Mopar-Powered Hagan Advances to Sixth Semifinal of the Season at U.S. Nationals

By Auto News Log • September 7th, 2010

In only his third Mac Tools U.S. Nationals start and his first time in the Countdown to the Championship, Matt Hagan advanced to his sixth Funny Car semifinal round of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at the 56th annual U.S. Nationals.

The No. 1 qualifier racing his Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car defeated Tony Pedregon with a 4.096-second elapsed time at 303.09 mph, then Bob Tasca, without lane choice, with a 4.119/291.13. His day ended in the semifinal round, despite having lane choice, when he met up with points leader John Force.

The pair took off at the starting lights with nearly identical reaction times. Both cars lost traction, but Hagan lit the tires first, and both drivers entertained the fans with a pedaling contest as they headed toward the finish line. Force won the battle, hitting the beams first with a 4.710/244.65 to Hagan’s 5.302/189.04.

“He was there for the taking,” said Hagan, “but I’m still very proud of (crew chief) Tommy DeLago. He’s doing a great job. It’s easy to kick the dirt and say, ‘Hey, we shoulda done this or we shoulda done that,’ but all in all it’s a pretty good weekend.”

Hagan’s Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Mopar-powered compatriot Jack Beckman also advanced to the semis, losing to event winner Ashley Force Hood. DSR pilot Ron Capps, the No. 2 qualifier, lost a HEMI vs. HEMI throwdown with another Dodge Charger driver, Melanie Troxel, in the opening round. Troxel exited in a second-round battle against Beckman.

Beckman moved to second in the Countdown to the Championship standings, with Hagan third and Capps sixth. Next up is the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, scheduled for Sept. 16–19 at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. For more info on the NHRA, visit http://www.nhra.com.

Source: Mopar Speed

 

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