February 25, 2018
, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Tommy Johnson Jr. modernized to a final turn of Funny Car foe during a NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday during Wild Horse Motorsports Park in his Mopar-powered Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.
Johnson kick Shawn Langdon, Richard Townsend and Robert Hight before earning a runner-up honors for Funny Car. He was faster than No. 1 qualifier Courtney Force during a start during a final-round run before she got a top palm during a line. Johnson’s runner-up finish came after his Don Schumacher Racing organisation worked tough to get his automobile prepared following a burning blast underneath a hood during Saturday qualifying. Johnson jumped from tenth to fifth in Funny Car indicate standings with his performance.
Tony Schumacher became a fastest Top Fuel motorist in NHRA story with a 336.57-miles per hour run during qualifying, yet he’ll have to wait for his sixth Phoenix feat after a winningest motorist in Top Fuel story was separated in turn one on Sunday.
Schumacher’s 336.57 mph symbol in a Mopar HEMI-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster and his elapsed time of 3.649 seconds were both line records, as he warranted his 85th No. 1 subordinate position. He had a starting line advantage opposite Greg Carrillo in turn one, yet couldn’t get his automobile to offshoot adult during Sunday’s run and mislaid traction to means his beforehand departure.
Leah Pritchett kick Troy Buff in a initial turn of Top Fuel foe on Sunday and faced Scott Palmer in turn dual with her Mopar Dodge dragster. She had 7 victories opposite Palmer in before events, yet he was finally means to corner her on Sunday. Like Schumacher, Pritchett had a advantage during a starting line, yet her Mopar Dodge dragster went adult in fume milliseconds after to hindrance her progression.
Matt Hagan, who warranted his 27th NHRA National eventuality feat in a deteriorate opener with his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, also done it to a quarterfinals before losing a cylinder, that authorised Courtney Force to advance. Hagan, a fortifying Funny Car leader here, simply kick J.R. Todd in turn one.
Ron Capps was a No. 2 qualifier in his NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car yet smoked a tires in turn dual to finish his day as a group adapts to a new six-disc clutch. Jack Beckman was right behind Capps as a No. 3 qualifier with his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, yet a 2012 Funny Car champion suffered an blast in a initial turn to finish his day.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.879 ET)
Rd. 1: (.122-second greeting time, 4.715 seconds during 225.60 mph) kick No. 11 Robert Hight (.086/4.806/273.44)
Rd. 2: (.091/4.454/244.74) kick No. 14 Richard Townsend (.122/5.174/144.52)
Rd. 3: (.082/3.916/328.46) kick No. 10 Shawn Langdon (.076/3.958/325.77)
Rd. 4: (.052/6.814/101.57) mislaid to No. 1 Courtney Force (.104/3.834/337.16)
“The automobile out of a box was good, afterwards we had a problems on Saturday. We had maybe a tiny fitness a initial two rounds, yet everybody was smoking a tires. We kept operative tough and got those turn wins and laid down a good plain run in a semis, so we was assured going into a finals. we suspicion we had something for Courtney. But I’m usually happy a opening of a automobile is kind of entrance behind to us. We’re still new to a six-disc (clutch) and training it. we consider a guys done large strides this weekend.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.926 ET)
Rd. 1: (.071-second greeting time, 3.910 seconds during 331.85 mph) kick No. 8 J.R. Todd (.060/4.017/320.66)
Rd. 2: (.081/4.480/192.19) mislaid to No. 1 Courtney Force (.096/3.965/319.14)
“We came in and tested in Phoenix and had a unequivocally good session. We got here, and a continue changed, and we altered adult some ventilator combos and some things like that, kind of creation some some-more horsepower than we expected. We started perplexing to lift some of that behind and afterwards obviously, when we start doing that, it affects everything. You change one thing and it changes ten.
“All-in-all we went by initial turn and we was unequivocally tender with (crew chief) Dickie Venables. In a initial turn there were guys smoking a tires and rattling adult a tree and usually couldn’t get down a track. He done some unequivocally large indiscriminate changes to get us where we went 91 (3.91 seconds) and finished adult carrying line choice out there for second round, yet with a delays we already had a tune-up set and conditions changed. There usually wasn’t a lot we could do. We’re going to hurl to Gainesville subsequent and do a thing.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.679 ET)
Rd. 1: (.050-second greeting time, 3.679 seconds during 333.08 mph) kick No. 13 Troy Buff (.115/3.823/314.75)
Rd. 2: (.084/7.962/86.85) mislaid to No. 12 Scott Palmer (.099/3.844/325.85)
“It wasn’t a weekend we were looking for, yet there were some positives. The feeling of a turn win was many needed. It’s been a while and that’s what all a work is for, those tiny moments that we get to suffer going rounds. The drum coaster tale continues. When we were in a lanes for E2 for utterly some time, a conditions altered some-more than what we were expecting, and we practiced for it perplexing to be as versatile as possible, yet we were a tiny too many out of a spectrum.
“Coming out of Phoenix, carrying a expertise that we still do know how to get down a racetrack on foe days and be a quickest and a fastest is what’s going to propel us to Gainesville.”
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.649 ET and 336.57 MPH *both records)
Rd. 1: (.089-second greeting time, 4.858 seconds during 189.66 mph) mislaid to No. 16 Greg Carrillo (.097/4.223/221.27)
“We’ve got a good group and went fast. We got a good foe car, good team, we’re removing along excellent. It’s usually one of those things that’s going to occur incidentally via a season. You’ve got to demeanour during a fitness that goes on. At a finish of a day this is not an easy thing to go out and do. We’ve got a good team. We keep a chins up. We’re happy with all a guys, they’re doing a good job. The automobile is behaving as good as anything we’ve seen in a prolonged time. It’s good to be here.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.844 ET)
Rd. 1: (.090-second greeting time, 3.908 seconds during 325.30 mph) kick No. 15 Tim Wilkerson (.074/4.091/256.89)
Rd. 2: (.097/4.651/182.30) mislaid to No. 10 Shawn Langdon (.072/3.927/328.14)
“It takes a tiny while for it to penetrate in since we unequivocally felt like we had a automobile that was able of holding a win today. We’re disappointed. It’s partial of a flourishing pains, yet we had such a good foe car, and to have a possibility of winning like we did, and have line choice going behind into turn two, it’s been a really engaging weekend. We didn’t harm any parts. The automobile is in one square and we’re looking brazen to Gainesville.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.845 ET)
Rd. 1: (.075-second greeting time, No Time) mislaid to No. 14 Richard Townsend (.098/5.503/179.90)
“The Infinite Hero group is going to stay and exam tomorrow. We’re contrast because, even yet we consider we have a unusual and versatile automobile good in all conditions right now, we’ve still got some opposite tools and pieces and some of a gangling tools that we need to cycle by to make certain that we’re good to go for a tough pull in a summer months. So, we will cranky dual some-more things off a list before we leave here tomorrow afternoon. We will discharge a means of a first-round blast and we will exam adequate things that we’ll hurl into Gainesville with even some-more confidence.”
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
In a Stock Eliminator category Jerry Stein from Brentwood, California, gathering his 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 440 to a Stock Eliminator entertain finals during a NHRA Phoenix Nationals. Stein raced by 4 rounds of tough foe usually to remove by a small 0.0018 seconds, roughly 4 inches, during a finish line. Stein’s Dart GTS 440 modernized a farthest in a eliminations and had a best package to acquire a Dodge Top Finisher endowment in Stock Eliminator during a NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Longtime Mopar Sportsman Racer Mike Cotton of Cave Creek, Arizona piloted his 1970 big-block powered Plymouth ‘Cuda to a Super Stock runner-up finish during a 2018 NHRA Phoenix Nationals. Cotton’s ‘Cuda modernized by 6 rounds of heated foe during Wild Horse Motorsports Park before descending usually brief of another career win by 0.021 seconds. For advancing a farthest in Super Stock, Cotton will accept a Dodge Top Finisher award.
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 automobile during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
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Up Next: NHRA Gatornationals
Mopar and Dodge//SRT competitors will conduct subsequent to a NHRA Gatornationals, Mar 15-18, during Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. Top Fuel line record holder, Tony Schumacher, a winningest Top Fuel motorist during Gainesville Raceway, will be seeking his sixth feat during a renouned track.
2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 2 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 179
2. Courtney Force – 160
3. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T – 139
4. Robert Hight – 133
5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T – 128
6. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T – 122
7. Jonnie Lindberg – 107
8. Shawn Langdon – 104
9. J.R. Todd – 83
10. Cruz Pedregon – 82
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 183
2. Doug Kalitta – 144
3. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI – 140
4. Scott Palmer – 139
5. Antron Brown – 133
6. Clay Millican – 122
7. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI – 90
8. Brittany Force – 86
9. Billy Torrence – 71
10. Greg Carrillo – 66
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