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Dodge drag racers sweep two in a row

by Bill Cawthon on

For the second consecutive event, there was an all-Dodge final round in Fuel Funny Car. At the NHRA Kansas Nationals, Matt Hagan set new national elapsed time (ET) and speed records in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger on his way to the top qualifier spot. Jack Beckman set a new speed record, which Hagan quickly beat, and qualified second in the Infinite Hero Dodge.


When it came to the final round, the winning speed was just over half that of Hagan’s new record, 3.862 seconds at 335.57 mph. Beckman lost traction and the start and Hagan smoked the tires soon after. Hagan managed to keep the Dodge off the centerline and fishtailed his way to the win with a 5.724-second ET and a speed of 179.04 mph.

With the win, Hagan leapfrogged five spots, moving from ninth in the standings to fourth. Beckman is in second place, just 12 points behind Courtney Force. Ron Capps, who bowed out in today’s opening round, dropped two spots, to sixth. Tommy Johnson Jr. remained in tenth place following a quarterfinals finish.


Allen Johnson jumped over Chris McGaha and tied for the Pro Stock fourth place with Drew Skillman, thanks to Johnson’s fourth semifinal round appearance of the season.

Both Johnson and Erica Enders got free passes in the opening round when their opponents, Aaron Strong and Drew Skillman, jumped the gun and fouled out. Jeg Coughlin, V. Gaines, and Deric Kramer lost.

Johnson went on to beat Bo Butner in the second round, but Enders was eliminated by Jason Line, who went on to win the Pro Stock Wally. In the semifinals, Johnson’s Marathon Dart had problems and he had to shut down, losing to Greg Anderson’s Camaro.

According to the unofficial points, Johnson is in a tie for fourth, Enders is eighth, and Coughlin is ninth.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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