Ron Capps Earns No. 1 Qualifier in Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals with Record-setting run in Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat Funny Car

September 14, 2019

, Mohnton, Pennsylvania

Dodge//SRT Mopar motorist Ron Capps launched his run to a 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car universe championship with a record-setting opening in subordinate for a 35th annual Mopar Express Lane during Maple Grove Raceway.

Capps prisoner his 24th career No. 1 qualifier on a strength of his line record-setting and career-best run of 3.837 seconds during 339.28 mph in Friday night’s second subordinate eventuality behind a circle of a NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR). The 2016 Funny Car universe champion will take on Mike McIntire, Jr. in a opening turn of Capps’ 550th veteran event.

In a initial of 6 NHRA Countdown to a Championship races, 6 other Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers competent for Sunday’s 16-car margin including Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson, Jr., Jack Beckman, Cruz Pedregon, Jim Campbell and John Smith.

Beckman, motorist of a Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, is entrance off a runner-up finish in a U.S. Nationals and will start from a No. 3 position. Johnson and Hagan, competent seventh and ninth, respectively.

Top Fuel commander Leah Pritchett has her eye on claiming Sunday’s feat in her Countdown to a Championship run and stability a trend of Maple Grove competition winners going on to turn NHRA Top Fuel universe champions. Since 2013, a leader of this eventuality has left on to be crowned universe champion during season’s end. Pritchett competent a Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster from DSR No. 2 in Sunday’s 16-car margin and will face Lex Joon in a opening turn of eliminations.  

Tune-in Info
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Dodge//SRT Mopar Notes Quotes 
(qualifying times/speeds below)

Ron Capps, NAPA Filters Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 1, will face No. 16 Mike McIntire Jr.

Friday: (3.849 seconds during 329.75 mph – Q1); Friday: (3.837/339.28 – Q2 = set new line and personal records); Saturday: (7.221/93.26 – Q3); Saturday (3.877/332.34 – Q4)
“We feel good going into competition day. Starting from a No. 1 symbol currently authorised us to exam a small bit in Q3, and afterwards customary Rahn Tobler (crew chief), we went behind adult there for Q4 and wanted to make certain we didn’t remove a run. We did a small exam mode on Q3, and it shook, so I’m certain that Q4 run was him usually removing down a track. Sunday is going to be such a opposite day; sunny, mid-80s, it’s going to be identical to what it’s been a past dual years here. But, we always gloat about Rahn Tobler and his NAPA Know How, and how he is so good during bettering to conditions, and we’ll need each bit of his affability tomorrow. If we travel around a pits right now, you’d see a lot of tools entrance off of cars and changes being done since a conditions will be so opposite than what they’ve been all weekend.”
Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster
Qualified No. 2, will face No. 15 Lex Joon

Friday: (4.672 seconds during 155.52 mph – Q1); Friday: (3.673/332.92 – Q2); Saturday: (3.705/330.72 – Q3); Saturday (3.676/332.92 – Q4)

“They contend movement is key, and we’ll take it. This place is famous to be fast, and we’ve been famous to go quick here. I’m looking brazen to improving on a opening on Sunday. This Mopar prohibited rod is using clean, using nice. We came into this competition with a plan of subordinate well, anticipating a window. Q1 was a gnarly ride. We started over-center and corroborated it down and we feel unequivocally good about where we’re at. It’s going to be good conditions tomorrow, and starting off with a initial win light is key.
“It’s an respect to be a Mopar flagship in Top Fuel and to lay down such implausible passes for a fans and for Mopar and Pennzoil. They’re ancillary us and we have each goal to govern top-tier opening in each turn tomorrow, and get this Countdown started off right.
“After yesterday’s furious float in Q1, we nicknamed this automobile Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. we consider that’s fitting. Everybody is out for themselves in a Countdown. This prohibited rod, she showed that she’s inspired and we’ve been vouchsafing her eat, putting down 3 plain passes, and tomorrow is a initial turn of The Hunger Games.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car
Qualified No. 9, will face No. 8 Shawn Langdon

Friday: (10.049 seconds during 75.90 mph – Q1); Friday: (3.940/329.75 – Q2); Saturday: ( 3.919/333.00 – Q3); Saturday (3.913/333.66 – Q4)
“We won’t have line choice, though it never matters if we don’t have it. So it’s one of those things where a automobile has been using flattering good, we’ve had 3 out of a 4 runs be unequivocally unchanging – using 90s flattering many each time, so things demeanour to be flattering equal. So unless something vital happens or a continue changes drastically, we consider we’ve got a flattering plain prohibited rod to during slightest get down a competition line and give it a good shot.”
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 3, will face No. 14 Jim Campbell  
Friday: (5.761 seconds during 133.10 mph – Q1); Friday: (8.313/79.06 – Q2); Saturday: (3.876/331.77 – Q3); Saturday (3.932 /297.09 – Q4)
“It was relocating over toward a wall during a final subordinate run and we don’t need to crash adult anything there so we clicked it early. we like a shot. We still have a good ET and we’ve got good information to go on. We went 0 for dual on Friday, and as distant as I’m endangered dual for dual on Saturday.  Now it’s time to go 4 for 4 on Sunday.”
Tommy Johnson, Jr., Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
Qualified No. 7, will face No. 10 J.R. Todd
Friday: (3.964 seconds during 315.42 mph – Q1); Friday: ( 3.905/326.95 – Q2); Saturday: (3.906/327.74 – Q3); Saturday (5.204/138.50 – Q4)

“We’ve got a unequivocally good Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. We attempted some things in that final subordinate eventuality usually to see if we could get divided with it. Now we know that didn’t work. We’ve got a good unchanging automobile and that will go distant tomorrow. we consider conditions will be opposite tomorrow and carrying a unchanging automobile is what we are going to need. We’re vehement about this being a Mopar eventuality and happy to have all a FCA executives out here with us. It worked out good in Denver and we’re anticipating to have a same formula here tomorrow.  A unchanging automobile competence be a thing we need in those conditions.

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a finish lineup of opening vehicles that mount out in their possess segments. Dodge is America’s opening code and SRT is positioned as a ultimate opening halo of a Dodge brand, together formulating a finish and offset opening code with one prophesy and one voice.
For some-more than 100 years, a Dodge code has carried on a suggestion of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded a code in 1914. Their change continues today. For 2020, Dodge literally expands a high-performance Charger indication lineup, adding a Widebody extraneous to America’s usually four-door flesh car. Powered by a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine, a 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat maintains a power as a many absolute and fastest mass-produced sedan in a world.
The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is hexed by a Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine creates it a many powerful, quickest and fastest flesh car, reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds, and a fastest GT prolongation automobile with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds during 131 mph. It also reaches a new tip speed of 203 mph.

Joining a Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with a some-more absolute 717-horsepower engine, and a Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, featuring buffer flares from a SRT Hellcat Widebody, that supplement 3.5 inches of breadth to a 485-horsepower Scat Pack’s customary body. Also new for 2019 is a Challenger R/T Scat Pak 1320 with disdainful drag frame record from a iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal flesh automobile and a vacant board for a critical grassroots drag racer. The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, many absolute and many able three-row SUV with a best-in-class draw rating of 8,700 lbs., completes a brand’s opening lineup. These abdominal opening models join a 2019 code lineup that includes a Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a salon that offers opening during each cost point.
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