NHRA Carolina Nationals - Dodge Nitro Forum
Off-Topic Discussion If you have something to discuss that is not related to the Dodge Nitro, post it in here. Keep it work safe!

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,765
Garage
Exclamation NHRA Carolina Nationals

Mopar Ready to Roll at NHRA Carolina Nationals and the ‘Countdown to the Championship’

6th annual Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway is the 19th of 24 NHRA events

The Carolina Nationals is the first of six NHRA playoff events in the ‘Countdown to the Championship’

Hagan paces the Mopars with a sub four-second run for the provisional second place spot in Funny Car qualifying

Hagan, Capps, Gray and Beckman start 1-2-3-5 in the Countdown standings

Johnson, Coughlin and Nobile get the Countdown started in 2-3-4 in Pro Stock standings

Gaines in eighth but is on a hot streak with three final round appearances in the last 5 events (Denver, Brainerd, Indy)

Mopar –powered Pro Stock drivers have advanced to the final round in 8 consecutive events leading up to the playoffs


September 13, 2013 , Concord, N.C. -


A new season begins for Mopar teams and drivers this weekend at the 6th annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals, the first of the six-event playoff series called the “Countdown to the Championship”. Following the last regular season event of the year at the 59th annual U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the championship points were reset to help bunch up the top ten candidates in each professional category vying for a NHRA world title and setting the stage for an exciting showdown. Mopar Dodge drivers are at, or very near, the top of those standings in both the Funny Car and Pro Stock classes entering the playoffs.

All four Don Schumacher Racing Mopars begin the battle in the top five Funny Car positions with Matt Hagan leading the fray in his “Magneti Marelli Quality Auto Parts Offered by Mopar” / Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T. His teammates Ron Capps and Johnny Gray are hot on his heels in second and third place, along with defending Funny Car World Champion Jack Beckman rounding things out in fifth spot.

In Pro Stock competition, the 2012 World Champion Allen Johnson is within striking distance of the leader with his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Avenger as second seed in the Countdown, while his teammates Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Vincent Nobile are breathing down his neck in third and fourth place respectively. The HEMI-powered Dodge of V. Gaines, while sitting in eighth place, has been on a hot streak as of late, cutting a perfect 0.00 second reaction time in eliminations at Indianapolis and making three final elimination appearances (Denver, Brainerd, Indy) in the last five events. Mopar –powered Pro Stock drivers have advanced to the final round in 8 consecutive events leading up to the playoffs.

"This is the most pressure-packed time of the season but it's also the most fulfilling and rewarding if you can find some success,” said four-time Pro Stock champ Coughlin who is hoping to get things going in that direction by taking his JEGS.com Mopar to the winner’s circle at Charlotte for the first time, only one three venues he has yet to earn a victory. “The Countdown does everything a playoff format is supposed to do; it stacks all the fun into the end of the year. We've got six races to make it happen."

To start things off at zMax Dragway, Hagan followed up the second quickest run of the first Funny Car session with a sub four-second pass (3.992 seconds / 320.58 mph) in the cooler Friday evening conditions to pace his Mopar teammates and remain in second place and earn four valuable bonus points after two qualifying runs. Competitor Cruz Pedregon stole the provisional pole from him with a 3.980 e.t (319.22 mph). Gray was tenth on the strength of his first run (4.093 sec / 308.14 mph) after hazing the tires in the evening session. Beckman endured a similar fate and was right behind in 11th (4.099 sec / 309.91 mph), while Capps was on the outside looking in 14th place after his two difficult sessions.

In Pro Stock, Nobile topped the first session to earn three bonus points, but by the end of the day it was Coughlin (6.552 sec /210.31 mph) who led the Mopar contingent with a provisional fourth place spot in qualifying. Johnson was close behind with the fifth quickest run of the day posting an e.t. of 6.555 sec (211.06 mph). Gaines and Nobile ended up seventh and eighth while adversary Jason Line (6.541 sec / 211.86 mph) earned the provisional No.1 qualifier position.

Qualifying coverage from the 6th annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Raceway near Charlotte, N.C. will be televised on ESPN News commencing at 11:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Sept. 14, then replayed at 3:30 a.m. (ET) on ESPN2. Three hours of elimination rounds coverage will be broadcast on ESPN2 starting at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 15.


2013 NHRA Championship Points Standings (Reset for start of six-event playoff that begins at Carolina Nationals)

COUNTDOWN STANDINGS

PRO STOCK (season wins in parentheses)
1. Mike Edwards (6) – 2110
2. Allen Johnson (4) - Dodge Avenger – 2080
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2) - Dodge Avenger – 2070
4. Vincent Nobile (3) - Dodge Avenger – 2060

5. Shane Gray – 2050
6. Jason Line (1) – 2040
7. Greg Anderson – 2030
8. V. Gaines - Dodge Avenger – 2020
9. Erica Enders-Stevens (1) –2010
10. Rodger Brogdon (1) – 2000

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Matt Hagan (4) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2110
2. Ron Capps (3) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2080
3. Johnny Gray (4) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2070

4. John Force (1) – 2060
5. Jack Beckman - Dodge Charger R/T – 2050
6. Cruz Pedregon (3) – 2040
7. Courtney Force (2) – 2030
8. Tim Wilkerson – 2020
9. Robert Hight (1) – 2010
10. Del Worsham – 2000

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,765
Garage
Mopar Set for First NHRA Playoff Elimination Round at Carolina Nationals

6th annual Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway is the 19th of 24 NHRA events and the first playoff event of 2013

Hagan qualified second with his three-second pass to pace the Mopar Funny Cars

Johnson is top Mopar Pro Stock qualifier in fifth place, Coughlin seeded sixth

Sunday’s eliminations is the first of the six playoff events as Mopar drivers work to defend championships in both Funny Car and Pro Stock classes


September 14, 2013 , Concord, N.C. -

The final day of qualifying at the 6th annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals didn’t produce too many surprises but it set the stage for the first set of elimination rounds in the 2013 edition of the “Countdown to the Championship” with Matt Hagan and Allen Johnson as the top seeded Mopar drivers in Funny Car and Pro Stock classes. Sunday’s eliminations will be the first of the six playoff events as Mopar drivers work to defend world championship titles won in both Funny Car and Pro Stock classes last season.

After Friday evening’s qualifying session, which produced most of the fastest Funny Car runs of the weekend including a three-second pass by Hagan and his Don Schumacher Racing Mopar machine, track conditions weren’t quite as favorable for seeing lower elapsed times. In fact, very few clean passes were made in the first session of the day and while better performances were seen in final qualifying, only a few drivers were able to improve their positions on the elimination ladder. Hagan did grab two more bonus points in the first Saturday session with a 4.105 sec (309.63 mph) which was good for second spot on the time sheets and then another point for the third quickest run (4.082 / 310.48) of the final session.

Hagan’s 3.992-second elapsed time was edged out by No.1 qualifier Cruz Pedregon (3.980 sec / 319.22 mph) on the qualifying score sheets, but the Rocky Boots / “Magneti Marelli Quality Auto Parts Offered by Mopar” entry did however come away with the top speed in qualifying at 320.58 mph. As second seed, Hagan will face fellow Dodge Charger driver Jeff Arend in the first round. Fellow DSR teammates Johnny Gray (4.093 / 308.14), Jack Beckman (4.099 / 309.91) and Ron Capps (4.103 / 308.14) found themselves seeded tenth, 11th and 12th respectively. Gray will see John Force as his first opponent, while Beckman will face off against Del Worsham and Capps will race Alexis DeJoria.

In contrast to their Funny Car counterparts, cooler temperatures for Saturday’s first Pro Stock qualifying session promoted quicker elapsed times than the prior evening’s runs. Allen Johnson’s Mopar Express Lane Dodge had the quickest elapsed time run of all the Mopar entries with a 6.549-second (211.59 mph) pass to take up the fifth place spot on the scoring sheets which were topped by adversary Jason Line who set the low e.t. at 6.541 sec (211.93 mph). Jeg Coughlin Jr. was right behind his Mopar teammate in sixth place on the strength of his 6.554 sec / 211.06 mph run.

In the fourth and final qualifying session, times didn’t improved but HEMI-powered V. Gaines paced the Mopars in that outing, setting the third lowest e.t. of the session (6.558sec / 211.46 mph) to earn a bonus point. Coughlin (6.569 / 210.87) was fourth quickest with Johnson (6.571 / 210.60) in fifth place.

Atop Sunday’s Pro Stock elimination ladder is No.1 qualifier Line who will face Warren Johnson in the first round. Mopar’s top qualifier, Johnson, is seeded fifth and will stage his Dodge against Larry Morgan while Coughlin, the sixth seed, will face Greg Stanfield. Gaines, in eighth spot, will line up next to Buddy Perkinson in a third Summit Racing car while fellow HEMI-powered Vincent Nobile is the tenth seed and will have Greg Anderson as his first round opponent.

Qualifying highlights from the 6th annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Raceway near Charlotte, N.C. will be televised on ESPN News commencing at 11:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Sept. 14, then replayed Sunday morning at 3:30 a.m. (ET) on ESPN2. Three hours of elimination rounds coverage will be broadcast on ESPN2 starting at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 15.

2013 NHRA Championship Points Standings
(Reset for start of six-event playoff that begins at Carolina Nationals)

COUNTDOWN STANDINGS
(following final qualifying at Carolina Nationals)


PRO STOCK (season wins in parentheses)
1. Mike Edwards (6) – 2154
2. Allen Johnson (4) - Dodge Avenger – 2114
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (2) - Dodge Avenger – 2104
4. Vincent Nobile (3) - Dodge Avenger – 2095

5. Shane Gray – 2090
6. Jason Line (1) – 2087
7. Greg Anderson – 2063
8. V. Gaines - Dodge Avenger – 2054
9. Erica Enders-Stevens (1) –2045
10. Rodger Brogdon (1) – 2031

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Matt Hagan (4) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2154
2. Ron Capps (3) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2112
3. Johnny Gray (4) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2102

4. John Force (1) – 2096
5. Jack Beckman - Dodge Charger R/T – 2092
6. Cruz Pedregon (3) – 2081
7. Courtney Force (2) – 2066
8. Tim Wilkerson – 2057
9. Robert Hight (1) – 2048
10. Del Worsham – 2037

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-16-2013, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,765
Garage
Mopar Sportsman Racer Barton Wins Factory Stock Showdown at NHRA Carolina Nationals

Sportsman racer Barton wins Factory Stock Showdown held during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway

Barton’s winning 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak debuted third generation 426 HEMI® engine at Indianapolis

Barton defeats Dave Connolly in FS/AC runoff to advance to final against Bo Butner

Barton wins Factory Stock Championship title with an eight-second run, fastest recorded pass by a V8 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak


September 15, 2013 , Concord, N.C. -

Mopar Sportsman racer David Barton put his 2010 Dodge Challenger with the brand new Gen III 426 HEMI® engine into the winner’s circle with the victory in the Factory Stock Showdown, a modern-day muscle car shootout, at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway this weekend.

Barton, son of legendary HEMI engine builder Ray Barton, debuted the third generation 426 race HEMI at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis two weeks ago. In Charlotte, for just its second appearance, the Mopar defeated adversary Dave Connolly, who was at the wheel of Victor Cagnazzi’s COPO Camaro, in the FS/AC runoff for the class win. While Connolly (9.206 sec / 144.78 mph) had the advantage off the start with a 0.040-second reaction time to 0.108, Barton chased him down then passed him with a 9.019 second (146.15 mph) elapsed time run for the decisive victory.

As the class victor, Barton then advanced to take on the winner of the FS/DC class Bo Butner, who was aboard a 2013 Ford Mustang, in a handicap start for the overall Factory Stock Showdown championship. Butner red-lighted his start giving the 2010 Dodge Challenger (8.999 sec/ 147.29 mph) the win and the Gen III 426 HEMI engine a first overall Factory Stock championship and trophy. Most notable about Barton’s run was that it produced the first eight second pass by a V8 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. He later improved on that time in Stock eliminations with an 8.90-second pass.

“The new Gen III 426 HEMI has been really great to us,” Barton said. “We realized early even on paper that this was going to be a great combination, but to actually piece it all together and make something of it is a different story. Mopar was quick in getting us the parts we needed. We did the best we could to get it done with the tools and time we had and here we are in the winner’s circle with an 8-second run and a Wally.”

The Factory Stock Showdown is a competition showcasing the Dodge Mopar Challenger Drag Pak, Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, and Chevrolet COPO Camaro factory-built race cars with “heads-up” racing. In order to provide a level playing field, entries are split into two classes, designated as FS/AC for naturally aspirated engines and FS/DC for supercharged entries. Entrants then race in a heads-up, no-breakout format until a finalists in each class is crowned. The winners of each class then return for a final showdown using a handicap start (three-tenths staggered) to determine the overall Factory Stock Champion.

The showdown debuted in 2012 at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis to rave reviews despite a limited entry field and was expanded to three races for the 2013 NHRA season to include the Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J., a return to Indianapolis, and this weekend’s Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, N.C.

“It’s like it was 50 years ago,” Barton said. “They’re bringing out the factory stock hot rod and it’s basically who has the fast stuff between Chrysler, Ford and Chevrolet. It’s just a big battle. This is a way for them to run head to head, have fun, the best stuff wins and get back to the true spirit of drag racing.”

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is offline  
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-16-2013, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
rickaren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 22,765
Garage
Coughlin Gives Mopar Win at Carolina Nationals and Closes Gap to the Leader in NHRA's 'Countdown to Championship'

Mopar’s Coughlin wins 6th annual Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway and first NHRA event in the ‘Countdown to the Championship”

Second seed Hagan drives Mopar machine to runner-up finish and maintains championship lead

Coughlin moves JEGS.com Mopar into second place in Pro Stock championship points standing; just 10 points from the leader


September 16, 2013 , Concord, N.C. -

Mopar driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. earned a hard fought Pro Stock title win at the 6th annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals while Matt Hagan drove his Mopar machine to a runner-up finish to maintain his lead in the Funny Car class following the conclusion of the first of six playoff events in the 2013 edition of the NHRA “Countdown to the Championship”.

Coughlin’s third win of the season and the 55th in his career came by defeating No.1 qualifier Jason Line in final eliminations after dispatching Greg Stanfield, Shane Gray, and points leader Mike Edwards in the semis. The JEGS.com Dodge Avenger driver won the final showdown on a holeshot with a 0.026-second reaction time and 6.583 seconds (210.05 mph) elapsed time pass to Line’s run of 6.578 (210.97 mph).

“The entire Mopar J&J crew and the entire JEGS.com crew did a fantastic job I had just a phenomenal racecar in all eight runs,” Coughlin said. “It wasn’t the fastest car but by god it was real close. You just have to go out there and perform the best you can and fortunately I was able to steal a couple (of seconds) off the starting line and put the yellow and black Dodge Avenger right out front. It takes a family of effort to pull this off and we love getting our first victory [of the countdown] here in Charlotte.”

“All of us at Mopar are thrilled to see Jeg (Coughlin Jr.) earn his third win of the year and get the playoffs started on such a great note at the Carolina Nationals,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “His wins reinforce the strong efforts and steady improvements that have been made throughout the season to the HEMI®-powered Dodge entries through the partnership with Mopar and J&J Racing this season. It’s a fantastic way to start the Countdown.”

The victory propelled Coughlin into second place in the standings, just ten points from the leader, and past his Mopar teammate and defending world champion Allen Johnson who dropped down to fourth. Line sits between them in third spot on the merits of his runner-up finish.

“The parity isn’t really what any of us had in mind,” said Coughlin of how close the Pro Stock competition has been. “I think the top ten cars are separated by two hundredths of a second and that’s great. It gives our fans great side-by-side racing and that’s what they love to see.”

“With five races remaining now in the Countdown, every point counts,” Coughlin added. “We are looking at every point we can get. It's game time. This is the Countdown. This is the excitement of Mello Yello Drag Racing."

While Johnson posted the low e.t (6.558) of the first round for the win against Larry Morgan, the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Avenger driver posted a 6.567-second e.t. (211.16mph) in his next match up against Erica Enders (6.586 / 209.36) only to lose on a holeshot with a 0.060 to 0.029-second reaction time. HEMI-powered teammate Vincent Nobile lost his first round match-up to Line, who then defeated the other Mopar of V. Gaines in the second round. Nobile and Gaines are now sixth and ninth, respectively, in the points standings.

In Funny Car action, seeded second for the elimination rounds after a three-second run in Friday night qualifying, Hagan drove his “Magneti Marelli Quality Auto Parts Offered by Mopar” / Rocky Boots race car to his team’s eighth final round appearance of the year. The Don Schumacher Racing driver beat Jeff Arend, John Force and his Mopar teammate and defending world champion Jack Beckman on his way to the final.

With the confidence of four wins under his belt this season, Hagan staged his Dodge Charger R/T against Robert Hight. With the starting line advantage going to Hight with a 0.055-second reaction time to Hagan’s 0.074, the Mopar driver chased down his opponent posting a 4.066 second (313.58 mph) elapsed time run to the winner’s 4.083 (312.64 mph)pass.

“The end result was a holeshot loss and when you lose that way the driver has to own it," Hagan said. "It's tough because you have to come back and face the guys and you want to give them everything you have and not be the weak link and I was today. I have to go back and work hard and dig deep and keep trying to turn on win lights."

The good news is that Hagan extended his first place standing in the Funny Car championship with an 82 point lead over his DSR Mopar teammate Ron Capps who only made it to the second round of eliminations. Jack Beckman jumped up into fourth spot in the points by advancing to the semifinals before his Mopar teammate, Hagan, halted his progress. Fellow Mopar driver Johnny Gray saw his day come to a premature end with a first round loss to John Force to find himself seventh in the standings.

Mopar teams and drivers now prepare for head west to Dallas, Texas, for the second of six-playoff events in the NHRA “Countdown to the Championship”, and second of four in a row, at the 28th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex on Sept. 19-22.

2013 NHRA “Countdown to Championship” Points Standings
(Following Race Final at Carolina Nationals)


PRO STOCK (season wins in parentheses)
1. Mike Edwards (6) – 2194
2. Jeg Coughlin Jr. (3) - Dodge Avenger – 2184
3. Jason Line (1) – 2147
4. Allen Johnson (4) - Dodge Avenger – 2134
5. Shane Gray – 2110
6. Vincent Nobile (3) - Dodge Avenger – 2095
7. Erica Enders-Stevens (1) –2085
8. Greg Anderson – 2083
9. V. Gaines - Dodge Avenger – 2074
10. Rodger Brogdon (1) – 2031

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Matt Hagan (4) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2214
2. Ron Capps (3) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2132

3. Robert Hight (2) – 2128
4. Jack Beckman - Dodge Charger R/T – 2122
5. John Force (1) – 2116
6. Courtney Force (2) – 2106
7. Johnny Gray (4) - Dodge Charger R/T – 2102
8. Cruz Pedregon (3) – 2101
9. Tim Wilkerson – 2057
10. Del Worsham – 2037

Rick

Nitro Year: 2007 (1 of 91,815 sold in 07)
Nitro Model: R/T 4X4 Stone White
CAT-BACK Exhaust, CAI, Projector Head Lamps
Fully-Equipped w/all factory options
rickaren is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Dodge Nitro Forum > Off-Topic Area > Off-Topic Discussion

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Dodge Nitro Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NHRA Nationals at Brainerd rickaren Off-Topic Discussion 1 08-18-2013 11:52 PM
NHRA Sonoma Nationals rickaren Off-Topic Discussion 1 07-28-2013 11:33 PM
Norwalk NHRA Nationals rickaren Off-Topic Discussion 1 07-07-2013 09:09 PM
Route 66 NHRA Nationals rickaren Off-Topic Discussion 1 07-01-2013 09:16 AM
NHRA Kansas Nationals rickaren Off-Topic Discussion 2 05-19-2013 09:34 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome