October 28, 2018
, Las Vegas
Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett raced to runner-up finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel, respectively, in rejecting rounds during a NHRA Nationals during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct 28, 2018.
Defending eventuality champ Hagan non-stop foe day with a first-round win over Tim Wilkerson. He clocked a 3.908-second elapsed time (ET) in his Pennzoil Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, a quickest of a round. Next adult for a No. 9 qualifier was Mopar Dodge Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Tommy Johnson Jr., and Hagan once again paced a margin with a winning 3.919 ET.
In a semifinals, Hagan trailed early though was means to tilt in Bob Tasca III with a 3.928/323.89 run, circumference out his enemy during a ribbon in a tighten foe to allege to his seventh final turn of a year and 54th of his career. The two-time Funny Car World Champion left initial in a final turn with a .037 greeting time to J.R. Todd’s slower .058 symbol and quickly confirmed a lead before a forsaken cylinder slowed Hagan’s movement and finished his expostulate for a fourth win on a season.
Pritchett competent No. 4 in her chromed-out Pennzoil Mopar Dodge Top Fuel appurtenance and started her Sunday by outrunning part-time racer Troy Buff. Next adult opposite Blake Alexander, Pritchett laid down a winning 3.740 ET to Alexander’s 3.968 pass. She drew teammate Tony Schumacher in a semifinals and had no difficulty removing past him as she powered to her best run of a weekend (3.730 ET) contra Schumacher’s present tire smoker.
Pritchett lined adult opposite newly crowned array champion Steve Torrence in a final. Eager to stop Torrence’s strain of turn wins, Pritchett was somewhat overzealous on a line and double-stepped a throttle, immediately giving approach to tire fume as her foe sped down a line for a turn win.
Tony Schumacher competent No. 9 and gathering his Mopar HEMI-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster to a round-one feat over Scott Palmer. In a quarterfinals, “The Sarge” led from start to finish opposite Countdown contender Clay Millican, environment adult an all-Mopar DSR conflict opposite Pritchett. Schumacher was quicker in greeting time though smoked a tires shortly after launch and it was all Leah after that, culmination a four-time Vegas winner’s day.
Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car maestro Jack Beckman competent clever in a third position and began foe day with a 3.935 ET to outpace a Dodge Charger of Jim Campbell. In turn dual Beckman trailed early opposite Courtney Force though rebounded to take a feat by about 4 feet with a 3.951/320.51 pass. Beckman changed on to a semifinals conflict with vital playoff implications opposite new points personality J.R. Todd. “Fast Jack’s” 3.937/327.90 bid was plain though not clever adequate to best Todd’s quicker 3.906 ET.
Ron Capps competent No. 12 in his Mopar-fueled NAPA Dodge Funny Car and was means to overcome miss of line choice and a slight starting line necessity to take down John Force in a quarrel between a many successful Funny Car drivers in NHRA history. In turn two, Capps was foiled by Countdown spoiler Tasca III. Both drivers had matching greeting times, though Tasca eventually pulled forward for a lead and Capps was incompetent to follow down his opponent.
After securing his third Funny Car No. 1 qualifier in a row, Tommy Johnson Jr. kicked off foe day by pushing to his career 400th turn win with a better of Jeff Arend. Johnson faced vigourous foe in turn dual opposite teammate Hagan. Johnson was a bit too discerning on a stifle in his Make-A-Wish Dodge, branch on a red light and giving Hagan a turn win.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Dwight Machael of Las Vegas, Nevada, raced his 1962 B/SA Plymouth Sport Fury to a semifinal finish in Stock Eliminator during a NHRA Nationals during The Strip during Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With a iconic 413 Max Wedge underneath a hood, Machael was looking clever all weekend until a redlight finished his chances of advancing into a final round. Machael warranted a Dodge Top Finisher award in Stock Eliminator.
In Super Stock, repeat Dodge Top Finisher leader Mike Cotten gathering his 383 powered 1970 SS/JA Plymouth ‘Cuda to a round-four finish during Vegas. Cotten’s ‘Cuda was unchanging on foe day and was looking to go some rounds until a somewhat delayed greeting time caused him to come adult brief opposite his opponent.
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 foe automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Matt Hagan, Pennzoil Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.949 ET)
Rd.1: (.071-second greeting time, 3.908 seconds during 326.08 mph) kick No.8 Tim Wilkerson (-.091/5.608/124.44)
Rd.2: (.084/3.919/326.08) kick No. 1 Tommy Johnson Jr. (-.027/5.395/133.38)
Rd.3: (.075/3.928/323.89) kick No. 4 Bob Tasca III (.053/3.952/319.29)
Rd.4: (.037/4.087/263.62) mislaid to No. 2 J.R. Todd (.058/3.921/318.39)
“It’s hapless that we couldn’t get that win light in a final round. We had such extraordinary sponsorship support with a folks from Pennzoil, Shell and Mopar and had so many pivotal clients rooting us on here in Las Vegas. We have a SEMA Show this week here in (Las) Vegas and we wanted zero some-more than to take a Wally prize to a Mopar counter to uncover off with a Chrome Pennzoil Funny Car. At a finish of a day, we went to a final turn and it was a good day. That’s only drag racing and infrequently we lose. It wasn’t a day, though we’ll go to Pomona with a clever foe car. I’m unapproachable of a guys. They did good all weekend and we were only dire tough perplexing to run in a high (3).80s and a line only wouldn’t reason it.”
Leah Pritchett, Pennzoil Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.731 ET)
Rd.1: (.089-second greeting time, 3.735 seconds during 327.43 mph) kick No. 13 Troy Buff (.053/3.808/319.67)
Rd.2: (.088/3.740/322.42) kick No. 12 Blake Alexander (.059/3.968/276.29)
Rd.3: (.071/3.730/328.46) kick No. 9 Tony Schumacher (.055/6.004/93.72)
Rd.4: (.019/5.317/148.85) mislaid to No. 2 Steve Torrence (.047/3.751/326.32)
“We have a unequivocally implausible racecar – a tune-up for Vegas, a plain bid and possibility during a runner-up finish in a championship. To put a china backing on it, we finished it to a final with 7 plain passes. The sire stopped during me and we take full shortcoming for that, wanting so badly not only to put a stop to Torrence’s energy in this Countdown, though some-more than anything a win for this group is what we wanted many for them. Seven only implausible runs, finally a issues we’ve been carrying with a superchargers and chassis, we consider we’ve cowed those. So, if anything, a plain run for a good symbol in a championship and a unequivocally good conduct start into 2019. The guys have unequivocally stepped adult and this whole group has been unequivocally considerable to me.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.772 ET)
Rd.1: (.065-second greeting time, 3.818 seconds during 315.86 mph) kick No. 8 Scott Palmer (.060/3.850/304.94)
Rd.2: (.046/3.754/328.70) kick No. 1 Clay Millican (.106/4.025/242.15)
Rd.3: (.055/6.004/93.72) mislaid to No. 4 Leah Pritchett (.071/3.730/328.46)
“I wish we could tell we what happened – they’re still perplexing to figure it out. It spun a tires genuine high and genuine discerning and afterwards it came down and sheared a purchase off of it. That was awful since we had a good car. We were only delayed in a initial round, and then, in a second round, we went great. We got a ventilator behind up, a energy was finished and we went fast. That final round, all was excellent though it literally sheared a purchase totally out of it – one purify cut. We’ll figure all out and come behind for a clever finish to a deteriorate in Pomona. We’ve got a good possibility to deliver a second-place finish in a Countdown if all goes good for us. Congratulations to Steve Torrence on a championship. Welcome to a companionship of Top Fuel universe champions.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.922 ET)
Rd.1: (.053-second greeting time, 3.935 seconds during 326.24 mph) kick No. 14 Jim Campbell (.270/4.035/300.33)
Rd.2: (.074/3.951/320.51) kick No. 6 Courtney Force (.063/3.969/320.66)
Rd.3: (.074/3.937/327.90) mislaid to No. 2 J.R. Todd (.060/3.906/327.11)
“I consider people knew that a Funny Car championship was down to a few cars, though there’s still trophies and a tip 5 spot. We have a unequivocally plain using foe car. we have to take my shawl off to a whole DHL team. They are only removing it done. They’re not removing any gimmees. They’re creation large runs and J.R. (Todd) is pushing illusory and that’s a tough multiple to beat. Our devise is to get a automobile behind in that area where it’s predicted and discerning and pushing a thing is a pleasure and we’re removing close.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.879 ET)
Rd.1: (.078-second greeting time, 3.938 seconds during 326.08 mph) kick No. 16 Jeff Arend (.072/7.197/92.39)
Rd.2: (-.027/5.395/133.38) mislaid to No. 9 Matt Hagan (.084/3.919/326.08)
“It’s only frustrating and one of these days we’ll get it all put together on a Sunday. (Matt) Hagan ran unequivocally good initial turn and we know what he’s able of and we knew we had to pull and pushed a small too hard. We’ll regroup and go to Pomona for a Finals where we’ve had good success winning a final dual years and try to finish this thing off with a win.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 12 Qualifier – 3.971 ET)
Rd.1: (.060-second greeting time, 3.954 seconds during 325.22 mph) kick No. 5 John Force (.045/3.972/330.31)
Rd.2: (.066/3.963/322.81) mislaid to No. 4 Bob Tasca III (.066/3.943/322.11)
“This weekend during Vegas, entrance off of a win during Charlotte, we didn’t validate where we wanted to and it’s what creates this competition so distressing and rewarding. It’s a consistent fight. (Crew arch Rahn) Tobler found a emanate between Q3 and Q4 and we did accurately what we indispensable to do to make a good run Q4.
“Typical Tobler, we went adult there in a left line though line choice and kick John Force in a initial turn today. And that setup a compare with a aged partner organisation arch Eric (Lane) and Tasca’s car. We have a lot of honour for that group and they only outran us. We finished a large composition and got after it, though only mislaid a tighten race. we didn’t see him until a finish line.”
Up Next: NHRA Finals
The 2018 culmination of a NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to a Championship will be hold Nov 8-11 during a Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. Last year, Tommy Johnson Jr. took home a Wally during a NHRA Finals during Pomona.
2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 23 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. J.R. Todd — 2553
2. Robert Hight — 2479
3. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (3) — 2388
4. Tim Wilkerson — 2367
5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 2362
6. Courtney Force — 2324
7. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (3) — 2321
8. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (2) — 2283
9. John Force — 2277
10. Shawn Langdon — 2204
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 2718
2. Clay Millican — 2487
3. Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 2454
4. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 2394
5. Brittany Force — 2302
6. Antron Brown — 2291
7t. Mike Salinas — 2259
7t. Doug Kalitta — 2259
9. Terry McMillen — 2253
10. Scott Palmer — 2182
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