Hagan Qualifies Mopar Dodge Funny Car No. 1 during NHRA U.S. Nationals, Beckman Wins Traxxas Nitro Shootout

September 3, 2017

, Brownsburg, Ind.

For a second uninterrupted year, Matt Hagan and a Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car group competent No. 1 for a prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals. They will demeanour to finish their Labor Day Weekend in a Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis winner’s turn on Monday—just as they did final season.

Hagan used Mopar HEMI® energy to reset both ends of a line record on Friday evening, laying down a path of 3.799 seconds during 338.77 mph in his Funny Car from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).The time hold via a 4 following subordinate sessions to give Hagan his fourth tip subordinate symbol of 2017 and a 30th of his career. It was a fifth low elapsed-time (E.T.) subordinate bid of a year for Mopar Funny Cars from DSR, and a 14th this deteriorate for Mopar opposite both Nitro categories overall.

DSR’s Jack Beckman will start from a fifth position on Monday in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T, while teammate Ron Capps will start from a eighth symbol in his Dodge. Tommy Johnson Jr. will occupy a 12th position on a rejecting ladder in his Riley Hospital for Children Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car from DSR.

Six Mopar Dodge Funny Cars in all competent for a 16-car field.

Leah Pritchett landed in a second symbol in a Top Fuel difficulty to lead Mopar in a DSR-fielded Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil dragster, while her teammate, 10-time U.S. Nationals leader Tony Schumacher, competent his U.S. Army dragster featuring Mopar HEMI energy in a fourth position. Schumacher finished Top Fuel subordinate with a fantastic blast in a fifth and final session. He was unhurt.

A sum of 18 cars attempted to make a 63rd U.S. Nationals in bot a Funny Car and Top Fuel categories.

Beckman Wins Traxxas Nitro Funny Car Shootout
The Funny Car half of a Traxxas Nitro Shootout all-star eventuality took place on Sunday afternoon after Top Fuel cars took core theatre on Saturday. Jack Beckman claimed a feat in a $100,000-to-win Funny Car module for a third time in a Traxxas epoch utilizing Mopar HEMI power. He has 4 wins in Shootout events overall. “Fast Jack” degraded Robert Hight with a 3.952-second pass during 324.67 mph in a final turn of a eight-car event. Hight smoked his tires nearby half-track and incited in a path of 4.360 during 207.11. Beckman employed a .067-second greeting time, while Hight’s was a scarcely matching .070.

Beckman initial took down DSR Mopar teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in turn one, afterwards degraded another teammate in a form of Ron Capps after a dictatorial pushing pursuit in a semifinals. Both cars got in difficulty early, with Capps’ automobile eventually pang an explosion, while Beckman pedaled to a finish line to strech a final turn opposite Hight.

DSR’s Matt Hagan duration was degraded by John Force on a holeshot in turn one, with Force’s domain of feat clocked during usually .001. All 4 Mopar HEMI-powered Funny Cars from DSR seemed in a eight-car event, as all have won races in 2017.

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

Matt Hagan, Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 1, will face No. 16 Jim Campbell
Friday: (3.799 seconds during 338.77 mph – Q1)
Saturday: (3.897/330.72 – Q2); (3.821/337.83 – Q3)
Sunday: (3.918/331.45 – Q4); (3.905/329.83 – Q5)

“Obviously it was a flattering comfortable day and a car’s going down a racetrack. We’ve had genuine success as distant as in a cold and also in a feverishness so I’m flattering vehement about it. The U.S. Nationals is a outrageous race. we won it final year and we theory no one has ever won and been No. 1 dual years in a row. Maybe we can make some story tomorrow and do that.

“Our automobile ran good currently and kind of steady itself both laps. It was all we could ask for so I’m flattering vehement about it.”

Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Wayne Newby
Friday: (3.667 seconds during 329.50 mph – Q1)
Saturday: (3.782/312.13 – Q2); (8.881/80.87 – Q3)
Sunday: (3.771/316.45 – Q4); (3.764/322.11 – Q5)

“The Big Go is a longest week, a longest foe there ever could be and we’re anticipating to make it a longest Monday possible. We’re going to try to go low for a turn each singular time tomorrow.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 5, will face No. 12 Tommy Johnson Jr.
Friday: (3.900 seconds during 330.88 mph – Q1)
Saturday: (4.869/157.98 – Q2); (3.859/333.16 – Q3)
Sunday: (3.872/331.77 – Q4); (3.952/324.67 – Q5)

“Just removing into a (Traxxas Nitro Shootout) is impossibly difficult. There are a litany of ways we can get into a Shootout though usually one approach to get a trophy: You have to kick 3 of a baddest Fuel cars on a universe in one day. There were no gimmes.”
(On remembering late champion Terry Chandler)
“Norwalk was a final foe one of her dual cars took a prize and she was still alive. This is a good approach to bookend her earthy time with us. I’m still carrying difficulty usurpation we won’t see her during a track, though she will always be with us.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 8, will face No. 9 Alexis DeJoria
Friday: (10.938 seconds during 71.07 mph – Q1)
Saturday: (3.883/329.67 – Q2); (3.906/308.57 – Q3)
Sunday: (3.871/330.55 – Q4); (4.053/262.13 – Q5)

Tommy Johnson Jr., Riley Hospital for Children Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 12, will face No. 5 Jack Beckman
Friday: (9.922 seconds during 76.00 mph – Q1)
Saturday: (10.777/79.36 – Q2); (11.027/84.08 – Q3)
Sunday: (4.000/324.98 – Q4); (3.988/324.20 – Q5)

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 4, will face No. 13 Terry McMillen

Friday: (3.735 seconds during 327.82 mph – Q1)
Saturday: (3.747/324.51 – Q2); (3.680/330.31 – Q3)
Sunday: (4.754/152.74 – Q4); (4.111/206.10 – Q5)
Turk, Pritchett Compete in Factory Stock Showdown
Geoff Turk and Leah Pritchett competent No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks for a Factory Stock Showdown eventuality highlighting complicated American flesh during a U.S. Nationals. However, during turn one on Sunday, Turk was bested on a holeshot, while Pritchett bent out after spinning her tires on a prohibited track. A sum of 22 cars attempted to validate for a 16-car field. The fifth and final Factory Stock Showdown of 2017 is scheduled for a NHRA Midwest Nationals during Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis.

Tune-in Info                    
FOX Sports 1 will promote a early rejecting rounds from a 63rd annual U.S. Nationals during Lucas Oil Raceway LIVE during 11 a.m. ET on Monday, Sep 4. The FOX Network will afterwards collect adult coverage during 1 p.m. ET and lift a eventuality by a finals.

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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