BRAINERD, MN – Aug. 21, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Matt Hagan rocketed to the top of Funny Car qualifying during the final pairing on Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway, securing the No. 1 position for Tony Stewart Racing during the 40th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force also qualified No. 1 in Race 15 of 22 in the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
Paired with points leader and provisional qualifier No. 1 Robert Hight in the final qualifying session, Hagan completed a massive 3.843-second pass at 331.36 mph in his 11,000 Mopar 85th Anniversary Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat horses, clinching his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 48th of his career. Hagan had identical runs of 3.893 in the second and third qualifying sessions, but his team, led by team manager Dickie Venables, went from strength to strength to close out the day. This gives Hagan, the defending winner of the event at Brainerd, plenty of momentum heading into race day as the team appears to have found its footing after some struggles earlier this summer.
“It’s impressive to do this, especially with the sun shining,” said Hagan, who has three wins in 2022. “It’s a testament to this track and the preparation of the NHRA. what we could have raced if the cloud cover had stayed. We are in a good position tomorrow. We need to make sure we stay No. 2 (in points) and make sure we start the championship countdown in a great position “The track is tight and you can apply the power. Those are the conditions that Dickie loves. I was happy when we ran two 3.89s in a row, but Dickie wasn’t. He’s there.” went and it stuck.
Hight also had an outstanding assist, dropping 3.861 to 331.94 to qualify second. It gave the points leader three stellar runs in qualifying as he aims to claim his seventh win this season. Bob Tasca III came close to qualifying No. 1 for the third race in a row, going 3.862 to 333.74 in the pair before Hagan and Hight went head-to-head on Saturday. He qualified third, seeking his third victory in four races. Ron Capps, the reigning world champion, finished fourth with his 3.885 at 328.46 as he seeks his seventh win at Brainerd. Cruz Pedregon jumped to fifth place in the last session thanks to his 3.888 to 326.16.
Force had another outstanding qualifying day in Top Fuel, earning his sixth No. 1 spot this season and 38th of his career with a 3.661-334.65 run in his 11,000 horsepower Monster Energy dragster. That run came in Saturday’s first session as the Top Fuel points leader built on Friday’s race, nearly breaking her track speed record in the process. She also had a string of solid passes in qualifying, putting her in a good position as she goes for her fifth win of the season and her second at Brainerd.
“This team had killer runs and we were very consistent,” Force said. “This last (qualifying) round we were trying to push a bit more. Overall, though, we kept that No.1 and put some solid passing on the track. We like to be able to have four qualifying sessions. That allows us to learn as much as possible on the track. We had three very good assists and points and got into first place. I feel good for tomorrow with this new car as well. We like it so far. ‘now.
Josh Hart took second on Saturday, dropping 3.668 to 332.34, which is career-best in both categories. Hart is aiming for his first win of the season. Justin Ashley also improved with a massive run on Saturday, going from 3.679 to 334.82 in the final qualifying session, just missing out on the track speed record. Defending event winner Steve Torrence also picked up in his last race of the day, going 3.694 to 331.45 to put the four-time defending world champion fourth. Topeka winner Antron Brown rounded out the top five with a 3.701-329.83 run, his fastest pass of the 2022 season.
Eliminations for the Lucas Oil NHRA National Championships begin at 11:00 a.m. CT at Brainerd International Raceway.
BRAINERD, MN — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA National Championships at Brainerd International Raceway, the 15th of 22 events in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on qualifying results, which ended on Saturday. DNQs listed under pairings.
Superior fuel – 1. Brittany Force, 3.661 seconds, 334.65 mph against Bye; 2. Josh Hart, 3.668, 332.34 against 15. Scott Farley, broken; 3. Justin Ashley, 3.679, 334.82 vs. 14. Krista Baldwin, 3.884, 313.07; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.694, 331.45 vs. 13. Mike Salinas, 3.765, 318.69; 5. Antron Brown, 3.701, 329.83 vs. 12. Clay Millican, 3.739, 323.27; 6. Leah Pruett, 3.702, 330.47 vs. 11. Shawn Langdon, 3.737, 323.58; 7. Tony Schumacher, 3.716, 325.92 vs. 10. Doug Kalitta, 3.732, 329.83; 8. Austin Prock, 3,720, 331.69 vs. 9. Billy Torrence, 3,726,
funny car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.843, 331.36 against Bye; 2. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.861, 331.94 vs. 15. Steven Densham, Ford Mustang, 11.397, 79.09; 3. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.862, 333.74 vs. 14. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 5.740, 121.99; 4. Ron Capps, Toyota Supra, 3,885, 328.46 vs. 13. John Force, Camaro, 4,121, 242.98; 5. Cruz Pedregon, charger, 3.888, 326.16 vs. 12. Bobby Bode, Mustang, 4.119, 240.77; 6. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.896, 331.61 vs. 11. Chad Green, Mustang, 3.988, 308.50; 7. JR Todd, Supra, 3.897, 332.43 vs. 10. Jim Campbell, Charger, 3.974, 317.27; 8. Alexis DeJoria, Supra, 3.916, 315.78 vs. 9. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 3.920, 319.37.
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