Mopar and Dodge Racers Are Las Vegas-bound for Penultimate ‘Countdown to a Championship’ Playoff Showdown during Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil

October 26, 2021

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Drag racers are prepared to conduct to a entertainment lanes during a 21st annual Dodge//SRT Nationals Presented by Pennzoil for a penultimate National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) ”Countdown to a Championship” playoff eventuality of a deteriorate during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 29-31. Three Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars are among a tip 5 contenders opposed for a Camping World array championship title. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) pilots Ron Capps and Matt Hagan lay 1-2 atop a leaderboard, distant by only one point, while Cruz Pedregon Racing owners and wheelman Cruz Pedregon joins a ravel in fourth place as a championship conflict intensifies.

“We’re fervent to lapse to Las Vegas for a Dodge//SRT Nationals and watch another sparkling Funny Car championship play out with 3 of a brand’s drag-racing stars in a hunt,” pronounced Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand CEO – Stellantis. “Our ultra-passionate Dodge drag-racing enthusiasts can design to be treated to a good showcase of pristine Dodge opening this weekend in both nitro and diver categories.”

Kuniskis total that fans should watch for special paint schemes on Pruett’s and Hagan’s cars, previewing a vital arriving Dodge code announcement.

This weekend’s foe outlines a fifth inhabitant eventuality with Dodge//SRT and Mopar pretension sponsorship support during a NHRA’s 70th anniversary deteriorate and a second of a “Countdown to a Championship” series, that kicked off with a Mopar Express Lane Nationals Presented by Pennzoil during Maple Grove Raceway nearby Reading, Pennsylvania, in September. The 3 competing Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars have amassed a sum of 6 victories this year and have won or finished runner-up during any of a prior 4 Dodge//SRT- or Mopar Express Lane-sponsored events in Houston, Denver, Indianapolis and Reading, Pennsylvania.

Veteran racers Capps and Hagan are focused on stability that trend aboard their sold HEMI®-powered machines during a Dodge//SRT Nationals while jostling for a points lead as any works to broach Dodge//SRT and Mopar brands a seventh Funny Car universe championship pretension with a DSR group in 19 years.

After collecting a Wally prize during a Texas FallNationals that put him within distinguished stretch of his stablemate and afterwards points-leader Hagan, 2016 Funny Car champ Capps is prepared to turn his NAPA AUTO Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a second playoff victory. That performance, total with a following Thunder Valley Nationals semifinal appearance, changed Capps into a championship lead by one indicate forward of this weekend’s Dodge//SRT Nationals during a venue where he has claimed 5 wins. 

“I trust this form of unfolding is what NHRA envisioned when they came adult with a Countdown to a Championship format,” says Capps. “Obviously, we’ve talked all year about how 2021 has been one of a tightest Funny Car battles we’ve seen in a prolonged time, and here we are, dual races to go and we’ve got a flattering bunched-up field. Consistency has unequivocally been a pivotal for a NAPA AUTO PARTS team. Qualifying high in a margin and earning subordinate reward points has helped put us in a points lead going into a Dodge//SRT Nationals presented by Pennzoil, and we’d adore zero some-more than to be means to gleam for Dodge and Pennzoil during their event. 

“We’ve got a good conflict going on with a teammate Matt Hagan, and a other Funny Cars are snapping during a heels,” he added. “It unequivocally seems that this will be a pivotal race; it always seems that proceed when a points are tight, though a NAPA AutoCare group has given me a good automobile any weekend, and we’ve won some unequivocally large rounds in a Countdown, and we have a feeling there will be some-more of that this weekend in Vegas.”

Defending Funny Car universe champion Hagan and his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye are second in points with 3 wins this season; dual wins came in a playoffs with a assistance of Tommy Johnson Jr., who subbed for Hagan and won a Mopar Express Lane Nationals to flog off a Countdown. As Hagan aims for a fourth Funny Car pretension (2011, 2014 and 2020) he understands a significance of a clever opening during a Dodge//SRT Nationals.

“I don’t unequivocally proceed th​is ​​event​ any differently,” says Hagan, who has 3 Vegas victories and will be fortifying his back-to-back wins in 2019 and 2020 during a facility. “I proceed any turn as ​if ​it’s a many critical turn ever. I’ve finished that all year long​ but​ unfortunately we can count 6 or 7 races where we mislaid by ​just ​two- or three​-​thousandths of a second. It’s zero that we haven’t dealt with before. we consider any championship that I’ve won has come down to a final competition in a semi-finals or finals. So since should this year be any different, right?

“I feel like ​(crew chief) ​Dickie ​Venables is going to be​ ​aggressive relocating into these subsequent dual races​,” he added. “We’re going to run tough and let a cards tumble where they competence though I’m vehement about it. ​I​t’s going to be fun. It’s business as ​usual. We’re staying focused and will ​do a best pursuit we can for a sponsors and a fans​.​”​

Pedregon is chasing a third Funny Car World Championship after earning his initial as a rookie in 1992 and afterwards hoisting a championship prize again in 2008. The Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat collected a Wally Trophy during Norwalk in Jun and has modernized to a semifinals or improved during 5 of a final 7 events, including runner-up finishes during Brainerd and Charlotte to put him in championship contention.

“I design a Dodge//SRT Las Vegas Nationals to be a good competition for competitors and fans alike,” says Pedregon, who is tied with associate contender John Force in fourth place and 5 rounds behind streamer into Vegas. “​T​here are some-more cars in a hunt now,​ so​ we consider that’ll make for closer racing and afterwards ​Pomona is a points-and-a-half ​race. It’ll make a champion unequivocally acquire it​ ​before they tighten a deal.”

In Top Fuel action, motorist Leah Pruett and her Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster competence be out of championship row though she is still aiming for a top-three finish to urge on her stream three-year strain of finishing a career-best fourth for a season. To assistance that cause, Pruett has her sights set resolutely on holding her Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster to a winner’s turn for a second time this year, after an energizing playoff feat in Pomona. 

“My whole career has been about proof something and this weekend is about proof that this Dodge//SRT group can be unchanging and win races,” says Pruett. “All we can do is competition to a best of a ability and that mindset serves us good as we set a sights on removing a win during this Dodge-sponsored track. To play spoiler can seem like fun though unequivocally it’s since we are advancing and not since we’re putting any sold competition on a trailer. We wish this win for us and for Dodge.”

The final Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown of 2021 will be contested this weekend during The Strip during Las Vegas with Pruett, Mark Pawuk and David Davies competing in a hyper-competitive category aboard their DSR-prepared Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Paks and racing for manufacturer bragging rights and chasing a final win to tighten out their season.

“The Factory Stock Showdown culmination feels like a ultimate homecoming for me since of how distant Dodge and a Mopar Drag Pak module have come these past 4 years,” says Pruett, who won a 2018 FSS championship as a rookie and has been instrumental in building a 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak, a quickest, fastest, many absolute drag pak ever built. “Being a partial of a module and a progression, afterwards saying a flourishing array of new Mopar Drag Pak entries and their possess opening journey, has been truly enjoyable. To see a new epoch of drivers select Mopar Drag Paks as their weekend soldier or extreme square of weaponry is outstanding.” 

Pruett is doubling down this weekend in Vegas, anticipating to accomplish something that has eluded her a final 4 years — expostulate both her HEMI-powered dragster and her Mopar Drag Pak to wins in a same weekend.

“A final FSS Wally in my final competition of a season; we couldn’t ask for many more, solely maybe a double-up,” says Pruett, who will lift double avocation by competing in both categories for an eighth time this season. “It’s my final shot during it this year. That’s what drives me this weekend and since we feel some-more dynamic than ever.”

In further to all a on lane action, Dodge//SRT and Mopar will have their 4,800-square-foot vaunt in a NHRA’s Manufacturers Midway for NHRA fans to try a array of interactive displays, including a span of Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators to exam their skills in a practical race, as good as a renouned Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Funny Car simulator.

Television coverage of Top Fuel and Funny Car subordinate during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway will atmosphere on FS1 on Friday, Oct. 29, 7-8 p.m. (ET), and Saturday, Oct. 30, 4-5 p.m.(ET) Eliminations, including live coverage of a final turn of a Dodge//SRT Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, will atmosphere on FS1 on Sunday, Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. (ET).

NHRA Championship Points Standings:
(Ahead of a Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway)
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,490 (2)
2. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,489 (3/1-Tommy Johnson Jr.)

3. J.R. Todd – 2,407 (1)
4. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,389 (1)
4. John Force – 2,389 (3)
6. Bob Tasca III – 2,343 (2)
7. Robert Hight – 2,337 (2)
8. Alexis DeJoria – 2,319 (1)
9. Tim Wilkerson– 2,249 (1)
10. Blake Alexander– 2,184
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 2,575 (9)
2. Brittany Force – 2,503 (1)
3. Justin Ashley – 2,428 (2)
4. Mike Salinas – 2,425 (1)
5. Billy Torrence – 2,357 (2)
6. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 2,291 (1)
7. Clay Millican – 2,265
8. Antron Brown – 2,252 (1)
9. Shawn Langdon – 2,228
10. Doug Kalitta – 2,180

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