Rain-shortened Qualifying Adds Extra Challenge for HEMI®-powered Entries during 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals

September 4, 2021

, Indianapolis, IN

Qualifying for a National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) 67th annual Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals valid to be some-more of a plea than common as sleet cleared out both Saturday sessions for many categories competing during Lucas Oil Raceway, ensuing in rejecting fields being set formed on a singular Friday dusk run.

Leah Pruett, final year’s Top Fuel runner-up finisher during Indianapolis, will start her expostulate for another shot during a final turn coming from a No. 5 position on a eliminations ladder after holding her Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge//SRT Redeye dragster for a plain subordinate pass underneath a lights. Her 3.755 second elapsed time (E.T.) run during 322.88 mph gives her line choice over No. 12 seed, Joe Morrison. 

In Funny Car subordinate action, three-time U.S. Nationals Funny Car pretension personality Cruz Pedregon’s Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was a tip HEMI®-powered entrance starting from a fourth symbol warranted with a 3.896-second expostulate during 323.66 mph. The Cruz Pedregon Racing organisation owners and motorist will have No. 13 seed Terry Haddock as his initial turn foe on Sunday.

DSR’s 27-year maestro motorist Ron Capps also positioned his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in a tip half of a margin with a 3.907 second/326.08 mph bid to go into a final eliminations conflict of a unchanging deteriorate as a No. 6 seed. Capps will have No. 11 Justin Schriefer in a subsequent line as he sets his sights on battling for a fugitive Wally prize from a usually NHRA eventuality he has never won.

As a DSR Funny Car organisation prepared to take to a entertainment lanes for Friday qualifying, a organisation announced that two-time U.S. Nationals personality and difficulty points personality Matt Hagan had recently tested certain for COVID-19 and would not be competing in this year’s event. In his place, a organisation called on Tommy Johnson Jr. to take on a pushing responsibilities for Hagan’s Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Funny Car. Johnson was a easy choice after finishing second in a 2020 NHRA Funny Car World Championship with DSR with 3 wins and 3 No. 1 qualifier positions final season. 

Efforts to validate a tough charging Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye for a prestigious Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals and supplement to Hagan’s indicate sum were short-lived. Following a automatic issue, found immediately after a burnout, that didn’t give Johnson a probability to take a tree, any eventuality to get in a run on Saturday was cleared out by determined rainfall. That left Johnson with no subordinate time and but a symbol on a eliminations ladder, a conditions that also unfortunately meant that no points would be awarded to Hagan. With a singular points-and-a-half format employed during this final unchanging deteriorate event, that drops a DSR motorist several positions in a final conflict for position in a Funny Car standings streamer into a NHRA’s “Countdown to a Championship” that starts subsequent weekend during a Mopar Express Lane Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania.

In Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown (FSS), Pruett took her 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak for a 7.969 second run during 176.79 mph to acquire a No. 12 symbol on a eliminations ladder comprised of a rival 22-car field. Following dual runner-up finishes this deteriorate in uninterrupted events during Denver and Topeka, Pruett is seeking another FSS win during a U.S. Nationals to supplement to her 2018 Indy victory. By sophistry stints aboard both her Top Fuel dragster and drag pak on Sunday, Pruett has a singular probability of holding home dual Wally trophies for Dodge during a world-renowned eventuality to that a opening code has lent a name as pretension unite for a first-time. 

Pruett will start her day opposite DSR teammate and No. 13 seed David Davies and his 2021 Mopar Drag Pak after his best subordinate bid to date. He was among usually a handful of FSS competitors that got in a second run on Saturday morning before sleet showers claimed a day. 
Fellow DSR FSS motorist Mark Pawuk, who finished runner-up during a final year’s event, was unfortunately not among that organisation as he could have benefitted from a eventuality to get in a second subordinate pass after anticipating himself in a final symbol on a ladder following his Q1 run. Nevertheless, he will work to conflict his approach by a margin aboard his 2021 Empaco Equipment Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak as it creates a lass expostulate in foe this weekend.

Television coverage of a 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals will be promote on Sunday Sept. 5, on FS1 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. and afterwards on a FOX inhabitant promote network from 1 – 4 p.m. EDT.
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