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Dodge dominates Funny Car

by Bill Cawthon on

Jack Beckman took the Funny Wally and advanced four spots in the 2016 Countdown to the Championship this afternoon in St. Louis, Missouri. The Dodge Charger R/T tripped the lights 0.2767 seconds (about 94 feet) ahead of Tommy Johnson Jr., also in a Dodge.


Beckman’s second win of the season was enough to jump him from seventh to third, while Johnson’s second Countdown final-round appearance propelled him up to second, 48 point behind Ron Capps. Dodge drivers are now 1-2-3 in the Funny Car point totals.

Ron Capps, who remains the leader in the standings, got a free pass in the opening round when John Bojec’s Solara had to be pushed away from the starting line. Capps got a second easy win when Courtney Force went up in smoke at the 660-foot mark.

Matt Hagan dropped from fifth to sixth in points when he lost the quarterfinal round to Wilkerson by .0022 seconds, or roughly 13 inches. Hagan shut down Cruz Pedregon in the opening round.

John Hale went up in smoke in the first race of the day, losing to Robert Hight.

In Pro Stock, it was three up, three down as Allen Jonson, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Erica Enders lost the day’s first three races to Drew Skillman, Chris McGaha and Jason Line. Alan Prusiensky lost to Greg Anderson in the fifth race.

Allen Johnson, the top-ranked Dodge Pro Stock driver, dropped from fourth to seventh in the standings. Coughlin and Enders swapped the ninth and tenth spots.

In a Mopar-Mopar Top Fuel matchup, Tony Schumacher beat Leah Pritchett in the first race of the quarterfinals. Schumacher made it all the way to the Top Fuel final round, where he lost to Shawn Langdon.

Next weekend is the inaugural Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pennsylvania.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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