Don Schumacher Racing
Matt Hagan Crowned NHRA Funny Car World Champion at Dodge NHRA Finals and Drives Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to Undefeated NHRA Season
Las Vegas, NV – Matt Hagan and his “demon-possessed” Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye have earned the 2020 National Hot Rod
Association (NHRA) Drag Racing Series Funny Car World Championship title and the national event win at the season-ending Dodge NHRA Finals Presented by Pennzoil in Las Vegas. It is Hagan’s third championship crown after title wins in 2011 and 2014 and the sixth Funny Car class victory for the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) team in 18 years.
From the No. 2 position on the eliminations ladder, Hagan earned his third Wally trophy of the year in a season dominated by the DSR stable of HEMI®-powered Funny Cars. The DSR foursome of Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr., Jack Beckman and Ron Capps finished 1-2-3-4 atop the Funny Car standings and combined for a NHRA season “sweep” in which a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat won every national event to extend the team’s undefeated streak to a record 14 consecutive victories since October 2019.
“It’s been just an unbelievable season,” said Hagan. “My guys have put an unbelievable car behind me with Pennzoil, Dodge SRT and Mopar. Everybody who supports us. It’s great to win for Camping World and their first championship. My guys have worked so hard all season long. I can’t say enough about them and thank them. Three wins, a championship, it’s just special. I can’t wait for next season.”
DSR Sweeps NHRA Finals, Doubling-Up with Top Fuel and Funny Car Trophies, and the 2020 Funny Car World Championship
LAS VEGAS – It was a banner weekend for drag racing’s winningest organization. Don Schumacher Racing capped off the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season by adding three new pieces of hardware to its collection of 358 national event trophies and 18 world championships, and ‘sweeping the season’ by going undefeated in the Funny Car category.
Newly-crowned 2020 Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan went wire-to-wire on Sunday, first clinching the championship in the semifinals and then claiming the event victory by winning the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil when he defeated Ron Capps in a final round that featured DSR Dodge Charger Hellcat pilots going head-to-head for the seventh time this season.
Antron Brown snapped a 42-race winless drought when he defeated Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence in a final round showdown, preventing his pal from going two-for-two with trophies on Sunday.
Hagan and Brown’s triumphs marked the 67th time DSR has doubled-up, winning in both nitro categories during the same event, and the second consecutive weekend that the Brownsburg, Ind.-based team ended race day with victories in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.
Hagan Join Illustrious Group by Clinching Third Funny Car Title
LAS VEGAS – Don Schumacher Racing driver Matt Hagan was crowned the 2020 NHRA Camping World Funny Car champion on Sunday during the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, the 37-year-old clinched his third Funny Car title in the semifinals to capture championship No. 18 for DSR, and the sixth Funny Car title for the winningest team in NHRA history.
The 2020 Funny Car championship chase came down to a three-way intramural battle on the final day of the season. Hagan entered race day with a two-round lead over championship contenders and DSR Dodge teammates, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman, who were hot on his heels in pursuit of the 2020 title. Hagan carried a 45-point lead over No. 2-ranked Johnson, and a 52-point lead over No. 3-ranked Beckman. Hagan, the No. 2 qualifier, began his day by clocking low E.T. of round one, defeating Cruz Pedregon with a stout 3.901-second pass versus Pedregon’s 4.034 E.T.
Hagan then watched as Beckman suffered a first-round loss, leaving only Johnson with the opportunity to take a shot at swiping the Camping World Series trophy. Both Hagan and Johnson advanced during round two, keeping their championship-hopes alive. In the semifinals, Hagan sat strapped into his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and watched as Johnson was defeated by teammate Ron Capps, officially making Hagan the 2020 Funny Car world champion.
Final Qualifying of 2020 Season Capps off with Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in No.1 Spot at Dodge NHRA Finals in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV – The final qualifying sessions of the 2020 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Drag Racing Series season have been completed at the Dodge Finals Presented by Pennzoil with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Funny Car pilot Ron Capps taking his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the No. 1 qualifier position. Capps and his DSR teammates, Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman head into the final eliminations rounds of the season battling for the Funny Car world championship with a points-a-half format to determine the winner among them.
Capps earned his first No.1 qualifier honors of the season, the 25th of his career, in the final session with a 3.902-second elapsed time pass at 327.98 mph to dislodge the provisional pole sitter and the defending race winner Hagan. Capps has taken home five Wally trophies (2001, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2012) from The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway and will start his quest for another against Chris Morel in the first round.
With the qualifying result Capps added four bonus points to his total which has him fourth in the standings that the four DSR Dodge Funny Car have dominated all season-long with an undefeated streak of 13 national event wins that stretches back to October 2019.
LAS VEGAS – Fresh off a runner-up finish from the previous event, Ron Capps kept his momentum going by racing the Pennzoil/NAPA
AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the No. 1 spot on Saturday at the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil. Capps earned the pole position when he sped through the 1,000-foot timers in 3.902 seconds at 327.98 mph during the second and final qualifying session to secure his first No. 1 qualifier of the season, and 25th of his career.
Capps will start Sunday with a first-round matchup against No. 16 qualifier Cruz Pedregon in pursuit of a third 2020 triumph. Not only will Capps be racing for the Vegas hardware, but he’ll be aiming to keep DSR’s Funny Car ‘hot streak’ alive. DSR’s four Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat pilots have been unstoppable all season, and each, including Capps, will be battling to pick up one last 2020 trophy for drag racing’s winningest organization on Sunday as they aim to ‘sweep the season’ by going undefeated on the year.
“A great job by (crew chief) Rahn Tobler, Dustin Heim and the guys,” remarked Capps regarding the team’s Q2 pass achieved in the NAPA back-up car. “We brought this car out under extreme circumstances for the final round in Gainesville and won, and then we brought it out again in Houston and came close to winning last Sunday. Honestly, we had never warmed the car up until today. Both those final rounds we didn’t get to warm the car up because we were under such pressure and time constraints.
Dominant Season-long Performance by Don Schumacher Racing Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars to Conclude With Crowning of World Champion at Dodge NHRA Finals in Las Vegas
Auburn Hills, MI – A Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat from the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) stable will be crowned the 2020 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Drag Racing Series Funny Car World Champion this weekend at the Dodge Finals Presented by Pennzoil. While that is a certainty, there is still heightened anticipation and drama heading into the season finale with much left to be determined on the track at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway.
First and foremost, intrigue remains heading into the Dodge NHRA Finals regarding which of the four DSR drivers will be crowned Funny Car World Champion as Matt Hagan (842 points), Tommy Johnson Jr. (800 points), Jack Beckman (799 points) and Ron Capps (679 points) sit 1-2-3-4 respectively atop the standings where they jostled for position all season long while dominating the category. With the adoption of a format awarding points-and-a-half for the final event of the season, all four are still mathematically in contention with 183 points up for grabs. However, the focus is sharply on the three-way battle between Hagan, Johnson, and Beckman, as just 43 points separates them.
“I have a lot of confidence in our team, and our car, and what we’re doing,” says Hagan, who will run the sinister looking Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye paint scheme for the final time this season in tribute to the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world. “We’ve made up a lot of ground in a little bit of time. We’ve done what we needed to do to put ourselves in this position to have the points lead.”
Las Vegas, NV -All eyes on Don Schumacher Racing’s Funny Car contingent as drag racing’s winningest organization is poised to capture its
18th series title this weekend at the 2020 NHRA season finale in Las Vegas. A fierce three-way battle awaits No. 1 ranked Funny Car driver Matt Hagan, No. 2 ranked Tommy Johnson Jr., and No. 3 ranked Jack Beckman heading into the Dodge NHRA Finals Presented by Pennzoil as they battle to earn DSR’s sixth Funny Car world championship Hagan owns two world titles (2011, 2014), Beckman one (2012), Ron Capps one (2016), and Gary Scelzi (2005)
DSR Funny Car Championship Contenders:
Driver of the Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
Ranked No. 1 in the standings; 842 points
Crew chief: Dickie Venables
Assistant crew chief: Mike Knudsen