Pritchett Powers Mopar Dodge 1320 to Fastest Run Ever during Bandimere, Keeps Top Fuel No. 1 Spot during Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar

July 22, 2018

, Morrison, Colorado

Leah Pritchett valid that her Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel dragster with a “Angry Bee” trademark packs copiousness of sting, improving on her class-best Friday run and environment a line speed record during Bandimere Speedway nearby Denver to keep a No. 1 symbol sealed down during a Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar.
 
Pritchett dominated during qualifying, securing her second uninterrupted No. 1 during a venue, second uninterrupted of a deteriorate and tenth of her career. The Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel motorist clocked a best pass of any turn in 3 out of 4 subordinate sessions, agreeable 11 out of a probable 12 reward points and line choice over first-round competition Terry Totten.

Pritchett sealed out Friday dusk sitting in a tip symbol with her 3.806-second elapsed time (ET) during 317.19 mph. Right out of a embankment on Saturday, a Todd Okuhara/Joe Barlam-led group threw down a vigourous 3.813/319.90 run. Pritchett, who entered a eventuality with a line E.T. record after securing a No. 1 symbol in 2017, combined line speed record to her considerable list of accomplishments when she bloody to a 3.799-second during 327.19-mph in Q4, that hold adult to be low E.T. of a weekend.

Matt Hagan will drive a mint Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car physique to a initial competition day start from a No. 12 symbol on Sunday. The two-time Funny Car champion worked to mangle in a new physique over his initial 3 subordinate attempts and seemed to make swell in his final run, holding a Hellcat to a initial full lift with a 4.093 ET during 310.55.   
 
Hagan will accommodate John Force in turn one tomorrow in hunt of his third-consecutive win of a deteriorate and initial altogether during “Thunder Mountain.”
 
Jack Beckman, a three-time eventuality champion in Denver, saved his common towering sorcery for his final pass. The Mopar motorist jumped his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car from seventh all a approach adult to a second position with a 3.973 mark. Beckman will line adult opposite Todd Simpson.
 
Mopar-powered DSR Dodge Funny Car drivers Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps assimilated teammate Beckman in a tip half of a field. Johnson, runner-up final year during a large eventuality for a Dodge and Mopar brands, also done his pierce in a final subordinate round, regulating a 4.003 ET to pierce his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to No. 6. Johnson will open Sunday opposite Bob Tasca. Capps competent No. 7 during 4.007 and will lift J.R. Todd.
 
Tony Schumacher, also a three-time leader during Bandimere Speedway, collected one reward indicate and jumped to fifth with a 3.870 ET during 324.59 mph in Q3. Schumacher softened in Q4 with a 3.834 in his Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, though was knocked down to No. 7 in a lighting discerning final subordinate session. “The Sarge” will face Doug Kalitta in turn one tomorrow.
 
Teammates Hagan and Pritchett wrapped adult their two-round hate compare races in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicles during Bandimere, with Hagan dusk a beam during 1-1. Pritchett left early earning a red light foul, and Hagan motored down line to take a win. The array kicked off during Denver in 2017, with Pritchett claiming both wins over Hagan.
 
Mopar Dodge//SRT Notes Quotes
(best elapsed time in bold)
 
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge 1320 Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 1, will face No. 16 Terry Totten
Friday: (3.970 seconds during 310.34 mph – Q1); (3.806/317.19 – Q2)
Saturday: (3.813/319.90 – Q3); (3.799/327.19 – Q4)

“We were unequivocally putting a coals to it for sure, beating a chops. We’re on a mountain, it’s a sponsor’s race, we’re giving it each singular thing we’ve got. Just like when we went No. 1 in Epping, that final run was flattering interesting, and Q4 right here was genuine interesting.

“We got a new front-half on a dragster after Epping, that’s standard after a certain array of runs, and I’m certain blissful we did. At about halftrack we wasn’t certain if a front wheels were on a ground, that thing was only dancing and dancing, though we knew that we were cooking and removing it. The scoreboards are so distant from a finish line during this line that we can lift a chutes, lift off a stifle and demeanour right adult during them. When we saw that 79, there’s unequivocally few times that we get to feel what your organisation gets to feel when they see a array like that light up. It’s incredible, this diversion has been all about fuel bend for us and Todd and Joe have been studious with it and stepping adult to it in a right ways.

“We’ve mastered qualifying, though tomorrow is an comprehensive mint day. None of us have run during a day this weekend so we’re holding this information and we’re going to go right behind to an whole year ago and take that information too. we couldn’t be some-more impossibly unapproachable of my team. They’ve worked unequivocally tough to get us behind where we were at, and a movement that we had and we’re looking brazen to rolling adult this mountain.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 12 will face No. 5 John Force
Friday: (4.933 seconds during 161.48 mph – Q1); (7.104/94.80 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.933/161.48 – Q3); (4.093/310.55 – Q4)

“It was good to get in a margin solid. We’ve been struggling all weekend adult here with a altitude. We only don’t have a tune-up for it though that’s something good to work off of for tomorrow. Obviously conditions and temperatures will be a small different, so we’ve only got to go racing, man. we consider that we know how to competition and we competition smart. We’ll get a diversion devise together tonight and make things occur for a Mopar Funny Car powered by Pennzoil.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Todd Simpson
Friday: (4.262 seconds during 294.56 mph – Q1); (4.217/255.19 – Q2)
Saturday: (4.049/316.67 – Q3); (3.973/316.67 – Q4)

“I had to close it off unequivocally early. It was skating around from half-track on and it was going to go over a centerline and we was going to be a man steering it over there if we didn’t click it. Sometimes option is a softened partial of valor. We’ve softened each singular run. We have a prohibited Mopar during a Dodge Mile High Nationals. Can’t wait for Sunday!”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 6, will face No. 11 Bob Tasca III
Friday: (4.079 seconds during 294.50 mph – Q1); (4.031/305.29 – Q2)
Saturday: (8.870/81.72 – Q3); (4.003/312.42 – Q4)

“That should have been a Q3 run. We had a automatic emanate in Q3 and had a cylinder out and we close it off. But, I’m unequivocally assured in a car. We’ve softened roughly each run via a problems. In Q3 we went quicker in each run and a guys got a unequivocally good hoop on it. Going into tomorrow I’m flattering assured we got a unequivocally good unchanging automobile and right in a hunt.”

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 Doug Kalitta
Friday: (4.980 seconds during 152.04 mph – Q1); (4.036/299.40 – Q2))
Saturday: (3.870/324.59 – Q3); (3.834/325.37 – Q4)

“It’s a good first-round matchup (versus Doug Kalitta). Those are a rise-to-the-occasion moments that are always good. Makes it good for a fans, creates it good for a teams, gets everybody pumped up. All we can contend is, we’re going to uncover adult for a game.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 J. R. Todd
Friday: (4.007 seconds during 320.81 mph – Q1); (4.622/182.33– Q2)
Saturday: (4.024/316.30 – Q3); (4.008/316.15 – Q4)

“I gloat about being means to go out and run in conditions that unequivocally equal Wallys. That’s a feverishness we’re going to see on Sunday, like we haven’t seen. we feel great. Would have been good to get a 3 second run though I’ll take a Wally on Sunday and a yellow shawl over a 3 second run.”

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