Runner-up Finishes for HEMI®-powered DSR Pilots Hagan and Pruett during a NHRA Sonoma Nationals

July 25, 2021

, Sonoma, California

Exciting final spin showdowns for dual Mopar Dodge//SRT Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) pilots, Matt Hagan in Funny Car and Leah Pruett in Top Fuel, during a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Sonoma Nationals resulted in runner-up finishes for both drivers with margins of feat in any competition of only two-thousandths of a second.

Coming off his initial eventuality win of a 2021 NHRA Camping World array deteriorate final weekend during Denver’s Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, Hagan began his competition day from a No. 3 position on a Funny Car eliminations ladder and battled by a rival margin to allege to his second uninterrupted Sonoma Nationals final spin appearance. Hagan gathering his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye to wins opposite Jeff Diehl and Blake Alexander to allege to a semifinal spin for a rematch of a Denver final contra Alexis DeJoria. Hagan powered his approach to a win over DeJoria to send his Mopar appurtenance to his second true final round, a third this deteriorate and a 68th of his career.

The final spin showcased a assembly between dual three-time Funny Car NHRA universe champions with Hagan going toe-to-toe with Robert Hight for a Sonoma trophy. Hagan stepped on a stifle initial and hold a lead to a median symbol before Hight was means to pass and spin on a win lights only 0.0026 seconds brazen of him. The runner-up finish, Hagan’s second this deteriorate and 31st of his career, helped pierce him adult to second place in a Funny Car points standings and within dual spin wins of reaching a stream indicate leader.

DSR teammate Ron Capps, a four-time personality during Sonoma, began a day from a tip stage of a Funny Car eliminations ladder for a 28th time in his career. Capps warranted his third stick position in 9 races with a quickest runs of Q1 and Q2, fluctuating his strain of subordinate in a top-five during any eventuality this season. For a opening round, a DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat motorist lined adult opposite No. 16 qualifier and rookie Tony Jurado and gathering to a 3.924-second win. In his quarterfinal matchup with Paul Lee, Capps grabbed an early lead and wheeled his approach to a 3.965-second run and another spin win to allege to a semifinal conflict opposite No. 4 seed Hight. 

While Capps strike a stifle initial and gave it a good plain bid by posting a 3.979-second elapsed time run, it wasn’t utterly adequate to locate Hight after he took over a lead by a 60-foot marker. With a result, Capps and his team’s unchanging opening has seen them allege to a semifinals or improved during 4 out of a final 5 events, putting him fifth in a Funny Car standings.

For Cruz Pedregon, who is seeking a second win this season, his No. 15 subordinate position wasn’t demonstrative of a swell he felt his group has been creation this deteriorate or even by a weekend with a Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. He only never got a good purify run in before backing adult opposite his initial spin opponent, No. 2 seed DeJoria. The Cruz Pedregon Racing appurtenance had a good launch with a driver’s 0.057-second greeting time to DeJoria’s 0.115-second start though Pedregon’s float mislaid a cylinder early in a run, that hampered any hopes on advancing further.

In Top Fuel movement during a Sonoma dragstrip, Pruett competent her DSR Okuma Dodge//SRT dragster sixth for an opening spin pairing with No. 7 seed Justin Ashley. Pruett was quicker off a start and never looked behind with a 3.739-second run during 327.51 mph run to improved her opponent’s 3.758/323.04 pass and pierce on to conflict Brittany Force in a quarterfinals for their initial match-up given 2018. 

Force had a slight starting advantage for a quarterfinal conflict though when mid-track traction issues influenced them both, it was Pruett who pedaled it and recovered fast to cranky a finish line initial and acquire a bye-run. In that solo semifinal run a Dodge//SRT dragster accessible a best pass of a weekend with a 3.726 sec./325.53 mph to see Pruett allege to her 17th career Top Fuel final spin coming to face a category’s points personality and five-time eventuality personality this season, Steve Torrence.

The Sonoma raceway fans were treated to an sparkling corresponding final showdown that saw Pruett with a quicker start and a plain 3.768-second pass during 323.04 mph that was only two-thousands of a second (0.0027 seconds) behind Torrence’s 3.757/327.98 during a finish line. 

The runner-up finish is Pruett’s initial of a deteriorate and a ninth of her Top Fuel career. With a result, she moves into fifth place in a standings with 4 inhabitant events remaining before points reset for a NHRA’s Countdown to a Championship, a seven-race playoff array that starts Sept. 9 during a Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil in Reading, Pennsylvania, and concludes with a NHRA finals in Nov in Pomona, California.

The NHRA now heads to Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, for a final eventuality of a three-race western pitch that will hang adult 3 uninterrupted weeks of racing subsequent weekend.

“The competition weekend was challenging. We had what was a commencement of dual unequivocally fantastic runs in Q1 and Q2 with a Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat but unfortunately a lane didn’t concur and we spun a tires down a lane in those dual (qualifying) passes. We forsaken a cylinder in a initial spin that was out of a blue. We had no warning that it was going to do that. We’ll regroup. It’s not a weekend we wanted though altogether we’re speedy by a runs we was starting to make. Those runs were indeed improved than some of a runs that my group done final year that would have put us in a mid-3.80s (second passes), so a intensity is there.

“We’re going to go to Pomona now and it’s going to be a home diversion for us. we adore Pomona and always have though it’s going to be surprising to competition there in late Jul (as a outcome of rescheduling due to pestilence restrictions) with a heat but we’ll be prepared for it. Our setup, a guys, a group loves a hotter conditions so we’re looking brazen to that event. Once we get on a roll, we’ll feel like we’ll be a lot improved and some-more consistent. We’re still tweaking it a small bit and looking brazen to it.”


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