Matt Hagan needed a miracle run late Sunday night to stop Robert Hight from winning his fourth-straight Funny Car race, and that's exactly what he got, backing up a world-record semifinal run of 4.022 seconds at 312.71 mph with a 4.035 seconds at 312.78 mph against Hight to stun the drag-racing world.
A lengthy rain delay between the quarterfinals and the semifinals produced a noticeable dip in the temperatures, and the racers still alive in the event took full advantage, with Hagan's 4.022 seconds against Ashley Force Hood outshining Hight's 4.041 seconds against Jack Beckman.
That set the stage for an epic final round, where Hagan stopped Hight and grabbed his second trophy of the year for Don Schumacher's DieHard Dodge team.
Hagan's win helped soothe the pain team owner Schumacher had to endure in the Top Fuel finale, where Larry Dixon used the fourth-quickest pass of the 1,000-foot era to eliminate Schumacher's seven-time champion son, Tony Schumacher, who was racing in front of his family and friends.
Dixon evened the two men's 2010 scorecard at 3-3 with a 3.773-second pass at 321.65 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster against Schumacher's 3.823 seconds at 323.12 mph in the U.S. Army rail.
In Pro Stock, Edwards and Jason Line put on an equally entertaining show with both men leaving the starting line with cosmic double-0 reaction times--0.006 second for Line and 0.007 second for Edwards--and keeping their Pontiac GXPs door-handle-to-door-handle all the way down the track until Edwards eked out a 0.004-second victory with a 6.594 seconds at 208.49 mph to Line's 6.599 seconds at 209.30 mph.