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TOP FUEL
Pos Driver Points
1 Steve Torrence 2718
2 Clay Millican 2487
3 Tony Schumacher 2454
4 Leah Pritchett 2394
5 Brittany Force 2302
6 Antron Brown 2291
7 Mike Salinas 2259
8 Doug Kalitta 2259
9 Terry McMillen 2253
10 Scott Palmer 2182

FUNNY CAR
1 JR Todd 2553
2 Robert Hight 2479
3 Ron Capps 2388
4 Tim Wilkerson 2367
5 Tommy Johnson 2362
6 Courtney Force 2324
7 Matt Hagan 2321
8 Jack Beckman 2283
9 John Force 2277
10 Shawn Langdon 2204

PRO STOCK
1 Tanner Gray 2583
2 Jeg Coughlin 2443
3 Erica Enders 2434
4 Drew Skillman 2413
5 Vincent Nobile 2404
6 Jason Line 2350
7 Greg Anderson 2334
8 Bo Butner 2300
9 Deric Kramer 2220
10 Chris McGaha 2135

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
1 Matt Smith 2479
2 Eddie Krawiec 2475
3 LE Tonglet 2418
4 Hector Arana Jr. 2415
5 Jerry Savoie 2378
6 Andrew Hines 2366
7 Angelle Sampey 2268
8 Angie Smith 2255
9 Steve Johnson 2242
10 Scotty Pollacheck 2209
Lucas, Hagan, Nobile Take Northwest Nationals

NHRA
Monday, August 5, 2013

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Matt Hagan
NHRA Funny Car driver Matt Hagan extended his points lead on Sunday and led a trio of first-time Seattle champions, winning for the fourth time in 2013 with a victory against Bob Tasca III at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways.

Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also were winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, the 16th of 24 in the 2013 season.

In the championship round, Hagan, the 2011 Funny Car world champion, powered his 8,000-horsepower Dodge Charger to a time of 4.171 seconds at 294.75 mph. Tasca, seeking his first win in nearly a year, slowed to a 5.324 at 164.81 in his Ford Mustang.

Hagan, who also picked up his ninth career win, outran Alexis DeJoria, Johnny Gray and Courtney Force, ending her six-round winning streak at the track, to reach the final round.

“The chemistry of this team is something I’ve never had before,” Hagan said. “It shows on the racetrack, and it trickles down from the top, where (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) is a great leader. It’s phenomenal to strap into this Don Schumacher Racing car and know I have the opportunity to win every time I sit in it. I like to get patted on the back as much as anyone, but this is 100 percent hats off to my team.”

The weekend got even better for Hagan as he also clinched the first Funny Car position in the Countdown to the Championship. Cruz Pedregon jumped back into second in the points standings, while Tasca moved into the top 10 with the final round appearance. Hagan, meanwhile, was outstanding on the starting line, winning on a holeshot against Force and posting a strong .036 reaction time in the final round to pick up his first career win in Seattle.

“It’s a huge deal for us to get locked into the Countdown,” Hagan said. “(Ron) Capps didn’t qualify and now we have a whole race worth of points on him. We’re out there to win championships. We can be buddies later, but right now we have one goal: pull on the helmet, get focused, get up on the wheel and turn on four win lights. We just have to dig deep, work hard and make it happen.”

Matt Hagan
In Top Fuel, Lucas claimed his first victory of the season and eighth of his career, knocking off David Grubnic in the final round. Lucas covered the distance in 3.908 at 296.57 to knock off Grubnic, who was making its first final round appearance in 2013 and went 4.253 at 256.31.

Lucas made his second straight final round appearance, finishing the job in Seattle after losing last weekend to points leader Shawn Langdon in Sonoma, Calif.

“We’ve had our struggles, but this is a sign that we’re getting there and turning the corner,” Lucas said. “We’re starting to show some consistency. To win here in front of these fans with an amazing team, it’s probably as cool and as big as any win I’ve had. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of my team.”

Langdon maintained his points lead in Top Fuel, though Lucas was able to extract revenge in Seattle by beating the Al-Anabi Racing driver in the semifinals on Sunday. Despite a first-round loss, Tony Schumacher moved back into second place. Lucas, who has now made three final round appearances in 2013 and stayed seventh in points, also knocked off Khalid alBalooshi and Doug Kalitta en route to his first victory at Pacific Raceways.

Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile won for the second straight week and picked up his third victory in 2013 by knocking off four-time world champion Jeg Coughlin in a rematch of last weekend’s final round in Sonoma. Nobile’s Dodge Avenger posted a 6.586 at 210.54 while Coughlin ran a 6.615 at 210.60 in his Dodge. Nobile also improved to 3-0 in final round appearances against Coughlin this season.

“Luckily we came out on top, just like last weekend,” said Nobile, who beat Chris McGaha, Allen Johnson and Anderson to reach the final round. “I think I try a little bit harder when I’m going up against my teammates in Jeg and Allen, and it definitely means a lot beating Jeg. He’s just unbelievable and to be able to beat a champion, it means a lot to me and my team.”

Mike Edwards, who lost to Coughlin in the semifinals, stayed as the points leader in Pro Stock, while climbed to fourth in earning his first victory outside of California in 2013. Greg Anderson also clinched a position in the Countdown to the Championship.

“I owe it a lot to my team because they’re doing a tremendous job right now,” said Nobile, who clinched his Countdown spot on Saturday during qualifying. “This is definitely a great time to turn it on for the Countdown. I was struggling in the beginning of the year, but I think I figured out what I was doing wrong.”

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