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  1. August 6, 2017, Kent, Wash. – Mopar® driver Tommy Johnson Jr. went to the final round for the third time in the last four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events this weekend, but he came up just one win light short of taking the Funny Car category victory during the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. “Our goal was to try to get our placement the best we can going into the Countdown and we’re doing a good job of that,” said Johnson after the race. “It’s frustrating to […] View the full article
  2. Storms and Thomas Claim Dodge Top Finisher Awards Mopar® power drove into round three in the Stock Eliminator category during the NHRA Northwest Nationals, with Vince Storms turning in the best package of the round. The driver from Maple Valley, Washington, made a 10.995-second pass at 117.39 mph on a 10.99 dial-in in his E/SA 1971 Plymouth Duster. Storms left the starting line with a .075-second reaction time. Despite failing to advance, it was his best pass of the weekend in elimination rounds. In Super Stock, Kelly Thomas turned in […] View the full article
  3. Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 3 Qualifier – 3.930 seconds at 324.05 mph “Our goal was to try to get our placement the best we can going into the Countdown and we’re doing a good job of that. It’s frustrating to lose a final again, but three of the last four races (we’ve been) runner-up so you can’t complain too bad. “There are two to go before the Countdown and it seems like it’s that time of year to start picking up momentum and […] View the full article
  4. July 30, 2017, Sonoma, Calif. – There is beautiful wine country surrounding Sonoma Raceway in California, but Dodge and Mopar® drivers will not be sorry to leave. Jack Beckman set the pace for Mopar this weekend at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, turning in a valiant effort in his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car with a semifinal appearance. Yet, despite Beckman’s best attempt, the Sonoma event ended a streak of 11 consecutive final-round appearances by Mopar Dodge Funny Cars in 2017. It was also the first time this year […] View the full article
  5. Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar® Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster No. 1 Qualifier – 3.669 seconds at 304.80 mph “You go into every race day with a good, confident feeling. I feel like this Sunday, we had the most confidence because everything was jelling. Everyone was so on top of their game, with the track record and we were low three out of four qualifiers. This morning, if someone asked, ‘What’s it going to take to win this race?’ I would’ve said, ‘no mistakes.’ We all just do our jobs, no […] View the full article
  6. Scheitlin and Jenkins Earn Dodge Top Finisher Honors Close to 20 vehicles featuring Mopar® power competed in the Stock Eliminator category during the 30th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals, while Mopar was under the hood of nearly a dozen machines in the Super Stock ranks. Two Mopar-powered cars appeared in the semifinals of the Stock category, with Brighton, Colorado’s Dwayne Scheitlin going to the final round in his A/SA 1971 Dodge Challenger featuring a 440 cubic-inch engine. Scheitlin made a lap of 10.116 seconds at 129.27 mph on a 10.11 dial-in […] View the full article
  7. July 23, 2017, Morrison, Colo. – It was a nearly picture-perfect weekend at the NHRA Mopar® Mile-High Nationals in Denver, where a high-energy crowd celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Mopar brand. On track, four-time Stock Eliminator champion Kevin Helms carried the Mopar and Dodge banners to the winner’s circle. (add a link to the sportsman roundup story here) “Sportsman racing is the backbone of the NHRA, so it’s very special when a Mopar-powered driver takes home a trophy,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar) FCA – Global, […] View the full article
  8. Kevin Helms Wins Stock Eliminator Several Mopar® drivers went multiple rounds in the Sportsman categories during the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, with Kevin Helms of Plant City, Florida, taking the Stock Eliminator win to add to his dozens of Wally trophies and four nationals championships. Helms drove his A/SA 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT® featuring a 392 cubic-inch HEMI® engine to the win over Scott Wells with a pass of 11.296 seconds at 106.82 mph on an 11.25 dial-in. He left the starting line with a .036-second reaction time. Helms’ […] View the full article
  9. Leah Pritchett, Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar® Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster No. 1 Qualifier – 3.733 seconds at 326.24 mph “We were bleeding (Mopar®) blue all weekend long, like we normally do. The passion of the fans here on the mountain doesn’t get any higher. I think they were a driving force in our success this weekend and keeping us going throughout some of our woes. I can’t tell you any other race that I’ve ever wanted to win so much for a partner. Home turf, top of the mountain in the […] View the full article
  10. July 9, 2017, Joliet, Ill. – Mopar® driver Ron Capps continued his dream season during the NHRA Route 66 Nationals this weekend, picking up his sixth win of 2017 in his NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule kicked off its second half. It was an all-Dodge final featuring the Dodge Charger of teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. Funny Cars featuring Mopar HEMI® power from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) have now won an amazing 12 of 13 events this year and 10 in a row. […] View the full article
  11. Picillo and Zrust Earn Dodge Top Finisher Awards Sportsman racers took center stage throughout the weekend during the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, with Mopar® power advancing deep into the elimination rounds in both the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock categories. Justin Picillo, a native of Warwick, Rhode Island, and two-time defending Division One champion, went all the way to the final round of Stock Eliminator in an FS/D 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak belonging to Jeg Coughlin Jr. In the final, Picillo made a lap of 10.010 seconds at 126.93 […] View the full article
  12. Capps Wins Sixth Wally, Extends Points Lead Ron Capps, NAPA Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 9 Qualifier – 3.942 seconds at 292.08 mph “It’s been a season you can’t even dream about. It may have looked on the outside like maybe we were struggling (this weekend) and I’m sure some of our opponents may have thought the same. But as every Sunday goes with (crew chief) Rahn Tobler, he wakes up in the morning and he is a big-picture guy. It’s so fun to race […] View the full article
  13. Marshall and Turner Earn Dodge Top Finisher Awards Hundreds of Sportsman competitors took to the track at Summit Motorsports Park during the NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, with Mopar® drivers going deep into the elimination rounds. Longtime Dodge racer Bob Marshall of Columbus, Ohio, was a standout in Stock Eliminator, advancing his F/SA 1973 Dodge Dart Sport 340 to the fourth round. Marshall’s run was 11.53 seconds at 111.66 mph on an 11.49 dial-in. He got off the line with a .037 reaction time. Meanwhile, in Super Stock, David Turner […] View the full article
  14. Beckman is Heating Up Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 9 Qualifier – 3.971 seconds at 322.04 mph “What happens when you start running consistent is the other cars know that they have to step up a little, and I think that we just enjoyed a little bit of that for the last couple weekends. We weren’t spectacular, but our car went to the finish line pretty consistently and folks knew they had to step up. When I say we weren’t spectacular, I’m talking about a […] View the full article
  15. Ron Capps, NAPA Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car No. 10 Qualifier – 4.032 seconds at 316.15 mph “There are not very many teams out here that are that prepared to pull a car out and have it really ready to run. It was completely ready to go. That’s off-season preparation, that’s (crew chief) Rahn Tobler. The dude is old-school. I’ve been very blessed to be able to race with an old-school guy. I’ve always said I felt like I was born 25 years too late. I would’ve fit right in […] View the full article