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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

“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.”

da02Z_5505.jpg - BRISTOL, Tenn. — Racing at Bristol Dragway is more than enough to get Matt Hagan excited to race. But having the 19th annual NHRA Thunder Nationals take place on Father’s Day Weekend just two hours from his Christiansburg, Va. home makes it one of the most anticipated weekends of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season for the two-time Funny Car world champ.

Hagan has one career victory at his home track, and will aim to make it a second in Thunder Valley in his 11,000-horsepower MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. He was able to share his previous win at Bristol in 2015 with his father, as well as plenty of family and friends, and it’s a moment Hagan won’t forget. But it’s also a moment the 30-time event winner would like to recreate in 2019.

“Bristol is one of the most important races all season to me,” said Hagan, who is currently sixth in the Funny Car points standings. “It’s my home track, my family is there, my dad is there. When I won that race, I broke down crying. It was such a big moment for me and it was really special. That place carries a lot of passion for me. When you’re surrounded by all the people you love, have all those people supporting you and watching you, it’s just a really spewcial weekend.”



Qualified: No. 7 (3.936 E.T. at 323.97 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.954 E.T. at 328.46 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 4.014 E.T. at 320.28 MPH
E2: 4.071 E.T. at 274.16 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.941 E.T. at 323.81 MPH

Race Recap:
Matt Hagan used the final qualifying session on Saturday to jump his MOPAR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car into the top half of the field at No. 7, and he carried that momentum into Sunday with a winning 3.954 at 328.46-mph first-round pass against Bob Tasca III. The three-time Chicago event winner was trailing in a close battle with teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quarterfinals when a dropped cylinder down track ended any hopes of yet another Route 66 Raceway victory by Hagan.

“We struggled a little bit in qualifying, but we found the problems and addressed those issues and ended up having a really good race car on race day. I got through round one and didn’t have lane choice. I just let it get a little inside, and it got sucked in and kind of pulled the tires loose. Once you get these things inside, it’s hard to get them back. Just a little combination of everything. This one falls on me this weekend, so I’ll have to do better in Topeka for my team. We’re looking forward to racing the next couple of weekends in a row. We’ve got a lot of data to accumulate and a lot of different racetracks to hit. Ready to do a little work at home, and then get back here and get busy again.”    

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FC Points

Unofficial NHRA Championship Standings

Funny Car

1 Matt Hagan 1020
2 Tommy Johnson Jr 915
3 Jack Beckman 848
4 Ron Capps 828
5 Bob Tasca III 679
6 J.R. Todd 663
7 Tim Wilkerson 615
8 Alexis DeJoria 605
9 Paul Lee 464
10 Cruz Pedregon 436