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Qualified: No. 5

The Competition: 
No. 4 J.R. Todd
No. 13 Gary Densham
No. 12 James Campbell

The Results: 
Q1: 4.013 E.T. at 320.05 MPH
Q2: 3.924 E.T. at 327.03 MPH (One bonus point for third fastest lap of the session.)
Q3: 3.975 E.T. at 320.26 MPH
Q4: 3.937 E.T. at 325.92 MPH (One bonus point for third fastest lap of the session.)

Bonus Points: Two

“We’ve got a great race this weekend at the Four Wide in (Las) Vegas. We’ve been down the track every run and Dickie (Venables) has a great handle on things. This Pennzoil Dodge is running strong. Race day is up for grabs, but I’m confident it can be our day.”


Qualified: No. 5 (3.900 E.T. at 325.85 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.941 E.T. at 322.58 MPH defeated Jonnie Lindberg 3.950 E.T. at 324.44 MPH
E2: 9.028 E.T. at 77.04 MPH defeated by John Force 4.471 E.T. at 185.95 MPH

Race Recap:
As the most recent Funny Car winner on tour and 2018 Gatornationals runner-up, Matt Hagan looked prime to capture his first Gainesville Raceway Wally trophy on Sunday at the 50th running of the event.
Against his first-round opponent Jonnie Lindberg, Hagan wheeled his MOPAR Express Lane Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a 3.941 second run to claim the round win and setup a quarterfinal matchup with John Force. In round two, Hagan was first on the throttle but went up in smoke early into the run and was forced to watch his competitor drive away with the round win, dashing the Virginia native’s chances at his first Gainesville winner’s circle celebration.

“We had to have a blower swap right there (ahead of round two) and it had way too much power, knocked it off at the starting line, but now at least we know we’ve got a really good blower. At the end of the day, I really wanted to win this race. It’s the 50th anniversary, it’s the GatorNats. We didn’t win the 50th but we’d like to try and come back and win the 51st. But all in all, we’ve got a good car. I feel good rolling into Vegas. (Crew chief) Dickie Venables has a good handle on this combo that we’re running.”


 (Ivan Veldhuizen photo) BROWNSBURG, Ind. – NHRA drag racers Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett will serve as co-grand marshals for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Hagan, a two-time NHRA Funny Car world champion, will join forces with his fellow Pennzoil-powered Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel teammate Leah Pritchett as they take their talents from the drag strip to the famed Las Vegas oval track.

The NHRA speedsters will give the command to start engines for the 267-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the third event of the season.

“If someone would have told me that I’d have the opportunity to be a grand marshal of the Pennzoil 400, I would’ve never believed them,” said Pritchett. “It’s such a prestigious race and to be a part of the Pennzoil family is incredible. Their support of our team is so far reaching. From the backing of the technology they put into our cars to involving us in their other levels of motorsports, it’s a dream come true.

“Being a grand marshal at a Cup Series race, it really doesn’t get bigger than that. I’m very honored and I look forward to seeing some of our crossover fans and introducing NHRA drag racing to a new crop of fans on a great stage in motorsports.”

Hagan is coming off a victory in last weekend’s Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

“To be the grand marshal at the Pennzoil 400 is a huge honor,” said Hagan. “Pennzoil had us out at the event last year doing some cross-promotion. They do such a great job of getting their drivers out there and in front of fans, and we’re proud to be partnered with them and banner their brand here at DSR.

“I tried the whole circle track thing growing up,” he added. “My family actually owns a half-mile oval and my dad was always pushing me to race those cars, and after I crashed about four cars he was like ‘never mind, you don’t have a future in this,’ (laughs). I have a lot of respect for those guys and what they do. It’s going to be fun to get out there and hopefully meet a lot of NASCAR fans and convert them over to NHRA fans.”



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FC Mello Yello Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:
1 Robert Hight 717
2 JR Todd 556
3 Ron Capps 548
4 Tommy Johnson Jr. 527
5 John Force 524
6 Matt Hagan 506
7 Jack Beckman 477
8 Tim Wilkerson 463
9 Shawn Langdon 404
10 Bob Tasca 369
11 Cruz Pedregon 306
12 Terry Haddock 250
13 Jim Campbell 209
14 Jeff Diehl 191
15 Jonnie Lindberg 174
16 Blake Alexander 143
17 Dave Richards 94
18 Phil Burkart Jr. 88
19 Gary Densham 73
20 Paul Lee 52
21 Frank Pedregon 32
22 John Smith 31
23 Dale Creasy 10
24 Bob Bode 5