Tony Stewart’s Matt Hagan Picks Up Additional $15,000 in Friday Night Live Qualifying

By Briar Starr, NHRA Staff Writer 

The NHRA Camping World Series returned to the Texas Motorplex, in Ennis, TX., and held its annual “Friday Night Live” qualifying the place bonus cash was once up for grabs.

This particular characteristic was once held in the second one spherical of qualifying for all categories similar to Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Top Fuel, and Funny Car. The rule was once easy because the drivers needed to set the low ET in their respective elegance to select up the bonus cash. $5,000 in Pro Stock Motorcycle, $7,500 in Pro Stock, and $15,000 for each Funny Car and Top Fuel. 

As for the preferred Funny Car class, the only driving force who was once in a position to select up the $15,000 grand was once Tony Stewart Racing’s, Matt Hagan. Hagan has had 5 No. 1 qualifiers this season however has no longer scored one these days. In reality, his remaining No. 1 qualifier got here proper ahead of the U.S. Nationals the place he scored the No. 1 qualifier at Brainerd with a cross of three.843 and 331.36 mph. 

“It’s incredible that we can come out here to this event, this facility and for Billy Meyer to put that money up there like that, it’s just exciting to get in the car and get up on the wheel,” Hagan stated. “To go out there and do it, what a cool feeling to hang on to a car like that. The conditions and this facility at Texas Motorplex, it was just phenomenal, and it was great to put on a show for these fans. It was really digging out there and it just felt great. We just need to step up, be aggressive and leave everything on the table.”

However, with a bit bit extra at the line on the Texas Motorplex, Hagan was once looking for to crash the birthday party of the Funny Car entrance runners, Robert Hight and Ron Capps who’ve been dominant in the previous few races. Hagan, who has 3 wins of the season (Gainesville, Houston, Epping) was once some of the few fortunate drivers to set the low ET of his elegance Friday night time. 

The Christiansburg, Virginia local posted an ET of three.825 at 334.85 mph, which was once just right sufficient to seize the $15,000. Hagan bested his spherical one qualifying the place he was once positioned 3rd with a time of three.938 and 327.01 mph. For his efforts, the Tony Stewart Racing driving force will achieve 3 bonus issues heading into Saturday.

Current qualifying operating order after Q2 

  1. Matt Hagan, Christiansburg VA, ’22 Charger 3.825 334.85 334.85
  2. 8 Robert Hight, Yorba Linda CA, ’22 Camaro 3.854 333.43 333.43
  3. 1 Ron Capps, Carlsbad CA, ’22 Supra 3.865 335.40 335.40
  4. 3 Bob Tasca III, Cranston RI, ’19 Mustang 3.879 328.66 328.92
  5. 256 Blake Alexander, Charlotte NC, ’19 Mustang 3.905 319.24 320.74
  6. 5 John Force, Yorba Linda CA, ’22 Camaro 3.907 331.93 331.93
  7. 373 J.R. Todd, Jupiter FL, ’22 Supra 3.908 327.01 327.34
  8. 473 Chad Green, Midland TX, ’18 Mustang 3.940 320.26 320.26
  9. 9 Tim Wilkerson, Springfield IL, ’18 Mustang 3.953 323.76 323.76
  10. 6 Alexis DeJoria, Austin TX, ’22 Supra 3.981 321.41 321.41
  11. 4 Cruz Pedregon, Brownsburg IN, ’22 Charger 4.024 317.24 317.24
  12. 10 Jim Campbell, Long Beach CA, ’22 Charger 4.042 316.34 316.34
  13. 116 Paul Lee, Anaheim CA, ’19 Charger 4.052 322.26 322.26
  14. 34 Jack Wyatt, Seymour IA, ’21 Charger 4.127 284.47 284.47
  15. 717 Jeff Diehl, Salinas CA, ’20 Camry 4.754 173.85 173.85
  16. 121 Terry Haddock, Temple TX, ’18 Mustang 5.450 129.67 129.67

Additionally, Austin Prock in Top Fuel, Erica Enders in Pro Stock, and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle additionally received their bonus cash as neatly. 

Qualifying continues Saturday afternoon with the 3rd and ultimate spherical happening continue to exist NHRA TV. The 3rd spherical of qualifying is slated for 12 p.m./Central time. Qualifying highlights from this weekend will probably be proven Sunday morning tape-delayed on Fox Sports 1 at 10 a.m./ET. 

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