October 14, 2018
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Ron Capps raced to feat in his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T during a NHRA Carolina Nationals nearby Charlotte on Oct 14, 2018, capturing his third feat of a deteriorate and a 225th altogether for a Mopar Dodge motorist in NHRA Funny Car competition.
The win by Capps is also a eighth of a year for a Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car driver. His 60th career Funny Car win changed Capps adult 3 spots to third in a NHRA Countdown to a Championship playoff standings, injecting new life into his bid for a second career Funny Car World Championship.
The Mopar HEMI®-engine fueled NAPA Dodge Charger Funny Car star claimed 121 points over a march of a weekend. Along his approach to a zMAX Dragway winner’s circle, Capps, a 2016 Funny Car Champion, degraded Dale Creasy Jr. and 3 of a top-ranked 2018 Funny Car championship contenders – Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson and J.R. Todd – in essential matchups with vital Countdown implications.
The miracle feat and 61st altogether delight (including one Top Fuel win) came after dual unsatisfactory uninterrupted first-round losses, though Capps and his Rahn Tobler-led group were dynamic to not let their early Countdown stumbles deter their hopes for a 2018 title.
With 321 points adult for grabs in a final dual events, Capps enters a subsequent stop on a NHRA debate sitting 109 points out of first. The remaining events on a NHRA report are contested in Las Vegas and Pomona, California, dual historically cooler-weather events, and Capps has certainty in organisation arch Tobler’s cold continue tuning capabilities.
Two-time NHRA Carolina Nationals Top Fuel champion (2014, 2008) Tony Schumacher, motorist of a Mopar-backed U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, competent No. 6 and faced teammate Antron Brown for a 70th time in a initial round. “The Sarge” accessible a low ET of a eventuality with a prohibited 3.699/329.91 pass to take out Brown. In a second round, Schumacher knocked out Clay Millican with a plain 3.712/330.55 effort.
That feat set adult a run opposite stream Top Fuel points personality and No. 2 qualifier Steve Torrence in a semifinals. Schumacher’s 3.718/329.42 was quicker and faster than Torrence’s 3.728/328.38 run, though Torrence left a starting line initial and was means to float that advantage to a tighten holeshot win by approximately 4 feet.
Leah Pritchett raced her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown championship in thespian conform final week during a NHRA’s Dallas stop and was looking to keep her chances alive to turn a initial lady in NHRA story to explain crowns in dual opposite categories in a same deteriorate with a clever Charlotte performance.
Pritchett competent in a tip half of a field, claiming a No. 7 starting position in her Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster. The DSR motorist trailed early in her first-round compare opposite Richie Crampton though staged a quip and was means to run him down with her quickest pass of a weekend, a winning 3.707/324.67. Next adult was a vicious quarterfinals conflict opposite points personality Torrence. Unfortunately, Pritchett encountered all kinds of trouble, hazing a tires early and dropping cylinders as Torrence gathering divided for a turn win and Pritchett watched a golden eventuality to urge her Top Fuel pretension hopes trip away.
Two-time NHRA Carolina Nationals eventuality champion Matt Hagan, a No. 6 qualifier, drew No. 11 Shawn Langdon in turn one. Hagan flexed his Mopar flesh by powering his DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car true down a slit in 3.891 seconds to take a win over Langdon, who smoked a tires. In a quarterfinals, a Mopar Express Lane motorist posted another plain effort, though he gave adult a win on an uncharacteristic holeshot loss, permitting competition Tim Wilkerson to take a feat with a slower 3.910 ET contra Hagan’s quicker 3.903.
After securing his second uninterrupted Funny Car No. 1 qualifier spot, Tommy Johnson Jr. and his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T group drew part-time racer Dave Richards in a opening round. Johnson was initial to strike a stifle though was adult in fume right during a step and Richards was means to explain a dissapoint win. Johnson’s DSR teammate, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat commander Jack Beckman, was faced with a outrageous matchup opposite points personality Robert Hight in a opening round. “Fast” Jack and his Dean Antonelli/John Medlen/Neal Strausbaugh-led group mustered adult a plain 3.906-second pass, though it wasn’t adequate to take down Hight’s 3.877 E.T.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Mark Howes of Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada, raced his 1970 D/SA Plymouth Duster to a fourth-round finish in Stock Eliminator during a NHRA Carolina Nationals. With a high-winding Mopar 340 cubic-inch small-block V8 engine underneath a hood, Howes was looking clever all weekend until a red-light tainted for withdrawal a starting line too early finished his chances of advancing deeper in eliminations. With his performance, Howes warranted a Dodge Top Finisher award in Stock.
In Super Stock, Keith Lynch of New Hudson, Ohio, also gathering his 2010 FGT/I Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to a fourth-round finish. Powered by a Mopar 5.7-Liter HEMI V8, Lynch’s Drag Pak looked to be a devoted contender during competition day though was sidelined during eliminations. Lynch, who was a Dodge Top Finisher target final month during a AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, steady as a endowment leader during Charlotte.
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 circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
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
“It’s good to see Ron Capps and his group constraint a win currently for Mopar and Dodge//SRT in a fourth eventuality of a six-race NHRA Countdown to a Championship playoffs. We wish this movement will lift on for a whole Don Schumacher Racing classification as a drivers continue to conflict for championships this year.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.875 ET)
Rd.1: (.080-second greeting time, 3.926 seconds during 328.86 mph) kick No. 15 Dale Creasy Jr. (.090/4.041/316.67)
Rd.2: (.053/3.889/332.43) kick No. 7 Robert Hight (.075/3.953/285.23)
Rd.3: (.0460/3.903/320.97) kick No. 3 Tim Wilkinson (.040/3.978/323.97)
Rd.4: (.074/3.890/331.20) kick No. 4 J.R. Todd (.048/4.311/214.96)
“In St. Louis we mislaid on a holeshot initial turn and I’m ill to my stomach when that happens. we go home, we don’t sleep. I’m adult in a center of a night, examination frame-by-frame of when my blades open compared to a chairman we mislaid to on a holeshot, and it’s not fun. we live it, we breathe it. we usually could not wait to get to a subsequent competition after St. Louis. We unequivocally had a good automobile there and we unequivocally had a eventuality to make a lot of points adult and we didn’t, and we wore that. we substantially aged a year in that week. Then we got to Dallas, had a good car, and usually got outran by John Force initial round.
“(Crew arch Rahn) Tobler and we left Dallas, shook hands, gave any other a small cuddle like we always do when we leave a line and he pronounced ‘Let’s usually go win a final three. If we win, they can’t,’ and I’m usually so blissful we came here and did what we talked about doing. To make over 330-mph runs dual times in a center of a day currently is large for Rahn Tobler. We always speak about competition day and hot, inauspicious conditions, and that’s where he shines, though to chuck down those speeds and E.T.s in a cooler continue currently when we indispensable it was huge.”
“We have a lot of business left to do. It’s not over. Points-and-a-half in Pomona. Anything can occur and we’re going to go down fighting. we can’t wait to applaud with my competition team, get to a subsequent competition and finish a year strong.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.732 ET)
Rd.1: (.065-second greeting time, 3.699 seconds during 329.91 mph) kick No. 11 Anton Brown (.049/3.736/328.14)
Rd.2: (.066/3.712/330.55) kick No. 3 Clay Millican (.087/3.729/328.86)
Rd.3: (.066/3.718/329.42) mislaid to No. 2 Steve Torrence (.049/3.728/328.38)
“That was a severe one, man. We had a improved package than Steve (Torrence) did, though .049-second lights are tough to come by. we don’t know. Ouch. The misfortune run we finished all weekend was a 3.74. we can tell we this is a good team. It was unequivocally considerable what these U.S. Army Racing guys did here in Charlotte. we give a lot of credit to (crew chief) Mike Neff and (assistant organisation chief) Phil (Shuler). They came in here with a package and usually finished it improved all weekend. We talked about it being a joint automobile in subordinate and afterwards we came out in initial turn and put adult fastest pass of a weekend. They were on their diversion and we know we was too. I’m usually still wondering how those .040-lights keep function opposite me. We need to kick Steve to have a legitimate possibility in a championship, though that didn’t occur today. We’ve got dual good marks for us left and all we can do is go out with a crash carrying a U.S. Army colors.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.755 ET)
Rd.1: (.080-second greeting time, 3.707 seconds during 324.67 mph) kick No. 10 Richie Crampton (.068/3.750/317.79)
Rd.2: (.087/4.222/219.76) mislaid to No. 2 Steve Torrence (.047/3.716/330.96)
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t delayed down Steve today. We feel like that was a outcome of some self-inflicted issues. We found a power, though what it unequivocally substantially came down to was that we should have picked a left line (in a second round). We were going in a right lane. We had finished good in it, though by a time Tony (Schumacher) got finished in front of us a line didn’t have a rubber down that we suspicion it would. So we had to behind it down a small bit during a starting line. Once we did that we were behind. When we did put a energy to it, we smoked a tires and it was all over from there. The splendid side is that we always learn from these experiences. We schooled a lot about being in balance with a automobile and a conditions. We’re a bit down about a championship situation, though we are creation swell and we’ll come out in Las Vegas even stronger than we did entrance in here.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.903 ET)
Rd.1: (.064-second greeting time, 3.891 seconds during 328.62 mph) kick No.11 Shawn Langdon (.054/9.638/78.22)
Rd.2: (.072/3.903/323.58) mislaid to No. 3 Tim Wilkerson (.052/3.910/328.46)
“We really got a automobile that’s going down a competition line now. We found a aristocrat pin that was seized adult in a front A arm, bound that and a thing is pushing like a dream now so that’s a outrageous thing as distant as certainty and all else goes. At a finish of a day, I’m usually blissful we’ve got a competition automobile back, a tune-up is operative out, it’s going down a line again. We’re removing some-more laps and feeling some-more assured in what we’re doing. We’re branch a corner, it’s usually during a finish of a season.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.873 ET)
Rd.1: (.074-second greeting time, 7.265 seconds during 112.70 mph) mislaid to No. 16 Dave Richards (.092/4.283/279.27)
“It’s positively unsatisfactory and frustrating. You’re right in a center of a championship chase, and to have a initial turn detriment like that puts a outrageous hole in that chance. We’ll usually keep swinging. Our Make-A-Wish Dodge is using so well. Didn’t design that by any means. It’s frustrating though we’ll keep entrance during them.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 10 Qualifier – 3.929 ET)
Rd.1: (.073-second greeting time, 3.906 seconds during 329.26 mph) mislaid to No. 7 Robert Hight (.062/3.877/330.96)
“We were on a wrong finish of a unusual drag race, and that’s frustrating since a E.T. would have won many of a matchups initial round, and that’s a problem with drag racing. We desperately wish to deliver a tip 5 finish and maybe a usually approach for us to do that is to get both (Las Vegas II and Pomona II) trophies. we consider we did a flattering damn good pursuit on that as witnessed by a first-round time. We usually came adult opposite a automobile that’s gotten some-more runs than anybody in a final 3 weekends. So, Vegas here we come.”
Up Next: NHRA Nationals during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The penultimate turn of a NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to a Championship will take place in dual weekends, Oct. 25-28, during a Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last year Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car motorist Matt Hagan pennyless by for his initial Vegas victory.
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2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 22 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Robert Hight — 2445
2. J.R. Todd — 2434
3. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (3) — 2336
4. Tim Wilkerson — 2334
5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 2296
6. Courtney Force — 2264
7. John Force — 2241
8. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) — 2229
9. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) — 2204
10. Shawn Langdon — 2152
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 2592
2. Clay Millican — 2423
3. Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 2382
4. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 2297
5. Antron Brown — 2253
6. Brittany Force — 2243
7. Mike Salinas — 2228
8. Doug Kalitta — 2225
9. Terry McMillen — 2221
10. Scott Palmer — 2149
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