By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mopar/Pennzoil sponsored Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is the No. 1 qualifier at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.872 at 333.58 mph at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California.
This is Hagan’s second No. 1 qualifier of the season. In addition, it is his 36th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
“We’ve had a great race car for a while and now it’s really shining,” Hagan said. “I’m feeling really good about things and you can’t ask for too much more. I’m excited and we’re hungry for it. We all live to be in this position to have the opportunity to win world championships, and we’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing to get here. I feel no pressure right now, but that’s why you race on Sunday. I’m really excited about it and I feel really confident in my guys. They’re going to put a great race car underneath me, and I’m going to drive my butt off and see what happens.”
Hagan will face Jonnie Lindberg in the first-round of eliminations. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 4.394 at 304.12 mph.
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the No. 2 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.876 at 332.43 mph.
Beckman will face John Hale in the first-round of eliminations. The Addison, Texas native went 4.345 at 221.05 mph.
Levi, Ray, and Shoup Inc.’s Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson is the no. 3 qualifier. The Springfield, Illinois native went 3.876 at 327.43 mph.
Wilkerson will face Steven Densham in the first-round of eliminations. The Oceanside, California native went 4.129 at 289.57 mph.
Global Electronic Technology sponsored Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon is the No. 4 qualifier. The Danville, Indiana native went 3.893 at 330.80 mph.
Langdon will face Jeff Arend in the first-round of eliminations. The La Verne, California native went 4.099 at 278.69 mph.
AAA of Southern California sponsored Robert Hight is the No. 5 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native went 3.895 at 330.55 mph.
Hight will face living legend John Force in the first-round of eliminations. The Yorba Linda, California native — who is sponsored by PEAK Antifreeze — went 4.039, at 319.22 mph.
The rest of the ladder looks like this:
6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.902, 327.43 mph vs. 11. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 3.998, 317.19 mph
7. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.918, 323.97 mph vs. 10. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.972, 324.20 mph
8. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.940, 328.06 mph vs. 9. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.967, 320.28 mph
Did Not Qualify:
17. Paul Lee, 4.491, 185.64 mph
18. Terry Haddock, 5.074, 151.32 mph
19. Jim Campbell, 5.167, 147.10 mph