Mopar Funny Car Driver Hagan Remains No. 1 in NHRA U.S. Nationals Qualifying

September 2, 2017

, Brownsburg, Ind.

Everything is bigger during a U.S. Nationals, hence a nickname “The Big Go.” That includes subordinate for a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, as a singular subordinate format is widespread opposite 3 days and 5 sessions any year during Lucas Oil Raceway during Indianapolis. With dual sessions remaining before rejecting rounds for a 63rd book of a annual eventuality flog off on Monday, all teams in a Funny Car difficulty are chasing Mopar HEMI® energy from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).
DSR motorist Matt Hagan re-set both ends of a Funny Car line record during a initial subordinate eventuality on Friday evening, and afterwards hold onto a time via both Saturday sessions. The fortifying U.S. Nationals No. 1 qualifier and eventuality leader is now in a tip symbol on a strength of a 3.799-second pass during 338.77 mph in his Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T. The group done dual some-more plain pulls on Saturday.
Leah Pritchett also entered Saturday in a No. 1 position, interjection to a path of 3.667 during 329.50 in her Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster from DSR. However, she was relegated to a No. 2 symbol on Saturday dusk when Clay Millican posted a 3.663-second pass.
There also was some poignant transformation by Mopar HEMI-powered teams from DSR over down a rough rejecting ladder.
Jack Beckman sits in a No. 5 position in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T, while Ron Capps softened from a 16th and final subordinate position during a finish of Friday adult to ninth in his Mopar Dodge on Saturday evening. Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Riley Hospital for Children Dodge Charger R/T is not nonetheless competent with 18 cars on-site this weekend.
Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher is fourth in a Top Fuel difficulty in a U.S. Army dragster.

Schumacher Drives to Traxxas Top Fuel Nitro Shootout Final
An additional prominence of any year’s U.S. Nationals is a Traxxas Nitro Shootout, an eight-car, $100,000-to-win all-star eventuality for both Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars. The Top Fuel apportionment took place on Saturday afternoon and evening, where Tony Schumacher modernized to a final round. He initial degraded Brittany Force on a holeshot, afterwards bested Terry McMillen to set adult a showdown with Steve Torrence in a final. Schumacher, a two-time leader of a event, came home as runner-up this year after being degraded by Torrence on a clean, corresponding pass.  
Leah Pritchett was degraded by Doug Kalitta in turn one of a special foe after Pritchett suffered an blast nearby a finish line.

The Funny Car book is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Factory Stock Showdown Eliminations Begin Sunday Morning
The fourth Factory Stock Showdown of 2017 is also being contested this weekend during Lucas Oil Raceway. Geoff Turk is competent No. 3 in his “Blackbird” Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, while Mopar Top Fuel motorist Leah Pritchett incited in a No. 5 subordinate bid in a Challenger Drag Pak in her Factory Stock Showdown debut. The initial turn of eliminations is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. ET on Sunday, with a sum of dual rounds slated for a day. The renouned five-race array spotlights complicated bureau muscle.

Mopar/Dodge Notes Quotes
Matt Hagan, Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
“We’ve got a good foe automobile right now, it’s running, it’s digging, we count Brainerd and we’ve done 10 extraordinary runs. I’m looking brazen to tomorrow and perplexing to win trainer male (Don Schumacher) $100,000 (in a Traxxas Nitro Shootout) We were unequivocally perplexing to press adult there. Last night was unequivocally torpedo and tonight was flattering killer. We’ve got us a prohibited rod.”

Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster
“Today was a use eventuality so to pronounce for Monday, and we meant that from an rejecting standpoint as a driver, for a team, for a tuners, flattering most true out of a box going into rejecting mode (in a Traxxas Nitro Shootout) perplexing to get that 100 grand. We’re carrying to excellent balance a baseline, we’ve got a cold continue tune-up down. Earlier currently was identical to what we’re going to have Monday. We didn’t locate it and that Kalitta team’s strong, they kick us satisfactory and block in each way.” 

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
“That (the Traxxas Nitro Shootout final) was a good run, a good race. (It was) only a good foe and we are perplexing to figure out how to win. we could’ve rolled it in a small bit, it helps your light and hurts your E.T., though we chose to go shallow. We done a good run; (Steve Torrence) only done a small improved run. He did what it took to win $100,000. We have a good car. Honestly it’s going to be hotter on Monday and we are tough to kick when it’s prohibited out.”

Tune-in Info
Coverage of a 63rd annual NHRA U.S. Nationals continues on Sunday, Sep 3, with dual LIVE shows on FOX Sports 1. The initial is slated for 12 – 2 p.m. ET, with a second airing from 5 – 7 p.m. ET.

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The Mopar brand’s joining to veteran motorsports foe was determined in a 1950s when a partnership lighted with drag racing colonize Don Garlits, ensuing in a violation of countless speed and opening barriers in HEMI-powered vehicles over a subsequent several decades. In 2016, interjection to Don Schumacher Racing motorist Ron Capps, Mopar prisoner a fourth NHRA Funny Car World Championship in a final 6 years. As Mopar celebrates 80 years as a code in 2017, it will concentration a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series efforts on NHRA Funny Car and, with rising star Leah Pritchett, NHRA Top Fuel Dragster. Mopar will also accelerate a joining to NHRA Sportsman racing with new strait rewards, bureau support and at-track technical recommendation and guidance.

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