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Hagan Races Dodge//SRT Mopar Funny Car to Runner-up Finish at Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals

Baytown, TX –  Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver Matt Hagan was shooting for the perfect outcome during this weekend’s 32nd Annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil. The two-time Funny Car world champion raced his Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat into Sunday’s final at Houston Raceway Park Powered by Pennzoil, but came up just short of scoring the victory.

Hagan was the highest finisher among six Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars in Sunday’s field. Ron Capps reached the semifinal while Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson, Jr., Cruz Pedregon, and Jim Campbell were unable to advance past round one. Leah Pritchett drove the HEMI-powered Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster into the second round.

Hagan and his Pennzoil team, led by crew chief Dickie Venables, had a solid beginning to the weekend with four consistent qualifying runs Friday and Saturday, earning the No. 6 spot in Sunday’s elimination ladder.

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DSR Houston Post-Race Recap – Brown and Hagan Runner up in Fuel Classes

Baytown, TX – MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil

DSR Houston Elimination Highlights:

Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) raced to runner-up finishes on Sunday afternoon
Brown’s final round appearance was his first of 2019 and allowed him to advance three spots in the Top Fuel rankings
Hagan advanced to second in the Funny Car point standings by racing to his second final of the year
Ron Capps drove to his first semifinal appearance of the season
Before eliminations got underway, Jack Beckman joined Chandler family representative Judy Pittman on-stage during NHRA’s pre-race ceremony where the duo presented a $100,000 donation check to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on behalf of Doug Chandler and his TLC Foundation in honor of the late Terry Chandler

Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster

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TOYOTA’S BROWN DRIVES TO NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS FINALS

BAYTOWN, TX  – Antron Brown drove his Matco Tools Toyota dragster to his first final round of the season before falling to Brittany Force in Sunday’s NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park. It marked the sixth time that Brown has reached the SpringNationals finals, five coming in Top Fuel and once in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Brown kicked off the day with a holeshot victory over Mike Salinas on a holeshot and then dispatched Leah Pritchett in the second round. That set up a match-up with Steve Torrence in the semifinals, where Brown had a .007 advantage at the tree and went on to win on a holeshot by just .0056 seconds (approximately three feet).

In the finals, the two were side-by-side at the track, but Brown started to haze the tires just past the midway point, giving Force the victory.

“All in all, It was a good day for the Matco Tools/Toyota/Pennzoil race team today,” said the three-time world champion. “We’ve been going through a lot of adversity and we’ve just been fighting through it as a unit together. Today, people saw what we are capable of. It feels good just to get back to what’s been the norm. We still have a ways to go, but we’re just going to keep on working and keep our heads down and everything’s going to be just fine.

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Capps powers Dodge//SRT Mopar to No. 2 Spot in Funny Car Qualifying at Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals

Baytown, TX – Ron Capps is the fastest of six Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers that qualified for Sunday’s elimination rounds at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park Powered by Pennzoil.

Capps, the 2016 NHRA Funny Car champion and four-time Houston SpringNationals winner, was one of only two drivers to post a 3.8-second run during qualifying Friday and Saturday, making his best qualifying pass behind the wheel of the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) NAPA Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in Saturday’s final session with his lap of 3.893 seconds at 319.29 mph.

Capps is one of six drivers aboard Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Cars in Sunday’s first round of eliminations. Fellow DSR racer and Hellcat Funny Car driver Matt Hagan, who made his best pass during Friday’s second qualifying session with a run of 3.916 seconds at 318.47 mph, holds the No. 6 position. Cruz Pedregon, Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson, Jr. and Jim Campbell will try to become the second driver to win a Wally driving a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car.

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DSR Houston Final Qualifying Report – by the Numbers

Baytown, TX – MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil

DSR Houston Saturday Highlights:

The MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Jack Beckman won the MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil ‘Best Appearing Car’ award
Ron Capps leads DSR qualifying and will start race day from the No. 2 spot after making the best run of the fourth session
Leah Pritchett will start race day from the No. 3 spot after powering the Pennzoil Top Fuel machine to the second quickest run of Q4
Beckman and Matt Hagan also qualified in the top-half of the Funny Car field

Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster

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DSR Houston Friday Qualifying Report – by the Numbers

Baytown, TX – MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil

DSR Houston Friday Highlights: Leah Pritchett powered the Pennzoil Top Fuel machine to the third quickest run of the second qualifying session to earn the provisional No. 3 spot
Jack Beckman banked two bonus points for making the second quickest pass of the opening Funny Car round
Matt Hagan raced to the third quickest pass of Funny Car Q2
Beckman, Capps and Hagan will start Saturday from the top half of the Funny Car field

Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster

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DSR Houston Pre-Race Report – by the Numbers

Baytown, TX – MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil

Noteworthy: Leah Pritchett reset the Houston Raceway Park E.T. record to capture the Top Fuel pole in 2018
Antron Brown won his first Top Fuel title at the 2008 Houston event
Matt Hagan won his first Funny Car Wally at the 2010 event
Jack Beckman will wheel a special one-race-only MD Anderson tribute livery in honor of the late Terry ChandlerNote: the MD Anderson Funny Car livery will be unveiled on the starting line during Q1
DSR-Owned Track Records:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.680 seconds, Leah Pritchett (2018)

DSR Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster

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