Mopar Dodge Funny Car Driver Hagan Ends 2010 NHRA Season as Championship Runner-up

By Auto News Log • November 15th, 2010

Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Matt Hagan came out of a tension-filled, emotionally-exhausting NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., as the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car runner-up to now 15-time world champion John Force.

Hagan, in his second full year in the class for Don Schumacher Racing, watched his 38-point lead diminish at this final event of the year after his first-round defeat at the hands of Bob Tasca III. Hagan experienced mechanical problems and slowed to a 4.162-second lap at 290.44 mph, while Tasca passed him to win with a 4.148/303.57 run. Force won the first round, then won again in the second round, earning him the lead and the crown.

“We mixed it up with who I consider to be the best guy out there, the 15-time champ, and we had him down to one or two rounds here in the final event of the year,” said Hagan. “We fought a hard fight, we dug deep, and we just weren’t good enough today.

“We have to put it behind us and move forward. I’m proud of (crew chief) Tommy DeLago. I’m proud of all my crew guys. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I plan on working with them for a long time.”

Melanie Troxel advanced to the semis in her Dodge Charger R/T, also falling to Force. The Mopar HEMI-fueled DSR duo of Jack Beckman and Ron Capps both exited in the opening round but finished fourth and seventh in the standings, respectively, placing three Mopar Dodge Funny Cars in the top 10 of the final standings.

To view exclusive photos of Team Mopar at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, visit http://www.flickr.com/moparcaptured.

Source: Mopar Speed

 

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