August 22, 2021
, Brainerd, Minnesota
It was an all-Dodge final during a 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) commander Matt Hagan powering a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to his initial feat during Brainerd International Raceway by defeating associate HEMI®-powered motorist Cruz Pedregon. It was Hagan’s 38th career Wally prize and his second win of a 2021 NHRA Camping World Series season.
After subordinate No. 4 on a eliminations ladder, Hagan put together a fibre of unchanging runs and spin wins over Dale Creasy Jr., Paul Lee and Bob Tasca III to allege to his 69th career final round. That interconnected him with No. 2 qualifier Pedregon and his tough charging Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for their initial final spin showdown in over 10 years.
Hagan’s discerning 0.051-second greeting time gave a DSR Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat an early lead from that he never looked behind on his approach to a 3.923 second elapsed time run during 327.98 mph to improved Pedregon’s 0.106-second light and plain 3.935 sec./324.83 mph pass and constraint his second win in 5 inhabitant events.
Hagan’s dual victories this deteriorate were both “firsts” in that they were both warranted during venues during that he had never won. Earning a desired Wally during a Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals in Jul and Sunday’s expostulate to a winner’s spin during Brainerd helped propel a fortifying NHRA Funny Car World Champion into a points lead for a initial time this deteriorate with usually one eventuality remaining for racers to tighten themselves into a “Countdown to a Championship” playoff.
That final foe of a unchanging deteriorate will be a 68th book of a NHRA’s cornerstone eventuality and world’s biggest drag-racing foe – a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend.
For their part, a Cruz Pedregon Racing group and a Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat have shown season-long unchanging and plain alleviation that enclosed a win during a Norwalk eventuality in June. Following adult his semifinal entrance final weekend in Topeka, Kansas, Pedregon put his HEMI-powered float No. 2 on a eliminations ladder with a career best 3.874-second pass during 324.67 mph.
He afterwards continued to stir with tough fought side-by side battles and spin wins over Gary Densham, fortifying eventuality champ Ron Capps and J.R. Todd with a array of 3.9-second runs (3.907/3.908/3.933) before adding another 3.935 bid in his detriment to Hagan. With his runner-up finish, Pedregon stays eighth on a Funny Car leaderboard streamer with one unchanging deteriorate eventuality left.
DSR motorist of a Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Capps, competent in a tip half of a eliminations ladder for a 11th time in 12 events. The six-time and fortifying Brainerd champ was seeded seventh and lined adult successive to No. 10 John Force to flog off foe day. Capps had a quicker start and a plain 3.953-second path to spin on win lights opposite Force who had difficulty early in his run.
Capps’ quarterfinal match-up with Pedregon was a superb corresponding conflict from start to finish with scarcely matching launches – a 0.076-second greeting time to Pedregon’s 0.075 – and matching speeds during 325.45 mph, with a usually disproportion entrance during a ribbon with Capps’ 3.935-second path to Pedregon 3.908-second winning run. Capps leaves Brainerd ranked fifth in a Funny Car standings though reduction than one spin out from a leader.
Also a fortifying eventuality leader during Brainerd International Raceway, DSR’s Top Fuel commander Leah Pruett kicked off subordinate looking clever and posting a second-best pass of a Q1 session. With what finished adult being her quickest run of a weekend, a 3.789 second pass during 319.90 mph aboard her Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster, Pruett’s best subordinate path also gave her a berth into a NHRA’s 2021 “Countdown to a Championship” ensuring she’ll finish a deteriorate in a Top 10 for a sixth uninterrupted year. While successive subordinate runs were hampered by a few issues that a DSR group worked to get resolved by foe time, her initial subordinate path was good adequate to put her eighth on a eliminations ladder.
Pruett rolled her HEMI-powered appurtenance to a start line for a initial spin matchup with No. 5 seed Justin Ashley, though saw her hopes of fortifying her eventuality pretension go adult in tire fume right off a strike of a throttle. With usually one eventuality left before a playoffs begin, Pruett stays fourth in Top Fuel standings.
The NHRA Camping World Series now prepares to conduct to drag racing’s many prestigious event, a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals during Indianapolis, Sep 1-5, that facilities a singular points-and-a-half format and will see racers jostling for position before a points are reset and a margin tightens streamer into a “Countdown to a Championship” playoffs.
ADDITIONAL NOTES and QUOTES
Matt Hagan, DSR Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.891 seconds during 328.06 mph)
Round 1: (0.089-second greeting time, 3.911 seconds during 328.30 mph) defeats to No. 13 Dale Creasy Jr. (0.080/4.031/311.85)
Round 2: (0.070/ 3.928/323/27) defeats No. 5 Paul Lee (0.095/3.911/329.18)
Round 3: (0.065/3.932/328.30) defeats No. Bob Tasca (0.076/3.940/329.10)
Round 4: (0.051/3.923/327.98) defeats No. 2 Cruz Pedregon (0.106/3.935/324.83)
“I’ve been racing for so long, and it’s good to hit this one off a list and supplement a Brainerd prize to a shelf. We wish to win any race, and during any foe track, so I’m generally blissful we got it finished today. We’re perplexing to get where we should be. After entrance off of such a clever championship run final year, we come out and design to set a universe on fire, and we usually haven’t been means to do that. But (Crew Chief) Dickie Venables, we give a male adequate shots during a foe track, he’s a bad man. we usually wish to do my pursuit adult there. we unequivocally honour myself in withdrawal a starting line unequivocally well, and it’s going to take these tough packages. You’re going to have leave good, and you’re going to have to foe good, and that’s what we’re doing with this Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.”
Ron Capps, DSR Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.922 seconds during 325.22 mph)
Round 1: (0.050-second greeting time, 3.953 seconds during 323.35 mph) defeats No. 10 John Force (0.066/6.205/112.01)
Round 2: (0.076/3.935/325.45) detriment to No. 2 Cruz Pedregon (0.075/3.908/325.45)
“We always speak about Brainerd being such a pivotal foe streamer into a Countdown. We have Indy entrance adult and that’s points and a half, though Brainerd always plays a outrageous purpose since it’s a second-to-last foe before streamer into a Countdown. You’ve got to come out of Brainerd with a good foe car. We didn’t make adult as many points as we wanted to this weekend, though we have a good foe car. Dean Antonelli and John Medlen have been unequivocally focusing on clutch-wear these past integrate of races, and we were unequivocally happy to run a .93 in a right lane, we usually got kick by a quicker automobile in a left line this weekend. The NAPA group did a good job, and it was fun carrying a Pennzoil colors again this weekend. Now we have a week off to concentration on Indianapolis and a playoffs. Right now, a fans are removing a unequivocally good ambience of what a Countdown to a Championship will be like this year. Not usually are a points tighten right now, though a opening of a cars in a Funny Car difficulty right now is something to behold.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.874 seconds during 324.67 mph)
Round 1: (0.135-second greeting time, 3.907 seconds during 326.56 mph) defeats No. 15 Gary Densham (0.092/4.253/270.75)
Round 2: (0.075/3.908/325.45) defeats No. 7 Ron Capps (0.076/3.935/325.45)
Round 3: (0.058/3.933/322.73) defeats No. 11 J.R. Todd (0.074/3.955/321.73)
Round 4: (0.106/3.935/324.83) detriment to No. 4 Matt Hagan (0.051/3.923/327.98)
“Great weekend altogether for a Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. To validate in a second subordinate position with a career best 3.87 (second run) and afterwards produce out 4 runs in a 3.9-second operation that were impossibly unchanging runs in eliminations was really positive. Especially given that a line was a small warmer currently than yesterday. It was usually a clever bid all a approach around and it shows that we’re entrance into a possess here going into a large foe during a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals. We’re not going to hang a heads since that was a tighten foe in that final with (Matt) Hagan. You know I’d like to have that greeting time behind a small bit. we skip a tree there a bit though altogether it was usually a plain bid by a team. I’m usually unapproachable of a guys.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.789 seconds during 319.90 mph)
Round 1: (0.097-second greeting time, 4.472 seconds during 179.64 mph) detriment to No. 5 Justin Ashley (0.056/3.765/326.32)
“I’m not certain if there’s an entertainment park here during Brainerd, though we certain feel like we’re on a drum coaster with this deteriorate of highs and lows. I’ve pronounced it before and I’ll contend it again, a array of runs for a group to stay on line is crucial. So, when we mislaid a third subordinate eventuality path to a automatic malfunction, we were attacked of an event to learn this tune-up and get better. What we had for Q3 is flattering many what we had for E1, and that’s a high sixty run and we were usually outward of that window. The idea was to spin on win lights. We will not exam before Indy’s Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, though we are genuine tighten to violation by again and we have a certainty to do it. We conclude a good fan support this weekend during Brainerd for a Mopar Dodge//SRT group and now we concentration on Indy and a Countdown.”
NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following a Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals during Brainerd International Raceway
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1.Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 865 (1)
2. Bob Tasca III – 850 (2)
2. J.R. Todd – 850 (1)
4. John Force – 849 (3)
5. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 840 (1)
6. Robert Hight – 782 (2)
7. Alexis DeJoria – 725
8. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 712 (1)
9. Tim Wilkerson– 631
10. Blake Alexander– 470
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 1212 (7)
2. Brittany Force – 829 (1)
3. Antron Brown – 791 (1)
4. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 631 (1)
4. Mike Salinas – 631
6. Shawn Langdon – 620
7. Clay Millican – 519
8. Justin Ashley – 558
9. Billy Torrence – 510 (1)
10. Doug Kalitta – 503
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