NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Matt Hagan

“What a crazy race. Anytime we go four-wide it’s always crazy, but we had a really solid weekend, finished second, and took over the points lead. The Dodge Power Brokers Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car is running really good. It was a little tough as we’re up here on a hill a little bit with the altitude and trying to make power, but Dickie Venables (crew chief) is the man and we had a great racecar this weekend and had three good rounds on Sunday after qualifying number four. I’m really proud of my guys.

“We’re going to test tomorrow here and try to make some more power up here on the hill because we’ll be back here in Vegas for the Dodge//SRT Nationals in October around Halloween time. I can’t wait to get back here. Congratulations to Ron Capps who’s doing really good over there with his first win of the season as an owner and driver. We’ve got a lot more racing to go.”

  • Earned No. 9 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (4.045 ET at 322.34 mph).
  • Earned No. 3 qualifying position in Q2 on Friday (3.920 ET at 332.92 mph).
  • Scored one bonus point for the third-quickest run of the session.
  • Smoked tires during Q3 on Saturday (6.905 ET at 96.45 mph), yet maintained No. 3 qualifying position based off Friday’s Q2 run (3.920 ET at 332.92 mph).
  • Secured No. 4 qualifying position based off Q2 run on Friday. In Q4 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 3.969 ET at 326.56 mph. 
  •  Advanced to Finals on Sunday:
  •  Round 1: 3.929 ET at 323.35 mph, defeated Chad Green (3.937 ET at 312.35 mph) and Jeff Diehl (4.136 ET at 291.07 mph). Bob Tasca III also advanced to Round 2 (3.929 ET at 326.32 mph). 
  • Round 2: 3.919 ET at 320.43 mph, defeated J.R. Todd (3.936 ET at 326.08 mph) and Bob Tasca III (3.949 ET at 323.12 mph). Ron Capps also advanced to the Finals (3.902 ET at 329.91 mph). 
  •  Final: 3.924 ET at 324.44 mph, finished runner-up to Ron Capps (3.914 ET at 331.20). Robert Hight ran third (3.943 ET at 328.94 mph) and Alexis DeJoria finished fourth (3.954 ET at 321.35 mph). 
  • Currently leads the Funny Car championship standings with a nine-point advantage over Robert Hight.