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Three Mopar entries advanced to the final elimination rounds, with one of them earning the first title win of the year at the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opening event on Feb. 14-17. Vincent Nobile earned his sixth career victory in an all-Mopar Pro Stock final showdown against teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr., while in Funny Car, Dodge Charger R/T driver Ron Capps finished runner-up to Courtney Force at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
“Congratulations to Vincent (Nobile) for earning the Pro Stock title win at the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona to start the season off right for Mopar,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We look forward to seeing our HEMI-powered Dodge Avengers contending for many more wins this season in defense of the Pro Stock Championship amid such tough competition this year.”
The Pro Stock class elimination rounds at the Winternationals started and even finished in peculiar fashion.
First round action began with plenty of upsets as five of the eight winners of the first round were qualifiers from the bottom half of the field, including Mopar’s Allen Johnson who had qualified tenth after a rough start to the weekend. The remaining three winners to advance to the next round were the three Dodge Avengers of V. Gaines, Nobile and Coughlin.
While Johnson had a strong second round run as his faced-off against fellow HEMI-powered driver Gaines, he unable to continue his quest to defend his Pomona title as Gaines beat him to the finish.
Three Mopars moved on to semi-final match ups with Nobile winning his race against Greg Stanfield, and Coughlin emerging the victor in his head to head battle versus Gaines. That set up an all-Mopar final between Nobile and Coughlin that took a strange turn.