Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil Launch a ‘Countdown to a Championship’ Playoff Series

September 8, 2021

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

The 36th annual Mopar Express Lane Nationals Presented by Pennzoil are set for this weekend during Maple Grove Raceway nearby Reading, Pennsylvania, with Mopar and Dodge//SRT-supported racers staged and prepared to start their expostulate for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) universe championship titles in a initial of 7 “Countdown to a Championship” playoff array inhabitant events. 

This weekend’s foe outlines a fourth of 5 inhabitant events upheld by Mopar and Dodge//SRT pretension sponsorship during a NHRA’s 70th anniversary deteriorate and a initial of dual playoff contests, that embody a penultimate eventuality during a Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil in Las Vegas Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

“We’re gratified to be behind during Maple Grove Raceway with a Pennzoil partners for a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals to flog off a NHRA’s ‘Countdown to a Championship’ playoff series,” pronounced Mark Bosanac, North America Vice President, Mopar Service, Parts Customer Care. “We demeanour brazen to examination a HEMI®-powered racers contest while showcasing a Mopar code to ultra-passionate drag racing enthusiasts.”

Mopar Express Lane provides discerning in-and-out, high-quality, factory-backed use by approved technicians during some-more than 1,000 locations opposite a nation. Racers and fans will see a informed blue, white and yellow Mopar Express Lane signage during Maple Grove Raceway as NHRA earnings to one of a fastest outlines on a circuit Sept. 12-14. After a year interregnum from both a venue and a playoff format, record runs and high-horsepower performances facilitated by cooler tumble continue conditions are anticipated.

Fans are invited to revisit a Mopar vaunt during a track’s Manufacturers Midway to peruse a preference of a brand’s peculiarity opening partial offerings and knowledge what it feels like on lane aboard an tangible Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Funny Car simulator. 

Leah Pruett’s HEMI-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster will be dressed for success in a informed Mopar blue and white primary paint intrigue as she works to take home her initial Wally prize from Reading. She takes to a lane as a No. 4 seed in a Top Fuel ranks after a quarterfinal coming during final weekend’s Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals.

“Leaving there fourth in points, streamer into Reading for a Mopar Express Lane Nationals and starting a Countdown from there, we feel good about that,” pronounced Pruett, who scored a win and a runner-up finish in a second half of a unchanging season. “Right now we have a many able and unchanging automobile that we’ve had all year prolonged and that is responding to what we wish it to do. That’s accurately where we wish to be going into a countdown.”

Reigning Funny Car World Champ Matt Hagan will sojourn sidelined for this weekend’s eventuality as he recovers from COVID-19. Tommy Johnson Jr. will trip into a driver’s chair of a Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in Hagan’s place as he did during a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals when a entrance did not validate due to a automatic emanate on Friday and sleet on Saturday. Johnson was a transparent choice after finishing runner-up to Hagan in a 2020 NHRA Funny Car World Championship with DSR, powering to 3 wins and 3 No. 1 qualifier positions final season. The points Johnson accumulates during this competition weekend will be awarded to Hagan, who starts a Countdown ranked fifth.

DSR motorist Ron Capps arrives during Maple Grove Raceway in his HEMI-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat uninformed off a runner-up finish during a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals and as a tip seed for a Funny Car universe championship after points were reset for a playoff battle, giving him a 20-point lead. Capps warranted a No. 1 qualifier position and set Maple Grove’s stream elapsed time and speed annals in 2019 with a 3.837-second pass during 339.28 mph. He also took home a Wally from a venue in 2018.

“Going to Maple Grove to start a Countdown and carrying a competition automobile as good as our’s is right now with coherence and opening is exciting,” pronounced Capps. “I’m unequivocally pumped to get to Maple Grove to start a playoffs. We won a championship in 2016 though winning a competition in a Countdown though we were, by far, a many unchanging car. We put a vigour on people and that’s what we have to do. We have a good group with John Medlen and Guido (Dean Antonelli), they’re banishment on all cylinders and it’s unequivocally good to expostulate this Hellcat Funny Car.”

Meanwhile, associate Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist Cruz Pedregon has dual wins during Reading (1992, 2010) and is operative to build on his semifinal opening final weekend during a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis to work his approach adult from an eighth place position in a championship battle.

“We’re unequivocally confident about going into a Mopar Express Lane Nationals during Maple Grove Raceway, that is a quick competition track. we looked during a continue and it’s approaching to be in a 70s (degrees Fahrenheit) so it’s only going to be a ‘just produce down’ kind of event. The tumble temperatures are going to cold down though a movement is going to feverishness up. One thing we did infer during Brainerd dual races ago is that we can produce out a quick times and run in a high 3.80s (elapsed time passes). That’s substantially what it’s going to take to win down a widen here. We’re only going to take one competition during a time and keep this movement going that we’ve enjoyed. I’ve talked to (crew chiefs) JC (John Collins) and Rip (Reynolds) and everybody’s vehement and only looking brazen to it.”
On-track movement during a Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil starts with one subordinate eventuality in a late afternoon on Friday and dual sessions on Saturday to establish a lineup for Sunday’s final eliminations rounds. Coverage of a eventuality will be accessible around online streaming during NHRA.TV, while radio coverage will be promote on FS1 on Sunday, Sept. 14, with subordinate highlights 12-2 p.m. ET and competition coverage 2-5 p.m. ET.
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