Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel Driver Pritchett Rockets to Victory during Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar

July 22, 2018

, Morrison, Colorado

Leah Pritchett put a cherry on tip of a dream weekend during a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, drifting her Mopar Dodge 1320 “Angry Bee” Top Fuel dragster from a No. 1 symbol to her initial win during ancestral Bandimere Speedway. Her feat came in a initial year with Dodge//SRT as pretension unite and in a 30th uninterrupted deteriorate of FCA US eventuality pretension sponsorship during a lane nearby Denver.
 
The feat was Pritchett’s second of a year in 3 final rounds this season, a seventh altogether of her career, and altered a Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) motorist to third in a indicate standings. The Wally prize was also a eighth of a deteriorate for a DSR Mopar Dodge motorist in a NHRA Nitro classes.

Pritchett also carried a special 1320-themed clothing on her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster to assistance symbol a phenomenon of a new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, geared for grassroots Sportsman racers, and suggested with assistance from Pritchett during a press discussion on Thursday, Jul 19.
 
Pritchett’s Denver mastery began in qualifying, where she knocked out a 3.799-second elapsed time (ET) during 327.19 mph, a fastest ever during Bandimere Speedway, to tighten down a pole, her second true of a deteriorate and second uninterrupted during Bandimere. Pritchett also collected 11 out of 12 probable subordinate points.
 
The Mopar Dodge 1320 motorist non-stop eliminations with a plain 3.857/322.81 to outpace Terry Totten, and afterwards unleashed a “Angry Bee” to a balance of 3.806/321.96, a quickest of a round, to send home Scott Palmer. Pritchett ran a 3.826/312.93 in a semifinals, matched by her foe Clay Millican’s matching 3.826 ET, yet Pritchett’s crook .043 greeting time warranted her a starting line advantage and a turn win.
 
In her second uninterrupted final-round entrance during Denver and 11th altogether of her career, Pritchett trailed fast opposite Doug Kalitta yet fast put her Mopar Dodge 1320 in a lead and never looked back, laying down a HEMI®-powered 3.831/316.45 pass to Kalitta’s losing 3.852/319.82 effort.
 
Ron Capps, leader in 2009 on “Thunder Mountain,” started foe day in a seventh position. The DSR motorist took his Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge to a initial turn win over J.R. Todd, heading off a starting line and carrying it to a finish. An all-Mopar Dodge matchup opposite DSR teammate Jack Beckman awaited Capps in a quarterfinals. The 2016 Funny Car champion had a advantage off a starting tree with a .072 reaction, and his 4.082/309.70 pass was some-more than copiousness to kick Beckman, who mislaid a cylinder early.
 
In a semifinals, Capps warranted a feat on a starting tree, holding a holeshot win interjection to a .036 greeting time compared to foe Robert Hight’s slower .080. In a 115th final turn of his career and third of a season, Capps and John Force, a dual winningest Funny Car drivers in NHRA history, battled it out. Capps had won all 3 of their before 2018 foe day matchups, yet notwithstanding a plain pass of 4.067-seconds, Force was means to obstacle a holeshot win with his 4.075 E.T. With his runner-up appearance, Capps altered to third in a Funny Car standings.
 
No. 12 qualifier Matt Hagan gave it his best shot during holding a new Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car physique to a initial turn win on Sunday. Coming into Denver off back-to-back wins, Hagan left initial opposite John Force with a quick-trigger .033 greeting time to Force’s slower .050. Both drivers forsaken cylinders, with Force doing to kick Hagan and a Hellcat to a finish line. Hagan leaves a event second in a standings.
 
DSR motorist Tommy Johnson Jr. has come oh-so-close to a winner’s turn during Bandimere Speedway, racing to a final turn 4 times in 4 apart classes, including a Funny Car runner-up final year. Johnson competent No. 6 and wheeled his Mopar-fueled Make-A-Wish Dodge down a lane to improved Bob Tasca in a opening round. Johnson and reigning universe champion Hight both done purify runs in a quarterfinals, yet Johnson’s 4.117-second pass wasn’t adequate to overcome Hight’s quicker 4.052 run.

Three-time eventuality leader and Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T motorist Jack Beckman non-stop eliminations with a solo run after Todd Simpson was incompetent to make a call due to physique damage. In a second turn opposite DSR stablemate Capps, a forsaken cylinder dashed “Fast” Jack’s hopes for a fourth Denver triumph.

Tony Schumacher squared off in his Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster with Doug Kalitta in a beast opening turn matchup. The maestro drivers were scarcely matching withdrawal a starting line and were neck-and-neck a whole 1,000-foot stretch, yet Kalitta surged brazen and took a win, finale a U.S. Army team’s day by a small one inch.

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Craig Maddox gathering his 2010 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a Stock Eliminator semifinals, earning a Dodge Top Finisher endowment for a class. Powered by a GEN III 426 HEMI® engine and using in a FS/B class, Maddox’s Mopar Dodge Drag Pak competent fourth in a margin of 32 entries and his Dodge clicked off unchanging 9.7 ETs all weekend. In turn four, a continue and lane conditions altered and Maddox dialed a 9.81. Unfortunately, his foe had a improved greeting time and got to a finish line first.

Marlin Bogner of Kearney, Nebraska, gathering his 1968 SS/AH Plymouth HEMI Barracuda to a second turn of eliminations during a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, earning a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in Super Stock. Bogner, a long-time Mopar Sportsman racer and before Dodge Top Finisher winner, had a starting line advantage over his foe yet took too many ribbon during a finish of a lane and pennyless out by 0.023 of a second.

The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a second year, awards $500 to Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a turn of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
   
Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA
“I can’t consider of a improved approach for Mopar and Dodge to applaud 30 years of support during Bandimere Speedway than with a win on Sunday. The win by Leah Pritchett during a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar is only a small some-more special entrance during a brand’s home-away-from-home.”

Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
“The feat currently by Leah Pritchett and a Don Schumacher Racing group puts a ideal finale on a brand’s initial year as pretension unite of a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar. From a exhibit of a new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 for grassroots racers, to a foe entrance of a new Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car physique to a winner’s turn on Sunday, this was a dream weekend for a Dodge and Mopar brands.”

Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.799 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.068-second greeting time, 3.857 seconds during 322.81 mph) kick No. 16 Terry Totten (.125/4.156/276.18)
Rd.2: (.084/3.806 /321.96) kick No. 10 Scott Palmer (.092/3.890/317.34)
Rd.3: (.043/3.826 /312.93) kick No. 4 Clay Millican (.087/3.826/320.36)
Rd.4: (.075/3.831/316.45) kick No. 10 Doug Kalitta (.056/3.852/319.82)
 
“This is all since we have a unusual group and an implausible racecar. We have some incredible, unbending foe but, from Friday to Saturday to today, nobody had a improved racecar because, in my opinion, nobody has a improved team. To do it in this fashion, it’s a integrate ways – this is a Dodge Mile-High Nationals powered by Mopar and Pennzoil, and we’re a 1320 Scat Pak R/T automobile and, on tip of that, we was here in 1997 and got my unequivocally initial Wally.

“I didn’t win a inhabitant championship in a Junior Dragster yet my group did. And it is no opposite currently – this group got me my initial Wally here on The Mountain. To me, this win is bigger than winning a U.S. Nationals. Winning on The Mountain is doing something. The excellence goes to God, it goes to Don Schumacher for giving me an implausible team, and everybody during Don Schumacher Racing who build these racecars giving me something so safe, so solid. There’s a reason we always dreamed of pushing for Don Schumacher Racing and this is it.”

On winning her sponsor’s race:
“I consider there is something opposite about pressure. You can demeanour during it as, we have to do good during your sponsor’s race, or we have a partner who believes in you, and all a people there move that vibe and that energy. Like we said, we have a possess zip formula on a Mopar midway, and pitting with Hagan and his new (Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) body. You can demeanour during it dual ways, as vigour or certain momentum, and that’s what happened this whole weekend.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 4.007 ET)

Rd.1: (.064-second greeting time, 4.101 seconds during 312.93 mph) kick No. 10 J. R. Todd (.081/4.133/311.27)
Rd.2: (.072/4.082/309.70) kick No. 2 Jack Beckman (.083/4.528/214.25)
Rd.3: (.036/4.052/313.88) kick No. 3 Robert Hight (.080/4.035/314.31)
Rd.4: (.057/4.067/308.71) mislaid to No. 5 John Force (.037/4.075/315.42)
 
“You can contend all we wish about him deep-staging, yet he incited a win light on and that’s because he’s John Force. We’ll get a moment during him again soon, I’m sure. It was a good weekend to paint Dodge, Pennzoil and everybody on a mountain. My NAPA AutoCare guys were on it. We had some unequivocally discerning turnarounds today, and they only kept plugging away. It was one of those days. You live and die by a sword. We won on a holeshot opposite Robert (Hight) and afterwards we mislaid in a final. Both tighten races, yet it was fun to watch (crew chief) Rahn Tobler incrementally make these changes to make a automobile quicker and quicker all day.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 12 Qualifier – 4.279 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.033-second greeting time, 4.279 seconds during 265.69 mph) mislaid to No. 5 John Force (.050/4.158/285.77)
 
“It was good to shake a new Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat physique down some more. Obviously, a towering has been heartless for us. It doesn’t uncover us many adore adult here yet it’s one foe out of a whole series, and it’s totally opposite from any of a other conditions we see. We come adult here and we try some new things each year, some of it works, some of it doesn’t. We still have a unusual foe car. We’re entrance adult during a indicate where things are starting to click during a right time. we don’t consider this foe is a thoughtfulness of what we’re able of.
 
“We’ll get behind down to sea turn where we’ve been using good and strong. I’m vehement for these subsequent dual races on a swing. Should be carrying a mint baby when we get home. We’re going to satisfy my mother on Monday night if she doesn’t have it before then, so it’s going to be a super sparkling week for me. I’m looking brazen to holding a baby for a small bit before we conduct behind out. Things are only unequivocally good right now.”
 
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 4.003 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.077-second greeting time, 4.094 seconds during 308.28 mph) kick No. 11 Bob Tasca III (.044/4.998/167.99)
Rd.2: (.066/4.117/313.58) mislaid to No. 1 Robert Hight (.050/4.052/318.09)
 
“I told a guys, even yet losing second turn we feel like this was one of a improved races that we’ve had in a while. The automobile was unequivocally consistent, ran unequivocally well, no tools repairs and it kind of gives us some movement for a rest of a swing. we consider we are starting to figure a new lane prep out, a automobile seems to be branch a dilemma and it gives me a lot of certainty going into a subsequent two.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.973 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.085-second greeting time, 4.689 seconds during 182.21 mph) kick No. 15 Todd Simpson (No time)
Rd.2: (.083/4.528/214.25) mislaid to No. 7 Ron Capps (.072/4.082/309.70)
 
“Coming into Denver is always an anomaly. The tune-up is only so, so opposite here. We go adult opposite a teammate (Ron Capps) second round, do a burnout and I’m starting to backup and we see a sleet dump on a windshield. Not prolonged after that, a starter gave us a vigilance to kill a automobile and that’s always a crap shoot. Whenever we have to close a automobile off on a starting line and restart it, we only don’t know how many feverishness is in a clutch. Now both of us had to do it, yet apparently a purchase only didn’t like it. The automobile went out there and forsaken a cylinder and we lost. Qualifying second, we should be doing improved than this on foe day. We’ll come off a mountain, we’ll go behind to a customary tune-up in Sonoma. We’re starting to breeze adult for Indy and a Countdown and we consider we’re going to be peaking during a right time.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.834 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.064-second greeting time, 3.852 seconds during 321.12 mph) mislaid to No. 10 Doug Kalitta (.067/3.849/320.43)
 
“It was a unusual foe – there’s no other approach to demeanour during it. You could be dissapoint that a foe is over, yet we can’t be dissapoint with what we did. It would’ve kick each other automobile yet one with a greeting time and a ET (elapsed time) and we mislaid by one 10,000th of a second. The automobile ran what we wanted it to run, we left like we wanted to leave, it was a unusual race.”

Up Next: NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Next on a report for a Mopar and Dodge//SRT patrol is a Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, scheduled for Jul 27-29 during Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
 
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2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 14 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1.  Courtney Force — 1156
2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (3) — 946
3.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 930

4.  Robert Hight — 911
5.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 906
6.  J.R. Todd — 832
7.  Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 746
8.  John Force — 735
9.  Shawn Langdon — 647
10. Bob Tasca III — 596
 
NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence – 1132
2.   Clay Millican — 959
3.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 949
4.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 930

5.   Doug Kalitta — 893
6.   Antron Brown — 750
7.   Terry McMillen — 696
8.   Brittany Force — 658
9.   Richie Crampton — 576
10. Scott Palmer — 544

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