Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes & Quotes
'It's great to see the success Ron Capps is having in his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, taking the victory today in his third straight final-round appearance. As we head into the final eight races of the season, we look forward to cheering on Ron and all his Don Schumacher Racing teammates.'
Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA
'Congratulations to Ron Capps and Don Schumacher Racing on bringing home the win for Dodge//SRT and Mopar this weekend at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. There's no better way to wrap up the three-race Western Swing than in the winner's circle on Sunday.'
Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America
Mopar Sportsman racer Bill Bushmaker from Auburn, Washington, drove his I/SA 1976 Plymouth Road Runner to the quarterfinals in Stock Eliminator at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, earning the Dodge Top Finisher award for the class. Powered by a Mopar 360 small block, Bushmaker's quest for a victory ended in round four of eliminations despite having a great reaction time against his opponent. Running off an 11.41 dial-in, Bushmaker lost by mere 0.0062 seconds (approximately 12 inches) at the finish line. Alberta, Canada, resident Darcy Clarke piloted his 1964 SS/EA Plymouth Belvedere to a round three finish in Super Stock at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, earning the Dodge Top Finisher award in Super Stock. Powered by a high-compression 426 Max Wedge Mopar big-block, Clarke had qualified his potent Plymouth in the 16th spot out of 30 entries with a stout 9.74-second run on a 10.35 index. The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in its second 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.
Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight
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Ron Capps, Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car (No. 9 Qualifier – 4.008 ET) Rd.1: (.075-second reaction time, 3.989 seconds at 321.04 mph) beat No. 8 Jonnie Lindberg (.138/4.049/317.79) Rd.2: (.054/3.998/320.43) beat No. 1 Matt Hagen (.077/4.032/311.27) Rd.3: (.100/4.002/315.49) beat No. 5 Tim Wilkerson (No Time) Rd.4: (.084/4.033/314.90) beat No. 3 Courtney Force (.078/4.115/255.63) 'I won here in 1995. It was on a Tuesday. I was in an unsponsored car, I borrowed money for a firesuit, and Pennzoil was on my suit, my mom sewed it on. That was a big moment. I've been here many times and have been able to win in Funny Car, but that was a fateful day. That day from what (former team owner) Don Prudhomme told me, that was the day he started watching me on the track, how I drove, the way I carried myself. That day probably propelled me to the next step of getting a phone call from Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme, and from there led me to be able to drive for Don Schumacher. I've driven for two of the biggest names in the sport, represented three Fortune 500 companies in my 20+-year career. I love racing cars, I live for it, so it's neat to come full circle and stage the car in that same lane where I won on that Tuesday.' Leah Pritchett, Sparkling Ice/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster (No. 6 Qualifier – 3.764 ET) Rd.1: (.067-second reaction time, 3.809 seconds at 325.53 mph) beat No. 11 Troy Bluff (.107/3.798/315.71) Rd.2: (.086/3.823/319.60) beat No. 3 Clay Millican (.088/3.957/266.79) Rd.3: (.083/3.838/304.74) beat No. 7 Mike Salinas (.052/4.045/237.63) Rd.4: (.056/3.849/320.13) lost to No. 5 Antron Brown (.066/3.835/322.88) 'I feel phenomenal about the car, the team, the headspace and the momentum. Today was a great way to finish off the Western Swing. Of course, we were just one round shy of the ultimate finish to it, but my proudest moment of the weekend wasn't even the win lights. It was the ability this team had to overcome the insane challenges we had facing us after the semifinals. We had engine damage. We had blower damage and the confidence (crew chief) Tod Okuhara had using a blower that never had any type of boost put to it before for the final round should how good he is. When you change a blower there could be at least 15 other things that are affected, so you just don't know what to expect. From burnout to turnout, this was basically a new machine compared to what we had all weekend long. So to show out as well as we did in the final was very impressive. I'm very proud to be part of this team and we'll continue this momentum on to Brainerd.' Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car (No. 7 Qualifier – 3.977 ET) Rd.1: (.069-second reaction time, 4.177 seconds at 301.74 mph) beat No. 10 John Force (.086/5.598/138.27) Rd.2: (.076/4.074/318.09) beat No. 2 Robert Hight (.056/4.551/215.37) Rd.3: (.062/4.062/316.08) lost to No. 3 Courtney Force (.072/4.011/320.20) 'Surely we would've liked to win, but two semis on 'the swing' is not bad. It's important right now to get the points. The Countdown is coming, and the Make-A-Wish Dodge is improving every race, and we're doing better every race, so if you're going to peak, it's getting close to the right time to peak.' Matt Hagan, Sandvik Coromant/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car (No. 1 Qualifier – 3.913 ET) Rd.1: (.092-second reaction time, 4.045 seconds at 316.52 mph) beat No. 16 Cruz Pedregon (.070/4.854/166.11) Rd.2: (.077/4.032/311.27) lost to No. 9 Ron Capps (.054/3.998/320.43) 'Great qualifying position with this new Mopar Hellcat body. There's a lot of tough draws out here, we had Cruz (Pedregon) first-round, (Ron) Capps second-round, and none of them are easy. Capps and the Pennzoil/NAPA team have had our number for the last few races. They ran strong beside us, he had a good light, and that's just a hard combo to beat right now. Their car is running well; our car is running well too. It was a good drag race; we just happened to be on the back side of it. We'll move on to the next one and hopefully do big things at (the next event in) Brainerd.' Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car (No. 11 Qualifier – 4.028 ET) Rd.1: (.095-second reaction time, 4.026 seconds at 315.56 mph) lost to No. 6 Shawn Langdon (.070/4.017/318.69) 'I would rather win ugly, in other words smoke the tires but get down there and get the win light, than run fast and lose. Losing is never what we want to do and we've lost pretty the last few times out. I think the carrot on the stick for us is that even when our car doesn't run what we want it to run, it runs respectively. That tells me that we've got it back in the tune-up window where we ought to be able to start stepping on it and running quicker. Right now we're just trying to control clutch wear. It's a problem that every nitro car has. I definitely have reason for optimism. This is only our third first-round loss this year and that underscores how consistent our team has been. We need to ratchet it up a notch, qualify better, get a better first-round matchup and capitalize on that.' Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster (No. 4 Qualifier – 3.751 ET) Rd.1: (.079-second reaction time, 4.137 seconds at 258.47 mph) beat No. 13 Terry McMillen (.091/6.626/91.90) Rd.2: (.077/4.718/213.00) lost to No. 5 Antron Brown (.061/4.137/301.74) 'Smoked the tires twice today after four beautiful runs during qualifying. It kind of caught me off guard a couple of times. It was a rough one. Hate to give up any points, we were doing so well, but I look forward to getting to Brainerd, and to Indy test, and getting into that Countdown. We've got a great car, but we haven't had very much luck. When that luck finally turns, it's going to be a stout deal.'
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Next on the schedule for the Mopar and Dodge//SRT squad is the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, scheduled for August 17-19 at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. 2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 16 of 24 (Season Wins in Parentheses)
Up Next: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
1. Courtney Force — 1300 2. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (2) — 1146 3. Robert Hight — 1085 4. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (3) — 1064 5. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 999 6. J.R. Todd — 914 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T — 892 8. John Force — 824 9. Shawn Langdon — 736 10. Tim Wilkerson — 703
NHRA Funny Car
1. Steve Torrence – 1251 2. Tony Schumacher, Mopar Dodge HEMI (1) — 1090 3. Clay Millican — 1084 4. Leah Pritchett, Mopar Dodge HEMI (2) — 1083 5. Doug Kalitta — 995 6. Antron Brown — 927 7. Terry McMillen — 759 8. Brittany Force — 731 9. Richie Crampton — 660 10. Scott Palmer — 649
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