Runner-up Performance by Pedregon and His Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat during NHRA Carolina Nationals

September 19, 2021

, Concord, North Carolina

Cruz Pedregon gathering a Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to their fourth final turn coming of a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World array deteriorate during a 13th annual Carolina Nationals, a second of 7 “Countdown to a Championship” playoff events. Pedregon finished runner-up during zMAX Dragway after securing a No. 3 position with his Friday dusk 3.879-second elapsed time subordinate run during 323.58 mph imprinting a 12th time this deteriorate a Cruz Pedregon Racing group started from a tip half of a eliminations ladder. 

With turn wins over Dave Richards, J.R. Todd, and Alexis DeJoria, Pedregon modernized to a final and lined adult his HEMI®-powered Snap-on Tools “socket to breast cancer” machine, dressed in pinkish for breast cancer awareness, subsequent to No. 8 seed Tim Wilkerson. It was a tighten side-by side conflict from start to finish as Pedregon launched with a 0.063-second greeting time and ran a vigourous 3.947 sec./325.53 mph usually to be edged out by Wilkerson ‘s 0.061-second r.t. and 3.927 sec./331.36 mph winning run. This weekend’s opening moves Pedregon and his Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat from seventh to fifth place in a Funny Car championship standings with 5 races remaining.

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) maestro motorist Ron Capps arrived during a Carolina Nationals third in a Funny Car championship hunt and put a NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in a No. 5 starting position on a strength of his final subordinate run that put them second on a Q3 timing sheets, adding dual profitable reward points to his tally. Capps kicked off foe day with a win over Jim Campbell to set adult a quarterfinal Dodge contra Dodge conflict opposite DSR teammate Matt Hagan, who returned to foe following a two-week deficiency to redeem from COVID-19. 

Capps was quicker on a pull and incited win lights on with a 3.949-second run during 315.71 mph for a holeshot feat over Hagan’s tough charging 3.938 sec./327.74 mph pass to allege to a semifinals. It was there that he faced-off opposite No. 8 seed Tim Wilkerson, to whom he finished runner-up in a tighten final during a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis to tighten out a unchanging season. While a good start and plain run by a HEMI-powered DSR appurtenance during 3.939 sec./319.07 mph wasn’t utterly adequate to pass Wilkerson’s 3.909 sec./315.42 mph pass, Capps’ opening was adequate to put him behind atop a Funny Car leaderboard where he had started his playoff drive.

Defending Funny Car universe champion Hagan squandered no time removing behind to form by putting his Shelor Motor Mile Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat fourth on a eliminations ladder after powering to a quickest runs in both Saturday subordinate sessions. That combined 6 reward points to his team’s sum that had been bolstered with a win by Tommy Johnson Jr. who filled in for Hagan during final weekend’s Mopar Express Lane Nationals Presented by Pennzoil in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Hagan won his opening turn match-up opposite No. 13 seed Tony Jurado to allege to a quarterfinals where his DSR teammate Capps used a holeshot to finish his day prematurely. Despite a early exit, Hagan is second in a Funny Car championship standings only 5 markers behind his teammate and stream points leader, Capps.

In row for a Top Fuel universe championship for a sixth uninterrupted season, DSR commander Leah Pruett took her Okuma Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster for a plain subordinate run during 3.804 sec. and 321.50 mph that put her third on a Q2 timing sheets, gave her one reward indicate for her efforts, and had her No. 11 on a ladder to set adult an opening turn match-up opposite No. 6 seed Justin Ashley. 

The span had matching 0.046-second launches, though a forsaken cylinder hampered Pruett’s efforts and a 3.890 second pass during 303.78 mph wasn’t adequate to kick Ashley’s quickest run of a weekend with a 3.731 sec./327.59 mph lap. The outcome keeps Pruett and her Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster fifth in a Top Fuel standings.
The “Countdown to a Championship” continues subsequent weekend during a NHRA Midwest Nationals, a third of 7 NHRA playoff array events, during World Wide Technology Raceway nearby St. Louis on Sept. 24-26.

Matt Hagan, DSR Shelor Motor Mile Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.891 seconds during 330.55 mph)
Round 1: (0.059-second greeting time, 3.929 seconds during 327.43 mph) defeats No. 13 Tony Jurado (0.083/8.875/82.84)
Round 2: (0.092/3.938/327.74) detriment to No. 5 Ron Capps (0.069/3.949/315.71xfi)
“I’m blissful to be back, though we got kick on a holeshot in E2, and that’s not ideal or what we were looking for. (Crew Chief) Dickie Venables and this whole Shelor/Mopar group are doing a good job. We have a good foe car. We were low E.T. of that turn and both subordinate sessions on Saturday, and we picked adult 6 reward points in qualifying. we only need to do my pursuit on a starting line. That’s uncharacteristic. I’ve been by a lot a past few weeks and need to rebound behind subsequent weekend during St. Louis. But, we feel unequivocally good about things. I’ve never won in St. Louis, so since not this year? Capps is a good motorist and that’s a good time, and we came adult a small short. It happens. It’s only not ideal during a Countdown. we have 5 races to redeem myself.”
Ron Capps, DSR NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.895 seconds during 326.00 mph)
Round 1: (0.076-second greeting time, 3.901 seconds during 328.46) defeats No. 12 Jim Campbell (0.087/4.066/311.13)
Round 2: (0.069/3.949/315.71) defeats No. 4 Matt Hagan (0.092/3.938/327.74)
Round 3: (0.067/3.939/319.07) detriment to No. 8 Tim Wilkerson (0.059/3.909/315.42)
“Here in a integrate of hours we’ll lay behind and comprehend we had a good weekend. It’s distressing to have a possibility during winning another foe and fluctuating a points lead. we unequivocally adore a tour any weekend with these NAPA guys. Anytime we go somewhere and we have a good time on a trip, it is a tour we remember, and we have that roughly any weekend. we adore it when things are thrown during a group and a approach a NAPA guys diagnose it, conflict it and repair it. The subsequent thing we know, we’re behind in a points lead and when we arise adult Sunday morning we wish to have a good day, though we only don’t know. It’s that feeling like ‘do we have what it takes’ and a subsequent thing we know, you’re carrying a good weekend with a possibility to win and we were tighten today. Another good weekend by a NAPA AutoCare team. Just good calls with holding initial span of a initial round. (Crew chiefs) ‘Guido’ (Dean Antonelli) and (John) Medlen, they done good calls all day.
“It’s going to be fun from here on out. We keep observant that, and there’s a good essay in National DRAGSTER that editor Phil Burgess did on how many times a points have altered hands this year, that tells we how good this difficulty is right now and it unequivocally shows what these teams are going through. We can’t wait to get to World Wide Technology Raceway during Gateway. We’ve had a lot of success in a past there and we’ll need any bit of that mojo to hang on to a points lead.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.879 seconds during 323.58 mph)
Round 1: (0.104-second greeting time, 3.903 seconds during 325.77 mph) defeats No. 14 Dave Richards (0.112/11.830/80.81)
Round 2: (0.081/3.962/324.20) defeats No. 6 J.R. Todd (0.043/7.389/110.11)
Round 3: (0.091/3.959/326.24) defeats No. 7 Alexis DeJoria (0.047/11.519/68.13)
Round 4: (0.063/3.947/325.53) detriment to No. 8 Tim Wilkerson (0.61/3.927/331.36)

“Today was a unequivocally a good day overall. we mean, to go to a final turn in a countdown foe with a Snap-on collection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was unequivocally a good tip to bottom. Qualifying third with any run being symbol on, a group has been doing a good job, responding a bell and we’ve been plain and unchanging with any run. We did pull a pouch in a final event (Q3) and spun a tires though it’s like a aged saying, if we don’t take a chance, we don’t unequivocally have one.
“The final turn was a tighten foe and could have left possibly way. Tim (Wilkerson) ran a good 331 mph to a dual or 325, so that done a disproportion there. It was a tighten race, 3.92 to a 3.95 second runs and a greeting times were unequivocally close. Overall, I’m going to only contend a second foe into a countdown is solid. We changed adult dual spots to fifth and we unequivocally are in a brew for a championship. That’s a large understanding for us. We’re not even half a turn out of fourth place. It would’ve been good to get that win, though man, these rounds are tough. Everyone’s unequivocally geared adult during this time of year to unequivocally try to win and everybody’s giving we their best shot. There’s 5 races left and so a lot of opportunities there and a lot of good foe tracks. It’s going to start to cold off as Fall is on us as we conduct to St. Louis where final year we consider it was in a 60s grade operation and a lane was super-fast.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Okuma Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster  
(No. 11 Qualifier – 3.804 seconds during 321.50 mph)
Round 1:  (0.046-second greeting time, 3.890 seconds during 303.78 mph) detriment No. 6 Justin Ashley (0.046/3.731/327.59)

“As a Countdown to a Championship continues, we’re withdrawal a second playoff foe with a humiliating finish with that first-round exit, though it hasn’t discouraged a team. We’re really down on energy and perplexing to find out where we’re blank about 500-horsepower in a combination. We’re gaining clarity on that right now and feel assured we’ll get that sorted out before St. Louis. Our Okuma group had a runner-up finish in Sonoma, and that first-round exit here in Charlotte during their domicile is not ideal. we hatred that for all of their smashing business and employees that came out here to base a Okuma group on. This group has so many potential, and there is adequate time left in a deteriorate for us to live adult to it, and execute, and that’s accurately what we devise to do. But, to contend that this was one of a favorite days, it really was not. As a driver, using adult opposite Justin Ashley, we consider I’ve raced opposite him some-more than anyone else this year. I’m tender with myself for being means to leave a line with him. Our group has been doing a unusual pursuit but, unfortunately, we have a stream blank couple and we’re doing all we can to repair that. There’s still a lot of racing left, and we’re focused on gaining wins before a deteriorate ends.”

NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following a DeWalt Carolina Nationals Presented during zMax Dragway
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,233 (1)
2. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,228 (2/1-TJ Johnson Jr.)
3. John Force – 2,208 (3)
4. J.R. Todd – 2,187 (1)
5. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,181 (1)
6. Robert Hight – 2,161 (2)
6. Tim Wilkerson– 2,161 (1)
8. Alexis DeJoria – 2,136
9. Bob Tasca III – 2,130 (2)
10. Blake Alexander– 2,064
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Brittany Force – 2,274 (1)
2. Steve Torrance – 2,253 (8)
3. Justin Ashley – 2,200 (1)
4. Billy Torrence – 2,192 (2)
5. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 2,146 (1)
6. Mike Salinas – 2,138
7. Antron Brown – 2,136 (1)
8. Shawn Langdon – 2,133
9. Clay Millican – 2,126
10. Doug Kalitta – 2,064
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