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Mopar racers Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett will have their pitchforks out as they prepare to battle in two new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons in a pair of match races scheduled between qualifying rounds on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at Bandimere Speedway.

The match races will mark the official public drag strip debut of the limited-production 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the first-ever production car to do a front-wheel lift, as certified by Guinness World Records, and the world's fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour, as certified by the NHRA. It also registers the highest g-force (1.8 g) ever recorded at launch in a production car.

Hagan and Pritchett will showcase the full potential of the Challenger SRT Demon at the drag strip – and its full 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque. The new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will start arriving at Dodge//SRT dealerships this fall at a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $84,995, including $1,700 gas guzzler tax, excluding $1,095 destination.

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 5, 2017) - The second half of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season kicks off this weekend with the 20th annual Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.
 
And it begins with a heavy heart at Don Schumacher Racing and the NHRA community.
 
Terry Chandler, who funded DSR Funny Cars for Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., since 2014, lost her valiant fight with brain cancer on Tuesday afternoon. She was 65 when she died in Florida with family and loved ones at her side.
 
"Man, this really hurts," Matt Hagan, driver of DSR's Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars said of the recipient of the NHRA Blaine Johnson Award in 2015 for her dedication to helping others. "She always had that big smile and loved her Make-A-Wish kids. We're really going to miss her."
 
Hagan and thousands of others will carry her memory throughout the rest of the 2017 season and beyond.
 
After four consecutive weekends of racing in June, the series took the weekend off and it allowed 2012 and 2014 Funny Car world champion Hagan some quality time with the family and his expanding cattle farm in rural Virginia.
 
"That month of June was rough on everybody," Hagan said. "It was tough on the guys that work on this car, their families and it was tough keeping up here on the farm. So it's been a productive time at home and I'm ready to go back racing."
 
The Mello Yello Series reached its halfway point two weeks ago at Norwalk, Ohio, and the Mopar Express Lane team led by crew chief Dickie Venables and assistant Michael Knudsen have three event titles in four final round appearances. They trail DSR teammate and reigning world champion Ron Capps in Funny Car points standings.
 
"We're halfway through and it's been a great year for us," said Hagan. "But it's been a better year for (Capps) so we are focused on doing what they do and going down the track each and every lap and picking up round wins consistently."
 
Hagan has three career event titles in four final round appearances at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.
 
"It seems to be one that we just do well at," he said. "That's all Dickie. He's the mastermind. It's a tough one because we don't qualify in the conditions we race in so that's kind of a head scratcher for these crew chiefs. But he's the guy I want on my side when it comes to that. You can throw anything at the guy and he's going to figure it out and that's what he'll do this weekend."

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Matt Hagan powered to his third No. 1 qualifier of the season Saturday at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Hagan secured the top spot after setting the track elapsed-time record with a pass of 3.865-seconds at 333.33 mph in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T during the second session Friday night.

“I feel pretty good about this track and this car, so we definitely feel like we have an opportunity to turn on four win lights tomorrow,” Hagan said. “We know we need to put this car in the winner’s circle a few more times to move to the top spot in the standings, and that’s really what we are trying to do.” Full Story - Sunday's Schedule

NORWALK, Ohio (June 23, 2017) - Valiant work by the NHRA Safety Safari to prepare a record-setting racing surface at Summit Motorsports Park in Northern Ohio after heavy rain to start Friday paid off for Don Schumacher Racing's­­ Matt Hagan during opening day of the NHRA national event.
 
Hagan and the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Powered by Pennzoil team completed their first run in 3.881 seconds at a temporary track-record speed of 332.02 mph.
 
And it got even better for Hagan and crew chief Dickie Venables with assistant Michael Knudsen in the late night session when they went even quicker and faster to improve the time record to 3.865 and hold the provisional No. 1 spot heading to Saturday's last two sessions. Although his speed was higher at 333.33 on his last pass, it wasn't better than Robert Hight's 334.65.
 
"These fans are awesome for staying out all day through the rain so it was even more special to give them runs like that," said Hagan, the world record-holder for time (3.802) and speed (338.85) with a run this year Topeka.
 
"Dickie never surprises me," said Hagan, a three-time winner this year and two-time world champion who is looking for his first Ohio win. "Dickie and our Mopar guys make it happen; I just hang on for the ride. I think Dickie was expecting even more on that first run."

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FC Mello Yello Points

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (546)
2. Jack Beckman (538)
3. Matt Hagan (487)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. (436)
5. J.R. Todd (428)
6. Robert Hight (421)
7. Ron Capps (404)
8. Cruz Pedregon (357)
9. Shawn Langdon (301)
10. Tim Wilkerson (293)