Matt Hagan wins his third Funny Car Championship

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

It’s been six years. Matt “The Hulk” Hagan – one of the best Funny Car pilots on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series – had not won a Championship since the 2014 season.

The Christiansburg, Virginia native secured his third Funny Car Championship on Sunday. He won the Championship at the 20th Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan celebrates with his 2020 Championship Wally at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil
Matt Hagan celebrates with his 2020 Championship Wally at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

He won the Championship in the semifinals when Tommy Johnson Jr. was eliminated by Ron Capps. The California-based driver went 3.906 at 329.83 mph to claim the round win.

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The Indiana-based driver went 3.943 at 324.20 mph in the losing effort.

Hagan then celebrated the win after he defeated Alexis DeJoria in the semifinals. He dedicated the win to his late brother, who passed away three years ago.

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The Mopar-sponsored driver is now tied with Raymond Beadle and Robert Hight in the Funny Car class with three Championships apiece. Beadle won in 1979, 1980, and 1981.

Hight won his Championships in 2009, 2017, and 2019.

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Hagan is the first Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car Championship since Capps during the 2016 season. Since then, Hight won two Championships and J.R. Todd won in 2018.

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