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.'
NOTES and QUOTES:
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
NHRA Championship Points Standings:FUNNY CAR (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
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses):
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