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Qualified: No. 11 (3.943 E.T. at 325.85 MPH)

The Results:
E1: Foul, Red Light; defeated by Bob Tasca III 3.957 E.T. at 324.59 MPH

Race Recap:
The defending Norwalk Funny Car event champ entered the weekend hoping to close out the June four-race swing with a long Sunday of going rounds. Behind the wheel of the Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Matt Hagan faced Bob Tasca III in the opening round of eliminations. In an uncharacteristic move for one of the best ‘leavers’ in the class, Hagan stood on the gas early and activated the red light, allowing his opponent the automatic round win.

“I messed up bad today. Red lit, double-stepped it. I was up there ready to go, and it seemed like a long light to me. My foot said ‘go,’ and the tree hadn’t fallen yet. I was a little too amped up, I guess. We have a little break (in the schedule) coming up. We’ll get back into the groove of things and have a fresh start in Epping. I’ve got some time to let the dust settle. We didn’t have such a great four-race swing, but we still have a lot of racing to do.”

Matt Hagan

Qualified: No. 11

The Competition: No. 6 Bob Tasca III

The Results: 
Q1: 4.056 E.T. at 322.50 MPH
Q2: 3.975 E.T. at 325.22 MPH
Q3: 5.893 E.T. at 116.91 MPH
Q4: 3.943 E.T. at 325.85 MPH

“We needed to bump up in that final qualifying session. If we didn’t we have would have been racing (teammate) Tommy (Johnson Jr.) again in the first round. I’m tired of racing my teammates. I think we’ve had that scenario the last four or five races. It would be nice to change that.  We’ll take that run for sure. It was important that we got down the track in that run and the results were all we could ask for.”


Qualified: No. 9 (4.012 E.T. at 317.27 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.376 E.T. at 223.50 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.964 E.T. at 311.92 MPH

Race Recap:
Two-time world champion Matt Hagan continued his recent trend of running into fellow DSR Hellcat Funny Car racers during the early rounds of eliminations. After qualifying the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat ninth with his second round qualifying run of 4.012 seconds, Hagan was paired against Tommy Johnson Jr. to open eliminations. Both left the starting line with identical .080-reaction times, but Hagan dropped a cylinder early into the run and had to click it off when his machine made a hard move toward the centerline.

“This was a really tough weekend, and it all comes down to qualifying. We just have to have the results on Friday and Saturday to put us in a better position on Sunday. Top-half would have been huge today. We struggled with that left lane and kind of fell victim to it. We are going to test tomorrow and hoping we can make some runs to get ourselves squared away. That’s all we can really do is keep digging. We have a big responsibility to our sponsors in MOPAR, Pennzoil and Sandvik and all the people that make this happen. We are going to have turn things around and start making things happen.” 

Driver of the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 9

The Competition: No. 8 Tommy Johnson Jr.
The Results: 

Q1: 4.064 E.T. at 313.44 MPH
Q2: 4.012 E.T. at 317.27 MPH
Q3: 4.738 E.T. at 173.49 MPH
Q4: 5.910 E.T. at 117.54 MPH

“We just need to deal with the conditions, and just get down the race track. It’s been tough, but we’ll get after it and get a game plan together for tomorrow.”



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FC Mello Yello Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

1 Robert Hight 1022
2 John Force 869
3 Tommy Johnson Jr 856
4 Jack Beckman 819
5 Ron Capps 809
6 J.R. Todd 764
7 Bob Tasca III 689
8 Matt Hagan 656
9 Tim Wilkerson 619
10 Shawn Langdon 580