October 7, 2018
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Leah Pritchett clinched a 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown championship in her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak during a AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals nearby Dallas, racing to her third uninterrupted win of a deteriorate and earning her initial championship in her initial full year in a class.
The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown pretension is a third for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) motorist Pritchett, who also prisoner 2000-2001 Jr. Dragster Division 7 championships and a 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Championship in a Nostalgia Funny Car class.
Pritchett’s eventuality win during Dallas was a fifth in a seven-event NHRA Factory Stock Showdown deteriorate for a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a brand’s modern-day “package” car, and also a fifth in a quarrel for a Mopar Dodge Drag Pak driver. The climax was a second warranted in reduction than a month by a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak driver, following a championship claimed by Geoff Turk in a National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Factory Super Cars category on Sep 23.
Pritchett entered foe during a Texas Motorplex trickery entrance off victories during a NHRA U.S. Nationals in early Sep and during a NHRA Midwest Nationals dual weeks ago, where she became a initial NHRA motorist in a Factory Stock Showdown category to make a pass in a seven-second range. She competent No. 10 and posted her quickest pass of a weekend, an 8.079-second elapsed time (ET) during 169.64 mph, to improved Aaron Stanfield in a opening spin of eliminations on Sunday.
After advancing past Randy Taylor in a quarterfinals, Pritchett changed on to a thespian semifinals organisation that also featured co-points leaders Stephen Bell and Arthur Kohn, with Pritchett trailing any by a singular point. She squared off opposite Bell with her deteriorate on a line, withdrawal initial with a purchase .038-second greeting time and recording a winning 8.107/169.00 mark. Kohn was adult next, wanting to win his semifinals compare opposite Kevin Skinner to extend a championship conflict to a final round. Skinner took a win, crowning Pritchett as a 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Champion. She would supplement a cherry on tip by holding out No. 1 qualifier Skinner in a final with an arrow-straight 8.106/169.02 pass down a lane to acquire her third uninterrupted win.
In Top Fuel, Pritchett overcame a No. 9 subordinate symbol outward of a tip half of a margin to improved a higher-qualified Kebin Kinsley, posting a 3.831/324.20 run en lane to streamer from start to finish. In a quarterfinals opposite Clay Millican, a Mopar Dodge Top Fuel motorist matched her opponent’s .072 greeting nonetheless forsaken a cylinder right during launch, finale any possibility during a low Dallas run. Pritchett is fourth in a Top Fuel standings with her hopes for dual titles still alive streamer into a all-important final three-race stretch.
Tommy Johnson Jr. unleashed a 3.918-second run in a fourth and final subordinate event in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to explain a sixteenth No. 1 qualifier symbol of his career, his initial of 2018 and initial during Texas Motorplex. The DSR motorist had a large advantage off a starting line in scoring a spin one improved of Terry Haddock, and posted a 3.937 ET — a quickest pass of a quarterfinals — to take out Cruz Pedregon.
In Johnson’s sixth semifinal coming of a final 7 events he accessible a clean, plain 3.964/321.58 run nonetheless was behind from a start opposite competition J.R. Todd and was incompetent to make adult any ground, finale his day. Johnson changed adult to fourth in a Countdown playoff standings with his Dallas performance.
After a stellar final subordinate run late Saturday vaulted Tony Schumacher to a No. 3 symbol on a rejecting ladder, “The Sarge” laid down a well-spoken and plain opening-round win over No. 14 qualifier Shawn Reed. The Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel automobile crossed a finish line in 3.747-seconds during 325.69-mph to Reed’s 3.900-second pass. That set adult a assembly with teammate Antron Brown. Schumacher was plain and plain once again with a run of 3.817-seconds during 323.89-mph while Brown smoked a tires mid down a track.
Trailing Steve Torrence by 125 points during a start of a day, Schumacher and a U.S. Army group were anticipating to spin his playoff movement in their preference with a possibility to leave Texas Motorplex carrying significantly downsized that deficit. But it was not meant to be as Schumacher hazed a tires during halftrack and had to settle for a run of 4.917-seconds to Torrence’s 3.779 seconds pass.
“Fast” Jack Beckman, a two-time runner-up during Dallas, competent clever in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, collecting a No. 5 symbol on his final subordinate attempt. A powerhouse matchup opposite Courtney Force awaited him in a opening round. The chosen span entered a competition unresolved during 10-10 in prior matchups, and were reasonably adequate passed even off a starting tree with matching .082 greeting times, nonetheless Beckman was means to explain a early lead and reason off Force in a parsimonious drag competition with a winning 3.969/317.27 pass.
In a quarterfinals, a DSR motorist faced J.R. Todd. Beckman trailed off a start nonetheless quick reclaimed a lead before putting out a cylinder and veering toward a centerline, forcing him to behind off as Todd went down a frame for a win. Beckman, a 2012 NHRA Funny Car champ, leaves Dallas eighth in a standings.
Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car motorist Matt Hagan will demeanour to put his weekend during a NHRA FallNationals in a rearview mirror. The two-time Texas Motorplex leader struggled to make a full pass during qualifying, fixation Hagan in an uncharacteristic symbol — a 15th position — streamer into eliminations on Sunday. Hagan, owners of 3 Funny Car wins in 2018, was means to put together a full 4.058-run in spin one, nonetheless it was not adequate to kick Bob Tasca III to a win stripe. Despite a early exit, two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion Hagan stays seventh in a Countdown rankings.
Ron Capps placed his Mopar-powered NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in a tip half of a field, uncorking a 3.986/317.12 to acquire a No. 7 symbol in in a final subordinate session. He faced John Force in a marquee first-round matchup and in a 97th assembly of a dual winningest Funny Car drivers. Capps was quicker off a start in his Dodge Charger R/T and reason a lead adult to a 600-foot mark, when Force began to lift divided for a spin win. Capps is sixth in a Funny Car standings.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America; Head of Parts Service (Mopar), FCA – North America
“This NHRA Factory Stock Showdown championship is a covenant to a expostulate and joining of Leah Pritchett and also to a mastery of a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a modern-day chronicle of a factory-built ‘package’ car. Leah fought by a chaotic report to contest in both a Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel classes during 7 events, and to hang adult a year with a array championship, to go along with 3 uninterrupted wins and a initial seven-second operation pass in a story of a category is truly an extraordinary fulfilment for her and a Don Schumacher Racing team.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.808 ET)
Rd.1: (.067-second greeting time, 3.831 seconds during 324.20 mph) kick No. 8 Kebin Kinsley (.094/4.548/172.25)
Rd.2: (.072/4.228/201.91) mislaid to No. 1 Clay Millican (.072/3.783/321.50)
On her Factory Stock Showdown championship win:
“This championship ranks during a tip of a list. we competence be holding this Wally right now, nonetheless 100 percent this is Dodge and Mopar and a record they flow into this class. we only get to expostulate a car. For Kevin Helms, Terry Snyder, all of Don Schumacher Racing, powered by Pennzoil of course, this is positively incredible. We came in with a possibility to win a championship, nonetheless a genius was one round, one burnout, one line during a time and that’s what it took, so appreciate we to everybody that finished this happen. we know we substantially pronounce for a whole class, nonetheless a outrageous appreciate we to SAMTech for sponsoring a Factory Stock Showdown Series. It’s unequivocally spin one of a many exciting, grassroots classes out here. we get to reason it, nonetheless this Wally is unequivocally going home to Mopar.”
On her Top Fuel semifinals appearance:
“Some people contend a potion is half dull or half full. For us, we consider it’s half full. We’ve gifted gremlins we’ve never gifted before in Dallas. We suspicion we had them totally burning underneath after a not unequivocally good day of subordinate on Saturday. Were means to repair it and get that first-round win. But, with a boost problems we’d been having, that resulted in a cylinder dropping during a strike in a second round. It would’ve been overwhelming for everybody, including us, to take out Clay so we could mount aloft into a championship chase. This Mopar/U.S. Army group is positively still in it and we are looking brazen to still chasing it and we’re unequivocally not counting this group or this automobile or any of a guys out. We have a integrate of things to repair and we have certainty in this group that we will spin it around. I’ll tell we what, for a fans and a people who are examination this Countdown, it’s going to get engaging and it’s going to be good and we’re going to give it positively all we have since that’s what we do.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.745 ET)
Rd.1: (.072-second greeting time, 3.747 seconds during 325.69 mph) kick No. 14 Shawn Reed (.072/3.900/322.34)
Rd.2: (.082/3.817/323.89) kick No. 11 Anton Brown (.062/4.151/241.15)
Rd.3: (.049/4.917/166.64) mislaid to No. 2 Steve Torrence (.057/3.779/321.73)
“We came here in a hunt, even nonetheless we competence not be withdrawal here in a hunt, nonetheless we finally figured out dual thespian issues with a U.S. Army car. Now we can run during a turn we need to run at. We competence not win a championship with it since it competence be too late. We do have a good automobile after this weekend. But we’re down to 12 rounds and (Steve) Torrence is a lot of rounds brazen of us. He’s got to go out in a initial spin during a subsequent 3 races and we have to win them all. We’ll see if we can get in everybody’s approach and acquire some points and finish off a deteriorate No. 1, 2 or 3 but, realistically, we didn’t have that championship automobile until this weekend.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.918 ET)
Rd.1: (.037-second greeting time, 3.981 seconds during 324.44 mph) kick No. 16 Terry Haddock (.102/5.079/150.15)
Rd.2: (.073/3.937/322.65) kick No. 8 Cruz Pedregon (.078/4.036/303.78)
Rd.3: (.073/3.964/321.58) mislaid to No. 4 J.R. Todd (.033/3.952/320.89)
“We’ve got a unequivocally good competition automobile now it’s only a matter of putting all together on Sundays. The continual alleviation is good and hopefully we can keep doing that and have a small fitness go a way. We feel unequivocally good. If a few of a tip cars stumble, we’re right there. We’re in a hunt and not out of this championship yet.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.968 ET)
Rd.1: (.082-second greeting time, 3.969 seconds during 317.27 mph) kick Courtney Force No. 12 (.082/3.985/318.17)
Rd.2: (.085/4.055/260.36) mislaid to No. 4 J.R. Todd (.071/3.991/318.69)
“We took a Courtney (Force) initial round. Had a ladder we need with J.R. (Todd) second round. We were literally pushing divided and it put another hole out. It has not wanted to keep 8 cylinders to a finish line all weekend and notwithstanding that we had an impossibly quick car. We figured out how to make this thing a rocket boat early in a run. We only need to figure out how to keep all a E3 hint plugs illuminated until a finish line. I’m excited. we consider we’ll be racing for trophies a rest of a year and that motivates us.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 15 Qualifier – 4.169 ET)
Rd.1: (.070-second greeting time, 4.058 seconds during 317.12 mph) mislaid to No. 2 Bob Tasca III (.051/3.998/319.37)
“We have to work to put out some of a Kalitta and Force cars and we need to step it adult and go some rounds to put ourselves in a improved position in a championship chase. We’re operative tough with some new combinations and we have a lot of assistance from a teammates and we’re relocating forward. We’re going to stay certain and go into Charlotte with a diversion devise and grow and have a good weekend for Mopar and Pennzoil and DSR.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.986 ET)
Rd.1: (.062-second greeting time, 4.024 seconds during 314.39 mph) mislaid to No. 10 John Force (.069/3.986/325.30)
“It was a bizarre weekend of subordinate here during Dallas for a lot of cars. It was fitness of a pull for competition day and when we have a group like John Force initial round, it’s going to be tough. It was a tighten race. we didn’t see him until right during a finish Our genius was to come in here and win a final 4 races and with points-and-a-half during Pomona, we now have to win a final 3 races. With a competition automobile we have and a group we have, it’s really possible. It can be done. Once again, a NAPA guys diversion me a good automobile and we mislaid a tighten race. It hurts right now and we’re going to shake it off and go to zMAX.”
Up Next: NHRA Carolina Nationals
The Mopar and a Dodge//SRT drivers and teams will be behind during it subsequent weekend, Oct 12-14, returning to a zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. for a NHRA Carolina Nationals. They conduct into a second half of a NHRA Countdown to Championship with a fourth of 6 races on tap. Both Ron Capps and Jack Beckman have Funny Car wins during zMAX Dragway.
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2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 21 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight — 2387
2. J.R. Todd — 2337
3. Tim Wilkerson — 2254
4. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 2251
5. Courtney Force — 2232
6. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (2) — 2215
7. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) — 2175
8. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) — 2172
9. John Force — 2168
10. Shawn Langdon — 2120
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 2468
2. Clay Millican — 2365
3. Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 2303
4. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 2244
5. Antron Brown — 2221
6. Terry McMillen — 2189
7. Doug Kalitta — 2169
8. Mike Salinas — 2150
9. Brittany Force — 2140
10. Scott Palmer — 2117
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