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NHRA Wrap-Up: Matt Hagan Returns to Grab Win & Funny Car Points Lead at Midwest Nationals

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It was the final leg of the NHRA’s Fall Swing as the racing roared into World Wide Technology Raceway just outside of St. Louis, Missouri this past weekend. It’s the third race in the playoff and we’ve got a lot to cover, particularly in Top Fuel. So without any further ado, here’s this week’s NHRA Wrap-Up.

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2021 NHRA Midwest Nationals Pro Stock Results

Paired up against rookie of the year hopeful Dallas Glenn in the final round, Erica Enders grabbed her fourth Wally of the season—and tightened the championship standings with Pro Stock stalwart Greg Anderson at the same time. But it wasn’t easy; Enders grabbed a razor-thin victory with a 6.572-second, 207.24 mph pass to best Glenn’s 6.583/206.86 run.

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2021 NHRA Midwest Nationals Top Fuel Results

We knew it was going to be an amazing weekend in Top Fuel after Mike Salinas ripped off a 3.652-second/327.74 mph qualifying run on Friday. Then Brittany Force stepped up to the plate on Saturday, notching the third-fastest speed in NHRA Top Fuel History: 3.641 seconds at 337.66 mph. But by the end of the day Sunday, it was Steve Torrence pushing past Salinas with a 3.736-second, 328.78 mph pass over Salinas’ 3.996 at 226.70.

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2021 NHRA Midwest Nationals Funny Car Results

After a bout with illness, Funny Car driver Matt Hagan returned to the driver seat. He takes over for Tommy Johnson Jr., who’s own impressive stand-in performances kept the team near the top of the Funny Car points standings during Hagan’s absence. And after the Midwest Nats, Hagan’s on top, thanks to a 3.933-second, 333.49 mph final round performance to best a hard charging Bob Tasca III’s 3.967/329.99 effort.

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The Fourth Race in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship is the Texas NHRA FallNationals near Dallas, TX October 7 – 10.

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Current 2021 NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standings

Pro Stock

  1. Greg Anderson, 2394
  2. Erica Enders, 2377
  3. Kyle Koretsky, 2297
  4. Dallas Glenn, 2278
  5. Aaron Stanfield, 2227
  6. Troy Coughlin Jr., 2202
  7. Mason McGaha, 2192
  8. Chris McGaha, 2183
  9. Matt Hartford, 2162
  10. Deric Kramer, 2147

Top Fuel

  1. Steve Torrence, 2373
  2. Brittany Force, 2337
  3. Billy Torrence, 2247
  4. Mike Salinas, 2239
  5. Justin Ashley, 2235
  6. Leah Pruett, 2222
  7. Antron Brown, 22188
  8. Shawn Langdon, 2164
  9. Clay Millican, 2157
  10. Doug Kalitta, 2096

Funny Car

  1. Matt Hagan, 2354
  2. Ron Capps, 2295
  3. John Force, 2282
  4. Cruz Pedregon, 2255
  5. J.R. Todd, 2239
  6. Bob Tasca III, 2234
  7. Robert Hight, 2194
    —Tim Wilkerson, 2194
  8. Alexis DeJoria, 2163
  9. Blake Alexander, 2120

Pro Stock Motorcycle

  1. Steve Johnson, 2272
  2. Angelle Sampey, 2255
  3. Matt Smith, 2242
  4. Eddie Krawiec, 2233
  5. Scotty Pollacheck, 2177
  6. Joey Gladstone, 2171
  7. Cory Reed, 2125
  8. Angie Smith, 2122
  9. Karen Stoffer, 2117
  10. Andrew Hines, 2110
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