July 17, 2021
, Morrison, Colorado
Matt Hagan powered his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye to a tip of “thunder mountain” and a Funny Car timing sheets to acquire a No. 1 qualifier position for Sunday’s Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World Drag Racing Series eventuality hold nearby Denver, Colorado, during a lifelike Bandimere Speedway. Sunday’s inhabitant eventuality during a Rocky Mountains venue will be Dodge//SRT and Mopar brands’ 32nd as pretension sponsors, a longest uninterrupted and active sponsorship in all of motorsports.
Hagan cumulative his second top-qualifier respect of a 2021 NHRA deteriorate and a 42nd of his career with his 3.966-second pass during 319.22 mph on Friday underneath a lights. The three-time NHRA Funny Car universe champion collected a sum of 6 reward points by posting a quickest pass in dual of 3 subordinate sessions with his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar machine. He’ll start office of a desired Wally prize during his sponsor’s long-time title inhabitant eventuality with a initial turn match-up opposite No. 14 qualifier and rookie Chris King.
Running alongside Hagan in a adjacent line for all 3 sessions was DSR teammate Ron Capps, who competent his HEMI®-powered Funny Car in a top-five for an eighth uninterrupted eventuality this year. He gathering his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a No. 4 symbol on a eliminations ladder with his 3.986-second pass during 318.09 mph from Friday that warranted him a reward indicate for environment a third quickest run of Q1. Capps will have No. 11 seed Terry Haddock in a line subsequent to him for a opening turn of eliminations.
Fresh off a win during a before event, a Pedregon Racing group headed into a final subordinate eventuality though a baseline run though gave their motorist and group owners Cruz Pedregon accurately what he indispensable to post a third-quickest run of a eventuality and acquire a reward point. His Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat ran a plain 4.074 sec./313.29 mph to position him in ninth place altogether and span him adult with No. 6 seed Paul Lee on Sunday morning.
In Top Fuel action, DSR Dodge//SRT Redeye dragster commander Leah Pruett had her best run in Saturday night’s final subordinate eventuality underneath a lights during a Rocky Mountain dragstrip with a 4.056-second elapsed time run during 249.49 mph to put her 11th on a eliminations ladder, where she will start her foe day battling No. 4 qualifier Doug Kalitta.
Pruett also pulled double avocation for a fourth time this deteriorate by holding a turn of her 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak for a Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) array entrance this weekend during Denver. Both Pruett and her teammate Mark Pawuk had 4 subordinate runs to get their foe cars using to their fondness and successfully competent them in a tip half of a margin for Sunday’s contest.
With a plain final pass, Pruett gathering her 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak to a fourth quickest pass in FSS subordinate with an 8.261-second elapsed time run during 167.24 mph to set adult a assembly with No. 13 Waldemar Rodriguez in a opening round.
Pawuk and his Empaco Equipment Dodge Challenger had their best run in Q2 with an 8.330-second pass during 164.73 mph. They finished adult eighth on a ladder and will see No. 9 seed Joseph Welch in a initial turn of FSS competition.
The Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals Presented by Pennzoil will be live streamed around NHRA.TV, with FS1 providing subordinate highlights on Sunday, Jul 18, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern and coverage of Sunday’s rejecting rounds from 4-7 p.m. Eastern.
ADDITIONAL NOTES and QUOTES
Matt Hagan, DSR Pennzoil Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.966 seconds during 319.22 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.966 sec./319.22 mph (3 reward indicate for quickest of session)
Qualifying 2: 4.007 sec./315.64 mph (3 reward indicate for quickest of session)
Qualifying 3: 7.563 sec./ 89.45 mph (7th)
“This Mopar Dodge SRT organisation unequivocally put a good automobile underneath me during subordinate this weekend and we’re sitting No. 1 going into foe day. Dickie (Venables) and Mike (Knudsen) and Alex (Conaway) are doing a good pursuit and filigree so good together. It’s a good feeling to be No. 1 for your unite with Dodge and SRT and Mopar during their eventuality pulling a Dodge flagship car. we wish it puts a grin on their faces. We’re always pulling and training and I’m vehement about tomorrow. I’ve never won here on Thunder Mountain and we wish to check this one off a box and keep relocating brazen and adult in a points chase. I’m unequivocally assured in Dickie and this group on foe day.”
“We’ve got to go rounds. There’s no doubt about it. We’ll take that No. 1 qualifier now and take that movement into foe day tomorrow. This Hellcat is using strong, man. It was using so clever that on that final run a behind was perplexing to pass a front end. We were only perplexing to go after it a small bit too tough though we didn’t have anything to lose. It was one of those things where (Crew Chief) Dickie Venables crawled into a box and does what he does. He tunes it up. we know he’s going to do that tomorrow and we can't wait to put on a uncover here for all these fans here in Denver. It’s going to be awesome.”
Ron Capps, DSR NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.986 seconds during 318.09 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.986 sec./318.09 mph (1 reward indicate for third quickest of session)
Qualifying 2: 4.050 sec./314.39 mph (5th)
Qualifying 3: 7.300 sec./92.53 (6th)
“This foe is singular since of a dual night subordinate runs on Friday and Saturday night. It’s a whole new diversion on foe day. It’s going to be opposite conditions, temperatures and this is when we rest on a NAPA Know How that we always speak about with a organisation chiefs, Guido (Dean Antonelli) and John Medlen, for Pennzoil and NAPA. It’s going to be a lot of fun to arise up, come here in a object and foe in front of these good fans. The grandstands have been positively packed. These Dodge//SRT Mile-High fans are crazy and we adore that and I’m aiming to get behind in a winner’s turn here during Denver.”
Cruz Pedregon, Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 9 Qualifier – 4.074 seconds during 313.29 mph)
Qualifying 1: 7.657 sec./82.65 mph (10th)
Qualifying 2: 8.695 sec./81.36 mph (12th)
Qualifying 3: 4.074 sec./313.29 mph (1 reward indicate for third quickest of session)
“I was third quickest in a final eventuality and we was unequivocally looking for a three-second run this weekend though it seems like if we get behind here it’s unequivocally wily adult here on a mountain. If we skip (getting a good run in) early, it’s kind of tough to come behind to that, though I’m certain (Crew Chief) John Collins and a guys will get it tuned. The thing we got to consider about is we don’t foe during night and we’ll come out here tomorrow during 11:30 a.m. when it’ll be fever and splendid and a totally opposite set-up. That was a good run to get us in a margin solidly and a Snap-on Dodge will be prepared for tomorrow.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Pennzoil Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.056 seconds during 249.49 mph)
Qualifying 1: No Time
Qualifying 2: 4.150 sec./234.45 mph (7th)
Qualifying 3: 4.056 sec./249.49 mph (10th)
“We had mile-high expectations for this Dodge//SRT group this weekend entrance into Denver. Friday was a time to lay it down and what’s been function with a cars is a array of peculiar problems that we have been regulating along a way. We had a shaft event on Friday night so we did not get to have a one unequivocally critical baseline run on a mountain. That put us behind and we put a integrate of plain runs down currently though we’re a small behind with a fueling with forsaken cylinders. We wish to be on tip of a towering tomorrow. We’ve been there before here. We have tough foe in a initial turn with (Doug) Kalitta. For us, only going one turn during a time is super important. we feel like a extraordinary fan appetite and a Mopar flesh is going to take us to where we wish to be tomorrow and that’s holding a bronze ‘Wally’ trophy.”
FACTORY STOCK SHOOTOUT:
Leah Pruett, 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 4 Qualifier – 8.261 seconds during 167.24 mph)
Qualifying 1: 8.991 sec. / 154.21 mph
Qualifying 2: 11.831 sec./ 78.16 mph
Qualifying 3: 8.417 sec. /165.80 mph
Qualifying 4: 8.261 sec./167.24 (4th)
“We’ve unequivocally been operative tough a past few weeks with setups and contrast these dual Drag Pak Challengers with setups and between Mark’s automobile and cave we’ve been operative with some opposite tools and we’re still reckoning out a pattern with this new 2021 Drag Pak with a shocks and cessation and transitions and transfer. So far, it seems like a tune-up is operative and that’s acclamation to a work a group did with testing. I’ve never been so happy with an 8.26 and that puts us fourth in a margin opposite some vigourous complicated hitters. This is what we design of this Mopar team, to puncture low and find some bullion here on a mountain.”
Mark Pawuk, Empaco Equipment Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 8 Qualifier – 8.330 seconds during 164.73 mph)
Qualifying 1: 8.381 sec. / 164.75 mph (3rd)
Qualifying 2: 8.330 sec. / 164.73 mph
Qualifying 3: 8.348 sec. / 164.77 mph
Qualifying 4: 11.398 sec./104.26 mph
“As tough as it is to foe here since of a high altitude, a Bandimere family does a fanciful pursuit with this facility. It reminds me a lot of Norwalk, Ohio, with a family-run operation. We saw a outrageous throng final night and tonight, and I’m unequivocally happy and grateful for a fans. We tested here final week before to this foe and done 3 good runs in subordinate and unequivocally went for it tonight, though it captivated a lane and spun a tires and that knocked me down 3 spots. We’re still in a tip half of a margin and looking to have a good, prolonged day on Sunday during a Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals.”
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