Pedregon Powers to No. 1 Qualifier Position Aboard Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat during Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil

September 11, 2021

, Mohnton, Pennsylvania

Cruz Pedregon powered his Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to a No. 1 qualifier position to flog off a National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) “Countdown to a Championship” playoff array during a Mopar Express Lane Nationals Presented by Pennzoil nearby Reading, Pennsylvania. It was his 62nd career stick position and a initial time given 2015 that Cruz Pedregon Racing will start from a tip stage of a eliminations ladder.

Pedregon came out of a embankment fourth quickest in Friday’s dusk subordinate event during a fastest line on a circuit with a 3.914-second pass that he afterwards softened on in Saturday’s Q2 with a 3.912-second bid to record a second quickest run of that session. In final qualifying, Pedregon jumped to a tip of a timing sheets by pushing his Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to an considerable 3.875-second elapsed time during 326 mph to acquire a No. 1 qualifier position and 5 profitable prerogative points. The run brought Pedregon within a hair of his best career elapsed time run, posted usually a few weeks ago during Brainerd with a 3.874 second /324.67 mph pass in a final event for a No. 2 symbol from that he gathering to a runner-up in an all-Dodge final opposite Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) Matt Hagan. Pedregon’s prerogative for a No. 1 subordinate bid during Maple Grove Raceway is a initial turn bye.

The second of 3 HEMI®-powered machines to validate in top-five for a Mopar Express Lane Nationals was driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. who is filling-in this weekend for DSR’s sidelined fortifying array Funny Car universe champion Hagan as he continues to redeem from COVID-19. Johnson will start fourth after recording a career-best speed with his Friday night subordinate run of 3.895 seconds during 333.82 mph that put him in a provisional No. 2 symbol and awarded dual prerogative points to a DSR Mopar Dodge SRT Hellcat entry. He will see No. 11 Jim Campbell in a opening round.

Last weekend’s runner-up finisher during a Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, Ron Capps competent fifth after pushing his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a quickest run in Q2 with a 3.896-second pass. He combined 3 prerogative points to his lead atop a NHRA’s Funny Car championship standings and will see No. 10 seed Blake Alexander as his initial match-up of competition day.

In Top Fuel action, Leah Pruett’s quickest expostulate aboard a white and blue Mopar dragster came on Friday dusk with a run of 3.733 seconds during 323.89 mph, that she followed adult with another span of 3.74 sec. passes on Saturday. She’ll start from a eighth seeded position and face-off opposite No. 7 seed Antron Brown who has line choice. 

Coverage of a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, a initial of 7 events in a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) playoff array “Countdown to a Championship”, 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.

Tommy Johnson Jr., DSR Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.895 seconds during 333.82 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.895 seconds during 333.82 mph (Two prerogative points for No. 2 run of a session)
Qualifying 2: 4.426 seconds during 187.65 mph
Qualifying 3: 3.917 seconds during 325.85 mph
“With any run we get some-more gentle and it feels some-more healthy in this Mopar Dodge. This organisation is doing such a good job. We have a good competition automobile and I’m usually looking brazen to tomorrow. It’s been a prolonged time given I’ve been out here on a competition day Sunday. I’ve been during home examination on a mechanism on NHRA.TV and Fox and now we get to do it for genuine and make a mark.”
Ron Capps, DSR NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.896 seconds during 328.86 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.932 seconds during 325.06 mph
Qualifying 2: 3.896 seconds during 328.86 mph
Qualifying 3: 5.480 seconds during 133.55 mph
“This competition ups a ante with it being a start of a Countdown and a feeling we get in a array area, not usually only a drivers though a organisation chiefs and a teams as well. You unequivocally have a playoff feverishness floating around. We went out with that standard NAPA Know How currently and went out in Q2 and got 3 subordinate prerogative points with a quickest run in a feverishness during 3.89. And, tomorrow, Sunday, is going to be usually like that. We didn’t validate as high as we would have liked, though we were still in a tip half and it’s a bizarre ladder. Any automobile in that ladder is one that can win a race; it’s so parsimonious in Funny Car. We’ll combine on one turn during a time and it’s going to be warmer tomorrow. The line is going to be good and we’re looking brazen to saying what ‘Guido’ (Dean Antonelli) and (John) Medlen and a NAPA AutoCare organisation can put together for us.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.912 seconds during 327.03 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.914 seconds during 321.42 mph
Qualifying 2: 3.912 seconds during 327.03 mph (Two prerogative points for second-quickest run of session)
Qualifying 3: 3.875 seconds during 326.00 mph (Three prerogative points for quickest run of session)
“I didn’t even comprehend it (last No. 1 qualifier position) was that prolonged ago (2015). We’ve been solid and knocking on a doorway this year and we were unequivocally trying. My organisation chief, John Collins was unequivocally fighting for it since with a brackets a approach they are he knew that it would compensate off to get that No. 1 spot. You’ve got to get on a right side of a ladder to equivocate a large hitters until a after rounds and it couldn’t have worked out improved for us today. The automobile was responding and has been for a final 6 races. we don’t know that I’ve driven a automobile as unchanging as this Snap-on Dodge Hellcat. It’s not easy to expostulate as it wanted to hunt around there, though it’s going places, that’s for sure.
“The points are critical and it’s a good plume in a team’s tip that we can, after 3 runs, when everybody had a same line conditions, for us to come out on top. It unequivocally says a lot about a organisation and JC (Collins) that we have a parts, equipment, a automobile and as a singular automobile organisation to be means to go conduct to conduct with some of these guys. From that viewpoint removing No.1 is great. But it’s going rounds that will be key, and carrying a unchanging automobile wins rounds. There will be guys going after us though we’ll answer a bell and keep entrance out swinging.
Leah Pruett, DSR Pennzoil Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster  
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.733 seconds during 323.89 mph)
Qualifying 1: 3.733 seconds during 323.89 mph
Qualifying 2: 3.748 seconds during 323.66 mph
Qualifying 3: 3.743 seconds during 282.54 mph
“I unequivocally like to go behind to a substructure of a good weekend, and that started for us with a good run on Friday. We were sharpened for a low 3.70 and that gave us something to work off of. When we demeanour during Sundays where we’ve finished well, ultimately, we’ve always had a good start to a weekend. So, we have that in a dilemma going into competition day. Going into Q2, we were sharpened for a high 3.60 and we missed it in a purchase dialect a small bit so we done some vital changes. We’re in Amish nation and for Q3, we were putting all 12,000 HEMI horses to it, and it took it to halftrack. We were on line for that high 3.60 we were sharpened for though afterwards a automobile kicked a belt during halftrack and we missed it. The many hapless partial of subordinate is that we’re adult opposite a teammate Antron Brown. We would’ve desired zero some-more than to accommodate him in a final though we are so tighten in points that someone is going to get a leg adult on a other one, and hopefully, it’s us.
“Our Mopar Dodge dragster is using unusually good and we feel good about tomorrow. For me personally, we haven’t had a best fitness here during Reading, and since of that, I’ve gotten to know a lot of a fans and spend a lot of time with them. It’s an overwhelming group, and I’m unequivocally holding their appetite and their vibe and unrestrained into competition day, and will hopefully lift that low into a rejecting rounds. We’re looking for good formula here during a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil.”
NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following subordinate during Mopar Express Lane Nationals Presented by Pennzoil during Maple Grove Raceway
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,137 (1)
2. John Force – 2,112 (3)
3. Bob Tasca III – 2,106 (2)
4. J.R. Todd – 2,093 (1)
5. Matt Hagan/Tommy Johnson Jr. (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,087 (2)
6. Robert Hight – 2,081 (2)
7. Alexis DeJoria – 2,063
7. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,063 (1)
9. Tim Wilkerson– 2,048 (1)
10. Blake Alexander– 2,032
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 2,139 (8)
2. Brittany Force – 2,127 (1)
3. Antron Brown – 2,103 (1)
4. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 2,093 (1)
5. Shawn Langdon – 2,082
6. Mike Salinas – 2,078
7. Justin Ashley – 2,064
8. Billy Torrence – 2,057 (1)
9. Clay Millican – 2,047
10. Doug Kalitta – 2,032
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