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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Matt Hagan
John Force powered to the first 3-second run of his unprecedented career to take the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday in the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Matt Hagan raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car for the first time since November 2011 on Friday at the rain-delayed Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Matt Hagan ended a 17-month winless drought by racing to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Tony Schumacher raced to his fifth Top Fuel victory of the season and first in the playoffs, beating Shawn Langdon in the final round Sunday in the NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
"This was a big win for us," said Hagan, who moved into the series points lead with the victory. "It's been a year since we won, or longer; I don't know. It's been too long, and that feeling is just great to have back. We took over the points lead, but it's too early to start counting that stuff. But anybody who tells you they don't count it is foolish; everybody's counting points."