November 12, 2021
, Pomona, California
The thespian final showdown of a 2021 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World Drag Racing Series deteriorate lines adult this weekend during Auto Club Raceway during Pomona, with a spotlight resplendent on 3 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars battling for a World Championship crown.
Fresh off his runner-up finish during a Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) commander Ron Capps, a 27-year maestro seeking his second World Championship, drives his HEMI®-powered Funny Car into a Auto Club NHRA Finals with a difficulty lead over teammate Matt Hagan (58 points) and associate Dodge Funny Car motorist Cruz Pedregon (83 points).
Capps initial parked his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat atop a leaderboard in Aug during a rescheduled Pomona Winternationals eventuality with one of his dual victories this deteriorate in a ultra-competitive difficulty that has seen 10 opposite eventuality winners. Capps wheeled his approach to a semifinals or over during 11 of 19 events this season. Bolstered by 3 runner-up performances, 4 No. 1-qualifier honors and 35 turn wins, a maestro racer jostled with Hagan for a lead in a final 6 of 7 playoff events. When a final win light turns on Sunday, Capps will confidently be in a tip 5 for a 15th season.
“We’ve competent good via a year and have been consistently clever all deteriorate and now here we are, using for a championship,” says Capps, who takes zero for postulated following 4 runner-up deteriorate finishes in 1998, 2000, 2005 and 2012 before securing his initial championship in 2016. “(Crew chiefs Dean) ‘Guido’ (Antonelli) and (John) Medlen and a NAPA AutoCare team, we came together fast like a steep to H2O during a commencement of a deteriorate and it only felt like a healthy fit. They’ve gotten to know me and a final competition in Vegas was a ideal instance of how good we all work together since as many vigour as there was on competition day, generally with all of a other tip Countdown cars going out early, they unequivocally knew how to disencumber me adult and keep me in a right support of mind. They’ve positively helped me and my pulling via a year. The large pivotal for us this weekend is only to continue what we’ve been doing.”
The deteriorate culmination facilities a singular format that increases a points payout to 1.5, with a limit of 187 points adult for grabs for a event. While there are innumerable of scenarios, with 30 points awarded for any turn win, Hagan needs to go during slightest dual rounds serve than Capps to have a possibility during a deteriorate pretension while Pedregon needs to win 3 rounds some-more than Capps to explain a large trophy.
Three-time and reigning World Champion Hagan stages his Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a final “Countdown to a Championship” playoff eventuality prepared for a conflict to keep his climax after his group warranted 4 wins, 3 runner-up finishes, 3 top-qualifier awards and 32 turn wins this year.
“We’re streamer into Pomona fighting for a championship and I’ve been on both sides of this battle,” says Hagan, who has vied for a Funny Car climax as possibly personality or challenger streamer into a deteriorate culmination 7 times, winning 3 (2011, 2014 and 2020). “My initial championship we only had to uncover adult and go dual rounds to be crowned a champion, identical to what Ron (Capps) has to do this year. Last year we were going into a final competition dual rounds forward and this year we’re going in dual rounds behind so it’s zero new for us. Ithink we have to be super assertive rolling into subordinate and get some profitable points. The diversion devise is only unequivocally run hard, run intelligent and be aggressive. We’ve got zero to lose. This is Ron’s to lose, honestly, and ours to win.”
Hagan relishes being in quarrel for his fourth Funny Car title, quite after blank dual events (recovering from illness) and a span of uncharacteristic uninterrupted first-round exits during a final dual playoff events. Hagan and his Mopar Dodge//SRT organisation are encouraged by a eventuality to miscarry from those hurdles and make an assertive final scurry for a Wally and championship trophies in his final eventuality with DSR.
“We’ve had dual bad races in a quarrel in a Countdown and that’s been a large hit,” says Hagan.“It’s hapless though we’ve only got to rebound back. We wish to uncover what we can do here. I’m going in there with a opinion that we’re going to flog everybody’s teeth in and put in a spokesman and get behind in a fight. we wish to win. I’m unequivocally ardent about what we do. we wish to leave DSR with a fourth championship. We’re all competitors. I’m unequivocally assertive about it. (Crew Chief) Dickie (Venables) is going to be aggressive. I’m entrance in there full steam ahead. I’m pumped up. I’m prepared to go and dismissed adult about it. we wish to go competition and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Pedregon, a final contender in a three-way Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat conflict for a 2021 Funny Car title, is pulling into a deteriorate culmination true from a winner’s turn during a Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. The Cruz Pedregon Racing owners and motorist found himself behind in a pretension quarrel after a group warranted their second Wally prize and fourth final turn coming of a season, in further to a No. 1-qualifier position and 30 turn wins.
“To be in this position is unequivocally good though we unequivocally try not to get held adult in a points possibilities since we wish to suffer this,” says Pedregon, who is opposed for a third universe pretension (1992 and 2008) and looking to finish among a tip 3 for a ninth time in 3 decades of Funny Car racing. “With points-and-a-half in play, we’re not even guaranteed to finish in a tip three. It’s flattering open-ended though after winning (the Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas) we’re behind in it. We’re going to come out overhanging during Pomona and see who is a final male standing. Just to be in a review for a change unequivocally is a feat for me.”
Competing among a tip contenders in a Top Fuel difficulty all deteriorate long, DSR commander Pruett might have depressed out of a pretension hunt recently though that won’t stop her from posterior a second win during Pomona’s Fairplex trickery this year and shutting out a deteriorate with her fifth uninterrupted top-five finish in a standings.
“For those not inside a iota of a championship hunt, this final competition unequivocally reveals what kind of soldier we are — you’re possibly one that gives adult in a final bit of a marathon or a one that charges to a finish with startling spirit,” says Pruett, who aims to take her Direct Connection themed dragster out on a certain note. “I know this is a fighting group that is pulling and distinguished any that approach we can to a final turn of a final deteriorate of a final competition with DSR. That is who we are and how we will finish out this deteriorate in a Direct Connection Top Fuel Dragster.
“There are some years we consider we deserved to finish aloft and only fell brief during a end,” adds Pruett. “This weekend, carrying a eyes on a No. 5 finisher symbol would be a approach thoughtfulness of a opening overall. There is no blaming a Countdown or made-up excuses. We have not been a tip behaving group this deteriorate though we have been a many relentless. A top-5 finish for a fifth uninterrupted year would be a good finale to an greatly beholden run with DSR.”
The Auto Club NHRA Finals will atmosphere on FS1 on Sunday, Nov. 14, with subordinate coverage scheduled from 2-4 p.m. ET, afterwards immediately followed by a eliminations telecast featuring live coverage of a final rounds from 4-7 p.m. ET to tighten out a 2021 NHRA Camping World Series season.
DodgeGarage: Digital Hub for Drag Racing News
Fans can follow all a NHRA movement this deteriorate during DodgeGarage, a one-stop portal for Dodge//SRT and Mopar drag-racing news. The site includes daily updates and entrance to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise. For some-more information, revisit www.dodgegarage.com.
@DodgeMoparMotorsports on Instagram
The @DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel continues to share calm capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers on a track. Fans can see movement from a NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers, competing in classes such as Factory Stock Showdown, Stock and Super Stock, as good as additional motorsports series.
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