Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Driver Hagan Triumphs during Season-opening NHRA Winternationals

February 11, 2018

, Pomona, California

Matt Hagan started a 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series a same approach he began his 2017 deteriorate — pushing a Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands to feat during a NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California.
 
The two-time NHRA Funny Car champion wrapped adult a widespread weekend in that he also claimed a stick in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car by outgunning Robert Hight in a final turn during Auto Club Raceway. The feat was Hagan’s second loyal during a NHRA Winternationals and a 27th of his career in 48 final rounds.
 
Adding to a Mopar and Dodge//SRT Sunday jubilee was a runner-up display by Hagan’s Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel and an NHRA Stock Eliminator win by Larry Gilley in a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340. Hagan was also assimilated in a Funny Car semifinals by dual of his Mopar-powered DSR Dodge teammates, Jack Beckman and Ron Capps.
 
After earning a No. 1 subordinate symbol on Saturday with a 3.822-second elapsed time (ET), Hagan accessible a second quickest run of a initial turn on Sunday to improved Dodge Charger R/T motorist Jim Campbell. The DSR motorist subsequent bested Cruz Pedregon before winning a parsimonious all-Mopar Dodge compare opposite Capps. In a final, Hagan’s 3.823/335.90 run was adequate to reason off Hight’s clever 3.866/336.99 pass.
 
Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car motorist Beckman posted considerable numbers in a initial dual rejecting rounds. The 2012 Funny Car champion non-stop his day by regulating a third-quickest run of a turn to best Bob Tasca, and afterwards was quickest in a quarterfinals in trailering Tim Wilkerson. That finished in a semis, when Beckman’s automobile went still shortly after launch, finale his day.  
 
Capps’ run to a semifinals enclosed a first-round win over Shawn Langdon and an engaging conflict with Jonnie Lindberg in a quarterfinals. Lindberg took a red light tainted detriment after withdrawal too early, that also caused Capps to launch a tad too shortly as well. The fourth DSR Funny Car group member, Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T motorist Tommy Johnson, was incompetent to pierce past a initial turn after smoking a tires and losing to Cruz Pedregon.
 
Tony Schumacher raced his Mopar HEMI-powered U.S. Army dragster to his initial final turn given a 2017 Atlanta event. Schumacher outran Terry McMillen, Terry Haddock and Antron Brown before descending to Doug Kalitta in a income round. Mopar Dodge NHRA Top Fuel dragster motorist Leah Pritchett will demeanour to miscarry from an early first-round exit during Pomona. Starting from a No. 4 symbol in a initial turn opposite Scott Palmer, Pritchett’s parachute popped out betimes during a burnout, finale a DSR star’s Winternationals pretension invulnerability before it could truly begin.
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
 
Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA
“Congratulations to Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T motorist Matt Hagan on starting off a 2018 NHRA deteriorate with a revisit to winner’s circle. The Mopar and Dodge brands are operative even closer together this year to raise a joining to NHRA, and this is a good early lapse on that teamwork. We’re carefree this is a initial of many Sunday celebrations during a drag frame for a brands this year.”
 
Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
“Matt Hagan’s win in his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car at Pomona currently is a superb approach for our brands to flog off this year’s NHRA season. By expanding a sponsorship and partnering with Mopar, now for a third year, Dodge//SRT continues to connect with a flourishing array of drag racing fans in a stands, examination on TV and competing at drag strips around a nation in their Chargers and Challengers.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.822 ET)
 
Rd. 1: (070-second greeting time, 3.902 seconds during 331.53 mph) kick No. 16 Jim Campbell (.117/4.387/213.77)
Rd. 2: (.057/3.954/329.34) kick No. 8 Cruz Pedregon (.010/4.006/322.11)
Rd. 3: (.059/3.938/330.07) kick No. 5 Ron Capps (.074/3.968/320.81)
Rd. 4: (.055/3.823/335.90) kick No. 2 Robert Hight (.034/3.866/336.99)

“To watch my guys come together and work, all is clicking so good — we can tell a additional prep they put in during a off-season. It’s not so many only a tools and pieces, it’s looking during those tools and pieces, and putting your hands on them.
 
“I’m unequivocally only unapproachable of them, though I’m unapproachable to yield in that foe automobile that Don Schumacher owns. It’s a automobile that these guys have put together, that we know we can win on any given Sunday. That’s a crazy feeling. It’s a cold feeling. Everything on this automobile goes behind to Dickie Venables, and during a finish of a day him and Mike Knudsen have a diversion plan. It only shows we how intelligent they are.
 
“These things are really humbling. We feel good right now, though we could hurl into Phoenix and it could be a opposite story. We only have to keep it upbeat and positive, and no matter what happens, keep it rolling.”
 
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.732 ET)
 
Rd. 1: (.066-second greeting time, 3.696 seconds during 332.18 mph) kick No. 7 Terry McMillen (.083/3.752/328.06)
Rd. 2: (.097/3.717/331.85) kick No. 13 Terry Haddock (.121/9.851/84.16)
Rd. 3: (.064/3.711/331.45) kick No. 6 Antron Brown (.048/3.737/324.28)
Rd. 4: (.057/4.715/145.93) mislaid to No. 8 Doug Kalitta (.083/3.779/TBD)

“That was a lot of fun – a whole day. It was a fun understanding in each approach solely for what happened during a end. Still, we go on to Phoenix with comprehensive certainty in a good foe automobile and a garland of smiling U.S. Army boys. Kalitta and we have battled for a long, prolonged time. They’re a good foe team. Congrats to them for removing it done. They did a good pursuit and they deserved to win today.”
 
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.687 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (No time) mislaid to No. 11 Scott Palmer (.085/6.489/117.35)

“We suspicion we had it figured out final night, though it looks like there were some-more vital issues. we wish to give large interjection to my guys operative their tails off. They did all they could to find a issue, though it apparently reared a nauseous conduct again, so we have some work to do. Ultimately, we have all a certainty in a universe in Todd (Okuhara, organisation chief), Scott (Okuhara, partner organisation chief) and a whole DSR/Mopar/U.S. Army team.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.882 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (.085-second greeting time, 4.833 seconds during 167.53 mph) kick No. 12 Shawn Langdon (.062/10.060/79.68)
Rd. 2: (-.055/4.001/324.75) kick No. 13 Jonnie Lindberg (-.310/9.716/104.61)
Rd. 3: (.074/3.968/320.81) mislaid to No. 1 Matt Hagan (.059/3.938/330.07)
 
“We knew we were adult opposite a good automobile being my teammate in Hagan with Dickie (Venables, Hagan’s organisation chief). But it was a good quip for Tobler to go behind adult there and not kick ourselves and go down a lane like we did.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.860 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (.065-second greeting time, 3.907 seconds during 333.0 mph) kick No. 14 Bob Tasca (.074/4.016/324.12)
Rd. 2: (.075/3.901/330.23) kick No. 6 Tim Wilkerson (.079/4.253/220.51)
Rd. 3: (No time) mislaid to No. 2 Robert Hight (.074/3.899/329.10)

“I wish to container my bags and fly to Phoenix tomorrow given we consider we have one of a best cars there is out here. Once we dive in and discharge these small bugs, we’re going to start disorder off foe wins.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.932 ET)

 
Rd. 1: (.066-second greeting time, 4.504 seconds during 267.69 mph) mislaid to No. 8 Cruz Pedregon (.051/4.363/246.17)
 
“It wasn’t what we approaching entrance into a initial foe of a season. We tested well. We’re still kind of in a exam mode, given of a (new) six-disc (clutch). We’re perplexing things to make us improved after in a season, and only never utterly got it together this weekend. We’ll learn from it and go into Phoenix a lot stronger. We ran good there in testing, and have a lot some-more information there. The some-more information we can get, a improved we’ll run.”
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Just like in a veteran ranks, a Mopar-powered NHRA Sportsman aspirant visited a winner’s turn during Pomona. Larry Gilley marched by 6 rounds of heated foe and reached a finish line initial in a heads-up final to explain a Stock Eliminator climax during Pomona in his 1968 Dodge Dart GTS 340.

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to win a Winternationals my whole life, given we was a child and came her with my father,” pronounced Gilley, 54, who also warranted a $500 Dodge Top Finisher endowment with his victory. Winner of a prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals eventuality final year, Gilley has been competing for some-more than 15 years in zero though Mopar-powered Dodge and Plymouth flesh cars.

“NHRA Sportsman racers are a many dedicated and ardent competitors, and we honour Larry Gilley on his feat today,” pronounced Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “Through a long-running Mopar Contingency Program, we are means to commend and prerogative racers like Larry who contest and win with Mopar products. We wish this feat is a initial of many in 2018 for a Mopar-powered Sportsman competitors.”

Under a Mopar Contingency Program, Sportsman racers who win or finish runner-up while utilizing Mopar valve covers, intake manifolds, cylinder heads and engine assemblies are authorised for financial rewards.

“Congratulations to Larry Gilley on racing his Dodge Dart GTS 340 to feat currently in a Stock Eliminator class,” pronounced Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “We are unapproachable to support ardent Sportsman racers like Gilley by a Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a second year, that awards $500 to a Stock and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a circle of a Mopar-powered automobile during all 24 inhabitant events.”

Staci Smith, from Lancaster, California, gathering her 1993 Dodge Daytona Super Stocker to a fifth turn during a season-opening event. Smith’s Daytona runs in a GT/HA category, permitting her to modify a automobile to a rear-wheel-drive pattern and implement a Mopar V8 engine. Smith, a 30-year-old who has spent many of her life racing with her family, took home a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in Super Stock. 

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For information on Mopar on and off a track, check out a Mopar brand’s central blog, http://blog.mopar.com.
 
Up Next: NHRA Arizona Nationals                       
Mopar and Dodge//SRT competitors will conduct subsequent to a NHRA Arizona Nationals, scheduled for Feb 23-25 during Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. Hagan and Pritchett will demeanour to urge their 2017 eventuality titles during a “duel in a desert.”

2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 1 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 127
2. Robert Hight – 101
3. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T – 81
4. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T – 78

5. Jonnie Lindberg – 51
6(t). J.R. Todd – 49
6(t). Tim Wilkerson – 49
8. Cruz Pedregon – 48
9. Courtney Force – 36
10(t). Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T – 32

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Doug Kalitta (1) – 112 
2. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI – 95
3. Clay Millican – 84
4. Antron Brown – 78 
5. Steve Torrence – 60
6. Scott Palmer – 47
7. Brittany Force – 35
8(t). Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI – 32
8(t). Mike Salinas – 32
8(t). Steve Faria – 32

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