Pritchett and Schumacher Advance to Quarterfinals during Virginia NHRA Nationals, Parker Earns Stock Eliminator Victory

June 10, 2018

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Mopar Dodge//SRT Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher were a DSR drivers to strech a quarterfinals on Sunday, Jun 10, during a sold-out initial Virginia NHRA Nationals during Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va. In a NHRA Sportsman ranks, Randy Parker raced his Mopar-powered Dodge Mirada to a Stock Eliminator victory.
 
Leah Pritchett was a No. 5 Top Fuel qualifier in her FireAde/Mopar Dodge dragster and faced off opposite Clay Millican in turn one. Pritchett modernized simply and gained punish on her new final-round detriment to Millican in Chicago when he red-lighted and fouled out early, handing a win to a Mopar Dodge driver.
 
In a quarterfinals a Southern Nationals leader gave adult line choice to Doug Kalitta, a No. 4 qualifier. Kalitta got a holeshot with a .067 opposite Pritchett’s .074 and never trailed for a win with his quickest pass of a weekend during 3.817 E.T. contra Pritchett’s 4.023. The FireAde automobile hazed a tires and forsaken a cylinder usually past halftrack, finale Pritchett’s chances for a fourth semifinal entrance this season.
 
No. 1 Top Fuel qualifier Schumacher perceived a bye in a initial turn and came adult opposite Richie Crampton in a quarterfinals. They had matching greeting times, yet Crampton took a lead with his quickest pass of a weekend during 3.805 to Schumacher’s 3.823 E.T. and modernized to a semifinals.
 
First adult in turn one Funny Car eliminations was No. 3 qualifier, a mixed reward points earner, and motorist of a NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T, Ron Capps, confronting No. 14 qualifier Tim Wilkerson. The maestro twin has faced any other, including today, a sum of 59 times. Capps has won 39 of those meetings. However, a two-time Virginia runner-up (2000, 2007) from San Luis Obispo, Calif. couldn’t constraint his 40th [WU1] win opposite Wilkerson this time out.
 
Wilkerson got off a starting line initial and led to a 60-foot symbol before Capps got by him and led to a 660-foot cone before losing traction about a 1/8-mile, as Wilkerson got by for a win.
 
Last week’s Chicago No. 1 qualifier and two-time Funny Car World Champ Matt Hagan competent 11th in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T appurtenance and faced No. 6 qualifier Jonnie Lindberg. Hagan entered a compare with a record of 3 wins in 5 outings opposite Lindberg, and a Christiansburg, Va. local was concerned to lapse to his “home” line for a initial time given 2009 in a 10,000-plus horsepower Dodge Charger R/T machine.
 
The dual took partial in a good corresponding race, with Hagan off a line initial with a somewhat quicker .102 greeting time opposite Lindberg’s .109. However, Hagan forsaken a cylinder and Lindberg picked adult a win with a 4.095 opposite Hagan’s 4.251.
 
Mopar-powered Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T motorist Jack Beckman, a No. 5 qualifier, had line choice as he faced No. 12 Del Worsham. Beckman formerly was a No. 1 qualifier in 2009 and 2008 runner-up during a now newly paved Dinwiddie track.
 
Both cars launched with tighten times and both cars smoked a behind tires. It was a pedalfest between a maestro drivers, as both were on and off a throttle. Worsham was means to pedal his automobile opposite a finish line initial and collected a win with a 4.828 E.T. contra Beckman’s 4.972. Beckman will sojourn second in Funny Car indicate standings notwithstanding this weekend’s first-round loss.
 
The always renouned Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car motorist and No. 10 qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr. faced four-time Richmond leader John Force. Quick out of a embankment with a .059 symbol to Force’s .070, Johnson was .050 seconds forward during a 330-foot line, yet Force started to tighten a opening and got by Johnson after a 660-foot pen to take a feat with a 4.141 E.T. to TJ’s 4.233.
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes Quotes
 
Leah Pritchett, FireAde/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.830 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.081-second greeting time, 4.630 seconds during 187.94 mph) kick No. 12 Clay Millican (-.031/6.168/99.01)
Rd.2: (.074/4.023/247.02) mislaid to No. 4 Doug Kalitta (.067/3.817/323.89)
 
“That run opposite Clay (Millican) was a emancipation turn for final week during Chicago. Our energy source tighten off down a line and a automobile started feeling erratic. we wasn’t certain Clay red-lighted, so we stayed in it as prolonged as we could, to make certain we got that win light, even yet a automobile was behaving up.
 
“What was formidable about a detriment in a second turn is that there is zero we would’ve changed. For us, all looked perfect. All of a sudden, to fume during halftrack, that’s not a standard thing. we knew we put in a unequivocally prohibited tuneup. And afterwards for it to surprisingly fume like that, it was eventful. For us, we’re not vouchsafing it get us down even yet we can’t change a business of what happened. We feel good about what we came to competition with. Ultimately, that’s going to set us adult for championship contention, and we’ll take a lot of impression and suggestion to Bristol.”
 
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.777 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.106-second greeting time, 3.825 seconds during 323.74 mph) BYE
Rd.2: (.068/3.823/315.93) mislaid to No. 8 Richie Crampton (.068/3.805/316.01)
 
“It was on a 77, 78 run and we spun a tires. There was no reason that distant down a line to spin a tires. It was already by a clutch. And there’s zero we would’ve finished differently that could’ve altered what happened. It’s frustrating since we’ve got an extraordinary U.S. Army automobile and we’re using great. And it goes out there and it spins a tires on us on an extraordinary racetrack. We were on a good run, one that would’ve won a turn easily, low for a session. And it spins a tires, like it hits a strike where there isn’t a bump. There are unequivocally usually dual explanations for it – we possibly gathering by oil, or we gathering by oil (laughs). And afterwards we put a hole out and we mislaid by usually a few feet during a line. It’s frustrating, yet we know we’ve got a good automobile and progressing or after things are going to start going a approach on Sundays.”
 
Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 4.039 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.115-second greeting time, 4.152 seconds during 280.43 mph) mislaid to No. 14 Tim Wilkerson (.090/4.130/303.43)
 
“This is what NHRA Drag Racing is. You usually never know. As good as we qualified, we never suspicion that we even had a possibility during smoking a tires. The automobile has been so solid. When we run Tim Wilkerson, we know that it’s going to be a tough race. The automobile was using unequivocally well, and afterwards it started solemnly spinning a tires a small past halftrack and afterwards solemnly went into some-more tire smoke, and afterwards we saw Wilkerson out subsequent to me.
 
“Being a initial span out, we were flattering bummed. We feel like we kick ourselves. We didn’t feel like a automobile was even going to be tighten to smoking a tires yet examination a rest of a Funny Car eventuality that initial round, it was unequivocally whoever could get down that line would win. The heat, a humidity; it was a tough initial round.”
 
Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 11 Qualifier – 4.088 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.102-second greeting time, 4.251 seconds during 245.72 mph) mislaid to No. 6 Jonnie Lindberg (.109/4.095/310.77)
 
“Very, unequivocally tough weekend for Don Schumacher Racing. All 4 Funny Cars went out initial round. We’re still looking during a data. The automobile is responding to all we’re seeking it to do. Talking to (crew chief) Dickie (Venables), we asked him if he was assured in all we’re doing, and he pronounced he is. We usually indispensable some-more information and some-more runs in these conditions to be means to replacement these graph sheets. Now that we have reduction glue and a opposite prep on a competition track, we’ve had to revamp how we run these cars. It’s usually holding some-more runs to get there. Some people are creation some favourite runs here and there, yet really, no one has it totally figured out. We’re unequivocally perplexing tough to get it pinned down to where we can get some some-more coherence and try and find some some-more downforce.”
 
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 5 Qualifier – 4.053 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.100-second greeting time, 4.972 seconds during 199.94 mph) mislaid to No. 12 Del Worsham (.083/4.828/228.46)
 
“The usually china backing currently is usually about all of a other Funny Cars nearby us in points mislaid early. It is a ‘upset nationals’ here during Richmond. Did not see that coming. Never gamble on a Funny Car race; subordinate doesn’t matter, we don’t competition them on paper. Anybody can win on Sunday. We were picking divided towards removing behind to a optimal tune-up. We did not see (our car) going adult there and throwing us a curveball. We will check a information and we can redeem ourselves in usually a few days.”
 
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 10 Qualifier – 4.083 ET)

 
Rd.1: (.059-second greeting time, 4.233 seconds during 272.06 mph) mislaid to No. 7 John Force (.070/4.141/308.78) 
 
“It was a frustrating weekend. We were off a small bit all weekend. We indeed feel good and assured with a new car. We’re starting to figure it out. Heading into Bristol, it’s one of a favorite marks and we’ve had a lot of success there. we consider it’s substantially going to be a good weekend for a Make-A-Wish team.”
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
Randy Parker from Four Oaks, North Carolina, drove his I/SA 1980 Dodge Mirada to a Stock Eliminator victory during the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals during Virginia Motorsports Park. Powered by a Mopar 360 small-block, Parker’s Dodge was unchanging during all six-rounds of eliminations in reaching a finals, where he downed Eugene Monahan. The Wally prize was Parker’s second NHRA inhabitant eventuality career win, and also warranted him $500 for being a Dodge Top Finisher in Stock Eliminator during Virginia. 
 
Longtime Mopar Sportsman Racer Ed Longhaney from Wade, North Carolina, advanced to a second turn of eliminations in his SS/KA 1974 Plymouth Duster 360. Unfortunately, Longhaney’s competition weekend finished progressing when he left too early and red aflame in turn two. For his efforts, Longhaney will receive $500 for being a Dodge Top Finisher in Super Stock during the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals. 
 
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 circle of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler, or Plymouth competition car. The respect is awarded in both Sportsman categories during all 24 NHRA inhabitant events.
 
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Fans can perspective daily updates and get entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise. Dodge Garage features embody disdainful content, such as a three-part video array “Chasing a Title,” that offers fans a unique, behind-the-scenes glance during Pritchett and her DSR group in action.
 
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Up Next:
Next on a report for a Mopar and Dodge//SRT patrol is a Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, scheduled for Jun 15-17 during Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.
 
2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 10 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)


NHRA Funny Car
1. Courtney Force – 856
2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 683
3. Robert Hight – 665
4. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 633
5. J.R. Todd – 615
6. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T – 576
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. , Dodge Charger R/T – 554

8. John Force – 468
9. Shawn Langdon – 461
10. Cruz Pedregon – 454
 
NHRA Top Fuel
1. Steve Torrence – 827                                
2. Clay Millican – 719                                 
3. Doug Kalitta – 665           
4. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI – 641                      
5. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1)– 639
                                  
6. Antron Brown – 530                             
7. Terry McMillen – 521                                  
8. Brittany Force – 518                                
9. Richie Crampton – 387                              
10. Scott Palmer – 383                                              

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