The rescheduled Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania proved to be a tough outing for the Team Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car contingent, as the best the quartet of Hemi-powered hotshoes could muster was a quarterfinals appearance by the defending 2005 NHRA Funny Car champ, Gary Scelzi.
Scelzi qualified his Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T fourth, then was awarded the win in the first round, despite breaking down, after his opponent Gary Densham crossed the centerline and was disqualified. In the quarters, Scelzi struck the tires early on his Charger R/T, giving the win to Phil Burkart Jr.
Burkart Jr., also defeated Scelzi’s Mopar teammate Ron Capps in the first round, as Capps was unable to advance his Brut Revolution Dodge Charger R/T. Capps fell to second in points, only one marker behind the new leader, John Force.
The remaining Mopar and DSR Funny Car drivers, Jack Beckman and Mike Ashley, also exited in the first round. Beckman, piloting his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger R/T, lost on a holeshot to Force, while Ashley, the No. 2 qualifier in his Skull Gear Racing Dodge Charger R/T, went down in defeat against Del Worsham.
Next up for the Team Mopar Funny Car drivers is this weekend's Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Va