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Matt Hagan

Qualified: No. 11

The Competition: No. 6 Bob Tasca III

The Results: 
Q1: 4.056 E.T. at 322.50 MPH
Q2: 3.975 E.T. at 325.22 MPH
Q3: 5.893 E.T. at 116.91 MPH
Q4: 3.943 E.T. at 325.85 MPH

Quotable:
“We needed to bump up in that final qualifying session. If we didn’t we have would have been racing (teammate) Tommy (Johnson Jr.) again in the first round. I’m tired of racing my teammates. I think we’ve had that scenario the last four or five races. It would be nice to change that.  We’ll take that run for sure. It was important that we got down the track in that run and the results were all we could ask for.”

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Qualified: No. 9 (4.012 E.T. at 317.27 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.376 E.T. at 223.50 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.964 E.T. at 311.92 MPH

Race Recap:
Two-time world champion Matt Hagan continued his recent trend of running into fellow DSR Hellcat Funny Car racers during the early rounds of eliminations. After qualifying the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat ninth with his second round qualifying run of 4.012 seconds, Hagan was paired against Tommy Johnson Jr. to open eliminations. Both left the starting line with identical .080-reaction times, but Hagan dropped a cylinder early into the run and had to click it off when his machine made a hard move toward the centerline.

Quotable:
“This was a really tough weekend, and it all comes down to qualifying. We just have to have the results on Friday and Saturday to put us in a better position on Sunday. Top-half would have been huge today. We struggled with that left lane and kind of fell victim to it. We are going to test tomorrow and hoping we can make some runs to get ourselves squared away. That’s all we can really do is keep digging. We have a big responsibility to our sponsors in MOPAR, Pennzoil and Sandvik and all the people that make this happen. We are going to have turn things around and start making things happen.” 

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Driver of the MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Qualified: No. 9

The Competition: No. 8 Tommy Johnson Jr.
 
The Results: 

Q1: 4.064 E.T. at 313.44 MPH
Q2: 4.012 E.T. at 317.27 MPH
Q3: 4.738 E.T. at 173.49 MPH
Q4: 5.910 E.T. at 117.54 MPH
 
Quotable:

“We just need to deal with the conditions, and just get down the race track. It’s been tough, but we’ll get after it and get a game plan together for tomorrow.”

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FC Mello Yello Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Funny Car

1 Robert Hight 1159
2 Tommy Johnson Jr 1010
3 John Force 958
4 Ron Capps 927
5 Jack Beckman 904
6 Bob Tasca III 865
7 J.R. Todd 857
8 Matt Hagan 794
9 Shawn Langdon 727
10 Tim Wilkerson 724