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Matt Hagan held on to his No. 3 position in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car class point standings, after advancing to the quarterfinal round of the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway on Sunday, June 20.

Racing the Mopar HEMI-powered DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), Hagan also made up ground in the rankings on Robert Hight, who was ousted in the opening round. Hight had entered the event in the points lead, but relinquished it to his team owner John Force, who advanced to the final. Hagan is now just 68 markers short of overtaking Hight for second place.

No. 3 qualifier Hagan made it into the quarterfinals after dismissing Jeff Arend on a 120-degree race track in a close first-round match-up, in which Hagan posted a winning 4.270-second lap at 285.17 mph to Arend's 4.291/282.48. By the second round, track temperatures had risen to 137 degrees and Hagan found himself without lane choice over 14-time champion John Force.

They launched with nearly identical reaction times (.056 for Hagan, .055 for Force - .000 is perfect), but a lost cylinder at the finish line slowed Hagan to a 4.356/274.83 to Force's winning 4.290/291.19.

Jack Beckman (fourth in the Funny Car standings) also placed his Mopar-powered Dodge Charger in the quarterfinals, besting Jim Head before falling to Del Worsham. Rounding out the DSR Dodge trio, Ron Capps (seventh in the standings) fell in a first-round battle with Bob Tasca III. Next up is the fourth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio, June 25–27
 
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