Category Archives: Mopar Racing

Capps Wins Fourth Straight in All-Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car Final at Topeka

Capps Wins Fourth Straight in All-Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car Final
at Topeka

Ron Capps wins 29th annual NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka for 53rd career Funny Car victory and fourth in a row
Capps and Matt Hagan compete in all-Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car final round
Three Funny Cars featuring Mopar HEMI® power appear in semifinals
Leah Pritchett puts Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster in semis
Mopar maintains top two positions in Funny Car points and the No. 1 points position in Top Fuel
T.J. Diekema and Jacob Pitt win Dodge Top Finisher award in Stock Eliminator and Super Stock
May 21, 2017, Topeka, Kan. – The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series reached the one-third mark of the 2017 schedule with this weekend’s Heartland Nationals, and neither Ron Capps nor his Mopar teammates in the Nitro categories are showing signs of slowing any time soon. Capps took home the Wally trophy in Funny Car for the 53rd time in his career and fourth race in a row, driving his Dodge Charger R/T to the victory over his Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Matt Hagan. Hagan meanwhile became the quickest and fastest driver in Funny Car history during event qualifying. Capps’ win is the seventh for Mopar HEMI® power in the Funny Car category this season. Continue reading Capps Wins Fourth Straight in All-Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car Final at Topeka

Hagan Sets National Funny Car Records, Schumacher Takes No. 1 Spot in Top Fuel for Mopar Sweep in NHRA Topeka Qualifying

Hagan Sets National Funny Car Records, Schumacher Takes No. 1 Spot in Top Fuel for Mopar Sweep in NHRA Topeka Qualifying

Matt Hagan qualifies No. 1 for 29th annual NHRA Heartland Nationals in Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car; 28th top spot of his career and second this year
Hagan sets national E.T. and speed records with pass of 3.802 seconds at 338.85 mph
Mopar HEMI® power has set quick time in Funny Car qualifying on three occasions in 2017
Tony Schumacher gives Mopar fifth Top Fuel No. 1 qualifying position of the season with U.S. Army car, turns in a pass of 3.660 seconds at 327.90 mph Continue reading Hagan Sets National Funny Car Records, Schumacher Takes No. 1 Spot in Top Fuel for Mopar Sweep in NHRA Topeka Qualifying

Capps Wins Third Straight in Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car at Atlanta

Capps Wins Third Straight in Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car at Atlanta

Ron Capps wins 37th annual NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway for his 52nd Funny Car win and third in a row
Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars have won six of seven races in 2017
Tony Schumacher goes to final round in Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster
HEMI® power has advanced to final in every Top Fuel event this year
Leah Pritchett sets Top Fuel track record in round one of eliminations with a 3.699-second pass
Mopar and Dodge maintain top two positions in Funny Car and Top Fuel point standings
Kevin Helms drives 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to Super Stock semifinals
Helms wins Dodge Top Finisher award in Super Stock, Douglas Duell gets Stock Eliminator prize
May 7, 2017, Commerce, Ga. – Ron Capps’ hot streak continued at Atlanta Dragway this weekend, as the Mopar driver put his HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car in the winner’s circle for the third consecutive Sunday. With the Southern Nationals victory, Mopar has now won at least one of the Nitro categories in all seven of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in 2017. Continue reading Capps Wins Third Straight in Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car at Atlanta

Capps Drives Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to Second Straight Win of Season at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Capps Drives Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to Second Straight Win of Season at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Mopar driver Ron Capps wins 51st career Funny Car event in HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger R/T at Charlotte
Mopar drivers Capps, Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan drive Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars to final round
Leah Pritchett and Tony Schumacher represent Mopar in Top Fuel final
Mopar-powered cars maintain points lead in both Funny Car and Top Fuel standings
Jack Zimmerman and Ed Longhany Sr. win Dodge Top Finisher award in Stock and Super Stock
April 30, 2017 (Concord, N.C.) – It doesn’t matter whether the drag strip has two lanes or four, cars featuring Mopar HEMI® power in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will find the winner’s circle this season. Ron Capps took home the Wally trophy in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte’s zMAX Dragway to claim his 51st Funny Car win and back-to back victories after winning last week’s NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. Mopar Dodge Funny Car drivers have now claimed five wins in six events this year. Continue reading Capps Drives Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to Second Straight Win of Season at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Johnson Drives Make-A-Wish Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to Victory in Las Vegas, Loge Wins Super Stock in Barracuda

Johnson Drives Make-A-Wish Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to Victory in Las Vegas, Loge Wins Super Stock in Barracuda

Mopar-powered driver Tommy Johnson Jr. wins 14th career Funny Car event in Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Tony Schumacher puts Mopar-fueled U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster in final round, two Mopar Top Fuel dragsters advance to semis
Mopar and Dodge hold top two spots in both Funny Car and Top Fuel
Six Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars compete in 16-car field
Mike Loge wins all-Mopar Super Stock final; three Mopar vehicles advance to class semifinals
Bob Elliott claims Dodge Top Finisher in Stock Eliminator, Loge wins award in Super Stock
April 2, 2017, (Las Vegas) – The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series made its first of two 2017 trips to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, and the event ended the same way the season’s first three races have: with a Mopar HEMI®-powered Nitro machine in the winner’s circle Continue reading Johnson Drives Make-A-Wish Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to Victory in Las Vegas, Loge Wins Super Stock in Barracuda

Mopar Racing–Gainesville Wrap-Up

Schumacher Gives Mopar
Third Consecutive Top Fuel Victory
to Start 2017 at NHRA Gatornationals

Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher wins 83rd career Top Fuel event, fifth at Gatornationals
Mopar and Dodge continue early season success with third consecutive Top Fuel win and No. 1 spot to start 2017 season
Matt Hagan in Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, Make-A-Wish Mopar Dodge driver Tommy Johnson Jr. run to semifinals
Mopar and Dodge hold three of top four positions in Funny Car points, top two in Top Fuel
Mike Volkman advances to Super Stock final round with 2000 Chrysler Sebring, claims Dodge Top Finisher honors
Geoffrey Turk qualifies for first Factory Stock Showdown of the year in 2015 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
March 19, 2017, (Gainesville, Fla.) – The streak continues. A Mopar-powered Top Fuel dragster raced to the winner’s circle for the third consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event to start 2017, as eight-time champion Tony Schumacher won the prestigious NHRA Gatornationals for the fifth time in his career. Continue reading Mopar Racing–Gainesville Wrap-Up

Schumacher Leads Mopar-powered Drivers at 48th Annual NHRA Gatornationals with 81st Career No. 1 Qualifier Position

Schumacher Leads Mopar-powered Drivers at 48th Annual NHRA Gatornationals with 81st Career No. 1 Qualifier Position

Mopar-powered Tony Schumacher qualifies in No. 1 spot in Top Fuel for 81st time in his career
Mopar power three-for-three in Top Fuel qualifying in 2017
Five Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars qualify for 16-car field
Leah Pritchett defeats Papa John’s Pizza founder and CEO John Schnatter in Charity Challenge match race
Eileen Daniels presented with Pat Garlits Award at International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction
March 18, 2017 (Gainesville, Fla.) – The Mopar and Dodge-backed teams out of the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) stable continued their early-season roll during qualifying for the prestigious 48th Annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Eight-time Top Fuel champ Tony Schumacher set a track record for elapsed time during round two of qualifying on Friday with a pass of 3.682 seconds at 328.22 mph and held on through all of Saturday to claim the top spot on the ladder going into Sunday’s eliminations. It’s the 81st No. 1 qualifier position of his illustrious career. Continue reading Schumacher Leads Mopar-powered Drivers at 48th Annual NHRA Gatornationals with 81st Career No. 1 Qualifier Position

Mopar and Dodge Perfect in NHRA Nitro Competition as Hagan, Pritchett Victorious Again at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Mopar and Dodge Perfect in NHRA Nitro Competition as Hagan, Pritchett Victorious Again at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Matt Hagan wins second straight event and 24th Funny Car event of his career in the Mopar Sandvik/Coromant Dodge Charger R/T
Leah Pritchett wins second consecutive Top Fuel event and third of her career in the Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Dragster
Two Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars advance to final round; four Dodge Charger R/T machines appear in semifinals Continue reading Mopar and Dodge Perfect in NHRA Nitro Competition as Hagan, Pritchett Victorious Again at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Pritchett Sets Top Fuel Record, Johnson Takes Funny Car Top Spot to Lead Mopar and Dodge in NHRA Arizona Nationals Qualifying

Pritchett Sets Top Fuel Record, Johnson Takes Funny Car Top Spot to Lead Mopar and Dodge in NHRA Arizona Nationals Qualifying

Leah Pritchett sets national record in Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster
Tommy Johnson Jr. qualifies Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in No. 1 position
Mopar has swept all Nitro qualifying top spots to date in 2017
February 25, 2017 (Chandler, Arizona) – Mopar is now two-for-two in Nitro qualifying on the young season, as Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers Leah Pritchett and Tommy Johnson Jr. took the top spots in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, during qualifying for the 33rd Annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The No. 1 positions come on the heels of a Mopar and Dodge No. 1 sweep in Nitro during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona two weeks ago. Continue reading Pritchett Sets Top Fuel Record, Johnson Takes Funny Car Top Spot to Lead Mopar and Dodge in NHRA Arizona Nationals Qualifying

Hagan and Pritchett Dominate, Double Up for Mopar and Dodge at 57th NHRA Winternationals

Hagan and Pritchett Dominate, Double Up for Mopar and Dodge at 57th NHRA Winternationals

Matt Hagan wins 23rd Funny Car event of his career in Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T

Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T drivers take three of top five spots in Funny Car point standings to start season
Leah Pritchett wins second national event in Top Fuel, first at hometown track in Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Dragster Continue reading Hagan and Pritchett Dominate, Double Up for Mopar and Dodge at 57th NHRA Winternationals

Mopar and Dodge Drivers Hagan and Pritchett Start Season with Dual No. 1 Qualifying Efforts at NHRA Winternationals

Mopar and Dodge Drivers Hagan and Pritchett Start Season with Dual No. 1 Qualifying Efforts at NHRA Winternationals

Matt Hagan claims pole in Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, ties own time and national speed record
Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil driver and Southern California native Leah Pritchett takes second career pole at hometown track
Seven Dodge Charger R/T machines qualify for Funny Car eliminations
February 11, 2017 (Pomona, California) – The first qualifying rounds of the 2017 NHRA schedule are in the books, and Mopar is two-for-two in Nitro qualifying on the young season. Don Schumacher Racing’s Matt Hagan led the contingent of seven Mopar-powered Funny Cars in a field of 18 to win the pole during the 57th NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, tying two of his own records along the way. Mopar-powered Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett also collected her second career top qualifying spot to give Mopar the first two Nitro No. 1 qualifying positions of 2017. Continue reading Mopar and Dodge Drivers Hagan and Pritchett Start Season with Dual No. 1 Qualifying Efforts at NHRA Winternationals

Mopar and Dodge Begin Championship Chase, Celebrate 80 Years of Mopar as 2017 NHRA Season Blasts Off

Mopar and Dodge Begin Championship Chase, Celebrate 80 Years of Mopar as 2017 NHRA Season Blasts Off

Four-driver Mopar Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car squad competes to capture fifth title in seven seasons

Leah Pritchett back in Mopar/Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, looks to build off top-ten finish

Mopar and Dodge put focus on NHRA Sportsman racers, Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak drivers for 2017 season
February 6, 2017 (Auburn Hills, Michigan) – When the fastest race cars on the planet roar to life this week for the NHRA Winternationals, a fleet of Mopar-powered Dodge machines will be among the front-runners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. Drivers and teams will also continue the yearlong Mopar 80th anniversary celebration at the 2017 season-starter as they look to add to the brand’s rich drag racing tradition. Continue reading Mopar and Dodge Begin Championship Chase, Celebrate 80 Years of Mopar as 2017 NHRA Season Blasts Off

Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Mopar and Dodge Team up for Factory-backed Support of Amateur Racers

· Mopar and Dodge team up to support three factory-backed Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak cars in ‘17
· “Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar Drag Pak Rewards” program supports modern-day package car amateur racers
· FCA US LLC engineers to provide racers technical support at all 24 NHRA National events in 2017
· New Dodge brand exhibit to join Mopar display trailer on NHRA Manufacturers Midway at 15 National events
· Mopar HEMI® Challenge, Sportsman Appreciation Night and Tom Hoover Challenge also continue in 2017 Continue reading Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Mopar and Dodge Awarded 2016 NHRA Manufacturers Cup

Mopar and Dodge Awarded 2016 NHRA Manufacturers Cup

· Mopar and Dodge cap championship NHRA season with coveted NHRA Manufacturers Cup
· Current-year model Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars and Dodge Dart Pro Stock cars lead charge for Cup
· Mopar wins Manufacturers Cup for first time since 1970
· Mopar-powered drag cars win 15 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series trophies to secure title

Auburn Hills, Michigan (November 15, 2016) – Through dedication, perseverance, and with a generous supply of HEMI® horsepower, the Mopar and Dodge brands have achieved a remarkable goal in earning NHRA’s 2016 Manufacturers Cup. The cup was presented to Mopar representatives during the season-closing NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony in Hollywood on Monday night, just following the NHRA Finals where Ron Capps was awarded the Funny Car championship for a brilliant season-long performance in his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Charger R/T. Continue reading Mopar and Dodge Awarded 2016 NHRA Manufacturers Cup

Mopar Caps Championship Season with Win for Tommy Johnson Jr. at NHRA Finals

Mopar Caps Championship Season with Win for Tommy Johnson Jr. at NHRA Finals
· Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. scores final win of 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season
· Mopar locks down top three positions in Funny Car points, all four Funny Cars finish top five
· DSR driver Johnson’s win is 15th of his career, third of season in sixth final round
· Johnson’s victory is 14th of season for Mopar in Funny Car category
· Mopar reaches 18 final rounds in 24 events in 2016, including nine all-Mopar Funny Car finals to conclude an extraordinary year
· DSR Top Fuel newcomer Leah Pritchett earns first top 10 finish behind the wheel of HEMI®-powered dragster Continue reading Mopar Caps Championship Season with Win for Tommy Johnson Jr. at NHRA Finals

Mopar Funny Car Driver Ron Capps Wins First NHRA Funny Car Championship

Mopar Funny Car Driver Ron Capps Wins First NHRA Funny Car Championship
· Mopar Dodge Charger R/T driver Ron Capps scores long-awaited first NHRA Funny Car championship at NHRA Finals in Pomona
· Capps’ championship is sixth overall in six seasons in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for Mopar
· Mopar claims fourth Funny Car championship in six seasons
· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Capps claims five trophies in 10 final rounds en route to championship title
· DSR Mopar Dodge Charger pilot Jack Beckman earns Funny Car pole at final race of 2016 season
· Beckman’s track record-setting run in final session is second-quickest pass in history of NHRA Funny Car
· Beckman’s pole is his sixth of the season, 16th of year for Mopar Continue reading Mopar Funny Car Driver Ron Capps Wins First NHRA Funny Car Championship

Hagan, Capps Fight for Championship, Take Mopar Dodge Funny Cars to Semis at NHRA Vegas

Hagan, Capps Fight for Championship, Take Mopar Dodge Funny Cars to Semis at NHRA Vegas

· Points leader Ron Capps, driver of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Charger R/T, reaches semifinals at NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas
· DSR’s Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T driver Matt Hagan keeps Funny Car championship hopes alive with Las Vegas semifinals finish
· Team Mopar leaves Las Vegas on the cusp of earning Funny Car championship with drivers 1-2-3-4 in points
· HEMI®-powered Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett drives DSR dragster to semifinals to strengthen career-best finish Continue reading Hagan, Capps Fight for Championship, Take Mopar Dodge Funny Cars to Semis at NHRA Vegas

Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Claims Pole at NHRA Vegas

Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Claims Pole at NHRA Vegas

· Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Jack Beckman claims fifth No. 1 of season in Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
· Pole is 20th of Beckman’s career, 14th of the season for Mopar Funny Cars
· Funny Car points leader Ron Capps pads lead, picks up bonus points in each qualifying session in powerful Dodge Charger
· Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger campaigner Matt Hagan dominates on day one in Vegas, settles into No. 2 spot in final qualifying
· Mopar-powered Leah Pritchett drives DSR Top Fuel dragster to No. 2 position
· History of Mopar at fall event in Las Vegas Continue reading Dodge Charger Funny Car Driver Jack Beckman Claims Pole at NHRA Vegas

Marathon Petroleum Team Turns Corner in Countdown, Heads to Las Vegas

Marathon Petroleum Team Turns Corner in Countdown, Heads to Las Vegas

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (October 24, 2016) – Coming off an announcement last week that Marathon Petroleum is renewing their sponsorship with J&J Racing in 2017, Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson heads to Las Vegas with the “bad luck monkey” off their back to compete at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We’re tickled to death that they [Marathon Petroleum] thought enough of our program to renew it,” Johnson said. “I’m a partner with them in business so this whole deal holds a lot of value.” Continue reading Marathon Petroleum Team Turns Corner in Countdown, Heads to Las Vegas

Hagan Triumphs Over Capps in Mopar vs. Mopar Funny Car Final at Texas NHRA FallNationals

Hagan Triumphs Over Capps in Mopar vs. Mopar Funny Car Final at Texas NHRA FallNationals

· Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car driver Matt Hagan defeats teammate Ron Capps in money round at Texas Motorplex near Dallas
· Hagan earns his fourth victory of year, 13th for a Mopar Dodge Funny Car
· NHRA FallNationals features third consecutive and ninth overall all-Mopar Funny Car final of season
· Mopar HEMI®-powered Funny Car driver Capps advances to 100th final round, extends points lead to 64 markers with two races left
· Four Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car drivers hold 1-4 spots
· Make-A-Wish Dodge Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. exits early but remains second and very much in hunt for championship
· Jack Beckman in fourth points position after losing to Capps in quarterfinals
· Mopar Top Fuel dragster racer Leah Pritchett qualifies No. 2, falls in second round
· NHRA Sportsman racer James Caro takes Super Stock class win in 2010 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Continue reading Hagan Triumphs Over Capps in Mopar vs. Mopar Funny Car Final at Texas NHRA FallNationals