Frustration for Mopar
Another NHRA Shutout
Larry Jewett - April 15, 2014 08:41 AM
Matt Hagan had the fastest passes of the Mopar crowd to no avail.Chrysler
Rather than a berth in the final elimination round and a shot at a coveted title win at the fifth annual Four-Wide NHRA Nationals, each Mopar Funny Car and Pro Stock team and driver left the event with good dose of frustration after none of the Dodge entries advanced past the semifinals.
In Funny Car competition, No.1 qualifier Ron Capps saw his race day cut short with a first round loss. The Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T of Matt Hagan made its best pass of the weekend with an elapsed time run of 4.087 seconds (314.75 mph) to earn the first round win. Fellow DSR driver, Tommy Johnson Jr. used a holeshot to grab second place with his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T in the next elimination.
For their second round match-up, the Mopar teammates, Hagan and Johnson, found themselves in the losing end of the quad giving passage to eventual Four-Wide title winner Hight and runner-up Force.
All three HEMI-powered Dodge entries in Pro Stock had their elimination rounds end in frustrations with none making it past the second wave of eliminations. After round one wins for Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Allen Johnson, the next round of eliminations didn’t start or end the way they had hoped. Johnson’s tires shook in his match-up and Coughlin was just 0.005-seconds too quick for a rare red-light start that disqualified him.
Next on the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule is the 27th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas, on April 25-27.