. His run to feat started with a match-up contra associate DSR and Charger SRT Hellcat commander Beckman, who degraded Hagan in new initial spin battles during Richmond and Topeka and would have again if a two-time Funny Car universe champion wasn’t on his game. Hagan posted a quickest run of a weekend, a 3.958-second elapsed time (ET), to improved a vigourous 4.016 run by Beckman.
Two-time 2019 leader and associate Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist Capps was a foe in spin two. Again, Hagan and his Dickie Venables-tuned Charger SRT Hellcat was adult to a charge with Hagan withdrawal initial and never trailing, posting a run of 3.991 to allege and face Bob Tasca III. In a semifinal, Tasca left first, though Hagan had a lead roughly now and gathering divided for his 11th true spin win during Epping and 350th spin win of his career to strech his 57th career final and fourth in 2019.
The two-time Funny Car champion was not going to be denied,and his .033-second greeting time in a final was proof. Hagan powered his approach to feat over Shawn Langdon with a winning pass of 4.014/322.81 to nick his 12 uninterrupted spin win during a Epping track.
The delight for Hagan was a fifth win by a Dodge//SRT Mopar appurtenance in a final 6 years during New England Dragway in a Funny Car category and fifth by a motorist of a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in 2019 competition.
Two-time NHRA New England Nationals champion Capps was on a goal to take his red, white and blue Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a prolonged Sunday expostulate after 3 unchanging subordinate runs that landed a 2016 Funny Car universe champion third on a rejecting ladder. He flexed his flesh dispatching Mike Smith in a initial spin posting a initial three-second run of a weekend with his pass of 3.980 to set adult a second spin conflict with Hagan. In a foe pitting winners of 4 of a before 5 Funny Car Wally’s in Epping, Capps trailed somewhat off a starting line and was on a good run before flapping toward a centerline nearby mid-track, forcing him to click off a run.
Beckman and his DSR Infinite Hero Foundation group have been a indication of coherence over a past 5 races, advancing to a span of finals and 5 uninterrupted semifinals. The 2012 Funny Car universe champion used his initial subordinate pass Friday to squeeze a 11th position on Sunday’s rejecting ladder and done his best run of a weekend in his initial spin matchup with Hagan, though he wasn’t means to strike off his DSR teammate and advance.
For a second uninterrupted event, Johnson competent his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat eighth in a margin and faced Tim Wilkerson in a initial round. Johnson, who was chasing his second 2019 feat and first-ever during Epping, mislaid traction early and was not means to redeem to extend his new run of 5 semifinal appearances in a before 6 races.
In other spin movement with Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars competing, Jim Campbell mislaid in spin one to Shawn Langdon, while Cruz Pedregon modernized to spin dual before being separated by Tasca.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Richard Kay from East Meadow, New York, gathering his SS/BM 1969 Plymouth Valiant to a Super Stock runner-up finish during a NHRA New England Nationals. Powered by a 376 cubic-inch Mopar V8 engine, Kay raced his approach by 6 rounds of foe to strech a finals. Kay is a before aim of a Dodge Top Finisher award.
In Stock Eliminator, John Shaul from Fultonham, New York, modernized to a third spin with his A/SA 1964 Plymouth Fury, fasten Kay as a Dodge Top Finisher honoree during Epping. Consistent low 10-second elapsed-times powered by his Mopar 426 Max Wedge V8 underneath a hood enabled Shaul’s Plymouth to spin on a span of win lights.
The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a third year, awards $500 to Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts Customer Care, FCA – North America
“Matt Hagan’s feat currently outlines his third true in New England and a fifth altogether this deteriorate by a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver. Hats off to Matt and a whole Don Schumacher Racing classification on delivering a brands nonetheless another jubilant weekend during a drag strip.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 4.051 ET)
Rd.1: (.070-second greeting time, 3.958 seconds during 326.24 mph) kick No. 11 Jack Beckman (.060/4.016/322.04)
Rd. 2: (.056/3.991/325.22) kick No. 3 Ron Capps (.090/4.101/262.64)
Rd. 3: (.071/4.000/) kick No. 2 Bob Tasca III (.067/4.478/219.12)
Rd. 4: (.033/4.014/322.81) kick No. 5 Shawn Langdon (.055/4.046/317.49)
“I’m unequivocally vehement that we were means to lift down another win for Mopar in this Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. We indispensable this foe to be a branch indicate for a season. You wish to have that movement going into a Western Swing, and afterwards Indy and a Countdown. With this new multiple we have, we feel like we’re creation a right stairs to pierce forward.
“It seems like I’ve had my teammates a past 6 races in a row. We can’t get divided from them initial spin and they’re a hardest to get around and beat. we have so many honour for them; a drivers, a organisation chiefs and a size of their cars. They’re always tough. we went by dual teammates and Tasca, 3 unequivocally tough cars, to get to a final. My guys were flawless putting a automobile together currently and I’m unequivocally unapproachable of (crew chief) Dickie Venables and Mike Knudsen and a decisions they were creation together today. We didn’t only get lucky; a automobile went down a foe lane each singular time.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Batteries Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 4.039 ET)
Rd.1: (.087-second greeting time, 3.980 seconds during 315.19 mph) kick No. 14 Mike Smith (.124/7.299/84.21)
Rd.2: (.090/4.101/262.64) mislaid to No. 6 Matt Hagan (.056/3.991/325.22)
“We have a good foe car. One good thing about a opening is that we put a aim on a backs. Any time we go adult there we have to be during a unequivocally best, since we put that vigour on other teams and it’s great. If we demeanour during subordinate here in New England, to make all 3 runs between a 4.03 and 4.05 and benefit 5 reward points, that’s a kind of coherence we are used to having. It only hurts a small some-more to go down on foe day, since we unequivocally felt like we had a unchanging automobile and we unequivocally felt like we had a automobile that could rounds today.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 4.069 ET)
Rd.1: (.069-second greeting time, 4.559 seconds during 186.38 mph) mislaid to No. 9 Tim Wilkerson (.073/4.259/233.72)
“You’ll have a tough weekend now and then, and I’m blissful it’s now instead of after in a season. We’ll learn from this and try and make a automobile better. we suspicion we had a good hoop on it, though we never seemed to strike a walk this weekend. But, we’ll regroup and pierce on to Denver and hopefully start a Western Swing off on a clever note.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.117 ET)
Rd.1: (.060-second greeting time, 4.016 seconds during 322.04 mph) mislaid to No. 6 Matt Hagan (.070/3.958/326.24)
“We competent in a bottom half of a field. I’m not creation excuses, though that rained out Q4 might have harm us some-more than any other team. We had attempted some things and wanted to go behind to a combo for that final session, though we didn’t get a opportunity. We got a large dog, a teammate Matt Hagan, in a initial spin and we go out there and lay down a quickest losing time of a round. That gets we nothing. It’s frustrating to finish a prohibited streak, though we don’t know that we finished it. We only suffered an early-round exit today. We still know that we have a good Hellcat. The guys will take a week off, go behind and freshen adult a tools and we are going to come out overhanging during Denver.”
Up Next: Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil
In dual weeks, Dodge//SRT Mopar NHRA stars conduct west to start a three-race Western Swing with a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presentedowered by Pennzoil during Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, set for Jul 19 -21.
Now in a 31st year of FCA US sponsorship, a weekend starts with a 18th annual Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil on Thursday, Jul 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Golden, Colorado. Leah Pritchett leads a HEMI-powered drivers and teams behind into movement in a Rocky Mountains, looking for a second uninterrupted feat aboard her Mopar Dodge1320 “Angry Bee” Top Fuel dragster.
2019 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 13 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (4) – 1,079
2. John Force – 903
3. Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (1) – 891
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 870
5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 851
6. J.R. Todd (1) – 825
7. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) – 770
7. Bob Tasca III (1) – 770
9. Tim Wilkerson – 691
10. Shawn Langdon (1) – 675
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence (7) – 1278
2. Doug Kalitta (1) – 799
3. Antron Brown – 781
4. Brittany Force (1) –777
5. Mike Salinas (2) – 732
6. Clay Millican – 730
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 651
8. Richie Crampton (1) – 612
9. Terry McMillen – 576
10. Scott Palmer 563
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