Post-Race Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Matt Hagan
  • Earned No. 4 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (3.947 ET at 323.12 mph)
  • Fell to No. 8 provisional qualifying position in Q2 on Friday (3.931 ET at 328.22 mph)
  • Earned No. 5 provisional qualifying position in Q3 on Saturday (3.903 ET at 322.50 mph). Hagan faced Austin Prock in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge, where Prock’s 3.878 ET, 330.55 mph run defeated Hagan.
  • Secured No. 6 qualifying position in Q4 on Saturday (3.884 ET at 322.73 mph)
  • Advanced to the Semifinals on Sunday:
  • Round 1: 3.914 ET at 325.06 mph, defeated Cruz Pedregon (3.999 ET at 327.03 mph)
  • Round 2: 3.900 ET at 327.82 mph, defeated Blake Alexander (3.951 ET at 321.88 mph)
  • Semifinals: 7.730 ET at 120.25 mph, lost to Ron Capps (3.910 ET at 330.80 mph)
  • Currently third in the Funny Car championship standings, 181 points behind Funny Car leader Austin Prock
  • In the first 10 races of the season, Hagan has advanced to the Semifinals three times and has advanced to the Finals four times, collecting two wins in Charlotte and Chicago.
  • By advancing to the Semifinals, Hagan qualified to participate in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge at the next NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series event, the NHRA Northwest Nationals, where he will face a rematch against Ron Capps.
  • The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals marked Stewart’s second straight race qualifying in the top-half of the field (PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals outside Richmond was the previous event).
  • The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals marked a quasi-home race for Dodge, with their headquarters located 150 miles north of Norwalk in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
  • Following Norwalk, teams will prepare to head west for the Western Swing in Seattle and Sonoma. Hagan and Stewart will both be running their Dodge Direct Connection schemes in Seattle, with Hagan representing Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage in Sonoma and Stewart representing Rinnai.

“It’s always great to have the Dodge family out here. Mark Whitney brought some interns and his family out, which was great. We’ve advanced to the Semifinals the last three races in a row and have some momentum going into the Western Swing in a couple weeks. It will be nice to get a little break. I get to take my kids to the beach, so I can’t wait to watch them play in the sand and water and work on my tan. We’re praying for John Force. It’s just not the same out here without that guy. It was great news today to hear he had opened his eyes and was talking and knew who he and who the girls are. We’re thinking a lot about him. He’s a big part of drag racing out here. When you think about things like that, it keeps everything in perspective about how little it matters to lose a round. I know everyone is working towards making these cars even safer. We get to represent Dodge again in Seattle. We have one win there, so I’m looking forward to hopefully making it to the Finals and getting another win. We’ll keep working at it.”