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Hagan extends Dodge winning streak to six

by Bill Cawthon on

Matt Hagan and the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger gave Dodge its sixth consecutive Funny Car victory by shutting down top qualifier Courtney Force at the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire today.

The win brings Dodge’s total to eight for the season and Hagan’s total to three. Ron Capps, who fell to Force in the semifinals, has four and Tommy Johnson Jr., who lost to Hagan in the semifinals, has one.

Capps lost a bit of margin to Hagan but maintains a comfortable points lead over his runner-up and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate.

Jack Beckman, who was the top Dodge qualifier, lost traction in his first-round matchup with Del Worsham. Beckman is having an off season so far; he’s the only DSR Dodge driver without a win. He has made it to the final round only once.

Jim Campbell, driving the Jim Dunne Racing Charger, ended his race day in E1 with a loss to Courtney Force.

Force’s sister Brittany won her Top Fuel race with DSR driver Antron Brown. Leah Pritchett’s Dodge Demon livery got her the top qualifying spot and took her all the way to the semifinals where Brown got a better start and cruised to a win.

Tony Schumacher made a first-round exit after he lost traction in his race with Smax Smith.

Combining Funny Car and Top Fuel classes, Mopar and DSR have been victorious in 13 of the 18 final rounds so far this year.

In Pro Stock, Allen Johnson’s race day ended quickly. He lost to Jason Line in the first Pro Stock race. Alan Prusiensky was eliminated by Bo Butner in the same round. Former Dodge Dart driver Erica Enders won her first event since the 2015 season, defeating Tanner Gray in yet another Camaro-Camaro matchup.

2017 NHRA Championship – Point Standings After Round 9 of 24
(Season Wins in Parentheses)

NHRA Funny Car
1. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T (4) – 827
2. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (3) – 748

3. Courtney Force – 564
4. Robert Hight – 561
5. John Force (1) – 555
6. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T – 537
7. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T (1) – 533

8. J.R. Todd – 413
9. Tim Wilkerson – 393
10. Del Worsham – 341

NHRA Top Fuel
1. Leah Pritchett, Mopar HEMI (3) – 809
2. Antron Brown (2) – 775
3. Steve Torrence (2) – 746
4. Tony Schumacher, Mopar HEMI (1) – 712
5. Doug Kalitta – 571
6. Brittany Force (1) – 528
7. Clay Millican – 466
8. Troy Coughlin Jr. – 379
9. Terry McMillen – 369
10. Scott Palmer – 328

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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