Fun Car Championship Leader Ron Capps drives the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to qualification # 1. 2 at the NHRA season finale

  • Three championship contenders Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars performed well in qualifying, collected bonus points, and found themselves on the top half of the elimination ladder to stage a dramatic final showdown at Auto Club NHRA Finals to determine the winner. of the Funny Car World Championship
  • Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver and category points leader Ron Capps drives his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in Funny Car eliminations at Pomona’s Auto Club Raceway as the No. 2 qualifier
  • Matt Hagan’s Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is second in the Funny Car rankings and seventh seeded on the final day of the 2021 season of the National Hot Rod Association Camping World Drag Racing Series
  • If Capps and Hagan make it through the opening round, this will create a battle for the quarterfinals between the DSR teammates with implications for the championship.
  • Third HEMI-powered contender for the Funny Car crown, Cruz Pedregon qualified his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with Snap-on tools to sixth place on the elimination chart and remains in the championship mix
  • DSR driver Leah Pruett achieved the no. 3 place on the Top Fuel elimination leaderboard and five bonus points with his final qualifying heats of the season aboard his Direct Connection dragster

November 13, 2021, Pomona, California – With the final 2021 season qualifying heats of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World Drag Racing Series completed at Pomona’s Auto Club Raceway, the stage is now set for a dramatic final showdown between the three Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars by leaderboard Ron Capps, reigning world champion Matt Hagan and last week’s winner of the Dodge // SRT Nationals in Las Vegas, Cruz Pedregon.

Capps heads to the NHRA Auto Club Finals as the No. 2 after securing his spot by driving his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a run of 3.908 seconds / 329.83 mph, the second fastest of the first session. He collected three bonus points for that effort, then added four more by recording the fastest time in the second session to help extend his lead over his teammate Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to 67 points ahead of the rounds. elimination on Sunday worth winning. 30 points.

Capps, who took home four Wally trophies from the Pomona Fairplex venue, including the one he earned in August, will begin his day of competition against the No. Terry Haddock, seeded # 16, and with the knowledge that he only needs to turn on two victory lights on Sunday to secure his second Funny Car world title.

Three-time reigning series champion, Hagan is second in the Funny Car rankings and is headed for elimination as no. 7 after taking his Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a 3.956-second lap at 319.75 mph in the second qualifying session to add two bonus points to his total. It will have n. 10-seeded Tony Jurado as his opponent in the first round and should both Hagan and Capps make it through the opening round, DSR teammates will battle it out in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Cruz Pedregon is still in the championship hodgepodge despite a 91-point deficit and aiming for his third Funny Car title following his win at the Dodge // SRT Nationals in Las Vegas has put him in contention. Pedregon qualified his Snap-On Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to sixth on the elimination standings with regular qualifying runs that put him in fourth place in the first two sessions and provided two extra points for his efforts. Pedregon will have n. 11 seeded Tim Wilkerson in the lane next to him for the opening match of the round up.p.

While a myriad of scenarios are possible, one thing is certain: a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will be crowned as Funny Car World Champion for the sixth time in 10 seasons. What makes the wait for the final showdown even more exciting is that any of the three drivers could win it. Here’s how it could happen:

  • By winning the first two rounds, Ron Capps will clinch his second Funny Car World Championship title.
  • To defend his Funny Car crown, Hagan must drive his Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the final round or, in case Capps advances beyond the first round, to the winner’s circle.
  • For Cruz Pedregon to win his third NHRA championship in his career, he will have to turn on four winning lights and Capps will have to lose the opening round.

After winning the Top Fuel Wally trophy at the rescheduled August Winternationals in Pomona, DSR driver Leah Pruett’s mindset this weekend was to repeat that feat to finish the season on a high note. She put herself in a good position to do so with steady improvement during qualifying, recording the third fastest lap of the second session and the second fastest run in the final session, a second lap of 3,706 at 327.59mph. five bonus points and put his Direct Connection dragster in no. 3rd position in the ranking of eliminations. Pruett will start his day of competition with the choice of lane on the n. 14 suits Cameron Ferrè.

Qualifying highlights will air on FS1 on Sunday November 14, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET, followed by coverage of the NHRA Auto Club Finals elimination rounds, including live coverage of the final round, from 4 p.m. 00 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET to close the 2021 season of the NHRA Camping World Series.


Matt Hagan, DSR Direct Connection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(Qualifier # 7 – 3.956 seconds at 319.75 mph)
Qualification 1: 4,483 seconds at 187.65 mph

Qualification 2: 3.956 seconds at 319.75 mph (2 bonus points for third fastest time in Q2)
Qualification 3: 4,045 seconds at 263.87 mph

“It’s as simple as it gets. We have to win the race. If we want to win the championship, we have to win the race. If we do, we have done what we set out to do here and throughout the year. I don’t know how it turned out this way, but the good Lord above shone upon us today and gave us a chance to create our own destiny. Everything falls on us. I know we have the car, the team and the people to do it and I’m thrilled to have a chance. Ron Capps and that team are great, but we’re going to try to ruin their day. This is what we do here when we race and see how it will turn out tomorrow. “

Ron Capps, DSR NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(Qualifier # 2 – 3.908 seconds at 329.83 mph)
Qualification 1: 3,908 seconds at 329.83 mph (3 bonus points for second fastest run in Q1)
Qualification 2: 3.935 seconds at 325.45 mph (4 bonus points for faster Q2 run)
Qualification 3: 5.124 seconds and 143.87 mph

“We always talk about these goals we have with this NAPA AutoCare team and we have seen how crazy qualifying was. Our first goal is always to qualify as there is no guarantee that you will race in NHRA endurance races on Sunday. There are no provisionals. We did it immediately on Friday in Q1. Secondly, we wanted to earn some of these important little bonus points and push them beyond the 60-point mark with (Matt) Hagan. It’s a nice pillow. It’s a hole elsewhere they would have to win to get around us. We want to wake up tomorrow morning with the idea of ​​winning the race and he will do it himself. We’ve seen what happened in (Las) Vegas and anything can happen in NHRA endurance racing. The goal is to win the race. We have Terry Haddock in the first round and we are focused only on this and that. If things line up in the second round against Hagan, then we’ll focus on that. Waking up on Sunday morning in November in Pomona with the possibility of winning a world championship is something that I have done a lot. We did it in 2016, but I’ve been here a lot where we didn’t reach the goal. And that made me better in the seat as a driver. I’m just focused on the same thing and that’s driving this awesome NAPA Dodge that Guido (Dean Antonelli) and this AutoCare team gave me. “

Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(Qualifier # 6 – 3.939 seconds at 321.96 mph)
Qualification 1: 3.939 seconds at 321.96 mph (1 bonus point for fourth fastest run in Q1)
Qualification 2: 3.961 seconds at 316.52 mph (1 bonus point for fourth fastest run in Q2)

Qualification 3: 3,979 seconds at 272.34 mph

“The Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was very consistent throughout qualifying and I’m very happy with that. We tried to push the limits in the last session to try to climb higher in the group and we were able to do the second or third fastest of the session, but the car got out of my rut and I made the choice to turn it off What will help us win the race and the championship is just taking care of our business on our side of the ladder.

We had a great car that was consistent in the heat, so we’re going to take this information and apply it on race day. The exciting part of this is that no one knows what’s going to happen. I think we will have a good race. I am confident that we are ready for what is to come and that we will have a good race. “

Leah Pruett, DSR Direct Connection Mopar Dodge // SRT Dragster
(Qualifier # 3 – 3,706 seconds at 327.59 mph)
Qualification 1: 4,954 seconds at 145.83 mph

Qualification 2: 3.751 seconds at 324.83 mph (2 bonus points for third fastest run in Q2)
Qualification 3: 3,706 seconds at 327.59 mph (3 bonus points for second fastest run in Q3)

“We started in Q1 on Friday with a fully loaded barrel and we narrowly missed out. We knew we needed a good test in Q2, and we did it with a beautiful 3.75 overtaking in the heat of the day and that gave this Direct Connection team all the confidence needed for Q3 to ramp up with that fantastic 3 , 70 for no. 3rd place. (Crew chiefs) Todd (Okuhara) and Neal (Strausbaugh) are agreeing with great confidence and I can’t wait for the last race of the season to be the highlight for this team. We want to push this Dodge // SRT dragster into the winning circle tomorrow as we did here in July. “

NHRA Championship Points Standings:
After qualifying for the NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona

FUNNY CAR (seasonal wins in brackets)

  1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,646 (2)
  2. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,579 (3/1-Tommy Johnson Jr.)
  3. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 2,555 (2)
  4. JR Todd – 2,498 (1)
  5. Giovanni Forza – 2.483 (3)
  6. Robert Hight – 2,478 (2)
  7. Bob Pocket III – 2,466 (2)
  8. Alexis De Joria – 2,436 (1)
  9. Tim Wilkerson – 2,331 (1)
  10. Blake Alexander – 2,208

TOP FUEL (seasonal wins in brackets)

  1. Steve Torrance – 2753 (10)
  2. Force of Brittany – 2,637 (1)
  3. Mike Salinas – 2,589 (1)
  4. Justin Ashley – 2,556 (2)
  5. Billy Torrence – 2,468 (2)
  6. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge // SRT) – 2,401 (1)
  7. Millican of clay – 2.354
  8. Antron Brown – 2,337 (1)
  9. Shawn Langdon – 2.310
  10. Doug Kalitta – 2.260


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