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Qualified: No. 3 (3.880 E.T. at 331.69 MPH)
 
The Results:
E1: 3.937 E.T. at 330.55 MPH defeated Dave Richards 7.801 E.T. at 86.00 MPH
E2: 3.922 E.T. at 331.53 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 3.915 E.T. at 328.86 MPH
E3: 3.947 E.T. at 327.35 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.912 E.T. at 328.78 MPH
 
Race Recap:
Matt Hagan and his MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car continued getting better as the race weekend progressed. Hagan qualified third with his final qualifying run of 3.880 seconds, and was quick and consistent in defeating Dave Richards in Monday’s opening round with his lap of 3.937 seconds. The two-time Funny Car world champion made it three straight wins over Bob Tasca III in the second round with a holeshot victory to reach his seventh semifinal of 2019. Hagan had the opportunity to take out point leader Robert Hight and took the starting line advantage with a .066-second reaction time, but couldn’t hold him off for the win with his 3.947 E.T. versus Hight’s 3.912.
 
Quotable:
“I know we didn’t win the race today, but getting to the semifinals gives me a lot of confidence. I know our car has gotten a lot more consistent this weekend, and (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) continues to make it more tunable. I think by us making six consecutive full runs this weekend, that showed we have a strong race car. This Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car is driving good. I’ve been good on the (timing) tree. We know we are up against it now as far as the championship goes, but I’m looking forward to getting to Dallas. We’ll just try and make up as much ground as we can in qualifying with those small points and see if we can close the gap.” 

Matt Hagan

CONCORD, NC (October 13, 2019) – Due to constant rain showers throughout the morning and afternoon on Sunday, and despite multiple attempts by the NHRA Safety Safari to get the track dry, eliminations at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway have been moved to Monday.

Sunday tickets will be honored tomorrow and walk up tickets will be available for $20 at the race track. Eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. ET.

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Qualified: No. 3 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 14 Dave Richards

The Results:
Q1: 6.674 E.T. at 98.20 MPH
Q2: 3.906 E.T. at 328.22 MPH
Q3: 3.940 E.T. at 328.78 MPH
Q4: 3.880 E.T. at 331.69 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)

Bonus Points: Three

Quotable:
“This MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car is going down the race track. We found some stuff earlier today with the clutch. I think (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) is getting more consistency with that. All in all, we have a good car, and we have to have a really strong run this weekend, or we will be out of the championship picture. We need to go some rounds tomorrow. We need to win this race and keep the hunt alive. We are five rounds back, and we have a long way to go.”

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 Qualified: No. 2 (3.854 E.T. at 333.08 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.204 E.T. at 265.06 MPH defeated by Jim Campbell 4.197 E.T. at 249.39 MPH

Race Recap:
After making three strong qualifying runs, including posting low E.T. of Q3, two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan earned the No. 2 qualifying position, and was poised to make a deep run through eliminations on Sunday. First up for the driver of the DSM Precision Machining Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody was a round one meeting with Jim Campbell. Hagan powered by Campbell’s initial lead, and was looking good until his machine lost traction nearing the 330-foot mark. Campbell encountered issues further down track, but his momentum enabled him to coast across the finish line first.

Quotable:
“First round losses are always devastating. There are a lot of good cars out here in this class right now, and we just have to get our stuff together and do better. This team is better than that and we are better than what we showed here today in St. Louis. We showed how good we were in qualifying, grabbing that No. 2 spot. What happened today was unexpected. I was glad it recovered and we pedaled it to the finish, but it just wasn’t enough. It’s unfortunate. I apologize to our sponsors. I apologize to our fans. That’s just not the results we are accustomed to putting up. It’s crunch time. We have to do better. It’s just that simple.”

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Qualified: No. 2 (lane choice)
 
The Competition: No. 15 Jim Campbell
 
The Results:
Q1: 4.558 E.T. at 193.93 MPH
Q2: 3.921 E.T. at 327.66 MPH
Q3: 3.854 E.T. at 333.08 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.889 E.T. at 333.91 MPH
Bonus Points: Three
 
Quotable:
“We’ve run some great numbers here in qualifying in all different types of conditions. I feel very confident in (crew chief) Dickie Venables and his tune-up, and I’m very confident we can turn on four win lights tomorrow for Don (Schumacher), and all the guys back at the DSM machine shop and Sandvik, too. The game plan is to get some rest, stay focused, and turn on win lights.”

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FC Mello Yello Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Funny Car

1 Jack Beckman 278
2 Tommy Johnson Jr 276
3 Matt Hagan 238
4 Tim Wilkerson 179
5 John Force 173
6 Ron Capps 159
7 Alexis DeJoria 154
8 Bob Tasca III 149
9 J.R. Todd 141
10 Robert Hight 100