Pruett Powers 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak to Second Consecutive Runner-Up Finish in Factory Stock Showdown during Topeka

August 15, 2021

, Topeka, Kansas

Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) Leah Pruett powered her 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak to her second uninterrupted runner-up finish in Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) foe this weekend during a 32nd annual Menards National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Nationals Presented by PetArmor in Topeka, Kansas.

Following adult her FSS runner-up opening during a Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals in Denver final month, Pruett began her assign from a tenth place on a eliminations ladder during Heartland Motorsports Park opposite No. 7 seed Doug Hamp, immediately relocating on to a quarterfinals due to her opponent’s red-light start. Her Mopar Drag Pak afterwards incited on a win lights opposite No. 15 seed Daniel Condon with a 7.987-second run during 174.35 mph to kick his 7.993 sec./172.85 mph pass to allege to a semifinals.

Once again, Pruett was prepared to plea for a spin win and strike a stifle with a 0.011-second greeting time, clocking a 7.929 sec./174.77 mph run to acquire a plain holeshot feat over No. 3 seed David Barton’s 0.069-second start and 7.883 sec./175.66 mph pass to pierce on to her second final spin conflict of a year.

The final showdown pitted her opposite No. 1 qualifier John Cerbone though this time, even after posting another discerning greeting time, an evident detriment of traction derailed a run and gave her competition a lead and contingent win. Despite a loss, Pruett’s runner-up finish changed her adult in a FSS championship conflict into third place with 3 events remaining.

Also in FSS action, Pruett’s FSS teammate Mark Pawuk competent 13th aboard his 2015 Empaco Equipment Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag to span him with a points leader, fortifying FSS champion and No. 4 qualifier Aaron Stanfield for his opening spin match-up. Wheeling his Mopar Drag Pak to a best run of a weekend with an 8.020-second pass wasn’t utterly adequate to locate Stanfield, who posted a 7.974 elapsed time run to pierce on.

Pruett and Pawuk were assimilated this weekend by a third DSR-prepared FSS entrance with a further of David Davies and his 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak. Davies, whose association Constant Aviation sealed on to unite a FSS array in May, done his NHRA entrance with a new epoch Mopar Drag Pak during a Norwalk inhabitant eventuality in Jun before fasten a DSR roster. While Davies did not validate for this weekend’s rejecting rounds, he will lapse with a DSR group during a subsequent FSS eventuality subsequent month during a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals.

In Funny Car action, tough work by a Cruz Pedregon Racing group via a weekend during Heartland Motorsports Park gave motorist Cruz Pedregon a eventuality to go rounds on Sunday aboard his Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. They overcame a plea presented by a top-end occurrence in a second subordinate eventuality when line partner Tim Wilkerson’s competition automobile crossed a core line and collided with Pedregon’s before both strike a wall. While both drivers emerged unhurt, both teams took out their behind adult vehicles for a change of a weekend. 

Despite a setback, Pedregon, a four-time personality during a Kansas event, was means to validate seventh and was once again interconnected with No. 13 qualifier Wilkerson for a opening round. Pedregon warranted a initial spin win by posting a 4.014-second run during 316.01 mph to kick his opponent’s 4.044 sec./286.68 mph pass and allege to a quarterfinal conflict opposite No. 2 qualifier Alexis DeJoria. Pedregon’s HEMI®-powered appurtenance sped to a holeshot win interjection to his 0.091-second greeting time and an matching 4.006-second run to kick DeJoria’s 0.111-second start and send him into a subsequent spin to face No. 6 seed John Force. The semifinal conflict was tighten and tough fought with Pedregon’s Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat clocking another plain 4.063 sec./303.91 mph run in a losing bid to Force’s 4.005/321.35 winning pass. With a result, Pedregon moves adult a symbol into eighth place in a Funny Car championship standings.

Coming into Topeka as a Funny Car points leader, Ron Capps was looking to continue his season-long fibre of subordinate his DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in a top-five and maybe extend his No. 1 qualifier strain to three, while creation any bid to once again allege to a semifinals or over like he had during 4 before events. While things didn’t go utterly as designed in subordinate with a seventh place seeding, Capps modernized to a quarterfinals with his best pass of a weekend, a 3.955-second run and spin win over Chad Green. The DSR maestro motorist lined adult opposite J.R. Todd, opposite whom he laid down another important 3.994-second lap. Unfortunately, Todd’s quicker start gave him a dilemma during a ribbon notwithstanding using a slower 3.996-second path to take a holeshot win and pierce an finish to Capps’ run by a eliminations. However, with a result, Capps becomes a initial Funny Car motorist to bind a berth into a 2021 “Countdown to a Championship” playoffs and he heads to a subsequent eventuality second in points.

Defending Funny Car champ Matt Hagan competent fourth and got right down to business in a opening spin by holding his DSR Performance Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a quickest elapsed time path of a day during 3.920 seconds during 323.89 mph and spin a win lights on opposite No. 13 seed Jack Wyatt. 

Hagan, who won this eventuality in 2016, had a some-more eventful run in a quarterfinals opposite fifth seed Blake Alexander. Hagan was once again quickest on a start though both drivers had to pedal their approach out of difficulty en lane to a finish line. Hagan hung on to cranky a ribbon with a 4.193-second path though it wasn’t utterly adequate to locate Alexander’s 4.126-second run. While it brought his day to a beforehand end, Hagan stays in a top-five, tied for fifth (with Robert Hight) in a points standings with dual events left before a points reset for a playoffs.

Top Fuel commander Leah Pruett brought her DSR Cookie and Candy Pop Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster into Topeka roving a movement of dual uninterrupted final spin appearances in California. Her runner-up finish during Sonoma and a Wally Trophy in Pomona also changed her adult from an eighth place position in a championship standings to a fourth symbol behind points personality Steve Torrance. 

In Top Fuel movement on Sunday, Pruett found herself matched adult with No. 4 qualifier Torrence for a opening spin of eliminations after subordinate 11th with a 3.897 sec./314.31 mph run set on a prohibited lane on Saturday, after not removing in a good path on a cooler lane in a before evening’s session. Pruett’s HEMI-powered dragster done a initial pierce and posted a 3.776-second elapsed time run during 319.75 mph in a good, tighten competition that saw Torrence dilemma her during a line with a 3.736 sec./325.61 mph pass. While that brought a discerning finish to her day and any eventuality to container a few some-more points, Pruett stays fourth in a Top Fuel standings

Mopar and Dodge upheld entries will be behind on lane subsequent weekend in Brainerd, Minnesota, for a Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals during Brainerd International Raceway, a 12th of 20 NHRA inhabitant events this season.  


Matt Hagan, DSR Performance Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.911 seconds during 325.14 mph)
Round 1: (0.071-second greeting time, 3.920 seconds during 323.89 mph) defeats to No. 13 Jack Wyatt (0.203/4.263/243.28)
Round 2: (0.081/4.193/276.13) detriment to No. 5 Blake Alexander (0.096/4.126/252.95)

“It’s a center of a summer, it’s prohibited and wily out here and a competition outlines are changing. We had a unequivocally good subordinate eventuality and had a good final run and we had a lot of certainty though it gets hotter and hotter out there and a lane is some-more extrinsic when we try to request all that energy that we make with these DSR opening tools and this Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. It bit us currently though we’re behind in reduction than a week during Brainerd (Minn.) with a Mopar colors and we’ll put on a uncover and get behind to winning rounds.”

Ron Capps, DSR NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 9 Qualifier – 3.968 seconds during 324.36 mph)
Round 1: (0.071-second greeting time, 3.955 seconds during 325.92 mph) defeats No. 8 Chad Green (No time)
Round 2: (0.076/3.994/317.49) detriment to No. 1 J.R. Todd (0.059/3.996/318.99)

“You wait until all a harm goes divided and my group and a whole DSR classification we put so many into what we do and winning races. It’s tough to remove those tighten ones. As good as a automobile and this NAPA group is, that’s tough to go adult there with a .76 light and run a good path and remove though we’re going to see a lot of that going into a playoffs with teams as good as J.R.’s (Todd). Like we always gloat about with ‘Guido’ (Dean Antonelli) and John Medlen and their NAPA Know How, again we went down a competition lane during a unequivocally good pace. When we do as good as we have this deteriorate and arrange high in a standings, it puts a bullseye on your behind since a teams know they have to uncover adult and perform and give it their best and we’ll continue to see some-more of that as this deteriorate continues. It hurts a small bit right now though it didn’t harm us too badly in a Camping World points. We’re going to another good lane during Brainerd that will have good conditions with good people and a good garland from NAPA and it’s one we suffer so much. It’s good to have back-to-back races before we get to Indy and a U.S. Nationals and afterwards a Countdown.”

Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.962 seconds during 322.19 mph)
Round 1: (0.089-second greeting time, 4.014 seconds during 316.01 mph) defeats No. 13 Tim Wilkerson (0.091/4.044/286.68)
Round 2: (0.091/4.006/311.20) defeats No. 2 Alexis DeJoria (0.111/4.006/319.52)
Round 3: (0.063/4.063/303.91) detriment to No. 6 John Force (0.059/4.005/321.35)

“Let me only contend this about Topeka; There was good fan rendezvous and a lot of fans here. Topeka was a good competition for us. We competent seventh and went to a semifinals by violence some unequivocally good cars that was a good outcome for us. We had a lead opposite John Force in a semifinals though had a purchase emanate that was totally on us as we didn’t govern a adjustments scrupulously though altogether it was a unequivocally good eventuality for us. It was a pivotal competition for us in terms of points and holding a Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for spin wins over Tim Wilkerson and Alexis DeJoria. Obviously we had a emanate in subordinate with Tim (Wilkerson) on Saturday though we know, it was one of those racing things that happens and luckily conjunction one of us were hurt. Brainerd is adult subsequent and we’re going to go behind to a emporium to regroup, get some things transposed that we shop-worn body-wise and get all ironed out before we conduct adult on Wednesday.”

Leah Pruett, DSR Cookie and Candy Pop Dodge//SRT Dragster
(No. 11 Qualifier – 3.897 seconds during 314.31 mph)
Round 1: (0.067-second greeting time, 3.776 seconds during 319.75 mph) detriment to No. 4 Steve Torrence (0.074/3.736/325.61)

“Man, what a drag competition that was. Not a outcome we wanted with this Candy and Cookie Pop car. We unequivocally felt like we had a competition automobile to go rounds currently and we did. We would’ve beaten many other cars if we demeanour during a ladder, solely for Steve Torrence. There’s a reason that group is heading a points and he is a three-time champion. We overcame a hurdles in subordinate and this isn’t going to get us down. We ran a good .77 and a group did their job. We left initial and done a purify lap. It’s a great, accessible adversary though we were on a wrong finish of that drag race. Brainerd is only around a dilemma and we found that we were down on energy a small bit this week. We only need to give it a small some-more going into Brainerd subsequent weekend. We’ll put all a nitro to it.”

Leah Pruett, 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak 
(No. 10 Qualifier – 8.011 seconds during 175.64 mph)
Round 1: (0.057-second greeting time, 8.986 seconds during 113.00 mph) defeats No. 7 Doug Hamp (-0.056/8.093/172.19)
Round 2: (0.056/7.987/174.35) defeats No. 15 Daniel Condon (0.052/7.993/172.85)
Round 3: (0.011/7.929/174.77) defeats No. 3 David Barton (0.069/7.883/175.66)
Round 4: (0.052/8.808/169.76) detriment to No. 1 John Cerbone (0.016/7.912/174.32)

“What an superb opening by this Dodge Factory Stock Drag Pak group all day prolonged here during Topeka, bettering to severe lane conditions, being assertive as a day got longer and hotter and operative on a opening window of this Mopar Drag Pak. I’m so unapproachable of Kevin (Helms), A.J. (Berge), Mark Pawuk and this whole group here during DSR for adhering together. For me, it’s a fourth final in dual opposite classes in a final 4 races and dual true Factory Stock finals. We’re building movement and we have skeleton to exam and get improved before a Indy U.S. Nationals. We’re behind in a hunt and No. 3 in a points and it’s unequivocally suggestive of a 2018 deteriorate where we came on clever in a final half of a deteriorate and that was by no collision afterwards or now. There’s been a lot of tough work by this DSR group and crew. I’ve had a grin on my face all day. I’m carrying a lot of fun pushing this Drag Pak and we’re so looking brazen to Indy.”
Mark Pawuk, Empaco Equipment 2015 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 13 Qualifier – 8.102 seconds during 173.07 mph)
Round 1: (0.054-second greeting time, 8.020 seconds during 172.78 mph) detriment to No. 4 Aaron Stanfield (0.043/7.974/171.34)

“Certainly not a weekend we were anticipating for here during Topeka with this Empaco Equipment Dodge Drag Pak. Unfortunately, we didn’t validate as good as we’d hoped and we got stranded using Aaron Stanfield again and it seems like we get him during any race. He’s about 40 years younger than me and a unequivocally tough aspirant doing unequivocally good in dual classes, Factory Stock and Pro Stock. We’re going to keep operative on this Dodge. We did make some advance final night and this morning and we’re unequivocally looking brazen to bringing a new 2021 Drag Pak out during Indy in a few weeks. It’s going to be bustling contrast and removing prepared for a U.S. Nationals.”

David Davies, D H Davies Racing 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak
(Did Not Qualify – 10.492 seconds during 139.60 mph)

“It was unequivocally sparkling to have a initial eventuality with DSR this weekend during Topeka. The organisation did a illusory job. We schooled a lot and done swell on any hit. I’m looking brazen to going to Indy in a few weeks and creation some-more swell with a new 2021 Mopar Drag Pak and removing this thing dialed-in so that it’s faster and faster.”

NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following a Menards NHRA Nationals Presented by PetArmor during Heartland Motorsports Park

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. John Force – 816 (3)
2. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 787 (1)
3. J.R. Todd – 778 (1)
4. Bob Tasca III – 766 (2)
5. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 748 (1)
5. Robert Hight – 748 (2)
7. Alexis DeJoria – 691
8. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 610 (1)
9. Tim Wilkerson– 584
10. Blake Alexander– 417

TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 1090 (6)
2. Brittany Force – 748 (1)
3. Antron Brown – 736 (1)
4. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 611 (1)
5. Shawn Langdon – 587
6. Mike Salinas – 571
7. Justin Ashley – 523
8. Billy Torrence – 510 (1)
9. Clay Millican – 482
10. Doug Kalitta – 471

Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown Series:
1. Aaron Stanfield – 420
2. David Barton – 359
3. Leah Pruett (Mopar Drag Pak)– 280
4. John Cerbone – 270
5. Stephen Bell – 255
6. David Janac – 243
7. Jesse Alexandra – 236
8. Doug Hamp – 200
9. Arthur Kohn – 200
10. Mark Pawuk (Mopar Drag Pak) – 197
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