Matt Hagan has fastest NHRA Funny Car pass in 4 years

In this photo provided by the NHRA, Top Fuel veteran Doug Kalitta takes the provisional spot to start qualifying during the second race of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season at the annual NHRA Arizona National Championships in Chandler, Arizona, on Friday February 25. 25, 2022. (Auto Imaging/NHRA via AP)Auto Imaging/AP

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Hagan completed the fastest Funny Car race in four years on Saturday, giving the new Tony Stewart Racing NHRA team its first No. 1 qualifier and setting the track record to close NHRA qualifying Arizona Nationals.

Hagan clocked 3.823 seconds at 333.41 mph in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, earning his first No. 1 spot of the season and 44th of his career. He surpassed Courtney Force for the fastest run ever at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

“It’s just super fun to drive. I knew if it stuck it would be fine, but these cars are hard to drive,” said Hagan, the three-time season champion. “They are so much fun to drive. Tony Stewart did a hell of a job putting this organization together over the winter. We have a lot of new parts and parts, but they just did a phenomenal job giving us the parts and the resources, and I see a lot of good things for this team.

Doug Kalitta took first place in Top Fuel and Kyle Koretsky was fastest in Pro Stock.

Kalitta, 57, had her first No. 1 qualifier since 2019 and 51st overall with her Friday run of 3.656 to 329.58.

Koretsky jumped to the top in the final qualifying session, running a 6.520 at 210.21 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his second career No.

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