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Driver of the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Qualified: No. 7 (4.054 E.T. at 283.07 MPH)
The Results:
E1: 4.177 E.T. at 239.27 MPH defeated by Jack Beckman 4.084 E.T. at 316.23 MPH
Race Recap:
Two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan was looking to carry his new 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody graphics package on to his first Denver triumph on Sunday.]
Hagan was quickest off the starting line in his fifth first-round match up versus a DSR teammate in 2019, but his machine began to slow three quarters of the way through the race and came up short of advancing with his run of 4.177 seconds against Beckman. The two-time 2019 Funny Car winner ranks eighth in the championship standings with four races remaining before points are reset for the Countdown to the Championship.
“It’s always a challenge up here on the mountain. You always have to change things up to make the cars run up here, and we struggled a little bit with our fuel curve this weekend. I think going back down to Sonoma we’ll be in good shape. Once we get off the mountain, we tend to do well. But, we made a lot of progress up here. We had a good race car first round. Our new Hellcat Widebody was running really good early, we just had a pan pressure issue. We’ll dive into it and figure it out. I was feeling like we were going to win that one, and it’s just a helpless feeling when that thing goes silent, and you can hear him drive around you. I’m looking forward to Sonoma and Seattle and turning some more win lights on.”


Matt Hagan’s 11,000-horsepower NHRA Funny Car already goes big, but it’s getting an even more aggressive makeover just in time for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil. Hagan will debut a new 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody graphics package with a flared-out feel at this weekend’s event.
Dodge//SRT and Mopar took the wraps off Hagan’s new Mopar-powered 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody NHRA Funny Car Thursday during a pre-race press conference at iconic Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. His special Funny Car graphics uniquely recreate the look of the production Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody vehicle’s new, wider integrated fender flares, which add 3.5 inches of body width to the production vehicle, creating an even more aggressive, planted stance. Hagan will carry the Widebody Package “flare” graphics on his Funny Car for the remainder of the 2019 season.

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]Matt Hagan and Dickie Venables love New England Dragway. The former champions defeated Shawn Langdon by five-hundredths of a second to earn their first win since February. It’s the duo’s third-straight victory at the NHRA New England Nationals, a tradition that seems unlikely to end anytime soon. 

Hagan stopped the 10-round winning streak of Bob Tasca III, the Rhode Island native, and defeated Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps. He also got past another DSR teammate, Jack Beckman, in the first round of racing. It’s the 31st win in Hagan’s career, which came in his 57th final round. He had not reached a final round since the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in April. 

Shawn Langdon’s Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car progressively got quicker en route to the final. Langdon defeated Jim Campbell with a 4.036-second pass that got him to the stripe four hundredths of a second ahead of the No. 12 qualifier. That set him up with a matchup against two-time world champion Robert Hight, and co-crew chiefs Del Worsham and Nicky Bonifante put the screws to their hot rod. 

Langdon was second off the starting line by a hundredth of a second, but it didn’t matter. He got to the stripe in 3.999-second and Hight never stood a chance in his Auto Club Chevy Camaro. He ran a 4.103-second lap after putting a cylinder out. Langdon earned the victory and lane choice over Tim Wilkerson, who defeated Langdon’s Kalitta Motorsports teammate J.R. Todd in the second round. 

Hagan has now won at least two races every year for the past seven seasons. He entered New England Dragway in eight place and leaves tied with Bob Tasca III in seventh with a much-needed Wally for his Mopar-backed team. 

The next race on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule is the Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver. That will kick off on July 26 and be the 14th of 24 events on the tour. 


Qualified: No. 11 (3.943 E.T. at 325.85 MPH)

The Results:
E1: Foul, Red Light; defeated by Bob Tasca III 3.957 E.T. at 324.59 MPH

Race Recap:
The defending Norwalk Funny Car event champ entered the weekend hoping to close out the June four-race swing with a long Sunday of going rounds. Behind the wheel of the Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Matt Hagan faced Bob Tasca III in the opening round of eliminations. In an uncharacteristic move for one of the best ‘leavers’ in the class, Hagan stood on the gas early and activated the red light, allowing his opponent the automatic round win.

“I messed up bad today. Red lit, double-stepped it. I was up there ready to go, and it seemed like a long light to me. My foot said ‘go,’ and the tree hadn’t fallen yet. I was a little too amped up, I guess. We have a little break (in the schedule) coming up. We’ll get back into the groove of things and have a fresh start in Epping. I’ve got some time to let the dust settle. We didn’t have such a great four-race swing, but we still have a lot of racing to do.”

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FC Mello Yello Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

2019 Funny Car

Funny Car

1 Jack Beckman 220
2 Tommy Johnson Jr 175
3 John Force 173
4 Matt Hagan 129
5 Ron Capps 128
6 Tim Wilkerson 107
7 Robert Hight 100
8 Alexis DeJoria 99
9 Bob Tasca III 87
10 J.R. Todd 65
10 Paul Lee 65