Driver of the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Qualified: No. 1 (3.890 E.T. at 328.46 MPH)
The Results:
E1: 3.937 E.T. at 329.18 MPH defeated Dale Creasy Jr. 4.119 E.T. at 295.66 MPH
E2: 3.954 E.T. at 323.81 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 4.092 E.T. at 267.16 MPH
E3: 3.932 E.T. at 326.08 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.930 E.T. at 324.59 MPH
Race Recap:
Matt Hagan started race day from the No. 1 spot for the 35th time in his career and looked prime to capture his third win of the season and first at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday.
The two-time world champion who clinched a spot in the Countdown to the Championship during qualifying drew Dale Creasy Jr. in round one and was able to easily defeat the part-time racer with his 3.937 E.T. versus Creasy’s 4.119. Hagan’s consistency continued in the quarterfinals as he powered the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody down in 3.954 seconds to outrun Tasca’s 4.092-second lap. In round three, Hagan’s seventh semifinal appearance of the season, he faced stablemate and fellow Hellcat pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. Crew chief Dickie Venables tuned Hagan’s machine to another solid pass. Hagan and Johnson were neck-and-neck until just before the finish line when Johnson set off the win lights with his 3.930 E.T. versus Hagan’s 3.932.
“It was a good weekend at Brainerd getting the pole and moving around (Bob) Tasca in the points, and obviously Indy is points-and-a-half. We’re making momentum with this MOPAR Funny Car, and (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) has a really good handle on the tune-up of this Hemi in a lot of conditions. We won Epping and have been going rounds, and this team is peaking at the right time, and I like the way we’re progressing. It’s going to be a fight in the Countdown.”

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FC Points

Unofficial NHRA Championship Standings

Funny Car

1 Matt Hagan 1020
2 Tommy Johnson Jr 915
3 Jack Beckman 848
4 Ron Capps 828
5 Bob Tasca III 679
6 J.R. Todd 663
7 Tim Wilkerson 615
8 Alexis DeJoria 605
9 Paul Lee 464
10 Cruz Pedregon 436