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Pritchett sets record for Mopar

by Bill Cawthon on

Leah Pritchett and her Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing dragster set a new national Top Fuel record on Friday, posting a 3.685-second ET in the second round of qualifying at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Pritchett also finished at the top of the order in the first round.

leah Pritchett

Teammate Tony Schumacher qualified second, coming in 0.009 seconds slower than Pritchett.

In Funny Car, Matt Hagan qualified second with an ET of 3.839, 0.001 second behind Courtney Force. Jack Beckman took the No. 4 spot and Tommy Johnson Jr. finished the day in the No. 5 position.

2016 season champion Ron Capps had traction troubles all day and will start in Saturday in the No. 13 position.

Dodge drivers Jim Campbell and Phil Burkhart Jr. qualified at the bottom of the order in the No. 15 and No. 16 positions, respectively.

Deric Kramer’s best time was 6.581 at 209.88 mph, good enough to qualify No. 10 in the Pro Stock order. Kramer’s time was 0.002 seconds quicker than Allen Johnson, who took the No. 11 position. Alan Prusienski stayed out of the cellar, qualifying 14th.

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 just-auto.com, 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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