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DSR NHRA Charlotte II Qualifying Report

Concord, NC – Highlights

 – DSR Qualifying Updates: Matt Hagan and Ron Capps are provisionally qualified in the top half of the Funny Car field with Hagan leading the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat tandem from fourth
– Antron Brown powered his machine into the quick half of the Top Fuel field and provisionally occupies the No. 6 spot on the ladder

Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 6

The Results:
Q1: 3.779 E.T. at 323.66 MPH

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DSR on to the NHRA Carolina Nationals

Concord, NC – Noteworthy:

 – No. 2 ranked Funny Car pilot and defending series champion Matt Hagan returns to competition at zMAX Dragway following a two-race absence due to COVID-19. Hagan begins the race weekend a mere five points behind the current Funny Car point leader
– Ron Capps occupies the No. 3 spot in the Funny Car rankings and is less than one round out of first place
– Antron Brown will be looking for a record-tying sixth Top Fuel win at zMAX Dragway this weekend as he pursues a fourth world championship
– Making her fifth Countdown to the Championship appearance, Leah Pruett is seeking her first zMAX Dragway victory at the Carolina Nationals

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The Champ Returns in Charlotte!

Matt Hagan has been Cleared to Race and will Continue his Funny Car Title Defense at the NHRA Carolina Nationals

BROWNSBURG, IN – Reigning NHRA Camping World Series Funny Car champion Matt Hagan will return to competition this weekend at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C. after missing two races due to COVID-19. Hagan has completed all NHRA protocols and has been cleared to suit up and strap back into his 11,000-horsepower Shelor Motor Mile Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye where he will continue his title defense.

Hagan enters the weekend ranked second in the point standings and less than one round behind the current point leader following his team’s victory last weekend at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, the first of NHRA’s seven Countdown to the Championship playoff races. Hagan’s former teammate, Tommy Johnson Jr., assumed the driving responsibilities of Hagan’s machine at both the Indianapolis and Reading, Penn. events when the three-time world champ tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals. Johnson and the Dickie Venables-led team suffered a disappointing DNQ in Indy, only to rebound in the most spectacular fashion last weekend in Reading.

The following is a Q&A with Matt Hagan:

Tell us about your experience with COVID-19.
Matt Hagan: COVID affects everyone differently, and it was something that hit me really hard. It started like the flu and then just never got better. I had several days of lying in bed with a fever, chills, and aches, and finally ended up having to check myself into the emergency room. I spent a night there receiving fluids and steroids, and they were doing everything they could do to bring my 104-degree temperature down. My breathing was really concerning to them and that’s why they kept me overnight. Once they got my oxygen up and finally got my fever down to about 101, they released me from the hospital but I still wasn’t out of the woods. It still took some time for my body to recover.

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Tommy Johnson Jr. Wins Reading Playoff Race on Behalf of Sidelined Matt Hagan

Johnson Clinches Funny Car Victory No. 23 at Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil

READING, PA – ‘Unprecedented’ has been the name of the game for most things COVID-related, and NHRA Drag Racing is no exception. Under the most unusual circumstances, Tommy Johnson Jr. won the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, collecting Wally trophy No. 23 while competing on behalf of Matt Hagan who now sits in the No. 2 position on the Funny Car leaderboard thanks in part to Johnson and his efforts behind the wheel of Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

After testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals, Hagan withdrew from the Indianapolis event and former Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. was called upon to substitute for Hagan in his absence. Hagan’s entry was ranked No. 1 heading into the Indy race, the final ‘regular season’ event before the points were reset for the Countdown to the Championship, and Johnson was focused on helping Hagan and the Mopar team, the defending Funny Car series champions, maintain their top-seeded ranking. In an unfortunate series of events, Johnson and the team failed to qualify for the U.S. Nationals when a mechanical malfunction forced Johnson to abort his first qualifying attempt following his burnout, and Mother Nature washed out Saturday’s two additional sessions, causing Hagan to fall all the way from first to fifth in the point standings heading into the start of the Countdown to the Championship.

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DSR Final Qualifying Report From NHRA Reading

Reading, PA – Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals

DSR Qualifying Highlights:

 – No. 1 ranked Funny Car Countdown challenger Ron Capps clocked the lowest E.T. of Q2 to collect three bonus points and secure a starting position (5th) in the top half of the Funny Car field
– Funny Car stand-in Tommy Johnson Jr. will start race day from the No. 4 seed as he battles for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals  – Wally trophy on behalf of Matt Hagan, who remains sidelined due to COVID-19
– Top Fuel round one will feature an intramural battle between DSR stablemates Antron Brown and Leah Pruett. Brown will start from seventh and with the advantage of lane choice versus Pruett, the No. 8 seed

Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster

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Tommy Johnson Jr #2 after Friday Qualifying

Reading, PA – Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals

 – DSR Qualifying Updates: Tommy Johnson Jr. clocked the second-quickest Funny Car pass during Q1 to earn the provisional No. 2 spot and two bonus points for defending series champion Matt Hagan who remains sidelined due to COVID-19
– Johnson’s Q1 pass of 3.895 seconds at 333.82 mph is recorded as a career-best speed for the stand-in driver of the Mopar Dodge Funny Car
– No. 1 Funny Car seed Ron Capps kicked off his 2021 Countdown campaign by powering to the fifth-quickest run of the session to earn a provisional qualifying spot in the top half of the field
– Aboard the Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fueler, Leah Pruett leads DSR’s Top Fuel tandem by posting an E.T. that provisionally places her in the quick half of the field (7th) going into Saturday. Antron Brown occupies the No. 11 spot with two more qualifying opportunities to improve upon his position

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DSR Headed to Stop 1 on the Countdown to the Championship

Reading, PA – Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals

Noteworthy:

– The Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil kicks off the seven-event 2021 Camping World Series Countdown to the Championship. All DSR drivers are in championship contention
– Ron Capps enters Maple Grove Raceway as the No. 1 Funny Car seed after a runner-up finish at the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals last weekend
– The last time the Camping World Series visited Reading, Penn., Capps clocked a blistering 3.837 at 339.28-mph pass, resetting both ends of the Maple Grove track record with his speed registering as the second-fastest run in NHRA history
– Antron Brown enters the NHRA playoffs from the No. 3 seed as he begins his campaign for a fourth Top Fuel world title
– No. 4 ranked Leah Pruett is eager to get back to the facility where she scored her first Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier during the 2016 event

Note:
For the second week in a row, Tommy Johnson Jr. will fill in for defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan who remains sidelined as he recovers from COVID-19. The points Johnson accumulates during the race weekend will be awarded to Hagan, who starts the Countdown ranked fifth.

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