Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Capps, Schumacher Race to Runner-up Finishes during Sonoma

July 29, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Ron Capps took his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to a runner-up finish on Sunday during a sole out 31st annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals, his second in a row. Along a approach to his fourth final of a season, Capps clinched a Countdown to a Championship playoff berth and achieved a miracle 700th career turn win.
In Top Fuel Tony Schumacher gathering his Mopar-powered U.S. Army dragster to his 151st career final round, narrowly descending to Blake Alexander.
After defeating initial turn competition Richard Townsend, Capps faced teammate Matt Hagan in turn two. Against Hagan, Capps changed initial and powered down a line in 3.969-seconds, earning a second-winningest motorist in Funny Car story his 700th veteran turn win.
Capps afterwards lined adult conflicting John Force in a semifinals for their 96th career matchup. Capps was means to revenge his final turn detriment to Force from one week before by blustering down a line in 4.000-seconds, defeating Force’s 4.081-second run. The four-time Sonoma personality faced Robert Hight in a finals with a starting line advantage and led until a eighth mile when he forsaken a cylinder and Hight was means to energy to a win. Capps clinched a symbol in a NHRA Countdown to a Championship and towering himself to second in a standings.
Qualifying in a No. 4 spot, Schumacher faced Shawn Reed in a initial turn eliminations, creation a 3.743-second, 330.88-mph pass for a victory. He lined adult conflicting Brittany Force in a second turn and pedaled his approach past her as she smoked tires.
In a semifinals he was conflicting longtime opposition Doug Kalitta for their 90th career face-off and took a win notwithstanding dropping a cylinder. Schumacher avenged final weekend’s initial turn detriment to Kalitta in Denver, that came by a domain of one 10,000th of a second – or 1 in. during a finish line. Schumacher’s runner-up display vaulted him to second in a Top Fuel standings and also clinched his symbol in a NHRA Countdown.
Leah Pritchett, entrance off her second Top Fuel feat of a deteriorate and 11th of her career final weekend during a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, wasn’t means to equal those formula this weekend. The No. 2 qualifier, in her Jeb Allen-backed Palomar Builders/Mopar Top Fuel racer, double-stepped and red-lighted in first-round eliminations, giving a turn win to No. 15 qualifier Bill Litton. Despite a early exit, Pritchett clinched her symbol in a Countdown to a Championship playoffs, a third of her career.
Matt Hagan had a session-best 3.958-second pass in his Southwind Builders/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in a initial turn conflicting Jim Campbell. After using low E.T. of a turn in usually his second competition in a new Hellcat, Hagan had to face his teammate, Ron Capps, in a quarterfinals. Capps and a NAPA group had been near-perfect via a whole competition weekend, and turn dual was no exception. Capps ran a 3.969-second pass, defeating Hagan’s 4.512 effort. Hagan also clinched a symbol in a NHRA Countdown, a fourth DSR motorist to do so.
Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car motorist Tommy Johnson, Jr., warranted a position in a top-half of a Funny Car margin during a site of his initial career No. 1 qualifier position, Sonoma Raceway. He got past Cruz Pedregon after a eighth mile in a initial turn eliminations with a 4.102-second pass and win. He had line choice for turn dual yet had to face his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Jack Beckman. Johnson got off a line initial and collected a round, nonetheless Beckman finished a clever bid until a belt failed. In a semifinals Johnson faced Robert Hight, who had line choice. The span dueled in a good corresponding race, yet Hight had a tiny starting line advantage and took a win with a 3.956-second run over Johnson’s 3.990.
Jack Beckman, a 2015 Sonoma Nationals Funny Car winner, was a No. 2 qualifier this year in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T and faced fortifying champ J.R. Todd in a initial turn matchup, holding a win with a clever pass during 3.973-seconds. He had to face DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in turn dual with line choice yet mislaid a ventilator belt right before a lights to give a holeshot win to Johnson.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.972 ET)

Rd.1: (.097-second greeting time, 3.995 seconds during 318.99 mph) kick No. 12 Richard Townsend (.118/10.192/85.25)
Rd.2: (.052/3.969/322.65) kick No. 4 Matt Hagan (.075/4.512/190.59)
Rd.3: (.087/4.000/321.04) kick No. 9 John Force (.056/4.081/321.42)
Rd.4: (.052/4.077/296.11) mislaid to No. 11 Robert Hight (.092/3.984/319.75)
“Great weekend. We’ve finished outrageous strides lately. Coming out of Denver, we had a lot of confidence, that was one of a best Denver showings we’ve had in a prolonged time. To come here and unpack and have that coherence right off a bat, it usually kept giving (crew arch Rahn) Tobler some-more and some-more confidence. The biggest thing was a dual runs in a heat, and those 3 reward points any run. Those are a biggest for us for a integrate of reasons. Tobler was means to get a feel for a automobile for Sunday and try some things.
“This was another good weekend in points for us. We unequivocally felt like we were going to be in a winner’s turn today. Anytime we competition Robert Hight and (his organisation chief) Jimmy Prock, it’s a large matchup. We got out there, it changed around a tiny bit and spun, and they got by us. This is a time of year where we know we need to get into competition form for a Countdown and it starts with a Western Swing. we joked about a month ago that we were over 300 points behind a personality and we said, ‘you watch, we’re going to make a run for it,’ and it’ll be 3 years in a quarrel if we can get a points lead going into a start of a Countdown. We finished a large burst today, and we’re going to keep collecting those Mello Yello points.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.747 ET)

Rd.1: (.097-second time, 3.743 seconds during 330.88 mph) kick No. 13 Shawn Reed (.091/4.776/157.04)
Rd.2: (.078/4.375/192.71) kick No. 5 Brittany Force (.122/4.985/144.77)
Rd.3: (.057/3.836/317.42) kick No. 9 Doug Kalitta (.070/3.837/274.44)
Rd.4: (.081/4.345/219.65) mislaid to No. 6 Blake Alexander (.157/4.004/287.41)
“It was a good points day. You know, I’ve had a pinched haughtiness in my shoulder. we can’t even pierce my right arm. To get to a final and cowboy by it all, I’m blissful it’s done. I’m twitching everywhere. My right side’s in agony, I’ve had people operative on it all day. Need to get that taken caring of before subsequent weekend during Seattle.
“We finished adult points on a personality and dual positions. You know, we can contend that nobody else has any business essay any speeches, yet, since this group has proven time and again that we know how to figure it out by a time it matters. That was an unfortunately 20 points that we didn’t get in that final. We ran so good yesterday that we felt like nobody was going to kick us today. We got a few propitious breaks, that we haven’t unequivocally had, and when we start using good and removing breaks, that’s how we win championships.”
Leah Pritchett, Palomar Builders/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.727 ET)

Rd.1: (-0.184-second greeting time, 8.725 seconds during 82.65 mph) mislaid to No. 15 Bill Litton (.081/4.169/219.76)

“We had some unequivocally good movement entrance into competition day, by far. Qualifying No. 2, 3 flattering good passes. The group worked additional tough Saturday night repair from Q4. Like anything, we wish we could put your ride on since something like that happened, yet we feel like we was in a tiny opposite mental state today, meaningful that we clinched a approach into a Countdown. Trying to rouse my turn of opening to use for a Countdown, we usually expected a tree and we suspicion a lane we went was a lane we indispensable to go.
“Ultimately, though, a covenant to a opinion of this group is, a impulse that it happened and a volume of support we have from them has finished it pass over earlier than we could’ve ever even imagined. As Joe Barlam, one of a good organisation chiefs, says, there are dual ways to understanding with it and one of them is to get over it. I’m disgusted, by all means, yet to live and die by a sword, we have to know where a sword’s during and currently we found it. So, hopefully, from now on, we can usually keep slicing it up. we could be tainted here as anything here by a ocean, yet a approach Jeb (Allen, weekend sponsor), a partners, a group and we have rubbed today’s early exit shows a lot of restraint and we can usually build on it.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.988 ET)

Rd.1: (.146-second greeting time, 4.012 seconds during 321.58 mph) kick No. 10 Cruz Pedregon (.110/4.103/306.40)
Rd.2: (.066/4.016/323.35) kick No. 2 Jack Beckman (.081/4.013/314.83)
Rd.3: (.068/3.990/323.81) mislaid to No.11 Robert Hight (.059/3.956/322.04)
“It’s been a tough season. We’ve struggled and have not been as unchanging as we’d like, yet we’re starting to benefit some traction and we’re starting to get a automobile genuine unchanging and turn unequivocally competitive. We went to a semis and would have favourite to have left further, yet unequivocally happy with how a automobile is starting to come around. we consider that’s super critical since there’s usually 3 races left before a countdown and it’s a right time to start creation some headway. So, I’m unequivocally happy and demeanour brazen to going to Seattle and continuing.”
Matt Hagan, Southwind Builders/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.956 ET)

Rd.1: (.085-second greeting time, 3.958 seconds during 320.89 mph) kick No. 13 Jim Campbell (.091/4.115/310.13)
Rd.2: (.075/4.512/190.59) mislaid to No. 5 Ron Capps (.052/3.969/322.65)
“Had a unequivocally good opening path yet a tiny lax in a second round.  We need to pierce into Seattle. We’ve finished good there a time or so and always seem to validate there flattering well. So let’s concentration on that. This [race] is behind us now. [Ron] Capps competence finish adult going around us now in points yet it’s going to be conflict down to a finish no matter what.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.929 ET)

Rd.1: (.083-second greeting time, 3.973 seconds during 320.58 mph) kick No. 15 J.R. Todd (.065/4.242/225.18)
Rd.2: (.081/4.013/314.83) mislaid to No. 7 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.066/4.016/323.35)
“Our automobile didn’t run what it should have run second turn and that’s unsatisfactory since we unequivocally consider we have a automobile right now that can hang with anybody. That being said, even yet it didn’t run as discerning as we wanted it to, we indeed still finished a decent lap, that tells me that we’re during a indicate in a tune-up window that even if we skip it, we still have a very, really good competition car. So leading and upward. We’ll container adult and 5 days after in Seattle we’ll unpack and win that one.”
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In Super Stock, Bakersfield, California proprietor Mark Kirby piloted his 1971 SS/JA Plymouth Duster 340 to a runner-up finish and Dodge Top Finisher honors. Kirby had competent his manly tiny retard Plymouth to a array 12 symbol out of 37 entries and was using clever and unchanging by six-rounds of heated and exhausting eliminations. In a final round, he had a good greeting time yet ran too quick for his dial-in and pennyless out by usually 0.008 of a second.
In Stock Eliminator, second epoch Mopar Sportsman racer Jon Irving from Henderson, Nevada, gathering his 1971 D/SA Dodge Demon 340 to a quarterfinals during a NHRA Sonoma Nationals. During turn 4 Irving had an matching greeting time to his competition and mislaid by small inches during a finish line. The opening warranted Irving a Dodge Top Finisher Award in a Stock class.
The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in a second year, awards $500 to a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who allege a farthest behind a circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition car. The respect is awarded in both Sportsman categories during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Dodge Garage: New Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
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Fans can perspective daily updates and get entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise. Dodge Garage features embody disdainful content, such as a three-part video array “Chasing a Title,” that offers fans a unique, behind-the-scenes glance during Pritchett and her DSR group in action.
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Up Next: CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Next on a report for a Mopar and Dodge//SRT patrol is a CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals, scheduled for Aug 3-5 during Pacific Raceway in Kent, Wash.
2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 15 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1.  Courtney Force — 1197
2.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 1032
3.  Robert Hight — 1024
4.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (3) — 1001
5.  Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 967

6.  J.R. Todd — 863
7.  Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 819
8.  John Force — 807
9. Shawn Langdon — 680
10. Bob Tasca III — 656
NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence – 1168
2.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 1031
3.   Clay Millican — 1025
4.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 989
5.   Doug Kalitta — 951
6.   Antron Brown — 809
7.   Terry McMillen — 728
8.   Brittany Force — 697
9.   Scott Palmer — 617
10.  Richie Crampton — 608
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