Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car Driver Hagan Triumphs during Norwalk

June 24, 2018

, Norwalk, Ohio

Matt Hagan capped off a win-filled weekend for Mopar Dodge//SRT during a Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, muscling his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to his second feat of a deteriorate during Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Mopar-powered Dodge NHRA Sportsman racers also brought home Wally trophies in a Factory Stock Showdown and Stock Eliminator classes.
Hagan’s delight was a second uninterrupted and fourth altogether this deteriorate for a Mopar Dodge Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car driver, and a sixth win of 2018 in a NHRA Nitro classes. Hagan also leapfrogged into a tie for second in a Funny Car standings with DSR Dodge teammate Jack Beckman

Hagan, seeking a bit of emancipation after first-round exits in a before dual events, began Norwalk eliminations with back-to-back battles opposite Mopar Dodge Funny Car DSR teammates. First adult was Tommy Johnson Jr., with Hagan’s discerning reflexes assisting to measure a tighten holeshot win by an ultra-thin domain of reduction than one-thousandth of a second. Hagan was again initial off a starting line in an all-Mopar Dodge quarterfinals fight, pulling divided to improved Beckman with a 4.010/322.27 pass.
Hagan led from start to finish ribbon in a semifinals, disorder off a 3.981/320.58 to improved J.R. Todd and acquire all-important line choice opposite No. 1 qualifier Courtney Force in his fourth final turn of a deteriorate and 51st of his career. Hagan saved his best greeting time for a income round, a .033-second symbol that gave him a burst over Force that he would never relinquish, recording a winning 4.094/288.21 to his opponent’s losing 4.220/227.54 effort.
The feat was Hagan’s second of a season, 28th of his career and first-ever during Norwalk.
Leah Pritchett faced Doug Kalitta in a opening turn of eliminations on Sunday morning. Kalitta had a slight advantage on a launch and led for scarcely a whole camber of a 1,000-foot stretch, though Pritchett charged tough in her Mopar-powered FireAde machine, chasing Kalitta down during a distant finish of a line to set off a win light. Her 3.794-second bid hold adult to be a second-best of a session.

The six-time Top Fuel leader powered to her best run of a weekend in a quarterfinals to explain a dissapoint win over No. 1 qualifier Clay Millican and acquire line choice over semifinal foe Blake Alexander. Pritchett was initial on a stifle though encountered issues usually past halftrack. The 2018 Atlanta leader pedaled a stifle and harnessed her FireAde appurtenance adequate to redeem before giving approach to a fireball, enabling Alexander to explain a win with his purify pass. 

Ron Capps and his Mopar-fueled NAPA Dodge group entered Norwalk uninformed off of a outing to a winner’s turn from a before event. Picking adult where they left off, a Rahn Tobler-led group dominated via qualifying. Two days of determined sleet showers meant nitro teams were accessible usually dual shots during a foe line before foe day fields were set. Capps collected reward points during any session, using second-best in turn one, and “best of class” in a second session.

Capps, a three-time runner-up during a venue, kicked off his 500th veteran foe day start with a matchup opposite No. 15 qualifier Jeff Diehl. Capps gathering divided with a evident turn win when Diehl stood on a gas early and fouled out. In turn two, Capps faced J.R. Todd. The NAPA appurtenance went adult in fume roughly immediately, finale Capps’ chances during winning Norwalk’s desired ice cream dip trophy.

“Fast” Jack Beckman scored an dissapoint in a opening round, holding his No. 11-qualified Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car past a higher-seeded No. 6 appurtenance of Tim Wilkerson. Beckman, a three-time champion during Norwalk, simply claimed a turn win with a 4.047/319.07 run after Wilkerson smoked a tires. The fortifying Norwalk eventuality leader trailed off a starting line in an all-Mopar Dodge DSR quarterfinals matchup opposite Hagan, regained a lead fast during a 60-foot symbol though eventually was incompetent to expostulate past his teammate for a turn win. Beckman leaves Norwalk still ranked second in a standings (tied with Hagan) and as a winningest Funny Car motorist in a facility’s history.
Tony Schumacher competent No. 4 in his Mopar HEMI-powered U.S. Army dragster, seeking to follow adult his new Bristol win with another Sunday celebration. “The Sarge” began eliminations by defeating Kyle Wurtzel with a 3.807/327.66 mark, though a delayed start in a semifinals opposite Blake Alexander finished Schumacher’s day.
Beginning eliminations from a No. 14 position, Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car motorist Tommy Johnson Jr. faced off in an intra-squad conflict with associate DSR stablemate Hagan. Johnson overcame his teammate’s slight dilemma off a starting line (a .071 greeting time to Johnson’s .075) to put a nose of his Mopar Dodge out front during a 660-ft. mark, though Hagan surged forward to kick Johnson’s quicker 3.990-second bid to a finish by a razor-thin domain of about 5 inches.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Following a ancestral subordinate opening in that 4 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak drivers swept a tip 4 starting positions, Mark Pawuk and Joe Welch finished Factory Stock Showdown story again in a first-ever all-Mopar Dodge final turn of a class, with Welch earning his second uninterrupted win in a tighten battle.
Welch competent No. 1 and raced past David Barton, Scott Libersher and Stephen Bell before assembly Pawuk in a conflict of Mopar Dodge Drag Paks. The dual accessible scarcely matching greeting times, with Welch holding a slight advantage on a approach to a winning with a 8.107/168.07 run.
DSR motorist Pawuk, creation his initial Factory Stock eliminations start in his Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, notched a holeshot feat in a quarterfinals opposite Chuck Watson. Pawuk was quicker off a starting tree with a .081 greeting time to Watson’s slower .098, giving adequate domain to make Pawuk’s 8.091/169.19 run compensate off with a turn win. In a semifinals, Pawuk used his supercharged 354-cubic-inch HEMI to overcome a slight necessity during a start, recording a quicker and faster 8.104/169.02 to strike out Aaron Stanfield’s 8.178/166.66 and allege to a final.
Shortly after winning her initial turn of Top Fuel competition, Leah Pritchett fast hopped in her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak and switched into Factory Stock Showdown mode for turn dual eliminations. Qualified in a tip three, Pritchett trailed Stephen Bell during a start and was incompetent to locate his quicker 8.137 ET with her 8.179/168.98 effort.
Former NHRA Pro Stock motorist Allen Johnson is removing gentle in a chair of his Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, subordinate No. 4 and earning his initial career Factory Stock Showdown turn win to allege to a quarterfinals. Johnson was a bit too discerning on a trigger opposite Aaron Stanfield, withdrawal a line early and losing on a red-light foul.
A pair of 1965 Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge Coronet “A990” package cars ran fast and tough to explain a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock during Norwalk. In a Stock Eliminator final, Todd Hoven from Milltown, New Jersey, gathering his 1965 AA/SA Dodge HEMI® Coronet to a eventuality victory. Hoven, who has a before NHRA inhabitant eventuality win and numerous divisional finals to his credit, was unchanging all weekend.

Hoven has raced in a Stock Eliminator category given 1997 and has also competed in a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. In the final round, Hoven’s Coronet had a starting line advantage over his foe and ran right on his 10.08 ET dial-in. Hoven is also a first-time target of a Dodge Top Finisher award. 

For a Super Stock category, lifelong Mopar racer Bob Marshall wheeled his 1965 SS/AA Dodge HEMI Coronet to a runner-up finish. The Columbus, Ohio, resident has been racing his “Dodge Material” HEMI Dodge Super Stockers for many decades and has warranted countless wins during a inhabitant eventuality and local level. Marshall motored to his first Dodge Top Finisher endowment as he raced by 6 rounds of heated eliminations opposite some of a toughest drivers in a 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 round of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth foe car. The respect is awarded in both Sportsman categories during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA
“It’s good to see a success that a Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers and teams are carrying this year. Thanks to Matt Hagan and his Mopar Express Lane Dodge group on bringing home a second uninterrupted feat for a brands, and their second win of a season.”

Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
“The feat currently by Matt Hagan is a second uninterrupted win for a Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT group and nonetheless another instance of a successful multiple of a dual brands during a drag strip. A tip of a tip to a Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T group and a whole Don Schumacher Racing classification on their opening this weekend.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.981 ET)

Rd.1: (.071-second greeting time, 3.994 seconds during 327.19 mph) kick No. 14 Tommy Johnson Jr. (.075/3.990/323.27)
Rd.2: (.058/4.010/322.27) kick No. 11 Jack Beckman (.075/4.022/321.73)
Rd.3: (.063/3.981/320.58) kick No. 7 J.R. Todd (.082/4.031/321.50)
Rd.4: (.033/4.094/288.21) kick No. 1 Courtney Force (.067/4.220/227.54)
“Super unapproachable of my guys. These cats have been operative tough and we’ve apparently had a line prep change that we indispensable to adjust to and it took (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) a few runs to get there, though that’s given we adore him and I’m blissful he’s in my corner. He always total it out.

“We had a good, plain automobile all weekend. Qualified well, went down a foe line flattering many any lap. It hazed a tires out there and we was legging it out, though it’s a finals, man, and we didn’t caring if it was going to blow a physique off of it or what. All we knew was we didn’t see her (opponent Courtney Force) beside me.

“You’re not due anything out here given we have to acquire it, though we roughly feel like we were due for a win. It’s been a while given we incited on 4 win lights, though it’s a nitro Funny Car and we never know what you’re going to get. I’m blissful we were means to strike this (Norwalk) prize off a checklist. For Mopar, for Pennzoil, Sandvik Coromant, and all of a folks that support us out here. I’ve been wanting one of these ice cream scoops (special trophies handed out during Norwalk), though we consider cave is going to be a protein dip (laughs). You know, dual scoops of protein with this. We’re carrying fun, it’s good to see my guys be means to applaud with a Wally.”

Leah Pritchett, FireAde/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.838 ET)

Rd.1: (.064-second greeting time, 3.794 seconds during 328.94 mph) kick No. 9 Doug Kalitta (.061/3.805/321.73)
Rd.2: (.068/3.788/327.74) kick No. 1 Clay Millican (.072/3.817/327.03)
Rd.3: (.060/4.185/254.28) mislaid to No. 12 Blake Alexander (.082/3.799/329.91)
“We started foe day with all new information. We weren’t means to take a lot from qualifying. We finished indiscriminate changes on Saturday night, and with that certainty entrance into Sunday, a FireAde group outlay accurately what we input. We had dual overwhelming and consistent, purify runs, and parsimonious racing. It’s been a while given we had some genuine parsimonious racing like that where a automobile was on point, we was on point, a group was on point, and we had no automatic malfunctions.

“Unfortunately, we spun (the tires) in a semis opposite Blake (Alexander), who’s a good driver. We’re removing to that time, it’s median by a season. Everybody’s best is starting to gleam and right now this FireAde group is starting to gleam unequivocally bright. We indispensable that momentum. It’s good to finish this pitch on a semifinal finish. Of course, we wanted to finish with a win, though to see a adversity this group has left by over this weekend – singular runs, runs that didn’t unequivocally count for us for anything, and holding a shot during it on Sunday and going some rounds is what we needed.”

On her Factory Stock Showdown performance:
“Pretty epic feeling to have my teammate (Mark Pawuk) foe in a finals. Couldn’t be some-more unapproachable to be a partial of a Mopar group and this Factory program. All win lights, they indeed do feel a same, either it’s in Top Fuel or Factory Stock, given a submit of passion and bid is all still a same. With my car, we had it tuned adult for E2 and that outlay wasn’t utterly there though feeling good about a swell that we’ve made.” 
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.101 ET)

Rd.1: (.079-second greeting time, 4.047 seconds during 319.07 mph) kick No. 6 Tim Wilkerson (.061/9.812/93.13)
Rd.2: (.075/4.022/321.73) mislaid to No. 3 Matt Hagan (.058/4.010/322.27)
“We’re still in a mint car. we consider it’s a fourth foe for this new chassis, code new purchase in a car, a vigour image and a (recent changes) in line prep. You hatred to contend that you’re testing, though a clarification of contrast is perplexing to 0 in on a multiple that works, and we’re testing.

“We had a unusual automobile progressing in a year, could not seem to validate any worse than fifth, and now some races we’re struggling to validate in a tip half, though we seem to be a unequivocally intelligent race-day crew. We seem to be means to kick out turn wins no matter where we qualify. Now, if we validate better, we’ll have some-more auspicious foe day pairings. We’ll stay tomorrow (in Norwalk) and test, and we will keep zeroing in on this thing. The changes that we finished with a other purchase and a other framework have opposite effects on this one, though any run we make we get information and we get better.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.961 ET)

Rd.1: (.086-second greeting time, 4.034 seconds during 315.05) kick No. 15 Jeff Diehl (-.050/6.384/106.92)
Rd.2: (.066/9.588/81.56) mislaid to No. 7 J.R. Todd (.058/4.004/321.27)
“We haven’t smoked a tires that early into a run in a unequivocally prolonged time. We had so many momentum, we felt good about going in (to turn one). The good thing is, if we take a china backing on this cloud of losing second turn is this foe automobile we’ve been using is going into a DSR fab emporium this week and removing a front half. We try to put a certain volume of runs on any of a Funny Cars during DSR, and it’s gotten some-more and some-more runs that is great, though as bustling as DSR is with 4 Funny Cars and 3 dragsters, we arrange of have to get in line and get on a list to get it done. It’ll roughly be like a mint chassis. I’m excited, it’ll be like a new automobile and we’ll run that for a rest of a year.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.792 ET)

Rd.1: (.092-second greeting time, 3.807 seconds during 327.66 mph) kick No. 13 Kyle Wurtzel (.070/3.902/306.74)
Rd.2: (.146/3.779/330.31) mislaid No. 12 Blake Alexander (.054/3.798/330.15)
“The U.S. Army automobile usually continues removing better. Credit Blake Alexander and his team. That run he finished would have beaten everyone. It was a prolonged tree. we was watchful on that tree unequivocally deep, and I’m staring during it and it didn’t come on when we suspicion it was going to. we strike it and came off of it, roughly dual stepped it. we listened something when we squeezed a stifle and we didn’t know if it was him or me so we pulled behind and a light came on. This one is on me today. Mistakes happen. People are human. It’s unfortunate, though it’s racing. It’s usually a turn we are at. Everyone has to be so good. The best thing about where we are median by a year is that we have a good car. We brought Mike Neff in to lead this U.S. Army group and he’s doing accurately what we hoped he would. He and Phil (Shuler) have meshed unequivocally good and we have as good of automobile as anyone out here. we usually unequivocally hatred to let one trip divided like we did today.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 14 Qualifier – 4.209 ET)

Rd.1: (.075-second greeting time, 3.990 seconds during 323.27 mph) mislaid No. 3 Matt Hagan (.071/3.994/327.19)
“It’s a frustrating loss. To run so good and remove by reduction than one-thousandth of a second, all we can contend is it was a good drag race. It was really, unequivocally tighten and we was happy with a approach a automobile ran, it was usually subordinate that bit us. Only carrying dual runs and not removing a good subordinate run in on those two. The guys did a good pursuit of attack a tune-up on Sunday, it was usually nine-thousandths of a second too short.”

Up Next: NHRA New England Nationals                       
After a much-needed week off following a widen of 4 uninterrupted events, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel, Funny Car and Sportsman racers will transport to a East Coast for a NHRA New England Nationals, set for Jul 6-8 during New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
Fans have flocked to a venue given a initial NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series stop in 2013, and final year watched Matt Hagan applaud a 2017 Funny Car win in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge. Ron Capps prisoner Funny Car Wally trophies in 2016 and 2014 in his Mopar-powered Dodge, while Tony Schumacher took HEMI energy to a Top Fuel winner’s turn in 2014-2015.
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2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 12 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1.  Courtney Force — 1038
2t. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 788
2t.  Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (2) — 788

4.  Robert Hight — 771
5.  J.R. Todd — 767
6.  Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 755
7.  Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 637

8.  John Force — 577
9.  Shawn Langdon — 537
10. Bob Tasca III — 532
NHRA Top Fuel
1.   Steve Torrence – 964
2.   Clay Millican — 847
3.   Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 817
4.   Doug Kalitta — 749
5.   Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 736
6.   Terry McMillen — 643
7.   Antron Brown — 622
8.   Brittany Force — 594
9.   Mike Salinas — 475
10. Scott Palmer — 471
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