Matt Hagan certifies Funny Car record
MOHNTON, Pa. -- Matt Hagan officially certified his 4.011-second run from Friday as an NHRA national record, powering his Dodge Charger to a 4.046-second run in the final qualifying session Saturday in the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Hagan, second in the season standings behind John Force, needed a run at 4.051 seconds or quicker during the course of the weekend to certify the performance. Hagan broke his own mark of 4.022 seconds.
Larry Dixon, Allen Johnson and Hector Arana topped their categories at the fourth of six playoff races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
In Top Fuel, Dixon made a statement to rivals Cory McClenathan and Tony Schumacher by taking his eighth top qualifying position of the season. Dixon posted both ends of the track record with a 3.786 at 322.42.
Johnson claimed his sixth No. 1 position of the season and second in a row in Pro Stock as no one improved on his Friday best of 6.551 at 211.16.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, defending world champ Arana rode his Buell to his category-leading fifth top qualifying position of the season with a track-record time of 6.828 at 196.16.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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