Qualified: No. 1 (3.917 E.T. at 326.79 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.017 E.T. at 320.74 MPH defeated Jonnie Lindberg 4.442 E.T. at 246.57 MPH
E2: 4.149 E.T. at 282.95 MPH defeated by Bob Tasca III 4.084 E.T. at 307.86 MPH

Race Recap:
Matt Hagan spearheaded the dominant DSR 1-2-3 qualifying performance at Joliet, racing his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to the No. 1 spot. The two-time Funny Car World champ had the early advantage over Jonnie Lindberg in round one and never looked back with a winning 4.017-second at 320.74-mph run that earned him lane choice over Bob Tasca III in the quarterfinals.

Hagan, a three-time winner at Route 66 Raceway, and Tasca both left the starting with identical .074 marks. The two were locked together neck-and-neck for much of the race, but Tasca began to slowly edge ahead and was able to outrun Hagan’s 4.149-sec pass.

“Unfortunately, not what we wanted out of race day. Went out there and (the car) just kind of came loose, it was looping the tires. We’re having to make bigger wholesale changes during race day, and I feel like our Mopar Dodge is responding to the changes. All in all, I feel like we’re closing the gap on a lot of things, and we’re making it happen. We have some momentum going into these next three races coming up.”



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FC Mello Yello Points

01 Robert Hight 330 0
02 Jack Beckman 225 -105
03 Matt Hagan 215 -115
04 John Force 200 -130
05 Tommy Johnson Jr 191 -139
06 Tim Wilkerson 165 -165
07 Bob Tasca III 163 -167
08 J.R. Todd 159 -171
09 Ron Capps 146 -184
10 Shawn Langdon 143 -18