Pritchett, Johnson Pace Mopar and Dodge in NHRA Carolina Nationals Qualifying

September 16, 2017

, Concord, N.C.

Mopar Top Fuel motorist Leah Pritchett and Funny Car reflection Tommy Johnson Jr. competent No. 3 in their particular categories for this weekend’s NHRA Carolina Nationals during zMAX Dragway, putting HEMI® energy from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) nearby a tip of Sunday’s Nitro rejecting ladders as a Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to a Championship begins.

Pritchett done a best path of 3.725 seconds during 327.98 mph during a second subordinate eventuality on Friday dusk in her Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil dragster from DSR. The pass eventually was only .002 off a No. 1 time, hardly gripping Pritchett from her seventh tip subordinate symbol of a year, though still in primary position to allege low on Sunday.

Johnson duration went 3.901 during 325.06 in his DSR-prepared Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T on Friday dusk during a primitive trickery outward Charlotte, putting him third in Funny Car. Johnson, whose group excels in comfortable conditions like those being seen during zMAX this weekend, has finished as runner-up in a Carolina Nationals a past dual seasons. He competent No. 1 in any of those events.

Pritchett’s Top Fuel teammate Tony Schumacher will start from a ninth symbol in his U.S. Army dragster featuring HEMI power, while a other 3 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars from DSR had varying subordinate results. Jack Beckman landed fourth in a Infinite Hero car, Ron Capps, who won during zMAX Dragway this open in a Four-Wide Nationals, competent his Dodge Charger R/T in a 10th position, and Matt Hagan’s Mopar/Freightliner group will start from a 11th spot.

A sum of 5 Mopar Dodge Funny Cars will contest in a 16-car field.

The 10th annual Carolina Nationals eventuality serves as a initial in a Countdown to a Championship, a six-race playoff to establish a year-end titleholders in a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Mopar/Dodge Notes Quotes
(best elapsed time in bold)

Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 Wayne Newby
Friday: (3.791 seconds during 323.27 mph – Q1); (3.725/327.98 – Q2)
Saturday: (6.107/112.24 – Q3); (10.305/69.51 – Q4)

“This is where it begins, starting tomorrow. There’s so most on a line we can be shaken or we change what people call excitability into fad and that’s what we have. Excitement is a certain feature. So all going brazen is we’re vehement about a opportunities that we have.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 Dave Richards
Friday: (4.345 seconds during 206.35 mph – Q1); (3.901/325.06 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.077/309.63 – Q3); (5.010/151.22 – Q4)

“It was a good subordinate effort. It’s going to be comfortable again tomorrow and that seems to be a forte. If we can go out there and put 4 plain runs together and get off to a good start in a Countdown that’s what I’m looking for. You can kind of set yourself adult for a Countdown during this race. The final dual years we’ve kicked it off with a runner-up. I’d adore zero some-more than to put a win in that mainstay and go into Reading with good momentum.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar/Freightliner Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 11, will face No. 6 Robert Hight
Friday: (3.981 seconds during 324.12 mph – Q1); (4.784/163.49 – Q2)
Saturday: (6.310/107.20 – Q3); (4.000/323.89 – Q4)

“It’s prohibited out here. Obviously on a 130-degree racetrack it’s tough to negotiate as distant as tuning and driving. It’s home (Hagan is from Christiansburg, Virginia) so we need to put on a show. We got dual decent runs out of 4 to work off of. we feel like (crew chief) Dickie Venables unequivocally kind of started disorder it in on Q4 and bargain where a track’s during in these conditions. we consider that we’ll be only excellent tomorrow. It’s substantially going to be identical conditions, maybe a small cooler initial round, so we’ll press a small bit some-more and we’ll see what happens.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 4, will face No. 13 Jim Campbell
Friday: (5.820 seconds during 117.11 mph – Q1); (3.906/330.47 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.565/187.60 – Q3); (3.988/325.92  – Q4)

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 10, will face No. 7 Tim Wilkerson
Friday: (4.996 seconds during 152.07 mph – Q1); (4.012/257.87 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.016/322.50 – Q3); (3.980/323.04 – Q4)

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 9, will face No. 8 Shawn Langdon
Friday: (4.481 seconds during 175.30 mph – Q1); (5.391/127.57 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.800/323.74 – Q3); (3.788/325.30 – Q4)

Tune-in Info                    
FOX Sports 1 will promote a rejecting rounds of a 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals LIVE during 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep 17.

For some-more information on Mopar and Dodge in NHRA, check out a Mopar brand’s central blog,

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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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