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Fast Start for Mopar Dodge//SRT with Provisional No.1 Qualifier Position to Launch 2020 NHRA Season

February 7, 2020 , Pomona, Calif. - This weekend’s 60th annual Winternationals at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, kicks off the 2020 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series 24-event season and Mopar Dodge//SRT wasted no time getting right back to work and to the top of the timesheets. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Matt Hagan drove his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car straight to the provisional No.1 qualifier position with his official first run of the season.

Hagan and his DSR HEMI®-powered machine, which sports a new blue and white Mopar scheme that will be seen at 10 events throughout the year, wasted no time taking his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the top of the timesheets with a 3.867-second / 331.20-mph pass. While his second qualifying run didn’t go quite as planned, Hagan is pleased with the quick start to the weekend and season.

“There’s a lot of confidence unloading off the trailer like that and being able to run a good number,” said the 2011 and 2014 NHRA Funny Car World Champion. “We had a great test session in Vegas and laid down some good numbers. I was up there just pressing this last run. I was trying to run a 0.081 or 82 and it just didn’t stick. All in all, I think we have a really good car, everybody is confident. I think there are still some low numbers to be had tomorrow.”

The battle for the 2020 Funny Car Championship is no laughing matter as all four Don Schumacher Racing entries expect to be fiercely competitive and at the top of the leaderboard throughout the season aboard the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat powered by the iconic HEMI engine.

Runner-up in the 2019 Funny Car Championship last year, Jack Beckman picked up right where he left off as he took his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a 3.868-second / 326.95-mph run that put him in the provisional No. 2 qualifier spot. He posted a Q2 run with a session best 0.57 reaction time and a 3.885-second run at 328 mph.

Tommy Johnson Jr. also had a good first day back on track putting his MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat his fourth on the Friday qualifying sheets with a 3.910-second pass at 332.92 mph.

2017 Funny Car Champion Ron Capps had a bit more difficult a start to the season after being unable to test alongside his DSR teammates in Las Vegas last week after his team’s trailer caught fire en route. The team regrouped quickly and Capps drove his HEMI-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the eighth spot in Friday qualifying with a 3.947-second run at 324.12 mph.

DSR’s Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster was back on track with driver Leah Pruett at the helm and a bright new white and blue Mopar paint scheme. Looking to build on her career-best fourth place ranking in the Top Fuel championship last season, Pruett’s Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster finished the first day of qualifying action at Pomona fourth with a best run of 3.715 seconds / 324.75 mph.



NHRA qualifying resumes at Auto Club Raceway with two more sessions on Saturday, Feb. 8, and with televised coverage beginning at 7 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports1.



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The @DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel continues to share content capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers in action in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers competing in classes such as Factory Stock Showdown, Stock and Super Stock, as well as additional motorsports series.

Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand's global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA US LLC vehicle brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com.

Dodge//SRT
For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge. Their influence continues today as Dodge proudly offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. For 2020, Dodge literally expands its high-performance Charger model lineup, adding a Widebody exterior to America’s only four-door muscle car. The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat maintains its reign as the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

The 2020 Dodge lineup also features the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody and the 2020 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. The 2020 Dodge Durango SRT, the fastest, most powerful and most capable American three-row SUV, completes the brand's performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2020 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger. Dodge is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Cars Seeded 1-2 for First Race of 2020 NHRA Season

    • Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman qualified their Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Cars No. 1 and No. 2 for Sunday’s 60th annual NHRA Winternationals
    • DSR teammates Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps secured qualifying positions in the top-half of the Funny Car eliminations ladder
    • DSR Top Fuel driver Leah Pruett earns a third seed start for elimination rounds in qualifying with her Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster
    • Larry Gilley and Mike Loge win Dodge Top Finisher honors in NHRA Sportsman competition

February 8, 2020 , Pomona, Calif. - It was a strong and fast start for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) veteran pilots Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman as they drove their Mopar Dodge//SRT Hellcat Funny Cars to the No.1 and No.2 qualifier positions, respectively, in anticipation of Sunday’s first race day of the 2020 National Hot Rod Association Mello Yello Drag Racing season at the 60th annual Winternationals.


Hagan kept his Mopar Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat Funny Car atop the timesheets at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, through four qualifying sessions to earn his first No.1 qualifier position of the new year after running low E.T. on his first and last runs.

“This Mopar Funny Car is just flying out there,” said Hagan, who improved on Friday’s provisional top spot pass of 3.867 seconds /331.20 mph with a 3.841-second elapsed time qualifying run a top speed of 333.25 mph on his final run. “When your team puts a hot rod underneath you like that, it’s always fun.”

“Going into race day tomorrow, my lights are good, the car is running great, the guys are doing a phenomenal job, and we came off of a really strong season last year, so we’re just focused on keeping the ball rolling,” added Hagan who collected eight qualifying points for his efforts and will face off against Alex Miladinovich in the first round of eliminations.

Following up his win at Pomona to cap off the 2019 season, Beckman showed that he is looking to keep that momentum going into a new season. After driving the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a provisional second spot on Friday with a 3.868 seconds / 326.95 mph, he earned the second place starting position on Sunday.

"Other than this head cold, it's been a perfect weekend so far,” said Beckman, who collected a category best total of nine qualifying points with his qualifying performance. “We've gotten bonus points every single session. I'll drive with a plugged up head all year long if it means I get a hot rod like this.”

“We might have to throw out all the data that we've accumulated so far,” added Beckman, who will face Steven Densham in first elimination round action. “It's going to be interesting. That's why you want to qualify high. You get a better first round draw so that if you get a hiccup you still have to get that first win light and data."

The MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat of Tommy Johnson Jr. also had solid qualifying runs, saw improvement through each session and, after posting a 3.881-second / 321.50-mph final pass earned a fourth seed starting matchup against Cruz Pedregon.

“I've got a really good solid car that's been really consistent,” said Johnson “We just missed it a little bit in Q3 but the other three were really good solid runs, nice and consistent to be able to tune it and adjust it. I think that will be important tomorrow because the weather change will be so drastic that you need a tuneable and adjustable race car.”

DSR teammate Ron Capps made big strides this weekend, even winning the “NHRA Never Rest” award after using all four sessions to mount a comeback from the trailer fire that cost the team a car and valuable testing time in Las Vegas.

“Obviously it was a check-out run the first lap and then to go out and get qualified that second lap, I was so emotional,” said Capps, who improved steadily through qualifying to earn a seventh place seed for eliminations with a 3.911-second E.T at 328.38 mph. “I just wanted to make sure these guys, as hard as they’ve worked, to get the car down the track and get qualified, that’s always the goal.”

“The Cinderella story would be for us to win the race, but right now it’s one step at a time,” added Capps, who will line up his HEMI®-powered Charger Hellcat against Bob Tasca III in the first round.

In Top Fuel action, Leah Pruett moved her DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster up a step from a provisional fourth place on Friday to secure the third spot on the eliminations ladder with a best qualifying run of 3.687 seconds at 328.06 mph. She’ll face opponent Jim Maroney for a first round match up.

Eliminations rounds at the 60th annual NHRA Winternationals will be televised beginning at 5 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Feb. 9, on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).

Sportsman Spotlight

Larry Gilley and Mike Loge were winners of the Dodge Top Finisher honors in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock, respectively, in NHRA Sportsman competition.
Gilley, who hails from Hilmar, California, drove his E/SA 1969 Dodge Dart GTS to a round-four finish in Stock Eliminator at the 60th annual NHRA Winternationals.

Powered by a Mopar 340 small block, Gilley ran a string of consistent high 10-second elapsed times during competition. During round four, both he and his opponent had the same reaction times, but unfortunately Gilley lost by a mere 0.0193 seconds. For his great driving and tuning efforts, Gilley will receive $500 from Dodge for advancing the furthest in his class.

In Super Stock, Loge, a lifelong Mopar racer and resident of Antioch, California, raced his SS/MA 1972 Plymouth ‘Cuda 340 to a round-four finish and looked strong throughout the race weekend, losing by only 0.0318 seconds to his competitor. He will also receive a $500 bonus from Dodge for going the furthest in his class during the NHRA Winternationals.

The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in its fourth year, awards $500 to Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who advance the furthest behind the wheel of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler or Plymouth race car at all 24 NHRA national events.



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Fast Start for 'Fast Jack' and Mopar Dodge//SRT with Funny Car National Event Win at NHRA Winternationals to Kick Off 2020 Season

    • Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car driver Jack Beckman drives his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a win at the 60th annual NHRA Winternationals to start the 2020 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) season
    • No.1 qualifier Matt Hagan takes the DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat Funny Car to a semifinal appearance at historic Auto Club Raceway
    • DSR teammates Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps see their runs for the Funny Car national title cut short in the quarterfinals
    • Top Fuel DSR driver Leah Pruett takes her Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster to a semifinal appearance

February 9, 2020 , Pomona, Calif. - A fast start to the 2020 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Series season was exactly what “Fast Jack” Beckman was looking for as he drove his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a national event win at the 60th annual NHRA Winternationals to kick off the year on the heels of his runner-up finish in the 2019 Funny Car Championship.

From his No.2 qualifying position, the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver knew the stage was set for him to have a strong eliminations performance at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, and commence his drive for the 2020 Funny Car Championship immediately.

Beckman drove past Alexis DeJoria, DSR teammate Ron Capps and Steve Densham to earn a berth in the final round versus John Force.

Force had a slight starting line advantage, but Beckman quickly powered his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to an exciting side-by-side battle before steadily making gains and taking the lead in the final stretch.

“It was just the perfect storm,” said Beckman, who garnered his 31st career Funny Car national title, his second at Pomona after his first came in the 2019 season finale. “I had never won a Nitro title here at Pomona until November of last year and now I've got two in a row. It's beyond magical. I've said it before; you don't know if your last win is your last win. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this ain't our last win. The Infinite Hero team is just on it. Our car has been amazing.”

DSR teammate and No.1 qualifier Matt Hagan knew he had a strong car and that the improvements made to the Mopar Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat Funny Car throughout the off-season and qualifying put him in a position to repeat winning performances he had at the Winternationals in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Hagan worked his way through eliminations to a semifinal match-up against John Force, to whom he ceded lane choice. The left lane was unkind to the DSR driver and tire shake ended his hopes to advance further, but didn’t dampen his enthusiasm about starting off the 2020 NHRA season on a good note.

This weekend’s efforts put Hagan top-three in the Funny Car Championship points to kick start what will surely be a very competitive season.

Seeded fourth, the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat of Tommy Johnson Jr. started the day off with his best run of the weekend to put Cruz Pedregon behind him and move on to the next round to face John Force. After a strong showing all weekend long, a dropped cylinder right off the startline in the quarterfinals put the brakes on his efforts.

After qualifying seventh for eliminations, Ron Capps, a three-time winner at the Winternationals (1998, 2009 and 2016), and his DSR crew earned the “NHRA Never Rest” award for the coming back from the adversity of a trailer fire that claimed a car, equipment and a chance to test prior to this first national event of the year. After clawing their way through qualifying, Capps and his HEMI®-powered Charger SRT Hellcat still had a tough road through the ladder.

The first round win light came on after leaning on the throttle a few times and a little sideways driving, but things didn’t get any easier as Capps faced teammate Beckman in the second round. Flames once again ruined the day for the Capps after losing a cylinder early on and then an explosion at the 300-foot mark ended his run for a final round appearance.

In Top Fuel action, Leah Pruett drove her DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster from a third-seed placement on the eliminations ladder to post her quickest pass of the weekend for a first round win with a 0.084-second reaction time and elapsed time run of 3.659 seconds, the best of race day, at 328.14 mph.

Pruett then earned a quarterfinal win over Shawn Reed to send her to the semifinals against Austin Prock. While they both left the line with identical 0.062-second reaction times, Pruett’s HEMI-powered Mopar lost traction early to give Prock the edge and the round win.

Mopar Dodge//SRT teams and drivers now have two weeks to prepare for the second of 24 events on the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, scheduled for February 21-23.

NOTES and QUOTES:

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.856 seconds at 328.56 mph)

Round 1: (.067-second reaction time, 4.291 seconds at 294.18 mph) beat No. 15 Steven Densham (.070/7.622/92.71)
Round 2: (.057/3.871/329.34) beat No. 7 Ron Capps (.083/4.625/156.01)
Round 3: (.073/3.843/332.92) beat No. 11 Alexis DeJoria (.078/9.729/78.34)
Round 4: (.081/3.837/333.33) beat No. 5 John Force (.065/3.897/332.34)

"To beat John Force in the final makes it a pretty cool weekend. It's my home track. I probably spent more time down there on the start line than anybody else. I feel comfortable here with lot of friends and family out here today. It was just the perfect storm. I had never won a Nitro title here at Pomona until November of last year and now I've got two in a row. It's beyond magical. I've said it before, you don't know if your last win is your last win. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this ain't our last win. The Infinite Hero team is just on it. Our car has been amazing. We legitimately treated pre-season testing as testing. We changed some stuff in the cylinder heads, we ran our spare parts, we ran a whole lot of different disc packages in there, and then we went back to the November tune-up for here. We'll phase in all the new stuff in as the season progresses. [That work] shows. We were top two every run in qualifying and except for the first round, we were low E.T. or second low of every single round. Our car was just absolutely amazing. As a driver, you don't want to limp your way into the winners circle. You want to dominate. It was awesome for us.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.841 seconds at 333.25 mph)
Round 1: (.081-second reaction time, 3.914 seconds at 330.39 mph) beat No. 16 Alex Miladinovich (.090/5.859/124.03)
Round 2: (.076/4.042/284.03) beat No. 9 Tom Wilkerson (.085/6.083/113.18)
Round 3: (.087/8.859/78.06) lost to No. 5 John Force (.032/3.923/331.28)

“I had great qualifying and test session and came out here and ran really well. We ended up going to the semis which was a good healthy weekend for us. All-in-all just a great way to start the season so I’m excited rolling into Phoenix. We’re going to make sure that we end up having some more good runs along the way. The car is working really well. We were No. 1 qualifier here in Pomona and I think we’re going to carry that momentum into Phoenix. Hopefully we can turn on some more win lights for Mopar Dodge, for Pennzoil, and for Sandvik and hopefully get a win soon.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.881 seconds at 321.50 mph)
Round 1: (.073-second reaction time, 3.873 seconds at 324.83 mph) beat No. 13 Cruz Pedregon (.048/4.383/221.42)
Round 2: (.083/8.431/80.69) lost to No. 5 John Force (.058/4.011/275.06)

“We had a great car all through qualifying, low E.T. in the first round, so that [dropping a cylinder] was the last thing we expected out of this thing. Obviously something went wrong. It just doesn’t go from running that good to just dropping a cylinder right at the hit. We’ll look at all the data, find out what happened, and go into Phoenix with a lot of confidence on how well we ran this weekend.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.991 seconds at 328.38 mph)
Round 1: (.080-second reaction time, 5.241 seconds at 166.52 mph) beat No. 10 Bob Tasca III (.104/9.056/82.90)
Round 2: (.083/4.625/156.01) lost No. 2 Jack Beckman (.057/3.871/329.34)

“We’re a little behind everyone else that had the luxury of going to pre-season testing in Vegas. I brag about the NAPA Know How our team has, and how (Rahn) Tobler is so well prepared and has our team so well prepared for situations like this. We would’ve loved to have made some more runs this weekend, but going .94 and a .91 right after that was such good medicine for these guys. Then, fast forward to Sunday and we beat (Bob) Tasca who’s been running really well; that was a big win. We wanted to end our ‘Cinderella weekend’ with a trophy but getting the ‘Never Rest’ award from NHRA was cool. To go out there, qualify top-half, get lane choice, win first round; we checked all of the boxes except winning the race. That’s pretty good considering these guys have spent a week tearing this thing apart and building a new setup.”

Leah Pruett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.687 seconds at 328.06 mph)
Round 1: (.084-second reaction time, 3.659 seconds at 328.14 mph) beat No. 12 Jim Maroney (.064/4.503/179.71)
Round 2: (.130/3.685/326.40) beat No. 6 Shawn Reed (.041/4.466/169.23)
Round 3: (.062/4.927/140.69) lost to No. 2 Austin Prock (.062/3.678/330.63)

“Our heads are held very high. It’s not easy to manage the amount of horsepower that this team is able to create, but how we manage it will reflect the potential that this team is capable of performing with throughout the year. We’ve found our groove, each crew guy is getting more comfortable with the car, and the results have shown that. This is a much better beginning to the season than we had last season, and we expect a good result at the end. For now, we’re extremely excited about what we can continue to pick away at. Managing the horsepower and the potential is going to be the highlight. We’re not struggling; we’re seeing a lot of great potential. Going into Phoenix next, we definitely plan on finishing the job there in our Mopar dragster.”

NHRA Championship Points Standings:

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses):

  1. Jack Beckman (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) - 126 (1)
  2. John Force - 94
  3. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) - 86
  4. Alexis DeJoria - 67
  5. Robert Hight - 61
  6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) - 56
  7. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) - 54
  8. Tim Wilkerson - 52
  9. Paul Lee - 34
  10. J.R. Todd - 33
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses):
  1. Doug Kalitta - 117
  2. Austin Prock - 99
  3. Brittany Force - 87
  4. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) - 80
  5. Clay Millican - 53
  6. Justin Ashley - 52
  7. Shawn Reed - 51
  8. Shawn Langdon - 38
  9. Terry McMillen - 34
  10. Antron Brown - 32

@DodgeMoparMotorsports on Instagram
The @DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel continues to share content capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers in action in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers competing in classes such as Factory Stock Showdown, Stock and Super Stock, as well as additional motorsports series.

Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand's global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA US LLC vehicle brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com.
Dodge//SRT
For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge. Their influence continues today as Dodge proudly offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. For 2020, Dodge literally expands its high-performance Charger model lineup, adding a Widebody exterior to America’s only four-door muscle car. The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat maintains its reign as the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

The 2020 Dodge lineup also features the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody and the 2020 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. The 2020 Dodge Durango SRT, the fastest, most powerful and most capable American three-row SUV, completes the brand's performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2020 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger. Dodge is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Tommy Johnson Jr. Earns NHRA Arizona Nationals Win in All-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Final Round Battle

    • Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. earns National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Arizona Nationals title win aboard MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

    • All-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car final round sees Johnson Jr. defeat DSR teammate Jack Beckman at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix

    • Defending Arizona Nationals winner Matt Hagan and his Mopar Dodge//SRT Charger Hellcat Funny Car earn second consecutive No.1 qualifier of the 2020 season but fall short of a chance to repeat with a first round loss

    • All four DSR Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat sit top-five in Funny Car championship points

    • Top Fuel DSR driver Leah Pruett qualifies her Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster third for second consecutive race and earns a quarterfinal appearance


February 23, 2020 , Phoenix, Arizona - It was an all-Mopar Dodge //SRT Funny Car final round showdown at the Arizona Nationals with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Tommy Johnson Jr. earning his first victory of the 2020 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Series season over his teammate, Jack Beckman.

From his No. 4 qualifier position, Johnson Jr. drove his MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat past Paul Lee and Bob Tasca, then used a holeshot win over DSR teammate Ron Capps to set up a final elimination battle against Beckman. Johnson powered past his DSR opponent, who lost traction early, to make his way to the winner’s circle in the second event of the season.


With the win, Johnson’s collected his 18th career Funny Car national event Wally trophy, his second at Phoenix’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, and his first final round victory over Beckman in five final-elimination encounters.

The early season win provided some relief for Johnson and his team, who were looking to recover quickly from a difficult 2019 Countdown to the Championship that followed a promising regular season.

“We had such a good car last year and we didn’t finish well at all, so to come out strong and get that out of the way right off the bat and know how good a car you have right now is great,” said Johnson who jumps four spots into second place in the Funny Car championship standings with his efforts this weekend.

“Now we just shift to maintaining it and learn from the mistakes you make. I think we learned really well what we did wrong last year, and what we needed to do to fix it. It’s nice to be able to know that you did fix it.”

In the final against Johnson Jr., Beckman initially had the advantage as they launched off the starting line but lost traction in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and, while he made efforts to pedal it, was unable to recover control quickly enough.

Coming off consecutive wins in both the 2019 season finale and the 2020 season opening national event at Pomona, Beckman’s runner-up finish to his teammate keeps him atop the Funny Car championship standings with 220 points.

The defending Arizona Nationals title winner, Matt Hagan, drove his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to the provisional pole position with Friday’s second qualifying run and an elapsed time pass of 3.859 seconds at 331.61 mph. That time stood through Saturday’s qualifying session, shortened to just one run due to rain, to give him his second No.1 qualifier of the year, the 38th of his career and his second at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

In eliminations, Hagan beat his first round challenger, Jeff Diehl, off the starting line but, as he began to power down the lane, his HEMI®-powered ride began to pull toward the centerline where it clipped a timing block to disqualify the run and bring his race day to a premature end. Despite the quick exit, Hagan remains fifth in points.

After qualifying eighth, Ron Capps, drove his Dodge SRT Hellcat through the eliminations ladder with a win over J.R. Todd in the first round, followed by a quarterfinal victory against Jeff Diehl. That quarterfinal victory earned Capps a 750th career round win since making his professional debut in 1995 at this track while racing Top Fuel and earning his first round win against Joe Amato.

Capps then faced-off against his DSR teammate and eventual event winner, Johnson Jr., in the semifinals for a solid side-by-side battle to the stripe. While he didn’t get the win, the result propelled Capps to the fourth spot in the Funny Car points standings.

In Top Fuel action, for a second consecutive national event, Leah Pruett drove her DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster to the third spot on the eliminations ladder to put herself in a good position to have a solid race-day showing. Bolstered by the memory of her first career Top Fuel victory at Phoenix in 2016, a No. 1 qualifier position in 2017, and runner-up finish last season in 2019, Pruett made quick work of getting through the first round and past Doug Foley with a solid 3.654-second run to make her way to the quarterfinals to face Billy Torrance. Once again, Pruett made another solid run with a 3.688 second elapsed time run, but it wasn’t quite enough to beat her opponent to move further through elimination rounds. Pruett remains third in the Top Fuel standings.

With DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT entries top-five in championship points and looking to continue to build on the momentum generated from two back-to-back Funny Car wins and No.1 qualifier positions to open the season, they now prepare to head to the east coast for the third of 24 events on the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 13 – 15.

NOTES and QUOTES:
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 6 Qualifier –3.889 seconds at 329.42 mph)

Round 1: (.090-second reaction time, 4.051 seconds at 318.02 mph) beat No. 11 Cruz Pedregon (.065/ 6.254 sec/ 109.34 mph)
Round 2: (0.095 /3.895/329.42) beat No. 14 Jim Campbell (0.088/ 8.959 /70.61)
Round 3: (0.076/3.882/329.91) beat No. 2 John Force (0.068/3.917/326.63)
Round 4: (0.030/6.156 /119.31) loss to No. 4 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.065/3.883/326.40)

"How do you hang your head? We still have the best car and the points are showing that. We didn't have the best car here this weekend. We actually struggled a little bit, but it goes to show you great teams pull out all the stops on race day and figure out how to make it happen. I'm happy for my teammate and his MD Anderson car. We didn't give it to them. They earned it. But we're going to be tough to beat the entire rest of the year."

Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.859 seconds at 331.61 mph)

Round 1: (.0103-second reaction time, 9.999 seconds at no speed) lost to No. 16 Jeff Diehl (0.138 No Time)

“My guys did a heck of a job today; the car was on a really good run. It was just one of those deals where it got inside on me, and I couldn’t get it back. I thought I lifted soon enough not to hit anything, but a header brushed a timing block, and that DQ’d us. But, a heck of a job for this Mopar team to run such a good number like that on race day. We were No. 1 qualifier, have such a good race car, and I hate that I let my team down like that. It’s race day; I was just trying to get to the finish line first. All in all, we’ve got a great car, things are going in the right direction, the guys are working hard, the parts and pieces are working well, and it’s all coming together.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.868 seconds at 323.81 mph)

Round 1: (0.058-second reaction time, 3.878 seconds at 325.85 mph) beat No. 13 Paul Lee (0.111/3.898/320.05)
Round 2: (0.075 3.864 323.74) beat No. 5 Bob Tasca (-0.053/3.918/331.77)
Round 3: (0.079 /3.871/319.98) beat No. 8 Ron Capps (0.089/3.864/328.06)
Round 4: (0.065/3.883/326.40) beat No. 6 Jack Beckman (0.030/6.156 /119.31)

“We had a good car the last qualifying run and it showed us that we had a solid car. Coming up here today we had a lot of confidence. To go out there first round and lay down a solid number really happy with that. We weren’t low e.t. first round but we were real close and to come out second round and set low e.t. so we knew we had a solid car. As a driver, going into each round knowing you’ve got a car that’s going to perform, it makes your job a little easier and gives you a little less stress. The guys did a great job. I mean, even in Pomona we had a good car and just dropped a cylinder second round. We even had a little issue with that in qualifying here and they worked hard to fix that and now it’s running really well and consistent. They did their homework over the off-season.”

[On how satisfying it is to get that first win so early in the season]
“Yes. Especially since we weren’t happy with the way finished last year so it is (satisfying). I was actually very relieved when I turned the corner down there and it felt like it was a little bit of pressure relief. We had such a good car last year and we didn’t finish well at all so to come out strong and get that out of the way right off the bat and know how good a car you have right now. Now we just shift to maintaining it and learning from the mistakes you make. You try to learn from them. I think we learned really well what we did wrong last year, and what we needed to do to fix it. It’s nice to be able to know that you did fix it.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 8 Qualifier – 3.896 seconds at 327.66mph)

Round 1: (0.070-second reaction time, 3.905 seconds at 329.02 mph) beat No. 9 J.R. Todd (0.097 /6.383/103.46)
Round 2: (0.100 /4.184/232.19) beat No. 16 Jeff Diehl (-0.005/8.236 /82.57)
Round 3: (0.089/3.864/328.06) lost to No. 4 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.079 /3.871/319.98)

"For this team, considering where we were and how few runs we had coming in here, we've made huge strides for Rahn Tobler. Even though we lost that close race in the semifinals, he was ecstatic and it really feels like we have his race car back and that makes everyone around here feel good. We had a really large clutch wear problem that we've been fighting and he finally got it down to where he was comfortable and when he does that, the car goes out and runs 3.80s like that. Just a close drag race. I accidentally went in and lit the pre-stage and stage lights against TJ and just kind of sat there. Him and I have raced and been teammates for a long time. He gave me a second before he went in. It was just letting two cars do the talking. The good thing was it was a DSR car going into the final against our teammate (Jack Beckman). Unfortunately, we lost a close one. But, I feel really comfortable and good and Rahn Tobler is happy and excited to get to Gainesville."

Leah Pruett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.680 seconds at 328.06 mph)

Round 1: (0.081-second reaction time, 3.654 seconds at 331.12 mph) beat No. 14 Doug Foley (0.087/5.328/127.81)
Round 2: (0.205/3.688/324.20) lost to No. 6 Billy Torrance (0.100/3.703/328.78)

“We closed out our Sunday much earlier in the afternoon than we had wanted. Phenomenal performance by the Mopar team in E1 with that 65. I’m disappointed in myself with what happened in E2. Putting that double-bulb on, that was unintentional. I got antsy, and I two-stepped it and was late on the tree. On the return of that, I can guarantee, Gainesville will be nothing but ‘heads down,’ and I’ve got two cars to run. It would be amazing to put them both in the winner’s circle, but the car and the team are doing a phenomenal job. I’m trying to perfect my weaponry – my driving perspective, and I didn’t conquer that this weekend in the second round of eliminations, but one thing is for sure, I guarantee you that I will.”

NHRA Championship Points Standings:

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses):
1. Jack Beckman (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 220 (1)
2. Tommy Johnson Jr. (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 175 (1)
3. John Force – 173
4. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 128
5. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 124

6. Tim Wilkerson – 107
7. Robert Hight – 100
8. Alexis DeJoria – 99
9. Bob Tasca III – 87
10. Paul Lee – 65
J.R. Todd – 65

TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses):
1. Doug Kalitta – 212 (1)
2. Brittany Force – 153
3. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 137
4. Austin Prock – 131
5. Steve Torrance – 121 (1)
6. Justin Ashley – 108
7. Antron Brown – 103
8. Shawn Langdon – 91
9. Clay Millican – 85
10. Shawn Reed – 82
 

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Clean Up Time for Ron Capps' and Team


Mar 6, 2020

With a convenient break before the #Gatornats, Ron Capps' and team are all hands on-deck in their clean up and recovery process from a trailer fire before the beginning of the 2020 season
 

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Mopar Dodge//SRT Up to Speed Quickly with No.1 Qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr. in NHRA Racing Restart

    • Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Tommy Johnson Jr. earns top spot in Funny Car qualifying aboard MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for Sunday’s E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals
    • Funny Car points leader Jack Beckman qualifies third aboard his HEMI®-powered machine for the first NHRA event after four-month hiatus
    • Matt Hagan posts sixth quickest time to earn spot in top half of qualifying ladder aboard his Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car
    • DSR driver Leah Pruett's Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster qualifies 10th on Sunday’s eliminations ladder next to DSR teammate Tony Schumacher who makes his return to competition since November 2018

July 11, 2020 , Brownsburg, Ind. - Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Tommy Johnson Jr. wasted no time getting his MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat back up to speed at Lucas Oil Raceway by qualifying in the top spot for Sunday’s elimination rounds of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals after a four-month pause in the 2020 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Picking up from where he left off as Funny Car title winner at the Arizona Nationals in February, Johnson set the quickest elapsed time on his first qualifying run with a 3.983-second run at 317.72 mph to kick off the two-day race event; the first of a pair of back-to-back race weekends at the Indianapolis drag strip to restart the 2020 NHRA season and the first major-league auto racing event in the state of Indiana to allow fans back in the stands.
"It's just a great start after such a long layoff and all the uncertainty,” said Johnson of his first No. 1 qualifier position of the season and the 19th of his career. “It's going to be a tough day tomorrow because the conditions are going to be so much different. Today was really irrelevant for tomorrow, but it's good to know that we have a good baseline and can go from there.”

Johnson will have Ron Capps as a first round opponent in the next lane after his DSR teammate qualified 16th for the first time since 2009 (Chicago) based on his first run of 4.555 seconds at 184.70 mph and a problem on the start line that never saw him take a second pass.

Funny Car points leader Jack Beckman drove his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the third spot on the eliminations ladder with his second run of the day by posting a 4.050 second /298.47 mph effort.
“Now that we've lost the first two qualifying runs (due to shortened race event), and the fact that 18 cars showed up, we knew qualifying was going to be a nail biter; we just didn't think it would be for us,” said Beckman after first run issues sent the team back to the pits looking to work out the gremlins and improve the car for a final shot at improving their ladder position. “I always think we have a car good enough to win the race. Qualifying third kind of underscores that for me.”
Matt Hagan also saw improvements made to his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car between qualifying runs to help him post the sixth quickest run of the day.
“All in all, it was a great qualifying day,” said Hagan, who will face off against Daniel Wilkerson in the first round and is looking forward to racing in front of fans again. “Really glad to be a part of NHRA and I want to thank the sanctioning body for bringing the fans back out. We’re one of the first motorsports series to do that.”
“Our Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is running well and it’ll be fun to get back into competition mode tomorrow,” added Hagan, who is looking to move up from his fifth place position in the points battle. “Our car is running strong, we had two good laps today. It was hot today which it makes it a little trickier to be able to navigate the car, but the conditions will be different tomorrow. I’m excited. It’s going to be an early morning tomorrow. We warm up at 6:45 a.m., so I’m going to eat a good steak dinner tonight, get some rest and get ready to do this tomorrow.”
In Top Fuel competition, Leah Pruett and her DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster will be joined by two additional DSR entries for the doubleheader race events in Indianapolis. Veteran racer Tony Schumacher, the winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history, returns to competition for the first time since November 2018, while Cory McClenathan, who retired in 2019, had five of his 34 career wins while racing for DSR from 2008-2010.
Pruett qualified 10th with a quick time of 3.934 seconds at 306.33 mph to find herself paired up for a first round match-up against her seventh-seeded teammate, Schumacher.
“We have Tony Schumacher with a long list of success here at Indy but this is not the U.S. Nationals,” said Pruett who sits second in the Top Fuel championship point standings. “This is the Indy Nationals and this Mopar team is definitely ready to fight this fight and looking forward to competition tomorrow. We have a long night ahead of us as we triple check everything and be on my practice game and race face for tomorrow even under the mask.”
McClenathan qualified 12th and will meet T.J. Zizzo as his first round opponent.
Elimination rounds at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, while television coverage includes live action on the FOX national broadcast network beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern.

NHRA Championship Points Standings (After two of 18 National events):
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Jack Beckman (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 258 (1)
2. Tommy Johnson Jr. (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 216(1)

3. John Force – 173
4. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 159
5. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 158

6. Tim Wilkerson – 139
7. Alexis DeJoria – 134
8. J.R. Todd – 101
9. Robert Hight – 100
10. Cruz Pedregon – 96

TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Doug Kalitta – 250 (1)
2. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 169
3. Steve Torrance – 159 (1)
4. Brittany Force – 153
5. Justin Ashley – 140
6. Antron Brown – 134
7. Austin Prock – 131
8. Shawn Langdon – 124
9. Clay Millican – 122
10. Billy Torrence – 110


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Hagan Wins All-Mopar Dodge//SRT Final Showdown to Restart 2020 NHRA Season and Keep Victory Streak Alive
  • Matt Hagan drives Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to victory over Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate and No. 1 qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr.’s MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in Funny Car finals at E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals to restart 2020 NHRA season
  • Hagan posts third consecutive national event title for a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat this 2020 NHRA season following wins by Jack Beckman at Pomona, California, and Johnson at Phoenix, Arizona, and the sixth straight for a HEMI®-powered Funny Car since October 2019
  • Three DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats with wins this year are atop Funny Car points standings with Beckman leading the charge over Johnson and Hagan
  • DSR’s Leah Pruett and her Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster make a quarterfinal appearance to maintain a top-five position in the Top Fuel points standings


July 12, 2020 , Brownsburg, Ind. - An all-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car final elimination showdown at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals was good proof that even a four-month pause in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition couldn’t stymie the drive to battle for wins as Matt Hagan’s victory over Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. gave the team its third consecutive national title of the 2020 season.

From a sixth-seeded position, Hagan drove his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the winner’s circle for the first time this year, giving him his third Wally in six nationals events dating back to October 2019 when he won both the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in Dallas and the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Las Vegas. DSR teammate Jack Beckman’s wins in the 2019 season finale and 2020 season opening races at Pomona, California, along with Johnson’s win at the Arizona Nationals, means that a DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has earned a national title at each of the last six events.

Hagan was consistent with both his reaction times and runs to quickly dispose of Daniel Wilkerson, Beckman and Tim Wilkerson. That set up an all-Mopar final showdown against No. 1 qualifier Johnson, who was also making his second consecutive final round appearance. Johnson made it to his 54th final round by knocking off teammate Ron Capps, Blake Alexander and J.R. Todd. The two DSR teammates had previously met twice in final elimination round match-ups, with Hagan emerging as the winner in both.

Hagan’s powerhouse had the early advantage and enough of a lead over Johnson to earn a decisive win, the 34th of his career, even when his engine let go right at the finish to set off a few of its own fireworks. On the strength of his victory and two top qualifier awards to start the season, Hagan and his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat move up into third place in the Funny Car championship points standings.

Meanwhile, following a No. 3 qualifying effort, Beckman was able to keep his lead in the Funny Car points standings by driving his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat away from Mike McIntire in the first round, straight into a quarterfinal showdown with DSR teammate Hagan. While the loss to the eventual winner was disappointing, Beckman is two markers ahead of runner-up Johnson and 40 points from Hagan, with each driver boasting a win this season.

For his part, Capps had a tough restart to the season, qualifying 16th to face teammate Johnson, who was still riding the momentum from his win at the last-contested NHRA event in February and a No.1 qualifying position earned on Saturday. Capps laid down a solid 3.956 E.T., the second-quickest run of the entire first session except that it was against the only car to run better, as Johnson posted a 3.896 to move on. While they didn’t walk away with the round win, Capps and the NAPA team are bolstered by the fact that they have their car back and know they’re capable of running big numbers.

In Top Fuel competition, a 10th place qualifying position on the eliminations ladder saw Leah Pruett’s opening round pairing pitting her against seventh-seeded DSR teammate Tony Schumacher, the winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history, making a cameo appearance for the back-to-back Indianapolis race events. Pruett had the starting line advantage and never looked back to move on to a quarterfinal match-up and lane choice over current points leader Doug Kalitta.

Once again, the Mopar Top Fuel Dragster was quick on the tree and held the lead on Kalitta through to half-track, but a close side-by-side race to the finish with just a 0.01 second difference saw Pruett edged by her opponent at the stripe to end her day a little sooner than she had hoped.

Qualified 12th for the first of his two-event "comeback tour" with DSR, Cory McClenathan didn’t even get a chance to challenge for a win light when an issue kept his car in neutral and from staging the car for the start, but he’ll look another shot to battle for a 35th career Top Fuel win next weekend.

Mopar Dodge//SRT and DSR will return to Lucas Oil Raceway in just a few days for the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, the second of two consecutive Indianapolis-based meets on July 18-19, as part of the updated 2020 NHRA schedule.

NOTES and QUOTES:

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 4.050 seconds at 298.47 mph)

Round 1: (0.079-second reaction time, 4.099 seconds at 250.60 mph) beat No. 4 Mike McIntire (0.103/4.506/203.55)
Round 2: (0.069/3.969/316.90) loss to No. 6 Matt Hagan (0.080/3.949/321.19)

“That was the first time we made it to the lights under power in six runs this weekend. We have been having an issue with down track tire spin and we obviously remedied that. The crazy thing is we ran second low ET of the meet by backing the car down and that tells us what we need to do for next weekend. It’s upsetting to lose, but with a new front half on this car the silver lining is we have a good baseline tune-up for next weekend and I think we’re going to be a favorite when we roll back up for Q1.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 4.090 seconds at 289.07 mph)

Round 1: (0.072-second reaction time, 4.025 seconds at 315.27) beat No.11 Daniel Wilkerson (0.097/4.238/249.44)
Round 2: (0.080/3.949/321.19) beat No. 3 Jack Beckman (0.069/3.969/316.90)
Round 3: (0.078/3.959/322.34) beat No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (0.081/4.349/211.43)
Round 4: (0.044/4.328/215.00) beat No. 1 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.066/5.854/117.84)

“It was a big change going from super cool conditions and being able to run really hard, and then watching (crew chief) Dickie Venables make the adjustments when it’s a 140-degree race track and different things like that. Really proud of Dickie, (assistant crew chief) Mike Knudsen, Alex Conway and all my guys that are wrenching on the car to make these adjustments.

“My guys put a great race car underneath me. We kept lane choice all day long and to be able to make those calls and to go out there and run hard in this heat is really telling. Tommy Johnson, he really had the car to beat this weekend. He rolled out of the box really strong. That whole team over there, they’re going to be tough for us all year long. I’m just really proud and excited to be a part of NHRA that’s bringing it out here with the fans. We’re back out here and we’ve got this race underneath us to show people that we can do this and do it right. People are taking the necessary precautions and making sure we’re staying safe. It’s just really nice to be back into drag racing and to be able to hold up the Wally again.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.983 seconds at 317.72 mph)

Round 1: (0.068-second reaction time, 3.896 seconds at 324.90 mph) beat No.16 Ron Capps (0.073 /3.956/294.24)
Round 2: (0.241/3.963/318.32) beat No. 9 Blake Alexander (no time)
Round 3: (0.070/3.959/319.29) beat No.4 J.R. Todd (0.059/9.211/77.50)
Round 4: (0.066/5.854/117.84) loss to No. 6 Matt Hagan (0.044/4.328/215.00)

“I’m kind of disappointed but it’s hard to be disappointed when you go to the final round and get a No. 1 qualifier. We have a great car just like we did at Phoenix. Out of nowhere it put a cylinder out and (crew chief) John (Collins) did the right thing by trying to shut me off and just after he did that I watched Matt (Hagan) blow up and I think I could have been him on seven. It’s probably the right decision to not risk hurting parts. It’s still a great weekend and we have such a solid race car and with a shortened season and no Countdown being near the top of the points is the most important thing.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 16 Qualifier – 4.555 seconds at 184.70 mph)

Round 1: (0.073-second reaction time, 3.956 seconds at 294.24 mph) lost to No.1 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.068/3.896/324.90)

“We didn’t qualify where we wanted to but I always brag about our NAPA team that we can win from any starting position. My friend and former teammate Larry Dixon texted me yesterday and said you have a much better chance winning from the 16th position than the 17th. We just went up there and did what we do. (Rahn) Tobler did a great job reading the race track without lane choice. I don’t think that mattered. We had to go up and race John Collins, who we know well, and Tommy Johnson is as good as it gets in the driver’s seat. At that point we were second quickest of the round and I shut it off a little early because Tommy was ahead of me. I’m very happy with how the weekend finished after that run, unfortunately we just put ourselves in a bad position with qualifying and we just can’t do that. That’s not our MO. I’m very excited about next weekend.”

Leah Pruett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 10 Qualifier – 3.934 seconds at 306.33 mph)

Round 1: (0.051-second reaction time, 3.817 seconds at 262.03 mph) beat No. 7 Tony Schumacher (0.081/4.108/253.14)
Round 2: (0.047/3.813/319.14) lost to No. 2 Doug Kalitta (0.053/3.803/321.58)

“It was an early start but we were more than ready. Racing Tony (Schumacher) isn’t ideal. Tony had traction issues and we had the (blower) belt release which is one of the worst feelings as a driver. You’re ahead, you’re going, you’re making power and all of a sudden you’re coasting and I hear Tony pedal and you’re thinking ‘oh my god, just make it.’ It felt great to get the win light and we brought everything we had against Doug Kalitta in a heavy-hitter matchup and it was one of the closest races we’ve had in a long time. What that shows is that this Mopar/Pennzoil team hasn’t skipped a beat. We’re as strong as we’ve ever been and we’ll keep progressing and come back here next weekend with a solid foundation for both cars with Cory (McClenathan) and me and go after that Wally.

NHRA Championship Points Standings (After three of 18 National events):
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1.
Jack Beckman (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 278 (1)
2.
Tommy Johnson Jr. (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 276 (1)
3.
Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 238 (1)
4. Tim Wilkerson – 179
5. John Force – 173
6. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 159
7. Alexis DeJoria – 154
8. Bob Tasca III – 149
9. J.R. Todd – 141
10. Robert Hight – 100

TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Doug Kalitta – 310 (1)
2. Steve Torrance – 199 (1)
3. Billy Torrance – 190 (1)
4. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 189
5. Antron Brown – 174
6. Brittany Force – 153
7. Shawn Langdon – 144
8. Clay Millican – 142
9. Justin Ashley – 140
10. Austin Prock – 131



@DodgeMoparMotorsports on Instagram
The @DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel continues to share content capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers in action in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers competing in classes such as Factory Stock Showdown, Stock and Super Stock, as well as additional motorsports series.

Official Driving School of Dodge//SRT
Dodge is the official sponsor of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, where guests get behind the wheels of the fastest street-legal cars in the world with professional instruction and time on the track. Customers who buy a new SRT model receive one full-day session as part of the Dodge//SRT Package and have the opportunity to learn how to get the optimum performance from their new vehicles in a controlled environment. For more information, visit dodgegarage.com/track-experience.

Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand's global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA US LLC vehicle brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com.

Dodge//SRT
For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge. Their influence continues today as Dodge shifts into high gear with muscle cars and SUVs that deliver unrivaled performance in each of the segments where they compete.

2021 marks the year that Dodge is distilled into a pure performance brand, offering Hellcat-powered, 700+ horsepower SRT versions of every model across the lineup. For the 2021 model year, Dodge delivers the drag-strip dominating 807-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, the new 797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Redeye, the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, and the new 710-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever. Combined, these three muscle cars make Dodge the industry’s most powerful brand, offering more horsepower than any other American brand across its entire lineup.

In June 2020, Dodge was named the "#1 Brand in Initial Quality," making it the first domestic brand ever to rank No. 1 in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). Dodge is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Rain Forces Postponement of All-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Final at NHRA Summernationals
  • All-Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat final between Don Schumacher Racing teammates Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman at Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals rescheduled to take place during the U.S. Nationals in September
  • Hagan advanced to final round for second consecutive event, while Beckman has done the same in three of four events this season
  • Three DSR Mopar Dodge//SRT- sponsored Funny Cars atop Funny Car points standings with Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Hagan
  • Leah Pruett drives Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye dragster to a semi-final appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway to remain second in Top Fuel points
  • Pruett and Mark Pawuk both took Challenger Drag Pak to eliminations appearance in first Factory Stock Showdown of the year


July 19, 2020 , Brownsburg, Ind. - Another national event Funny Car win was within sight as the second all-Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat final round showdown in as many weeks had Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammates Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman set to go head-to-head at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, when the skies opened up above the Indianapolis drag strip and spoiled the day.

Hagan, coming off an event win last week in another all-Mopar final against teammate Tommy Johnson Jr., worked his way through eliminations after qualifying 13th and was headed back into a battle for the Wally trophy with a new red, black and chrome Dodge//SRT Hellcat Redeye livery. For his part, after qualifying sixth, Beckman was poised for his 66th career and third final round appearance in four races this season and was looking to add to the pair of wins he already had under his seatbelt in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has rescheduled the rained-out final to take place during the U.S. Nationals Sept. 3-6 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

To get to the finals, Hagan defeated DSR teammate Ron Capps, JR Todd and Bob Tasca, while Beckman sent Chad Green, Tim Wilkerson and DSR teammate Johnson home early.

No. 2 qualifier Johnson began his day with wins over Bob Bode and Cruz Pedregon for a semifinal round match against Beckman. Johnson, who earned a Wally at Phoenix earlier this year, had the early lead but saw his 4.027-second run overshadowed by Beckman’s 3.969 seconds to move on to the final. Johnson, however, remains second to Beckman in the Funny Car standings.

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat of Capps had a solid qualifying performance that put the DSR driver No.4 on the ladder and gave him lane choice over his first round opponent. Unfortunately, for a second week in a row, that first round pairing was against a DSR teammate and last week’s race winner, Hagan. While Capps’ 3.967-second/ 324.59-mph run was the third quickest of the round, it wasn’t enough to oust Hagan and his 3.931-second/321.58-mph effort.

In Top Fuel competition, No. 2 qualifier Leah Pruett and her red-hot Mopar Dodge//SRT Hellcat Redeye dragster looked solid throughout the weekend and early elimination rounds with a first round victory over Lex Joon and a hole shot to beat Billy Torrence to advance to a semifinal appearance against Justin Ashley. Misfiring cylinders ended her hopes of beating Ashley but still put Pruett in second in the Top Fuel rankings.

Pruett pulled double duty this weekend, joining Mark Pawuk for SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown action. The pair took their Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Paks to their first elimination round runs of the year in the first of eight FSS events this season.

Sporting a fresh, new livery on his Empaco Equipment Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, 12th-seeded Pawuk lined up next to No. 5 qualifier Arthur Kohn in the opening round, but his 8.135-second elapsed time run at 169.85 mph wasn’t quite enough to beat his opponent’s 8.057-second/170.88-mph pass to move on to the next round.

A similar fate awaited Pruett who, from her 16th place qualifying position on the ladder, drove her Angry Bee themed Mopar Challenger Drag straight down the lane to post a 8.200-second E.T. at 168.07 mph but wasn’t able to challenge No. 1 qualifier Chris Holbrook’s 7.980-second/174.55-mph pass.

The pair will get back in their Drag Paks next month at the second FSS event of the season, scheduled to take place at the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway (Aug. 28-30).

Next on the updated 2020 NHRA schedule will be a third consecutive national event to take place at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, replacing the previously slated 32nd edition of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colorado, on Aug 7-9. The Dodge-sponsored event, which boasts the longest continuous sponsorship in the NHRA and one of the longest in all of motorsports, has been postponed due to pandemic-related issues, but hopes to be rescheduled for a later date this season.

NOTES and QUOTES:

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 4.059 seconds at 299.66 mph)
Round 1:
(0.076-second reaction time, 4.032 seconds at 310.77 mph) beats No. 11 Chad Green (0.159/4.323/293.86)
Round 2: (0.061/3.991/317.72) beats No. 3 Tim Wilkerson (0.069/4.009/316.82)
Round 3: (0.074/3.969/321.65) beats No. 2 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.062/4.027/309.56)
Round 4: To be completed at U.S. Nationals vs No. 13 Matt Hagan

“In a lot of ways these races will have a little asterisk next to them, what’s not going to be different is the trophy. It’s the exact same size as every other Wally we’ve earned. It’s going to mean just as much. We’re going to work just as hard for it. Whether we run tonight, tomorrow or in three weeks it really doesn’t matter to me. We have a car and a team that can adjust. We struggled in qualifying and they worked hard and figured it out. The car came around and we’re in another final round and someone is getting a trophy. I don’t care when they run it, we’re gonna run our tails off.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 13 Qualifier – 4.275 seconds at 283.73 mph)
Round 1:
(0.087-second reaction time, 3.931 seconds at 321.58 mph) beat No. 4 Ron Capps (0.070/3.967/324.59)
Round 2: (0.097/3.949/323.81) beat No. 5 JR Todd (0.069/4.028/317.19)
Round 3: (0.078/3.946/324.36) beat No.1 Bob Tasca (0.062/4.010/320.13)
Round 4: To be completed at U.S. Nationals vs No. 6 Jack Beckman

“We were on a roll today coming off the win last weekend. We have a beautiful car with the red chrome Hellcat Redeye. It’s definitely one of my favorites in the 12 or 13 years I’ve been with DSR. I’d love nothing more than to put it in the winner’s circle for Dodge and Mopar and then the rain rolled in. You never know what will happen for weather and I’m glad we have lane choice, but Jack’s (Beckman) car is really good. That’s a strong team. All of the DSR cars are. We’re ready to go. No matter if we race tomorrow or in three weeks, I have all the confidence in Dickie Venables and this team.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 2 Qualifier – 4.017 seconds at 300.86 mph)
Round 1:
(0.084-second reaction time, 4.123 seconds at 278.06 mph) beats No. 15 Bob Bode (no time)
Round 2: (0.052/3.979/317.57) beats No. 7 Cruz Pedregon (0.058/5.902/118.04)
Round 3: (0.062/4.027/309.56) lost to No. 6 Beckman (0.074/3.969/321.65)

“It was another good weekend for this MD Anderson Dodge team and we’re just keeping our momentum going. Another solid qualifying effort and some more round wins. We just didn’t have enough in the semis against (Jack) Beckman, but I’m very happy with how our team is performing. (Matt) Hagan’s car is running great and it’s shaping up as a three-way DSR Funny Car battle for the championship and I’m glad we’re a part of it. It’s fun. We’re getting quite a bit of data for racing here and in hot, humid conditions and that will continue to benefit us during these summer months. We get a few weekends off and the team needs that before we get to go after that Wally trophy here at Indy in three weeks. “

Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 4 Qualifier – 4.054 seconds at 312.86 mph)
Round 1:
(0.070-second reaction time, 3.967 seconds at 324.59 mph) lost to No. 13 Matt Hagan (0.087/3.931/321.58)

“We had a really great hot rod and were really happy with how we ran in qualifying. Sometimes with the luck of the draw you end up racing Matt Hagan and (crew chief) Dickie Venables first round and that is just how it goes. You know when you pull up to the line they are going to swing at it, so we had to swing right back and we did. It was a great run. The NAPA guys and (my crew chief) Rahn Tobler did a great job getting our car ready. Our run would have beaten just about any other car in that round with us running third-lowest E.T. Unfortunately, it just wasn't the run we needed today. We have shown as a team that we can run with the best and I’m really looking forward to getting back here in three weeks.”

Leah Pruett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 10 Qualifier – 3.934 seconds at 306.33 mph)
Round 1:
(0.073-second reaction time, 3.820 seconds at 316.97 mph) beats No. 15 Lex Joon (0.065/4.104/242.71)
Round 2: (0.044/3.818/314.46) beats No.10 Billy Torrence (0.080/3.793/320.36)
Round 3: (0.102/4.530/171.62) lost to No. 14 Justin Ashley (0.055/4.049/237.09)

“I do feel that we have the best horse on the property between qualifying well and going rounds on Sunday. Unfortunately, we had a couple of holes (cylinders) out early against Justin (Ashley) in the semis and we kicked the belt off. They had issues too, so that makes it a bit tougher. What works best is when the crew chiefs, team and me are on the same page and I felt we were today. I will say this is the best-looking Top Fuel car on the property. I’m excited for the Hellcat Redeye colors to run again, and we’ll keep picking up momentum and building on what we’ve learned the last two weekends and be ready to go in three weeks.”

Factory Stock Showdown

Leah Pruett, Mopar Challenger Drag Pak
(No. 16 Qualifier – 8.146 seconds at 168.32 mph)
Round 1:
(0.077-reaction time, 8.200 seconds at 168.07 mph) lost to No. 1 Chris Holbrook (0.041/7.980/174.55)

“No matter what category you’re in, one day of qualifying with just two hits is a challenge. We got our two Drag Paks qualified and we had to race the No. 1 qualifier (Chris) Holbrook. We tuned for the changing air and weather conditions. The package that we currently have is making it challenging to turn on win lights. We’re working very hard to change that, but in the interim we’re doing the best job with what we can. The result is that win lights will be hard to find. This is a very different class than Top Fuel where we can see progression from run to run. This particular class, progression happens on the dyno, at the shop, in making laps and with rule changes. We know that we don’t have an upper hand and it speaks a lot for Dodge and Mopar and our team to be fighting this fight and it’s a difficult run. We do see the light at the end of the tunnel and we know we can achieve what we have in the past with these Drag Paks.”

Mark Pawuk, Empaco Challenger Drag Pak
(No. 12 Qualifier – 8.078 seconds at 170.28 mph)
Round 1: (0.048-reaction time, 8.135 seconds at 169.85 mph) lost to No. 5 Arthur Kohn (0.033/8.057/170.88)

“It’s great to be back behind the wheel of our Empaco Challenger Drag Pak this weekend here at Indy. We qualified in a very tough field. We left well, but unfortunately we’re struggling to keep up. We’re going to keep working hard to find a way to create more power and see what we can do to be more competitive. It was awesome to see fans in the stands with everything going on with Covid. It’s nice to be out at the track and I can’t wait to make more laps at Atlanta and Indy in late August.”

NHRA Championship Points Standings:
(These points are totals up to the final rounds of the fourth event of the 2020 season)

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1.
Jack Beckman (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 372 (1)
2.
Tommy Johnson Jr. (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 355 (1)
3. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 329 (1)

4. Tim Wilkerson – 239
5. Bob Tasca III – 230
6. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 196
6. J.R. Todd – 196
8. Alexis DeJoria – 186
9. John Force – 173
10. Cruz Pedregon – 149

TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Doug Kalitta – 364 (1)
2. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 269
3. Billy Torrance – 237 (1)
4. Steve Torrance – 232(1)
5. Justin Ashley – 231
6. Antron Brown – 230
7. Shawn Langdon – 183
7. Clay Millican – 183
9. Terry McMillen – 177
10. Brittany Force – 153


@DodgeMoparMotorsports on Instagram
The @DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel continues to share content capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers in action in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers competing in classes such as Factory Stock Showdown, Stock and Super Stock, as well as additional motorsports series.

Official Driving School of Dodge//SRT
Dodge is the official sponsor of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, where guests get behind the wheels of the fastest street-legal cars in the world with professional instruction and time on the track. Customers who buy a new SRT model receive one full-day session as part of the Dodge//SRT Package and have the opportunity to learn how to get the optimum performance from their new vehicles in a controlled environment. For more information, visit dodgegarage.com/track-experience.

Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 150 markets. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer-contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com. Mopar is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com. .

Dodge//SRT
For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge. Their influence continues today as Dodge shifts into high gear with muscle cars and SUVs that deliver unrivaled performance in each of the segments where they compete.

2021 marks the year that Dodge is distilled into a pure performance brand, offering Hellcat-powered, 700+ horsepower SRT versions of every model across the lineup. For the 2021 model year, Dodge delivers the drag-strip dominating 807-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, the new 797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Redeye, the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, and the new 710-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever. Combined, these three muscle cars make Dodge the industry’s most powerful brand, offering more horsepower than any other American brand across its entire lineup.

In June 2020, Dodge was named the "#1 Brand in Initial Quality," making it the first domestic brand ever to rank No. 1 in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). Dodge is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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NHRA announced that it has postponed its Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Heartland Motorsports Park, scheduled for Aug. 21-23 in Topeka, Kan., until this fall for pandemic-related reasons. The track and sanctioning body are working with the Shawnee County Health Department to develop a plan to reschedule the event.
 
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