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Matt Hagan Scores First Charger Hellcat Widebody Victory for Dodge//SRT at AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

Ennis, TX –  Two-time NHRA Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan enhanced his love for Texas Sunday by scoring the first NHRA win by a 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Hellcat Funny Car. Hagan’s triumph in the 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals was the 32nd of his career and third at the Texas Motorplex located outside of Dallas. It rekindled his chances for the 2019 Funny Car points championship.

Hagan knocked out three Countdown to the Championship playoff contenders behind the wheel of the Western Technical College Mopar CAP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR). The win marked the ninth time in 22 races this season where a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car came out victorious. With his first win in the Countdown, Hagan jumps from seventh to fourth in the championship standings with two races remaining.

“We were carrying the Western Tech and Mopar CAP colors on this Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car this weekend,” said Hagan. “We had a message for a lot of students Friday morning. Any time we can reach young kids it is a great thing. I have a few guys on my car that went through Western Tech, so to see the program come full circle is really awesome. I did my job today and my guys did their jobs today and that’s what happens when you put a good group of people together.”

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Matt Hagan Wins Dallas; Puts Himself Solidly Back in Funny Car Championship Contention

Complete DSR Dallas Post-Race Recap Below

ENNIS, TX – Top 10 Funny Car contender Matt Hagan entered the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals ranked seventh in the Countdown to the Championship point standings and well-aware that his performance at the Texas Motorplex could have a make-or-break effect on his 2019 championship hopes.

Hagan’s plan to put himself solidly back into contention came together perfectly from behind the wheel of the Western Technical College/MOPAR CAP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody when he knocked out three Countdown competitors to win the 34th running of the Ennis, Texas event.

Hagan’s triumph was the 32nd of his career, third of the year, and third at the facility located outside of Dallas.

With his first win in the Countdown, Hagan jumped from seventh to fourth in the championship standings with two races remaining, including the points-and-a-half format at the season-finale in Pomona, Calif.

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Leah Pritchett Leads Dodge//SRT Mopar Teams Qualifying No. 2 in AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

Ennis, TX – Top Fuel standout Leah Pritchett led the Dodge//SRT Mopar driver contingent in the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals near Dallas. She qualified the HEMI®-powered Pennzoil Dodge Top Fuel Dragster of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) No. 2 for the third time in the first four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship events.

Ron Capps led seven Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers into Sunday’s Funny Car field, capturing the fourth position in qualifying and will face fellow Dodge//SRT and DSR teammate Jack Beckman in the first round. Matt Hagan drove the Western Technical College Mopar CAP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Funny Car to the sixth spot.

Pritchett grabbed her sixth No. 2 qualifying slot of 2019 with Friday evening’s run of 3.681 seconds at 332.10 mph. That was one of four full passes Pritchett made in preparation for her final push to make a claim for the 2019 Top Fuel world championship. History shows she will need to reach Sunday’s final, and likely win, to have a realistic shot with two events remaining. Pritchett has a round win-loss record of 4-3 during the first three 2019 Countdown events and has lost in the second round of the previous three Dallas events.

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DSR Dallas Final Qualifying Report by the numbers

Ennis, TX – AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

DSR Dallas Saturday Highlights:

Starting from second on the Top Fuel ladder, Leah Pritchett leads DSR heading into Sunday’s elimination rounds
Antron Brown will also start from the ‘quick half’ of the Top Fuel field
In Funny Car, Ron Capps and Matt Hagan earned top-half starting positions
Round one will feature an intramural battle between Capps and Jack Beckman
The DSR Dodge Challenger Drag Pak duo of Pritchett and Mark Pawuk earned round-one victories, and both drivers will advance to Sunday’s quarterfinal round

Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools ‘Tools for the Cause’ Top Fuel Dragster

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DSR Dallas Friday Qualifying Report by the Numbers

Ennis, TX – AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

DSR Dallas Friday Highlights:

Leah Pritchett leads DSR after day one of qualifying, occupying the provisional No. 2 spot in both Top Fuel and the Factory Stock Showdown Series
Antron Brown joins his Top Fuel teammate in the quick half of the field
In Funny Car, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, and Tommy Johnson Jr. earned top-half provisional qualifying positions

Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools ‘Tools for the Cause’ Top Fuel Dragster

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DSR Dallas Pre-Race Report by the Numbers

Ennis, TX – AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

Highlights:

After racing to victory at Reading, and powering to a runner-up finish in Charlotte, Jack Beckman occupies the No. 2 spot in the Funny Car standings, sitting 44 points out of first
Antron Brown will campaign a special one-race-only ‘Tools for the Cause’ Breast Cancer Awareness car to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Brown’s first national event win occurred at the Texas Motorplex in 1999 while he was competing in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category
Tommy Johnson Jr. clinched the Funny Car No. 1 qualifier position during the 2018 event
Final Factory Stock Showdown Series event of 2019Leah Pritchett is once again pulling double-duty, competing in both Factory Stock and Top Fuel
Pritchett was crowned the 2018 FSXX world champion at last year’s event en route to capturing the FSXX FallNationals event trophy
Mark Pawuk enters Dallas with momentum after capturing the No. 1 qualifying position in Indianapolis, and No. 2 qualifying position in St. Louis

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Jack Beckman Continues NHRA Countdown Momentum, Takes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to Final of NHRA Carolina Nationals

Auburn Hills, MI –  Jack Beckman led the brigade of Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers into Monday’s rain-delayed elimination rounds of the 13th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, driving the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to the final round. His weekend run moved Beckman up to second place in the point standings halfway through the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Beckman opened the weekend earning his 26th career No. 1 qualifier and led five other HEMI®-powered Dodge//SRT Mopar drivers into the Funny Car field. He was joined in the semifinals Monday by fellow Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammates Matt Hagan and Ron Capps.

Sunday’s rain delay didn’t seem to faze Beckman, who was fast out of the gate Monday, putting up the best run in the class of the weekend, 3.864 seconds, in his opening-round victory over Dale Creasy. In the second round, he and DSR teammate Tommy Johnson, Jr. squared off. Beckman was smooth again, turning on the win light with a pass of 3.932 seconds at 323.27 mph over a tire-smoking Johnson. Beckman faced another Dodge//SRT and DSR teammate in the semifinals. This time it was Capps and Beckman was able to avenge an earlier loss to reach his sixth final of the season and second in three Countdown races.

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