July 8, 2018
, Epping, New Hampshire
Mopar Dodge//SRT motorist Matt Hagan finished a wire-to-wire weekend during New England Dragway, racing from a stick in widespread conform to explain his second uninterrupted win during a NHRA New England Nationals, and his second win in a quarrel of a season.
Hagan’s jubilant float in Epping, New Hampshire, was a third uninterrupted and fifth of 2018 for a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car driver, and a seventh of a deteriorate for a Mopar Dodge in a NHRA Nitro classes. The win was Hagan’s third of a deteriorate and 29th of his career. He is now second in a standings after creation adult scarcely 100 points on a leader.
Sandvik Coromant Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car motorist Hagan, personality during a many new NHRA stop in Norwalk, Ohio, competent No. 1 and began his impetus to a eventuality win by holding out Terry Haddock with a 4.066-second elapsed time during 316.15 mph that was a quickest of all competitors in turn one. Next, in a quarrel with DSR Dodge teammate Tommy Johnson Jr., Hagan’s 4.237/245.90 was some-more than good adequate for a win after Johnson encountered problems early.
The fortifying 2017 Epping personality drew a second teammate, Ron Capps, in another all-Mopar Dodge matchup in a semifinals. Hagan was initial off a starting line and initial to a finish with a .062 greeting time interconnected with a 4.114/311.05 pass to allege to his 52nd final turn and fifth of a season. The two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion remained on indicate in a final opposite Tim Wilkerson, recording a glorious .042 greeting time in a income turn and flitting a finish line with a winning 4.156/292.01.
After earning her ninth career No. 1 qualifier spot, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel motorist Leah Pritchett never trailed opposite No. 16 qualifier Audrey Worm on her approach to a turn win. Pritchett faced maestro Doug Kalitta in a quarterfinals and motored down a slit to a balance of 3.88/316.30, second quickest of a round, to allege to a semis with line choice over Antron Brown.
Pritchett trailed somewhat out of a embankment though fast nudged a nose of her Mopar Dodge into a lead before Brown was means to follow down her 3.945/304.80 pass for a holeshot win. With her run to a semifinals, Pritchett changed adult one symbol to fourth in a Top Fuel indicate standings.
Ron Capps competence not have triumphed during Epping, though a Mopar-powered NAPA Intrepid Fallen Heroes Dodge Charger R/T driver’s clever weekend jumped him from sixth to fourth in a indicate standings. Capps also helped himself and a whole Funny Car margin by holding down points personality Courtney Force in a initial turn with a straight-down-the-track 4.083/306.19.
Despite saying a parachutes of his Funny Car cocktail out early, Capps was still means to send home another John Force Racing driver, Robert Hight, in a quarterfinals. The two-time Epping personality accessible a plain 4.122/311.20 in a semifinals though could not stop impassioned teammate and eventuality personality Hagan.
U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster motorist Tony Schumacher used a tiny assistance from Mopar HEMI energy to put down a second-quickest run of a opening turn in holding out caller Jim Maroney. In turn two, “The Sarge,” left initial with a .070 greeting and led from start to finish opposite Richie Crampton. Schumacher changed initial again in a semifinals with a quicker .056 greeting time to Steve Torrence’s slower .068, though Torrence shortly surged brazen for a turn win. Schumacher climbed adult one symbol in a standings after his weekend during Epping, and now sits second.
Jack Beckman’s strongest subordinate opening given a NHRA Gainesville eventuality in Mar placed his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in a No. 2 position streamer into eliminations. The 2012 Funny Car World Champion posted a second-quickest run of a opening turn to send home Jeff Diehl and join his 3 DSR Mopar teammates in advancing out of turn one.
In a quarterfinals, Beckman was within distinguished stretch of Tim Wilkerson though was incompetent to kick his enemy to a finish, descending brief by about 4 feet. He leaves Epping third in a Funny Car standings.
Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T motorist Tommy Johnson Jr., a Funny Car runner-up twice during Epping, competent in a tip half of a margin and degraded Cruz Pedregon in turn one. Johnson trailed somewhat during a start though sealed a opening and pulled divided for a turn win with a 4.131/297.94 mark. Johnson’s hopes to allege finished fast in a quarterfinals opposite teammate Hagan after he smoked a tires early.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Justin Picillo warranted a Dodge Top Finisher Award in a NHRA Stock Eliminator category during a NHRA New England Nationals, pushing his FS/D 2010 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a fourth turn of eliminations. The Warwick, Rhode Island, local clocked a 9.799/129.62 run in turn 3 to beat No. 1 qualifier Jim Marshall, who pennyless out, before losing to Randi Lyn Shipp.
Super Stock Dodge Top Finisher honors during Epping were claimed by Scott Gove, from Dennysville, Maine. Gove seized a No. 1 starting symbol with a 7.922 ET that was 1.078 underneath index in his 1993 Dodge Daytona, though his day finished in a second turn opposite Anthony Bongiovanni, notwithstanding a clever 7.864/173.29 run.
The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a second year, awards $500 to a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a turn of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth foe car. The respect is awarded in both Sportsman categories during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA
“Congratulations to Matt Hagan and his Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car group on capturing their second uninterrupted win of a deteriorate and during Epping, and bringing another Wally prize home for Mopar, Dodge and Don Schumacher Racing.”
Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
“It’s good to see a success this weekend of Matt Hagan during Epping. With a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar right around a corner, we’re assured Matt and his Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Car organisation can lift their movement from this feat right on into Denver.”
Matt Hagan, Sandvik Coromant Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.932 ET)
Rd.1: (.085-second greeting time, 4.066 seconds during 316.15 mph) kick No. 16 Terry Haddock (.154/6.490/113.11)
Rd.2: (.084/4.237/245.90) kick No. 8 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.076/4.741/179.23)
Rd.3: (.062/4.114/311.05) kick No. 4 Ron Capps (.082/4.122/311.20)
Rd.4: (.042/4.156/292.01) kick No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (.077/4.181/287.35)
“We only got a good foe car. we consider a biggest thing is (crew chief) Dickie Venables. The male is smart. If we give him adequate runs and adequate opportunities during whatever it is, he’s going to figure it out. we consider that’s since he’s been in a foe for over 50-some years. He’s been doing it given he was unresolved on his dad’s leg. He’s somebody that we wish to keep myself around as prolonged as possible. He works hard, this is his life and it goes to uncover on a foe car. There’s also fitness and stuff, that final path it was like a mud track. My rear-end was laterally and entrance behind around and we could hear Timmy (Wilkerson) over there and you’re looking around to see where they’re at. That’s what creates it sparkling in a fuel Funny Car, man. You never know what you’re going to get. I’ve never had a same path back-to-back.
“This automobile has only been going down a foe track. We incited 4 win lights on in Norwalk and we incited 4 win lights on here and we went down each path in Norwalk and we went down each path in subordinate here. We only flattering many have what we would call a joint automobile in a fuel Funny Car. It’s only responding good to what they’re seeking it to do. It creates my certainty grow. As a driver, it creates my lights come behind around. I’m some-more focused on that and I’m not meditative about either a automobile competence come remove or what it’s going to do if we have to slap a tires. I’m unapproachable of my guys. They only haven’t had any mistakes. This whole year my organisation has unequivocally not faltered. They’ve been doing a good pursuit wrenching.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.742 ET)
Rd.1: (.069-second greeting time, 3.945 seconds during 305.70 mph) kick No. 16 Audrey Worm (.311/9.559/82.04)
Rd.2: (.077/3.888/316.30) kick No. 9 Doug Kalitta (.064/4.900/212.46)
Rd.3: (.071/3.945/304.80) mislaid to No. 12 Antron Brown (.055/3.955/315.42)
“Incredible foe automobile underneath me and an implausible team, no doubt. We were bettering each turn to a situation, a foe only got some-more stout, worse and tougher. I’m unapproachable that we had a 3 DSR Top Fuel cars in a semifinals. we was feeling it today; a automobile was doing well. We kept subsidy a automobile up. we take a strike – we know, dual hundredths late on a (starting) tree and a integrate thousandths quicker off a automobile (against Antron Brown). When it’s that close, that’s when we demeanour for those win lights, and a impulse that we see it in a other lane, it’s devastation. But when we do get a initial dual win lights like we got today, I’m unequivocally unapproachable of that and unapproachable for a Mopar group and putting that Mopar energy on a ground.
“There are always opposite situations. We haven’t run this multiple before, we’re personification with a starting line setup. I’m down on myself, not in a disastrous way, though (to) keep perplexing something different, only like my group does with a foe car. we went behind and talked to (crew chief) Todd (Okuhara), and he indeed apologized for a change we finished to a automobile that we hadn’t finished before, and we said, ‘It doesn’t matter, it is what it is.’ In sequence to win a championship, we’re all going to have to continue removing improved during a same time. We’re going to do it. We win and remove as a team. Onward and ceiling to Denver.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Intrepid Fallen Heroes Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.978 ET)
Rd.1: (.083-second greeting time, 4.083 seconds during 306.19 mph) kick No. 13 Courtney Force (.069/4.489/200.11)
Rd.2: (.093/4.134/276.41) kick No. 5 Robert Hight (.070/7.226/98.83)
Rd.3: (.082/4.122/311.20) mislaid to No. 1 Matt Hagan (.062/4.114/311.05)
“We got a possibility to put a NAPA Intrepid Fallen Heroes Dodge in a winner’s turn before, and it felt like we were going to get there this weekend. We positively had a work cut out for us when we looked during a ladder after Saturday Q4 was over, since a side of a ladder was stacked. We had to go by some of a best cars we’ve seen all season. We got propitious a few of those rounds. These rounds in a summer are important, and we’re creation swell in a NAPA Car. We’re going to conduct to Denver now, and we ran good there final year. We finished adult some belligerent on a points leader, and we leave her with all in one piece, so all is good in a camp. Looking brazen to a West Coast swing, with a lot of races on a FOX network.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.744 ET)
Rd.1: (.100-second greeting time, 3.878 seconds during 319.75 mph) kick No. 15 Jim Maroney (.059/4.841/154.72)
Rd.2: (.070/3.906/318.54) kick No. 10 Richie Crampton (.085/5.316/138.33)
Rd.3: (.056/3.963/314.97) mislaid to No. 3 Steve Torrence (.068/3.942/309.77)
“Great run. The automobile didn’t do what it was ostensible to do. Something happened there. That’s a tough one to chew, though it is what is. We changed behind into second. We have a good car. We’re going down a racetrack, we’re tough to beat. It takes a lot of fitness and some tiny miracles to do this right now, and we haven’t had a luck. We’re saving it for a finish when we need it.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.956 ET)
Rd.1: (.083-second greeting time, 4.075 seconds during 312.42 mph) kick No. 15 Jeff Diehl (.130/6.633/98.87)
Rd.2: (.074/4.252/294.05) mislaid to No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (.071/4.245/264.39)
“We are going rounds everywhere we go. We are holding parsimonious in a points right now though we wish a trophy. It’s frustrating and unsatisfactory to know that we have a automobile good adequate to win a foe and not get during slightest into a final round. But what we pronounced progressing is a pivotal thing. We are behind carrying a automobile that’s good adequate to win a race. We wore a tiny too many clutch, took bucket off a engine, forsaken a cylinder and we mislaid by ten-thousandths of a second. Right place during a right time — hopefully we’ll be there in Denver.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 4.023 ET)
Rd.1: (.058-second greeting time, 4.131 seconds during 297.94 mph) kick No. 9 Cruz Pedregon (.032/4.408/215.20)
Rd.2: (.076/4.741/179.23) mislaid to No. 1 Matt Hagan (.084/4.237/245.90)
“It’s display promise, going a integrate rounds here in Epping. we unequivocally suspicion maybe we had a automobile for today. It’s frustrating. The line changes so many between initial and second and a conditions are so variable. We have to theory improved and figure out what it’s going to take to get down these tracks. It’s frustrating right during this impulse perplexing to figure out a tune-up to get down there but spinning a tires.”
Up Next: Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar
The DSR drivers and teams will get a week off before streamer west to a Rocky Mountains for a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, scheduled for Jul 20-22 during Bandimere Speedway. The bustling weekend of activities will kick-off on Thursday, Jul 19, with a annual Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil in downtown, Golden, Colorado.
Hagan and Pritchett are both seeking their initial NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series victories on “Thunder Mountain,” while Beckman hopes to supplement to his contingent of wins (2007, 2012, 2015) during Bandimere Speedway. Tony Schumacher is also a three-time caller to a Bandimere Speedway winner’s turn (2005, 2008, 2016), while Capps (2009) owns one career win during a home-away-from-home for a Dodge and Mopar brands.
Qualifying coverage will atmosphere live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jul 21. Three hours of eliminations coverage will atmosphere live on a inhabitant FOX Network starting during 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jul 22.
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2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 13 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Courtney Force — 1069
2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (3) — 914
3. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 847
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 834
5. Robert Hight — 829
6. J.R. Todd — 800
7. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 692
8. John Force — 632
9. Shawn Langdon — 614
10. Bob Tasca III — 564
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 1086
2. Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 896
3. Clay Millican — 881
4. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 820
5. Doug Kalitta — 801
6. Antron Brown — 717
7. Terry McMillen — 679
8. Brittany Force — 634
9. Richie Crampton — 522
10. Mike Salinas — 506
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