August 1, 2021
, Pomona, California
After all 4 Mopar and Dodge//SRT-supported NHRA nitro entries competent in a top-five streamer into competition day, a opening brands and Don Schumacher Racing doubled-up on Wally trophies this weekend with wins by HEMI®-powered pilots Leah Pruett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) during a rescheduled 61st annual Lucas Oil National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Winternationals Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com during Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.
Pruett followed adult a vigourous No. 2 qualifier opening aboard her DSR Sparkling Ice Spiked Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster with her second outing to a final spin showdown in uninterrupted weeks. She warranted a second place position on a eliminations ladder, along with 5 critical reward points, by speeding to a provisional stick position on Friday and afterwards posting a second quickest run of Q2 to put her on a starting line for a opening spin opposite No. 13 seed Steve Chrisman. A 3.906-second elapsed time run by her HEMI®-powered appurtenance during 268.01 mph gave her a spin win and a quarterfinal bye run.
Following another plain 3.931sec./272.12 mph pass on her singular run, Pruett staged subsequent to her semifinal opponent, No. 3 seed Mike Salinas, and ran him down during half-track to spin on win lights with a 3.927 sec./273.16 mph pass to allege to her second final spin entrance of a deteriorate after her runner-up opening final weekend during Sonoma Raceway.
Pruett was lined adult and prepared for conflict opposite No. 7 qualifier Justin Ashley in a final Top Fuel showdown in a breathless feverishness during a Pomona dragstrip when her competition opted to error on a side of counsel after experiencing symptoms of impassioned feverishness depletion and not take a run. That supposing Pruett with her second solo run eventuality of a day, a 4.021 sec./271.52 mph pass, and an uncontested win to strictly acquire a Wally prize for a ninth time in her Top Fuel career, a second time during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona (2017), and her initial feat of a 2021 NHRA season.
In Funny Car action, after earning his fourth No.1 qualifier position of a initial 10 NHRA Camping World Series deteriorate events this season, Capps powered his DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat by a rejecting rounds with unchanging 4.1-second runs and wins over Bob Bode, Bob Tasca and longtime opposition John Force to allege to his second final spin entrance of a deteriorate after his runner-up finish during a Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil in Houston.
A three-time leader during Pomona (1998, 2009, 2016), Capps warranted his 66th career Funny Car win opposite No. 7 seed J.R. Todd by using him with a 4.151 sec./253.09 mph bid to kick his opponent’s 4.289/249.16 pass. The victory, a 2019 NHRA Funny Car universe champion’s initial of a 2021 season, puts him into a points lead.
The third and final eventuality of a NHRA’s “Western Swing” didn’t utterly finish a approach No. 5 qualifier Matt Hagan had hoped after earning a desired win during a Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals in Denver, Colorado, and his runner-up opening during a Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, California.
The reigning Funny Car universe champion began a day by entertainment his DSR Performance Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye subsequent to Force in a opening round. After Force double-bulbed, Hagan strike a stifle initial to take a early lead though shortly saw his competition tighten a opening and corner past him right before a finish to digest his day and tighten out 3 uninterrupted weeks of racing.
The Cruz Pedregon Racing group had another earnest weekend as group owners and Funny Car motorist Cruz Pedregon competent his Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat fourth on a Funny Car eliminations ladder. He faced off opposite Tim Wilkerson in a opening spin and took a win with a 4.103 seconds E.T. during 263.46 mph to advance. The three-time Pomona leader saw Force subsequent in a quarterfinals and had a good run going until tire mist during mid-track saw Pedregon demur only adequate to make it a tighten finish posting a 4.361 sec losing bid to his opponents 4.353 second spin win.
Competition will resume in dual weeks with a Menards NHRA Nationals Presented By PetArmor during Heartland Motorsports Park nearby Topeka, Kansas, for a initial of only 3 remaining inhabitant events before a NHRA’s seven-race “Countdown to a Championship” playoff array starts Sep 9 during a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil in Reading, Pennsylvania, and concludes with a NHRA finals in Nov in Pomona, California.
ADDITIONAL NOTES and QUOTES
Matt Hagan, DSR Performance Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 5 Qualifier – 4.009 seconds during 312.13 mph)
Round 1: (0.059-second greeting time, 4.112 seconds during 262.44 mph) detriment to No. 12 John Force (0.111/4.054/270.75)
“It’s been a wily lane all weekend here during Pomona with these prohibited temps and (Crew Chief) Dickie (Venables) got a automobile to go down a unequivocally tough competition lane to give us a fighting chance. It only didn’t run good enough. We schooled a lot racing in this feverishness and in conditions of that we had unequivocally small data. Now we do have some information if we face prohibited conditions like this in a future. We’re prepared for a small mangle subsequent weekend before we start again in a few weeks during Topeka (Kan.) and Brainerd (Minn.). It’ll be prohibited in Kansas and maybe some of what we schooled here will assistance us there. We have a lot of racing left; this is a median indicate of a schedule. We’re going to puncture in deep, work tough and win a few some-more of these races.”
Ron Capps, DSR NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.941 seconds during 321.35 mph)
Round 1: (0.087-second greeting time, 4.020 seconds during 268.81 mph) defeats No. 16 Bob Bode (0.103/4.180/257.43)
Round 2: (0.077/4.151/296.50) defeats No. 9 Bob Tasca (0.079/4.278/288.58)
Round 3: (0.092/4.158/253.71) defeats No. 12 John Force (0.046/4.659/215.41)
Round 4: (0.081/4.151/253.09) defeats No. 7 J.R. Todd (0.063/4.289/249.16)
“I was anticipating a win was coming. This team, time and time again, they’ve given me one of a coolest cars to expostulate and this (weekend) was one of a many impassioned conditions we’ve ever had. To do it during Pomona in a summer, with all my friends and family here, we can’t even tell we how extraordinary it is. We’re going to have a blast (celebrating).”
“I was meditative this week maybe we should stop observant ‘a win’s coming,’ given we felt like we was jinxing it though we truly felt like PacMan. You know, we were only chomping by these Camping World array points – semifinal after semifinal, a final in Houston. We’ve been unchanging and only chomping these points adult week after week. we unequivocally consider we can have a unchanging deteriorate indicate lead going into a Countdown, we only need to keep doing what we’re doing.
“These were substantially some of a many impassioned conditions I’ve driven a Funny Car in, and maybe even a many fun automobile to drive. Everyone’s been ripping their hair out perplexing to get down a lane and we had things occur and cylinders going out and (Crew Chiefs) Guido (Dean Antonelli) and (John) Medlen were only withdrawal it be given my NAPA Dodge was using like a joint car. They’ve got such a good tune-up that we can put a cylinder out and get by that severe symbol and still make it down a track. We were sensitively going about it any run.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.967 seconds during 317.34 mph)
Round 1: (0.062-second greeting time, 4.103 seconds during 263.46 mph) defeats No. 13 Tim Wilkerson (0.100/5.224/165.74)
Round 2: (0.081/4.361/218.37) detriment to No. 12 John Force (0.053/4.353/260.46)
“We had a good plain event. We competent fourth, that is great, with a 3.96-second run during 317 mph on Friday. We stumbled a small bit on Saturday perplexing to get a lane figured out. Sunday we were clever starting out with a 4.10 second pass to dispose of Tim Wilkerson. In a second spin we faced John Force and it was a good tighten competition with a 4.35 to 4.36 though came adult short. we clicked it off only a small bit early after we spun a tires during half-track and we only went on automobile commander and close a engine off when we got endangered about a engine revving up, though we substantially could’ve kept going for a few some-more feet and won that spin that would have put us in a semis.
“Overall it was a good eventuality for us. It was severe with a lane during some-more than 140 degrees lane temperature, that is hotter than we’ve been on and in years. In fact, (Crew Chief) JC (John Collins), even with all a information he had amassed by a years, had never been in this prohibited of a condition so altogether when we get a entertain final result, it’s a good day for a Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. We’ll demeanour brazen to a compare competition in Norwalk on Saturday night, a normal “Night Under Fire” muster eventuality before we concentration on Topeka (Kansas). Topeka is a good eventuality for me. I’ve won utterly a few races there. With Larry Miner and Joe Gibbs. we adore a atmosphere there and a lane is clever with unequivocally good hold and maybe one of a best surfaces on a circuit so I’ll looking brazen to that. We’re still reckoning things out, operative out some kinks to make a competition automobile improved and I’m perplexing to do a improved pursuit as a motorist though altogether a needle is indicating up.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Pennzoil Sparkling Ice Spiked Dodge//SRT Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.780 seconds during 321.88 mph)
Round 1: (0.082-second greeting time, 3.906 seconds during 268.01mph) defeats No. 13 Steve Chrisman (0.184/4.312/242.23)
Round 2: (0.087/3.931/272.12) wins on a BYE run
Round 3: (0.104/3.927/273.16) defeats No. 3 Mike Salinas (0.093/4.360/223.21)
Round 4: (0.130/4.021/271.52) defeats No. 7 Justin Ashley (No time)
“Justin (Ashley) is an implausible aspirant and we wanted zero though to competition opposite him. This is about a stability of this Sparkling Ice Dodge//SRT Mopar team, a loyalty to do this on a home lane is phenomenal. Thank we so many to everybody that stranded with us. we mean, we dug deep. It’s been a prolonged time given I’ve seen Wally (trophy). The many considerable partial for me currently was how a group has continued to insist and persevere and grow into a success segment that we have right now.
“For (Crew Chief) Todd Okuhara to have an assertive tuning persona and an focus while being in a sand and Neal Strausbaugh, carrying caring ability and bringing us all together. It’s about a fundamentals of what’s function in a trailer and carrying any other’s behind and pulling a wire in a same direction. We had been doing that, though we unequivocally got in sync together and that’s what creates me a many proud. This win is given of a course over a final integrate of weeks and what it has taken. The Dodge SRT Sparkling Ice group really deserves any bit of this one no matter how it came. I’m unequivocally unapproachable of them.”
NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following a rescheduled NHRA Winternationals Nationals during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 734 (1)
2. Bob Tasca III – 729 (2)
3. John Force – 698 (2)
4. Robert Hight – 697 (2)
5. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 689 (1)
6. J.R. Todd – 677 (1)
7. Alexis DeJoria – 632
8. Tim Wilkerson– 552
9. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 537 (1)
10. Blake Alexander– 343
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 1014 (6)
2. Antron Brown – 701(1)
3. Brittany Force – 625
4. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 579 (1)
5. Shawn Langdon – 514
6. Mike Salinas – 513
7. Justin Ashley – 466
8. Billy Torrence – 448 (1)
9. Doug Kalitta – 439
10. Clay Millican – 388
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