Hagan Qualifies Dodge Charger Funny Car No. 2 to Lead Mopar during Dodge NHRA Nationals

September 23, 2017

, Mohnton, Pa.

Led by Funny Car motorist Matt Hagan and a Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T crew, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teams featuring Mopar HEMI® energy done a series of clever subordinate runs in unseasonably comfortable conditions during a 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals during Maple Grove Raceway. The plain efforts set adult a eventuality for any group to go low into Sunday’s rejecting rounds in both Funny Car and Top Fuel during a second eventuality of a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to a Championship playoffs.

Hagan done a best path of 3.874 seconds during 335.82 mph during a second subordinate eventuality on Friday dusk during a famed line nearby Reading, a time that hold via dual some-more summer-like sessions on Saturday. Hagan has been No. 1 qualifier 4 times this deteriorate and missed out on his fifth tip symbol this weekend by .030. He was a No. 1 qualifier during Maple Grove during a 2016 campaign.

Two of Hagan’s DSR teammates also put their Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars in a quickest 5 positions, as Ron Capps competent third and Jack Beckman incited in a fifth-place bid in a Infinite Hero car. Last year’s eventuality winner, Tommy Johnson Jr., will start from a 11th symbol in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T from DSR.

A sum of 6 Mopar Dodge Funny Cars will contest in a 16-car field.

In Top Fuel, Mopar motorist Tony Schumacher done a 3.736-second pass during 330.23 mph on Saturday afternoon in a DSR-prepared U.S. Army dragster, putting him No. 5. Leah Pritchett duration competent sixth in a a Mopar 80th Anniversary dragster from DSR during a Dodge-branded event.

A sellout throng was on palm for Saturday’s subordinate sessions.

Hagan Bests Pritchett in Second Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Match Race of Weekend
On Saturday afternoon, Pritchett and Hagan also took partial in their second compare foe of a weekend in equally prepared 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons. Pritchett won a matchup of a 840-horsepower machines on Friday, though two-time Funny Car champion Hagan came behind to even a measure with a feat in turn two. The formula on a deteriorate are now 3-1 in Pritchett’s favor, as she degraded Hagan in a span of Demon compare races progressing this deteriorate during a Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals during Bandimere Speedway.

Tom Baker Jr.’s Barracuda Wins Best Appearing Car
Tom Baker Jr’s SS/GA 1970 Plymouth Barracuda took home a Best Appearing Car honors from a 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals. The car, famous as “Trippin’ Fish,” has been in Baker’s family given 1976. Baker hails from Kingsville, Maryland, and attended a really initial Dodge NHRA Nationals in a car, driven to a foe by his father before it was converted into a foe car.

Mopar/Dodge Notes Quotes
(best elapsed time in bold)

Matt Hagan, Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Jeff Diehl
Friday: (3.933 seconds during 329.58 mph – Q1); (3.874/335.82 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.927/334.65 – Q3); (3.948/329.91 – Q4)

“The foe car’s using great. We’ve had 4 good runs (all in a three-second range). It’s been flattering comfortable out all 4 runs and a car’s going down a racetrack. So we can’t ask for most some-more than that, other than to get out here and only have a good foe day tomorrow.” 

Leah Pritchett, Mopar 80th Anniversary Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 6, will face No. 11 Terry McMillen
Friday: (4.080 seconds during 218.23 mph – Q1); (3.741/328.14 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.776/327.11 – Q3); (10.214/72.39 – Q4)

“We feel like Q3 was substantially one of a stronger (runs), we schooled a lot from it. We feel good about foe day, we feel like we’ve overcome what happened in Charlotte (first-round loss). We consider we’re prolonged past that and it’s going to be a tough Sunday though we’re prepared for it.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 Jim Campbell
Friday: (4.697 seconds during 171.42 mph – Q1); (3.877/327.43 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.981/324.20 – Q3); (3.901/332.10 – Q4)

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 5, will face No. 12 Cruz Pedregon
Friday: (3.914 seconds during 330.55 mph – Q1); (3.925/327.82 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.527/186.67 – Q3); (3.936/331.20 – Q4)

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 11, will face No. 6 Alexis DeJoria
Friday: (5.058 seconds during 148.49 mph – Q1); (3.957/326.00 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.208/236.80 – Q3); (4.003/317.64 – Q4)

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 5, will face No. 12 Scott Palmer
Friday: (3.747 seconds during 329.42 mph – Q1); (4.247/189.20 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.736/330.23 – Q3); (6.724/98.12 – Q4)

Tune-in Info                    
FOX Sports 1 will promote a rejecting rounds of a 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals LIVE during 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep 24.

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.

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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
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  • Electronic owners manuals: initial to deliver normal owners manuals on a smartphone app 

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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.

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