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.'
NOTES and QUOTES:
(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.'
Matt Hagan, Mopar 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.'
Tommy Johnson Jr., MD Anderson 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.'
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(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.
Leah Pruett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
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 Dodge Garage: Digital Hub for Drag Racing News Fans can follow all the NHRA's action this season at Dodge Garage, the one-stop portal for Dodge//SRT and Mopar drag racing news. The site includes daily updates and access to an online racing HQ, news, events, galleries, available downloads and merchandise. For more information, please visit www.dodgegarage.com.
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