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Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Matt Hagan claimed his fourth win of the season at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals on Sunday, Oct. 16, defeating teammate Ron Capps in an all-Mopar final at Texas Motorplex near Dallas. Hagan moved to third in the point standings and leader Capps increased his cushion to 64 points over fellow teammate and Mopar Dodge driver Tommy Johnson Jr. with only two events remaining in the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
The matchup of Hagan versus Capps in the final marked the third consecutive event in which Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Mopar Dodge Funny Car drivers have battled for the event win, and ninth time overall this season. The victory is also the 13th of the year for a Mopar Dodge Funny Car racer in 22 events thus far. With Jack Beckman holding the fourth position, DSR Mopar Dodge drivers maintained their grip on the top four slots in the standings.
"Each of the Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars have performed so well this season, and we are very pleased to congratulate Matt Hagan on picking up another win for Team Mopar," said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. "His performance at the Texas NHRA FallNationals showed, once again, the power of Mopar Performance. We are eager to see the remainder of the season unfold."
Hagan, the No. 4 qualifier, had his Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane Dodge clicking during eliminations. He used a 3.888-second elapsed time at 330.63 mph to defeat John Bojec in the opening round and knocked off Courtney Force in the quarterfinals, laying down a 3.896/329.34 run after Force left the starting line early and fouled out on a red light.
The two-time NHRA Funny Car champion’s road to victory was far from easy, with No. 1 qualifier Robert Hight waiting in the semis. Hagan powered to the round win and a date with teammate and points leader Capps on the strength of a 3.899/327.19 pass after Hight encountered trouble early.