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Mopar Ready to Run Four-Wide at Charlotte

Mopar ready to compete in this weekend’s fourth edition of the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Fueled by Full Throttle
Rain disrupts Friday qualifying at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Mopar has a streak of 12 wins that spans 10 consecutive NHRA events beginning in Charlotte in Sept. 2012
Johnson on a roll heading into Charlotte after claiming Pro Stock National titles at the Gatornationals and Las Vegas, as well as a win in the K&N Horsepower Challenge
Johnson leads NHRA Pro Stock Championship points
‘Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar’ driver Matt Hagan holds Charlotte track record at 3.995 seconds (322.27 mph) set in Fall 2011


April 19, 2013 , Concord, N.C. -
While Mopar drivers and teams were ready to run the first two qualifying sessions of this weekend’s fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Mother Nature had other plans as rain and inclement weather forced the cancellation of Friday’s activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway's zMAX Dragway. The event features an unusual format that has entries in each pro class compete against each other using four lanes instead of the usual two. This will be the fifth event on the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series schedule.

Weather permitting, qualifying should resume on Saturday with two sessions to set the field for Sunday’s Four-Wide elimination rounds where Mopar is hoping to continue a win streak that spans 10 events. It began here in Charlotte in Sept. 2012 and is currently at 12 title wins (Pro Stock and Funny Car) which includes the five victories in the first four races of this season. Contributing to that total are five Pro Stock wins by Allen Johnson, three Funny Car titles by Ron Capps, and individual victories by Jack Beckman (FC), V. Gaines (PS), Vincent Nobile (PS), and Johnny Gray (FC).
Friday’s action did see the first ten Pro Stock entries post times before rain began to fall just prior to runs by the Dodge Avengers of Johnson, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Nobile and Gaines. Shane Gray holds the provisional No. 1 qualifier position following the cancellation of the rest of qualifying for Pro Stock, as well as Funny Car and Top Fuel classes.

Mopar Express Lane driver Johnson (354 points) heads into this weekend’s event as the points leader following two consecutive National title victories at the Gatornationals and Las Vegas, as well as the K&N Horsepower Challenge. His teammate Coughlin Jr. (330 points) is third in class after taking JEGS.com Mopar to the semifinals in three of the last four events while Nobile (276), who also runs Johnson & Johnson supplied HEMI engines, rounds out the top-five with a win in the season opening race. The fourth full-time HEMI®-powered Dodge driver, Gaines (232 points) is in seventh place.

Don Schumacher Racing’s Matt Hagan comes back to Charlotte still holding the track record he set at 3.995 seconds (322.27 mph) in 2011 at the fall event. He’s hoping to improve on his performances so far this year that have the ‘Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar’ Dodge Charger R/T fourth in the points, splitting his teammates Johnny Gray (second) and Ron Capps (fifth) in the standings. Defending Funny Car Champion Jack Beckman is currently eighth.

Mopar fans can catch all the spectacular Four-Wide action at the Dollar General NHRA Nationals Fueled by Full Throttle on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD with a two hour qualifying show at 5 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 20, and then three hours of eliminations coverage starting at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 21.


2013 NHRA Championship Points Standings (after 4 races):

PRO STOCK
1. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger – 354
2. Mike Edwards – 350
3. Jeg Coughlin Jr., Dodge Avenger – 330
4. Erica Enders-Stevens – 302
5. Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger – 276
6. Jason Line – 250
7. V. Gaines Dodge Avenger – 232
8. Greg Anderson – 195
9. Greg Stanfield – 167
10. Rodger Brogdon – 148
10. Shane Gray – 148

FUNNY CAR
1. Courtney Force – 315
2. Johnny Gray, Dodge Charger R/T – 301
3. Cruz Pedregon – 298
4. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T – 284
5. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T – 277

6. Del Worsham – 223
7. Robert Hight – 220
8. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T – 206
9. Alexis DeJoria – 190
10. Bob Tasca III – 187

About Mopar Motorsports
Mopar’s commitment to professional motorsports competition was established in the 1950s when a partnership ignited with drag racing pioneer Don Garlits, resulting in the breaking of numerous speed and performance barriers in HEMI®-powered vehicles over the next several decades. In 2013, Mopar looks to defend its two NHRA 2012 World Championship titles in Pro Stock and Funny Car categories, and celebrates 25 consecutive years as title sponsor of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Colorado. While Mopar remains involved in a various professional motorsports series, it continues to honor its roots by being a proud supporter of amateur racing within the NHRA with its sponsorship of the HEMI Challenge and Mopar Sportsman Cup.
 

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Shortened Qualifying Provides Mixed Results for Mopar at Four-Wide Nationals

Field is set for eliminations at fourth edition of the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Fueled by Full Throttle

Mopar Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. qualifies No.2 in Pro Stock competition at zMAX Dragway

Jack Beckman qualifies his Dodge Charger R/T in third spot as the top Mopar Funny Car


April 20, 2013 , Concord, N.C. -
Mopar drivers in both Pro Stock and Funny Car classes had just two runs to make their mark in qualifying for this weekend’s fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, after rain washed out Friday’s sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedway's zMAX Dragway. Those two passes left little room for error and had mixed results for Mopar entries in both classes as they prepared for Sunday’s contest.

The unique Four-Wide Nationals format for Sunday’s eliminations will see the field of 16 qualifiers in each class split into four waves of drag racing (instead of the usual eight) for the opening round. With competitors facing-off simultaneously in four lanes, the top two finishers of each round will advance. As a result, only three eliminations rounds will be necessary, with the final run determining the winner, runner-up and two semi-finalists.
In Pro Stock qualifying, Mopar’s Jeg Coughlin Jr. run of 6.496 seconds (212.93 mph) came closest to stealing top spot from Mike Edwards (6.471sec / 213.64 mph), who posted a National elapsed time record and his fifth consecutive No.1 qualifier position of the season.
“We’ve had some great runs this year and we’ve been qualifying extremely well as evidenced by today’s No. 2 effort, but it’s game day where we want to perform to help mark this fantastic turn-around season for us in grand style,” said Coughlin who has two runner-up performance and a semi-final finish thus far in the first four events of the year. “There are some extra challenges when going four-wide but this race is Bruton (Smith's) baby and it's a lot of fun for us and the fans, as you can see by the packed grandstands. We have a fast racecar and I like our chances, but really the top eight cars here are separated by only a few hundredths of a second, give or take, so I know it's going be a dog fight."
Winner of the last two National title events, Allen Johnson qualified the Mopar Express Lane Dodge in fourth spot with his best pass of 6.500 sec /213.30 mph despite the limited track time.
“We didn’t have great qualifying runs but we’re still in the top half of the field and we’ll take that,” said Johnson. “Having a new car here and losing two sessions kind of hurt us. That might be true at any track but on this track especially since the start line’s uphill qualities make it a bit more of a challenge. But we have a confident and experienced Mopar Express Lane Crew and we’ll bounce back when it counts.”
Fellow HEMI® powered teammate Vincent Nobile didn’t improve on his first run of 6.534 sec (211.83) and ended up eighth, while the Dodge of V.Gaines claimed ninth place with a 6.545 sec (212.13 mph) effort. Both will be part of the first foursome running against Edwards and Frank Gugliotta. Meanwhile, Johnson and Coughlin will be the sole Mopars to battle in their respective first round quads with the hopes of advancing through two more in order to battle for the coveted Four-Wide National title.
The top qualified Mopar Funny Car was that of Don Schumacher Racing’s Jack Beckman who recorded an elapsed time of 4.071 seconds (311.09 mph) in his Dodge Charger R/T which was good enough to earn the third spot on the qualifying charts. Teammate Matt Hagan qualified his “Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar” entry sixth overall on the strength of a 4.137-second (303.09 mph) run in the final session. Fellow DSR driver Ron Capps had a best run of 4.137 seconds (303.09 mph) after smoking the tires of his Mopar in the final qualifying pass to put him in the 11th spot.
Funny Car qualifying came to a conclusion with a few surprises as rookie driver Chad Head drove to his first career No. 1 qualifying position, while Mopar’s Johnny Gray, second in the Championship point standings, will not be part of Sunday’s elimination rounds. After smoking the tires on his first run (7.56 second) putting him provisionally 12th, he had more trouble on his second pass, resulting in an e.t. of 5.363 seconds, which was not enough to make the field.

It will be quite the battle in the opening round of Funny Car eliminations as the DSR Mopar teammates Hagan, Capps and Beckman will battle each other and Dale Creasy for the two spots that will advance out of each foursome.

Mopar fans can catch all the spectacular Four-Wide action at the Dollar General NHRA Nationals Fueled by Full Throttle on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD where they will broadcast three hours of eliminations coverage starting at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 21.

Final Four-Wide Qualifying Results

PRO STOCK
1. Mike Edwards 6.471 / 213.64
2. Jeg Coughlin - Dodge Avenger 6.495 / 212.47
3. Shane Gray 6.498 / 213.03
4. Allen Johnson - Dodge Avenger 6.500 / 213.30
5. Greg Anderson 6.508 / 213.67
6. Erica Enders-Stevens 6.508 / 212.96
7. Jason Line 6.516 / 213.54
8. Vincent Nobile - Dodge Avenger 6.522 / 212.39
9. V Gaines- Dodge Avenger 6.545 / 212.13

10. Rodger Brogdon 6.573 / 211.10
11. Greg Stanfield 6.589 / 210.54
12. Larry Morgan 6.603 / 209.33
13. Kurt Johnson 6.606 / 209.95
14. Warren Johnson 6.669 / 208.75
15. Lewis Worden 6.681 / 206.73
16. Frank Gugliotta 6.690 / 208.20

FUNNY CAR
1. Chad Head 4.014 / 315.19
2. John Force 4.039 / 316.08
3. Jack Beckman - Dodge Charger 4.071 / 311.99
4. Tim Wilkerson 4.095 / 306.95
5. Del Worsham 4.111 / 309.27
6. Matt Hagan - Dodge Charger 4.137 / 303.09
7. Bob Tasca III 4.162 / 307.16
8. Alexis DeJoria 4.194 / 296.83
9. Jeff Arend 4.264 / 290.32
10. Blake Alexander '10 Charger 4.280 / 293.22
11. Ron Capps - Dodge Charger 4.319 / 219.72

12. Courtney Force 4.533 / 190.65
13. Cruz Pedregon 4.571 / 244.38
14. Dale Creasy Jr. 4.618 / 267.06
15. Tony Pedregon 4.739 / 189.18
16. Robert Hight 4.879 / 166.25
DNQ- Johnny Gray - Dodge Charger
 

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Hagan Drives ‘Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar’ to 4-Wide NHRA National Win

Don Schumacher Racing’s Hagan takes ‘Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar’ to winner’s circle at Four-Wide Nationals

Win by Hagan extends Mopar’s win streak to six titles in five NHRA events in 2013

Hagan back on track with first win since his 2011 NHRA Funny Car Championship season

Hagan takes the Funny Car Championship points lead by 50 points

Mopar Express Lane driver Johnson drops to second place in Pro Stock points standings after red light in round two quad elimination

April 21, 2013 , Concord, N.C. -





Matt Hagan drove his ‘Magneti Marelli Quality Autoparts Offered by Mopar’ Dodge Charger R/T straight to victory lane at the fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals for his first title win of the season and his sixth career Funny Car victory with Don Schumacher Racing.
“This was a big win for us,” Hagan said of his first title since the 2011 season finale to earn the NHRA Funny Car World Championship for Mopar. “It’s been a year since we won, or longer. It’s been too long, and that feeling is just great to have back. Obviously we don't want this to go away."

“Congratulations to Matt Hagan from all of us at Mopar on his win today at the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Matt has had a strong start to the season and it’s great to see the ‘Magneti Marelli Quality Auto Parts Offered by Mopar’ branded Dodge Charger in the winner’s circle. We look forward to watching Matt, as well as his Don Schumacher Racing teammates contend for wins in defense of the Funny Car Championship title for a third consecutive year.”
Hagan had three consecutive 4.0-second passes during Sunday's unique four-wide eliminations on his way to earning the “Wally”. He emerged the winner in the first round with an elapsed time run of 4.057 seconds (314.09 mph) and moved on to the next quad match up along with Mopar teammate Jack Beckman who had qualified third. They did so by defeating their other DSR teammate Ron Capps and Dale Creasy.
In the next round, Hagan was once again quickest with an e.t. of 4.075 seconds (313.29 mph) while Beckman hazed the tires and did not advance to the championship round.
For the four-wide final, the ‘Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar’ machine served up a 4.071 seconds (315.34 mph) run to beat Blake Alexander, while Tim Wilkerson and No.1 qualifier Chad Head both lost traction early in their runs. With the win, Hagan jumps from fourth place into the lead in the category by 50 points, marking the first time he has led the standings since winning the 2011 Championship.
The event’s purposely built four lane zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, provided a bit more of a challenge to Mopar’s Pro Stock contingency. All four HEMI-powered Dodge entries had their elimination rounds end in disappointment as none made it past the second quad.
The first to fall was No.2 qualifier Jeg Coughlin Jr. who had great 0.005-second reaction time to take the lead off the start in the JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger until it suddenly got loose and he lost his chance to advance. Teammate Vincent Nobile had a similar fate after also coming out the gate first, but was beaten to the line by both Mike Edwards and fellow Mopar driver V. Gaines.
Coming off wins at the previous two National events, Allen Johnson drove his Mopar Express Lane Dodge to the finish in second place to make it through the first round.
Johnson and Gaines second round quad eliminations appearance didn’t go quite as planned as both saw their red lights come on, disqualifying their run at making the final four.
“It’s disappointing not to make it to the final and it hasn’t been our best weekend but the four wide is fun for the fans and mixes things up a bit,” said Johnson. “It’s kind of unusual for me to foul out and for both me and V. (Gaines) to both do it at the same time is really odd. It’s just not something we normally do. The good news is the Mopar Express Lane Dodge isn’t too far back in the points in second spot.”
The Pro Stock Four-Wide National title was won by Mike Edwards who takes over the points lead. Runner-up finisher Erica Enders-Stevens slips into third sport behind Johnson. The final-four semi-finalists were Shane Gray and Greg Anderson.
Next on the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule is the 26th annual NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas, on April 19-21.

2013 NHRA Championship Points Standings (after 5 races):
PRO STOCK (season wins in parentheses)


1. Mike Edwards (1) – 494
2. Allen Johnson (2) - Dodge Avenger – 410
3. Erica Enders-Stevens (1) – 396
4. Jeg Coughlin Jr. - Dodge Avenger – 369
5. Vincent Nobile (1) - Dodge Avenger – 309

6. Jason Line – 303
7. V. Gaines- Dodge Avenger – 284
8. Greg Anderson – 269
9. Shane Gray – 227
10. Rodger Brogdon – 200

FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)

1. Matt Hagan (1) - Dodge Charger R/T – 399
2. Cruz Pedregon (1) – 349
3. Courtney Force (1) – 347
4. Johnny Gray (1) - Dodge Charger R/T – 311
5. Ron Capps (1) - Dodge Charger R/T – 309

6. Robert Hight – 271
7. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T – 263
8. Del Worsham – 259
9. Tim Wilkerson – 247
10. Bob Tasca III – 240
 
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