Hagan takes DSR's Dodge to championship round of Winternationals

Massey goes to semifinals.

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2014) - Matt Hagan came to close to matching his performance last November at Pomona, Calif., in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger but reigning Funny Car champion John Force extracted revenge in the Circle K NHRA Winternationals Sunday to open the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Matt Hagan
Matt Hagan

Photo by: Todd Steitle

In Top Fuel, Spencer Massey led the Don Schumacher Racing dragsters by advancing to the semifinals with the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher team.

At last year's season-ending NHRA Finals at Pomona, Hagan defeated Force in the championship round and set an NHRA speed record. Force reversed those results Sunday by beating Hagan and taking the record.

Ron Capps, whose fiery engine explosion Friday night, was shared on newscasts throughout the country, still was able to qualify fifth on that run with a time of 4.014 seconds at 304 mph despite blowing up 200 feet from the finish line. Capps was dealing with numerous interview requests, his He lost in the quarterfinals when his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T slapped the guardwall and was disqualified.

Capps is scheduled to be a guest Monday morning on the Fox Network's "Fox & Friends" show at 8:20 a.m. (EST) to discuss the explosion. The ESPN footage has aired in nearly every American market including on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The Mello Yello Series heads to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (formerly Firebird) near Phoenix in two weeks for its second of 24 events.


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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , John Force , Don Schumacher , Matt Hagan , Spencer Massey
Article type Race report
Tags matt hagan, nhra, pomona, winternationals