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Qualified: No. 2 (3.874 E.T. at 327.66 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.892 E.T. at 329.02 MPH defeated Bob Bode (Broke, No Time)
E2: 3.939 E.T. at 320.89 MPH defeated Shawn Langdon 12.468 E.T. at 68.70 MPH
E3: 13.019 E.T. at 75.31 MPH defeated by John Force 3.940 E.T. at 330.88 MPH

Race Recap:
For two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan, consistency has been the focus, and that continued during the NHRA U.S. Nationals. After qualifying the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car second in the field, the 2016 U.S. Nationals winner opened competition with a smooth run of 3.892 seconds to advance over Bob Bode, who wasn’t able to make a full pass. In the quarterfinals, Hagan made another clean run of 3.939 seconds while his opponent Shawn Langdon went up in smoke. The result moved Hagan into his fourth consecutive semifinal where he faced John Force for the 43rd time in his career. Hagan raced from the tricky right lane and lost traction almost immediately, coasting to the finish with a run of 13.019 seconds while his opponent put together a clean pass. Hagan will start the Countdown to the Championship playoffs from the sixth position.

Quotable:
“We really wanted to have a chance to win Indy, and we did. We’ve got consistency and we are getting really close every weekend. It’s just a few little things here and there. That right lane was like the kiss of death. Keeping lane choice was critical today, and we just lost it by a thousandth of a second or two. We have a great car. The team is working great. The boys made a great turnaround for the semifinal round. I just can’t say enough about how hard everyone is working. We’ve got six races, and we are all in. It’s time to step up and go to work.”

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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