By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mopar-sponsored Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan won the final Wally of the season. He won the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hagan defeated Ron Capps in the final round. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.914 at 326.40 mph to claim the Wally.
The Carlsbad, California native — who was the No. 1 qualifier — went 4.463 at 173.70 mph. No No. 1 qualifier won in the Funny Car on the entire season.
“It’s been just an unbelievable season,” remarked Hagan who claimed three event wins over the course of the year, including DSR’s (Don Schumacher Racing) milestone 350th victory. “My guys have put an unbelievable car behind me with Pennzoil, Dodge SRT and Mopar. Everybody who supports us. It’s great to win for Camping World and their first championship. My guys have worked so hard all season long. I can’t say enough about them and thank them. Three wins, a championship, it’s just special. I can’t wait for next season.”
Before this final round, Capps held a 34-29 advantage over Hagan. In addition, before this season finale, each driver had won four times against the other driver in the final round.
This was the first time that they faced each other in a final round in more than three-years. Their last final round appearance before this weekend was in Topeka in 2017.
The No. 1 and No. 2 Funny Car qualifiers have met 108 times in the final round. The No. 1 qualifier has won the event 57 times.
Capps had a better reaction time to have a starting line advantage with an 0.067. Hagan trailed with a 0.110.
The California was leading until around half track when he had an explosion in the cockpit. Hagan then drove past him for the win.
With the win, Hagan now has three wins during the 2020 season. In addition, this is his 36th career Funny Car win.
Hagan also won his third Funny Car Championship at the event, as well.
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