POMONA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —
- Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driver Ron Capps and his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) crew earned the 2021 Nationwide Sizzling Rod Affiliation (NHRA) Humorous Automobile World Championship, the second of his 27-year profession, on the Auto Membership Finals
- Three Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Humorous Automobiles entered the ultimate race day of the season with an opportunity to win the world championship title
- DSR driver Matt Hagan drove his Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the semifinals at Auto Membership Raceway and closed out the 2021 NHRA season as runner-up within the Humorous Automobile championship to teammate Capps
- Cruz Pedregon Racing and the Snap-on Instruments Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat remained within the hunt for the Humorous Automobile Crown all through the “Countdown to the Championship,” ending fourth within the standings, driver Cruz Pedregon’s greatest season efficiency since 2013
- DSR High Gasoline pilot Leah Pruett closed out the season by qualifying the Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster No. 3 for eliminations and ending within the High 10 for a sixth consecutive season
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driver Ron Capps and Don Schumacher Racing earned the 2021 Nationwide Sizzling Rod Affiliation (NHRA) Humorous Automobile World Championship in an thrilling season finale on the Auto Membership Raceway at Pomona, California. It’s the veteran driver’s second Humorous Automobile title of his 27-year profession, following his first championship win in 2016, and the seventh of the 19-year partnership between DSR and the Mopar and Dodge//SRT manufacturers.
“On behalf of Dodge//SRT, congratulations to Ron Capps for his HEMI®-powered world championship efficiency,” stated Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Model Chief Govt Officer – Stellantis. “We’re thrilled to have Ron and the Don Schumacher Racing crew display what Dodge//SRT efficiency seems like by incomes their second NHRA Humorous Automobile World Championship.”
“Congratulations to Ron Capps from all of us at Mopar on this hard-earned second profession Humorous Automobile world championship,” stated Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Components and Buyer Look after FCA – North America. “We admire the excellent efforts throughout this championship season and thank them for proudly showcasing Mopar efficiency on the observe.”
“What a loopy day and loopy season,” stated Capps. “The truth that the Countdown got here all the way down to the Pomona Finals and was an actual struggle between the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats of Cruz Pedregon, Matt Hagan and I used to be actually neat. And to see that as a producer Dodge had the competitors lined, all three of us have been fairly pleased with that.”
Capps claimed his second NHRA World Championship after powering his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to 2 occasion wins, three runner-up finishes and advancing to the semifinals or higher on 11 events. Capps and his crew collected a category-best 36 spherical wins and 4 No. 1 qualifier awards whereas taking the factors lead 5 totally different occasions over the course of the 20-event season.
“The Dodge Charger SRT physique has been loopy enjoyable to drive this 12 months,” added Capps. “We got here out with a brand new chassis and new physique and this 12 months this physique has made me an entire new driver. It has been enjoyable to have extra imaginative and prescient and to have the ability to see higher and if you end up going 330 mph that is what you want.”
Three Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Humorous Automobiles entered the ultimate race day of the season with an opportunity to take residence the championship Wally however as soon as each No. 2 qualifier Capps and DSR teammate Hagan within the No. 7 place turned on win lights within the first spherical of eliminations, Pedregon was not in competition for the crown.
With a pending head-to-head showdown between Capps and Hagan within the quarterfinals, the 67-point distinction, or the equal of a 3 rounds, between the 2 contenders added to drama. If Capps beat Hagan, he would instantly be topped Humorous Automobile Champion.
As a substitute, the 2 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats placed on a present with a side-by-side battle that noticed Hagan emerge the winner following a 0.074-second response time and three.948-second elapsed time run at 322.34 mph to edge Capps on the stripe regardless of a stable 0.043-second response time and three.995-second drive at 319.45 mph.
“I knew it was going to come back all the way down to the wire however we actually needed to fear about Matt (Hagan),” stated Capps, who watched from the sidelines as the chance that Hagan may efficiently defend his Humorous Automobile crown hinged on him taking the Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the winner’s circle. “We certified properly however nonetheless ended up racing him within the second spherical. It was an in depth race however then I needed to stand behind his automotive and wait to see the way it performed out. Actually pleased with the job (Crew Chiefs) ‘Guido’ (Dean Antonelli) and John Medlen and the entire crew has accomplished this 12 months.”
Hagan wanted to get his Mopar machine previous Alexis DeJoria within the semifinals to have a shot at retaining his crown. The three-time NHRA champ was faster on the beginning however by half-track his opponent slipped previous for the spherical win, ending Hagan’s drive and reign as Humorous Automobile champion.
“We have got an amazing crew, an amazing automotive and on the finish of the day there have been three Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats within the working for this championship, with (Ron) Capps, me and Cruz (Pedregon),” stated Hagan. “Dodge is simply doing an incredible job on the market and I am glad to be part of it. As we speak did not go the best way we needed it to however to be within the championship hunt and be capable to have a shot at it 12 months after 12 months is a testomony to the efficiency gear we have now and the onerous work this crew has put in.”
With a category-best 4 wins this season, Hagan and his Mopar Dodge//SRT crew’s runner-up end within the championship was their eleventh time closing out a season with a High-10 end result.
The third contender within the Humorous Automobile title chase heading into the ultimate race day was Pedregon, who arrived at Auto Membership Raceway recent off his victory on the Dodge//SRT Nationals in Las Vegas and put his Snap-On Instruments Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat No. 6 on the ladder with constant qualifying runs. With a 91-point deficit previous to the opening spherical, any championship hopes for the Cruz Pedregon Racing crew have been contingent on Capps exiting within the first spherical.
Whereas that did not occur, Pedregon lined up for the primary spherical match in opposition to No. 11 seed Tim Wilkerson feeling constructive in regards to the consistency and progress his crew made this season. Pedregon’s HEMI-powered machine had a very good launch and was on the transfer when tire smoke early within the run dropped at an in depth his crew’s greatest season efficiency since 2013. The crew finishes fourth within the factors standings with two wins, a pair of runner-up finishes and a No. 1 qualifier award. Their Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat turned on win lights 30 occasions in eliminations this season, solely the third time in 20 years that Pedregon has received 30 or extra rounds.
In High Gasoline motion, DSR pilot Leah Pruett’s stable qualifying efficiency put the Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT dragster No. 3 on the eliminations ladder with a 3.706-second move at 327.59 mph within the remaining session. That afforded the HEMI-powered machine lane alternative over No. 14 seed Cameron Ferre for the opening spherical of the ultimate nationwide occasion of the season.
After a fast begin, Pruett was chasing down her opponent when a lack of traction previous to half-track hampered her efforts and introduced her race day to an early finish. She closes out her season seventh within the High Gasoline standings, her sixth consecutive top-10 end since becoming a member of Don Schumacher Racing in 2016, with an occasion title on the Pomona Winternationals and runner-up end at Sonoma.
The NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence will return to the dragstrip in February with a 22-event season schedule that can once more embrace 5 nationwide occasions with Mopar Categorical Lane and Dodge//SRT title sponsorship.
ADDITIONAL NOTES and QUOTES
Matt Hagan, DSR Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(No. 7 Qualifier – 3.956 seconds at 319.75 mph)
Spherical 1: (0.081-second response time, 3.935 seconds at 323.04 mph) defeats No. 10 Tony Jurado (0.091/3.973/322.34)
Spherical 2: (0.074/3.948/322.34) defeats No. 2 Ron Capps (0.043/3.995/319.45)
Spherical 3: (0.054/3.975/317.79) loss to No. 3 Alexis DeJoria (0.081/3.940/321.04)
“Congratulations to Ron Capps. He is a real legend of the game. He is been out right here most likely greater than twice so long as I have been racing. These guys simply outworked and outperformed us this 12 months. On the finish of the day, we get to come back again out right here and struggle them once more subsequent 12 months. On the finish of the day and an extended 12 months, I simply wish to say I am pleased with (Crew Chief) Dickie Venables and my whole crew. We battled again after a few unhealthy race days at Bristol and (Las) Vegas. I am completely happy for Ron and unhappy for us. The solar will rise tomorrow and it is time for us to work onerous this off season and are available again out right here and do it once more in just a few months right here at Pomona. Nice job to Capps and the NAPA crew.”
Ron Capps, DSR NAPA Auto Components Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 2 Qualifier – 3.908 seconds at 329.83 mph)
Spherical 1: (0.093-second response time, 3.908 seconds at 325.06 mph) defeats No. 15 Terry Haddock (0.159/4.708/178.07)
Spherical 2: (0.043/3.995/319.45) loss to No. 7 Matt Hagan (0.074/3.948/322.34)
“I can not even imagine that simply occurred. You do not wish to go up there and want somebody unhealthy luck. That whole Hagan crew with (crew chief) Dickie Venables is unimaginable. I anticipated them to go win the race. I do not know what to say. I am simply shaking proper now. I stood and watched from that very same Pomona Raceway grandstand as a child and watched guys like (Joe) Amato and Gary (Ormsby) line up within the remaining spherical right here years in the past and to be doing this myself and to now have a second championship, I can not say sufficient.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Instruments Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.939 seconds at 321.96 mph)
Spherical 1: (0.070-second response time, 4.808 seconds at 170.58 mph) loss to No. 11 seed Tim Wilkerson (0.053/3.922/325.30)
“I hate it for the crew greater than something to finish such an amazing 12 months with tire smoke however Tim (Wilkerson) was a troublesome opponent. We had lots at stake in the present day however we completed lots this 12 months, we have been within the championship dialog till the top with three Hellcat drivers. I respect and admire each these drivers. Actually proud that we had 30 spherical wins. That is a stat that reveals how essential consistency is. I am enthusiastic about holding that consistency by means of subsequent 12 months with this identical group of individuals. We’ll have a look at what we are able to enhance on however I have a look at this season as an enormous success. I am not a fan of the points-and-half format for the final race as a result of that does not reward what we have now accomplished over a stretch of time. The place we ended up isn’t indicative of the trouble we put in and what our Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat completed this 12 months. We have been a stable third place automotive. It was a very good season for us. We had good assist and for 3 Mopar Dodge Hellcats to be there on the end is indicative of how good these automobiles are.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Direct Connection Mopar Dodge//SRT Dragster
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.706 seconds at 327.59 mph)
Spherical 1: (0.070-second response time, 5.053 seconds at 189.71 mph) loss to No. 14 Cameron Ferre (0.059/3.796/319.75)
“The extent of confidence heading into the ultimate race right here at Pomona was extraordinarily excessive – increased than it has been in a while. The attitudes have been constructive. The takeaway from the primary spherical loss is a straight mechanical malfunction. The clutch didn’t transfer. It wasn’t a tuning or personnel subject. Subsequently, we had no energy. It combined up cylinders instantly. A pair pedal jobs and a bizarre sensation within the automotive whenever you’re not going wherever, but in addition not smoking the tires. Generally it is simply vital for a really onerous reset. This whole crew has a coronary heart of gold. We characterize the ‘by no means carry’ marketing campaign for Dodge and we’re a testomony for that and typically whenever you by no means carry, a component does. We’re wanting ahead to subsequent season. We could not be extra grateful to DSR, Dodge, Mopar, Pennzoil, all of our nice companions at Don Schumacher Racing, and everybody at DSR for some superb seasons.”
NHRA Championship Remaining Factors Standings:
Following the Auto Membership NHRA Finals at Pomona
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,676 (2)
2. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,639 (3/1-Tommy Johnson Jr.)
3. Bob Tasca III – 2,586 (3)
4. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,555 (2)
5. John Power – 2,543 (3)
6. Alexis DeJoria – 2,526 (1)
7. J.R. Todd – 2,498 (1)
8. Robert Hight – 2,478 (2)
9. Tim Wilkerson – 2,361 (1)
10. Jim Campbell – 2,238
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 2,873 (11)
2. Brittany Power – 2,637 (1)
3. Mike Salinas – 2,614 (1)
4. Justin Ashley – 2,556 (2)
5. Billy Torrence – 2,498 (2)
6. Antron Brown – 2,427 (1)
7. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 2,401 (1)
8. Clay Millican – 2,384
9. Shawn Langdon – 2,310
10. Doug Kalitta – 2,290
DodgeGarage: Digital Hub for Drag Racing Information
Followers can comply with all of the NHRA motion this season at DodgeGarage, the one-stop portal for Dodge//SRT and Mopar drag-racing information. The positioning consists of every day updates and entry to an internet racing HQ, information, occasions, galleries, accessible downloads and merchandise. For extra data, go to www.dodgegarage.com.
@DodgeMoparMotorsports on Instagram
The @DodgeMoparMotorsports Instagram channel continues to share content material capturing Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers on the observe. Followers can see motion from the NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Sequence and NHRA Sportsman grassroots racers, competing in lessons reminiscent of Manufacturing facility Inventory Showdown, Inventory and Tremendous Inventory, in addition to further motorsports collection.
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