Johnson, Capps, Schumacher Turn in Second-Round Finishes for Mopar and Dodge during NHRA Carolina Nationals

September 17, 2017

, Concord, N.C.

Three Mopar-powered teams from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) non-stop a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to a Championship playoffs with second-round finishes in a 10th annual Carolina Nationals during zMAX Dragway nearby Charlotte.

Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps went to a second turn in their Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars from DSR, while Tony Schumacher incited a second-round opening in his Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster from a DSR stable. It was a initial time all year that during slightest one automobile featuring HEMI® power didn’t strech during slightest a semifinals of a Nitro categories, and only a third time that during slightest one Mopar Funny Car didn’t strech a final round.

Johnson began his day as a No. 3 qualifier and started Sunday eliminations by pushing his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T past Dave Richards. Richards had a parachute tumble out on a starting line, giving Johnson a solo. The Make-A-Wish group subsequent took on contingent eventuality leader Robert Hight, where Johnson mislaid traction median by his run as Hight gathering away.

Johnson’s teammate Capps non-stop a invulnerability of his 2016 pretension by defeating Tim Wilkerson in turn one, notwithstanding losing traction as Wilkerson strike a wall and had his time disallowed. Capps subsequent faced J.R. Todd in a rematch of a final turn from a U.S. Nationals dual weeks ago in Indianapolis. Todd left a starting line initial and degraded Capps on a holeshot.

The other dual Mopar Funny Cars from DSR were bested in a initial round. Matt Hagan’s Mopar/Freightliner Dodge Charger R/T fell to Hight as Hagan’s automobile mislaid cylinders down track. Jack Beckman also was degraded in turn one during a hands of Dodge motorist Jim Campbell. Campbell was late on a Christmas Tree though Beckman went for a furious float in a Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T and scarcely crossed a core line, forcing him to get off a gas.

In a Top Fuel category, Tony Schumacher and a U.S. Army group from DSR initial took down Shawn Langdon to set adult a showdown with No. 1 qualifier and ultimate eventuality leader Doug Kalitta, where Schumacher was hardly degraded during a finish line.

Meanwhile, Leah Pritchett’s Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster featuring special FireAde branding suffered a first-round upset, descending to Australian Wayne Newby when Pritchett smoked a tires early and could never locate up. It was only a second round-one detriment all deteriorate for Pritchett in her dragster from DSR.

The 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals took place on an intensely prohibited line via a weekend, formulating formidable conditions for crews and drivers via all categories.

Mopar/Dodge Notes Quotes

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.901 seconds during 325.06 mph)

Rd. 1: (.130-second greeting time, 4.064 seconds during 272.45 mph) degraded No. 14 Dave Richards (no time – mechanical)
Rd. 2: (.048/4.315/216.65) mislaid to No. 6 Robert Hight (.069/3.951/328.22)

“We apparently didn’t go as distant as we wanted currently though it was a positive. A lot of people who mislaid initial turn I’m certain would’ve favourite to have won. We’ll continue to work during it and go into Reading. We won that foe final year and ran unequivocally well. That gives we a small certainty entrance in. With a approach we’re entrance behind from a onslaught during Indy I’m flattering certain a opening will continue to increase. Being a No. 3 qualifier here puts us in a good position. If we can go there (to Reading) and continue to do a same, we consider a formula will follow.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 10 Qualifier – 3.980 seconds during 323.04 mph)

Rd. 1: (.061-second greeting time, 4.363 seconds during 216.24 mph) degraded No. 7 Wilkerson (no time – contacted wall)
Rd. 2: (.080/3.968/323.50) mislaid to No. 2 J.R. Todd (.056/3.975/321.81 – holeshot win)

“All things considered, this was one of those weekends where we had to grub it out. We apparently had to close a automobile off Q2 on Friday night, with a best conditions that would fundamentally set a field. We didn’t validate where we wanted though again, that shows what a group can do. With no line choice and adult opposite one of a toughest guys, Tim Wilkerson, we got a win initial round. Then to go adult and run a .96 in a left line (in a second round) when no Funny Cars even went down, to run a .96 was a good run. It hurts and it hurts us in points though we will unequivocally rebound behind from it. It’s only good to know that we have a good prohibited rod.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar/Freightliner Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 3.981 seconds during 324.12 mph)

Rd. 1: (.045-second greeting time, 4.254 seconds during 228.96 mph) mislaid to No. 6 Robert Hight (.054/3.927/326.95)

“It’s a super tough detriment in a Countdown, though we know what, there are going to be other guys that go out initial turn here and there. We’ve only got to make them count when we can. The right line apparently was improved and they (Hight’s team) had line choice. Running that automobile we know we have to set adult to push. We pushed and it only didn’t stick. It only came down to apparently removing a small behind in subordinate and not carrying line choice initial round. It is what it is. We’ll pierce on to Reading and make these subsequent 5 count.”

Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster 
(No. 3 Qualifier –  3.725 seconds during 327.98 mph)

Rd. 1: (.086-second greeting time, 4.172 seconds during 300.06 mph) mislaid to No. 14 Wayne Newby (.038/3.827/313.66)

“If there’s a time to have a second initial turn detriment of a whole season, this was not it. But we trust in a car. The many frustrating partial about it, over a detriment itself, is only 3 runs in a quarrel (including qualifying) smoking a tires, that is something this group has never finished in a existence. We’re uncertain why. We haven’t unequivocally had gremlins during all this year and there’s something going on. At this impulse we don’t know what it is. Between now and Reading we have no doubt in my mind a capabilities of this group to figure it out. Coming adult from behind for a championship follow is what it’s going to take, and that’s what we’re prepared for.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.906 seconds during 330.47 mph)

Rd. 1: (.089-second greeting time, 4.539 seconds during 225.82 mph) mislaid to No. 13 Jim Campbell (.423/4.189/295.85)

“I only wish that this one doesn’t come behind to punch us during a finish of a year. You can’t not take advantage of that large of an opportunity. If someone had told me that you’re going to foe a No. 13 automobile and you’re going to have a greeting time of some-more than 3 tenths improved than them, we get a giveaway conduct start, we would have suspicion it’s a one hundred percent shot that we win a foe and we smoked a tires. we pedaled, and it started to pierce over towards a core line and we didn’t wish to take a cones out, so we carried early and we mislaid by 16 thousandths of a second. If we would have mislaid by a second, it wouldn’t have stung this bad given we feel like if we would have finished a improved pursuit of pedaling a car, we would have been 17 thousandths forward and we would have still been means to deliver a win light.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.788 seconds during 325.30 mph)
Rd. 1: (.047-second greeting time, 3.765 seconds during 325.45 mph) degraded No. 9 Shawn Langdon (.043/4.073/286.62)
Rd. 2: (.065/3.791/325.61) mislaid to No. 1 Doug Kalitta (.055/3.775/325.53)

“The large design is that we have a good U.S. Army car. We are finally starting to run right. Yes, we got flog second round, though a guys forward of us also mislaid early. It’s going to garland everybody adult in a tip 6 or seven. It’s tough, given we could have left here with a lead in a Countdown when we see all a other teams we are chasing go out. Unfortunately, we let that one trip away. The good news is we get to get right behind during it subsequent week with momentum.”

Mopar/Dodge NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
The NHRA Carolina Nationals featured a low margin of Sportsman competitors, with Mopar energy branch in plain performances in a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator categories.

In Stock Eliminator, Jack Zimmerman of Clemmons, North Carolina, modernized to a third turn in his B/SA 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T featuring a 440 Six Pack V8. There he done his best pass of a rejecting rounds notwithstanding being bested by only dual feet.  Zimmerman incited in a 10.407-second path on a 10.40 dial-in with a speed of 125.30 mph. He had a .067-second greeting time.

In Super Stock Eliminator, Clarence, New York’s Ray Thurston put his FSS/H 2009 Challenger in a second round, before bowing out after a pass of 10.198 on a 10.15 dial-in during 123.35. He left a starting line with a greeting time of only .004.

Zimmerman and Thurston were any named a Dodge Top Finisher of a event. The module provides $500 to a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator drivers who allege a farthest during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events in a Dodge or Plymouth vehicle. Zimmerman also won a endowment during a Four-Wide Nationals during zMAX Dragway in a spring.

In category racing during a Carolina Nationals, David Collette of Perryville, Maryland, took home a Wally prize with a FSS/F feat in his ’11 Challenger, while Thomas Baker Jr. from Kingsville, Maryland, won SS/GA in his ’70 Plymouth Barracuda.

Up Next: Dodge NHRA Nationals
Next week a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to Pennsylvania for a 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals during famed Maple Grove Raceway outward of Reading. Mopar energy dominated a eventuality final season, with Tommy Johnson Jr. winning an all-Mopar Funny Car final over teammate Ron Capps. Matt Hagan duration was a No. 1 qualifier and set a line speed record, reaching 333.99 mph, while Jack Beckman set a Funny Car elapsed-time record during a weekend with a pass of 3.850 seconds. Mopar’s Leah Pritchett was also a No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel.

Beckman and Johnson any have dual Funny Car wins during a track, while Hagan has visited a winner’s round once. Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher has claimed 5 victories there in Top Fuel.

The Dodge NHRA Nationals are scheduled for Sep 21 – 24, with coverage on FOX Sports 1 via a weekend. The rejecting rounds will atmosphere on FS1 on Sunday, Sep 24, with LIVE coverage commencement during 2 p.m. ET.

For a second uninterrupted year, a eventuality will flog off with a Mopar Mega Block Party on a dusk of Thursday, Sep 21.  A home run derby, Mopar designation session, live bands and most some-more are on daub for a family-friendly eventuality during FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. All festivities are giveaway and open to a public.

For some-more information on Mopar and Dodge in NHRA, check out a Mopar brand’s central blog,

2017 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 19 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight (3) – 2,197
2. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (6) – 2,153
3. Courtney Force – 2,141
4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 2,107
5t. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (3) – 2,102
5t. J.R. Todd (2) – 2,102
7. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (2) – 2,095
8. John Force (1) – 2,085
9. Tim Wilkerson – 2,046
10. Cruz Pedregon – 2,033

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta – (1) 2,173
2. Steve Torrence (7) – 2,159
3. Antron Brown (4) – 2,135
4. Brittany Force (1) – 2,117
5. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI (1) – 2,115
6. Clay Millican (1) – 2,110
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (4) – 2,108
8. Terry McMillen – 2,051
9. Scott Palmer – 2,042
10. Shawn Langdon – 2,036       
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