Qualified: No. 2 (3.982 E.T. at 320.81 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.993 E.T. at 296.50 MPH defeated Jack Beckman 4.293 E.T. at 219.01 MPH
E2: 4.881 E.T. at 195.17 MPH defeated by Bob Tasca III 4.034 E.T. at 311.70 MPH

Race Recap:
Matt Hagan maintained his red-hot streak aboard the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye by rocketing to the second-quickest pass of the opening qualifying session to secure the No. 2 starting position on race day. His impressive performance pitted him opposite teammate Jack Beckman in the opening round of eliminations. The two were supposed to have raced for the trophy at the previous event (Indy 2) but persistent rain forced the NHRA to reschedule the round for the upcoming U.S. Nationals. While Sunday’s round-one match-up wasn’t for a trophy, Hagan hopes the outcome is a preview for what’s to come. He launched his machine to a stout 3.993-second pass, easily outrunning Beckman’s tire-smoking effort.
In round two, Hagan drew another tough competitor in Bob Tasca III. Unfortunately for Hagan, his hopes of making a run to a third consecutive final ended when his car went up in smoke early and Tasca clocked the win.

“We still had a really good race weekend. We qualified No. 2 and went some rounds and took out (Jack) Beckman, the points leader. We definitely closed the gap to the top and the DSR Funny Cars are still 1-2-3 and (Ron) Capps had a good day. The points are tight. We have a strong car and sometimes it gets hot and greasy and we make a lot of power and it can be more challenging to reel that in. The crew did a great job, again. (Crew chief) Dickie (Venables) continues to do a great job running this car and we put on a great show for our partners at Dodge and Mopar and Pennzoil this weekend at the Dodge Nationals presented by Pennzoil, and we’ve had a hell of a streak dating back to last season. We have a consistent and fast race car and I’m ready to go whenever they tell us to come back.”

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FC Mello Yello Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Funny Car

1 Tommy Johnson Jr 416
2 Jack Beckman 403
3 Matt Hagan 388
4 Ron Capps 314
5 Bob Tasca III 303
6 J.R. Todd 292
7 Tim Wilkerson 270
8 Alexis DeJoria 217
9 Cruz Pedregon 202
10 Paul Lee 193