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Stewart & Hagan Dodge Direct Connection Top Fuel & Funny Car Drivers Head to NHRA Northwest Nationals

Kent, WA – The NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington, marks the first stop of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series’ two-week long Western Swing. The DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway will follow Seattle July 26-28. The NHRA Northwest Nationals is the 11th event on the NHRA’s 20-race calendar.

Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) brings its two fulltime entries – one in Top Fuel for Top Fuel rookie Tony Stewart and one in Funny Car for 51-time Funny Car winner and four-time champion Matt Hagan.

Coming into Seattle, Stewart is currently ninth in the Top Fuel standings, 365 points behind leader Doug Kalitta. Hagan is currently third in the Funny Car standings, 181 points behind leader Austin Prock.

Direct Connection is the primary partner of Stewart and Hagan this weekend in Seattle. With muscle car enthusiasts looking for “ready to run” parts, Direct Connection serves as the source for high-performance parts and technical expertise straight from the factory. Continue reading

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Hagan Drives TSR Direct Connection Dodge//SRT Hellcat to Semifinals, Stewart Misses by Inches Early in NHRA Summit Racing Nationals

Auburn Hills, MI – Reigning NHRA Mission Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion Matt Hagan continued his road toward a fifth world title Sunday at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, with a semifinals finish in his Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) Direct Connection Dodge//SRT Hellcat nitro-burning race car.

Hagan, who is one of only four drivers to ever win four NHRA Funny Car championships, produced another strong performance, along with his Dickie Venables-led TSR crew, with two round victories in eliminations over former World Champion Cruz Pedregon and defending Norwalk race winner Blake Alexander. Hagan, who qualified sixth in the 16-car Funny Car lineup, recorded times of 3.914 and 3.900 in those wins, including setting low elapsed time (ET) in the second round.

In the semifinals against another former champion, Ron Capps, Hagan’s 11,000-horsepower machine lost traction off the starting line and Capps advanced to the Funny Car final round. Despite the semifinals loss, Hagan continues to pile up valuable points and ranks third, just three points out of second as the Virginia driver now enters the “Western Swing” of the NHRA Mission Drag Racing Series with the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways on July 19-21. Continue reading

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Haga and Stewart Head to Norwalk for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Norwalk, OH – The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, marks the 10th event on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series’ 20-race calendar in 2024. Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) brings its two full-time entries – one in Top Fuel for Top Fuel rookie Tony Stewart and one in Funny Car for 51-time Funny Car winner and four-time champion Matt Hagan.

Coming into Norwalk, Stewart is ninth in the Top Fuel standings, 293 points behind leader Doug Kalitta. Hagan is third in the Funny Car standings, 166 points behind leader Austin Prock.

Direct Connection is the primary partner of Stewart and Hagan this weekend in Norwalk. With muscle car enthusiasts looking for “ready to run” parts, Direct Connection serves as the source for high-performance parts and technical expertise straight from the factory.

The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals will serve as Stewart’s 10th career Top Fuel start and his first at Norwalk. For Hagan, this will be his 342nd career Funny Car start and his 15th at Norwalk.  Continue reading

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Dodge Brand Extends Partnership with Tony Stewart Racing in NHRA Mission Drag Racing Series

Auburn Hills, MI – The Dodge brand today announced a partnership extension with the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) Nitro organization to continue fielding two nitro-burning entries (Top Fuel and Funny Car) in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mission Drag Racing Series.

The Dodge brand’s partnership with TSR, started in 2022, has resulted in 14 NHRA national events wins to date as well as the 2023 NHRA Mission World Funny Car Championship, captured by Direct Connection Dodge//SRT Hellcat driver Matt Hagan. In 2024, Stewart announced he was assuming the seat of the TSR Direct Connection Dodge//SRT Top Fuel car in place of his wife, Leah Pruett, who stepped away from the driver’s seat this year to start a family with team owner and husband Stewart.

“The Dodge brand is excited to extend our partnership with an elite, winning organization like Tony Stewart Racing,” said Matt McAlear, Dodge brand CEO – Stellantis. “Dodge owns a historic legacy in NHRA competition, and racing icon and legend Tony Stewart, four-time NHRA world champion Matt Hagan and 18-time NHRA event winner Leah Pruett are the perfect ambassadors to represent our brand and our Direct Connection performance parts line. Along with our Dodge Brotherhood of Muscle, I look forward to continuing to cheer on Tony, Matt, Leah and the entire TSR organization.” Continue reading

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Stewart and Hagan Take TSR Direct Connection Dodge//SRT Cars to Semifinals, Fight Wild Weather Conditions at NHRA Virginia Nationals

Auburn Hills, MI – The wildest weather conditions in the past several years on the NHRA Mission Drag Racing Series hit the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals this weekend, but the two Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) Dodge nitro teams were able to negotiate near 150-degree track temperatures and place in the semifinals with drivers Tony Stewart (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car).

With air temperatures near 100 degrees as well due to an East Coast hot weather “dome,” the TSR crews fought incredible odds with the hot and humid conditions and a slippery track. Stewart and Hagan both showed strong starting line reactions in Sunday’s elimination rounds to gain important points as the NHRA tour heads next to the Summit Racing Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio, on June 28-30.

Stewart, the NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and NHRA Top Fuel rookie, enjoyed one of his best NHRA Top Fuel races at Virginia Motorsports Park by qualifying a season-best third in the TSR Direct Connection Dodge//SRT dragster at 3.885 and set low elapsed time in the first two rounds of the Sunday competition. Continue reading

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Hagan and Stewart Head to Virginia for the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals

North Dinwiddie, VA – The Play NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, located just south of the state capital in Richmond, hosts the ninth event on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series’ 20-race calendar in 2024. Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) brings its two full-time entries – one in Top Fuel for Top Fuel rookie Tony Stewart and one in Funny Car for 51-time Funny Car winner and four-time champion Matt Hagan.

Coming into Richmond, Stewart is ninth in the Top Fuel standings, 253 points behind leader Doug Kalitta. Hagan is fourth in the Funny Car standings, 117 points behind leader Austin Prock.

Direct Connection is the primary partner of Stewart and Hagan this weekend in Richmond. With muscle car enthusiasts looking for “ready to run” parts, Direct Connection serves as the source for high-performance parts and technical expertise straight from the factory.

The Virginia NHRA Nationals will mark Stewart’s ninth career Top Fuel start and his first at Virginia. For Hagan, the Virginia NHRA Nationals will be his 341st career Funny Car start and his fifth at Virginia. Continue reading

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DSR Performance Joins Tony Stewart Racing

DSR Performance to Serve as Associate Sponsor as a Performance Parts Supplier of Tony Stewart Racing in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series

BROWNSBURG, IN – DSR Performance has partnered with Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, with the Brownsburg, Indiana-based company providing championship-winning performance parts on Tony Stewart’s Top Fuel Dragster and on the Dodge//SRT Hellcat Funny Car of four-time champion Matt Hagan.

DSR Performance will serve as an associate sponsor as a performance parts supplier of Stewart and Hagan for all NHRA events.

“We’ve had a great relationship with Tony Stewart Racing from their debut in NHRA and we are excited to expand our partnership,” said Chad Osier, President, DSR Performance. “We offer market leading motorsports products and engineering services and the teams at TSR are excellent ambassadors for our brand.”

In 2018, Don Schumacher Racing launched its performance aftermarket brand DSR Performance to offer racers and enthusiasts championship-level engine technology, parts, and engineering services for nitro, alcohol, and street performance applications.  DSR Performance leverages a state-of-the-art CNC manufacturing facility and top tier engineering talent to deliver the highest quality and an excellent customer service experience. Continue reading

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Tony Stewart and Matt Hagan Representing Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage at Thunder Valley

Bristol, TN – The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway hosts the eighth event on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series’ 20-race calendar in 2024. Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) brings its two full-time entries – one in Top Fuel for Top Fuel rookie Tony Stewart and one in Funny Car for 51-time Funny Car winner and four-time champion Matt Hagan.

Coming into Bristol, Stewart is ninth in the Top Fuel standings, 221 points behind leader Justin Ashley. Hagan is third in the Funny Car standings, 68 points behind leader Austin Prock.

Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage (JHG) is the primary partner of Hagan and Stewart this weekend in Bristol. JHG was formed in 2021 and brings a passion and flare to the automotive world. They aim to inspire, drive and celebrate progress. JHG spans across Jason Johnson’s car collection featuring more than 200 sought after vehicles from classics, to hot rods and supercars. Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage’s mission is to preserve and showcase the automotive industry. The vehicles are driven to and displayed at events by Johnson and his team with the goal of growing interest and keeping car culture thriving. Johnson’s history in the industry began with Mather Auto Dismantler, Mather Mini Trucks and U-Pull It in Northern California. He later held an instrumental role in the growth and success of Copart, Inc., a global provider of online vehicle auction and remarketing services. JHG also serves as a primary sponsor of Elite Motorsports in the NHRA Pro Stock series. Continue reading

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Stewart Misses by Inches in Quarterfinals at NHRA New England Nationals

Hagan’s Funny Car Winning Streak in Dodge//SRT Hellcat Ends at Epping 

Auburn Hills, MI – It was a game of inches for Tony Stewart in front of a sellout crowd Sunday at the NHRA New England Nationals drag races, as the racing Hall of Fame driver looked to be on his way to a big upset over reigning Top Fuel World Champion Doug Kalitta.

Stewart, in just the eighth Top Fuel competition of his legendary motorsports career, defeated Chicago winner Antron Brown in the first round of action and took on Kalitta, the top qualifier, in the quarterfinals as the former NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion seeks his first NHRA Top Fuel national win.

The Indiana racer jumped to the lead against Kalitta with a faster reaction time off the starting line and held the advantage at halftrack in the contest, before Kalitta’s car nipped the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) Rinnai Dodge//SRT dragster by just two inches (0.002 seconds) at the finish. Kalitta ran a 3.841 to Stewart’s 3.848.

Stewart, who finished second last year in his initial NHRA competition in the Alcohol Dragster class, has been feeling more comfortable in the 335-mile-per-hour, nitro-burning machine and currently ranks ninth in the NHRA Mission Top Fuel points standings. Continue reading

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Tony Stewart and Matt Hagan Head to New England Nationals

Epping, NH – The NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, located just southeast of the state capital in Concord, hosts the seventh event on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series’ 20-race calendar in 2024. Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) brings its two full-time entries – one in Top Fuel for Top Fuel rookie Tony Stewart and one in Funny Car for 51-time Funny Car winner and four-time champion Matt Hagan. Hagan earned back-to-back wins the last two events, having won the prior event at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago.

Coming into Epping, Stewart is eighth in the Top Fuel standings, 236 points behind leader Justin Ashley. Hagan leads the Funny Car standings with a 14-point advantage over Austin Prock.

Stewart enters Epping representing Rinnai tankless water heaters on his red, white, gray and black Top Fuel Dragster. Hagan, meanwhile, sports the red colors of Rush Truck Centers on his Dodge//SRT Hellcat Funny Car. Continue reading

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