Matt Hagan drove to his first win of the season and backed up his national record-setting run in the process as eliminations came to an end Sunday at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Antron Brown and Kurt Johnson were also winners in their respective categories at the first of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, the six-race playoffs to determine the world championships.
Hagan began his week of domination on Friday night when he became the first Funny Car driver in NHRA history to make a three-second run. After taking the No. 1 qualifier with a 3.995-second run, Hagan then backed up that pass with a first-round win on Sunday at 4.018 seconds to secure the national record and the 20 bonus points that come with it. Hagan then powered his Die Hard Dodge Charger past points leader Mike Neff in the final round with a run of 4.130 seconds at 301.07 mph to secure his fourth career win and move up to the second spot in the point standings, just 22 points behind Neff.
Hagan's Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman also set the new national record for speed this weekend with a pass at 318.99 mph but lost to Hagan in the semifinal round. Countdown to the Championship contenders John Force, Robert Hight, Bob Tasca and Ron Capps all lost in the first round of eliminations.
In Top Fuel, Mac Tools U.S. Nationals winner Brown continued his streak of success when he held off teammate Spencer Massey in the final round to secure his third race win in a row. Brown powered his Macto Tools dragster to a 3.784-second run at 325.14 mph to secure his fifth win of the season and take over the points lead for the first time this season.
Brown's Don Schumacher Racing teammate Schumacher set the national record for speed when he drove his U.S. Army dragster to a 327.90-mph pass, while Brown's other teammate and runner-up finisher Massey took over the second spot in the points standings, just 16 points behind Brown.
In Pro Stock, after more than three years since his last race win, Johnson held off Jason Line to get the win. Johnson powered his Johnson Racing Chevy Cobalt to a 6.545-second run at 210.97 mph past points leader Line to get his 40th career win.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle,Eddie Kraweiac(Harley) defeated a red-lighting Karen Stouffer(Suzuki) to keep his first place standing.