Category Archives: Mopar Racing

Mopar Racing–Topeka Recap

Tony Schumacher advances to semifinals in U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster at Topeka
· Mopar Dodge Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett exits in all-Mopar matchup against Schumacher
· Schumacher sits third in Top Fuel points, Pritchett fifth
· Trio of Mopar Dodge Funny Car drivers advance to quarterfinals at Topeka
· Mopar Dodge Funny Car drivers Beckman and Hagan listed second and third, respectively, in standings
· Mike Cotten takes two Dodge Top Finisher awards in Topeka
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Mopar Racing–Topeka Recap

Johnson Qualifies Sixth, Leads Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Drivers into Race Day at NHRA Heartland Nationals

ohnson Qualifies Sixth, Leads Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Drivers into Race Day at NHRA Heartland Nationals

· Tommy Johnson Jr. quickest in qualifying of five Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers to make the field at Heartland Motorsports Park
· Tony Schumacher will start No. 4 in his Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster
· Atlanta Top Fuel race winner Leah Pritchett will begin race day from fifth spot in bid for back-to-back wins
· Defending Topeka event winner Ron Capps will start seventh in his Mopar Dodge Charger
· Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T pilot Matt Hagan earns berth in top-half of field
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Johnson Qualifies Sixth, Leads Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Drivers into Race Day at NHRA Heartland Nationals

Pritchett Powers Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster to First Win of Season at NHRA Southern Nationals

Pritchett Powers Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster to First Win of Season at NHRA Southern Nationals

· Leah Pritchett races Mopar Dodge/FireAde Top Fuel dragster to first win of season at Atlanta Dragway, sixth overall of her career
· Victory is third this season for a Mopar Dodge//SRT driver in NHRA Nitro classes
· Matt Hagan takes Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to runner-up finish, third final round of season
· Hagan, Jack Beckman put two Mopar Dodge Funny Car machines in semifinals
· Tony Schumacher qualifies for 350th consecutive Top Fuel event, comes up short in bid for first Atlanta win
· Mike Volkman captures back-to-back Dodge Top Finisher awards in Super Stock, Thomas Auger earns honor in Stock Eliminator
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season

May 6, 2018, Auburn Hills, Mich. – Leah Pritchett raced her Mopar Dodge/FireAde Top Fuel dragster to victory on Sunday at the 38th Annual NHRA Southern Nationals, earning her first win of the season and first at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, as well as the sixth overall of her Top Fuel career. Continue reading Pritchett Powers Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster to First Win of Season at NHRA Southern Nationals

Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Driver Johnson Advances to Final Round at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte

Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Driver Johnson Advances to Final Round at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte

· Tommy Johnson Jr. goes to final four-car round in Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T at Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte
· Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T driver Jack Beckman continues to lead NHRA Funny Car point standings
Trio of Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers advance to semifinals at zMAX Dragway
· Leah Pritchett qualifies for her 100th Top Fuel pro race at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway
· Pritchett pulls double-duty, qualifies No. 1 in Factory Stock Showdown Series in her supercharged Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
· Jack Zimmerman, Mike Volkman earn Dodge Top Finisher award in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Driver Johnson Advances to Final Round at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte

NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge at U.S. Nationals to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Mopar-powered 1968 Super Stock Cars

NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge at U.S. Nationals to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Mopar-powered 1968 Super Stock Cars
Dodge announces title sponsorship of event, which will mark its 18th consecutive year at iconic U.S. Nationals
Brand makes it a “Happy HEMI® Day” with announcement on 4/26, the date celebrated by Dodge and Mopar enthusiasts as HEMI Day
HEMI Day celebration video online at Dodge Garage (www.dodgegarage.com), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts
1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars — the most iconic of the Mopar package cars — to battle it out head-to-head
NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge qualifying and eliminations scheduled for August 30-31 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
$15,000 winner’s purse, cash rewards for all 16 drivers qualifying for eliminations up for grabs
April 26, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Dodge brand announced title sponsorship of the NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, returning the fan-favorite event to the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals for the 18th consecutive year. The 2018 NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge, scheduled to take place August 30-31 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mopar-powered 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that compete head-to-head in the event. Continue reading NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge at U.S. Nationals to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Mopar-powered 1968 Super Stock Cars

Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Pritchett, Beckman and Schumacher

Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Pritchett, Beckman and Schumacher
Advance to Semifinals at Houston

Three Mopar Dodge//SRT Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers advance to semifinals at NHRA SpringNationals
Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster driver Leah Pritchett reaches semis, as does teammate and co-points leader Tony Schumacher
Defending Top Fuel event champion Pritchett started race day as No.1 Qualifier
Mopar-powered Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Jack Beckman races to semifinals at SpringNationals
Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T driver Matt Hagan advances to quarterfinals at Houston, moves to second in Funny Car standings
Jacob Pitt of Mansfield, Texas earns Dodge Top Finisher award in both Stock Eliminator and Super Stock
More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season
April 22, 2018, Auburn Hills, Mich. – A trio of Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers went rounds in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Race Series during the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, near Houston. Leah Pritchett, Jack Beckman and Tony Schumacher took their Nitro machines to the semifinals in the ultra-competitive weekend, with Beckman leaving the event atop the NHRA Funny Car standings and Schumacher now tied for first in Top Fuel points. Continue reading Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Pritchett, Beckman and Schumacher

Mopar-powered Drivers Beckman and Schumacher Earn Runner-up Finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel at Vegas

Mopar-powered Drivers Beckman and Schumacher Earn Runner-up
Finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel at Vegas

· Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. advance to final four in Funny Car, with Beckman earning runner-up honors
· Beckman departs Vegas at top of Funny Car points championship standings
· Tony Schumacher qualified No. 1, takes runner-up position in Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
· Papa John’s/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster driver Leah Pritchett had the quickest pass of her quad and finished as runner-up in round one
· Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers Ron Capps and Matt Hagan qualified well but out in round one
· Four Mopar drivers in Top Five in Funny Car point standings
· Larry Gilley and Mike Cotton earn Dodge Top Finisher awards
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season

April 8, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada – Mopar and Dodge//SRT drivers Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) posted runner-up finishes Sunday at the 19th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Continue reading Mopar-powered Drivers Beckman and Schumacher Earn Runner-up Finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel at Vegas

Mopar-powered Drivers Beckman and Schumacher Earn Runner-up Finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel at Vegas

Mopar-powered Drivers Beckman and Schumacher Earn Runner-up
Finishes in Funny Car and Top Fuel at Vegas

· Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. advance to final four in Funny Car, with Beckman earning runner-up honors
· Beckman departs Vegas at top of Funny Car points championship standings
· Tony Schumacher qualified No. 1, takes runner-up position in Mopar-powered U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
· Papa John’s/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster driver Leah Pritchett had the quickest pass of her quad and finished as runner-up in round one
· Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers Ron Capps and Matt Hagan qualified well but out in round one
· Four Mopar drivers in Top Five in Funny Car point standings
· Larry Gilley and Mike Cotton earn Dodge Top Finisher awards
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season

April 8, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada – Mopar and Dodge//SRT drivers Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) posted runner-up finishes Sunday at the 19th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Schumacher was only about 4 feet shy of a Wally after the finals in Top Fuel, and Beckman was only about 9 feet short at the end of the Funny Car competition. The latter saw Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate and fellow Mopar driver Tommy Johnson Jr. run the quickest pass of the quad, but foul out on a red light after leaving the starting line too early. Beckman was second out of the gate and held on for the runner-up position.

The exciting finals were viewed by a packed house assembled to see the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ first event west of the Mississippi River, featuring four lanes of action simultaneously instead of two lanes. The Four-Wide Nationals only require three rounds to crown a winner, with two drivers advancing from each quadrant of four until an event champion emerges in the final round. The fans turned out in droves to see it, as NHRA and the drag strip’s officials announced two sellout crowds on Saturday and Sunday, a first for the facility’s spring race.

Schumacher, driver of the U.S. Army Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster, was that division’s top qualifier, the 86th of his career, second of the 2018 season and 11th at The Strip in Las Vegas, with a sizzling 328.46 miles per hour pass. He won his first round of eliminations convincingly over Steve Chrisman, but on the top end of that run Schumacher’s engine let go with a fireball when a fuel line broke.

He and Chrisman advanced to round two to face Clay Millican and Steve Torrence. The latter won that round but after an intense engine change after first round eliminations by the U.S. Army team, “The Sarge” came through as the runner-up, despite having to pedal it a couple of times. Schumacher turned in an excellent pass in the finals for the division’s runner-up honors, just getting edged by Torrence, who took home the Wally.

Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster driver Leah Pritchett had the quickest pass of her quad with a 3.793 E.T. while finishing second in round one of eliminations to No. 2 qualifier Anton Brown. She was No. 7 qualifier and helped oust Terry Totten and Mike Salinas in the first Top Fuel quad run.

Her runner-up spot earned her lane choice for round two and a big dose of confidence, but she just missed the finals when her 11,000-horsepower machine lost traction.

Jack Beckman started race day from the No. 13 seed. It was unfamiliar territory for the 2012 Funny Car world champion, who hasn’t qualified outside of the top three for the past six events, dating back to Dallas 2017.

In the first quad of eliminations, Beckman faced his teammate Ron Capps, reigning world champion Robert Hight, and Gary Densham. Beckman wheeled his Dodge Funny Car straight down the groove to take the round win and advance to the second session. In round two, Beckman had the starting line advantage and powered the Infinite Hero Foundation machine to another smooth pass, never trailing for the win.

The most recent Funny Car event winner (Gainesville) was hoping to go back-to-back and pick up his second victory of the year, and third “four-wide format” victory (Charlotte in 2011 and 2015). In the final elimination quad, Beckman was once again quick off of the line and raced to a hole shot runner-up finish. Although he wasn’t able to leave as the inaugural Las Vegas Four-Wide Funny Car winner, he was able to move into the points lead for the first time in 2018.

Tommy Johnson Jr. was set up to repeat his victory at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from last spring. He entered race day qualified second with his time of 3.932 at 318.84-mph.

During the first session of competition, Johnson drove Terry and Doug Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge to a 4.030 -second at 316.01-mph to advance to the second round. Johnson then ran the best lap of the session in round two with his stout 4.007-second pass to advance to ​the final quad along with his DSR teammate, Beckman. Unfortunately, during the finals Johnson was eliminated from competition when he left the starting line early and fouled out.

Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team qualified in the top half of the field among a stacked 20-car entry list. As the No. 4 qualifier, Capps faced teammate Beckman, Robert Hight and Gary Densham in the first elimination quad. Unfortunately, Capps would not be one of two drivers to advance to the second round of eliminations when a dropped cylinder and early deploying parachutes ended his chances at winning the first Western four-wide event.

Matt Hagan, driver of the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, qualified seventh but was instantly disqualified in round one when he got on the throttle before the tree indicated to start, causing a red light foul. He’ll put that rare miscue behind him and get ready for the next event even more determined to do well.

The Las Vegas track is known to be one of the most difficult ones on the NHRA circuit for drivers and tuners alike due to the facility’s elevation and unique setting, forcing many to gamble on setups between each pass.

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Notes & Quotes

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
No. 1 Qualifier —3.765 ET at 328.46 mph

Rd. 1: (0.078-second reaction time, 3.899 seconds at 257.43 mph), defeats No. 16 Steven Chrisman (0.140/4.111/284.81), No. 9 Terry McMillen (0.073/4.697/173.01) and No. 8 Scott Palmer (0.076/7.975/94.17)
Schumacher and Chrisman advance to round 2; Schumacher had the third choice of lanes.

Rd. 2: (0.057/4.297/249.49) lost to No. 5 Steve Torrence (0.062/3.763/326.08) and beat No. 16 Steven Chrisman (0.192/4.568/216.24) and No. 13 Clay Millican (0.069/5.970/108.82).
Torrence and Schumacher advance to the finals.

Finals: (0.058/3.790/325.22) lost to No. 5 Steve Torrence (0.069/3.771/326.63), and defeated No. 6 Doug Kalitta (0.040/3.914/273.27) and No. 2 Antron Brown (0.051/4.097/252.52)

“The problem is our car is awesome but the track’s too long – we should’ve won (laughs). Seriously, it was an excellent weekend for the Army car. There’s nothing easy about this. We had a runner-up finish with four amazing cars in the final. We’ll regroup, we’ll go to Houston and we’ll do it again. We moved up in points (to second), so that’s a good thing.”

Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster
No. 7 Qualifier — 3.798 ET at 323.35 mph

Rd. 1: (0.115-second reaction time, 3.793 at 324.05) lost to No. 2 Antron Brown (0.058/3.797/327.35) and defeated No. 15 Terry Totten (0.122/4.139/278.17) and No. 10 Mike Salinas (0.091/4.398/191.81).
Brown and Pritchett advanced to round two, where Pritchett had lane choice.

Rd. 2: (0.070/5.391/149.51) lost to No. 6 Doug Kalitta (0.056/3.864/320.13), No. 2 Antron Brown (0.071/4.0050/278.58) and No. 11 Richie Crampton (0.042/4.261/261.47)

“Sometimes we’re able to come back from a run and know what we did right, like we did on elimination round number one. We were the quickest car of the four. It brought confidence back to the team; we felt like we had our hot rod back. Just as soon as you believe that, round number two comes up and sometimes you’re able to see immediately if you got it right or of you didn’t, decipher exactly why. We’re still in the process of understanding why we smoked the tires because we weren’t trying for any record or to be the quickest of the day. We were just trying to get down the track on all eight [cylinders], and instead, for a reason we’re still trying to figure out, it didn’t want to take one of the clutch arms out of play so we ended up smoking the tires. But, the progression has been upward, so that’s positive, although not at the accelerated rate that we would like.”

Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
No. 13 Qualifier — 4.028 ET at 310.05 mph

Rd. 1: 0.084-second reaction time, 4.082 seconds at 305.56 mph, defeated No. 12 Gary Densham (0.117/5.304/149.66), No. 5 Robert Hight (0.072/6.165/109.93) and No. 4 Ron Capps (0.080/6.697/78.55).
Beckman and Densham advance to round two.

Rd. 2: (0.076/4.013/317.05) to defeat No. 1 Courtney Force (0.113/4.126/298.67), No. 9 Jonnie Lindberg (0.101/4.674/188.65) and No. 12 Gary Densham (0.101/5.379/136.72).
Beckman and Courtney Force advance to the finals.

Finals: (0.057/4.052/312.21), lost to No. 3 J.R. Todd (0.050/4.041/317.05) and defeated No. 1 Courtney Force (0.103/4.007/300.53) and No. 2 Tommy Johnson Jr. (-0.008 (R)/3.978/311.70).

“It wasn’t the best weekend after qualifying Saturday night. We had problems, we were dropping cylinders, we were spinning tires, and we ended up 13th. We haven’t qualified out of the top three in the last six months and it’s certainly not what our potential is, but we left here with a runner-up. We got our act together on race day and we leave here with the points lead, so I think we did a great job of figuring out what was ailing our car and making the appropriate adjustments and going out there and gobbling up a bunch more points. Of course you want to win in the final round but I’m comfortable with the things we did here today are going to help us be a better car for the rest of the season, and we’re going to stay and test tomorrow.”

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
No. 2 Qualifier — 3.932 ET at 318.84 mph

Rd. 1: (0.072-second reaction time, 4.030 seconds at 316.01 mph) to defeat No. 15 Del Worsham (0.090/4.496/244/25), No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (0.079/4.855/172.36) and No. 7 Matt Hagan (-0.003 (R)/5.899/117.68)
Johnson and Worsham advance to round two. Johnson had the third choice in lanes.

Rd. 2: (0.063/4.007/314.68) to defeat No. 3 J.R. Todd (0.068/4.054/314.17), No. 11 John Force (0.087/4.050/315.34) and No. 15 Del Worsham (0.091/4.049/307.93).
Johnson and Todd advance to the finals.

Finals: (-0.008 (R)/3.978/311.70) lost to No. 3 J.R. Todd (0.050/4.041/317.05), No. 13 Jack Beckman (0.057/4.052/312.21) and No. 1 Courtney Force (0.103/4.007/300.53).

“The car was running flawless and just performed exceptionally well this weekend. We found a problem after Gainesville and I’m super excited about what we’ve got in store for us. We were just a little short on completing a great weekend but I’m not disappointed whatsoever. Once you get running well you want to try to keep that going and with three in a row there’s a good chance we can go out there and win all three of those. I’m just super excited about the way this team is performing.”

Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
No. 4 Qualifier — 3.953 ET at 321.50 mph

Rd. 1: (0.080-second reaction time, 6.697 ET at 78.55 mph, lost to No. 13 Jack Beckman (0.084/4.082/305.56), No. 12 Gary Densham (0.117/5.304/149.66) and No. 5 Robert Hight (0.072/6.165/109.93).

“We’re not sure what happened just yet. We’re trying to analyze the run. It definitely had a cylinder go out at the hit of the throttle, which immediately shoved my NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge to the right towards Robert Hight’s lane. I was able to turn the steering wheel and get it back towards the center. You don’t know what’s going on in the other three lanes, so you have to stay in the throttle; that’s part of the four-wide race day strategy, and in this case, it ended up backfiring so we were done for the day.”

Matt Hagan, Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
No. 7 Qualifier — 3.987 ET at 322.96 mph

Rd. 1: (-0.003 red lighted)/5.899/117.68); lost to No. 2 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.072/4.030/316.01), No. 15 Del Worsham (0.090/4.496.244.25) and No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (0.079/4.855/172.36)

“I think we had a racecar that could have done some stuff out here today, but we won’t know until next year. It’s a hard pill to swallow, obviously after the final in Gainesville, having a .60 light, when I’m usually .50s or .40s in the finals. We’ve got stuff we’ve got to work on with the car too. I put a lot of pressure on myself. It takes all of us to do everything. It all plays a part. I’ll get my mind right and get focused and hit the practice tree and get right with it.”

Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Sportsman Spotlight

Former Dodge Top Finisher winner and 2018 NHRA Winternationals champ Larry Gilley drove his 1969 Dodge Dart GTS to the final round of Stock Eliminator at the 2018 DENSO Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Powered by a Mopar 340 cubic-inch small block, Gilley’s Dart GTS was dialed-in all weekend as he raced through six-rounds of heated competition only to lose by 0.0035 seconds (approximately 7 inches) in the finals. For advancing the furthest in Stock Eliminator, Larry Gilley received the Dodge Top Finisher award that includes $500.

Mopar Sportsman Racer and previous Dodge Top Finisher winner, Mike Cotten of Cave Creek, Ariz., piloted his 1970 big-block Mopar powered Plymouth ‘Cuda to four-rounds of intense eliminations. Cotton’s ‘Cuda was consistent on race day but came up just a little short and lost by 0.018 seconds. For advancing the furthest in Super Stock, Mike Cotten received the Dodge Top Finisher award that includes $500.

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 car at all 24 NHRA national events.

Mopar-powered Driver Beckman Wins All-Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Final at NHRA Gatornationals

Mopar-powered Driver Beckman Wins All-Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Final at NHRA Gatornationals

Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T driver Jack Beckman outruns Matt Hagan to win from pole at Gainesville Raceway
Victory is 27th of Beckman’s career and second this season for a Mopar Dodge//SRT driver
Points leader Hagan wraps up wild weekend with runner-up showing in Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T in his 500th round of racing
Trio of Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers advance to semifinals at Gainesville Raceway
Papa John’s/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel Dragster driver Leah Pritchett’s day ends in quarterfinals
Pritchett takes Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to second round in Factory Stock Showdown to cap solid weekend
Nichols, Kay earn Dodge Top Finisher awards at Gainesville
More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Mopar-powered Driver Beckman Wins All-Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Final at NHRA Gatornationals

Beckman Powers Mopar and Dodge//SRT to Funny Car Pole at NHRA Gatornationals

Beckman Powers Mopar and Dodge//SRT to Funny Car Pole at NHRA Gatornationals
Jack Beckman captures third No. 1 spot in three events for a Mopar Dodge//SRT driver
Pole is the 24th of Beckman’s career and second at Gainesville Raceway
Five Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T drivers make Funny Car field at NHRA Gatornationals
Mopar-powered Top Fuel drivers Tony Schumacher and Leah Pritchett to start from No. 4 and No. 6 spots, respectively
Pritchett puts Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in second day of Factory Stock Showdown eliminations, keeps quest alive for two Wally trophies

March 17, 2018, Gainesville, Florida – Jack Beckman collected the third No. 1 spot in three events for a Mopar Dodge//SRT driver this season, claiming the pole in his Mopar-powered Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car before a sellout crowd at the 49th annual NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. Continue reading Beckman Powers Mopar and Dodge//SRT to Funny Car Pole at NHRA Gatornationals

Mopar Dodge//SRT Driver Pritchett Primed for Double Duty in Top Fuel, Factory Stock Showdown at NHRA Gatornationals

Mopar Dodge//SRT Driver Pritchett Primed for Double Duty in Top Fuel, Factory Stock Showdown at NHRA Gatornationals

· Test sessions have Top Fueler Leah Pritchett ready to race her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in Factory Stock Showdown class at Gainesville Raceway
· NHRA Pro Stock world champion Allen Johnson will also drive Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in Factory Stock Showdown
· Geoff Turk cracks seven-second barrier at NMCA event, will look to repeat the feat at NHRA Gatornationals
· NHRA Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan to lead Mopar Dodge//SRT Don Schumacher Racing squad into Gatornationals
· Mopar Dodge//SRT display to feature popular Challenger SRT Demon simulators, elevated fan VIP viewing area at Gainesville Raceway
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Mopar Dodge//SRT Driver Pritchett Primed for Double Duty in Top Fuel, Factory Stock Showdown at NHRA Gatornationals

Dodge//SRT and Mopar Brands to Offer Complimentary Drag Race Experience for National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Competitors in 2018

Dodge//SRT and Mopar Brands to Offer Complimentary Drag Race Experience for National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Competitors in 2018

National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Dodge/Mopar HEMI® Shootout category to offer Mopar-powered competitors complimentary entry at all 2018 NMCA events
Racers in model year 2005 and newer FCA US LLC vehicles will receive complimentary entry to battle in Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout
NMCA season kicks off in Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida on March 8-11
Fields open to modern-day Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles, including 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat, 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Chrysler 300 and more FCA US nameplates
Awards and prizes up for grabs in nine different categories
Vehicle owners can register online for HEMI Shootout at www.NMCAdigital.com/hemi
New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts, to feature Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout coverage

March 6, 2018, Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Dodge//SRT and Mopar brands are teaming up with the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) to offer complimentary customer drag racing experiences exclusively at NMCA race events for the 2018 season. Mopar-powered competitors in model year 2005 and newer FCA US LLC vehicles will receive complimentary entry to battle it out in the NMCA Dodge/Mopar HEMI® Shootout category, giving owners the opportunity to race their vehicles in a sanctioned and secure drag strip environment.

Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout fields are expected to draw a unique mix of modern-day FCA US vehicle nameplates, such as Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles in a variety of models, including the 485-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger Scat Pack models, 707-horsepower Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models, the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, as well as Chrysler 300, Ram truck and Jeep® vehicles.

The NMCA season kicks off with the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, March 8-11, 2018.

“The National Muscle Car Association series is an excellent venue for Dodge//SRT and Mopar to give owners of our modern-day FCA US LLC vehicles, including the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, the opportunity to drag race in a sanctioned, controlled environment,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “We’re continuing our efforts to take racing off the street and put it where it belongs — the drag strip — by providing complimentary entry into the Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout category.”

“Together, the Mopar and Dodge brands share a long and respected legacy in the world of drag racing, and we’re proud to add another chapter to that tradition with this new initiative in the NMCA,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “Mopar is about providing owners with the tools they need to not only be fast on the strip, but also secure on the streets, and this new program helps us push forward to reaching those goals.”

Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout: The Facts

Vehicles entered in the Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout must be licensed, insured and street driven, on street-legal tires and must be model year 2005 or newer FCA US vehicles (Viper models permitted). While geared toward Gen III HEMI-engine-powered machines, vehicles with alternate Mopar engines will also be eligible for complimentary entry.

The Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout class is open to the first 75 vehicle owners to register for each NMCA event, with each complimentary entry — valued up to $175 — good for one car/driver participant credential. Vehicle owners can register online at www.NMCAdigital.com/hemi for the Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout, which will be featured at all six races on the 2018 NMCA national event schedule. NMCA membership not required to participate.

NMCA will offer Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout competitors an easy and fun experience, with personalized, step-by-step instruction available. The Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout will take place on Saturday at each NMCA event, but all participants are welcome to arrive on Thursday and/or Friday of race weekend for early registration, instruction and test-and-tune passes down the dragstrip. Competitors are encouraged to race at their own pace, depending on each participant’s comfort level.

Although competitors will stage side-by-side for runs down the quarter-mile, drivers will not race head-to-head. Participants will compete against the clock and will be measured in elapsed time (ET) down the track, taking reaction time off the starting line out of the equation.

Participants will be allowed three passes down the drag strip. NMCA staff will average the three passes by each competitor, with the quickest averages in seven different ET categories — from the nine to 15 second ET range — earning an award and $100 cash courtesy of NMCA. The overall ET runner-up will also receive $100 and an award, with the quickest overall ET winner taking home $250 and the NMCA Victor award.

Each Dodge/Mopar HEMI Shootout participant will also receive a free collectible license plate. As an added bonus, participants who would like to extend their racing experience will also receive complimentary entry into the Sunday Bracket 3/Street class at each NMCA event.

Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Driver Johnson Runner-up at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Driver Johnson
Runner-up at NHRA Arizona Nationals

· Tommy Johnson Jr. scores runner-up spot at NHRA Arizona Nationals with Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
· Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher becomes fastest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history in qualifying
· Three additional Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers, Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan and Ron Capps (Funny Car), advance to round two
· Mike Cotton runner-up in Super Stock in 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda to win Dodge Top Finisher award
· Jerry Stein wins Dodge Top Finisher award in Stock Eliminator with his Dodge Dart GTS 440
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts, includes highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Driver Johnson Runner-up at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Dodge Fuels Mile-High NHRA Nationals as New Title Sponsor

Dodge Fuels Mile-High NHRA Nationals as New Title Sponsor
Dodge becomes title sponsor of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Denver
2018 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar marks 30th year of FCA US LLC sponsorship of top-level drag racing at Bandimere Speedway
Dodge also returns for third-consecutive year as title sponsor of Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania
Denver event title sponsorship illustrates growing partnership of Dodge and Mopar in NHRA
New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches, will include highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Dodge Fuels Mile-High NHRA Nationals as New Title Sponsor

Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Driver Hagan Triumphs at Season-opening NHRA Winternationals

Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Driver Hagan Triumphs
at Season-opening NHRA Winternationals

Gilley Scores Stock Eliminator win in 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340

Matt Hagan takes Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to back-to-back victories at NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California
Hagan dominates from pole to earn his 27th NHRA National event win
Three of four Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Charger R/T drivers advance to semifinals
Mopar-powered DSR Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher races to event runner-up
Leah Pritchett exits early in Mopar Dodge NHRA Top Fuel dragster
Larry Gilley claims Stock Eliminator class win in Mopar-powered 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340
Gilley, Staci Smith earn first 2018 Dodge Top Finisher awards in NHRA Sportsman ranks
More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Driver Hagan Triumphs at Season-opening NHRA Winternationals

Hagan Drives Mopar and Dodge//SRT to No. 1 Spot in Funny Car Qualifying at NHRA Winternationals

Hagan Drives Mopar and Dodge//SRT to No. 1 Spot in Funny Car Qualifying
at NHRA Winternationals
Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Matt Hagan kicks off season by claiming pole on final qualifying pass at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California
Hagan sets track speed record in earning 31st career No. 1 position
Hagan’s Don Schumacher Racing teammates Beckman and Capps also place their Mopar-powered Dodge Charger Funny Car machines in top five
Leah Pritchett will start season No. 4 in her Mopar Dodge NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Continue reading Hagan Drives Mopar and Dodge//SRT to No. 1 Spot in Funny Car Qualifying at NHRA Winternationals

NHRA Top Fuel Star Pritchett to Drive Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in Full Factory Stock Showdown Schedule

NHRA Top Fuel Star Pritchett to Drive Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in Full Factory Stock Showdown Schedule
· NHRA Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett to also race in all seven SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown events in 2018
· Pritchett to drive Don Schumacher Racing (DSR)-prepped, supercharged Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak starting at NHRA Gatornationals in March
· New DSR employee and NHRA Stock Eliminator World Champion Kevin Helms to serve as crew chief for Pritchett’s Factory Stock Showdown team
· Fans can vote to pick Pritchett’s vehicle graphics at motorsports lifestyle website https://www.hoonigan.com/LP
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season

Auburn Hills, Michigan (February 5, 2018) – It’s shaping up to be a busy 2018 season for Leah Pritchett. In addition to the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) star’s responsibilities behind the wheel of her Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Top Fuel Dragster, Pritchett will also steer a supercharged Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in the full slate of 2018 SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown events. Continue reading NHRA Top Fuel Star Pritchett to Drive Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak in Full Factory Stock Showdown Schedule

Mopar and Dodge//SRT Team Up, Announce Expanded Support of Pritchett and Hagan in 2018 NHRA Title Chase

Mopar and Dodge//SRT Team Up, Announce Expanded Support of Pritchett and Hagan in 2018 NHRA Title Chase

Brands set to debut new 4,800-square-foot combined display on NHRA Midway

· Mopar and Dodge//SRT boost primary sponsorship of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) NHRA Top Fuel star Leah Pritchett to seven events in 2018
· Brands mark decade as sponsor of DSR driver Matt Hagan’s Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car
· 4,800-square-foot Mopar Dodge//SRT display, one of largest on NHRA Midway, to debut at season-opening NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 8-11 in Pomona, California
· NHRA Sportsman racer support continues with long-running Mopar Contingency Program, second year of Dodge Top Finisher Award
· New Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts launches; will include highlights from NHRA season

Auburn Hills, Michigan (January 30, 2018) – Mopar and Dodge//SRT are once again teaming up and taking aim at world titles in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, armed with an increased commitment to Top Fuel star Leah Pritchett and renewed support of two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan for the 2018 season, which commences at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, February 8-11.

The brands will take primary placement on Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Pritchett’s 330-plus mph NHRA Top Fuel Dragster at seven of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA schedule, more than triple from two races last season as primary sponsor. Continue reading Mopar and Dodge//SRT Team Up, Announce Expanded Support of Pritchett and Hagan in 2018 NHRA Title Chase

Johnson Wins NHRA Finals in Mopar Dodge Funny Car, Capps Finishes as Runner-up in Final Standings

Johnson Wins NHRA Finals in Mopar Dodge Funny Car, Capps Finishes as Runner-up
in Final Standings

Austin Williams takes Stock Eliminator victory

Tommy Johnson Jr. wins 53rd annual NHRA Finals in Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR)
Mopar claims 21 victories in Pro categories in 2017 (16 in Funny Car, five in Top Fuel)
Mopar Dodge Funny Cars appear in 21 of 24 final rounds in 2017, Mopar Top Fuel dragsters make 10 final-round appearances
Ron Capps finishes as runner-up in final Funny Car point standings to lead Mopar, Leah Pritchett leads Mopar in Top Fuel category with fifth-place finish in standings
Allen Johnson competes in final event in Mopar-powered Dodge Dart in Pro Stock
Austin Williams wins Stock Eliminator in 1972 Plymouth Duster, Mopar-powered drivers represent three of four semifinalists in category
Williams named Dodge Top Finisher in Stock Eliminator, Jon Irving takes award in Super Stock Eliminator category
Troy Johnston takes Sportsman ET win in ’72 Duster
November 12, 2017, Pomona, Calif. – A drama-filled Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona closed out the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series calendar, as Mopar Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. gave the brand its 16th victory of the season in the category during the NHRA Finals, and teammate Ron Capps finished as runner-up in the year-end standings. Continue reading Johnson Wins NHRA Finals in Mopar Dodge Funny Car, Capps Finishes as Runner-up in Final Standings

Capps Earns Runner-up Finish in Mopar Dodge Funny Car at NHRA FallNationals

Capps Earns Runner-up Finish in Mopar Dodge Funny Car at NHRA FallNationals

Ron Capps finishes as runner-up in Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) during 32nd annual NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex
At least one Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge Funny Car from DSR appears in final round for 19th time this season
Capps and Jack Beckman represent Mopar in Funny Car semifinals
Leah Pritchett finishes in second round in Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster
Capps maintains Funny Car points lead, Pritchett moves to fifth to lead Mopar in Top Fuel standings
Derek Hake drives 1969 Plymouth Road Runner to semifinals in Stock Eliminator
Hake wins Dodge Top Finisher in Stock Eliminator category, Jacob Pitt takes prize in Super Stock Eliminator Continue reading Capps Earns Runner-up Finish in Mopar Dodge Funny Car at NHRA FallNationals